School Newsletter : 19 November 2021

| Issue 7 | Autumn 2 | Week 11 |

BBC Children in Need

A HUGE thank you to pupils, parents and staff for getting behind this wonderful fundraising event in which we raised £121.00.

There were spots galore in school today, with some children (and adults) really showing their creative side with their costume designs! The kick start to the day came courtesy of Joe Wicks who had designed an online workout and quiz that both the children (and staff) had lots of fun completing!

The Spot-tastic winners of Pin the Belly Button on the Gingerbread Man were: 

  • Nursery: Mickael
  • Reception: Nina
  • Year 1: Teoman
  • Year 2: Adam A
  • Year 3: Kridaya
  • Year 4: Eeeman
  • Year 5: Mickyas
  • Year 6: Aisha J.

The Spot-tastic Relay winners were:

  • Year 1: Green Team: Samuel, Teddy, Thea & Adam. S
  • Year 2: Red Team: Adam. A, Ambra & Dexter
  • Year 3: Yellow Team: Ibrahim, Indi & Nebeyou
  • Year 4: Green Team: Youssef. A, Eeman & Fahad
  • Year 5: Team Yellow: Faris, Lauren, Robel, Arila & Shannaz
  • Year 6: Team Yellow: Aisha. J, Anwar, Mason, Aland, Leo & Firdaus

Welcome to our new Parent Governor

Following requests prior to the October half term for parent governor nominees, I am happy to announce that Sarah Nicholas has been nominated to the parent governor vacancy on our school’s governing body.  Here’s a quick introduction from Sarah to say hello:

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a Year 2 parent.  My son has attended Burdett-Coutts since nursery and we love being part of the school community. I am also the Youth Club Manager of St Andrew’s Club which is a stone’s throw from the school and I am really passionate about giving children and young people the opportunity to have as many experiences as they can to reach their full potential. I am really looking forward to being even more a part of the school community as a governor, so please come and say hello if you see me outside the school or out and about locally.

Sarah’s official term will start from Thursday 2nd December 2021.  On behalf of our school’s governors, trustees, staff, parents and pupils, I would like to welcome Sarah and thank her in advance for volunteering her time in joining our governing body.

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:
These were taken on Monday this week, and will be sent home on Friday 26th November.  If you wish to place an order you can either fill in the form and pay online or alternatively complete the order from enclosed with the proof photo. and return to the school along with the correct money to the school office.  All orders must be placed by Thursday 2nd December 2021.

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

Home Made Potato 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 Pizza: Pepperoni, sliced peppers, olives & onions Jacket Potato

Roast Lamb with Gravy & Mint Sauce
(optional)

Fish Goujons
Main vegetarian  Vegetarian Lasagne Pizza: Margarita, sliced peppers, olives & onions Jacket Potato

Quorn Roast with 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 and Corn Salad
Mixed Green Leaf Salad

Cucumber Sticks
Tomato Wedges
Mixed Green Leaf Salad
Potato Salad with Chives & Spring Onions
Coleslaw
Pasta and Corn Salad Mixed Green Leaf
Dessert Fresh fruit yogurt (50% fruit content)
Fresh fruit
Chocolate Mousse
Fresh fruit
Shortbread
Fresh fruit

Apple Crumble
and 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.

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 5 trip to the James Caird at Dulwich College

On Wednesday, Year 5 went by train to West Dulwich on a very important expedition – to visit the James Caird. We went to Dulwich College, the home of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lifeboat from the Endurance expedition. We have been learning all about Antarctica and Sir Ernest Shackleton and our tour guide from the archives was very impressed with our knowledge, as were Miss Mattey and Miss Gemma.  Everyone had a fun day and we even got to enjoy a sunny picnic in a nearby park afterwards.

Year 1 trip to the London Aquarium

On Thursday, Year 1 visited the London Aquarium, which was very exciting especially as it was our first big school trip. When we got to the aquarium, we saw a wide variety of sea-life – we sat and watched sharks in a big tank, saw clown fish (just like Nemo), got to touch a starfish and even saw a penguin called Polly. We all had a lovely time, including the grown ups!

Upcoming Trips:

  • 22nd November: Year 1 tour of Westminster Abbey and stained glass workshop
  • 29th November: Year 4 Trip to Westminster Cathedral

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
  • Fri 10th Dec:  Christmas Jumper Day.  £1 donation with all proceeds going to Save the Children charity.
  • 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 afternoon 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,

Woof – this week has flown by…… so the grown ups around me keep saying. What another busy week we have had in school, with lots of activities, visits and trips going on!

I was a little sad at not being able to go out on the Year 1 trip to the Aquarium this week, especially as I had been practising sensible listening and walking with them all week, in preparation for their first school trip. However, I was a little relieved when I heard about the big sharks there.. I think they might have thought I’d be a tasty treat!

There are lots of rehearsals happening in preparation for the many Christmas services taking place in the upcoming weeks, and I am very excited by all the extra decorations going up around the school – they are lovely to play with – oops I mean look at!

Today the children have had lots of fun dressing up in their best spotty outfits and playing games, all in support of BBC Children in Need. I even joined in, by wearing my lovely spotty scarf.

Can’t wait till next week, but until then, have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Biscuit x

Nursery Class:

Our topic focus this week has been about birthdays. We read ‘Kipper’s Birthday’, and then talked about all the different ways people celebrate their birthdays. We have been incorporating our topic into our learning, including writing party invitations, baking a cake for Kipper’s Birthday using playdough, and counting the number of candles on the birthday cupcakes.

Reception Class:

Last week in Reception we were learning about Remembrance and why we wear poppies. We took part in the whole school service for Remembrance Day and wore the poppies we made in class. We tried our best at writing a simple sentence to explain why we wear poppies.

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 Maths this week we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We now know the names of lots of shapes and have walked around school finding different shapes in the building. We can recognise the difference between 2D and 3D shapes and can sort them with accuracy into groups. We then made shape patterns and shape trains and were able to independently label them.

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

I have been extremely proud of Year 2’s resilience and determination in our Maths lessons this week! We have learnt how to add and subtract 2-digit numbers, with exchanging. We have continued using concrete manipulatives such as Base 10 and pictorial representation to develop our understanding and we have also been learning the formal column method. As mathematicians, we have been using mathematical language when presenting our thinking and reasoning. We now know different strategies and we try to choose the most efficient method to solve our addition and subtraction calculations.

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 had an interesting visitor into our class in the form of an unusual looking Victorian Newspaper Reporter. He came to question us all about a mysterious creature that has been lurking around the sewers in London! He was especially excited to hear witness reports from some of the children in our class. We now want to join him and write our own newspaper reports to help inform and warn people of the dangerous beast that could be lurking below our streets! P.S. Please note this is all fictional and inspired by our book, ‘I Was A Rat!‘.

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 very fortunate to attend a drama workshop led by The Drama Hut. This interactive session about the Vikings reinforced our recent learning and the children had a fantastic time and gained a lot of knowledge about Viking life in a fun and interesting way. We even learnt some Viking language and riddles! The Vikings liked to pass their spare time telling stories and puzzling each other, which we found entertaining!

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

In Jemison class, we have been learning about Forces and Isaac Newton in Science. We understand that a force is needed to change the shape, direction of movement or speed of movement of an object. This week we were measuring the weight and mass of an object using Newton meters.  Because we are scientists, we have discovered that there is a link between Newtons and grams – why not ask us to find out more!

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 have continued reading ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas‘. During our writing lessons we created an information leaflet around concentration camps. We came up with key questions that we wanted to inform the reader about, e.g what is a concentration camp, who set them up, why, and what daily life would have been like for those imprisoned in one. We used subheadings to present our written work and tried hard to use our own words within the research.

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