Newsletter 21st May

Laurel’s update

This week saw the further lifting of COVID restrictions in England. While the guidance for primary schools remains the same at the moment, we are starting to plan how we will move forward over the coming weeks. I hope you and your family are able to enjoy reunions and socialising.

In our achievement assembly this morning, Rozafa in Fern class impressed us with her amazing violin playing. She really is an inspiration and talked to us about her commitment to practice.

Brookfield leads the Early Years Hub for Camden Learning in partnership with Thomas Coram Nursery. On Wednesday, Seren, our Early Years Lead and Acorn’s class teacher, presented to Camden leaders, teachers and consultants from Southwark local authority. The training was about the new Early Years Framework being introduced in September. She focussed on the importance of keeping reading and writing joyous and how important it is to inspire and motivate learning. It is great to have Brookfield teachers sharing best practice with other schools.

Please see the year 2 curriculum letter with news of how the new Brookfield curriculum is being embraced.

What’s on this week?

Y6 Bake Sale
On the 24th of May at 3:15pm we (Year 6) are holding a bake sale on the corner of  Chester Road, opposite the Library. We are doing this event as a fundraiser for our Year 6 sleepover and production. There will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten free items available. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Reception Plant Sale
As part of our new Curriculum theme: sustainability, Reception has been growing a variety of plants that are now ready to sell!
Date: Thursday May 27th
Time: 3:25 (After last pick up)
Where: Infant Playground
Plants will be £1 or less – please bring coins.​

Parent/Carer Workshops

Thanks to Seren and Louise for the comprehensive and inspiring oracy workshop for parents and carers on Thursday. You can download the slides from their presentation here.

Here is our full programme of workshops for this term which are at 11am on Thursday via Zoom each week.

26th May: E-safety training for parents with Sus (Computing 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

Zoom meeting ID: 718 2430 4068, Password: xxsL5B

Year 4 Science

This week, Year 4 took their science learning outside! After learning more about soundwaves and how they look when the volume of a sound changes, we had a go at drawing our very own soundwaves using chalk.

Book recommendation of the week

This week’s book is ‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin. It’s a picture book recommended to me by brilliant Norah, (TA in Year 3), which I have now shared with Heather and Fern. Here’s the blurb –

“On a mean street in a mean city, a thief tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. But she finds she can’t have it without promising something in return – to “plant them all”. When it turns out the bag is full of acorns, the young thief embarks on a journey that changes her own life and the lives of others for generations to come.”

To me it’s a book about our relationship with nature and each other as well as how our lives are interconnected. It’s not only a delightful tale for children but the illustrations and artwork are wonderful. I think that buying a good picture book is also like buying a piece of art! Our children in year 3 loved it and I hope you will too.

Louise (English and Oracy Lead)

Camden Family Learning

Camden Family Learning works in partnership with schools and venues to run a range of programmes that support parents, carers and children to learn in fun and innovative ways, following the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. Most workshops and short courses are for the joy of learning whilst also offering opportunities to help families grow and enjoy learning together. We run courses in children’s centres, schools, parks and community venues all over Camden. Please see the posters below:

SEND Workshops

EHC Needs Assessment Workshop
Please see the following download with information for an online workshop on Tuesday 25th May at 10.30am “EHC Needs Assessment”. This is ideal for any parents/carers who have started a needs assessment for their child, or who think they may need one, and want to understand more about the process. There will be accurate and practical advice and information with David from the Camden SENDIASS team.
Parents/carers will need to book by contacting the forum, contact details can be found on the flyer below.

The posters below have information about an ADHD Parenting Programme, and a free 6 week healthy living parent/ carer programme:

LSU Open Evening

Please see information about the LSU open evening taking place on Thursday 24th June for Year 5 pupils and their parent/carers

Camden Covid Update

Here is the CNJ Covid-19 update for this week:

PTA News

New committee

We should hopefully be announcing the new committee next week – stay tuned.

Get Fit!

Genevieve Ogle is offering Brookfield parents a free outdoor fitness class before half term – get in touch if you want more details –

Summer Fair

Provisional date for the SUMMER FAIR is Saturday 17th July, 12-3 – please put the date in your diary.

Any ideas or particular stalls you want to see / run, or general suggestions, please get in touch. We want your input to make this a joyful return to normality – a fun community event.

Tech Fundraiser

We did it! We have got to £2,595.00 donated which, with Gift Aid, gets us to £3,201.25!

This means that with the pledged £4,000 from the PTA, the school can buy enough Chromebooks to enable the teaching of technology skills to all of our students. Equal access to technology remains a priority goal for the school, led by Sus, Reception teacher and Head of Computing.