Newsletter 7th January 2022

Key Events​Date
Anti Racism committee at 2.15pm Tuesday 18th January
Parents & Children together maths workshops Year 4 Wednesday 19th January
Rearranged trip 6 Oak class theatre trip &JulietFriday 21st January
Open afternoon – parent/carer teacher meetings school closes 1-1.15pmThursday 27th January
Spring INSET dayFriday 28th January
Parents & Children together maths workshops Year 1Tuesday 1st February
Safeguarding workshop for parents and carersFriday 4th February 9am
Parents & Children together maths workshops Year 3Monday 7th February
Parents & Children together maths workshops Year 2Wednesday 23rd February
Chair of Governors and Headteacher coffee morning Friday 4th March 9am
Year 6 coffee morning Friday 18th March 9am
Junior Choir performing at UCL Academy Monday 21st March
February half termMonday 14 – Friday 18
Last day of Spring termFriday 1st April

Laurel’s Update

Happy New Year! It has been a joy to welcome our children and families to our Spring term 2022.

We started our term with a virtual training day for all staff which included safeguarding, how to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), asthma and anaphylaxis and health and safety. We also had the opportunity to meet as School Improvement Committees, this year our priorities are:

Inspiring the best in everyone through:

·         Our new Brookfield Curriculum

·         An oracy curriculum that deepens children’s learning

·         Transforming the learning environment

·         Children’s emotional literacy and leadership

This week, Year 3 children have been inspired starting their film making as part of our Fantastic Arts at Brookfield (FAB) project.

Thanks to families for helping keep school safe through regular testing for COVID 19. We look forward to a healthy, joyous and learning filled Spring term!

Updates from the office

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.

NSPCC Assembly

We are pleased to announce that on Monday 10th January, we will be delivering NSPCC ‘Speak out. Stay Safe’ online assemblies for KS1 and KS2. It aims to help children understand abuse in all its forms and to recognise the signs of abuse in a child friendly way. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or Childline.

If you would like more information, please see the attached letter which also gives a link to the assemblies. 

Music Update

Year 5 – I have exciting news that all of the Year 5s are going to learn to play the ukulele, starting next Thursday (13th). I will be working alongside an experienced ukulele teacher called Samuel to teach all of the Year 5s how to play the instrument during their Music lesson. More details will be emailed soon about how your child can borrow an instrument to practise at home. If your child already plays the ukulele, they will be given different parts to learn, appropriate to their level. 

Year 4 – I am pleased to announce that all of the Year 4 children will be learning to play the descant recorder in their Music lesson, hopefully starting on Tuesday 18th January. As an experienced teacher and player of the descant recorder, I will be teaching the children. More details will  be emailed to you soon. Each child will have their own labelled recorder and they will not be shared. 

Year 1 – The Year 1 children will start next Wednesday with their weekly West African Drumming lessons with Tanya. 

Junior Choir – Junior choir restarted this week, and will continue every week (excluding half term holiday!) up to and including Thursday 17th March. On Monday 21st March we will be rehearsing and performing a virtual Camden Music Concert at UCL academy. We will leave school at about 1pm (tbc) and return to school at about 7.30pm. the concert will be live streamed, but there will be no live audience. More information to follow.

There will therefore be no choir on Thursday 25th March and Thursday 31st March

If your child would like to learn an instrument individually at Brookfield then please apply on the Camden Music Website:

1000 Hours outside

As a school we recognise the importance of time spent outside for both physical and mental health so we’re encouraging you to get involved in the 1000 Hours Outside challenge this year. According to research, children aged 5-16 are spending on average 6.5 hours a day on screens, so the aim of this campaign is to attempt to shift some of this to time spent in nature. There are some great free trackers on the campaign website that children can colour in to see their progress, or why not get creative and challenge your child to create their own design with 1000 spaces to fill in. Class teachers would love to see what they come up with and to share their successes and ideas for getting outside to enjoy some free play and exploration.

Phone Safety

Network provider EE have launched EE PhoneSmart, a phone safety learning resource for you to do with your children. If your child has or is going to get a mobile phone, this is an excellent tool to use in order to learn how to use phones and the Internet safely and in a smart way. It is completely free and you are able to see how your child is getting on throughout. Any questions, please email Lillie: