School Newsletter : 10 March 2023

| Issue 9 | Spring 1 | Week 23 |

Red Nose Day 2023

Red Nose Day is back!

Support us in this important fundraising event on Friday 17th March, when we will be joining thousands of people up and down the country by getting involved.

All our donations will go towards helping Comic Relief to support amazing projects and organisations who are making a difference for people across the UK and around the world.

Friends of Burdett-Coutts: Come to our meetings!

This week the Friends of Burdett-Coutts, our school’s Parent-Staff Association, had a very successful morning of organisation and preparations for the Easter Fete next Friday!

Thank you again to all the parents who attended this week. Your continued support and wonderful support with this fund-raising event is very much appreciated. This week final preparations were completed and we are ready to welcome parents and pupils to the Easter Fete next Friday 17th March! Entry is free and you’ll find a vast range of stalls & activities including:

  • Cake stall
  • Sweeties stall
  • Refreshments: tea, coffee, hot chocolate & soft drinks
  • Food stall
  • Face painting & nail art
  • Games
  • Bric-a-Brac
  • Toys & Books stall
  • An indoor Bouncy Castle for little ones (Year 1 & under)
  • A Tombola and much, much more!

If you still have any ‘new’ unwanted items to donate, we would gratefully accept them up until Thursday 16th March. Please bring these in when you can and leave them at the school office, for the attention of the PSA.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Easter Fete on Friday 17th March, 15:30 – 17:30.

Did you know?!

  • 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.
  • Being part of FoBC is a great chance to meet other parents, while supporting our school. Even if you only have a small amount of time, it’s an amazing opportunity to participate more in school life.
  • If you’re unable to attend Thursday’s planning meeting but would like to help out, please speak to Miss Rachida in Nursery & Reception.

Spring 2 Class Projects

Please see below the range of Class Projects that are included in the Homework Overviews for Years 1 – 6 for this half term. These can be found in your child’s Google Classroom, including the outline for Maths and Spelling tasks.

Kindly be informed that all projects need to be submitted into school on Monday 27th March.

Good luck everyone 🙂

Year 1:

In Science we have been learning about “Why it is cold in winter?” We have been learning about all the different seasons, what makes day and night and why it is a different temperature in different parts of the world.

For our project this half term, you can choose from any aspects to do with the weather to research and present. For example this could be: What makes a rainbow? What makes it rain or snow? What are clouds? You may like to create a poster or an information book sharing your findings and research, or you could use your creative skills and make a board game.

This project is a perfect opportunity for you to really showcase what you have been learning and your creative talents! I can’t wait to see what you have made by the end of term. Good luck!

Year 2:

We are Geographers – Around the world in 30 days: Kenya

In Geography this half term we will take a tour of key places around the world to cement knowledge of continents and oceans with an in-depth study of Kenya, including a comparison with London and the UK.

Your task is to create a piece of work to show what you have learnt about this place on our planet.

You are free to present this how you wish such as a written piece, a picture, a presentation, a 3D model or any other ideas you come up with. You could also design and create an explorer ship that will help you to navigate the most important oceans and seas around the world and that will take you to Kenya.

Year 3 Project:

We are Geographers – Town and Country: UK

In Geography this half term children will identify the geographical features of the UK and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.

They will investigate and summarise places, patterns, similarities and differences within and between the regions of the UK.

Your task is to create a piece of work to show the most important features of the UK.

You are free to present this how you wish such as a written piece, a picture, a presentation, a poster, a 3D model or any other ideas you come up with.

Year 4 Project:

This half term as Scientists, we will be continuing to learn about classifying animals, exploring their habitats and the dangers they face; both natural and made, which threaten all living things. For your home learning project, you could choose to create your own classification chart following a walk to your local park. You could take photographs (or complete drawings and diagrams), of what you find, both plants and animals and challenge yourself to create a food chain.

You may like to design your own creature, describing where they live, what they eat and its physical features; or you may wish to research the scientist Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist who developed a system of organising living things. It forms the basis of the classification and naming system we use today.

Year 5 Project:

As Geographers this half term, we are learning about the physical and human features of Spain. For your project, you are going to research another country of your choice. You are going to prepare an information report about the country of your choice that could include the following:

  • location in the world
  • population
  • famous artists
  • famous sports people
  • tourist sights / activities
  • exports
  • typical food / cuisine
  • mountains / rivers / forests / beaches
  • royal family or republic

You could also research any other area of interest. I look forward to seeing the variety of ways these projects are completed.

Year 6 Project:

This half term as Geographers, Year 6 will be continuing to learn about the River Thames. For your homework project, you could choose to:

  • create a model of the the key features of a river,
  • research key historical events which impacted upon the Thames
  • research a bridge of your choice and create a map of all the bridges along the River
  • research key engineers who were responsible for our current sewage system

Alternatively, if you have any other ideas of your own based around rivers, feel free to present these how you wish. I look forward to see the range of project presentations that Year 6 pupils submit.

Trips and Events: News round-up!

6th March: Year 6 Citizenship Trip to the London Transport Museum

Year 6 visited the London Transport Museum to take part in a Junior Citizenship workshop. We worked well as a group and were presented with a class certificate at the end to recognise our thoughtful and reflective responses.

As part of the workshop, we met a number of key-workers who work hard to help keep our communities safe. This included members of the Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade, Police and Bus Service. As we are becoming more independent and will soon be making the transition to secondary school, this scheme helped us to learn about some of the dangers and situations we may face such as:

  • safely using public transport,
  • how to help someone in danger,
  • how to escape from a fire,
  • keeping safe online and awareness of peer pressure and the impact that this may have on our decision making.

7th March: Year 4 trip to The National Gallery at Trafalgar Square

This was a wonderful opportunity to see beautiful works of art at a world famous venue. We were given a guided walk and talk by an expert from The Education Centre.  As we have been studying the art of Henri Rousseau, we first looked at his painting of a crouching tiger, ‘Surprise!‘ We then had the opportunity to study in detail, an intriguing painting with hidden messages, by JWM Turner. We finally looked at some of the works by Dutch artists. This trip was educational, beneficial and fun. The children will hopefully have gained much from it.

7th March: Year 5 trip to the Khalsa Jatha Central Gurdwara (near Shepherd’s Bush)

We enjoyed the bus journey and spotted famous London landmarks, including Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch, on our way to the Khalsa Jatha Central Gurdwara. When we arrived, we covered our head as a mark of respect to enter the Gurdwara. Mandip was our guide and we learnt a lot of fascinating facts about the origins and traditions that Sikhs observe. We were also lucky enough to share Langar (a delicious, healthy vegetarian meal of dahl and vegetable curry) which is part of a Sikh’s belief in helping others and that everyone is equal. Our food was wonderfully prepared and cooked by refugees from Afghanistan! We learnt a lot from this experience and  asked and answered lots of questions.  Miss Mattey and her mum were very proud of us.

8th March: Year 4 Coronation Club in-school session

We are very lucky to be taking part in the Coronation Club project which is being run by Westminster Abbey. As part of the project, pupils will learn all about the coronations that have taken place at Westminster Abbey and the forthcoming coronation of King Charles III. The Coronation Club is running four workshops, which includes a trip to the Royal Mews and a visit to Westminster Abbey to see exactly what will be happening on the day. Needless to say, we are very excited! During our first workshop this week, we looked at some artefacts which the children could handle and had fun doing a quiz about coronation music. Most exciting of all, we are going to be making our own robes which we started designing, and began by creating our own coat of arms. We are keen to get started on adding to our designs at next week’s workshop!

9th March: Year 6 Coronation Project with Peter Daniels

Year 6 took part in a exciting project which was run by Peter Daniels from the Westminster Archives. The project was based around true stories that took place in Westminster 375 years ago during the English Civil War. Through puppets and drama, we were introduced to the predecessors of King Charles III as the country approaches his coronation in May this year. We were transported to the Ministry of Defence Theatre and then to Somerset House, home of Queen Henrietta Maria, Charles I’s French Catholic wife to learn of the consequences of religious intolerance. We also learnt all about the fascinating story of an outbreak of Bubonic Plague in Westminster in 1646, as a comparison to Covid 19. Applying all of the information we had learnt during the morning, we then performed all of these stories to the rest of the school at the end of the day. We all throughly enjoyed our day and had a lot of fun learning further about the history of the area we live in.

9th March: Years 4 & 5 Battle of Britain Concert at Cadogan Hall

A wonderful afternoon of music was thoroughly enjoyed by all at Cadogan Hall on Thursday, with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and two actors taking us on a journey through World War II and The Battle of Britain. Mr Carden had prepared the children well by teaching them some of the songs, so they were active participants in the concert and really enjoyed it. The teachers accompanying the trip were extremely proud of all pupils. They were engaged, polite, calm and enthusiastic – all ingredients of what makes great audience members  and they really did us proud!

Are you getting to school on time?

A huge thank you to all of our families who are in school everyday and arrive on time! It is important that your child attends school every day and on time. Arriving late to school is unsettling for children and disrupts the start to their day.

Our school day starts at 09:00, and all pupils need to be in school by 08:55, to ensure that they are ready for learning at 09:00. Teachers are waiting in classes with learning ready to start at this time.

The main pupil entrance (gates) will open at 08:45 and will close at 08:55. After this time parents will need to bring their child/ren via school office. Please ensure your child is in school before 08:55.

From the February Half Term you will need to sign your children in if entering through the office. The time of entry and reason for lateness will be noted.

We are carefully monitoring attendance and punctuality as we have noticed an increasing trend of both becoming a pattern for some families.

Routines are the easiest way to ensure your child attends school on time every day, so try to create good routines for the start of your day, particularly if mornings are hectic in your household.

Try and prepare as much as possible the night before, and ensure that older children are taking much more responsibility for their readiness for school.

Did you know?!

  • 10 minutes late every day = 33 hours lost learning each year!
  • Lateness and absence has a significant impact not only on your child’s learning, but also others, as teachers may have to re-teach late arrivals to ensure they can participate in the lesson.

Easter Bonnet Competition: Glue guns at the ready!

4th Plinth Competition

Upcoming Events


  • Wednesday 15th March:  Coronation Club Session 2/2 taking place in school with Year 4.
  • Thursday 16th March by 16:00: Easter Bonnet entries and 4th Plinth Art entries to be submitted to school.
  • Friday 17th March: Friends of Burdett-Coutts Easter Fete – more information to follow after the half term!
  • Friday 17th March: Red Nose Day fund-raising events in school and a Non -Uniform day.
  • Monday 20th March @ 19:00 – 21:00: Barbican Concert – Year 6 have been invited to perform alongside pupils from Westminster School in their concert. An amazing opportunity! More details to follow, including how parents can obtain tickets.

March (continued):

  • Tuesday 21st March: Pimlico Music Foundation Singing Event at St. Gabriel’s Church – Year 5 to perform and parents are warmly welcomed (times TBC).
  • Monday 27th March @ 14:30 – 16:30: Coronation Club (Year 4) Trip to the Royal Mews – separate letter will follow.

Biscuits Bytes!


This has been the best week ever! It was my 2nd birthday on Thursday (apparently I had one last year, but I really can’t remember it) and I was thoroughly spoilt by everyone. Thank you so much for my woof-derful gifts and treats: they look like so much fun to chew, eat and chase!

It has been an exceptionally busy week in school this week. We’ve had so many visitors in who have been doing really exciting projects with the children in Years 4 and 6. Lots of extra head pats and attention for me too. There were also lots of trips this week, which is great. Although I wasn’t able to attend and it made me a little bit sad as I LOVE going out on trips with the kids. Hopefully I can attend one soon? Maybe the Zoo with Year Reception and Year 1, as they also have animals there? What do you think my chances are?

Have a wonderful weekend, I really hope this rain goes away soon. Even though I love jumping and running in muddy puddles, so actually I guess I’m ok with it 🙂 However, I have missed playing outside this week with the kids because of the weather 🙁

Take care and be safe,

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.

  • 17th March: Mothering Sunday Service in church @ 09:30. All parents welcome.
  • 24th March: Y2 sharing assembly @ 09:00. Y2 parents welcome.
  • 31st March: Roll Back the Stone Year 3 Easter production @ 09:30. Places are limited, so please register at the school office from Monday 6th March.

In church on Wednesday, Graham spoke of the reading from John 3:1-17, about Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a Jewish religious leader, and he would visit Jesus in secret at night to ask lots of questions about the Hebrew scriptures. He struggled with his faith and didn’t always feel he understood what the important messages were.

Jesus told Nicodemus about an event when the Jews were in the wilderness when Moses held aloft a bronze snake and anyone who was sick who looked at it was healed. In the same way, all who look in faith towards Jesus lifted on the cross, are promised salvation.

Graham showed the children pictures of celebrities as babies or children for us to guess who they were – one of them was him! Graham talked about the idea of being ‘born again‘, not in the sense that you go back to being an unknowing baby, but that you are saved by the love of Jesus. Faith is such a personal journey and people often have many questions. Jesus wanted us to know that having questions is ok!

Community Questions

  • What big questions would you like to ask God?
  • What do you think He might answer?

FREE family activities

Messy Cathedral, Saturday 1 April 10.30am – 1pm

St Paul’s Cathedral invites families to a FREE session of activities for all ages, including crafts, singing and storytelling, all journeying through the days of Holy Week. All the fun will culminate in a Holy Communion.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be ordered here >

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 15 March 2023
  • Thursday 16 March 2023

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

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 Spring 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)

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.


The Mathematicians in Nursery have been creating some wonderful stories around their counting. Our unit of inquiry this half term is Animals and they were a brilliant help when we were working on our one to one correspondence this week.


We had so much fun last week as we celebrated World Book Day. We enjoyed sharing our favourite stories and talking about the characters we had dressed up as. In the afternoon we designed and created our own book marks. We are so excited to use them in our reading books and made sure to put our names on them in bright colours so we don’t lose them.

Year 1:

Year 1 has been focusing on all the wonderful books written by Julia Donaldson for literacy, in particular, The Gruffalo, which is our favouriteWe have been retelling the story, looking at rhyming and rhythm when we read it out loud, and practicing fluency and expression. In our Art lessons we painted some Gruffalo pictures to match our stories, which we worked hard to publish in our best handwriting.

Year 2:

In Maths, Year 2 have been learning about Measurement. They have learnt how to use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length to the nearest appropriate unit. As Mathematicians, they now understand how long centimetres and metres are. They know that there are 100cm in a metre and they had lots of fun measuring objects from the classroom in centimetres (cm) and metres (m) using rulers and metre sticks and recording the results. They have also compared and ordered lengths and heights and looked at the four operations with length and height.

Year 3:

As Scientists this term, Year 3 are discovering the different types of rocks and how they are formed. They have made systematic and careful observations by examining different types of rocks and compared and grouped them based on their appearance and their properties. They will also explore how fossils are formed and learn about the contribution of Mary Anning to the field of palaeontology.

Year 4:

In our recent Art lessons, we have been focusing on our shading skills. We are trying to shade in one direction, leave no gaps, keep within the edges and keep tones smooth by blending. We have realised that this is a very skilled task that requires a great deal of patience and care. We will be building upon this over the next few weeks. Hopefully our visit to The National Gallery will have been inspirational!

Year 5:

Our Art topic this half term is Portraits, and we have been using photos of ourselves to draw our self-portrait. We are starting to look and explore with shading and are developing our skills well. Later in the half term we will be visiting the National Gallery to look at the many wonderful portraits displayed there. In the meantime, however, can you guess who each of these pictures is of?

Year 6:

This week as Scientists, we have continued to learn about the human body and, how nutrients are transported around our bodies. To help us to understand this concept fully, we consolidated our learning on the different parts and functions of the digestive system and circulatory system first. We discovered that nutrients and water are absorbed in the stomach, small and large intestines. They enter the blood stream via the capillaries where they are passed through to the arteries. The blood is then circulated throughout the body, including being oxygenated in the lungs and the heart. To support our learning, we drew diagrams to show how the three main food groups – fats, carbohydrates and proteins – are broken down, ready to be absorbed by our bodies.