School Newsletter : 04 March 2022

| Issue 16 | Spring 2 | Week 20 |

World Book Day 2022

To celebrate World Book Day this year, we read a range of books about climate change and protecting the environment. Some classes wrote poems about the environment and some children made artwork, but most importantly we all had time during the day to read for pleasure.

Whilst we all enjoy reading at school and talking about vocabulary and answering comprehension questions, it is also vital to read for pleasure as this helps us grow to love reading. As JK Rowling said, ‘I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book‘.

To remind us to reuse and recycle, we made our own T-shirt designs with slogans about the environment. Everyone put a lot of effort into their creations and all the teachers were very impressed. Well done!

School Council Fundraising Project

This year, School Council’s overarching theme is Looking After Our Environment. We have been talking about ways of reusing, recycling and reducing waste. One of the main areas of concern globally is clothing and soft toys ending up in landfill but we can help!

If you, like us, have lots of unwanted and unworn clothes, shoes, bags and belts (adult and children’s) and soft toys hanging around in your wardrobes and drawers, it’s time for that spring clean!

We have teamed up with the organisation Bag2School so that we can bring into school all our unwanted items so that they can be collected by them to be re-loved by others around the globe.

You can find more information about the work Bag2School does here >

Our bag collection date is 9am on Wednesday 30th March. Bags must be brought in to school during drop off (between 7:45-9:00am) and NOT at pick up time.

Next week you will receive an information leaflet and a bin liner for your collections – please do not bring your filled bag into school until the morning of Wednesday 30th March as we cannot store these safely and securely.

  • Items that can be donated: clothing in good condition (adults’ and children’s), bags, shoes (in pairs), belts & soft toys.
  • Please do not include pieces of fabric, toys, games, household items or toiletries.

Please feel free to use your own additional bags or bin liners if you have more than one bag’s worth, or ask at the school office for spare bin liners.

Finally, we will be running a competition for the class that brings in the most in donations (all bags are weighed after collection) so when you bring in your bags on 30th March, please look out for the designated class area in the playground to leave them. The winning class will win a brilliant prize, to be decided by School Council!

Covid-19 update

On Monday, the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the government’s Covid-19 response, ‘Living with Covid-19’. The DfE emailed schools and colleges with more details on what this means for education settings and we’ve captured the key points below:

Testing

  • The government has removed the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic testing.
  • From Friday 1 April, the government will no longer provide free to order universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England.
  • Anyone with symptoms should take a PCR test, stay at home and follow government guidance if positive.

Self-isolation

  • From Thursday 24 February, the government will remove the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test.
  • However, adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received two negative test results on consecutive days.
  • Routine contact tracing will end. Fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 will no longer be asked to test daily for seven days, and close contacts who are not fully vaccinated will no longer be required to self-isolate.

We’re keen to keep our school and community as safe as possible, and request that parents and pupils follow the guidelines above, and stay at home if they have a positive test. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Main Covid-19 symptoms:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, & a temperature of 38 degrees or higher.
  • a new, continuous cough – 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 – you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Public Health message about the MMR vaccine

More than 1 in 10 eligible children under the age of 5 in England are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.

Two doses of the MMR is the number one defence against and will provide the best protection against measles, mumps and rubella.

To protect your child/children from the unseen risks of these highly contagious diseases, it’s important to catch up on any missed vaccinations.

Vaccination appointments are available through your GP practice. You can also find out more information about the MMR vaccination here >

Did you know:

  • In Kensington and Chelsea, only 66% of under 5s have had both doses of the MMR vaccine
  • In Westminster, that figure is as low as 64%!

Year 5 Trip to Royal College of Music

On Wednesday 2nd March, we were lucky enough to be invited to the Royal College of Music to see the Stomptastic Lunchtime Concert. We saw a piece performed by a string quintet and sang a song called “I See” along with the other schools that were there.

Shanaz wrote this about our trip: “When we went to the Royal College of Music, it was a very big hall. I remembered that we had been there before. We heard some wonderful music and it was a magical day. We saw a double bass, a cello, a viola and a violin as well as a piano. We sang a song called ‘I See” that we had been practising and we listened to a piece of music by Vaughan Williams. I really enjoyed the day and it was fun to listen to classical music

Children in Need : Red Nose Day

From magnificent movers to super shakers, from daring dress-er-uppers to brilliant bakers, whatever we do this Red Nose Day on Friday 18 March, we can make a real difference! We have the power to change lives, turning the energy of our biggest smiles into something incredible for those who need it most.

At Burdett-Coutts we are going to be hosting another day of FUN to raise money for Comic Relief and for a small contribution of £1, everyone is invited to come to school wearing red on the day.

We’re planning a whole host of activities*, including the red nose and spoon race and we’ll let you know all the details for this and other activities nearer the time.

* Kindly note that there will be a cost of 50p per activity, with all proceeds going towards charity.

  • All pupils are welcome to join in our SUPER-FUN Red Nose Friday on 18 March – it’s a great way to raise money and awareness for people less fortunate than ourselves!

New school uniforms – an update!

Many thanks to the small group of parents who came along on Monday morning to review our new school uniform options. After discussions with children, parents, staff, governors and trustees, we are looking forward to the arrival of our new school uniform by the end of March!

The photo above shows an example of the new uniforms for EYFS, KS1 & KS2 and from Monday 14th March, there will be a display of the new options in the school hall, for parents to view.

A huge THANK YOU must go to our school’s Trustees, who are generously providing all pupils with either a new school sweatshirt or jumper, and a tie. For Year 6 only, they are also providing a blazer for each pupil.

A letter will be sent home to parents over the next few weeks, outlining the uniform requirements, along with prices and ordering options. Pupils can continue to use their current school sweatshirts for PE lessons, and will only need to buy new PE kit when they outgrow the current one they have.

However, please ensure that any purchases between now and Easter are in line with the new uniform requirements. The uniform for each Key Stage are listed below and all pupils will need to be wearing the new school uniform after the Easter Holidays.

EYFS & KS1: Autumn/Winter

Boys

  • Dark grey trousers
  • White polo shirt (with school logo)
  • Navy sweatshirt (with school logo)

Girls

  • Dark grey skirt & tights (not leggings), or white socks
  • Dark grey trousers
  • White polo shirt (with school logo)
  • Navy sweatshirt (with school logo)

EYFS & KS1: Spring/Summer

Boys

  • Dark grey trousers or shorts
  • White polo shirt (with school logo)
  • Navy sweatshirt (with school logo)

Girls

  • Dark grey skirt & tights (not leggings), or white socks
  • Dark grey trousers or skort
  • White polo shirt & navy sweatshirt (with school logo)
  • Dark blue & white gingham dress (& white socks)

Ks2 (Yrs 3 – 6): Autumn/Winter

Only Year 6 pupils will be required to wear the blazer

Boys

  • Dark grey trousers
  • White long-sleeved shirt
  • Navy jumper (with school logo)
  • Tie

Girls

  • Dark grey skirt & tights (not leggings), or white socks
  • Dark grey trousers
  • White long-sleeved shirt
  • Navy jumper (with school logo)
  • Tie

Ks2 (Yrs 3 – 6): Spring/Summer

Only Year 6 pupils will be required to wear the blazer

Boys

  • Dark grey trousers or shorts
  • White short-sleeved shirt
  • Navy jumper (with school logo)
  • Tie

Girls

  • Dark grey skirt & tights (not leggings), or white socks
  • Dark grey trousers or skort
  • White short-sleeved shirt, navy jumper (with school logo) & tie
  • Dark blue & white gingham dress (& white socks)

PE Kit:

For all pupils the PE kit will consist of:

  • Blue t-shirt (with school logo)
  • Navy sweatshirt (with school logo)*
  • Blue shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms (no logos or brand markings)
  • Trainers (or plimsolls for EYFS & Year 1)

*Pupils can use their current school sweatshirt for PE lessons until they have outgrown it.  This will ensure that we are making full use of the old uniform, before having to buy a new one.

School Shoes:

  • All pupils must wear black school shoes (NOT trainers or boots), and they must have no markings, coloured laces etc.
  • Trainers can only be worn on PE days.
  • On wet days, pupils can wear their wellies to school, but must bring their school shoes with them to change into once they are at school.

MIND Coffee Morning : Understanding anxiety

Our next Coffee Morning, led by our wellbeing practitioners from MIND, Agata and Michelle, will take place on Friday 11th March, 09:00 – 10:00. The topic is ‘Understanding Anxiety‘ and everyone is welcome to attend. It’s always lovely to see parents from a range of year groups, so we’re very much looking forward to seeing you there.

Events for the Spring term:

March:

  • Friday 11th March @ 09:00 – 10:00 | School Hall:  Mind Coffee Morning: Understanding Anxiety
  • Tuesday 15th @ 12:30 | St Paul’s Cathedral: Year 6 singing the lunchtime Eucharist
  • Friday 18th March: Red Nose Day! More details to follow in next week’s newsletter!
  • Friday 25th: Last day for Extended School Day Clubs for the term (new clubs will begin after the Easter holidays)
  • Wednesday 30th @ 09:30 – 10:30 | St. Stephens Church: Easter Service – all families welcome (nb: masks must be worn)
  • Wednesday 30th @ 18:00: Last day for After School Club (new clubs will begin after the Easter holidays)
  • Thursday 31st @ 09:30 – 10:30 | School Hall: Year 3 performance of ‘Roll Back the Stone‘ – all families welcome (nb: masks must be worn)
  • Thursday 31st @ 13:30: Last day of term – early finish

Biscuit’s Bytes!

Woof!

Woo hoo, March is here! I am crossing down the days to my birthday on the 9th and boy, I’m really excited!

This week I’ve had to rest (which is a really hard thing for an 11-month old puppy to do), and so haven’t been able to do any long walks, or play football or tag with my friends in after school club, as I pulled a muscle when I was playing with (ok, maybe I was chasing) a deer in the forest the other weekend. It was fun at the time, but in hindsight, not so much now!

I am hoping that I get the all clear this weekend at my vet check-up. Whilst I’m there, I’m going to gather some exciting information that I can share with Reception, as they have a vets role-play area at the moment. I have been to visit there already and they were so helpful and caring. Although I was a little confused as to why I needed a bandage on my neck, when it was my leg that was sore???

It was great to see so many wonderful t-shirts designed for World Book Day on Thursday – there are so many creative pupils in our school! Just thought I’d share with you that two of my favourite books are Dogger by Shirley Hughes, and Spot Goes on Holiday by Eric Hill.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and you can get to the park to run around and play chase, because  I am crossing my paws that I will be able to do that!

See you on Monday!

Biscuit x

September 2022: Nursery & Reception places available

If you are looking for a Nursery or Reception place, we have a few spaces still available.

We have 2 part-time (afternoons 12:30 – 15:30) nursery places left for immediate start and we have 5 Reception places left for September 2022.

Places are filling up quickly, so please contact us on 020 7828 6790 or email: office@burdettcoutts.co.uk to secure your place.

Please join us for a 30-minute tour of our school’s Early Years provision. 

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.

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.

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.

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:

Nursery:

This week we have been busy Scientific Investigators as we keep exploring the many new arrivals that come with arrival of Spring. We have had some caterpillars arrive in our class this week, which we are busy watching grow. Do you know what they will grow into? During one of our creative lessons, we decorated a stick ‘dress it up‘ in lots of springtime colours. This scrunch and stick activity exercised our fine motor muscles, and we are well on our way to feeling a lot springier ourselves!

Reception:

This half term our topic is Animals. We have had lots of fun this week setting up a Vet Role Play. We are enjoying taking on the roles of the receptionists, vets and pet owners. We are using lots of exciting new language and taking turns to share equipment and roles. We are sure Ms Barnett will be pleased to have a vet surgery so close, just in case Biscuit needs to visit!

Year 1: Galileo Class

Today we went on our weekly visit to the School Library. We browsed fiction and non-fiction books and chose a book to borrow and read at home. There are so many great titles and enticing front covers, it was difficult to choose! We also looked for books related to our new topics this term and have enjoyed reading them in class this week. We’re really looking forward to World Book Day and learning more about looking after the environment through the book, ‘A Planet full of Plastic‘ by Neal Layton.

Year 2: Snow Class

In Music this term, Year 2 are focussing on two things. Normally the lessons begin with a session in the Keyboard Room where children are learning about and playing on electronic keyboards; how to change the different sounds that they make and how to recognise notes like ‘C’ and ‘F’. In the second half of the lesson, children go to the Music Room, where they are practising playing and making up musical patterns using xylophones, glockenspiels, drums, gatos, maracas and wood blocks. Children also have the opportunity to watch short films of orchestras and other musicians from all over the world playing the musical instruments they are learning to play in school.

Year 3: Newton Class

In our introductory writing lesson this week, we watched a special advertisement on dog food! It had no speaking parts throughout, which made it very interesting. Our writing for the next two weeks will be based around writing speech for the characters in this advertisement. For our immersion lesson we had fun acting it out and coming up with speaking lines for each character. This is going to make our writing much easier. Have a look at some of our photos from this lesson.

Year 4: Al-Khalili Class

During Maths this week, we have  been extending our knowledge of fractions. We have learnt some new mathematical vocabulary and are exploring different ways of representing fractions. We recognise that fractions are part of a whole and that we can add fractions to make whole numbers and also subtract fractions from whole numbers greater than one. Some of us prefer to use visual representations to help with our calculations and others prefer an abstract approach. Our next learning task is to find quantities of amounts, thus relating fractions to real-life problems.

Year 5: Jemison Class

This week in Year 5, we had an online fire safety workshop to discuss the prevention of fires and what to do if one occurs. We learnt a lot of really important information about what to do in the event of a fire. We spoke about the importance of smoke detectors and the fact that the fire brigade will donate them if you need them. Please ask your children about fire safety as they will be happy to share their learning.

Year 6: Curie Class

This term, Year 6 have begun reading ‘The Explorer‘, by Katherine Trundell, an adventure story that follows the journey of four children, who find themselves stranded when their plane crashes in The Amazon Rainforest. Using this text as a stimulus and exploring a modelled example, we have written our own diary entries from the perspective of the main character: Fred. We have tried hard to describe the events leading up to the plane crash, his dash for survival from the wreckage and his first meeting with some of the other characters. Our grammar focus was to use dashes to build tension. Please take time to read some of our work and see if you think that we have achieved this?