School Newsletter : 27 November 2020

| Issue 10 | Autumn 2 | Week 12 |

Christmas Display & Craft Day

Yesterday all classes participated in a fun day of crafts, art, and design technology, as part of our first themed Display & Craft day. Our theme was Victorians, in acknowledgement to the period during which our school building was built, and also the period when many of our well-known Christmas carols were written or updated.

It was during the Victorian period that many of the traditions we associate with Christmas today began, such as having a Christmas tree, all lit with candles in the home. Throughout the day, all the children designed and created an individual craft, ranging from salt-dough decorations in the EYFS, to tree ornaments and silhouette candle holders in the upper years.

Each class worked as a team to create a stunning display depicting a Victorian Christmas carol they had selected. The results have been outstanding! You can see individual classes’ displays in their class photo this week.

We would also like to invite parents in to school to view the displays from 3rd –  10th December, between 09:10 & 10:15am. Kindly note that you will have to wear a mask and have your temperature checked. We will also be limiting numbers to ensure social distancing.

We really want to be able share the incredible talents of your children in creating this quite wonderful and uplifting set of displays and look forward to welcoming you into school.

School Photographs

Please ensure that you return your order form and money for your child’s school photographs by next Tuesday, 1st of December. You will receive your photograph order before the end of term. Kindly note that we will be unable to guarantee delivery to school before we break up for Christmas, for any orders received after this date.

Children’s Christmas Lunch

The children’s Christmas lunch will take place on Wednesday 16th of December and the cost of the lunch is £2. 

If your child normally brings a packed lunch and you would like them to have Christmas lunch on this day, please inform the office by Monday 7th December.

  • Burdett-Coutts Christmas lunch menu (PDF) >
    You may need Adobe Reader to view this PDF file.
  • Tasty Mains:
    Roast Turkey OR Roasted Veg & Cranberry Slice
    with Santa’s Crispy Roast Potatoes, Stuffing & Cocktail Sausage with Gravy
  • Scrummy Veggie Sides:
    Santa’s Veg (Broccoli & Carrots)
  • Yummy Desserts:
    Apple & Berry Avalanche Crumble
    with Vanilla Snow Balls {Ice Cream) / Crispy snow bar

Booster Clubs

Booster clubs are successfully continuing across all year groups. Please remember that the last week for all Booster and Homework Clubs is the week beginning 6th December. All pupils need to be collected at their normal Pod finishing time in the last week of term:

  • 14:50 Pod 1 (Nursery & Reception)
  • 14:50 for family groups/siblings
  • 15:20 for all remaining pupils

Health & Safety update – lip balms

We have become aware of pupils bringing in lip balms/Vaseline & face creams, for treatment of dry skin/lips. We appreciate that at this time of the year, our skin and lips can become drier due to the colder weather.

However, we have had an incident where a child was spotted about to share their lip balm with another pupil. Thankfully the child was stopped in time, but this incident has led us to make the decision that from Monday 23rd November until the end of the term, Friday 18th December, we are not permitting lip balms / Vaseline or any other face creams (i.e. Nivea) to be brought into school.

As you are all aware the Covid-19 virus is spread by contact and we could potentially have an outbreak in the school through this innocent sharing of body products. As we are not able to monitor all pupils at all times regarding this matter, we are therefore stopping these products coming into our school.

Many thanks for your understanding with this important matter, and for your cooperation in helping us to keep our school community safe and our children in school learning each day.

  • If your child has a medical condition relating to this issue that we need to be aware of, please call the school to speak to Ms Jackie Parfitt, who oversees the school’s pupil medical plans.

Covid-19 update

As I am sure you are aware, the Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that on Wednesday 2nd December, England will come out of the current lockdown statusFrom this day, London will be in Tier 2 status. 

Please familiarise yourself with current guidance on what this means for you and your family. This Tier 2 status does not affect our school’s current operating hours and procedures and we will be open as normal.

Thank you to everyone for playing their part in ensuring that our Covid-19 procedures and protocols remain robust and secure. Please continue to help us by dropping off, collecting and leaving the school site as quickly as possible, and not mixing with people from other households.

At all times, please refer to NHS guidance for Covid-19 symptoms. If you or your child have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19), please get a test as soon as possible and stay at home until you get the result. Please do not hesitate to contact our school office if you have any queries before keeping your child off school.

NHS guidance:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, and a temperature of 38 degrees or higher.
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Please note a runny nose, sniffle, sore throat or a cough (not as described above) are NOT symptoms of Covid-19 or reasons to keep your child at home – these are just autumn/winter ailments that we all see in children year on year.

Early Years Funding and Free School Meals

Due to changes in the eligibility criteria for Free School Meals, and qualifying for 30 hours of funding for Nursery provision, many pupils currently enrolled may now be entitled to this funding.

Please contact Mrs Deary or the school office, if you have any change in circumstance, which may mean your child is now eligible for funding. It only takes a few minutes to check and complete any applications.

As this funding allows us to realise additional staffing hours to run booster groups, and hopefully in the new year an exciting range of extended day activities, the benefit for our school and your child through your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this difficult time.

Mathletics at home

We are continuing to use Mathletics this year for homework. Pupils in Years 2 – 6 have been given their Mathletics passwords, which they can use straight away. If you need your password reissued or any help logging in, please ask your child’s teacher or Miss Mattey.

Our winners for this week are:

Gold certificates: 

  • Al-Khalili class: Mickyas

Silver certificates:

  • Al-Khalili: Robel
  • Jemison Class: Yusuf

Bronze certificates:

  • Snow Class (Year 2): Kridaya, Indi, Nebeyou & Taha
  • Newton Class (Year 3):  Sara
  • Al-Khalili Class (Year 4): Maria, Aniyah, Marwan, Heilala, Israa, Arafa & Shanaz
  • Jemison Class (Year 5): Nada & Aisha J

Congratulations to all those pupils who have excelled in their Mathletics challenges. Keep up the hard work!

  • We encourage pupils to follow the topic they are learning in class but they can also explore any other topic.
  • Teachers will set specific topics for pupils to support and challenge them.
  • As pupils complete tasks, points are awarded1,000 points earns you a bronze certificate, 5 consecutive bronze earns you a silver certificate and 5 consecutive silver will earn you a gold certificate and a voucher
  • Each Monday, certificates will be presented to pupils and points reset.

Starting Reception or Nursery in 2021?

30 minute tours of our school’s Early Years provision continue to be available to parents and carers every Tuesday.

Tours are conducted in line with current Covid-19 guidance to ensure everyone’s safety. You’ll have the chance to view our Early Years provision, meet key staff and ask any questions that you may have about admissions and your child starting Reception or Nursery with us.

  • To book your appointment, please phone the school office on 0207 828 6790

Nursery Class:

Nursery created a Nativity scene to represent the carol, ‘Away in a Manger‘. When you press the sound button on our display you will hear Alexander’s wonderful singing. For our craft activity, we also made two decorations: a star from salt-dough and folded paper angels, which we used to decorate our Christmas trees. Nursery were very busy and worked really hard to complete their display. Well done!

Reception Class:

Reception created a wonderful interactive display to represent the carol, “Jingle Bells“. We created salt-dough bell decorations for our Christmas trees, and made our own jingle-bell instruments, which we can use to sing along to our recording! You can hear Yaqub’s beautiful singing when you press the sound button on our display. We also made our own Christmas trees from sticks, wool and pom-poms which will feature on our Christmas cards this year. We can’t wait to bring home all the things we have been making to show our families.

Year 1 : Galileo Class

For Christmas Craft Day in Year 1, we chose to represent the carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas“. We had lots of fun creating our Christmas display and worked really hard as a team to complete it. We turned ourselves into carol singers wearing Christmas jumpers and Christmas hats. We worked together to make a street with houses, lamp-posts and a beautiful Christmas tree. Our favourite part of the day was making our figgy pudding mason jars. We used paper, pom-poms, pipe cleaners and LOTS of glue. We got sticky and our classroom was a mess, but it was such an exciting and creative day!

Year 2 : Snow Class

Year 2 children and teachers had so much fun during the Christmas Display Day. Our chosen Victorian song was, “O Christmas Tree”. We designed and created an unusual Christmas tree made from a ladder and shelves! We painted wooden slices that represented the baubles in our tree, made our own elves and decorated glass jars (using glue, Epsom salt & snow spray); to which we added silhouettes that symbolised the main events of the Nativity story. Finally, we put all of the ornaments that we had created on our tree, including a bright star and fairy lights. But… there is no Christmas at Burdett-Coutts without the wonderful music of Mr Carden, so we added an elf version of Mr Carden and his piano!

Year 3 : Newton Class

Year 3 had great fun making their class display which was linked to the Christmas Carol “The Holly and The Ivy“. We made fantastic holly wreaths using tissue paper for our crafts activity. We created a life-like display of a fire with Christmas stockings and a large Christmas wreath, cleverly made by using cut-outs of our hand prints.

Year 4 : Al-Khalili Class

Year 4’s display tableau was based around the carol of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen‘. We decided to build a snowy Victorian street scene with children singing to a selection of wealthy men and women. We chose rich Victorians for our display because the meaning of the word ‘merry‘ in Victorian times referred to rich people. The children painted a selection of brick panels to illustrate the houses of the time, and then used fabric to create decoupage figures of the adults. To complement the display, we also created traditional Christmas wreaths with holly, pine cones and evergreen branches.

Year 5 : Jemison Class

For Victorian Christmas Carol Day, our song was, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem‘. We discussed the lyrics and how they relate to the Christmas story and then practised the song to record it for our display. Next we investigated what houses would have been made out of, and decided that wood was the most likely material. We then used lollipop sticks to make houses to create the town of Bethlehem. We also made silhouette jam jar lanterns using images from the Christmas story or symbols of Christmas. A fun day was had by all!

Year 6 : Curie Class

This week, Year 6 had a great deal of fun for Christmas Craft day. We chose the Christmas carol, ‘We Three Kings’ and then were given the task to represent this as a piece of art! We created jam jars with silhouettes depicting the Three Wise Men, following the star which led them to Baby Jesus. Not only that, we worked very hard as a team to bring the designs to life on a display board and create a true show stopper!

Dates to remember:

  • 4th December: Nine Lessons & Carols Service at St John Smith Square – Years 4, 5 & 6 only (Pod 3)
    Please note this will be filmed and shared, as we cannot admit parents to this event.
  • 11th December: Nativity services
    Please note this will be filmed and shared, as we cannot admit parents to this event.
  • 11th December: Christmas Jumper Day
  • 16th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch
  • 18th December: END OF TERM
    School closes for all pupils at 13:30