|World Book Day – see details of PTA Trail and book giveaway below||Thursday 3rd March|
|Chair of Governors and Head teacher coffee morning in the bottom hall||Friday 4th March 9am|
|Dr Szydlo science assemblies for all years||Friday 4th March|
|Year 2&3 coffee morning with Stephanie and Lucy||Thursday 10th March 9am|
|SEND review meetings||14 – 18th March|
|Reception trip to Cecil Sharpe House (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment)||Wednesday 16th March|
|Year 6 coffee morning in the bottom hall||Friday 18th March 9am|
|Junior Choir performing at UCL Academy||Monday 21st March|
|10 Minutes Peace Parent coffee morning||Friday 1st April 9am|
|Last day of Spring term||Friday 1st April|
It was lovely to welcome back our children and staff this week after the half term break. Luckily Storm Eunice hadn’t caused too much damage to the school but there was some repair work to be done, including one of the windows in Nursery.
This first week of the new half term has been packed with visits and visitors. Year 6 visited the Imperial War Museum, Year 5 had a successful trip to the Crick Institute with all other classes participating in science workshops. One of our visitors this week was from out of this World… a space ship crashed in the Reception outside area causing quite a lot of interest! They thought it might be Beegu, the alien from the story they have been reading in class. The children wrote notes to the alien to let her know we are friendly and where she could find tools to mend her spaceship. Luckily for Beegu, although sadly for us, she must have managed to repair the spaceship as today it was gone.
We are looking forward to more trips and visitors to come this half term and everyone is very excited about World Book Day next Thursday.
Reading & Phonics update
Please read the letter below telling you about our new phonics and reading programme:
Does your child love books? Would they like to be a Reading Ambassador for their class?
A new role is available for two children in each class. The job involves organising the class book corner and looking after the books in their classrooms, suggesting new books, special jobs in the library, helping to create a brilliant library display, meetings once a month and more…..
If your child would like to be a reading ambassador please discuss it at home so they can share with their class why they are interested in the job.
Updates from the office
This half term’s dinner money will be £72
Blossom class, our 2 year old nursery have asked if anyone can donate wellies suitable for 2 year olds. Please bring them to the office.
Please ensure that all of your child’s belongings are labelled. Any lost items are placed on the pegs in the playgrounds.
World Book Day – 3rd March
THIS IS A WONDERFUL DAY TO CELEBRATE ALL THINGS STORYTELLING AND BOOKS!
Come as your favourite character! There will be prizes for BEST CLASS! To this end our wonderful PTA are organising a bake sale and costume swap this Friday (today) after school!
There will be an author and illustrator in for a zoom workshop in the morning for different ages. In the afternoon we’ll be having a WHOLE SCHOOL BOOKWORM readathon near the end of the day. Intrigued? You better be!
There’s also going to be a book swap in the playground and local book trail after school that day organised by the PTA. WE’RE GOING ON A BOOK HUNT!
Louise (English and Oracy Lead)
We’ve been listening to your feedback on school lunches, and will be continuing to work with Caterlink to make improvements. During the Easter holidays, the kitchen will receive a £30k upgrade of equipment including new ovens, and new hot tray units which will keep food hot.
During the summer term, we will be holding a number of tasting sessions which we will invite parents to. At these sessions you can try some of the meals available for your child(ren), find out how the menu is developed, and ask any questions you have. Finally, we have introduced a feedback book, so that children can give their opinions on what they enjoy, and why.
Here is the new Spring/Summer menu which starts this week:
We had our Spring R.E. Day on the last Friday before half term. Children across the school immersed themselves in the theme and religion for this term. Activities included Year 6 and Y1 visiting St Mary Brookfield and Year 2 creating belonging badges. We’ll have another R.E. Day coming up in Summer term. Have a look here: https://www.brookfield.camden.sch.uk/curriculum/curriculum-subjects/r-e/ for the themes each year group will be studying.
Year 5&6 boys football team put in a valiant performance in the Camden Football finals on Tuesday, coming home as runners up after losing narrowly to Torriano in the final. What an incredible achievement to get so far.
This Saturday sees Real World Academy start their first football taster session at Acland Burghley from 9-10am. The session will be run by Aaron and Tyreek, both member of staff at Brookfield. Email: email@example.com for more information.
Year 5 Learning
Before half term Year 5 had a wonderful week to end another busy, successful term! We enjoyed visiting Konstam, our nursery site, for our DT day, in which the children worked hard to design and create their very own arepas! This was inspired by our learning about the Amazon and South America, and the children did an amazing job in the kitchen. Move over Jamie Oliver!
We also visited the secret garden and loved our pond dipping experience, even though some of us did get covered in mossy pond water!
This week, Year 5 had their first big trip out of school since Covid! We were so excited and had an amazing time at the Francis Crick institute where we became chemists and engineers! The scientist who taught us was so impressed with the children that she let us do experiments which she wasn’t allowed to do until Year 9. They worked brilliantly in groups, showed fantastic team work skills and ‘wowed’ us with their scientific knowledge. Well done Year 5!
Year 1 Scientists
Daisy class had a very interesting visitor to our class on Thursday – a real life scientist from the world renowned Crick Institute. We used all our senses to work out what was the mysterious item in the scientists bag was.
Year 1 Junk Modelling Materials Required
This half term, Year 1 will be learning about different landscapes in geography, linked to our theme of sustainability. As part of this, we will be creating models of the countryside and slowly turning them into cities each week. To do this, we will need lots of junk modelling materials! Please send in rinsed and clean items with your children ASAP and over the next few weeks. Thank you!
Year 5 Parent/Carer Webinar on Brain Buddies
Brookfield’s Mental Health Support Team (MHST) invite Year 5 parents/carers to join us for an Webinar on the Zoom platform. This will be for a total of 1 hour and 30 minutes. The first hour will be for the presentation where we will provide an overview of the course content and ideas. We will also share resources you may wish to discuss and practice with your children at home. The last 30 minutes will be used to answer any questions you might have (this is optional as parents can leave after the presentation).
Parents are welcome to join us next on:
- Thursday 24th March 13:00 – 14:00 (Q+A 13:00 – 14:00)
To sign up for a date, please follow the Eventbrite Page below:
Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below to be taken to the event page:
Once you have booked your ticket, a link to the webinar will be sent via email 24 hours before it takes place. Please look out for notifications.
Special Educational needs at Brookfield
As an inclusive school we put children with SEND at the heart of all learning. If you have concerns about your child/children’s learning please feel free to contact Laura via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camden SEND parent survey
Camden is inviting parents and carers to have their say on how to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25. The Council, together with partners across education, health and social care, are refreshing the Local Area SEND Strategy to improve support services and the outcomes achieved by children and young people with SEND over the next five years. The strategy will outline the vision and key priorities for Camden’s children and young people with SEND so they can achieve well in their early years, at school and into adulthood.
Parents and carers who have children with SEND are invited to complete our easy-to-answer online survey – and they can be entered in a prize draw to win a £20 voucher. The survey closes on 4 March.
SENDIASS Camden launches new website
SENDIASS Camden has been able to collate much-needed information and strategies to help families self-advocate to ensure their children and young people have access to the support they need to access education and training to thrive and develop towards independent living as adults.
SENDIASS Camden, aims to help parents, carers, children and young people, as well as professionals, to work together to provide the best possible support to children and young people with SEND. They are thrilled to announce the launch of their new website, www.sendiasscamden.co.uk.
The updated and modernised website is now easier to navigate with downloadable resources and webinars, enabling families to use the site as their first point of contact with SENDIASS. Parents are able to access information and further signposting, without the need to speak to an advisor, as all information is easily accessible in different formats.
The site features not only written information but also webinars and podcasts. It uses the Reach Deck toolbar that removes barriers and maximises engagement. It will make finding information easier and will assist parents to navigate the complex SEND system with more confidence.
Parents’ feedback so far has been positive, with users describing the new website as “clear and very informative,” with “good accessibility tools”.
Oral Health Competition
Please see the attached poster for an Oral Health poster drawing competition which ends on 31st March
On World Book Day Year 2 and Year 5 will help us hold a Book Giveaway after school in both playgrounds. This will be a free event so come along and pick up something new to read or donate any books you no longer want.
Books donations can be left at the office anytime next week or just brought along on the day.
A massive thank you to The Toy Project who have donated a huge amount of books for this event.
Following the success of last year, the PTA have organised another fantastic Book Character Trail and Competition. The Trail will be around the local neighbourhood and will run from Thursday 3rd until Sunday 6th March.
The Trail Addresses and Checklist can be downloaded here:
Thank you and well done to everyone who took part in the Sponsored Reading Challenge over half term. Sponsorship Forms & money can still be handed in all next week. Please put in an envelope with your child’s name and class on either to their teacher or to the office. Prizes will be awarded to the child in each year group who spent the most time reading.
Another big thank you to the Children’s Bookshop in Muswell Hill for donating books and a book token to us for these events.
And yet more thank yous to everyone that took part in the Bake Sale and Costume Swap today! We raised an amazing £309. We hope you enjoyed it!
Let’s make World Book Day 2022 a fantastic celebration of reading!
The PTA Team