School Newsletter : 26 November 2021

| Issue 8 | Autumn 2 | Week 12 |

St. Stephens Church Christmas Card Competition Design Winners

Pupils were invited to submit entries for a Christmas Card Design Competition that was being run by St. Stephen’s Church. There were many, many wonderful pieces of artwork submitted for this, including the chance to have your artwork selected to be ‘the image‘ for the St. Stephen’s Annual Christmas Card.

Congratulations to those pupils who won for their year group. Winning pupils were invited to attend a prize-giving last week in the church, where they were presented with a medal for their entry.

We hope that you enjoy the wonderful Christmas images they have all created as much as we have. Thank you so much to all pupils who participated and submitted their lovely artwork for this occasion.

Year group winners:

  • Year 6: Harper
  • Year 5: Israa
  • Year 4: Sara
  • Year 3: Taha
  • Year 2: Max
  • Year 1: Ivy (overall winner)

Key information for parents

Parents’ Evenings:
We will be holding Parents’ 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: Week 2 starts 28.11.21
Please click on the tabs below to see our Winter Lunch Menu (3-week rotation). Next week will start with Week 2. 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 1 trip to Westminster Abbey

On Monday, Year 1 went on another exciting trip. We walked to Westminster Abbey, where we met Hannah, who taught us all about the stained glass windows in the Abbey. Then we completed a fun workshop and made our own stained glass window Christmas decorations – including the adults. We learnt all about the many different events that happen in Westminster Abbey including the coronation of Kings and Queens (with Noah getting to dress up and be King Noah), we learnt that the Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts is buried there and we got to sit in the special choir stalls! We had so much fun.

Upcoming Trips:

  • 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 coming 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 selected 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’s 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. Stephen’s 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 13:30

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 are also 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 – wow its Friday again! However, I am very excited as that means next week is nearly here and we are having our Christmas Display Day on Tuesday and I can’t wait! Everybody’s talking about it (actually they’re all whispering – but I know all the designs and I won’t say a ‘woof’ to anyone).

THEN the most amazing thing happened on Thursday: a tree arrived INSIDE! It has been beautifully decorated in our school hall, with twinkly lights and baubles, it’s just so lovely. However, under no circumstances, absolutely, not even for a quick sniff, am I allowed to go near the tree. BUT all those shiny baubles – they just look like so much fun to chase around the hall, don’t you think? I’m going to try really hard, but I think I might need to just check it out a couple of times 🙂

Don’t worry though, everyone will be able to come and see the Christmas Tree and the beautiful displays created by the children when you attend your parents evenings on the 8th and 9th of December.

Well done to Year 1, who completed their second ever school trip this week to Westminster Abbey (which I also couldn’t go on – harrumph!). They were such super stars, with amazing listening, questions and being highly engaged in the workshop, that an email was sent to the school acknowledging this! Well done Year 1, what wonderful school ambassadors you are.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Biscuit x

Nursery Class:

We have been talking about how we celebrate birthdays in Nursery this week. We decided to make a birthday cake just like in the story, ‘Kipper’s Birthday’. We used and built on our measurement and capacity skills, by measuring all the different ingredients; tipping, pouring and reading the numbers carefully. We also used lots of known and new vocabulary that we have learnt in our topic, including ‘ingredients’ and ‘method’. However, the best part was eating our special ‘Kipper Birthday Cake‘ – YUMMY 🙂

Reception Class:

We have been busy continuing our learning about different celebrations – and have focused this week on how birthdays are celebrated. We found out why we have birthdays and discussed the different things we do to celebrate them. We have been enjoying our birthday party role play, pretending it’s our birthdays, getting dressed up in special clothes, eating cake and playing party games. We have also been planning our own party.

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 RE we have been learning all about the Christmas Story. We know that this is the time when Jesus was born. We also know that Jesus was a very special baby, and that The Three Wise Men brought him precious gifts when he was born. We made story sticks to help remind us of the Christmas Story.

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

In RE, Year 2 have been learning to reflect on the Christmas story and the reasons for Jesus’ birth. We read the story ‘George Saves the World by Lunchtime‘ and discussed what problems the world faces and how they can be solved. We also read the story of baby Jesus and learnt that Christians believe that God sent Jesus to save the world and they look forward to Christmas as the time of his birth. We looked at some photos and paintings depicting the Nativity story and identified how artists represented Jesus as the light of the world. We then created part of the nativity, using oil pastels to reflect light.

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 in RE we have been learning all about the Christian and non-Christian aspects of Christmas. We have decorated some Christmas baubles to show the two different aspects. Can you work out which one is which? In RE our main focus has been to study and understand the true meaning of Christmas and then compare this with what Christmas means to us as individuals.

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

Recently in Year 4, we have been working hard during our maths lessons. We have been practising multiplying and dividing by one and itself. We have also worked on multiplying and dividing by ten and one hundred to consolidate our understanding of place value.

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 writing leaflets about Antarctic animals. First, we researched facts in 4 categories: appearance, diet, habitat and breeding. Then we thought about the purpose and audience of our leaflet, rehearsed it orally as a voice-over in the style of David Attenborough. Finally, we wrote a draft and then peer edited and published them. We are very proud of our leaflets and it was very hard to choose which ones to include, however we hope you enjoy reading the sample selected.

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 Science, we have been exploring the importance of having a balanced and healthy diet. In order to do this, we looked at the different food groups and their role in keeping us healthy. We talked about how having a slim exterior does not always mean that your internal organs are in good health and that we are physically fit. We created play scripts for a TV show to explain the importance of diet and exercise in keeping ourselves both physically and mentally healthy.

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