School Newsletter : 20 January 2023

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Welcome to Burdett-Coutts!

Please join us as we wish a warm Burdett-Coutts welcome to our new school starters and their families who have joined our school’s community this term. We are delighted to have:

  • Majeste (Y6) and her sister Sarai (Reception), who have relocated back to the UK from Trinidad.
  • Doster (Y5) who has moved to the UK from Beijing.

After the February half term, we look forward to welcoming 4 new Nursery pupils. They’ll be visiting us over the next few weeks as they settle in ready for their start date, so don’t forget to say hello!

Friends of Burdett-Coutts: How you can help!

Next Thursday 26th January, we will be hosting a very special Coffee Morning at 09:00am in the school hall. All parents & carers are warmly invited to attend to help re-form our school’s Parent Staff Association (PSA), The Friends of Burdett-Coutts.

In the past, The Friends of Burdett-Coutts have worked in close partnership with our school to organise, host and realise a vast range of fundraising and school community events across the school year. Sadly, during the pandemic, they’ve had to cease activities but it’s now time to start things in motion again!

We are very excited about the relaunch of this important branch of our school family, and hope that you can come along to commit your time and energy in helping our school.

Being part of The Friends of Burdett-Coutts is a fun opportunity for you to be part of our school’s community, meet other parents, and help all pupils, while raising much needed funds for our school.

We look forward to seeing you next week.

Upcoming Events

January 2023:

  • Thursday 26th January:  PSA ‘The Friends of Burdett-Coutts’ Coffee Morning – Ground Floor Hall in school (09:00 – 10:00)
  • 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 🙂

Well, another busy week has passed in school. Extended School Clubs begun and WOW, what a lot of activities there are in the afternoons again! There was a real buzz in the air with new groups of pupils beginning cooking, keyboard, sports, craft and nature clubs (to name but a few of the activities on offer).

I can’t wait for it to be a bit warmer so I can help with KS2 Nature Club. I love helping the children dig in the garden, and chasing all the leaves. Err, I mean help to tidy away the leaves. There are lots of spring bulbs and vegetables that will need to be planted soon.

It’s definitely been chillier this week. But it’s also been great not to have any rain, as we’ve all been able to get out in the playgrounds during break and after school club, running around and playing with our friends!

Wishing you all a happy weekend and see you on Monday.

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

This weekend, millions of people around the world will be celebrating Chinese New Year on 22nd January. This celebration follows the Chinese lunar calendar and in China is often called the Spring Festival.

Red decorations are a common sight as red is considered a lucky colour in China, with billions of red envelopes exchanged between families to mark the occasion.

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, and people born within this zodiac year are said to be quiet, elegant, kind and responsible. In London, the Chinese New Year parade is the biggest of its kind outside Asia and will follow a route around Chinatown that finishes in Trafalgar Square.

This week in church we heard the story of John the Baptist from the Gospel of John 1:29-42. Graham talked about the joy of sharing news with friends, and how excited people were to meet Jesus for the first time.

Community Questions

  • What are you thankful for? Why are these things important to you?
  • Who could you go out of your way to say thank you to this week?
  • Do you ever thank God for anything or anyone?

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.


Nursery have been spending time thinking, talking and dealing with feeling BIG feelings – no matter what they might be. Over the course of a day the children discussed how they felt at different times or in certain situations. They noticed that sometimes they feel some feelings for a long time and others for a shorter period. The children have learnt that some feelings are not good or bad, just big. We know that it’s fine to express our feelings as and when they occur, so long as we are respectful to others and our environment.


We have started an adventurous new topic this half term, ‘All Around the World’. Linked to this topic, we will also be exploring the vast and exciting topic of ‘Space’! Our task this week was to build a rocket using a range of junk modelling materials. We looked at different types of rockets and discussed the shapes we could see. We carefully chose the appropriate recycled materials and worked hard gluing and taping our creations together.

Year 1:

Happy Friday everyone! Year 1 are well and truly back into the swing of learning and play routines after a lovely break. This week in Art we have been focusing on primary and secondary colours and how we can make these colours with paint. We practiced mixing paints to make secondary colours such as orange, purple and green. We have also been learning about blending paints together to make different shades of colours. We used our fingers to tap and blend to create some beautiful ‘autumnal‘ themed trees.

Year 2:

In Science this term we are learning about How do Animals (including Humans) Survive? This week we have been looking at animal young and comparing them to their adults. We matched the adult to the young and sorted them first into two groups: ‘offspring looks like its adult‘ and ‘offspring does not look like its adult‘. Then we sorted the pairs of animals further according to their animal group: mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish or bird, and discussed similarities and differences about the offspring types within these groups. We also realised that some animals do not seem to belong in their animal group at first, such as dolphins and whales. They live in water and have fins and a tail, but they breathe air through a blowhole, and they have to come to the surface to do this. They also give birth to live young instead of laying eggs, so dolphins and whales are mammals, not fish!

Year 3:

This week in Art we have been making paper as part of our Egyptian topic. We learnt all about the first type of paper that the Egyptians used called ‘papyrus‘ and replicated the technique they used, but with a modern day twist. Everyone had lots of fun getting stuck in with the glue, making sure they had every surface covered to ensure their paper would be strong enough.

Year 4:

We are currently enjoying learning all about the Amazon River and Rainforest in our Geography and English lessons. We have been completing independent research into the effects of deforestation and trying to find out why this is happening. We also are looking at other rainforests and particularly at the plight of the orangutans, which touched our hearts. Did you know that twenty five of these beautiful animals are lost each day because of deforestation and illegal pet traders? We’re aiming to write a persuasive letter to the Brazilian government expressing our concerns and offering our own possible solutions to this world wide crisis. Looks like we may have some future politicians amongst us!

Year 5:

This week in Music we have been learning all about the difficult role of how to conduct an orchestra. First, we had to learn the names of the different sections of the orchestra (percussion, strings, brass, woodwinds and keyboard), then we found a tune we could all play along to. Then we watched videos of famous conductors, including Mr Carden! Finally, we each had a turn to lead our class orchestra. We really enjoyed it!

Year 6:

This week in Maths, we have been exploring scaled factors within shapes, by enlarging and reducing them by various scale factors. We then applied this knowledge to solving ratio questions which involved the scaling up and down of amounts. We discussed how ratio can be applied in our everyday lives, for example in recipes, mixing paint, the quantity of concentrate juice to water.