School Newsletter : 02 July 2021

| Issue 27| Summer 2 | Week 43 |

Important dates for the remainder of the summer term:

  • Tuesday 13th July : Musicians trip (selected Year 6 pupils) to Rochester Cathedral
  • Wednesday 14th July : Year 6 Leavers’ Service @ 10:30 at St Stephens Church
    NOTE: entry to this event will be strictly by invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • Friday 16th July : Year 6 production of ‘Cinderella‘ @ 17:00 to 18:00 in the school
    NOTE: entry to this event will be strictly by invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • Friday 16th July : Last day of Enrichment Clubs @ 15:30 to 16:30
  • Thursday 22nd July : Last day of After School Club
  • Friday 23rd July : Last day of school – 13:30 finish
    NOTE: all pupils MUST be collected at this time

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:

PE Lessons: Timetable change for the remainder of the term

For the remainder of the Summer term, PE days for the following year groups are:

  • Monday – Year 5
  • Tuesday – Year 3
  • Wednesday – Year 4
  • Thursday  – Year 2
  • Friday – Year 6 &  Year 1

Kindly note we insist on children having the correct PE kit for completing their lessons in, so that they can move appropriately and not hurt themselves.  As the weather is beginning to get warmer, it is important that they wear the appropriate PE kit clothing option to do their lessons in i.e. leggings or shorts/skort instead of tracksuit bottoms.

The PE kit clothing options are:

  • PE house colour T-shirt
  • Navy leggings, tracksuit bottoms, shorts or skort
  • Plain trainers (participating in PE lessons in shoes other than trainers is simply not safe).
  • Please ensure that your children wear the correct PE kit to school each week; this includes trainers and not their school shoes.
  • Those children who do not have their full PE kit for completing lessons in will not be able to participate in physical PE lessons, but will instead be set Healthy Eating & Wellbeing work to complete.
  • Thank you for your continued support in helping us to ensure that your children complete all their school based lessons safely.

Water Bottles: All children must bring a water bottle every day!

As the weather is now warm (and very HOT on some days) PLEASE ensure that your child brings a reusable water bottle with them to school everyday!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are still unable to use the school’s drinking fountains but we will of course let you know as soon as this situation changes.

We are not able to provide children with water bottles in school as we are working hard to reduce our carbon footprint, and are minimising any single use plastic in the school, including disposable water bottles. So please help us, the environment and our planet, by ensuring that your child’s water bottle is a reusable one, so that they can refill across the day and re-use each day.

It is important that everyone (both children and adults) remains hydrated during warmer weather as this keeps helps to keep us active and alert.

  • Kindly note that all water bottles must contain fresh still water only and that flavoured water is not allowed.

September 2021 Nursery intake: Register now to ensure your place!

We are currently full for the 2021 Summer term (May to July 2021). However if you’re still looking for a Nursery place, we do have a waiting list open so please contact us to register your interest.

We are continuing to accept Nursery enrolments for September 2021 and January 2022 starts. These places are filling up quickly, so please contact us on 020 7828 6790 or email: office@burdettcoutts.co.uk to arrange a bespoke tour and to secure your place.

If you’re still looking for a Reception place, we have 4 places available for September 2021.

You can still 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’ll 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.

Covid-19 update

The government have announced that there will be no further easing of the current lockdown measures until the new review date of Monday 19th July.

From Monday 21st June, any minor changes to the restrictions are not expected to have a direct impact on how our school currently operates or how it will continue to run. However, as museums and galleries will be reopening, we will be able to reintroduce (carefully planned, and within the permitted restrictions for each venue) trips and visits to support learning in the classroom.

We will continue to keep you updated on any further changes that will directly affect children and school operation as a result of further national announcements.

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country, including for people who have been vaccinated. In England:

  • You can meet indoors in a group of up to 6 people or a group of any size from 2 households
  • You can meet outside in a group of up to 30 people
  • Work from home if you can and travel safely
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

NHS guidance:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

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

Please note a runny nose, sniffle, sore throat or a cough (not as described above) are NOT symptoms of Covid-19 or reasons to keep your child at home – these are just common ailments that we all see in children year on year.

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.

Biscuit’s Bytes!

Woof!

Hi everyone – another week of fun and learning has whizzed by at school.

Well done to all the children for their concentration and hard work in completing their assessments this week. I have had to be very quiet and stay downstairs, and now that it’s all over, I’m so happy to be able to begin visiting classes again.

There has been lots of singing and musical activities taking place this week as Year 6 continue to work on their end of year production of ‘Cinderella‘. You will be pleased to know they are sounding much more ‘polished’ this week 🙂 with singing, reciting of lines and dances all coming together nicely.

Some children and staff have also been busy working on props, stage dressing and costumes. Unfortunately my help was not needed for these tasks. I’m not sure why, as I’m really very good at carrying things around!

I’ve had my second adventure on the tube this week. It’s like a bit of roller coaster sometimes, but I’m slowly getting used to the bumps! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and enjoys the football on Saturday. Good luck England!

Biscuit x

Nursery Class:

We have been reading the traditional story of “The Three Little Pigs“. We have been discussing and thinking about the Big Bad Wolf’s behaviour and how the pigs felt about their houses been blown down as he tries to eat them! On Wednesday we came back from lunch and found our Nursery in a terrible mess. The wolf blew had blown our toys everywhere! He even tipped the chairs and our dolls houses upside down, and threw our phonics mat on the floor! We knew he was the Big Bad Wolf because he left dirty paw prints inside our nursery. We worked out he is a medium size wolf because of the size of his paw prints. He left without tidying up! We will be writing to The Big Bad Wolf and asking him not to make a mess again, and to make sure he tidies up next time, if he should come back!

Reception Class:

In Reception we have enjoyed reading the traditional story, ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We talked about the characters, looked for key words in the text and wrote our sentences and stories. We also created these fantastic gingerbread people using collage materials and talked about their new adventures!

Year 1 : Galileo Class

This term in Maths, our main focus is on place value within 100. We have been learning to partition numbers into tens and ones in order to compare, add and subtract. We have also been learning how to use the dienes to help us visualise the tens and ones, and this has helped us to make progress within our learning.

Year 2 : Snow Class

In Maths, Year 2 have been working extremely hard to learn to tell the time using an analogue clock. We have focused on the language of o’clock; half past, quarter past and quarter to, and we have also moved onto telling the time to the nearest five minutes. We have identified the start and end time of an event and used these times to work out how long an event lasted. We have explored different ways to efficiently work out durations of time, including using empty number lines and our number knowledge, such as: there are 60 minutes in an hour.

Year 3 : Newton Class

In Maths this week, Year 3  have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes (cubes, cuboids, prisms, square-based and triangular-based  pyramids). To help them, they made 3D shapes using straws and blue tack. After making each shape the children then completed a table to identify their features using the correct mathematical language – faces, edges and vertices.

Year 4 : Al-Khalili Class

Our focus in Guided Reading this half term has been poetry, and we have thoroughly enjoyed reading, ‘Jabberwocky‘, the famous poem by Lewis Carroll. This wonderful writer created his own ‘nonsense’ words and we deciphered their meaning. Can you guess what ‘gallumping’ means? We also wrote our own versions of ‘Jabberwocky‘ using standard English. It was a joy to witness how expressive and animated the class were when reading aloud.

Year 5 : Jemison Class

Jemison class are all really proud of the work we have been doing in all subject areas across the year. This is a selection of work from different areas of our studies in Maths, English, Guided Reading, Topic, Science and Art. We have enjoyed all learning opportunities including reflecting on past learning, which often helps us with our new learning. Ask us anytime about what we have learnt and we will tell you!

Year 6 : Curie Class

This week, we have been continuing to read, ‘No Ballet Shoes in Syria‘, by Catherine Bruton. We have then gone on to create a range of art work related to this book. We explored the works of the modern artist Edgar Degas, who populated over 1,500 paintings and drawings dedicated to ballet. Many of these paintings depicted ballerinas in training, derisively called “petits rats“, who came from working class or impoverished backgrounds. They often joined the ballet to support their families, working gruelling six-day weeks.