Newsletter 14th January

Key Events​Date
Anti Racism committee at 2.15pmTuesday 18th January
PAC maths workshops Year 4Wednesday 19th January
Rearranged trip 6 Oak class theatre trip &JulietFriday 21st January
Open afternoon – parent/carer teacher meetings school closes 1-1.15pm
* except for Blossom & Catkin classes
Thursday 27th January
Spring INSET dayFriday 28th January
Open afternoon for classes 2 Poppy, 3 Fern & 4 BrambleMonday 31st January
PAC maths workshops Year 1Tuesday 1st February
Year 1 trip to Golders Hill ParkWednesday 2nd February
Safeguarding workshop for parents and carersFriday 4th February 9am
PAC maths workshops Year 3Monday 7th February
PAC maths workshops Year 2Wednesday 23rd February
World Book DayThursday 3rd March
Chair of Governors and Headteacher coffee morningFriday 4th March 9am
Year 6 coffee morningFriday 18th March 9am
Junior Choir performing at UCL AcademyMonday 21st March
February half termMonday 14 – Friday 18
Last day of Spring termFriday 1st April

Laurel’s Update

The school has been in full swing this week and I have had the pleasure of meeting new children in Blossom and Catkin nurseries. On my learning walks this week I have seen: Reception children learning about shoe making from Tom (LSA), year 1 had a mystery NASA backpack delivered containing space food for them to try, year 2 had a visit from the Queen (Linda LSA) as part of their Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe English unit, year 3 enthusiastically engaging in their Fantastic Arts at Brookfield film project, year 5 impressed me with their continents song and year 6 have been busy measuring items around school to support their maths learning.

Please read these Spring Curriculum newsletters to find out more about what your child will be learning this term and how you can support at home:

Before Christmas, we shared the tragic news with parents and carers in Bramble class that a parent, Andrea, had passed away. With the support of another Brookfield parent, the family has asked that this​ page is shared with the wider school community.

Open Afternoon

Open afternoon is an opportunity for year 1-6 parents and carers to speak with their child’s class teacher. We hope that this open afternoon will be the last one that we have to conduct online. Details of how to book your appointment with the teacher to follow next week (and will be much easier than previous google forms!)

Open afternoon will take place on Thursday 27th January, and the school will close between 1-1.15pm. Please note that classes 2 Poppy, 3 Fern & 4 Bramble will have their open afternoon on Monday 31st January (school will be open as usual on this day).

Catkin and Blossom classes will stay open on Thursday 27th January.

Office Updates

Please remember that Brookfield is a nut free school! Nuts and products containing nuts are not permitted.

The school continues to provide free fruit every break time, children can bring other fruit (no other snacks).

Please arrive at the right time for our staggered starts. If children do arrive early (e.g. if they have an older sibling) they are now asked to sit on a bench and wait for their lining up time.

A reminder for children with shoulder length hair to be tied up to reduce the spread of headlice.

Please make sure all dinner, breakfast and after school club money has been paid for the Autumn term 2021.

Covid-19 update

We continue to report daily to the local Public Health team, who provide us with guidance and support based on our case numbers. There have been a number of changes in guidance recently, some of which do not affect primary education. Here are some useful reminders for Parents and Carers regarding Covid-19:

  • It is advised that children take regular lateral flow tests
  • If you receive a positive Lateral Flow Device result, there is no need to take a confirmatory PCR
  • If your child has tested positive on a lateral flow or PCR test, they can return to school on day 7 if they have a negative lateral flow test on day 6 and 24 hours later on day 7
  • Please wear a mask in the playground and school building


This half term children will be learning Gymnastics. Grip socks/ trampoline socks are permitted during the lessons.

We are given information all the time but unless we know how to apply to it in to something, it stays information. Let’s take that information and apply it – make it part of our skill set. It’s knowledge“…. Wise old Haseeb

PAC Maths

We are excited to be able to bring back Parent and Children (PAC) maths to Brookfield! These sessions run for Years 1-4. They encourage parents and carers to join their child, and the rest of their year group, to play some maths games and learn methods we have been practising in class. On the date of your child’s session (see dates below), parents/carers will asked to come to the bottom hall at 9am, where the whole year group will be ready to show off their maths skills. This is a great opportunity to engage in your child’s learning and learn some fun games and strategies you can continue to practise at home. We look forward to seeing you there!

Year 1 – Tuesday 1st February
Year 2 – Wednesday 23rd February
Year 3 – Monday 7th February
Year 4 – Wednesday 19th January

Faith Practice in the Local Community

R.E. Day is coming up at the end of this half term. As part of our R.E. curriculum, we’re keen to make links with various faith leaders and places of worship in the local community. Perhaps you attend a place of worship that would be willing to host a group of visiting children or your Rabi/ Imam/ Priest (etc) would like to visit Brookfield to share their faith practice with the children. Please leave a message for Becca at the office if this applies!

Parent Webinars

Brookfield’s MHST (Mental Health Support Team) are offering a new cycle of parent webinars. They are free to attend and cover a range of topics from anxiety to sleep. Each workshop will last up to 60 minutes and have an optional follow-up of 30 minutes for you to ask questions or discuss the topic further. Please see the table below for webinar details and dates. You can register for any of the above webinars through Eventbrite for free at

Parent-child interactions  PrimaryThursday 20th January 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Managing child worries  PrimaryThursday 27th January 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Therapeutic conversations with your Child and Young Person.Primary & SecondaryThursday 24th February 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Screen TimePrimary & SecondaryThursday 3rd March 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
All about sleepPrimary & SecondaryThursday 10th March 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30

Mind the Dad Programme

The Anna Freud Centre (National Centre for Children and Families) is offering free, online support for fathers with children aged 0-2. Research has shown that support and services often exclude dads during an often challenging time of babyhood and parenthood. The ‘Mind the Dad’ programme offers a safe space for fathers to meet virtually, either individually or with your baby, at times that are convenient for you. Sessions offered are a reflective parenting group, individual video-feedback therapy and parent-infant psychotherapy. More information can be found here:

Bridge at Brookfield

During the Autumn term, Year 5 started learning to play bridge over a six week course of lessons and took to it like ducks to water. Those that would like to will now carry on playing in an after school club on Thursdays and we are hoping to start including Year 4 children in the club from next term.  Learning and playing this game develops skills that help the children right across the curriculum, such as problem-solving, numerical thinking and logical reasoning.  Because it’s a partnership game, it also develops social co-operation and empathy, and the children have so much fun playing that they don’t even notice how good it is for them! The teaching is provided by New Tricks, a UK registered charity dedicated to bridge education. You can find out more at

Parents who would like to learn to play or to improve their bridge would be very welcome as helpers at bridge club on Thursday afternoons. If you are interested in helping or have a child in Year 4 or 5  that you would like to sign up to the club (Year 4 from after Easter), please contact

Fully funded University Places for 2022 with Camden Scholarships

Camden Council is working with Hult International Business School to help Camden students, and residents of all ages, to realise their potential through life-changing scholarship opportunities – with fully funded courses starting in September 2022.

Hult International Business School is offering a full tuition scholarship for a full time, three-to- four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree studying at Hult’s undergraduate campus in Aldgate. Find out more and how to apply here. Students will need a reference from their Camden school to apply. The course starts in September 2022 and the deadline to apply is 15 January 2022

Camden Community Choir

Camden Harmony Singers welcomes new members for spring term 2022. Join us for a free taster session at 18.30 at Eleanor Palmer School on Lupton Street at our first meeting on Wednesday 12thJanuary. Check out our website for further dates. We look after our whole choir community by taking appropriate covid precautions, including mask wearing, spacing our seating and ventilating the room, so wrap up warm and wear an extra woolly. All welcome