School Newsletter : 13 January 2023

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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

We have had a great start to the year with a focus this week on Healthy Living. We’ve had 2 whole-school assemblies on the benefits and importance of exercise and good food choices. We now know that children should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day! This can made up through organised sport, walking to school or playing with friends. Our challenge is to make sure we do this every day.

We have also learnt how to read food labels and make healthier choices when we are in the shops, as well as how to measure portion sizes. Did you know that your stomach is only the size of your fist? Years 1, 3 and 5 also had class workshops linked to healthy eating and living, with some great ideas for how to incorporate more fruit and vegetables into our diets, and the importance of moving and stretching, especially when we have been sitting for a long time.

On Thursday afternoon there was a parent’s workshop also – thank you to those parents who attended. Our school is currently working towards the Healthy Schools Bronze Award, which will recognise everyone’s efforts to be healthy. We will keep you updated and don’t forget, try to aim for 60 minutes of exercise a day!

Upcoming Events

January 2023:

  • Sunday 15 January: Deadline for applying to Reception classes for 2023
  • Monday 16 January: Extended School Day Club begins
  • Thursday 19 January: Sleep Q&A Workshop for parents
  • Thursday 26 January: LDBS Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral (13:00 – 15:30)
  • Tuesday 24 January: Year 4 Trip to the Wallace Collection

Biscuits Bytes!


Happy Friday Everyone 🙂

What a busy first full week we have had back at school. There has been a healthy schools focus this week – which I’m happy to report did not involve less treats for me! What a relief!

All classes had sessions with Ebony from Change4Life, who helped everyone learn about ways to make simple changes to their lifestyles including diet and exercise, which will have a positive impact on our health.

I love exercise and enjoy 2 hours of walking a day (which is also good for my human) and playing with all the children in school, chasing balls and playing football.

I also really enjoy visiting classes and really love it when I get lots of belly rubs and pats – it makes me very happy (which you can tell by my very waggy tail).

Wishing you all a healthy and happy weekend. I hope you get a chance to go for a walk or play in the park 🙂

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

We have had some exciting assemblies in school this week from the Healthy Schools Team – the children have really enjoyed learning about how to look after their bodies.

We have also been getting ahead with our singing practice for all the wonderful events in the diary for this term, including a choristers’ trip to St Paul’s Cathedral, Mothers’ Day Service and Easter!

This week in church we were learning about the Baptism of Jesus and the nature of Jesus as God’s Son. Baptism is a beautiful ceremony of welcoming someone into the church and preparing them for their spiritual journey. We heard the reading from Matthew 3:13-17, which tells us that His baptism marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Graham also explained the concept of the Trinity.

Community Questions

  • Have you ever welcomed someone to your house or school? What did you do to prepare and make them feel welcome?
  • Have you ever started a new job/school/subject? What did you do to prepare?
  • Have you ever felt that God has challenged the way you have viewed a situation or a person? What happened?

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.


London is our topic of the week for Nursery and what better way to dive into British culture than having a scone party! Not only was this a delicious activity but the children had to follow step-by-step oral instructions, using their oral processing skills. They also had the opportunity to hone their fine motor skills by spreading butter, jam and clotted cream onto their scones.


This week in Reception we have been enjoying lots of independent creative work. A group of children became engrossed in making bags and purses with paper. We further developed this idea by giving the children the opportunity to design and make bags using fabric. They had to think about the shape, colour and design of their bag and worked with Miss Rachida to create them.

Year 1:

What a full-on week we have had in Year 1! It is great to get back into our action packed routines for learning. This week in PSHE (or Talking Time as we refer to it in Year 1), we have been learning about Mindfulness to follow alongside our Healthy Schools lessons. We have discussed how we can keep our minds and thoughts healthy as well as our bodies. We have been doing lots of breathing and focused on how we can be nice and still and calm. We came up with a class goal to always put our hands up when we are talking. Then we all decided on a personal goal for either at home or at school and what we can do to achieve them. Have a chat to your child about their goals and how you can help them too!

Year 2:

In Maths, Year 2 have been learning all about money. Children have been identifying and recognising both coins and notes and their value. They used their knowledge from place value, and addition and subtraction, to find the total value of a set of notes and coins. The children also explored different ways of making the same amount of money using both concrete resources and pictorial representations.

Year 3:

This week we have started our new English text called, ‘The Pebble in my Pocket‘. It ties in brilliantly with our Extreme Earth topic. We are super excited to learn more about the Earth’s history and follow a pebbles journey through time. On Tuesday, we went on a pebble treasure hunt to find our own pebbles. The questions we have for our pebbles are: Where did you come from? How were you formed? What type of rock are you? For the rest of this week and next, we will be writing about the pebbles journey through time from the perspective of the pebble.

Year 4:

This term our new geography topic is the Amazon River and the Rainforest. We have immersed ourselves in images and information about this mighty river and found out some amazing facts about both the rainforest and the river itself. We can locate it on the world map and know that it rises in Peru and drains into the Atlantic Ocean. Did you know the Amazon is over 4000 miles long and 40 miles in width at its widest point? We can also name several of the countries that border the Amazon. Ask your child to tell you some interesting facts. In English we are writing from the perspective of endangered rainforest animals, using dialogue and noun phrases.

Year 5:

This week in Year 5 we have been thinking about the new year and new resolutions. This could be anything to do with school or home and to help give us some healthy tips, we had a workshop with Ebony from Change 4 Life. We learnt about physical activity and healthy eating. All this was done in a fun way!

Year 6:

This week in English, we have been writing a persuasive letter from the perspective of the main character from our class text, The Boy at the Back of the Class. We have been focusing on using persuasive techniques, including: flattery, power of three, alliteration and emotive language. At the start of each lesson, we spent a lot of time editing and improving our writing before completing our final piece.