School Newsletter : 11 March 2022

| Issue 17 | Spring 2 | Week 21 |

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.

Today your child will bring home 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!

Parents Evening : Wednesday 23rd March

Our Spring Term Parents Evening will take place on Wednesday 23rd March. Parents will be able to meet with teachers in the ground floor school hall to discuss their child(ren)’s progress. During this time, we will have a range of information stalls for parents covering a variety of topics including:

  • Healthy Eating: with advice for pupils on packed lunches and the new spring menu (which will start after the Easter break( currently being discussed with school council.
  • School Uniform: a display of all the new uniform options available. Kindly note that parents will be given their child(ren)’s new school uniform items during their meeting slot.
  • Curriculum Workshops: for parents to sign themselves up for during the summer term. These workshops will provide information on the content and delivery of key areas of learning; and how you can support your child’s learning at school and at home.  They will cover a range of subjects and be key stage specific, including, ‘Supporting your child with Early Reading and Maths (EYFS)‘, ‘Supporting your child with Mathematics (KS1 & KS2)‘, ‘Supporting your child with Reading (KS1 & KS2)‘ and ‘Homework Hints: how to support your child’s homework studies, for IXL, reading & individual projects‘.
  • Extended School Day Clubs:  The options available for the Summer Term will be sent home on Monday 21st March. You can sign your child(ren) up for these during your Parents Evening meeting.

Prayers for Ukraine

As a small way of providing assistance to the thousands of people and families fleeing their homes and lives in Ukraine due to the terrible conditions they are facing because of the war against their country, we packed up and donated all our old school uniform that was still held in school last week and donated this to St. Saviour’s Church, Pimlico.

All donations of clothing and other essential items were driven to Poland last weekend, to provide help to those who find themselves in such desperate need at this extremely devastating and challenging  time, and who now find themselves displaced in another country with very little.

  • We continue to hold all Ukrainians in our prayers at this time, and hope for an end to this terrible conflict.

Women Off To Work!

The Health & Wellbeing team at the Abbey Centre is delivering a new Women Off to Work Project (WOW).

The project aims to support participants by giving them access to high quality activities, to gain skills and develop confidence into employment, education and or volunteering.

  • The Women Off to Work Project (WOW) officially launches on Wednesday 16th March
  • Each class(ESOL, IT etc) lasts for a period of 4 weeks and will start week beginning 9th May to avoid the Ramadan period
  • On the morning of 16th May, participants will be invited to the centre for a presentation about the project, with the opportunity to request additional courses, features etc to ensure co-creation of key courses based on demand.
  • The project is primarily aimed at women (although there is a target to include 30 men).
  • Participants do NOT have to be Westminster residents but must be 18+

If you’re interested in, and feel you can benefit from, any of the training on offer (ESOL, Confidence, IT, Interview Practice and CV support etc), please book your place by emailing: charlotte.austin@theabbeycentre.org.uk or calling 07593756077.

You can find out more about The Abbey Centre’s Ready 4 Work programme @ www.theabbeycentre.org.uk/ready-4-work

Covid-19 update

On Monday 21st February, 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.

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!

We are looking forward to the arrival of our new school uniform, which we hope to hand out to parents and pupils when attending the Spring Term Parents Evening (see above).

The photo here 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 on Monday 21st March, 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.

Events for the Spring term:

March:

  • 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!
  • Wednesday 23rd March – Parents Evening
  • 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!

Happy Friday everyone – what an exciting week I have had! Thank you firstly for all the lovely treats and gifts I received for my 1st Birthday! I am very grateful and I am enjoying playing with my new toys, lying on my lovely new pillow and eating some very yummy treats –  although waiting for the cake is hard!!!

I also had my follow up visit to see the vet and GREAT NEWS, I can go walking again! Woo-Hoo 🙂  I cannot wait until the weekend. 2 weeks of  no walking has been really hard and I have definitely exhausted all the adults’ ideas to help me keep busy.

This week has been super busy in school:

  • with Year 6 singing so beautifully in their rehearsals, as they prepare to sing in the lunchtime Eucharist at St. Paul’s Cathedral next Tuesday, 15th March at 12:30pm.
  • we had a special visitor in on Wednesday who spent all day looking at how well children learn to read across the school.  She loved meeting and talking with pupils, watching lessons, having stories read to her and discussing reading practice and future ambitions for reading with teachers in the school. She knows that I help children practise their reading, by having them read to me, which helps some pupils become more confident in speaking aloud, become more fluent or just have a chance to share their story.
  • during lunchtime on Wednesday, a football competition was held for girls in Years 3- 6. This was an opportunity for all girls to play competitively against each other and to raise awareness of how football can help lead to a more active lifestyle. 1000 schools nationally took part in this event, which was promoted by England Football Association and the FA.

Wishing everyone a well deserved weekend and hope you have a wonderful time with friends and/or family.  Forty Hall Woods, here I come!

See you all 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:

In Nursery, we celebrated World Book Day last week by getting down to the basics: reading and loving books! The children have been engaging in beautiful storytelling and sharing these and other ‘tall tales‘ for anyone who is happy to listen 🙂

Reception:

This week in Music we have had lots of fun exploring loud and quiet sounds. We have been experimenting with sound by playing our instruments loudly and quietly. We were extremely excited when Mr Carden let us each have a turn of playing the gong!

Year 1: Galileo Class

We had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day last week, and enjoyed activities linked to our book, ‘A Planet Full of Plastic‘ by Neal Layton. We loved sharing our knowledge of environmental awareness in our incredible t-shirt designs! Thank you to everyone at home who helped us create such spectacular masterpieces! We also welcomed Graham from St. Stephen’s Church into our classroom. He came to read us the story of ‘Noah’s Ark‘ from the Bible, and talked with us about how God wants us to look after the world He created. Thank you, Graham, we loved you visiting us.

Year 2: Snow Class

In RE, we have been learning about Easter. Pupils have been focusing on the importance of Jesus’ resurrection for Christians and paying close attention to the symbols that appear throughout the Easter story. They reflected on the thoughts and feelings of Mary when she discovered Jesus’ empty tomb and her surprise when an angel appeared. We then retold the story by working in groups to create freeze frames for each important scene.

Year 3: Newton Class

This week there has been a flurry of ‘advertising activity‘ in Year 3 as we finished our recounts of the advertisement, Mega City. Everyone included a range of exciting vocabulary, which helped to make their writing interesting for the reader. This week we are sharing Indi’s published work.

Year 4: Al-Khalili Class

During our guided reading lessons this week, we have been reading and reciting a range of poetry. We are learning about poetic devices, such as personification and figurative language, as well as looking at patterns and similarities within poems. We became poets ourselves, and have created our own versions of a poem titled, “Ten Things Found in a Shipwrecked Sailor’s Pocket“, which we performed to the class.

Year 5: Jemison Class

This week we have had lots of fun in PSHE, learning about how to keep calm in an emergency, as well as how to react sensibly and safely. We learnt what to do if someone is breathing but not responding – by putting them into the recovery position!. We learnt the steps to do this safely and also how to call the emergency services. We spoke about the importance of knowing your address in case anything happens at home. We also discussed the fact that 999 is for emergencies only! We are happy to share our learning as one day it could be useful to everyone so please ask us.

Year 6: Curie Class

This week in Maths, we have been focusing on finding the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes and applying the formula of length x width to solve a variety of reasoning questions. We have also been finding the area of triangles, using the formula 1/2 x base x perpendicular height. We found this tricky at first as we had to identify what sides of the triangle were the base, what perpendicular means and the side of the triangle which was irrelevant. We have been continuing to broaden (and revisit) our mathematical vocabulary including terms such as: intersect, parallel lines, rectilinear and cuboid.