November 2013

Children in Need Day 2013
A BIG thank you to all our school community for supporting our annual Children in Need fundraising this year. School Council chose to follow the National campaign theme of ‘heroes and heroines and as usual our children and staff did us proud with some unique and fantastic costumes ranging from Emmeline Pankhurst and Gandhi, to nurses, doctors, firemen and traditional superhero characters from comics and computer games.

Well done and thank you everyone for supporting this worthwhile cause. In total, with your help we managed to raise £ 415.00

Whilst on the subject of fundraising, I would like to share with you the concerns many pupils and staff have raised over the dreadful situation in the Philippines currently. As a school, we have therefore decided to contribute our Christmas donations to Save the Children specifically for supporting the children in the Philippines who have been affected by the typhoon there. Brookburn families are always so generous with their donations after each of our Christmas performances and we know this money will be put to good use.

Friends of Brookburn
The Winter Fair takes place this evening, starting at 6pm. The children are very excited and Father Christmas has agreed to come along to meet them in his unique Santa’s grotto. There will also be several stores, plenty of drinks and refreshments and a raffle. We look forward to seeing all our children and families and friends. Remember every penny raised goes straight to the children in various ways, e.g. the current den project – redesigning the waste land at the rear of the school to create an exciting ‘den’ area for all the children to explore and take part in forest school activities.

NEXT PTA event-
Spring disco on Thursday May 8th – EYFS & KS1 4.30-5.30 KS2 5.50-7.00pm
Summer fair Saturday 8th June Remember you can raise money for school by shopping via this website. This internet shopping charity gives you access to hundreds of well known retailers, to do your shopping on line whilst raising money for school AT NO COST TO YOU!

Tiny patter of little feet!
We are delighted to share the wonderful news that. Mrs. Kinch is expecting a baby in the Spring term. Congratulations to her and her family.

We will be welcoming Mrs. Norman back from her maternity leave in April, when she will take over Mrs. Kinch’s class for the remainder of the school year.

Enrichment activities and Brookburn blogs
Nursery has had lots of visitors for their ‘People who help us” topic. Thank you to those parents who came in to talk to the children about being a doctor and teaching the children some French and Greek. They’re now busy learning the songs for their Christmas production next week. You can log in to their blog and practice with them. Reception have been learning African drumming and dancing with balloons! They also baked some delicious gingerbread men for Children in Need day. Year 1 children paid a visit to St Clement’s Church and have been busy designing their own stained glass windows based on what they saw. They’ve also enjoyed a trip to Staircase House today. In Year 2 the children having been sharing their memories and had a visit from ‘The lady with the lamp’ Florence Nightingale!

Year 3 children went back in time to Ancient Egypt where they made death masks for mummies and jewelry fit for Pharaohs and Queens. More recently they’ve been discovering new ways to open stories and exploring the best ways to write super settings that build up a picture in the reader’s mind.

In Year 4 the children have been finding out about ‘The Green Man’ as part of their Woodland topic. The children have also been finding out the best ways to calculate amounts of money in Numeracy and how to use persuasive language in Literacy.

Meanwhile in year 5 they’ve been studying World War 2 using Michael Morpugo’s book, Friend or Foe.

They’ve had some real dilemmas to face when deciding what things they would pack in their suitcase if they were suddenly to be evacuated – no Play stations or I pods, I’m afraid!

Our Year 6 children have found some exciting ways of practicing their co-ordinate skills using an Alien game on their blog. They also went back in time to the Victorian era and endured a full day of strict, old fashioned rote learning under the watchful glare of their teachers – Mr. Alderdice “Sir’ and Mr. Sumner ‘Sir’. I believe some children may even have been punished with the cane that day!!!!!

All these wonderful activities and learning challenges are just a tiny sample of the wealth of learning you can share with your children by logging in to their class blogs. Please check them out – there are even quiet, ‘get on with it on their own’ homework activities – try it, you may like it!

Brookburn Class blogs
Teachers and children have been busy blogging on our class blogs again this term. The teachers have spent a considerable amount of their spare time publishing what their classes have been up to. We would love to hear from you. PLEASE visit the class blogs, you’ll be amazed!

Two ways to access our blogs:-

  1. Click on the links on the right hand side of our website
  2. Visit to access the blogs directly – the classes are listed down the right hand side
  3. Google us – brookburn blogs

If you need help, ask your child, they are experts at it!

Website update
We are currently updating and improving our website in order to make it easier to use and include more information for parents and carers. Thank you for your understanding during this reconstruction period.


School uniform
Please ensure your child’s belongings are all clearly labelled with their full name so that lost property can be quickly and easily reunited and save you having to buy more!

Please ensure you park in The Chorlton Ees car park to avoid dangerous crossing situations for children and families walking into school at the start and end of the day. We would also like to remind parents that the staff car park is only for staff and children should not be walking through the car park. Please enter through the school gates and paths provided to avoid cars entering and leaving the staff car park.

A number of children are regularly arriving after 9am and therefore receiving regular late marks and missing the start of the day and registration. It can also be distressing for some children when they have to come into class after their classmates.

Punctuality is an important aspect of life that children need to learn early on so that they are fully prepared for their day’s learning and later on in life for their future career path.

Please can all parents and carers support us by ensuring that children arrive on time to start the school day. We will be issuing reminders to those families whose children are late on a regular basis.

Dinner money
Dinner money for Spring 1 half term is £72.50, payable at the school office.

We are aware that the current economic climate could be making things very difficult, financially, for some families. Please do pop into the office, where you may speak in confidence to Miss Holness or Mrs. Clarke if you feel you may need to arrange a different payment plan in order to cover the cost of school dinners. We are always keen to support families in meeting the costs of dinners rather than allow bills to increase to an unmanageable cost or for school to be forced to seek legal help to recover costs.

Dates for diary.

Christmas Productions
All productions take place in the main school hall, entered via the amphitheatre yard. They take place on the following dates at 10.00am and repeated at 2.00pm.

EYFS Production of ‘Nursery Rhyme Nativity’ – Wednesday 4th December
KS1 Production of ‘Christmas Recipe’ on Friday 6th December
Year 3 and 4 Christmas production ‘The Angel’s Harp’ will be on Wednesday 11th December
Year 5 and 6 Christmas production ‘Ebenezer’ will be on Tuesday 17th December

Annual visit to Stockport Plaza pantomime
Every year we enjoy a Christmas treat of a Pantomime at Stockport Plaza Theatre. This theatre has been lovingly restored by volunteers and the children get the chance to experience a live organ player during the interval and we always manage to get great seats and opportunities for children to get up on stage and take part if they wish. It truly is a traditional Pantomime experience and we value your contributions in supporting this annual event which the children thoroughly enjoy.

We go along to the morning performance so please ensure children arrive in school promptly.

Year 1 and 2 – Tuesday 10th December

Year 5 and 6 – Wednesday 11th December

Year 3 and 4 – Thursday 12th December

Our EYFS children will enjoy a puppet show in school by Norman Tinsel

Brookburn Year 6 children host their Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Wednesday 18th December at 1.30pm – 3.30 p.m.

After School Clubs
The majority of After School Clubs finish on Friday 6th December. The only clubs running w/b 9th December will be Enjoy-a-Ball and Junior Sports who run Mini Olympics (Mon) and Wednesday Football. There will be NO After School Clubs w/b 16th December.

School closes for Christmas Holiday at 2pm on Friday 20th December

Teacher Training day – Monday 6th January

School re opens Tuesday 7th January.

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