School Newsletter : 06 January 2023

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Welcome Back! And Happy New Year!

Welcome back everyone! We would like to send the best of wishes to all our families for the coming year. We hope you had a wonderful holiday, are well rested and ready to start the new term – because we certainly are!

One of main priorities for this term is to resurrect our school’s Parents Staff Association (PSA), The Friends of Burdett-Coutts. If this is something you’d love to volunteer time to, or to get involved with, please join us for an informal coffee morning on Thursday 26th January from 09:00 – 10:00 in the school hall.

This will be an opportunity to find out more, and contribute to gathering ideas for organising and arranging fundraising events across the school year – and we thought we could start with an Easter Fete?

Do come and get involved – everyone is warmly invited and we look forward to seeing you there.

Coffee Morning: Sleep Q&A Workshop for Parents

On Thursday 19th January, at 9 – 9.45am in the Ground Floor Hall, Alexander Haswell, our school’s Educational Psychologist, will be hosting a Coffee Morning for parents, with a Q&A workshop to talk about sleep.

Sleep plays an extremely significant role in brain development. The quantity and quality of sleep a child gets has a profound impact on learning and memory. During sleep, the brain sorts out and stores important information – this is how memories are created. Poor sleep is linked with behaviour issues, hyperactivity (ADHD-type symptoms), concentration and memory issues, as well as health difficulties.

Sleep Psychologist Dr Guy Meadows says: “We need to recognise that sleep is one of the most powerful performance-enhancers known to humankind. If you are serious about your child’s academic performance, then schools and parents should be really helping them get good quality sleep on a regular basis.

This Q&A style workshop for parents will explore the importance of sleep for child development and offer guidance for parents to help them establish healthy sleeping patterns for their children, including teenage children.

Healthy Eating Week

As part of our Healthy Eating Week beginning on the 9th January, all classes will be participating in a focused workshop, with the following overview:

Eating is a habitual behaviour and, like most habits, is established during childhood. Implementing healthy eating practices in children ensures optimal growth and development and sets the foundation necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.

These workshops have been designed to equip children with practical skills to implement the key messages of the Eatwell guide at home. They will include interactive activities and links to valuable resources to help strengthen understanding. After this workshop, children will understand:

  • The importance of achieving a healthy diet.
  • How the Eatwell guide can help children meet their nutritional needs.
  • How to implement the Eatwell guide recommendations at home.
  • How to use food labels to make healthier food choices.

Upcoming Events

January 2023:

  • Sunday 15 January: Deadline for applying to Reception classes for 2023
  • Monday 16 January:  Extended School Day Club begin
  • Thursday 19 January:  Sleep Q & A Workshop for parents.
  • Thursday 26 January: LDBS Service at St. Pauls Cathedral (13:00 – 15:30)

Biscuits Bytes!


Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and are as excited as I am about being back at school and beginning a whole new year. I have heard about lots of amazing trips, visits and class based activities that are taking place this term – and I can’t wait! I just hope I am invited 🙂

It has been really great seeing everybody back in school this week and today I spent lots of time visiting with children in the playground, attending our Epiphany church service and helping (well sort of) tidy away the Christmas decorations……. those baubles really are like balls and so much fun to chase 🙂

Looking forward to fun filled term,

Love Biscuit xx

Community Corner

Collective Worship

The whole school attends acts of Collective Worship every day.

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: key stage singing assemblies led by Mr Carden.
  • Wednesdays: Church service led by Graham or Helena, the clergy at St Stephens with St John on Rochester Row. These services are very child-friendly, and Year 6 take a leading role by processing, singing in the choir and reading the Bible readings and prayers.
  • Thursdays: We focus on celebrating achievements, led by a member of SLT, School Council or a class teacher with their class. When a class teacher leads the assembly, their class also recite a piece of poetry they have been learning. We would be very grateful if parents could support their children in learning these poems when it is their turn.
  • Friday: Opportunities for classes to share what they have been learning with their families and the rest of the school.

Class Assemblies

Class assemblies start at 9:00. Parents, kindly be seated by 8:55.

  • 20 January: Year 6
  • 27 January: Year 5
  • 3 February: Year 4
  • 10 February: Nursery & Reception
  • 3 March: Year 3
  • 10 March: Year 1
  • 24 March: Year 2

The Feast of Epiphany

On Friday we celebrated The Feast of Epiphany with a memorable service led by Graham. We started our service in church and a group of Year 6 pupils read the lesson from Matthew 2:1-12. We then processed outside to our playground singing ‘We Three Kings‘ and watched Graham balance precariously on a ladder to write above our school doors with blessed chalk.

He wrote the initials of the three wise men (Caspar, Melchior and Belshazzar), the year and crosses to represent the birth of Jesus. Look out for the colourful letters and numbers above the main door and ask us what they mean!

Community Questions

The Wise Men went on a very long journey to discover the newborn king; so here are some questions to ponder at home:

  • What’s the longest journey you have ever been on? How did you prepare?
  • Did you know that Jesus and his family were once refugees? How do you think this would affect a Christian’s or a church’s response to refugees arriving in their town?
  • What could you do to welcome a new person at your school/in your class/on your road?

Term Dates 2022-2023

Please find here the agreed term dates set by our school’s Governing Body for the upcoming academic year, starting September 2022.

Please remember that holidays will not be authorised during the school term, and that all children should be in school (on time) every day.

Please refer to the table below for the term dates, including INSET days and Bank Holidays when the school will be closed to pupils.

Alternatively, you can click on the image thumbnail on the right to view the PDF (please note this will open in a new window) or you can click on the link below:



Start of Term (for Years 1-6)


05 September 2022



21 October 2022

Half Term


24 October 2022



28 October 2022

Return on


31 October 2022

End of Term


16 December 2022



Start of Term


04 January 2023



10 February 2023

Half Term


13 February 2023



17 February 2023

Return on


20 February 2023

End of Term


31 March 2023



Start of Term


17 April 2023



26 May 2023

Half Term


29 May 2023



02 June 2023

Return on


05 June 2023

End of Term


21 July 2023


Teaching & Learning: Curriculum Map Autumn/Spring


01 September 2022

Teaching & Learning: Phonics


02 September 2022

Assessment & Pupil Progress


02 December 2022

Teaching & Learning: Curriculum Map Autumn/Spring


03 January 2023

Assessment & Pupil Progress


07 July 2023

BANK HOLIDAYS (school closed)
May Bank Holiday


01 May 2023

Coronation Bank Holiday


08 May 2023

PE Days

Classes will have PE lessons on the following days for the Autumn Term.

  • Monday: Year 1 (PM)
  • Tuesday: Year 4 (PM)
  • Wednesday: Year 5 (AM)* and Year 2 (PM)
  • Thursday: Year 6 (PM)
  • Friday: Reception & Nursery (AM) and Year 3 (PM)

*Kindly note that ONLY Year 5 pupils will need to come to school in their school uniform and bring their PE kit to change into after attending Church, on their designated PE day (Wednesday).

Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct PE uniform to school on their designated PE day. If you have any questions about school uniforms, please call, email or pop in to the school office

Correct PE uniform:

  • Navy PE t-shirt (with school logo)
  • Navy sweatshirt (with school logo)
  • Navy jogging bottoms, leggings, skirt or shorts
  • Trainers or plimsolls (black)

Amazon Smile Account

By setting up a Smile Amazon account, every time you shop there, you can make a ‘free’ donation to our PTFA Friends of Burdett-Coutts!

By linking your existing Amazon account to a charitable cause, Amazon will donate a small amount to our PTFA each time you buy something, at no extra cost to you.

  • To do this, go to
  • Click ‘Get started’
  • Sign into your Amazon account (or create one if you haven’t got one)
  • Pick your charity by searching for ‘Friends of Burdett-Coutts’
  • Then click ‘Select’
  • Tick the box that says ‘Yes, I understand that I must always start at to support Friends of Burdett-Coutts’
  • Start shopping and remember to always go to for all your Amazon shopping to make that vital donation to the Friends of Burdett-Coutts.

For a visual description of these instructions, please click the image on the right >

September 2023: Nursery & Reception places available

If you are looking for a Nursery  or Reception Place, for your child from September 2023, please contact the school and make an appointment to join a school tour.

We’d be delighted for you to join us for a 30-minute bespoke EYFS tour, where you will have the chance explore our Early Years setting, speak to key staff and ask any questions regarding admissions and your child starting with us at Burdett-Coutts.

Please contact us to register for our tours which take place every Thursday, with times available from 09:30 – 14:30 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 for school budgets.

  • If you should have any queries with regards to the letter sent to you, please contact Mrs Deary or the school office.


Happy 2023 and welcome back to school! Nursery were thrilled to be back and leapt feet first into the New Year by building on their Mathematics and perceptual skills with adult led table top activities. As they explored an introduction to patterns this week, the children worked on creating their pattern borders that will be used to frame their names. This skill will form the building blocks of their writing and mathematics frameworks going forward; through recognition of repeating rules and symbols and how they can create and harness them into their own work.


Reception have had a wonderful first week back to school. We’ve enjoyed sharing stories of our Christmas break and the exciting ways we celebrated Christmas. We’ve had lots of fun seeing our friends and welcomed a new member of our class. The highlight of our week was our first Music lesson of the year with Mr Carden. We played lots of new percussion instruments, learning the names and different sounds they make.

Year 1:

Welcome back Year 1! We had a great trip to the Florence Nightingale Museum. After a long walk admiring the sights of London and pointing out our houses and familiar streets; we eventually met Florence Nightingale! She told us about her life and showed us around her museum. She even let us try on some ‘olden day‘ clothes. It was a great day and we managed to remember our learning from last term and also picked up a few more exciting facts.

Year 2:

This week Year 2 thought about the meaning of Epiphany (Twelfth Night). They reflected on the Christmas story and the important guests who went to Bethlehem to visit baby Jesus. They learnt that Epiphany is when the three Wise Men arrived at the stable with their gifts, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. They also learnt that in many countries, Epiphany is known as ‘Three Kings Day‘ and it is celebrated with a variety of customs around the world. They then drew and wrote about a gift they would like to have given to baby Jesus on that special night.

Year 3:

Happy New Year and welcome back to an action packed new term. This week we’re showcasing some of the writing done by Year 3 pupils in response to our class text last term, ‘The Mousehole Cat’. It was a beautiful story with lots of lovely descriptive language that helped us to write some recounts of the story.

Year 5:

Happy New Year everyone! We have had a very busy week in Year 5 and an excellent start to the term. Our new book is called ‘A Boy and a Bear in a Boat‘ by Dave Shelton. We spent a lot of time making predictions based on the front cover illustration, using our inference skills. We then watched videos to help us imagine life on a boat and the help us gather vocabulary for a poem about the sea. Finally, we looked at the John Masefield poem ‘Sea Fever‘ and performed it in class. We spoke about the rhyme, rhythm, repetition and alliteration and how this made us feel as readers. We can’t wait to read more of the book!

Year 6:

This week in Science, we have begun to explore the circulatory system. The word circulation means ‘the movement too, from or around something’. We have been learning about the functions of the heart, capillaries, arteries and veins. Did you know that the heart is a very strong muscle and plays an important part in being healthy? It keeps all the blood in your circulatory system flowing. Your heart first pumps blood to your lungs. Here, the blood picks up oxygen from the air that you have breathed in. The blood (carrying oxygen) then travels back to your heart. The heart gives the blood a second push. This time, it’s sent all around the body to the various organs and tissues. The blood travels back to the heart and it all begins again. What a clever system! We were also shocked to discover that the average weight of the human heart is around 440g – nearly half a kilogram!