Newsletter 25th November

Key EventsDates
Brookfield achievements and priorities with Laurel (Headteacher) and Jo (Chair of Governors)Tuesday 29th November 9am
Year 5 and 6 Hegarty Maths parent workshop with Lucy, bottom hallWednesday 30th November, 9-9.30am
Coffee Morning Positive Body Image & Self-EsteemThursday 1st December
INSET day- school closedFriday 2nd December
Winter FairSaturday 3rd December 12-3pm
Year 6 Parliament Hill to see Sister Act*Monday 5th December
Year 3 Petrie MuseumTuesday 6th December
Willow FAB Dance Session*Tuesday 6th December 11.45am
Ash FAB Dance Session*Tuesday 6th December 2.30pm
Christmas Jumper DayThursday 8th December
Infants Carol concert at St Mary Brookfield ChurchThursday 8th December 10am
Juniors Carol concert at St Mary Brookfield ChurchThursday 8th December 2.15pm
Brookfield Fun Run*Sunday 11th December 9.45am
Year 2 Nativity PlayTuesday 13th December 2.30pm
West Africa Drumming Session Ash/Willow ClassWednesday 14th December 2pm/3pm
Elm FAB Dance Session*Wednesday 14th December 11.45am
Oak FAB Dance Session*Wednesday 14th December 2.30pm
School Christmas DinnerWednesday 14th December
Reception Festive Songs Performance*Wednesday 14th December 2.30-3pm
Nursery Festive Songs Performance*Friday 16th December 12.30 – 1pm
School closes, end of Autumn termFriday 16th December
* New items

Laurel’s Update

On Tuesday morning at 9am, I am looking forward to welcoming you to school to hear about Brookfield’s achievements and plans for 2023 and beyond. Our Chair of Governors, Jo Cooke, and the PTA will be there to talk about fundraising opportunities. You can share your suggestions and enjoy some refreshments. Younger siblings can come too and we will have books and toys available for them. Please note that the planned evening version of this event has been moved to avoid a clash with the England football match.

It’s just over a week to go until the Winter Fair (our first full Winter Fair since 2019), and there are lots of exciting things going on. Please read the All you need to know‘ page here, which has details of stalls, how you can help / donate, and how to sign your child up for Santa’s Grotto (free places for children eligible for Pupil Premium). 

Please, please do what you can: the Fair only works if we have enough helpers. There are many things you can do – bake for the World Bakery, donate some books or toys, find something for the raffle, fill a jam jar, help set up a stall – but MOST importantly, please do come and have fun. There are lots of free things as well as some fantastic things to buy, do, eat and drink. 

Class news

Hegarty Maths Parent workshop

As both Year 5 and 6 are beginning to use Hegarty maths as their homework platform in school, Lucy will be running a parent workshop in the bottom hall at 9am on Wednesday 30th November to talk through how the platform works and the benefits of using it. This is open to parents of both Year 5 and 6 children.

Year 3 at Hampstead Heath

This week Year 3 went to Hampstead Heath to help the charity 'Heath Hands'. The children took part in some activities to help look after the heath, including litter picking and clearing leaves. They also had the opportunity to look at different nests, skeletons and pellets found on the heath. They were surprised to learn that snakes can be found in the grass! It was a wonderful way to spend half a day and a nice opportunity to get outside.

Find out about events coming up on Hampstead Heath here.

Year 4 Podcast with Kate

This week was a kick start to Year 4 learning how to make a podcast. They looked into what a podcast actually is and the ingredients that are needed to start and make a podcast.

FAB: Dance (Year 5 and 6)

As part of our 'Fantastic Arts at Brookfield' Project (FAB), the children are having weekly 'street-style' dance sessions taught by 'Damien' from 'B-Better' dance: https://www.b-better.org.uk/

Year 5 and 6  parents and carers are invited to attend a dance showcase to see what the children have been learning. You will also have the opportunity to try some dancing too! Please see below for timings:

Willow: Thursday 6th December 11.45am

Ash: Thursday 6th December 2.30pm

Elm: Wednesday 14th December 11.45am

Oak: Wednesday 14th December 2.30pm

Over the course of the year, children from years EYFS-Year 6 will all have dance sessions for a term.

We are so excited by the dance project and can't wait to show you what the children (and staff!) have learnt!

British Values: Democracy

What are British Values? Fundamental British Values underpin what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain valuing our community and celebrating diversity of the UK. These values are Democracy, Rule of Law, Respect and Tolerance, Individual Liberty.

At Brookfield, we actively promote these values at school.  In today's assembly we focused on: democracy.  The children discussed why it is important to 'have a voice' and a 'say in how our school is run'.  The school council were presented with their special badges and spoke about: the importance of having a school council and the issues they are currently working on.

Year 1 PAC Maths

Here are the slides from the Year 1 Parent and Child Maths session, any questions please email the Year 1 team. The children will had a copy of the BUMP maths game sent home with them this week.

Attendance and Punctuality

This week a lot of children have been unwell at Brookfield and our school attendance is 94.41% (our target is 96%).

Nursery Catkin 65.2%
Rec Acorn 97.9%
Rec Conker 88.3%
1 Bluebell 86.4%
1 Daisy 90.2%
2 Dandelion 80.6%
2 Poppy 91.1%
3 Fern 94%
3 Heather 92.5%
4 Bramble 90.2%
4 Ivy 89.7%
5 Ash 93.1%
5 willow 95.2%
6 Elm 90.9%
6 Oak 92.1%

Music News

Winter Fair! Saturday 3rd December

​The Infant Choir will be performing at 1pm (please meet Julia in school at 12.45pm) and the Junior Choir will be performing at 1.30pm (please meet Julia in school at 1.15pm).

This week a lot of children have been unwell at Brookfield and our school attendance is 94.41% (our target is 96%).

Information and Events for Parents and Carers

Scarlet Fever

The UK Health Security Agency has informed us that there has been a rise in cases of scarlet fever, especially among under fives.

Ice Skating Rink

North London's pop-up outdoor ice rink is back! See flyers for more details
Cost of living crisis

Good Work Camden Employment Support Session

On Friday 9th of December, Camden Council’s Good Work Camden service will be running a parent workshop offering employment support.  We’re aware that many people take a career break to bring up young children, and sometimes it can be challenging to re-enter the workplace.

Camden Council offers a range of free services to support people back to work, including jobs and apprenticeships ring-fenced specifically for Camden residents, both in the Council itself and with Camden-based employers. Many employers also offer flexible working options that suit those with childcare commitments.

Please click here to see flyer and we hope to see you at the workshop.

Apply for free school meals

If your child attends a Camden school, you must apply to Camden, even if Camden is not your local authority.

Apply for free school meals

If you do not want to apply online, please download a free school meals application form. You must print this out and post it to Camden at the address given on the form.

If you’re eligible, Camden will let your child’s school know within 10 working days of receiving your application. We will also contact you to confirm your entitlement.

Who gets free school meals? 

Children in reception, year 1 and year 2

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 get free school meals. However, if you are eligible - please apply as the school receives extra funding to support your child with their learning. If your child attends a nursery attached to a Camden primary school or a Camden run children’s centre then you should also apply for free school meals.

Children in year 3 and above

If your child is in year 3 or above, you or your child must receive one of the following to apply for free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit – your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including benefits)
  • Child Tax Credit with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit
  • the Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • support from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS)​

If you are struggling with rising costs, please let us know and visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment​ for more information

Updates from the office

Reception Admissions

If you have a child born between 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019, if you haven't already applied for your child's reception please do so, the deadline for applications is: January 15th 2023

Trips

If you haven't already, please click here to give permission for your child to attend trips this year and click here to make a contribution.

After school club

Reminder that 6pm bookings should be made by 4.30pm the day before. We are not able to take on the day bookings.

Please can you also double check your bookings once your booking has been confirmed, so that if the booking needs to be amended it can be done quickly.

Please be aware that after school club closes promptly at 6pm.