Welcome to our weekly newsletter where we share relevant information with you about what has been happening here at Bracken Leas and events planned in future weeks.

Head Teacher Update

Please check your email for an important update from Mrs Harwood. This includes the following information:

  • Updates regarding KS1 classroom arrangements

  • Drop off and Collection- Updates and reminders, effective Monday 25th September

  • Lunchtime play arrangements

  • Handovers and conversations with teachers – Face covering requirement

  • Looking forward

Year Group Newsletters

Newsletters for this term are now available on the school website. Within them you will find key information about this term’s curriculum and other key information.

Click below for a link to the relevant year.

Early Years – EYFS Autumn 1 Newsletter

Year 1 –  Y1 Autumn 1 Newsletter

Year 2 – Y2 Autumn 1 Newsletter

Year 3 – Y3 Autumn 1 Newsletter

Year 4 – Y4 Autumn 1 Newsletter

Year 5 – Y5 Autumn 1 Newsletter

Year 6 – Y6 Autumn 1 Newsletter

The admissions process for primary and secondary school admissions is now open. Please click on the links below for details.

Key Dates This Term

14th October – 18th November – Year 6 Swimming Begins (Postponed, see Arbor for details)

21st October & 2nd November – Individual School Photos (Details to follow)

23rd October – Year 3 Egyptian Day (Details to be advised via Arbor)

Half Term – School Closes on Friday 23rd October and re-opens Monday 2nd November

31st October – Secondary School Admissions Deadline

9th November – Year 6 Bikeability

Friday 13th November – Children in Need 

25th November – 2nd December Year 4 Waterskills (TBC)

3rd December – Whole school flu jabs

9th December – Year 5 Swimming Begins (TBC)

Friday 11th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Term Dates 2020-2021

Here is a link to term dates for the forthcoming academic year.


Year 6 Author Visit – Tuesday 29th September

Daniel Turnpike will be visiting us on Tuesday next week to hold some workshops based on his book Halloween,

If you wish to purchase a signed copy prior to his visit the cost is £4 or £5 on the day. Orders should be placed in a named envelope along with cash payments.

Attached below a copy of the form with further details. 

Daniel Turnpike- Author visit

Music Lessons

If your child had music lessons ‘pre lockdown’ and you are interested in them continuing to learn, you need to register as soon as possible as lessons have already begun.

Please register with NMPAT and sign up to their contract conditions at: https://presto.nmpat.co.uk/musicinschool. All tuition for 2020/21 onward will be paid termly in advance directly to NMPAT, not the school.

If your child is interested in learning to play a musical instrument you will need to contact NMPAT directly and complete their online registration form.

NMPAT Teachers provide tuition for a wide range of instruments, generally available to pupils from Year 3 and above, though recorders and violins may be suitable for some Year 2 pupils. The choice of instruments on offer at our school can be seen on the online registration form: https://presto.nmpat.co.uk/musicinschool.

Thinking of learning to play an instrument?

Watch video clips at www.NMPAT.co.uk/Resources

Please click on the links below to view copies of the original Music Lesson Letters sent in June 2020 for full details.

NMPAT Letter A-current pupils

NMPAT Letter B-new pupils

Music Lesson Timetable

  • Monday – Guitar (am), Singing Lessons (pm)

  • Tuesday – Strings (pm)

  • Wedneday – Singing Lessons (pm), Funkeys (pm)

  • Thursday – Woodwind (am)

  • Friday – Brass (am), Keyboard (pm)

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