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10th March 2022
ATTENDANCE  |  DIARY  |  WELLBEING  |  SIGNING  |  YEAR GROUPS  |  STARS  |  NOTICEBOARD
 

HEAD'S LETTER

Inside Out: Proud to Share

 

Coffee Morning for all parents - Monday 14th March 9.15am


Come and hear more about the global art project we are taking part in called the Inside Out Project launched by the French artist JR. This project will bring us all closer together; to celebrate diversity, inclusion, heritage and cultures. 

 

We need your help to bring this project to life! 
 

We launched it with the children this week and they started to think about what they are ‘Proud to Share’ with the community using JRs book ‘Faces From Around the World’ as inspiration. Please join us to hear more about it on Monday and how you can get involved.

Year 3 Steve McQueen Project - London Wide Photography!

 
In 2019, Year 3 children took part in one of the most ambitious visual portraits of citizenship ever undertaken, in Steve McQueen’s Year 3 project. This week, we were delighted to receive our advance copy of the beautiful hardback book which brings the work together; Year 3 by Steve McQueen. It captures the Year 3 photographs from over 1500 schools in London.

The Y6 children were even more excited to see that their Y3 class photo appears in the book! 

 

The Tate are offering all participating schools a special discount if families would like to purchase their own copy. We will be sharing more information about this offer with you as soon as we have it.

Learning together

 

As you may remember, we shared with you some of the learning our teachers have been participating in across the partnership. This week, Torriano teachers were back at Brecknock to learn from Maeve.

Teachers and support staff from boths schools looked closely at what was helping the children learn in an excellent Maths lesson. This work is a chance for teachers to learn from each other; to help make their lessons even better! 

International Women’s Day #BreakTheBias and Classroom Conversations

To support ongoing PSHE lessons and whole school assemblies we have introduced weekly Brecknock Classroom Conversations. These important conversations are linked to the PSHE curriculum and whole school themes and events. They are opportunities for children to build on prior learning and to share their thoughts and ideas in a smaller forum following a whole school assembly to ensure every child's voice is heard. 

Each conversation is carefully planned to enable children to also develop their oracy skills. The first conversation on Wednesday was focused on Gender Equality, linking to International Women's Day and the focus on Break the Bias. 

Parent Events

We have been incredibly busy this week with a lot of parent events taking place. 

There has also been a Year 6 meeting about their residential trip to The Windmill in Surrey , Y5 will soon have details of their residential trip in the summer term.

SLT Coffee morning

Thank you to all those who attended the KS2 SLT coffee morning on Wednesday. This was our second chance to share with families what has been going on in the school as well as discussing the partnership and ambitions for Brecknock. 


Before COVID, a weekly gathering of parents occurred in the school canteen. It is clear there is a thirst for these to restart. We would like to invite parents to bring their own cup (BYOC) on Friday afternoons and enjoy a chance to reconnect with other parents and families. This will restart on Friday 18th March.

Online Safety

Last night, there was an Online Safety Meeting for parents and carers, in conjunction with Camden CLC for both schools. Thank you to those parents who attended. There will be further workshops in the summer term. In addition to this, you will have received information today about how we are supporting the children with their understanding of online safety using resources from the NSPCC.

Parent Careers Support


The latest Careers Workshop took place on Wednesday in the Torriano Gatehouse and was a real success with 16 participants. 

The next session will take place next Tuesday 15th March and will focus on reflecting transferable skills. All are welcome - you do not need to have attended previous sessions to come along! Please see the flyer below for the other scheduled sessions. 

Parents Evening 15th -16th March  


We are looking forward to meeting with you all next week (15th -16th March)  for parents evening to discuss your child’s progress as we reach the halfway point of the academic year. If you have not booked an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher, please check the email that was sent out last Friday (4th March) and book in at the following link:

https://brecknock.schoolcloud.co.uk/

Open Classrooms 22nd and 24th March!


Following your parent’s evening meetings, we are inviting parents to come and see their children’s work and classroom over the course of the week beginning 21st March. Your child’s class teacher will be available to chat and classrooms will be open from 15:40 - 16:30pm on these days. 

  Day

Tuesday 22nd March                 

Thursday 24th March

  Year groups                   

Reception

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Nursery

Year 1

Year 5

Year 6

Attendance and Punctuality


Thank you to every parent who is ensuring their child is regularly attending school -and is on time. Please remember that the only reason a child should be absent from school is if they have tested positive for COVID-19; have the symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting their result; or are generally far too unwell to learn.

Your child’s attendance should be our target or above, which is 97% for every child. We will continue to be in contact with any family where a child’s attendance is concerning. If you need any support with your child’s attendance or punctuality, please do speak to Jackie Williams or Tiggy Mitchell. 

Camden School Climate Charter


Brecknock Primary School has joined Camden on the journey to do all that we can to tackle the climate crisis and strive for a net zero borough by 2030.

As a signatory of the Camden School Climate Charter we have received a certificate to demonstrate this commitment!

Science Week


Finally, next week is Science Week! We are excited that Dr Lucy Collinson, our Scientist in Residence from the Crick Institute, will be igniting the children’s curiosity through a very special assembly. Scientists from the Crick Institute will also be running workshops with every year group. We are also well into our planning for a very exciting STEAM project that will be taking place in the summer term. 
Have a lovely weekend,

Helen and Conor

TED & EARL'S ATTENDANCE RESULTS

Attendance

Well done to Year 6 for getting 98% and to Year 1 for having the fewest lates.
 

Last week, our whole-school attendance was 93.5%. Our target is 97%.

DIARY

Monday 14th March

• Reception school trip to Camley Street reserve
• Coffee morning for Inside Out Art Project - 9.15am
 

Tuesday 15th March

• Employability workshop for parents - 9.15 - 10.45 at Torriano
• Parents Evening online via School Cloud
• Story Den and Biblio Book trip to Alexandra Palace - for select students
 

Wednesday 16th March

• Parents Evening online via School Cloud
• Local class trips to the Francis Crick Institute
 

Thursday 17th March 

• Year 5 school trip to Criterion Theatre for World Poetry Day
• Year 4 to Hampstead Heath
 

Friday 18th March

• Year 5 school trip to West Stow Anglo-Saxon village - 08.15am - 4.30pm
 

Tuesday 22nd March

• Year 2 - trip to London Zoo
• Employability workshop for parents - 9.15 - 10.45 at Torriano
 

Wednesday 23rd March

• Camden Spring Music Festival
 

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
 

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

WELLBEING TIP OF THE WEEK

Forgiveness

This week’s wellbeing tip, on the importance of showing forgiveness, is written by Halldora (Year 6) from Emmanuel C of E Primary School.

It is important to forgive people who have wronged us because holding a grudge can easily affect your mental health. Another reason why it is important to forgive is that the person you are holding a grudge on will find it hard to think positive, when someone is thinking negatively about them.

For example, if you find out that your friend had lied to you and you were really upset by this, what would you do? Instead of trying to get back at them by doing something similar, you could speak to your friend and explain how it upset you and ask them to not do this again. By showing forgiveness, you can skip out having any arguments, and if you forgive and forget, the chances of this happening again are very small.

BUT: it can sometimes be hard to put all of this behind you - to help you, you can take a couple of deep breaths and think of times when somebody has forgiven you for something you have done.

SIGN OF THE WEEK

International Women's Day

UNCRC - Right of the week

Children have the right to get information from the Internet, radio, television, newspapers, books and other sources. Adults should make sure the information they are getting is not harmful. Governments should encourage the media to share information from lots of different sources,  in languages that all children can understand

YEAR GROUPS

Butterflies

Children in Nursery Class were learning about how we can find water in different states. We learnt that ice can be melt with the pass of the time, using warm water or salt!

Children were able to talk about what they could see! We used salt, magnifying glasses and water.

We love to do experiments! Well done Nursery Class!

Reception

As part of our topic on 'Plants and Growing' the Reception children have visited The Boma Garden Centre.
The children looked out for different types of herbs and fruit and vegetables that we can plant later in the term, in our herb garden. We bought a range of different lants and are looking forward to watching them grow.

We have also done lots of writing about the life cycle of plants - please come and ask us about it!​

Year 1

Year 1 have been learning about letters this week. We started by sorting different things into letters and not letters. Soon we will be writing our very own letters!

Year 2

This week, Year 5 having been writing their Big Write. They wrote a diary entry as the main character from 'I Talk Like A River'. They wrote the piece over several days and made sure to sequence it in the right order,  include all the key grammar point such as past tense and making sure to include emotion words explaining how the boy felt. 

Year 3

This afternoon the children in Year 3 have been creating art sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy using natural resources from the playground!

The only materials we were able to use were leaves, twigs, branches and wool.

Year 4

Today we visited London Zoo, to learn about endangered species and looked at the Tigers. We walked through the rain forest and came face to face with some amazing animals! What a great day.
 

Year 5

This week, Year 5 have been building on their knowledge of the Sci-Fi genre by commencing their big write on their time travelling story. Thus far, we have met a diverse range of characters the children enthusiastically created as well as, gaining an understanding of the special object the children need to retrieve.

We have seen the application of a number of creative writing skills, especially some great technical vocabulary and figurative language! 

Year 6

We have been reading 'A Monster Calls' and this week we made monsters using clay. Children used descriptions from the text to form their monster.

STARS OF THE WEEK

NOTICEBOARD

Last week you will have received your child's Secondary School Offer.
This is to remind you that the offers deadline is Tuesday 15th March.

To accept or decline your offer you must login to your eadmissions  account at http://www.eadmissions.org.uk.To access your account you will require the username and password that was emailed or text to you when you initially applied for your child’s secondary school place.

Once an offer has been accepted, but you are not happy with your offer you will still be able to place your child’s name on a waiting list for another school.

If you require any support with this process, please contact Jackie in the school office on j.williams@brecknock.camden.sch.uk 
 
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