Newsletter 5th February

Update from Laurel

We want to know how you are finding home learning, and what we can do to improve. There is a short survey at the bottom of this newsletter – please do take part, it will help us and your children enormously. It is anonymous and should only take a minute or two of your time. Thank you!

Next Thursday – 11th February – is our home learning collection and distribution day. Please see the following times to come to school to drop off completed work and collect the home learning packs for the first two weeks after half term. Collect from the Junior playground on Chester Road.

The home learning packs include timetables and worksheets for the two weeks following half term. It would be really helpful if families could arrange with each other to collect for a group. This will minimise the number of people visiting the school site. To collect for children in different school years, please come at the later time slot.

9:15 – 9:45amY6
9:45 – 10:15amY5
11:15 – 11:45amY4
2:00 – 2:30pmY3
2:30 – 3:00pmY2
3:45 – 4:15pmY1
4:15 – 4:45pmReception and Nursery

Live PE lessons

Haseeb and Aaron are now delivering live PE lessons via Google Classroom. Thanks to the year groups who have been trialling these. Any equipment required can be found in the home e.g. rolled up socks, cushion, plastic bottle, a toy. We are looking forward to seeing you!

11am – 11.25 Nursery & Reception
11.30 – 11.55 Y1 & Y2
9.10 – 9.35 Y3 & Y4
9.40 – 10.05 Y5 & Y6
11am – 11.25 Nursery & Reception
11.30 – 11.55 Y1 & Y2
11am – 11.25 Y3 & Y4
11.30 – 11.55 Y5 & Y6

Carla’s new role

Carla (Y2 Dandelion) is leaving Brookfield at Easter to start a role at another school where she will teach science. Brookfield children have been fortunate to benefit from Carla’s dedicated, creative and inclusive teaching and I am sure you will join me in wishing her well in this next chapter of her teaching career.

I am committed to making the change of teacher as straightforward as possible. 

This week, the school will advertise for a great teacher to take over from Carla at Easter. It is my aim that this teacher will teach them for the Summer term of year 2 and then move with them to become their teacher in year 3. Once we have recruited I will write to you again to confirm who the new teacher is and how the children and parents will be introduced to them.

If you have any questions about this transition, please contact me or their phase leader, Mel.

Details of the vacancy can be found on this page.

Healthy Streets Consultation

The consultation for Brookfield’s Healthy School Street is now live and Camden will be collecting comments and feedback on the scheme until 15th February.

In summary, the proposal is that Croftdown Road will be closed to motor traffic near the school from 8.15am-9.15am and 3pm-4pm. (Nearby residents and pupils that have a disability that prevents them from walking, cycling or scooting to school would be exempt.)

Please do give your views on the scheme here. Brookfield’s governing body supports the scheme and believes that the proposal would increase safety for children, create a more pleasant morning environment at the Croftdown Road infant and junior gates, and improve air quality.

Calling any gardeners

Calling all ‘budding’ gardeners! We are looking for green fingered volunteers to support us with the school gardening. This would include three or four visits to maintain, prune and plant to keep the school looking great in time for spring.

If you’re able to help out, or would like to find out more, please get in touch with the office or speak to Derek at the gates.  

R ‘n’ B (!)

Camden Libraries

See the latest from Camden libraries on how to pick up books safely, and a family-fun code breaking event.

Support for parents who might be struggling

Below are some key resources that parents can access if they are struggling and need some support:

  • Every Mind Matters: There is advice and signposting on this page to help parents to support their own mental health and wellbeing. There are also resources on this page for parents to help them to provide support to their children and young people in their life.
  • Good Thinking: online support for parents can be found here. There is advice and signposting (lots of free resources) for anxiety, low mood, stress, problems with sleeping etc.
  • Specific support for BAME children and parents: Barnardo’s has a helpline which is for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people and families. You can find more information on this here.

Camden Coronavirus newsletter

See the latest edition here:

Fancy some kleftiko?

Long time Brookfield parents Rebecca and Dino Charalambous are doing the famous and fabulous Greek dish kleftiko for the whole family and are taking orders – please see the flyer below for details.