School Newsletter : 10 February 2023

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DEC Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal

A series of devastating earthquakes have hit southern Turkey (now known as Türkiye) and north-west Syria killing over 24,000 people and injuring many more. Thousands of buildings, including hospitals and schools, have collapsed and infrastructure has been badly damaged.

People have been left without shelter in freezing winter conditions and desperately need blankets, emergency shelter, food and clean water. DEC charities and their local partners are among the first responders providing urgent help.

Immediate priorities are search and rescue, medical treatment for the injured, shelter for those who have lost their homes, heating in safe spaces, blankets, warm clothes, and ensuring people have food and clean water.

You can help people affected by the crisis by making a donation and helping to raise money for the DEC appeal. This will allow DEC charities and their local partners to scale up their response and reach more people.

  • £10 could provide blankets to keep two people warm
  • £25 could provide emergency food for a family for ten days
  • £50 could provide emergency shelter for two families

If you are able to, please make a donation here at >

Parent Governor Elections

A reminder to parents & carers that there is a vacancy for the role of parent governor on our governing body.

Our school’s governing body is responsible for providing confident and strategic leadership, and creating robust accountability, oversight and assurance for our school’s educational and financial performance.

We are keen to invite candidates who have skills in the areas of law, finance and fundraising.

All forms must be submitted by 9am Wednesday 22 February. Printed forms are to be handed to the Clerk to Governors, Ms. K Baker via the school office.

If we receive more applications than there are vacancies, a confidential ballot will be carried out. We will inform you closer to the time if we have to do this.

Should you have any queries about the process or would like to find out more about the role, please feel free to contact our Chair of Governors by emailing

Friends of Burdett-Coutts: Come to our meetings!

Last Thursday, the Friends of Burdett-Coutts, our school’s Parent-Staff Association had another planning meeting for the upcoming Easter Fete! 

We discussed wet weather plans, food & refreshment, games & activities stalls and arrangements for donations of unwanted new items. Thank you to all the parents who attended – it was a really useful meeting, with so much discussed and decided!

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.

Please come along if you can to our next planning meeting, which will be after the half term break at 9am on Thursday 23rd February in the Ground Floor Hall. EVERYONE is welcome and we would really value your input. 

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

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!

Extended School Day Clubs: What’s been happening!

KS1 Cooking Club with Miss Landrigan, Miss Cameron, Mrs El Mamoun & Mrs Rose.

Wow! What a super few weeks we have had in our new term of cooking club! So far we have made yummy Quesadillas, Scones and Tortilla crisps with Tzatziki and Salsa. This week we made pasta kebab sticks. First we threaded cooked pasta onto a long skewer and then chose some of our favourite toppings to include, before grilling them in the oven. They were delicious!

KS2 Art Club with Miss Jorquera

In Art Club, children have been exploring the life and works of the artist David Hockney and his astonishing artwork (Pop Art). Inspired by one of his paintings ‘Garrowby Hill‘, they learnt how to draw (with) perspective and recreated their own David Hockney landscapes using oil pastels. Each section of field or grass was rendered with a different pattern and children also experimented with colour in their work. Since learning that David Hockney was born with Synesthesia (he sees colour as a cognitive response to hearing music), they used harmonious colours which sit beside each other on the colour wheel. These colours work well together and create an image which is pleasing to the eye.

4th Plinth Competition

Upcoming Events


  • Half Term: Monday 13th – Friday 17th January
  • Tuesday 21st February: Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
  • Wednesday 22nd February: Ash Wednesday
  • Wednesday 22nd February: Year 6  River Trust Trip – please see letters sent home and make your payments to the school office.


  • Thursday 2nd March: World Book Day – more information in our newsletter after the half term!
  • Thursday 2nd March: Year 5 Trip to The Central Gurdwara – please refer to the letter sent home to all Y5 pupils for further information.
  • Monday 6th March: Year 6 Citizenship Trip to the London Transport Museum.
  • Thursday 9th March: Coronation Project with Peter Daniels taking place in school with Year 6.
  • Thursday 9th March: Battle of Britain Concert at Cadogan Hall – Years 4 and 5 will be attending.

March (continued):

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!


Happy Half Term everyone! What a busy half term this has been – however, if you haven’t already looked at the trips and events coming up, it looks like the next half term is going to be even busier!

It has been woof-tastic to see the sun out this week (even though it is a bit chilly in the mornings), as it so much more fun for playtimes and after school clubs.

I had a great time in Nature Club this week, and was super helpful in helping to dig over the soil in the gardening beds, although apologies to the children working behind me! Digging is fast and furious work and I’m sure I made it easier to get out those weeds! What I do know is that we had a lot of fun (and learning) and laughed a lot 🙂

Thanks also to Mrs Abbott, who has been helping preparing the garden in the mornings. It has been so much fun starting my day in the garden, although the pond dip was a bit chilly! I think I will wait until it is warmer before I do that again 🙂

Wishing everyone a safe and happy half term break and can’t wait to see you back in school on Monday 20th February. Don’t be late!

Love Biscuit xx

Service at The Royal Military Chapel, Wellington Barracks (The Guards Chapel)

On Tuesday 7th February Year Six, and the Choir Club, paid their 3rd visit this academic year to The Royal Military Chapel, Wellington Barracks (also known as The Guards Chapel), on Birdcage Walk, for their series of Lunchtime Concerts.

On this occasion we were there as performers at the invitation of Westminster Great School, sharing a vocal concert with them. The concert began with a beautiful aria by Handel sung by a young tenor from Westminster, and then a barbershop quartet. Then our Bellringing Club (Lauren, Maria, Arafa, Hector, Joshua, and Robel) gave a good account of Rounds, Queens, Tittums, and Whittingtons ringing the handbells presented to St Stephen’s Church (as an heirloom) by Baroness Burdett-Coutts shortly after the founding of our school and church; Ms Stephanie Pattenden, our chief campanology tutor, was there to supervise us.

We listened to three more operatic arias from Westminster, and then the bellringers rang Christ Be Our Light. Our singing programme began with The Streets of London (soloists Robel and Joshua, and Maria and Ameena) followed by two songs from Sheik Rattle and Roll (soloists Israa and Soraya), then we sang the Benedictus from The Little Jazz Mass by Bob Chilcott, and finally, with the lower harmony parts being sung for us by Westminster, and conducted by Mr Tim Garrard (Head of Music at Westminster), The Lord Bless You and Keep You by Rutter.

Miss Clover Willis, our singing tutor from Pimlico Music Foundation, came to listen to us. We are very grateful for these performing invitations from Westminster School, and we are looking forward to appearing with them again in the Barbican Concert Hall on Monday 20th March.

When our class and people from the choir club went to the Guards Chapel we saw spectacular things; we want to share some of them with you. Reviews of the visit from some of the pupils who attended:

When we first entered the Chapel and took our places, we found out that the building was a very historical place and has artefacts that dated back to the 1700s. It was originally built in 1834 but tragically bombs destroyed The Guards Chapel, and it was rebuilt in 1963 and was gifted from Queen Elizabeth II. There were ancient flags from decades ago and memorials of our ancestors who fought in the war for our safety.

We want to thank the older children from Westminster school and Mr Garrard (as well as Mr Carden), for giving us the opportunity to enhance our singing further. A special thanks to the patrons of the Guards Chapel who invited us to this performance.

By Israa and Ameena

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2023 was on 7th February, with celebrations and learning based around the theme of ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

In the UK, we are celebrating by putting children and young people’s voices at the heart of the day and encouraging them to shape the online safety support that they receive. This is why children from Jemison class are taking the lead to inform the school about this year’s Safer Internet Day! They made posters to inform people of the dangers of being online and presented an assembly to open up a conversation about having a positive and safe presence online.

£3 Zoo Tickets this Half Term!

London Zoo are offering £3 tickets to anyone currently in receipt of Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support or Jobseekers’ Allowance! All you need to do is bring proof of benefit letter (electronic or paper copy) to the ticket kiosk.

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

In church this week, we listened to a reading from Matthew 5:13-20, based on Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. We learnt about Jesus teaching his followers to be agents of change and to lead others to the right path through their actions. He spoke about both salt and light being agents of change. What do you think he meant by this?

Graham lit an 8-candle Menorah and talked about the importance of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Light. He told a story about a Jewish family in America in the 1980s who put a picture of a Menorah in their window, and someone threw a brick through the window because they didn’t like Jewish people.

The police said maybe the family should take the picture down, but a Christian woman named Margaret McDonald thought it was terrible that this family could not be open about their celebrations and put up a picture of a Menorah in her own window, calling to all in the city to do the same. Thousands of people of all faiths and none followed suit, standing together against this persecution.

This story reminded School Council of their new project on Courageous Advocacy: people bravely standing up for an issue or cause that they believe in even if it caused them difficulties. Can you think of any Courageous Advocates and what they have stood up for?

Community Questions

  • What do you think Jesus meant when he told his followers to be salt and light? What would this look like?
  • It is better to be a light than curse the darkness” (Guvna B, rapper) – What do you think Guvna B meant?
  • Challenge: Make a positive impact on someone this week.

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:

  • Thursday 2 March 2023
  • 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 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)

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.


This week we’ve been learning all about St. Valentine and Valentine’s Day. We have linked it to learning about Paris because it is known as the ‘City of Love‘. The children are very excited to have the opportunity to gift their loved ones, with their own card creations. This activity gave them the perfect opportunity to use skills that we have been developing and exploring this term, as well as revisit some from last term. The children discussed why hearts are where we keep our feelings and fashioned their own heart shapes using pencil and paper. They then cut and printed their own cards to be gifted on Valentine’s Day. Are you one of the lucky recipients?!


This half term we have had a wonderful time as exploring scientists through our topic, All Around the World. We have made rockets using recycled materials, researched the life of an astronaut; including how they train, what they eat (we even tasted real astronaut food!) and how they sleep. The highlight has been our Space Station role play area. We have enjoyed sharing this space to recreate our discoveries about astronauts and the jobs they do on the International Space Station.

Year 1:

Year 1’s artists have continued to learn about primary and secondary colours this half term. This week, they’ve focused on primary colours (blue, red and yellow) and applied them in an abstract style to some number outlines; while ensuring the numbers remained easy to read. They’ve had a very busy half term, and are very much looking forward to a well-deserved break so that they’re ready for more exciting learning when we return!

Year 2:

Year 2’s Geographers have been learning all about our world, including capital cities and countries of the UK. They have been using an atlas, world map, globe and digital tools (Google Earth) to locate and name the different continents and oceans of the world. They investigated the Caribbean’s climate and physical geography, looking closely at St. Lucia. Children researched information about St. Lucia and compared their findings with the city they live in, London.

Year 3:

Over the last few weeks, we have been focusing on our Growth Mindset in PSHE lessons. We have completed many tasks to help us develop the important life skills of resilience and perseverance. We have talked about the difference between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset. Someone with a Fixed Mindset gives up easily when faced with a challenge and hates making mistakes. Someone with a Growth Mindset sees a challenge as a way to learn more; they know if they make a mistake, it’s not failure, rather an opportunity to learn. We have set ourselves goals and are creating a display to showcase these; as well as completing several challenges to help us develop a Growth Mindset.

Year 4:

This half-term, we have been busy Geographers learning all about the Amazon Rainforest. This week we have been studying the products and industries found in the forest and along The Amazon Basin. We have learnt how some industries are using sustainable methods to protect the environment (although some are not!). We were very interested to discover that so many lovely foods are grown here, such as avocados, bananas, coconuts, figs, grapes, lemons, mangos and many other. These fruits are exported to other countries, including the United Kingdom, for people to enjoy. We have also started to look at ecotourism and how this can benefit the indigenous peoples of this area; and we are designing our own eco-village!

Year 5:

Continuing from our class text last week, we have been writing instructions to make sandwiches, and as a marble jar treat, we have been making our own sandwiches! Luckily, not disgusting ones like the Bear’s! We spoke about the order required when making a sandwich, and then wrote instructions and prepared the ingredients. We enjoyed this activity as it really helped to bring the book to life! We love reading in Year 5 and can’t wait to find out what our class book will be after half term.

Year 6:

This week in Geography we have continued our study of Rivers and learning about how the use of the Thames has changed over time. We created a timeline of what we decided to be key events in its history. Some of these events included London Bridge being built in 50AD, the licence for passenger transport by King Henry V111 in 1510 and The Great Stink in 1858. The smell was so bad that Parliament had to pass an act to create an underground sewage system. One of the things that shocked us most was the Frost Fairs; when the Thames froze over in the 1700’s, and people would camp, bowl, play football and dance on the frozen river! They also had stalls selling a range of foods and lit fires for cooking and warmth. This would be unimaginable today, especially with our climate!