School Newsletter : 12th November 2021

| Issue 6 | Autumn 2 | Week 10 |

Remembrance Day Service

On Thursday the 11th of November we held our Remembrance Service for Armistice Day, in the school playground.

It was wonderful to see parents coming along to join pupils and staff, our visitors in school that morning and clergy from St. Stephens, as we paid our respects and took time to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many during times of war.

A special thank you to Matthew Kemball, a senior pupil from Westminster School, who played the trumpet (The Last Post and Reveille). His playing added to the very poignant atmosphere during our time of reflection and prayer to mark the occasion.

Thanks also to the pupils who read The Fallen, a poem by Laurence Binyon and a special ‘well done‘ to Mason Frost in Year 6 who not only wrote, but read his very moving poem during our service which you can read here.

A Peaceful Tale, by Mason Frost (Year 6)

His walks in the woods were full of peace, until that dreadful day.
Where it was flooded with grief. His leather coat hanging with the crimson stain,
Is a constant reminder of the horrid pain.

Little arms swinging a useless punch, Jimmy Parsons would have him for lunch.
A mighty Brother enters the ring, as the whole school playground begins to sing.
The screaming souls of young heroic men, crouching low as the firing shells plummet into their den.
The freezing hand and mud moulded feet, as the fearful soldiers dreading to meet.

Back at home with a big brother, the loving touch of his precious mother.
The piercing blue eyes of baby Tommo, they hold so much of their wartime sorrow.

Thanks also to Mr Carden, for drawing together a wonderful service of Remembrance for our school community.

Key information for parents

Parents Evenings:
We will be holding Parent Evenings for all classes across Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th December. Meeting times for both days are available from 14:00 – 19:00. For those who require online meetings, kindly note that these will be scheduled for later in the week. You can sign up for your parent-teacher meeting from Tuesday 16th November at the school office.

School photographs:
Individual school photographs will be taken on Monday 15th November. Please ensure your child is wearing the correct school uniformYear 1 pupils need to bring their PE kit to school on Monday and they will change into it at school (after the photographs). Photos ordered will be delivered before the 17th December (ideal if you require them for Christmas presents).

BBC Children in Need:
On Friday 19th of November, we will be holding a whole day of fun, learning and feel good fundraising! There will be lots of fun activities going on in each class including a special workout with Joe Wicks online in each class. Pupils can also get involved by grabbing their favourite spotty outfit – homemade is best – and we asking families to donate £1 to get involved. At lunchtime, there will be playground games including Pin the Button on the Gingerbread Man, relay races and a throwing game.

Friday 3rd December : INSET day.
A kindly reminder to all parents & carers that Friday 3rd December is an INSET day. Therefore the school will be closed for all pupils on this day.

School Lunch Menu
Please click on the tabs below to see our Winter Lunch Menu (3-week rotation). Next week will start with Week 3. Alternatively you can view and/or download a copy here (PDF) or request a print-out from the school office. If you would like your child to have a school lunch, please speak to Ms Baker in the school office.

Week 1 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Main Spaghetti Bolognaise Jerk Seasoned Roasted Chicken Breast/Drumsticks
& Gravy
Cumberland Sausages
& Onion Gravy
Roast Beef & Horseradish Sauce or Gravy Fish Cakes
& Tartare Sauce
Main vegetarian  Spaghetti Bolognaise (Quorn) Double Bean & Roasted Pepper Chilli Vegetable Sausages Quorn Roast & Gravy Stuffed Half Peppers with
Rice & Cheddar Cheese top (optional)
Starchy side Garlic Bread Jollof/Plain Rice Mash Potato Roast Potatoes & Pumpkin/Squash
Yorkshire Puddings
Oven Fries
Vegetable Roasted Mediterranean Vege Medley Spinach with a smoked bacon, cream & nutmeg sauce (optional) Green Beans & Baby Carrots Cauliflower Cheese Garden Peas
Chantenay Carrots
Minted Peas
Salad Cucumber Sticks
Tomato Wedges
Mixed Green Leaf Salad
Potato Salad with  Chives & Spring  Onions
Pasta and Corn Salad
Coleslaw
Mixed Leaf Salad
Cucumber and Tomato
Dessert Fresh fruit yogurt (50% fruit content)
Fresh fruit
Cheese & Crackers
Fresh fruit
Apple Crumble
& custard
Fresh fruit
Blackcurrant Jelly
& Ice Cream
Fresh fruit
Chocolate Sponge
with/without cream
Drink Water/Milk Water/Milk Water/Milk Water/Milk Water/Milk

Week 2 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Main Pasta Bake Fresh Beef Burgers in a Brioche Bun & fillings Stir Fry Chicken in Teriyaki Sauce Roast Pork & Apple Sauce or Gravy Fish Fingers
Main vegetarian  Pasta Bake Vege Burgers in a Brioche Bun
& fillings
Stir Fry Veg & Quorn in Teriyaki Sauce Quorn Roast with Gravy Sweetcorn & Courgette Fritters (sour cream dressing)
Starchy side Sandwich selection (Jam, Ham – including Turkey Ham) Included in dish Rice with Lime
& Coriander
Roast Potatoes & Pumpkin/Squash
Yorkshire Puddings
Wedges
Vegetable Broccoli
Sweet Corn
See Salads Sugar Snap Peas
& Broccoli
Cauliflower Cheese Garden Peas
Chantenay Carrots
Sweet Corn
Garden Peas
Salad Potato Salad with Chives & Spring Onions
Coleslaw
Sliced tomatoes, beetroot, lettuce & cheese
Pasta & Corn Salad
Cucumber Sticks
Tomato Wedges
Mixed Green Leaf Salad
Cucumber Sticks
Tomato Wedges
Mixed Green Leaf Salad
Dessert Fresh fruit yogurt (50% fruit content)
Fresh fruit
Fresh fruit Victoria Sponge
Fresh fruit
Apple Pie
& Ice Cream
Fresh fruit
Rice Pudding with Berry Compote
(optional)
Drink Water/Milk Water/Milk Water/Milk Water/Milk Water/Milk

Week 3 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Main Lasagne Pepperoni pizza with sliced peppers, olives & onions Jacket Potato Roast Lamb with Gravy & Mint Sauce
(optional)
Fish Goujons
Main vegetarian  Vegetarian Lasagne Margarita pizza with sliced peppers, olives & onions Jacket Potato Quorn Roast & Gravy Quorn Goujons
Starchy side Included in dish Home Made Potato Wedges Included in dish Roast Potatoes & Pumpkin/Squash
Yorkshire Puddings
French Fries
Vegetable Broccoli
Sliced Green Beans
Sliced Carrots & Split Green Beans Fillings: Baked beans, grated cheese, tuna mayo, bacon bits, grilled onions & sour cream Cauliflower Cheese Garden Peas
Chantenay Carrots
Sweetcorn & Peas
Salad Cucumber Sticks
Tomato Wedges
Mixed Green Leaf Salad
Pasta & Corn Salad
Mixed Green Leaf Salad
Cucumber Sticks
Tomato Wedges
Mixed Green Leaf Salad
Potato Salad & Chives/Spring Onions
Coleslaw
Pasta & Corn Salad
Mixed Green Leaf Salad
Dessert Fresh fruit yogurt (50% fruit content)
Fresh fruit
Chocolate Mousse
Fresh fruit
Shortbread
Fresh fruit
Apple Crumble & Custard Fresh Fruit Salad
Drink Water/Milk Water/Milk Water/Milk Water/Milk Water/Milk

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!

Year 1 Trip to Parliament Square:

In year 1 we have been learning all about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot, so last Friday we went for a walk to the Houses of Parliament. We stood outside and had a look at all the buildings. We took photos and then came back to school and sketched the Houses of Parliament in our art lesson.

Upcoming Trips:

  • 16th November: Year 5 trip to James Caird Dulwich College
  • 18th November:  Year 1 trip to the Sea-life Aquarium
  • 18th November: Year 4 Trip to Westminster Cathedral
  • 22nd November: Year 1 tour of Westminster Abbey and stained glass workshop

Christmas events for your calendar!

It’s hard to believe but time is racing towards the start of the Advent and Christmas Season, with only 50 days to go!

Please see below a list of school events that will be taking place over the next 6 weeks.  At this time parents are invited to attend the events listed where indicated, but please keep an eye on the newsletters in case of changes due to COVID restrictions being reintroduced to schools.

  • Thurs 2nd Dec: Christingle Service @ Westminster Abbey 10:00 – 12:30
    A group of Year 5 & 6 pupils will be attending this service and delivering readings at the service. Permission slips will be sent home to those attending.
  • Tues 7th Dec: A Lesson in Nine Carols @ St. John Smith Square 09:00 – 10:30
    Whole school service with invitations for parents & carers TBC.
  • Thurs 9th Dec: Year 5 ‘Christmas Carols‘ singing event @ Abbey Community Centre 13:30 – 15:30
  • Mon 13th & Tues 14th Dec: KS2 Nativity Play @ school hall 14:00 – 15:00
    Parents are invited with limited number of tickets available for each showing. Please keep an eye out for information in upcoming newsletters about signing up to attend one of these performances.
  • Wed 15th Dec: EYFS & KS1 Nativity Play @ St. Stephens Church 09:30 – 10:30
    Parents are invited to attend – please be seated by 09:20.
  • Thurs 16th Dec:  Burdett-Coutts Christmas ‘Festive Feast‘ Lunch
  • Fri 17th Dec: School Christingle Service @ o9:30 – 10:30
  • Fri 17th Dec: Last day of term – school finishes at 01:30

Burdett-Coutts Christmas ‘Festive Feast‘ Lunch:
This will be held in three sittings (as lunches are currently run) and our menu is as listed below. If your child is on packed lunches and you would like them to join in our ‘Festive Feast’, please speak to Ms Baker in the front office no later than 11:00am on Friday 10th December to book a lunch for your child.

Click here to see our ‘Festive Feast’ menu >

Burdett-Coutts CE Primary School Christmas ‘Festive Feast‘ Lunch Menu 2021

  • Starters: Popcorn Bags
  • Main Meal:
    Choice of Roast ‘Sirloin’ Beef, Maple Glazed Ham, Roast Turkey or Quorn Roast (V)
    Pigs in Blankets (including vegetarian option)
  • Accompaniments:
    Roast Potatoes, Roast Pumpkin, Roast Parsnips, Honey Glazed Carrots, Brussel Sprouts (with optional nutmeg cream sauce), Broccoli, Garden Peas, Yorkshire Puddings, Sage & Onion Stuffing and Gravy (meat & vegetarian)
  • Pudding:
    Choice of Chocolate Yule Log with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice-Cream, Chocolate Cheesecake, Christmas Pudding with Cream or Custard (optional) & Christmas Pudding Ice-Cream
    Fresh Fruit Platter to accompany these options
  • Christmas Mince Pies
  • Juice and water will be served

Click here to see our ‘Festive Feast’ menu >

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, although we only have 1 full-time and 2 part-time morning places available).

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.

Biscuits Bytes

Woof!

Hi everyone, I’m sorry I haven’t written in for a while….

I have been super busy with my Reading Therapy Training, which I have begun to put to use in some classes. Listening to pupils read involves them sitting in one bean bag and me in another and I get to hear lots of lovely stories – what’s not to love! It’s definitely a dogs life 🙂

I have also been spending a lot more time playing outside with pupils after they have had their breakfast and during after school club. I am so lucky to have so many lovely friends – some of whom are teaching me how to play football! I mostly run about with my own ball, but every now and then I do ‘head’ their ball, which makes everybody shout with joy!

This week we also observed Remembrance Day on Thursday, and it was a wonderful service which all the children did brilliantly in, as it’s not easy standing for a long time. Admittedly I did have to roll around a little on my back and chew my lead – however, it was only a fleeting moment and then I was back to sitting beautifully. I thought that the student (Matthew) from Westminster School was amazing on the trumpet and he certainly had my full attention!

There has been a lot of talk about Christmas in school, although I’m not sure what this is though, as I have only just turned 8 months old on November 9th. However, it does seem to involve lots of shiny balls (baubles?) and lovely shiny ropes (tinsel?) which I can’t wait to play with – although the adults don’t seem that keen on me doing this. Wonder why?!

Anyway, it’s been great to catch up and I will back here again with more snippets of school life next week.

Until then, have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Biscuit x

Nursery Class:

Our topic this half term, is exploring the different types of Celebrations and Food in our world. We have been learning about what a celebration is and the different ways families and communities celebrate. We created a bonfire in our outside area, which linked to our teaching of Bonfire Night and Diwali. The children have really enjoyed sitting around our bonfire listening to stories and role-playing toasting marshmallows.

Reception Class:

This half term our topic is Celebrations. We have been learning what a celebration is and the different things people celebrate. This week we have been learning about Diwali. We read the story of Rama and Sita and learnt why Hindus celebrate Diwali. We then researched how people celebrate Diwali and the traditions families take part in each year. We learnt that people light little lamps called Divas in their windows to remember the story of Rama and Sita. We created our own Diva lamps and put them on display to light up our classroom.

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

In Year 1 we have been learning about Remembrance Day. We now know why people wear poppies and why this day is marked each year on 11th November. We made poppies out of card and tissue paper and wore them during our Remembrance Day Service at school. We also created a beautiful display in our classroom to remember those that gave their lives to make the world a better place for us.

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, we have been learning about Remembrance Day. We have been learning about why Remembrance Day is important and why it is commemorated not just in England, but in different countries around the world. We each made our own stained glass poppy and had lots of fun helping each other and singing songs while creating them.

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

This week we have been learning all about food and the types of food that are good for fuelling our bodies. We discussed what different foods need in order to be nutritious and good for us. We sorted lots of different foods into the 5 different food groups: fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates, dairy and alternatives, oils and spreads and proteins. Parents & carers, please talk to your children when you are cooking and see if they can name which food groups your food items go in!

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

This week, Year 4 were lucky enough to attend a workshop about children’s lives in the Victorian era which was led by staff from The Westminster Archive Centre. The workshop focused on re-creating a Victorian classroom and comparing education in schools then and now. We had a great deal of fun dressing up in Victorian clothes and learning about toys and games that children played with. We even had the opportunity to make our own toys and games. The children were given informative packs to take home as well as a certificate of attendance. All in all, we had an extremely informative and interesting morning.

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

This week, in Jemison class, we have been reflecting on remembrance and why we celebrate Remembrance Day, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We made our own poppies to wear at our Remembrance Day service and visited the Remembrance Garden outside Westminster Abbey. We learnt about the crosses that people lay and also spotted other religious symbols represented there too.

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 in Year 6, we have drawn on our existing knowledge about the outbreak of WW2, and have tried hard to relate our ideas to our current class text, ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas‘. We listened to an announcement made by Neville Chamberlain through the wireless and imagined what it would have been like when he declared that Britain was at war with Germany. We also looked at the key events of WW2 and created a timeline from 1939-1945.

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