School Newsletter : 04 December 2020

| Issue 11 | Autumn 2 | Week 13 |

Visiting your child’s Christmas display

Our display day theme was Victorians, in acknowledgement to the period during which our school building was built.

It was also when many well-known Christmas carols were written, and many of the traditions we associate with Christmas today began, such as having a Christmas tree all lit with candles in the home.

We would 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.

  • The children designed and created an individual craft, ranging from salt-dough decorations, to tree ornaments and silhouette candle holders.
  • Each class also worked as a team to create a stunning display depicting a chosen Victorian Christmas carol.

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, the last day to inform the office is by 12:00 (midday) on 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 – final sessions for this term

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 7th December. All pupils will 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

PE Lessons

As we are now firmly entering into winter, please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their winter PE kit. This comprises of:

  • Tracksuit bottoms or leggings
  • Long-sleeve top or t-shirt
  • PE sweatshirt (ideally not the same one they wear each day in school)
  • Trainers and socks

Can we please also ask that girls do not wear full tights under their PE kit, especially if their lesson that day is gymnastics, as it is unsafe to do gymnastics with full tights on and they will have to remove them.

This can be quite challenging for some of the KS1 children to do independently and can take up a large amount of the lesson time.

Many thanks for your assistance with this matter.

  • As always please ensure all items of your child’s PE kit are labelled with their name.
  • Kindly note that unless it is raining or the lesson is gymnastics, PE lessons will continue to be held outside.
  • Therefore ensuring that the children have the correct winter PE kit on is essential.

Free online workshop – ‘Get Creative for Christmas’

Learning Unlimited will be running two free online ‘Get Creative for Christmas’ workshops on Saturday 12 December 2020 – one at 10am and another at 2pm. Please click on the flyer to the right for full details.

These workshops will offer children and their parents/carers the chance to have some fun together making Christmas cards and decorations at home.

The workshops will be delivered via Zoom but places must be booked in advance:

PLEASE NOTE: Clicking on these links will take you to an external site. Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, we cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers. The inclusion of these links in no way constitutes a recommendation of the services or information provided. Please use your own judgement and be especially wary of any service which asks you to pay. 

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

Since Wednesday 2nd December, London is now 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:

Silver certificates:

  • Currie: Azim
  • Jemison Class: Harper

Bronze certificates:

  • Snow Class (Year 2): Nebeyou
  • Newton Class (Year 3):  Daniel
  • Al-Khalili Class (Year 4): Heilala, Joshua, Lauren, Maria, Israa, Arafa, Amin, Mickyas, Robel, Anela & Shanaz
  • Jemison Class (Year 5): Nada, Ayaan, Yusuf & Mason

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 are very busy preparing for Christmas! We have been singing Christmas songs for the Nativity performance, and making cards to take home. We also made beautiful sparkly Christmas trees using lolly sticks, wool and glittery shapes to decorate our fantastic Christmas tree in the classroom. Great work, Nursery! We can’t wait to take them home at the end of term.

Reception Class:

Reception are becoming marvellous Mathematicians! We have been working hard on our counting and number recognition. We have been on a number hunt and printed pictures, then we counted jumps on the trampolines and played games on the interactive computer. During afternoon activities, we made number necklaces and counted the spots on ladybirds (very tricky). We have also been learning how to use a number line and number fan when completing different maths tasks. Whilst playing outside, we have been making cakes in the sand and matching numbered candles. We have also been challenging ourselves by using Numicon to work out which numbers, when added together, make 5 (which you can see here in our class photo). Well done, Reception!

Year 1 : Galileo Class

This half-term in Music lessons with Mr Carden, we have been learning to play the xylophones and glockenspiels. Mr Carden has been teaching us the different notes that a xylophone and glockenspiel can make, and we have been using these to repeat and create tunes together! Philharmonic we are not (yet), but it is certainly fun and exciting!

Year 2 : Snow Class

In Science this half term, Year 2 have been learning about Animals including Humans. We looked at how humans and other animals are born, how they grow and change, and what we need to survive and be healthy. The children classified different kinds of animal babies and learnt about the basic needs that are shared by humans and animals alike. This week, they generated some questions about a pet that they had chosen and using an iPad, they researched and described their chosen pet and the care that it needs.

Year 3 : Newton Class

Year 3 have been looking at the key features of a diary entry. They have then written their own, impersonating a character from a novel we are currently reading in English.

Year 4 : Al-Khalili Class

Year 4 have been looking at Christmas symbols in our church (St Stephen with St John Westminster) and investigating their meanings. Reverend Graham kindly provided us with a virtual tour of St. Stephen’s and the children followed this up with research using their iPads.

Year 5 : Jemison Class

This week in Jemison Class we have been singing lots of lovely Christmas carols, practising for the Nativity, and the Nine Lessons and Carol Services today. We really enjoy all the music and singing we do with Mr Carden!

Year 6 : Curie Class

This week in Maths, we have been working hard to add and subtract mixed fractions by finding the common denominators and turning them into equivalent fractions. We then applied our knowledge to solving problems, remembering to find that the lowest common multiple. We are very proud of how far we have come with fractions!

Dates to remember:

  • 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