School Newsletter : 01 March 2024

| Issue 21 | Spring 2 | Week 7 |

World Book Day

This year’s World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. We are planning to celebrate by asking pupils to dress up as their favourite book character. Every pupil will also receive a World Book Day voucher which can be used to buy any of the selected £1 World Book Day books.

We would also like to invite parents & carers to join us in celebrating World Book Day, by coming into school to read your favourite childhood book to your child’s class.

If you would like to share a book with your child’s class, please email the school office, indicating when you’re available (within school hours) and the book you intend to read.

We would also like to ask pupils to bring in their favourite book to share with their class. During the day they will have the opportunity to share their favourite book with their peers and discuss what they like to read at home.

Parent-Teacher Meetings

  • Our Spring Term parent-teacher meetings will take place on Thursday 21st March.
  • You’ll be able to sign up for these via the Arbor App from Wednesday 6th March.
  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before your meeting time so that you can sit with your child and discuss the work they have selected together.

Friends of Burdett-Coutts

Due to the awful weather, regrettably we have had to cancel the Easter Fair.

However, we will be hosting a Spring Fair after the Easter holidays, on a day TBC (sometime towards the end of April or the beginning of May). We will let everyone know as soon as we can confirm the date.

Our meetings are usually on Thursday mornings in the Ground Floor Hall from 9 – 10am. Please come if you can, it’s always lovely to meet new parents and it’d be great to have you onboard.

If you’d like to find out more, please speak to our Vice-Chair, Miss Rachida in the Early Years.

Lion King Performances: Years 4 & 5

After nearly 16 weeks of commitment, dedication and teamwork, our Year 4 & 5 pupils are ready to take to the stage with their production of Disney’s Lion King!

All the hard work and many hours of practice are nearly over, and they’re ready to WOW everyone with a truly outstanding performance of music, dance and drama.

There will be 3 showings at school:

  • Wednesday 13th March from 2pm- 3pm
  • Thursday 14th March from 6pm – 7pm
  • Friday 15th March from 2pm – 3pm

Tickets will go on sale (£3 per adult and £2 per child under 16 years) via the school office on Monday 4th March.

Please note:

  • Seating is unreserved, so please arrive early.
  • Doors will open 15 minutes before each performance; any latecomers will not be admitted
  • Filming will not be permitted at all at these performances
  • A recording will be shared later via the school website.

Out & About Exploring Our Great City

Thursday 29th February Year 6 Trip to Linden House:

As Geographers, Year 6 visited Linden House to take part in a workshop run by the brilliant Thames Explorer Trust. Firstly, they consolidated their learning on the history of the Thames through practical activities before heading down to the foreshore.

They then took part in river dipping and were fascinated to discover all the life which lives within the river and discovered that its pH was 7. They especially enjoyed mud larking, where they discovered old animal bones, pottery, parts of a Victorian smoking pipe and fragments of stone from a Tudor bottle.

Despite the rain, nothing dampened their spirits and a fabulous day of hands-on learning was enjoyed by all!

Easter Holiday Camp

Sustainability Projects: Recycling Donations Wanted

For the rest of this term, all pupils will be participating in two major whole school projects linked to our wider school initiatives.

The first project will be around the theme of ‘Identity‘; which is part of the process of revising our Rights Respecting Schools accreditation.

Our second project is linked to our School Council’s pledge to raise awareness of the impact disposable products, and our use of them, are having on our planet and climate.

For this, we would appreciate all donations of the following items to recycle into our sustainability art project:

  • Lids of all colours from juice, milk or soda bottles
  • Magazines and old newspapers
  • Beads and buttons
  • 1.5 litre and 500ml plastic bottles
  • Cans
  • Snack bags (eg: those from the snack bags of biscuits etc)
  • Ribbon/lace/wool/twine and string

We’d be grateful if all items are cleaned beforehand. All donations can be left in a box located in the school office from Monday 4th March.

Please note:

  • We will be opening an Art Gallery in the First Floor Hall in the last week of this term
  • Parents, carers & the wider community will be welcome to come in to view the work the children have completed
  • More information will follow

Easter Bonnet Competition

We are so egg-cited to be launching our Easter Bonnet competition again as the entries last year were truly egg-ceptional! 🙂

Time to dig out your glue guns, decorative material, feathers and other crafty pieces to start hatching your egg-citing bonnet designs! Parents & carers, please note that all entries should be designed and made by the children (with adult support only when needed).

But fear not, this year we’re going the egg-tra mile with a special parent category, so all you creative yolks can get in on the competition and design alongside your children at home.

Bonnets will be available to buy from the school office for £1 each on Monday 4th March. All competition entries must be submitted to school by 5pm on Wednesday 20th March.

The bonnets will be judged by externally, with winners announced & prizes awarded on Monday 25th March. All the bonnets will then be displayed as part of our Art Gallery installation from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th March in the First Floor Hall.

Happy crafting with this egg-tremely fun project 🙂

PE Lessons

Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct PE kit to school each week.

Pupils who are not wearing their full PE kit will not be able to participate in lessons, and a note will be sent home indicating why they were not able to participate.

The full PE kit for the Autumn/Winter term is as follows:

  • Plain navy blue leggings or tracksuit bottoms
  • School navy blue PE t-shirt
  • School navy blue sweatshirt (all year groups).
  • Pupils in KS2 (Years 3 – 6) must wear a school navy sweatshirt for PE and NOT their school jumper.
  • Plain black trainers (velcro if your child struggles with shoe laces)
  • Please ensure all items of uniform are clearly labelled (with a permanent pen or label)

PE lessons are on:

  • Monday: Year 1, Year 4 (session 1)
  • Tuesday: Year 5
  • Wednesday: Year 4 (session 2) & Year 6
  • Thursday: Year 3
  • Friday:  Early Years, Year 2

Cashless Payments: Parent Portal on Arbor

On Monday 8th January, parents were sent a welcome email from Arbor via the school office email account. Please read this carefully, as it contains vital information of the steps required to download the Arbor app, which is now live and ready to use for our school.

Once you have downloaded the app and followed the setup steps, you will be able to pay online for the following:

  • Breakfast Club
  • After School Club (6 o’clock club)
  • School Trips and Visits
  • Nursery Extended Day Fees
  • Preschool Fees

You will also be able to view your child’s details held by the school, such as their attendance record  and the named adults allowed to collect them from school.  After the Easter Break, you will also be able to sign up and pay for Extended School Day (Enrichment) Clubs.

We understand that while paying online is the preferred option for many of our families, those wishing to continue paying by cash will still be able to do via the school office.

  • If you’re unable to download or log into the Arbor App, please contact the school office.
  • We hope that this will be a smooth transition, but as is often the case with new technology, there may be some disruptions so please bear with us during this process.

School Meals

If you would like your child to move from bringing a packed lunch to having a school meal, you must inform the office at least a week in advance of this change being made. Kindly note pupils are not allowed to alternate between having packed lunches and/or school meals on a daily or weekly basis. If you have any questions, please see a member of the school admin staff at the school office.

You can find the current school lunch menu here >

If you require a printed copy, please ask at the school office. Should you have any questions about the menu, kindly make an appointment to speak with Miss Barnett.

February 2024 half term vouchers for pupils eligible for FSM are available for collection from the school office.

Are you getting to school on time?

We have noticed several pupils are consistently late to school each day. It is essential that every child arrives at school by 08:45 so that they are in class and ready to learn at 09:00. If your punctuality has slipped recently, please ensure that you take steps to arrive in school on time after the February half term break.

Why good school attendance matters: Missing a few days of school here and there may not seem a big deal, but research shows that it can have a significant impact on children’s learning.

Children who miss a substantial amount of school fall behind their peers, and struggle to catch up. Most of the work they miss is never made up, which can lead to big gaps in their learning.

  • Poor attendance often starts at primary school and children who fall into this pattern are likely to under-achieve at secondary school.
  • Pupils who miss between 10 and 20% of school (that’s 19 – 38 days per year) stand only a 35% chance of achieving five or more good GCSEs, compared to 73% of those who miss fewer than 5% of school days.
  • An attendance rate of 95% is generally considered good; this allows for children to miss 9.5 days across the school year.
  • Persistent absence (PA) is defined as an attendance rate of 90% or below.
  • All pupils are expected to have an attendance rate of 95% or higher.

Attendance class of the week: Each week we will be celebrating the class with the highest attendance levels.

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.
  • Remember pupils need to be in school by 08:55.
  • The pupil entrance gates open at 08:40.

Upcoming Events


  • Friday 1st: Year 6 Visit to Stamford Bridge
  • Thursday 7th: World Book Day. Pupils are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite book character.
  • Friday 8th: Mother’s Day Service 10:30 – 11:30 @ St. Stephens Church. Mothers, Grandmothers and those caring for others in this role are kindly invited to attend this service of thanks. Church doors will open at 10:20, please be seated by 10:30 and ensure that all mobile phones are on silent or off.
  • Tuesday 12th March: Proms Praise Concert at the Royal Albert Hall for Year 6 and the School Choir. Separate information with times etc has been sent to all pupils attending.
  • Friday 15th March: Red Nose Day: See next weeks newsletter for more details.
  • Wednesday 20th March: Last Day of Extended School Day Clubs @ 15:30 – 16:30.
  • Wednesday 20th March: Year 1 Trip to Hyde Park Lookout Centre (2/2 sessions)


  • Thursday 21st March: Spring Term Parent/Pupil Information Evening. Information on how you can sign up for these via the Arbor App will be sent out after the February half term break.
  • Friday 22nd March: INSET Day (school closed for all pupils)
  • Monday 25th March: Year 4 & 5 showcase performance of the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre!
  • Thursday 28th March: Early school finish @ 13:30 for the Easter Holidays
  • Friday 29th March – Friday 12th April: Easter Holidays

Term Dates 2023-2024

Please find here the agreed term dates set by our school’s Governing Body for the upcoming academic year, starting September 2023.

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 2023



20 October 2023

Half Term


23 October 2023



27 October 2023

Return on


30 October 2023

End of Term


22 December 2023



Start of Term


09 January 2024



09 February 2024

Half Term


12 February 2024



16 February 2024

Return on


19 February 2024

End of Term


28 March 2024



Start of Term


15 April 2024



24 May 2024

Half Term


27 May 2024



31 May 2024

Return on


03 June 2024

End of Term


24 July 2024


Teaching & Learning: Curriculum & Safeguarding


04 September 2023

Assessment & Pupil Progress


01 December 2023

Teaching & Learning TBC


08 January 2024

Teaching & Learning: Curriculum Map Autumn/Spring


22 March 2024

Teaching & Learning: Curriculum, Assessment & Pupil Progress


28 June 2024

BANK HOLIDAYS (school closed)
May Bank Holiday


06 May 2024

Community Corner

This week in Church we were thinking about jobs.

Helena asked the children what jobs they would like to do when they are older and responses ranged from vet, security guard, therapist and even a panda nanny!

To do any job you need to be clear about how to get prepared and the steps you need to take to get there. We heard the incredible story of Abram, the 99-year old man who had already spent his life doing God’s work with his wife, Sarai.

God spoke to him with the news that he had a new job for him despite his great age, and with this new job their names were changed to Abraham and Sarah.

God made a promise to Abraham that if he fulfilled his tasks, he would be rewarded with a child. Imagine being asked to start a new job at the age of 99!

We all have different jobs to do at different times in our lives, and all jobs come with steps to take and unique responsibilities. God has plans for everyone, no matter their age, size, gender, nationality.

We just have to be ready to hear it and think about what we need to do.


Father God,
Thank you for showing us that you are welcoming and a friend to all.
Help us to show that same welcome to everyone around us.

Class Assemblies:

  • 15th March: Year 3

Community Questions:

  • Thinking about the promises God made to Abraham, have you ever been promised something and then been surprised that the reality was not quite what you were expecting?
  • Was it better or worse? How did you feel?


  • Consider a job you would like to have in the future. What steps do you need to take in order to get there? What support would you need from friends and family? What support could you give others in the same position?

Online Safety

Did you know that not all apps are safe for children, with many popular ones having certain age restrictions. For example, WhatsApp, Tik Tok, Instagram and Facebook operate a minimum age of 13+ years, and therefore primary school children should not have their own, nor access to, such apps or accounts.

As parents, you can help safeguard your children online by researching these apps and their purposes, as well as their age restrictions, BEFORE agreeing to download them. If you do choose to download them, remember that parental controls such as password protection, can be set up so that in-app downloads or purchases, cannot be completed by the children themselves.

For example, to prevent iTunes, Apple App Store purchases or downloads, all you need to do is:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  2. Tap Content & App Privacy Restrictions. If asked, enter your passcode.
  3. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
  4. Select a setting and set to Don’t Allow.

Tips on how to install parental controls on other apps and devices (Android or Apple) can easily be found online, or even from the app developers themselves.

Preschool, Nursery & Reception Admissions

We only have a few places remaining in our early years provision for this academic year. Currently we have:

  • 1 full-time Preschool and 1 part-time afternoon places available (2-year olds)
  • 2 full-time Nursery (3-year olds) place available, and 1 part-time place (afternoon)
  • 4 Reception class places

If you are looking for a Preschool, Nursery or Reception place for your child from January 2024 or September 2024, we’d love to have you join us for a 30-minute bespoke EYFS tour.

Here, you’ll 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.

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.


Preschool have continued their exploration of different colours and textures this week. We’ve been trying different ways to create our own owls, including using paint, crayons and sticking on lots of different materials with glue. We have also been exploring using different materials to make a comfortable owl’s nest.


Nursery have been immersed in exploring maps inspired by the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. They have enthusiastically started to craft their ideals into their own maps, sparking their creativity whilst engaging in hands-on learning and exploration.


Reception pupils had a great time investigating combining cornflour and water to create Oobleck, in a science experiment that delivered on many levels. They researched squishing it, letting it run out of their hands, pouring it down half pipes and even driving cars through them! This sensory exploration delivered a variety of learning avenues for our budding scientists.

Year 1:

Year 1 had an exciting trip last week, learning all about weather. We braved the rain and went outside to measure the direction of the wind using a compass and checked to see how much rain had fallen. We had lots of discussions about the seasons and what weather we expect in each season. Working in groups, we created a weather presentation (just like the news!) to show the type of weather we saw.

Year 2:

In Year 2, we read the book ‘One Day on our Blue Planet… in the Savannah‘, by Ella Bailey. It is a wonderful story focussing on young animal friends, beginning with a day as a curious lion cub. While minding his mother and playing with his father, this little lion can’t help chasing trouble and fun as he explores the his corner of our big blue planet we share. The book has fantastic links to our Geography lessons on Kenya and our Science lessons on Animals. As Writers, we have focused on writing to inform, looking at key features of information texts and writing fact files about lions. We worked first in partners to research all about lions and used our findings to create informative fact files.

Year 3:

This week in Newton Class, we have begun learning about the Easter story in RE. We listened to a version from the Children’s Bible, then matched pictures from the story with their descriptions to put them in the correct order. Using positive behaviour and collaborative learning skills, we worked successfully in groups. We also practiced listening to everyone in the group and putting forward our opinions with an explanation, to help us come to the right decision.

Year 4:

Year 4 have been busy in English this week, writing persuasive adverts. The pupils designed a new sweet or chocolate bar and wrote an advert to persuade people to buy their new products. They had to include rhetorical questions in their writing and powerful adjectives. Everyone really enjoyed this piece of writing, especially when trying to convince each other that their creation was the best.

Year 5:

This week we have begun to write information reports on climate change. This required us to research information on the causes and effects of climate change e.g. burning fossil fuels and organise the information into structured paragraphs. We then drew on prior learning from previous lessons and identified the features of an information report including sub-headings, paragraphs and formal language, to help us to construct a high-quality piece of writing.

Year 6:

This week as Geographers, we have been learning about the history of the river Thames. We created a timeline of some of the key events within its history. Among one of the most important was the Great Stink in 1858. During hot weather the smell of untreated faeces was overpowering. It was caused by untreated human waste in the river, and on its banks due to an ageing and inadequate sewer system emptying directly into the Thames. The bad air was thought to transmit contagious diseases and there were three outbreaks of cholera before the Great Stink was blamed on the problems with the river. A proposal from the civil engineer Joseph Bazalgette for sewage treatment was finally accepted. We still use this same sewage system today!