The blue skies this week have been almost as welcome as seeing the children happily return to school this week. This is a really exciting term as we launch our new Brookfield Curriculum! Our children are exploring a theme in each year group, through deep learning experiences, and working towards beautiful outcomes that we can’t wait to share with you.
To ‘inspire the best in everyone’ we are focussing on the theme of achievement this term. Thank you to Tamar (Dandelion class) for talking to us about the football medals she achieved at football camp in our assembly this morning. She thinks her practice helped her tackling and team success. If your child would like to share their achievement in an assembly, please encourage them to talk to me or Stephanie.
Parent, carer, teacher meetings
School closes between 1 – 1.15pm on Thursday 29th April for the Spring parent, carer, teacher meetings. Please read this letter to book your Zoom meeting with your child’s class teacher. We are sorry to anyone who had trouble accessing the google form for their class this week, this was due to a technical glitch.
Last term, some year groups trialled using Google Classroom to set homework. This has been very successful and so we have decided that this term the whole school will follow this model. Children will still maintain their reading diaries so that it is easy for home and school to monitor and communicate around each child’s reading. All other homework will be set online.
Year 1: phonics
Years 2 – 6: Weekly spelling pattern or common words
Maths fluency practice (usually number bonds or times tables)
Teachers will not be responding to homework on line. Spellings will be tested weekly in class as will the maths fluency tasks.
Times Tables Rock Stars
We are excited to continue our Times Tables Rock Stars subscription, a fun and challenging online programme designed to help students master the times tables! Children are able to play a series of games to help them build their fluency. Classes will be competing against each other to win in a ‘Battle of the Bands’, so the efforts of each class member counts! This will be for children in Year 2 – 6 and class teachers will be providing log-ins.
Summer Parent and Carer Workshops
Thanks you to parents and carers from Nursery, Reception and Year 1 who joined Seren (EYFS Lead) and Laura(SENDCo) for an update.
Please attend Lillie’s workshop next Thursday to learn more about supporting your child’s mental health.
Please see below, our full programme of workshops for this term which are at 11am via Zoom each week.
29th April: Supporting you child’s mental health with Lillie (Mental Health Lead)
6th May: Computing with Sus (Computing Lead)
13th May: Year 2 and 3 coffee morning with Laurel (Head teacher) and Mel (Assistant Head
20th May: Oracy with Seren (EYFS Lead) and Louise (Oracy and English Lead)
10th June: Year 4 and 5 coffee morning with Laurel and Lauren (Phase Leader)
17th June: Year 6 coffee morning with Laurel
24th June: Nursery, Reception and Year 1 maths with Lucy (Maths Lead) and Seren (EYFS Lead)
1st July Art with Emily (Art Lead)
8th July: Head teacher and Chair of Governor’s drop in
For all of the parent and carer workshops, the Zoom meeting ID is: 718 2430 4068, Password: xxsL5B
Earth Day at Brookfield
Earth Day celebrations were celebrated in style with a sea of nature head dresses, trees, sea creatures, rainbows, land animals and a host of other different nature themed outfits. One lucky child will receive a prize for the most nature inspired outfit which is a seasonal gardening and nature craft box filled with activities kindly donated by mud & bloom. The winner will be announced in next weeks newsletter.
Other Earth Day celebrations included:
Each class receiving a donated plant by the Lanes family.
A specially prepared vegetarian lunch.
Ash class took part in an Earth Day inspired session with Heath Hands, where they learnt the importance of putting litter in bins, helped litter pick and had an introduction to nature, wildlife, and habitats on Hampstead Heath and how to care for them. Willow class will be given this opportunity in May to celebrate Outdoor classroom day.
Every child received an Earth Day goody bag containing a pot, seeds, soil and step by step instructions on how to sow and care for their seeds at home. On Google Classroom, children have access to our educational, fun filled Earth Day online activity pack.
Thank you so much to all of the parents/carers, family members, PTA and staff who donated plant pots, seeds, plants, sourced soil, helped fill each bag and delivered resources and a special thanks to all the children who embraced earth day with such excitement. Without you all none of this would be possible.
Happy Earth Day everyone! Paula – Forest School Lead
Royal Academy’s Young Artist’s Summer Show – Last Chance to Submit
The Royal Academy are currently accepting entries to their Young Artists Summer Show!
If you want to create a piece of art work (it can be of anything!) then get creating and follow the steps below to submit it.
Here is the step by step instructions to submitting your work:
1. Click this link: https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk
2. Press ‘Register’ and choose either ‘Parent/Guardian’ or ‘Student’ and create an account
3. Activate your account by clicking on the link sent in an email (check junk mail!)
4. Login to the RA website using your registered details
5. Click ‘Submit Work’
6. Under ‘Select your school’, type in ‘Brookfield Primary School’ and select the one with the address: ‘Chester Road, London, N19 5DH’
7. Input your child’s details
8. Input artwork details and upload photographs of your artwork!
The RA have recommended that children/adults have a look at the attached ‘How to photograph you work’ document before uploading to make sure their submissions are of the highest quality and will be accepted.
Music Lessons in School
Camden music continue to offer a wide range of one to one and shared music lessons at Brookfield. For more information, please download and read their leaflet below
12th Hampstead Scout Leader Recruitment drive
12th Hampstead Scouts (http://www.12thhampsteadscoutgroup.org.uk – where lots of Brookfield kids enjoy the great outdoors and learn life-long adventure, team and leadership skills) is looking for adult volunteers to join our leadership team.
Have a look at the poster attached and please ask yourself: could this exciting and hugely fulfilling volunteering opportunity be for YOU?
Or someone else in your family (husband/wife/partner/adult daughter or adult son)?
Do you have an inner cub/scout/guide/ranger/explorer/Bear Grylls, waiting to grab more of life, post-Covid?
Do you want to give something back to your local community and to our local kids’ development?
Do you want to have fun organising and overseeing weekly troop meets, ad-hoc weekend activities and seasonal camps? From trips to Chessington World of Adventures and Buckingham Palace to camping in the Herts countryside?
If so, we’re looking to create as diverse a leadership as possible so you won’t be too old, too young or too anything! Full training and uniform is provided. No prior Scouting experience or badge work is required!
UCH and RFH children’s A&Es to reopen in April
Temporary changes were made to children and young people’s services in North Central London last year to ensure patients and families could continue to receive safe and high quality care during a period of increased demand for services due to Covid-19.
These changes were always temporary and we have now agreed it is safe to reopen the children and young people’s accident and emergency departments and general inpatient wards at University College Hospital from 9am on Thursday 8 April and at the Royal Free Hospital from 9am on Monday 12 April. Children’s emergency and inpatient care will remain open at Whittington Hospital.
Until the University College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital sites reopen, children and young people should continue to access emergency care through alternative hospitals. Options include the southern hub at the Whittington Hospital, North Middlesex University Hospital and Barnet Hospital.
If any parent is unsure where to take a child in need of emergency treatment they should visit www.111.nhs.uk or call the NHS 111 service. In a life-threatening emergency dial 999 immediately.
Jacksons Lane Theatre – Free Workshops
We’ve created a FREE Laughter is the Best Medicine programme for the community. Weekly online workshops to ignite laughter and ease those anxieties and frustrations, suitable for children and adults. For more information: https://www.jacksonslane.org.uk/donate-support/feeling-good/laughter-is-the-best-medicine