Newsletter 28th January

Key Events​Date
Open afternoon for classes 2 Poppy, 3 Fern & 4 BrambleMonday 31st January
Year 1 Parent And Children(PAC) maths workshop in the bottom hallTuesday 1st February 9am
Year 6 watching The Sound of Music musical at Channing Tuesday 1st February pm
Year 1 trip to Golders Hill ParkWednesday 2nd February
Safeguarding workshop for parents and carers in the bottom hallFriday 4th February 9am
Year 4 performance from Palisander Recorder Consort Friday 4th February pm
Afro Congo bake sale and Year 6 book mark stall junior playgroundFriday 4th February 3.15pm
Children’s Mental Health Week: Growing togetherMonday 7th February
Year 3 Parent And Children (PAC) maths workshop in the bottom hallMonday 7th February
Year 6 Citizen workshop at Coram’s Fields Monday 7th February pm
Year 1 visiting St Mary Brookfield ChurchTuesday 8th February
Year 6 visiting St Mary Brookfield Church, Religious Education Day, Online safety day, Dress to Express dayFriday 11th February
February half termMonday 14th – Friday 18th February
Year 2 Parent And Children(PAC) maths workshop in the bottom hallWednesday 23rd February
World Book DayThursday 3rd March
Chair of Governors and Head teacher coffee morning in the bottom hallFriday 4th March 9am
Year 6 coffee morning in the bottom hallFriday 18th March 9am
Junior Choir performing at UCL AcademyMonday 21st March
Last day of Spring termFriday 1st April

Laurel’s update

Thank you to parents and carers who attended virtual meetings with teachers this week. Teachers have fed back to me how beneficial these conversations were. If you were unable to speak to your child’s class teacher on this occasion, please get in touch to arrange a catch up before the half term break.

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of spending a day with Amy (Science Lead) and Frank (Governor) carrying out a ‘deep dive’ into Science. We visited inspiring Science lessons, spoke to children about their experience of Science and looked at learning from across the school. It was a privilege to see our new curriculum in action and the impact this is having on children learning deeply.

During the past week, we have experienced our highest child and staff absence due to COVID-19, similar to lots of schools across Camden and London. I have been thinking of all our Brookfield families having to isolate and please get in touch if we can help in any way. My amazing staff continue to impress me with their resilience and flexibility, with some running open afternoon and attending training from isolation! I am hoping that our early closure yesterday and INSET day today might act as a mini circuit breaker. I ask that children and staff test on Sunday evening or Monday morning, staying at home if the result is positive, to try and reduce the spread of the infection at Brookfield.

Please note that, although we encourage children to wear watches in school, please do not allow your child to wear a ‘smart’ watch, or any watch that has the same functionality as a mobile phone or PC, on the school site.

Additionally, please can I remind parents that mobile phones are not permitted in school. On arrival, the phone should be handed in to the office, who will return it at the end of the school day.  The school accepts no liability for loss or damage while on school premises, and if it has been found that a phone is being used inappropriately on school grounds, it will be confiscated.

The above is a child protection requirement of the school and your support is requested for the safety and well-being of the school community.

Year 5 Willow Learning

Year 5 Willow have been getting really active in thier learning this week!

In science we used toilet paper to created a scaled model of the distances of each planet from the sun. 

In Geography, we have been learning all about rivers and we created these huge models to explain our understanding of the different features of rivers, linking to our work on the Amazon! 

We’re really looking forward to our upcoming cooking lessons in DT where we will be making arepas (South American street food dish)! 

Music Update

We have a very exciting couple of weeks coming up for Music at Brookfield.

Reception: Next Thursday, two members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be coming to Brookfield to run workshops with both Reception Classes. Later in the term, we will be going on a trip to watch the whole orchestra play in an interactive concert. More details to follow. 

Year 1: The classes are enjoying their West African Drumming lessons with Tanya. On Wednesday 9th February, pm, there will be a sharing sessions with their families. Exact times to be confirmed. 

Year 4: The children have made an excellent start on their recorders. Please encourage your child to practise at home and remind them to bring in their instrument and folder every Tuesday. We look forward to welcoming the Palisander Recorder Group to our school next Friday when they will be performing an Interactive Concert to all the Year 4s. 

Year 5: NO UKULELE NEXT THURSDAY (Thursday 3rd February), but your child will still have a music lesson. Please remind your child to bring their ukulele and folder on Thursday 10th. Your child should have taken some music home to practise. Here is a link to the backing tracks for three of the pieces:

Year 6: We are looking forward to going to see, ‘The Sound of Music’ next Tuesday (1st February) at Channing School. 

Junior Choir: I look forward to seeing the Junior Choir again on Thursday 3rd February. Sheena Masson, the leader of Primary Music in Camden is going to be coming to work with us and hear our fantastic singing, in preparation for the Spring Festival on Monday 21st March. Please click on the link below to help your child learn the songs.​

Children’s Mental Health Week

The week of 7th February is Children’s Mental Health Week! ​We will be exploring mental health, emotions and emotional regulation throughout the week through a series of lessons and assembly. On Friday 11th February, we invite children to ‘Dress to Express’ – this could be fancy dress, their favourite colour, their future job – whatever they like! We will be collecting donations on the gates for children’s mental health charity, Place2Be. Thank you! We can’t wait to see how the children (and staff) dress to express.

Camden Special Parent Forum

Next Wednesday 2nd February is our Parent Forum meeting for parent/carers in Camden. 10am-12pm on Zoom.

Camden will be joining us to get your views on the early stages of a SEND Strategy refresh. This is something that affects ALL parent/carers of SEND children and young people whatever your experience. We’ll also have an update on Short Breaks commissioning outlining the changes to the service which will start in April.

Please join us to find out what the strategy is all about, to be part of the discussion or just to listen in – all welcome!

Get in touch for the Zoom link to join us on Wednesday, for more information or to hear about the forum:

Year 1 Trip to St Mary Brookfield Church

As part of RE, Year 1 will be visiting St Mary Brookfield Church on Tuesday 8th February. We will be learning about what makes churches special places for Christians. In order for this trip to go ahead, we will need volunteers to walk down to the church with us. We will be leaving school at 9:45am and returning for 11:15am. Please email us ( if you are able to join. Thank you!

Amy and Jo

Camden Covid Update

Please see attached the latest Covid-19 update from Camden CNJ:

Hampstead School Open day

Hampstead School will open its doors for a visit from parents with their children who are currently in Years 4 and 5 on Tuesday 1 February 2022

The Open Morning will include: 

  • A tour of the school 
  • An opportunity to speak to students 
  • A talk by the Head 

The morning will start promptly at 0915 and finish before 1030.  

We ask that parents do not arrive at school before 0905 to reduce crowding in the Reception area. 

If parents wish to visit the school on Tuesday 1 February 2022, please ask them to email us at to secure their place. 

London Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair

On Saturday 7th May London Plant Heritage will be hosting their spring plant fair.

Venue: St Michael’s C of E Primary school.  North Road, Highgate N6 4BJ
Opens at 9.30am & Closes at 1.30pm
Entry: £2.50

All money goes to Free entry to: Plant Heritage members, under 18s, disabled visitors and their carers. Bring cash, cards, carrier bags. We look forward to seeing you on the day. The autumn plant fair is scheduled for Saturday 3rd September.

The Dog House!