View this email in your browser
24th March 2022


Opening to the Community

This week we have had our ‘Open Classrooms’. It has been wonderful to see parents back in the building, giving them the opportunity to see where the children are learning and looking through all that they have learnt so far this year. Last Friday, we reinstated our weekly tea and coffee afternoon. This is a chance for our families to reconnect over some refreshments. We will continue to offer the canteen as a space to sit and chat, as well as opening the playground for the children to play. Please join us tomorrow for our second CommuniTEA instalment!

Camden Spring Music Festival

The Brecknock and Torriano Choir came together in beautiful unity last night to participate in their first ‘out of school performance in two years at La Sainte Union. As part of the Camden Spring Musical Festival, the children sung four songs in collaboration with other primary and secondary schools in Camden. 
Our combined choir sung 'The Show Must Go On' by Queen, blew us all away. The concert, which was broadcast live, can be watched here for the next few days - the children’s solo performance is at around 24 minutes.

Tom and Rod were so proud of them and are now working towards the next concert at Camden School for Girls in the summer term. Huge thanks to them both for their dedication and collaboration.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

This week we have been celebrating our unique strengths and differences during neurodiversity week. Neurodiversity is about recognising and respecting that we don’t all learn the same way. Differences in the way our brains are wired means that some of us may struggle to do things that others find easier. You may also find things easy that other people struggle with. 

Classes have investigated the strengths and challenges of people with Autism, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome and Dyslexia. We learnt about how these strengths and challenges have enabled many familiar people in science, entertainment and society to do amazing things!

Next Generation of Teachers

On Monday this week, Brekcnock hosted 15 students from the Institute of Education. The reason for their visit was to learn more about EYFS maths. This year at Brecknock, we are part of a new programme of study called ‘Mastering Number’. This new programme is designed, by the National Centre of Excellence in  Mathematics, with the aim of ensuring that children in EYFS and KS1 have secure foundations in early number. The students were blown away by the confidence and communications skills of our reception children.

Parent Feedback 

Thank you to those parents who completed the parent survey this week, we had a fantastic response and will publish the full results next week. These results enable us to continually evaluate our work in order to make Brecknock even better!

If you haven’t responded to the survey yet, here is the link to do so.

Big Walk and Wheel

Keep up the great work with walking, scooting, biking and wheeling to school - we have such an active school community. We are completing the Sustrans Bigs Walk and Wheel survey online every day and are doing really well!

Please remind the children to park their bikes and scooter in the assigned places in the playgrounds, this helps keep them safe and the playground tidy. 

Torriano Spring Fair 

On Friday, Torriano will be holding their Spring fair and all of Brecknock are invited. Please see the details below from the PTA about the event, which will be after school in the Torriano playground. After the Easter break, Brecknock will host an Eid celebration where we look forward to welcoming the Torriano community too.

Easter Bonnets 

Next Friday we will be hosting our Easter Bonnet Parade. We can’t wait to see how creative the children will be, especially as we have set them the challenge of being as sustainable as possible.

The EYFS children will be holding their parade at 09:30 am. Parents and carers of these EYFS children are welcome to join us for this special end of term celebration.

Inside out: Proud to share update

We are delighted that so many families and individuals have already signed up to be part of our Inside Out project. 

Unfortunately the website for the Inside Out project is down. We are in contact with them and hoping to resolve this shortly - we will keep you all posted. 
We will still proceed with the whole school photoshoot/filming next week. Please look out for an update on when parents and carers will be invited to get involved!

Afterschool Clubs 

The clubs for the summer term are being organised. To express your interest in the summer clubs, please complete this form by Tuesday 29th March, one per child. Clubs are charged at £30.00 per term or £15.00 if your child is on free school meals.

Please complete one form per child.

Due to the high demand, please note that filling in this form does not guarantee your child a place in all clubs. We will confirm by Thursday 31st March which club or clubs your child has been allocated. You will receive an email with details about payment. 
Have a lovely weekend,

Helen and Conor



Well done to Year 5 for getting 93.4% and to Year 6 for having the fewest lates.

Last week, our whole-school attendance was 88.5%. Our target is 97%.



Friday 25th March

• Biblio Book Awards trip to Alexandra Palace for the selected book club
• Spring Slam at Torriano School - select students to attend

Monday 28th March - Friday 1st April

• The Great British School Spring Clean

Tuesday 29th March

• Employability workshop for parents - 9.15 - 10.45 at Torriano

Thursday 31st March

• 5U trip to The Francis Crick Institute

Friday 1st April

• Last Day of Spring term - School closes at 2pm for all children

Monday 4th April - Monday 18th April

• Easter Holidays - school closed to all children

Tuesday 19th April

• First day of the Summer term - All children to return to school

Tuesday 26th April

• Employability Workshop at Torriano School

Monday 2nd May

• Early Bank Holiday - school closed for all children

Tuesday 3rd May

• Children return to school

Thursday 5th May

• Whole class photos

Monday 9th - Thursday 12th May

• SATs week for Year 6

Monday 16th - Friday 20th May

• SATs week for KS1

Monday 30th May - Friday 3rd June

• Summer Half Term - school closed to all children

Monday 6th June 

• INSET DAY - school closed for all children

Tuesday 7th June

• Children return to school

Friday 24th - Monday 27th June

• Year 6 Residential trip - PGL Windmill Hill, East Sussex


Giving: How giving can help your mental
health and wellbeing

This week’s wellbeing tip, on the importance of giving, is written by Amelia (Year 5,) from Emmanuel CofE Primary School:

Giving to others brings a better feeling than receiving. When we give to others it actually triggers our brain, releases endorphins and boosts happiness for us as well as the people we help. It is important to give others gifts of kindness to represent your friendship and what they mean to you. This can help to build friendships and connections with others, or re-uniting broken ones that boost your energy, making you feel complete. It is also important to thank others for what they have done for you and feel thankful for what has been achieved. Giving doesn't have to just be something you buy for someone, it could be:
  • To give your time to help someone
  • Acts of kindness such as holding the door for somebody
  • Giving them time to listen to them
  • Saying thank you to someone for something they’ve done for you
  • Asking a friend if they would like to play together
  • Asking a friend how they are and really listen to the answer
  • Offering your seat to somebody on the bus
  • Offering to help your teacher with a job in the classroom



UNCRC - Right of the week

Children have the right to the best health care possible, clean water to drink, healthy food and a clean and safe environment to live in.

All adults and children should have information about how to stay safe and healthy. 



In nursery class we created our own perfume using some flowers. We talked about the four seasons with my teachers and friends. Children were able to remember there are four seasons.

Children took turns to share the resources and talk about the weather as well. they were excited to talk about our garden and the new flowers that they have found.

Well done Nursery class!


The Insatiable Scientists in Reception just could not stop exploring and examining this week! Thinking about how we can lure wildlife to our outdoor space the children decided to design and create bird baths and wormeries!

We are looking forward to adding both to our herb garden and bug hotel on Friday... we will also be bringing home our very own bird baths to put on a windosill or keep in our outdoor spaces at home!

Year 1

Year 1 have had lots of fun getting to know their pen pals from Uganda.

Year 2

On Tuesday, linked to their Science Topic  of Living Things and their Habitats, Year 2 went on a trip to London Zoo. They attended a workshop focusing on camouflage and how different animals adapt to their environment. As well as this, the children encountered lots of the Zoo's exciting residents such as tigers, lions, gorillas and komodo dragons!

Year 3

Year three have been measuring everyday items as part of our Maths Unit this week. We have been using a range of measuring equipment and discussing which is best for measuring different items. Children have really enjoyed comparing measurements with their estimations!

Year 4

Year 4 have been learning about improper fractions. We used numicon to help us.

Year 5

From the Jutes to the Angles, from the Kingdoms of Mercia to Wessex, Year 5 have been learning all about the Anglo-Saxons! The children commenced their learning by reading all about where the Anglo-Saxons came from.

They then used atlases to pinpoint where in Europe the Anglo-Saxons would have come from in modern day Europe. They continued deepening their curiosity by researching about different areas of Anglo-Saxon life. Did you know, the Anglo-Saxons believed in magical beings like elves and dwarves!

Year 6

This week is 'Neurodiversity week' and in Year 6 we have been learning about how we all think and learn differently. We then made posters to celebrate our differences.



Well done to this week's winner of The Golden Lock!


Copyright © 2022 Brecknock School, All rights reserved.

Telephone: 0207 485 6334

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.