School Newsletter : 15 October 2021

| Issue 2 | Autumn 1 | Week 7 |

Going Green for MacMillan : Parent Information Coffee Mornings

Once again, we are digging deep to raise money for this year’s MacMillan Cancer Support, by fundraising in two distinct ways:

  • Parent Information Coffee Mornings: These will be held on designated days for each key stage, where relevant teaching & learning information will be shared, with an opportunity to meet and speak to your child’s class teacher and other members of the school’s leadership and teaching team. We are asking for voluntary donations for the tea, coffee and cake served at the coffee morning and all funds raised will go to this important charity.
  • Children’s Fundraising Day: Friday 22nd October will be a non-uniform day, where for a £1 donation, each child is encouraged to get creative and come to school in their best ‘green themed’ outfit. We will also be selling cupcakes and hosting a range of fun activities (with prizes) during lunch time. Prizes will be awarded for each key stage (EYFS, KS1 & KS2).

If you haven’t already, please ensure your child’s allergy information held by the school is up to date, so we can cater for all dietary needs.

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of the following events and would like to thank you in advance for supporting our MacMillan Fundraising Week.

Parent Information Coffee Mornings @ 09:00 – 10:00:

  • KS1 Yrs 1 & 2 : Mon 18th October
  • KS2 Yrs 3 – 6 : Tues 19th October
  • EYFS Nursery & Reception : Thurs 21st October

Children’s Fundraising Day:

  • Cupcakes & activities cost 50p each/turn
  • Activities include Pin the Cherry on the Cupcake, Guess the Sweets in the Jar & Water Balloon Bowling

October Half Term Holiday Camp

Regrettably we have not had enough responses requiring childcare during the October Half Term, and therefore we will not able to run the October Half Term Holiday Camp as previously advertised.

We hope to offer the next Holiday Camp for the February Half Term Holiday (14th – 18th February 2022), assuming there is enough demand from families for this provision.

2021 – 2022 term dates:

Please find here the agreed term dates set by our school’s Governing Body for the upcoming academic year, starting September 2021.

Please read this document carefully to ensure that holidays are not booked during term time.

Kindly note that all pupils starting Nursery and Reception will have their start dates listed in their welcome brochures.

You can click on the image thumbnail to view the PDF (please note this will open in a new window) or you can click on the link below:

School trips – read all about them!

In this section, we’ll share with you a review of the trips and visits to enhance our pupils’ thinking, questioning and understanding of the whole around them, that have taken place in the past week.

Year 6 visit to the London Central Mosque:

In Year 6 we have been learning about how Muslims show commitment to God in Religious Education. We explored what a commitment  is and what it means to us and then related this to the five pillars of Islam. In order to consolidate this learning, we were fortunate enough to visit London Central Mosque on the 28th September, where we observed prayer in action, had a tour of the mosque and were able to ask questions relating to the the five pillars of Islam. We even learnt about the role of Muslims in WW1, linking this to our learning in History.

Year 4 Trip to the British Museum:

On Tuesday the 5th October, Year 4 visited The British Museum and had a super morning learning about and looking at artefacts from the period. We were especially interested in the finds from the famous Sutton Hoo burial site in Suffolk. We were impressed by the intricacy and beauty of their jewellery and ornaments which showed just how wealthy the Anglo-Saxon rulers were. We also looked at artefacts which gave us clues to the jobs that ordinary people did and how they lived. This visit was a good opportunity to see real archaeological finds which we enjoyed sketching.

Year 5 trip to the Look Out Discovery Centre in Hyde Park:

On Friday 24th September 2021, Year 5 went on a Science trip to the Look Out Discovery Centre in Hyde Park where we learnt about animal classification and seed dispersal. We visited woodland and meadow habitats and the pond! We found lots of creatures – a newt, 2 toads, lots of slugs, snails, spiders, and woodlice. We all learnt a lot and had lots of fun!

Upcoming Trips:

  • Wednesday 20th October: Year 3 trip to the Natural History Museum
  • Wednesday 20th October: Year 4 trip to the Tate Britain

Westminster City School Online Masterclasses

The Westminster City School Online Masterclasses have already started, with a number of Year 4 – 6 pupils joining last Saturday’s Spanish Masterclass. This Saturday there will be a Science Masterclass at 10am and a Maths Masterclass at 4pm.

More fun online masterclasses will be taking place this October and further information and registration can be found at https://www.wcsch.com/1388/online-masterclasses

Westminster City School will also be hosting their last open day for parents/carers to find out about Year 7 entry in 2022 or 2023 on Thursday 14 October. This will be at their Palace Street site, from 5pm to enable prospective parents/carers to join in after work.

Please go to https://www.wcsch.com/535/open-days  to book a place for the final open day.

Water Bottles: Please bring a water bottle to school every day

We ask that all pupils continue to bring a water bottle to school each day.

This forms part of our post-COVID action plan, and is one of several steps we will continue to have in place. All of these steps have been established to help us mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 in the school, especially as we move through the autumn and winter seasons.

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

September 2022: Nursery & Reception places available

If you are looking for a Nursery or Reception place,  we have a few spaces still available for immediate start. We also are continuing to accept Nursery enrolments for 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 secure your place.

If you’re looking for a Nursery or Reception place to start in September 2022, please 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 will 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.

Please contact us to register your place on one of our tours which take place every Thursday morning @ 09:30 – 10:30 during term time.

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. Thank you so much in advance for your help in completing this.

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:

This half term, our topic is ‘All About Me’. We have been talking about ourselves, including what we look like, who is in our family and recognising our emotions.

Reception Class:

In Maths this week we have been focusing on numbers 0-10. We have been learning how to count with one to one correspondence as well as matching numerals to the correct amount. We have also started to use the Numicon to represent numbers and amounts.

Reminders:

  • If you have any questions about your child’s learning, please book an appointment via the school office.
  • PE is on Fridays with Miss Arnold, and pupils must attend in PE kits with correct plimsolls or trainers. New kit is available to buy from the office.
  • Please bring Book Bags every day. Books are changed on Fridays and will include a list of high frequency words as well as topic specific vocabulary spellings to learn.

Year 1 : Galileo Class

Year 1 have been working exceptionally hard in Maths this term! We been counting and ordering numbers, learning number bonds, using whole-part models and bar models, and so much more! I’m very impressed with all your hard work at home too using IXL to consolidate your learning. Great work!

Reminders:

  • If you have any questions about your child’s learning, please book an appointment via the school office.
  • PE is on Mondays and pupils must attend in PE kits with correct plimsolls or trainers. New kit is available to buy from the office.
  • Please bring Book Bags every day. Books are changed on Fridays and will include a list of high frequency words as well as topic specific vocabulary spellings to learn.

Year 2 : Snow Class

This week in Year 2, after reading ‘Traction Man is Here’, by Mini Grey, we described our own ‍superheroes. First we looked at a modelled example of a character description, identifying the key features needed for our writing. Then we designed and created our superhero using wood dolls and drafted the key ideas that we wanted to include in our writing. Finally we used our plan to describe our superheroes’ appearance, personality and traits.

Reminders:

  • If you have any questions about your child’s learning, please book an appointment via the school office.
  • PE is every Friday and pupils must be in their full PE kit.
  • Book Bags must be brought every day. Books will be changed on Thursdays and Reading Records must be signed each week.
  • Homework will be online every Monday via Google Classroom. Homework plays a vital role in consolidating class work. Please encourage your child to complete their homework independently.

Year 3 : Newton Class

As part of our Stone Age topic, we learnt about Stonehenge and then we completed this piece of art. We practiced mixing two different colours to get different shades and tones of those colours. You can see cut-outs of our mixing pallet around the outside of the display. This is Rion J’s publishing. We were reading the story ‘The Pebble in my Pocket’ which is about a pebble’s journey through time. We then wrote our story from the perspective of our pebble and wrote about its journey through time.

Reminders:

  • If you have any questions about your child’s learning, please book an appointment via the school office.
  • PE is on Thursdays and pupils must attend in PE kits with correct plimsolls or trainers. New kit is available to buy from the office.
  • Please bring Book Bags every day. Books are changed on Fridays and will include a list of high frequency words as well as topic specific vocabulary spellings to learn.
  • Children should also complete tasks set daily on IXL.

Year 4 : Al-Khalili Class

In RE, we have been thinking about agreements and commitments and what this means to us. We thought about the covenant that Abraham made with God and the Ten Commandments that were given to Moses. We realised that these Commandments still have a massive impact on our lives today and that in society, we have to follow and keep to our promises. We then related our understanding of the Ten Commandments by writing them in our own words.

Reminders:

  • If you have any questions about your child’s learning, please book an appointment via the school office.
  • PE is on Mondays and pupils must attend in PE kits with correct plimsolls or trainers. New kit is available to buy from the office.
  • Please bring Book Bags every day. Books are changed on Fridays and will include a list of high frequency words as well as topic specific vocabulary spellings to learn.
  • They will be tested on spellings and times tables on Friday – please practise these regularly.
  • Children should also complete tasks set daily on IXL.

Year 5 : Jemison Class

On Tuesday, we went to the Tate Britain to look at the sculptures of renowned British artist Henry Moore. We are learning about sculptures and will be making our own penguins using a a range of media. We looked at the shapes of his sculptures – some of them are quite abstract. Then we looked at texture and shading while we were sketching them. We really enjoyed our trip and it has inspired us to do create our own masterpieces.

Reminders:

  • If you have any questions about your child’s learning, please book an appointment via the school office.
  • PE is on Thursdays and pupils must attend in PE kits with correct plimsolls or trainers. New kit is available to buy from the office.
  • Please bring Book Bags every day. Books are changed on Fridays and will include a list of high frequency words as well as topic specific vocabulary spellings to learn.
  • Please ensure that your child reads at home for at least 15-20 minutes 3 times a week and record their comments in their reading record book. Reading more than this will of course be beneficial.
  • Homework will be given out via Google Classroom each Friday and must be handed in by Wednesday or it may not be marked. Spelling tests will also take place every Friday.
  • Maths and Grammar homework will be set on IXL weekly and this should be completed online. This could be about upcoming topics or specific practice based on previous learning. As little as 10 minutes practice daily will have great impact on pupils’ learning so please encourage this.

Year 6 :  Class

This week, Year 6 visited the Imperial War Museum to see first-hand artefacts which tell the stories of the lives of the people who lived during WW1. In groups, we chose an artefact which engaged us, and filmed ourselves making documentaries to bring the object to life. We particularly enjoyed the ‘trench experience’, where we were able to imagine what life would have been like for a soldier during the war. It was definitely a trip to remember!

Reminders:

  • If you have any questions about your child’s learning, please book an appointment via the school office.
  • PE is on Wednesdays and pupils must attend in PE kits with correct plimsolls or trainers. New kit is available to buy from the office.
  • Please bring Book Bags every day. Books are changed on Fridays and will include a list of high frequency words as well as topic specific vocabulary spellings to learn. Reading records should be handed in at least 3 times a week to be signed
  • Weekly spellings will be handed out on a Friday, to be returned the following Friday when they will have a spelling test
  • Tasks will be set for the children to practise on IXL daily for a recommend 20 minutes at home