February 2014

What have your children been up to?
CBeebies in Reception filming children’s opinions of the show. Children in Reception were chosen to film for CBeebies. The children were asked to share their opinions of the show. We look forward to seeing the end result. The BBC will be contacting us shortly to inform us of the likely transmission date so that we can let parents know.

Yr 5 Reading Buddies
Year 5 children have been involved in a ‘Reading Buddy’ scheme with students from Chorlton High School. This is something we encourage every year to support children’s reading skills and work towards a smooth transition to High school.

Trip to Staircase House – Children in Year 2 enjoyed a hands on drama experience here as part of their topic on The Great Fire of London. They have also published some excellent news reports on their class blog.

Yr4’s to Bramall Hall – The children spent the day dressed in Tudor period costume and visited Bramall Hall to live out a day as a person in Tudor times. Children were keen to report back to me that their teachers were very authentic in their Tudor roles. I was also delighted to hear from staff at Bramall, complementing our children’s exemplary behaviour. Most recently the Yr4 children have completed their Tudor project by recording a CD of the music they produced whilst working on the play “Twelfth Night” with staff from Chorlton High School.

Yr6 rockets at CHS The year 6 children have been working with their teachers and Miss Davenport to design and construct their own Rockets as part of our Space themed week. There were some very original and creative ideas and the children enjoyed an afternoon at Chorlton High School trialling their prototypes.

The year 6 children have also been publishing some great posts on their class blog. Check out Rio’s magic card trick (Jack the Bounty Hunter), David’s review of the top ten favourite video game bosses or Saschka and Elspeth’s list of the best games on Sumdog. The children would love to get your feedback.

Children in Nursery took part in a Gingerbread Manhunt and more recently enjoyed a Pirate day.

Meanwhile in Reception, children have been making Space junk models.

Year 3 – The children have had a full day as Vikings, taking part in a Viking battle and feast.

To access this information via our blogs,
www.brookburn.com – the class blogs are listed on the right hand side.

Follow us on by logging onto twitter.com and searching for BrookburnP

URGENT PLEA FOR PARENT SUPPORT
Above I’ve listed just a few of the exciting learning activities your children have been involved in. You can find out more via our school class blogs. Research by the Education Endowment Fund, who advise the Department For Education, shows that regular feedback on children’s work has one of the biggest impacts on their progress. There are children who have been inspired to write about their favourite things, comment on news items or work they’ve been doing and they would be delighted to get feedback from people other than their teachers or classmates. So I appeal to all our parents- get blogging or follow us on twitter and involve your family and friends. Last year one Yr 6 boy was thrilled to receive a comment on his book review by the author of that book- he was then inspired to write more and more.

Parents’ Consultation Evenings
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the necessary postponement of some consultations and thank you for your understanding and your patience.

Thank you for your responses to our recent parent questionnaire. Due to illness some parent consultations were postponed and therefore we have not received all the completed questionnaires. Once we have all the responses we will collate and share the findings with you.

PTA – Friends of Brookburn
Introducing BrookDen

This term Brookburn PTA will transform a patch of neglected woodland near the school kitchen into an exciting natural play area. We are employing an experienced Volunteer Co-coordinator to lead weekly work parties on the woodland but we need YOUR help! We need 4-8 volunteers each session, no experience needed, just enthusiasm, working 9:00 to 12:00 or 12:30 to 3:30pm every Friday from 14 Feb – 4 Apr.  For Half Term a woodlands crèche will be provided on Sat 15, Fri 21 & Sat 22 February.  Other ways of helping will be to donate tools like spades, trowels, wheelbarrows and gloves and even logs for playing on.  Finally to help us raise money please donate online at:  www.charitychoice.co.uk/BrookburnPTA.

Please book on volunteer task days by emailing friendsofbrookburn@gmail.com or text 07974 680875.

NEXT PTA event-
Spring disco on Thursday March 20th -EYFS & KS1 4.30-5.30   KS2 5.50-7pm 

www.easyfundraising.co.uk- 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!

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY
Brookburn School has an excellent reputation for outstanding attendance and we appreciate your help in ensuring children are in school, on time, everyday. However, this term we seem to have had an unusually high percentage of absence. Whilst I understand that there has been a lot of illness, I politely request your support in getting us back on track in the New Year. We regularly have attendance figures of 97% or higher and sadly this term that has dropped to 95%.

We are also having an unusually high amount of children arriving late for school.  This disrupts your child’s start to the day. Can we ask for your support in ensuring children are in school before 9am each morning.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

REMINDERS

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!

Dinner Money
Dinner money for the next half term is £75, 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.
School closes for February half term holidays – Friday 14th February 2014
School re opens Monday 24th February 2014
School closes for the Easter holidays Friday 4th April 2014
School reopens Tuesday 22nd April 2014
Book Fair week – 3rd -7th March 2014
National Book Day dress up as a character from a book- Friday 7th March 2014

Class Assemblies
All class assemblies begin at 9.10 a.m. and last approximately 20mins
Thursday 6th March – Yr4 Mrs Cotton’s
Thurdsay13th March – Reception Mrs Rafi’s
Thursday 20th March – Yr5 Miss Taylor’s
Thursday 27th March – Yr2 Miss Brownhill’s

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