Newsletter 13th January

Key EventsDates
Parent Governor Drop in SessionTuesday 17th January 8.45am
Good Work Camden Employment Support SessionThursday 19th January 9 – 9.45am
Bramble at London Mithraeum/AmphitheatreThursday 19th January
Year 2 Hampstead HeathThursday 19th January
Parent Governor Drop in SessionFriday 20th January 8.45
Daisy to Omved GardensThursday 26th January 10-11.30am
Bluebell to Omved GardensFriday 27th January 1.15-2.45pm
Open Afternoon (School closes from 1pm)Thursday 26th January
Year 3 PAC MathsThursday 2nd February
Brookfield Community BreakfastFriday 3rd February 8.15am
Year 5 to Science Museum Wonderlab & Space GalleryFriday 3rd February
Children’s Mental Health WeekMonday 6th – Friday 10th February
Year 3 to Waitrose Cookery SchoolTuesday 7th February
Year 4 FAB Performance for parentsWednesday 8th February
Daisy Drumming Performance Wednesday 8th February 2pm
Bluebell Drumming PerformanceWednesday 8th February 3pm
Year 3 FAB Performance for parentsThursday 9th February
Dress to Express DayFriday 10th February
Last day of half termFriday 10th February
Half termMonday 13th – Friday 17th February
School beginsMonday 20th February
Year 4 PAC MathsThursday 23rd february
Year 4 to Camden Learning CentreFriday 24th February
World Book DayThursday 2nd March
Quiz Night Thursday 9th March
Year 1 Omved GardensThursday 16th March
INSET DayFriday 17th March
Year 1 PAC Maths Tuesday 21st March
Year 2 PAC MathsTuesday 28th March
Year 2 FAB Performance for ParentsWednesday 29th March
Year 1 FAB Performance for ParentsThursday 30th March
Community Volunteering DaySaturday 25th March, 10-1pm
Last Day of TermFriday 31st March
Spring Holiday Monday 3rd – Friday 14th April
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Laurel’s Update

We started the week with an inspirational visit from the Camden Mayor, Councillor Nasim Ali. He shared his story with us while reflecting on our three values of responsibility, achievement and kindness. Meeting our School Council, pictured, he helped the children to reflect on their contributions to the school.

Jo Cooke, Chair of Governors will be having two drop in sessions the first one will be held on Tuesday 17th January 2022 at 8.45am and Friday 20th January 2022 at 8.45am.

Read your child’s Curriculum Letter for this half term by clicking on the links in the Class News section. You can find out about what your child will be learning and how you can support at home.

Please sign up for a meeting with your child’s class teacher on Thursday 26th January, noting that Reception – year 6 will be finishing school from 1-1.15pm. We will relocate After School Club to Konstam for the afternoon and have refreshments and stalls in the bottom hall. Please contact the office if you know of a local community group that would like to attend.

Brookfield is looking for an inspirational Deputy Headteacher to start in September 2023 – please share this link far and wide to help us find a really strong field for this important position.

Deputy Headteacher Vacancy

Class news

Spring Curriculum Letters

Please find below the Spring Term curriculum letters for your child(ren)

Catkin Spring Curriculum Letter

Reception Spring Curriculum Letter

Year 1 Spring Curriculum Letter

Year 2 Spring Curriculum Letter

Year 3 Spring Curriculum Letter

Year 4 Spring Curriculum Letter

Year 5 Spring Curriculum Letter

Year 6 Spring Curriculum Letter

Blossom's curriculum letter will be sent out next week once all the new children have started.

Year 5/6 football

From having no training and being thrown into the deep end with matches in the first week, to having more regular training during their lunchtimes and a lot of hard work, the two teams have shown huge progress and from the second week onwards they haven't looked back- hardly losing a game! Both teams are in good positions in the league and we are just awaiting other schools to finish their fixtures to see where we place.

Both teams are leading the way by a considerable amount on the fair play chart, which shows their spirit, togetherness and most importantly their respect for the opponents and referee. ​

Year 6 Imperial War Museum Trip

On Monday, Year Six went to the Imperial War Museum in Elephant and Castle. We learnt many things about our history topic: WW2. We learnt about many events of the war such as evacuation, rationing and the Nazis.

We really enjoyed using the interactive displays of the museum such as the machine which generated Morse code, and reconstructions of the houses which were made to look like they were from the times of the war.

There were many signposts to help navigate the time periods of the war and help us with the worksheets created by our teachers. Many parts of the exhibitions were linked to our learning in History and our year group thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

-Marianne Oak Class​

Bramble Podcast

Last term Bramble created a podcast about Antarctica as part of our Geography and Computing learning. We were lucky enough to have Kate Taylor, who is a podcast creator and Brookfield parent, help us with this exciting project. Thanks to Kate, we were able to conduct a virtual interview with Dr Rutendo Shackleton (Conservationist, Scientist and Co-host of BBC Earth Podcast) to get her top tips on creating a science podcast. Here is the result! Hope you enjoy.

Bramble Podcast Listen here

Music News

Half-price music lessons                                                     

Families which qualify for Free School Meals, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support can have half-price music lessons for their children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 here in school (not including piano as this is oversubscribed). Prices start from £58.20 for ten lessons. (Subsidies funded by Camden Council and Universal Music Group). Full price lessons start from £116.40 for ten lessons. We are keen to start Brass lessons at Brookfield, so we are particularly looking for children to sign up for the trumpet or trombone.

Apply here

Year 1 Drumming Sharing Sessions

You are invited to come in on Wednesday 8th February for our West African Drumming Sharing Session for your child's class.

2pm - Daisy

3pm - Bluebell

Diversity Photos

I have been putting together a diversity display showing off the rich variety of cultures we have at Brookfield.

Could you send in some photos of children taking part in there culture celebrations. Wearing traditional clothing, celebrating a religious holiday or eating traditional food, accompanied by a few sentences explaining the picture.

Punctuality and Attendance

Well done to Fern and Elm who achieved a brilliant 100% attendance this week! What a great start to the year!

Our whole school percentage was 93.85% which is a slight increase on last week.

Please see a breakdown of the class attendance below:

Nursery Catkin 82.5%
Rec Acorn 90%
Rec Conker 93%
1 Bluebell 94.6%
1 Daisy 92.9%
2 Dandelion 98%
2 Poppy 96%
3 Fern 100%
3 Heather 97.8%
4 Bramble 98.1%
4 Ivy 97.3%
5 Ash 95.4%
5 willow 95.8%
6 Elm 100%
6 Oak 94%

Year 6

We have noticed that lates are particularly high in year 6.  Please note that Year 6 start school at 8.45am and we would like to ask for your support in ensuring that the children are ready and waiting in their lines at this time.

Arriving late means that they miss out on important learning. It can also impact their emotional wellbeing as it can leave children feeling unsettled at the start of the day.

Thank you for your continued support with this.

PTA News

Thursday 26th Jan - Open Afternoon Bake Sale - from 1pm, Infant Playground & Hall.

Friday 3rd Feb - Brookfield Community Breakfast - followed by an Auction & Disco planning meeting.

Thursday 9th March - Quiz Night

We are also planning some events around World Book Day including a Sponsored Reading fundraiser, Bake Sale and Costume Swap.

We are hoping to hold the Disco at the end of March, if you can help out with the running & organisation, please email us or come along to the planning meeting. Thank you.

The Auction will be held after Easter, more details to follow.

Raffle leftovers

There are still some fantastic prizes to be claimed from the Winter Fair Raffle. Please bring your winning ticket or photo of it to the office to collect your prize.

The prizes will be reserved for collection until Friday 20th January, if they have not been claimed by then they will be put into the auction or next raffle.

Here’s the remaining prize list:

64 Green - Vinyl Collection from EMI
175 Green - Meat Cookbook
222 Green - 4 x Ten Minutes Peace Sessions
316 Green - £100 Voucher for Moon
404 Green - Map Gift Shop Goody Bag
430 Green - Queen in 3D
47 Orange - Electric Daisy Flower Farm Goody Bag
75 Orange - Bottle of Fizz
111 Orange - Voucher for treatment - Backs & Beyond

Message from the PTA Co-Chairs:

Both Sophie & Nicolai will have been PTA co-chairs for 2 years at the end end of this school year and so will both be stepping down from the role. It has been a fantastic and rewarding experience. We have both loved helping the school and children during this time.

The PTA is a team effort and we are looking for two new co-chairs to take over to continue the PTA’s mission of supporting and enriching your children’s education.

Please do consider coming forward to take over the roles, it is a great experience and essential for helping fund and run all the fun extra activities and events at the school.

Now is a good time to think about getting involved as we can pass on all our knowledge and help with the transition. Don’t worry we will still stay involved with the PTA and be around for any help or advice.

Email us at if you are interested or speak to us in the playground for more info.

Thank you,
Sophie & Nicolai

Information and Events for Parents and Carers

Open Afternoon

We look forward to welcoming parents and carers of children in Years 1 – 6 to our next Open Afternoon on Thursday 26th January. Open Afternoon is a chance for parents to book a 10 minute appointment with the class teacher to discuss your child's well being and academic progress. There will also be an opportunity to meet our governors, members from the PTA and other local groups.

School will finish early on 26th January, with children being dismissed from 1 – 1.5pm. Please ensure you collect your child on time, as appointments need to start promptly at 1.30pm.

Y6 and Y2 – 1pm

Y5 and Y1 – 1.05pm

Y4 and YR – 1.10pm

Y3 – 1.15pm

How to book your appointment

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After School Club

After School Club will still run on the 26th, from 1.15pm until 6pm. If your child is already booked, you don’t need to do anything. If you need to make a booking, please be aware that this session is from the end of the school day (1.15pm) until 4.30pm (or the later session until 6pm).

Collection will be from Konstam building where we run our 2 year old Nursery.

Mental Wellness

Children's Mental Health Week

We are delighted to be taking part in Children's Mental Health Week (week commencing 6th February) with the theme 'Let's Connect'. On Friday, 10th February, children are encouraged to 'Dress to Express' to celebrate and honour mental health. Children can wear whatever they feel expresses them - we encourage colour, crazy hair, odd socks! We will be taking donations for Place2Be on the gate on this day. Thank you for your support.

Place2Be Poster

Wellbeing Support

Please find here the link to Camden's brand new Parent and Carer Wellbeing Support Newsletter, which has lots of handy links, webinars and tips to support both your and your child's wellbeing.

Click here for support letter

Thank you for attending the Child Development & Wellbeing coffee morning with Camden Learning. If you were unable to attend, please find attached the presentation, which includes handy video links.

Child Development & Wellbeing Presentation

Help Ukraine

If you have any spare warm clothes to the Highgate Society at 10A South Grove on Saturday 14th or 21st 10am to 1pm.

Click for more information

Cost of living crisis

Camden Advice and Support

The Council have developed a booklet to provide residents with advice and support on the cost of living crisis.

Advice booklet

Would you like to donate?

If you are looking to support your neighbours and local community please click here.

Need a Warm Space

Lauderdale House are opening their doors for anyone searching for a warm quiet place. Click here for more information

Updates from the office

Trip Permission

Please could you fill out the trip permission for as soon as possible to avoid your child missing out on trips.