School Newsletter : 27 January 2023

| Issue 4 | Spring 1 | Week 18 |

Strike action: Our school will be open

Many of you may be aware from the national press that the National Education Union (NEU), has balloted for strike action on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 1 February 2023
  • Thursday 2 March 2023
  • Wednesday 15 March 2023
  • Thursday 16 March 2023

Kindly be informed that our school will be open on the 4 strike days listed above, with all classes and wrap around provision (Breakfast Club, Extended School Day and After School Clubs) operating as normal.

Friends of Burdett-Coutts: We need your help!

On Thursday, the Friends of Burdett-Coutts, our school’s Parent-Staff Association held its AGM. Thank you to all the parents who attended – it was really lovely to meet all of you. We elected our committee members and HUGE congratulations must go to:

  • Miss Rachida (Chair)
  • Sarah N (Vice-Chair)
  • Lynne B (Secretary)
  • Miss Karen (Co-Treasurer)

Narissa, our Chair of Governors, gave a quick explanation of the important role & purpose of the Friends of Burdett-Coutts, and outlined the many events and types of fund-raising open to this charity. She also explained how the association had funded many items in the past, including circus & theatre workshops, school trip to the zoo and playground equipment.

If you are a parent, carer or a guardian of a child that attends the school, then you are automatically a member of the Friends of Burdett-Coutts. It’s a great chance to meet other parents, while supporting our school, and even if you only have a small amount of time, it’s an amazing opportunity to participate more in school life.

After discussion amongst parents attending, it was agreed that the first event to be organised by the Friends of Burdett-Coutts would be an Easter Fete on 17th MarchPlanning meetings will be every Thursday starting 2nd February – EVERYONE is welcome and we would really value your help.

If you’re unable to attend Thursday’s planning meeting but would like to help out, please speak to Miss Rachida in Nursery & Reception.

School Trips

Year 4 Trip to The Wallace Collection

On Tuesday, we had a very educational and interesting trip to The Wallace Collection. This wonderful art gallery is home to many beautiful and valuable art works and antiques that were bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace. We were looking especially at portraiture in its different forms. We learnt much about the symbolism in art and had the opportunity to sketch our own version of a well known painting and draw our own self portraits. The class were impeccably well-behaved and learnt much from this trip.

London Diocesan Board for Schools Service: Stewards of God’s Wonderful Creation

On Thursday, 12 pupils from across our KS2 classes attended the LDBS Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral with Mr Carden & Miss Barnett. It was a wonderful service with many LDBS schools from across London attending. As always, it was an awe inspiring experience to be seated within such an historical and gorgeous building for this occasion.

Models of animals and plants created by pupils were displayed and processed during a dramatic reading of the story of creation. However, the service was most certainly ‘stolen’ by “Stella”; a guiding star who exploded into the church to deliver a wonderful reflection about having a sense of purpose, responsibility, love, joy and faith.

The reflection, delivered by The Right Reverent Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton (who’d dressed as a star) was perfectly pitched for the audience of school children, with humour used wonderfully within his performance. Powerful and much loved hymns such as I, the Lord of Sea and Sky and How Great Thou Art were beautifully sung by everyone.

Everyone was very impressed with how well our pupils participated and sung during the service. It was truly a wonderful afternoon of uplifting song, readings and reflection.

Upcoming Events

February 2023:

  • Half Term: Monday 13th – Friday 17th January

March 2023:

  • Barbican Concert: Monday 20th March from 19:00 – 21:00 Year 6 have been invited to perform alongside pupils from Westminster School in their concert at the Barbican. What an amazing opportunity! More details to follow, including how parents can obtain tickets.
  • Pimlico Music Foundation Singing Event at St. Gabriel’s Church: Tuesday 21st March (Time TBC) Year 5 to perform and parents are warmly welcomed

Biscuits Bytes!


Its Friday already??? Where has this week gone?

There has been a real buzz in school this week and it’s BEEN SO BUSY, with lots of trips and visitors to school, which you can read about in this newsletter. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to join Year 4 at the Wallace Collection, but hopefully they may ask me to sit for them and draw my portrait.

It was very cold at the start of the week but just in time for the weekend, which is when I usually go on my many long walks in the forest, it looks like it’s going to be much milder.

I hope you find time to visit a park this weekend, it’s one of my favourite places EVER, and that everyone has a wonderful weekend, whatever you may be doing.

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:  Reception
  • 3 March: Year 1
  • 10 March: Year 2
  • 24 March: Year Nursery

Years 5 and 6 were treated to a very special church service on Wednesday, attending a Mass at a neighbouring church, St Matthew’s. We have a lovely relationship with the school and church communities of St Matthew’s, and try to have a joint service once a term.

Hector did us proud by delivering the main reading with confidence, and the children from the two schools sang together beautifully. Thank you to Father Phillip and the staff at St Matthew’s Primary School, and to Graham and Helena from St Stephen’s, for making it such a special morning.

St Matthew’s Church, like St Stephen’s, still has their Christmas trees up. Father Phillip and Graham asked the children why this might be, when most people take their Christmas trees and decorations down at Epiphany if not before.

One lovely response was that ‘Christmas lasts all year’. The children learnt that taking the tree down so early is a modern phenomenon and that the Christmas period in fact officially ends at Candlemas on February 2nd! It is rather a wonderful sight to have the cheerful lights twinkling on through the cold and dreary month of January.

This week we have also been talking about the conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus. In the service at St Matthew’s, Father Phillip asked the children about seeking forgiveness: why we ask for forgiveness when we attend worship, who we are asking for forgiveness from, and who we hurt when we sin.

With these important questions in mind, here are our community questions for this week:

Community Questions

  • Have you ever fallen out with someone? How did you feel?
  • What do you need to do when you fall out with someone if you want to repair the relationship?
  • What do you think Jesus meant when he said to the first disciples, ‘I will send you out to fish for people?

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.


Last term Nursery were focusing on the names of numbers to 10 and this term they are investigating the concept of what those names mean. Through a variety of one-to-one correspondence, loose parts play, number recognition and numicon, the children grouped numbers. Working as small groups they plotted how many forms of one number they could find.


This week in RE we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We read the story of The Great Race and discussed the different animals in the story and who we thought deserved to win the race. We looked up the animal linked to the years that we were born and learnt the ways Chinese families celebrate the New Year. We learnt that red decorations are considered lucky and that lanterns are often used. We created our own lanterns using a collage of yellow and red paper.

Year 1:

In Geography this term we are learning about the United Kingdom (UK). We have been looking at where the UK is on a map of the world, learning about the four countries that make up the UK, their flags and some information about the capital cities. This week we started writing a fact file about London including some famous landmarks and other pieces of information we have discovered. Have a chat to your child about some new facts they know about London!

Year 2:

Children returned from playtime this week to find the classroom awash with rubbish and a mysterious letter! The letter was from David Attenborough (who the children learnt is a famous broadcaster and naturalist), who had written to ask us for help. Their task was to learn all about the devastating effects plastic pollution is having on the oceans of the world and how people can try and help solve this problem. We decided we were up to the challenge, and after some research, wrote a letter to the Mayor of London about the huge amounts of plastic found in our oceans and how it is harming marine life. Before getting to work, however, the children wanted to learn more about David Attenborough, so we watched a video and read information about him. We then read and discussed the story ‘Clean Up‘, by Nathan Byron and pretended to be the main character, Rocket. We also identified and discussed ways we can make ‘little changes to make a big difference‘ to the environment.

Year 3:

This week we finished our ‘Pebble in my Pocket‘ writing. The children produced some interesting and well thought out stories. Our focus was to use correct compound sentences with a main clause either side of the conjunction. Everyone had lots of fun coming up with their sentences and then adding them into their writing. The stories follow their pebble’s journey through time and the obstacles it faced on the way.

Year 4:

This week in Maths, we are concentrating on metric measurements. We are learning all about metres and kilometres, looking at equivalent lengths and using our knowledge to solve practical reasoning problems. In RE, we are studying the Jewish festival of The Passover and the symbolism associated with this special time. After half term we will be visiting a local synagogue to enhance our understanding of the Jewish faith.

Year 5:

This week, Year 5 have been busy writing poems about the sea. We read the John Masefield poem ‘I must go down to the sea again‘ and then wrote our own following the same rhyme scheme. We are really excited to share some of these with you in our class assembly on Friday. We have also been learning about Robert (Robbie) Burns – a famous Scottish poet whose birthday is celebrated on 25th January every year on Burns Night.

Year 6:

This week in Art we have explored a piece created by Solhara Shiha, entitled 900. We found out that since her childhood she was interested in visual arts and developed a sense for details and ornaments. The main theme of her work is the feeling or situation of loss – loss of loved ones, memories and places. Nevertheless, she often uses bright, strong colours and an excessively ornamental style. Her work links to our class text, The Boy at the Back of the Class, which follows the plight of a young refugee boy called Ahmet; who like the artist is also originally from Syria.