School Newsletter : 21 May 2021

| Issue 24 | Summer 1 | Week 38 |

Year 5 Trip to Kew Gardens

Jemison Class had a wonderful trip to Kew Gardens last Tuesday. We travelled by tube from St James Park to Kew Gardens station, and then became botanists for the day!

We visited the Palm House, where we completed detailed sketches of rainforest plants and attempted to pronounce their Latin names, some of which were a little tricky! We broke up into working groups, with each group having a different continent as a focus – which including investigating the plants, flowers and fruits found in the rainforests exclusive to that continent.

We were very lucky indeed with the weather and enjoyed a great picnic lunch outside. After our lunch break, we visited the Children’s Garden, and learnt about the different conditions that plants need to grow (water, sun, soil and air).

We came back to school tired but very happy, and full of renewed enthusiasm about plants and rainforests!

Parent-Teacher Meetings

We are delighted to announce that our 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

Please ensure that all pupils are bringing their book bags into school everyday.

Without their book bags, pupils will no longer 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 PLEASE ensure that your child brings a water bottle with them to school everyday!

It is important that everyone (both children and adults) remains hydrated during warmer weather as this keeps helps to keep us active and alert.

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.

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

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 us to register your interest.

We are continuing to accept Nursery enrolments for September 2021 and January 2022 starts. These places are filling up quickly, so please contact us on 020 7828 6790 or email: 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.

You can still join us for a 30 minute tour of our school’s Early Years provision. These are conducted in line with current Covid-19 guidance to ensure everyone’s safety and are available to prospective parents and carers.

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 Governments have announced the easing of current lockdown measures from Monday 17th May.

These changes do not have a direct impact on how our school currently operates or how it will continue to run. However, as museums and galleries will be reopening, we will be able to reintroduce (carefully planned, and within the permitted restrictions for each venue) trips and visits to support learning in the classroom.

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.

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country, including for people who have been vaccinated. In England:

  • You can meet indoors in a group of up to 6 people or a group of any size from 2 households
  • You can meet outside in a group of up to 30 people
  • Work from home if you can and travel safely
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

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 at our school may now be entitled to one of these funding allocations.

We will be issuing letters to families who are currently not in receipt of the above, 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.

Biscuit’s Bytes!


Hi everyone – I hope your week has been as exciting as mine!

I attended my first Collective Worship in Church on Wednesday and received a blessing from Father Graham. I was a little nervous being the centre of attention at the front, but I must say I thought I behaved very well throughout.

It really felt like I was getting lots of lovely soft pats on the head from Father Graham, along with many kind words of welcome to the Burdett-Coutts school family, plus wishes for my safety and well-being – all of which I was very grateful to receive.

Parents, just so you know, there was lots of beautiful singing happening throughout the service as well. Although I was a little unsure of the clapping in one song, by the third verse I got used to it and thought the clapping was pretty cool! It was certainly a fun experience and I can’t wait to go back next week.

Thank you to all the families for the kind messages and emails I received last week welcoming me to Burdett-Coutts. I was also very grateful for the lovely play toys I received – they’re certainly keeping me busy especially with my constant need to chew things!

I am looking forward to meeting a few children next week plus helping out in the school garden with some weeding and digging – did you know that I’m very good at digging?!

Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend,

Biscuit x

Reception Class:

During Phonics Club this week, we were consolidating our in-class phonic (letter sounds) learning. Here you can see us practising our handwriting using sparkly coloured paints and working with a partner to read our green words (words which children can phonetically sound out to read). Well done everyone for working hard and trying your very best every week. Miss Gloria and I are very proud of you!

Year 1 : Galileo Class

Year 1 have  thoroughly enjoyed the book ‘The Snail and the Whale’, by Julia Donaldson. Continuing with our focus: ‘writing to inform’, in our writing lessons, we are going to be creating our own fact files on whales. We already knew a few facts about whales, but we needed to find out more. First we made a list of all the things we wanted to know and questions we wanted to find the answers to, for example “What is the strongest whale in the world?” and “What do whales eat?” We then worked together to research whales using the iPads, books and videos. We wrote a list of the facts we found, and  will be using these to plan and write up our fact files. Watch this space for our finished work….

Year 2 : Snow Class

In Spanish lessons this week, we have been learning how to greet someone: “Hola“, “Buenos días“, “Buenas tardes“, “¿Cómo estás? Muy bien, gracias“. We have also learnt how to say our names, as well as some simple vocabulary to introduce ourselves. We are learning how to pronounce the vowels and some other special phonemes like the ‘v‘ pronounced like /b/, the ‘ll‘ pronounced like /y/ and the ‘ñ‘ pronounced like ‘ny‘ in the English word ‘canyon‘.

Year 3 : Newton Class

Throughout the week, Year 3 have been observing the growth of their cress seeds which they planted last week. These seeds were exposed to different growing conditions to see how their growth was affected. We have been discussing as a class our observations, realising that the seeds responded differently to the different conditions. The children drew their conclusions, and recorded what they had learnt from the experiment. It was evident that without water the seeds did not grow at all. However, the seeds did rely on other conditions to grow healthily. For example, the plants with no soil still grew but were not very big. The plants with no sunlight grew very tall but were a different colour and were growing in all directions which meant that it had been searching for sunlight. They were also not very strong and healthy. The children are now using what they have learnt to grow  sunflowers, growing them in the optimal conditions.

Year 4 : Al-Khalili Class

Linking Art and Topic, we have started to make collages of Egyptian scenes using pyramids as a back drop and Egyptian Gods in the foreground. We have decided that an improvement point would be to use a wider variety of materials to add texture.

Year 5 : Jemison Class

We are thoroughly enjoying our rainforest topic this half term and have produced lots of lovely creative writing and colourful drawings. We written about rainforest animals using formal language, and we are now writing leaflets about rainforest plants. We are learning lots about being botanists. Ask us anything about the rainforest – we’re quickly becoming experts!

Year 6 : Curie Class

This week we took a trip to our local supermarket to buy the ingredients to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! The main aim of this activity was to consider the cost of the different ingredients and plan a budget, use ratio for the number of muffins we were making, and weighing and converting measurements. We had so much fun and surprisingly maths comes in very handy for budgeting and baking – and more importantly the muffins were delicious!