School Newsletter : 30 April 2021

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Another busy week at Burdett-Coutts!

Well this week has certainly flown by at school!

It is wonderful to see all classes beginning to engage in activities that extend outside of the classroom – if only we could guarantee that the weather would play its part!

Year 1 have been embarking on walks as they explore our local neighbourhood as part of their class topic “Our Local Environment” this term. For more information on what they have been up to, please see their class section further down this newsletter.

The Pod 3 STEM Club have also been out and about in the local area, to view and photograph local landmarks as part of the exploration and design phase of an installation project they will be completing across this term.

We are also beginning to book educational class trips across the school, which will be allowed following the next easing of lockdown rules on the 17th May. Year 5 have booked their trip to Kew Gardens on the 18th May, where they will have the opportunity to see and explore the range of Rainforest flora, fauna and plants they have there as part of their current class topic “Rainforests“.

The opportunity to once again engage with local resources such as parks, gardens and museums is very exciting for all of us. Through physical visits, we are able to bring learning to life where possible for all pupils. This makes such a difference to how much they engage, absorb and process information in developing a range of ideas, theories in forming their understanding of the world around them.

Please look out for class letters or text messages over the following weeks, inviting parents to join us where needed to facilitate these trips taking place.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend, and we will see you all next Tuesday 4th May.

Enrichment Clubs update

Here’s our weekly update on the various Enrichment Club activities taking place in (and around) our school.

There have been a lot of wonderful smells emanating from our Cooking Clubs this week – pizza making was definitely a success!

The children had the opportunity to discuss their choices for pizza toppings, while learning how to safely use a knife to chop and prepare different ingredients including tomato, onion and capsicum.

The Pod 3 Art Club have begun their exploration of Famous Artists, starting with the Russian artist, Kandinsky. They have been looking at a piece of his work titled “Squares with Concentric Circles“, which was a piece of work that formed part of his Colour Study.

Keep an eye out for our wonderful installation of this work when you come into school for your child’s parent-teacher meeting!

  • Thank you to all parents for collecting your children so promptly at 16:30 when clubs finish.
  • Your support with time keeping is very much appreciated by all school staff.
  • Please note that a late fee of £5.00 for every 5 minutes for late collection will be enforced.

BADU May Half Term Holiday Camp : Register your interest by 6th May

Our proposed holiday camp for the May half-term holiday will be run by BADU Sports, who are responsible for our school’s PE provision. The BADU May Holiday Camp offers fun, inclusive sports and creative activities for all to enjoy, delivered by enthusiastic and qualified staff.

Children attending will need to bring a packed lunch, snacks and a water bottle each day. Additional healthy snacks will also be provided during the week. Clubs will run from 09:30 – 16:00 and prices are as follows (with pricing per day to show value for money):

Weekly – 5 days:

  • £115.00 per week (equates to £23/day)
  • Sibling discounts: £98.00 per week (equates to £19.60/day)

Part-time – 3 days only:

  • £75.00 per week (equates to £25/day)
  • Sibling discounts: £63.00 per week (equates to £21/day)

If this is something you would like to register your child in, please complete this Google Form, indicating the amount of days you require (5 or 3 days). Alternatively you can register your interest by picking up a form from the school office.

  • Everyone’s safety is of the utmost priority, so the camps will operate in adherence to government approved COVID-19 guidelines.
  • The deadline to register your interest in attending  is Thursday 6th May.
  • Depending on if enough people register, we will then inform you if the club will go ahead.
  • If it goes ahead, Miss Arnold will be on-site each day as one of the number of in-school coaches.

Parent-Teacher Meetings

We are delighted to announce that Parent-Teacher meetings will be taking place on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th June 2021.

You will be able to sign up for an appointment in the school office from Monday 24th May (no sooner). 

Each meeting will last for 20 minutes and be held in person at the school, providing an opportunity for you to view and discuss your child’s learning this year.

You will begin by reviewing learning selected by your child (10 minutes) after which you will then meet with your child’s class teacher  (10 minutes) to discuss their learning and talk about targets for the new academic year.

If you would prefer an online meeting, please inform the school office once the appointments open on the 24th May and these will be arranged for the following week.

Thank you for your continued support in helping us to ensure everyone’s safety. 

  • COVID regulations for indoor meetings are permitted following the next easing of lockdown rules on May 17th.
  • All meeting spaces will be well ventilated, tables disinfected between meetings and the numbers of meetings spread across two days, to mitigate overcrowding.

Pupil Book Bags

From next week, all pupils will need to bring their book bags into school everyday. Without their book bags, pupils will not be able to take any school books (library and class readers) home, so please try not to forget. Kindly note that the school reading record book also needs to be kept in their book bag.

May we also kindly remind you that water bottles, food and clothing are not to be put into the book bags. It is important that books and documents intended for the book bag are kept safe from damage including liquids.

Many thanks for your understanding in helping us to keep our school resources in good condition so that everyone can use them.

PE Lessons

Please ensure that your children wear the correct PE kit to school each week; this includes trainers and not their school shoes.

As the weather is beginning to get warmer, it is important that they wear the appropriate PE kit clothing option to do their lessons in i.e. leggings or shorts/skort instead of tracksuit bottoms.

Those children who do not have their full PE kit for completing lessons in will not be able to participate in physical PE lessons in, but will instead be set Healthy Eating & Wellbeing work to complete.

Kindly note we insist on children having the correct PE kit for completing their lessons in, so that they can move appropriately and not hurt themselves.  The PE kit clothing options are listed below:

  • PE House Colour T-shirt
  • Navy Leggings, Tracksuit Bottoms, Shorts or Skort
  • Plain Trainers (participating in PE lessons in shoes other than trainers is simple not safe).

Class PE days for the Summer Term are:

  • Monday – Year 5
  • Tuesday – Year 6
  • Wednesday – Year 4
  • Thursday  – Years 1 & 2
  • Friday – Year 3

Thank you for your continued support in helping us to ensure that your children complete all their school based lessons safely.

Water Bottles

As the weather is getting warmer YOU MUST ensure that your child brings a water bottle with them to school everyday! It is important that everyone (both children and adults) remain hydrated during warmer weather as this keeps helps to keep us active and alert.

Kindly note that all water bottles must contain fresh still water only and that flavoured water is not allowed.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are still unable to use the school’s drinking fountains but we will of course let you know as soon as this situation changes.

September 2021 Nursery intake :  register now to ensure your place!

If you’re still looking for a Nursery place, we are currently full for the 2021 Summer term (May to July). However we do have a waiting list open, so please contact the school to register your interest.

We are continuing to accept Nursery enrolments for September 2021 and January 2022 starts. However these places are filling up quickly, so please contact us on 020 7828 6790 or email: office@burdettcoutts.co.uk to arrange a bespoke tour and to secure your place.

If you’re still looking for a Reception place, we have 4 places available for September 2021. To find out more, please join us for a 30 minute tour of our school’s Early Years provision. These continue to be available to parents and carers and are conducted in line with current Covid-19 guidance to ensure everyone’s safety.  

You’ll have the chance to explore our Early Years provision, speak to key staff and ask any questions regarding admissions and your child starting with us at Burdett-Coutts.

Covid-19 update

The Government announcement made on Monday 12th April outlined the next set of changes as part of our route out of the current lockdown.

Please note these changes did not have any direct impact on how the school is currently and continues to run.

We will continue to keep you updated on any further changes that will directly effect children and school operation as a result of further national announcements.

Significant parts of the indoor economy and further outdoor settings have re-opened from 12 April, after data confirmed the government’s “four tests” for easing Covid restrictions had been met.

The government continues to urge caution, with no changes to social contact rules and many restrictions still in place. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households, and you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.

To find out more, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

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 common ailments that we all see in children year on year.

Funding Eligibility Letter for Pupil Premium, Early Years Funding & Free School Meals

Due to changes in the eligibility criteria for Pupil Premium, Free School Meals and qualifying for 30 hours of funding for Nursery provision, many pupils currently enrolled across the school may now be entitled to one of these funding allocations.

The school will be issuing letters to those families who are currently not in receipt of the above, and will be asking you to complete the registration for the identified funding option your child/ren maybe eligible for.

This funding allows us to increase additional staffing hours to run booster groups, and an exciting range of extended day activities, that benefit our school and your child, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this difficult time.

  • If you should have any queries with regards to the letter sent to you, please contact Mrs Deary or the school office.

Nursery Class:

Nursery have been learning the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We took on the roles of Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear and of course the mischievous Goldilocks herself! We had a super time! Can you remember how this traditional story ends?

Reception Class:

Reception had a fantastic Spanish lesson this week with Miss Gloria and her teddy, Pepe. We learnt how to greet people and how to introduce ourselves. We also sang a new song in Spanish. We are really excited to be learning Spanish this term and can’t wait until our next lesson.

Year 1 : Galileo Class

This week we have had a lot of fun exploring our new topic. We learnt a bit more about the local area surrounding our school and the school’s address. We then went on a walk around the block to discover what streets are close to our school. We looked at where street signs are found and how they are written. We were very interested to learn that the street signs are written in capital letters and that there are lots of streets with similar names near our school for example: Rochester Street and Rochester Row. When you are walking to school next week have a look at the street signs, can you spot any that are similar?

Year 2 : Snow Class

In English, Year 2 read ‘Man on the moon – a day in the life of Bob‘ by Simon Bartram. They have been working towards writing a retelling of the story. The children compared and analysed texts in order to identify the important elements of a story. This included the setting, characters, and events as well as summarising the plot’s beginning, middle and end. Each child then retold the story using sequencing language and story mapping to organise the key events.

Year 3 : Newton Class

In Science, Year 3 have started a new topic studying Plants and their lifecycles. We have begun to learn about the range of conditions plants need to grow. By studying a range of plants in school such as young strawberry plants, with their flowers still on, we have been able to explore the different parts of plants and their functions in a plant’s development. The children then created an information leaflet to show their understanding of these functions and stages using illustrations to showcase their learning as well.

Year 4 : Al-Khalili Class

This Week in RE, Year 4 have been focusing on Judaism and learning about the Jewish faith and customs. We have shared our ideas and discussed similarities between the Jewish faith and those of our own and others. For example, we were interested to learn that many Jewish children have to learn Hebrew and attend lessons with their local Rabbi.

Year 5 : Jemison Class

In Year 5 this half term we are learning all about Rainforests, an important ecosystem in our world! We are creating our own rainforest with different types of leaves and animals that you might find there. We have learnt about the 4 layers that make up a rainforest (Emergent, Canopy, Understory and Forest Floor) and where in the world you find them. This week we are writing voice-overs for a nature documentary in the style of David Attenborough. We are all loving this topic so far!

Year 6 : Curie Class

This week in Year 6 we have been exploring Pop Art, a movement which emerged in the UK and America during the 1950s and 1960s. We have focused specifically on the works of artist Andy Warhol, whose drawing inspirations came from sources such as Hollywood movies, advertising, product packaging, pop music and comic books for their imagery. Young artists of this time period such as Andy Warhol, felt that what they were taught at art school and what they saw in museums did not have anything to do with their lives or the things they saw around them everyday.