Newsletter 4th November

Key EventsDates
Ivy Class trip to The National GalleryWednesday 9th November
Catkin and Blossom Shadow puppet showWednesday 9th November
Zones of Regulation Coffee MorningThursday 10th November
Ash Class outing ‘Together with Music’Thursday 10th November
Community Breakfast – followed by Winter Fair meetingFriday 11th November 8-9.30am
Remembrance DayFriday 11th November
World Kindness Day Friday 11th November
Year 1 PAC MathsTuesday 15th November 9am
Year 2 to London ZooWednesday 16th November
Anti-bullying coffee morningThursday 17th November
Ash Class outing ‘Together with Music’Thursday 17th November
Hannah Moore visiting Year 4Friday 18th November
Years 2,3,5 to Lauderdale HouseFriday 18th November
Hampstead HeathTuesday 22nd November
Ten Minutes Peace Parent workshopFriday 25th November 9-9.30am
Brookfield achievements and priorities with Laurel (Headteacher) and Jo (Chair of Governors)Tuesday 29th November 9am or 6.30pm
Hegarty Maths parent workshopWednesday 30th November 9-9.30am
INSET day- School Closed Friday 2nd December
Year 3 trip to Petrie MuseumTuesday 6th December
Carol concerts for years 1-6 at St Mary Brookfield ChurchThursday 8th December
Christmas DinnerWednesday 14th December
Reception Festive Songs Performance*Wednesday 14th December
Nursery Festive Songs Performance*Friday 16th December
School ClosesFriday 16th December

Update from Laurel

I hope you and your family enjoyed the half term break and that members of our community who were celebrating Diwali had a fun and festive time together.
This week our year 6 classes have been on their residential trip to Sayers Croft in Surrey. They have been inspired by their experiences and surroundings. Thanks to all the staff who have made this such a positive week for the children. Photos are available in the class news section – along with year 1 Omved Gardens trip, year 4 National Art Gallery and year 5 choral workshop pictures.
Jo (Chair of Governors) and I are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday 29th November at 9am or 6.30pm. These community meetings will be an opportunity to reflect on our achievements, priorities and for parents to share their ideas and thoughts about our school. We will also be sharing our exciting plans for a new Forest School Garden at Brookfield. While the talk will be aimed at grown-ups – children are welcome too and we will have refreshments provided by our brilliant Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Please make sure you have read this important trips letter and clicked on the links to give permission for your child(ren) to attend trips for the rest of this year and to make a donation towards these.
Information and Events for Parents and Carers

World Kindness Day

Kindness is one of Brookfield's core values and we are excited to celebrate World Kindness Day on Friday, 11th November, ahead of Anti-Bullying Week the following week. Follow this link to sign your child up to The Kids' Kindness Club to inspire them to continue their journey of kindness and to think creatively about what kindness means.

Supporting Children's Mental Health

Thank you to the parents and carers who could join yesterday's mental health coffee morning. Please find attached the slides for your interest. The next mental health workshop is on Wednesday, 16th November at 9am and is about Positive Body Image.  

Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing Pt 2

Ten minutes Peace Parent Workshop

Teachers and parents are well aware of the anxiety and stress that many children experience in this time of flux and transition. The Ten minutes peace practice gives practical solutions with a fantastic foundation for self care by bringing awareness to the way we breathe, move our bodies and quiet our minds. The parents workshop will be 15-20 mins long, we will practice one of the two sequences that we use every day at school as part of our daily routine. It's a chance for you to see what your children are up to! It will be held on Friday 25th November from 9-9.30am.

Works at St Albans Road

Works are being done to the St Albans Road junction to reduce the crossing distance and provide an easier turning space for people turning left. This means that the Healthy School Street restriction is suspended at this point (the other end is still active). There may be increased levels of traffic while the works are going on, there has not been a completion date given, hopefully it shouldn't be too long.

Coat Donations

Every year, Calling London collects winter coats and jackets and then distributes them to over 30 charitable organisations - helping the homeless, victims of domestic abuse, those living in poverty, the elderly, refugees and children. We’ve been collecting coats on behalf of Calling London since 2014 and now more than ever they need our help.

Until 22nd November all of the Chestertons London branches become donation points for the public to drop off their unwanted coats and jackets. You can read more here:

World Kindness Day

Christmas lunch is on Wednesday 14th December. See menu

Class news

Sayers Croft

This week, our year 6's have been enjoying their residential trip to Sayers Croft in Surrey. The classes have been absolutely brilliant and shown so much enthusiasm, kindness and resilience throughout the week. They have tried lots of new activities during the day such as caving, axe throwing and archery. In addition to that, they also enjoyed their evening actives including: a night walk, camp fire and the disco!

A huge thank you to all staff who went and contributed to organizing this trip, to the parents and carers for their support and preparation and lastly for the children for being absolute superstars!

Have a lovely, restful weekend to all involved!

Year 5 Shaolin Temple visit and Choral workshop

Year 5's Willow and Ash class have had two fantastic experiences recently. One was for R.E. Day on the last day of the half term when we visited the Shaolin Temple in Tufnell Park and one on the first day back this week when we had a choral music workshop with an amazing group of professional choristers led by Daniel Gethin.

At the Shaolin temple, the Grand Master gave generously of his time to educate the children on many aspects of Buddhist thought, symbolism and practice, linking to the fundaments of Kung Fu which is taught and practised there. This was a truly inspiring visit and we thank the temple for sharing their time with us.

The choral music workshop this week brought a group of professional singers to us of incredible talent and engaged, entertained and taught the children the power of rhythm and voice. They were able to seamlessly lead the children to perform some complex and powerful rounds within even a brief amount of time. We thank Daniel and his group for so generously sharing their time and talents with us.

National Gallery

This week year 4 had a fantastic trip to the National Gallery to look at paintings by the artist JMW Turner. This introduced our Art topic this half term, seascapes. We then had a go at sketching some seascapes in a similar style.

British Values

At Brookfield Primary School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.

A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

The 5 British Values that we promote are:

  • The Rule of Law
  • Democracy
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

In today's assembly, we focused on: The Rule of Law. We thought about rules we have at home and school to help keep us safe.

If you would like to contribute to any of these assemblies as a guest speaker, with a special interest in any of the above British values, we would love to hear from you. ​Please email Faye:

Attendance and Punctuality

This week our whole school attendance figure was 95.57%. Our aim is for 96%- we are so close to reaching it. Well done to Daisy class who had the highest attendance for whole half term. They chose their reward and had a pyjama party today!

Below is a breakdown of each individual classes attendance:

Thank you for all your support with attendance and punctuality at Brookfield.

Music News

The Year 5s are making great progress on their ukuleles. Here is a link to some backing tracks they can use for the pieces they are learning:

Wanted - Recorder players to perform at the Royal Albert Hall!

All families of musicians in Year 5 who might possibly have a recorder player at home!

Camden Youth Recorder Group is performing in a concert next April at the Royal Albert Hall, and we'd like to include as many of Camden's young recorder players as possible in this performance.

CYRG meets every Thursday from 4.30 - 5.45 at Regent High School, Chalton Street (near Mornington Crescent tube), during the school term.

Simply email to let her know your child would like to come, or for more information.

Updates from the office

Nasal Flu Vaccination Update

We are still waiting to hear from the flu vaccination team to tell us if they are able to come back and see the children that they missed on their last visit. In the meanwhile you can book your child's vaccination at Kentish Town by calling 020 3317 5076.

Afterschool Club Booking

The latest afterschool club form is now available for Autumn 2 here. We are now accepting bookings and are welcoming the children from Reception class, children are allowed to bring a healthy snack to eat.

PTA News

Bake sale update: we raised £348! Thanks to everyone that came and bought, donated goodies and generally made it fun.

Fun Run

The Fun Run will be this Sunday- 6th November. As we are fundraising for the Forest school the dress-up theme is... nature.

The sponsorship form is downloadable here.

Please use this link for donations.

Community Breakfast

Next Friday - 11th November there is a Brookfield community breakfast in the junior playground from 8am.

Winter Fair

The Winter Fair will be on December 3rd, 12-3 as usual.

Also on Friday 11th there will be a Winter Fair planning meeting at 9am in the bottom hall. Open to everyone, come & give your ideas or suggestions on how we can make this a fantastic event for everyone!

Xmas cards

Not too late to pay for your Xmas cards online here. Any problems please let us know.

Class reps

We know you all have busy lives, but it really is important that some of you step up and becomes the class reps for Blossom, Heather, and Ivy Classes. Your classes may miss out on important information or events without someone to help us communicate with them. Please don’t ignore this message! Email us to get started

Quiz date to follow shortly - it looks like we may have to schedule this for Spring term.

From the PTA Team (Sophie, Nicolai & Rob/Graeme)

Visual Portfolio, Posts & Image Gallery for WordPress

Shaolin Temple 1

Shaolin Temple 2

Shaolin Temple 3

National Gallery 1

National Gallery 2

National Gallery 3

National Gallery 4

National Gallery 5

Attendance & Punctuality PJ Party

Sayers Croft 1

Sayers Croft 3

Sayers Croft 2


Attendance & Punctuality PJ Party