School Newsletter : 15 March 2024

| Issue 23 | Spring 2 | Week 9 |

Lion King Performances: The Review

The last few months have been incredible for the Year 4 & 5 children and staff! They have worked tirelessly towards realising their performance of the Lion King musical.

Rehearsals are now finished – a culmination of 16 weeks of hard work and dedication. And this week, our talented cast and crew delivered four of the most amazing in-school performances to their families, friends, staff and other pupils.

Thank you to everyone who supported the process by rehearsing lines, preparing costumes, attending performances, and learning the lyrics to all the songs. A huge thank you to the incredible Disney mentors – Lauren, Dom, and Tori – who guided and supported them every step of the way.

Year 4 and 5, this is an example of true perseverance. All of you, as well as everyone else involved, should feel very proud of your achievements. We are so excited to finally see the children on the big stage at the Lyceum Theatre; what a journey you have been on!

Update: Victoria BID Easter Egg Competition

Over the February Half Term, pupils were invited to decorate an Easter Egg for the Victoria BID competition.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Nina (Year 2) and Taha (Year 5) have been shortlisted and won a £50 voucher each for their achievement. Well done Nina and Taha!

Their designs will be two of six giant easter eggs situated in Eccleston Yards, which will be on display from Tuesday 26th March to Monday 1st April. Visitors can vote for their favourite and the winning egg will receive £500 worth of Amazon vouchers to put towards school or club equipment.

So head over to Eccleston Yards over the Easter weekend, where you can vote for your favourite design via the OR code at the exhibition. Winners will be decided after the Easter break.

To find out more, goto

Run Kids Run: Ready, Set, Go!

Run Kids Run is a registered charity helping connect primary school communities with long term corporate benefactors.

We’ve been selected as 1 of 10 schools to take part in their next event at Battersea Park on Sunday 28th April 2024.

We’re utterly thrilled at this amazing opportunity to participate in what promises to be a fun, fitness fundraising event!

Who can run?

Everyone! All pupils from Nursery to Year 6 can register to compete in this fundraising event. Nursery & Reception will complete a 1km run (with a parent), and Years 1 – 6 will complete a 2km run.

All you need to do is register your child via this Google Form: 

You can register up to 4 runners on one form and older siblings can also take part (please select the 2 mile Y5 & Y6 option).

Then get training! While you’re training, don’t forget to get as many people as possible to sponsor your child/ren’s sporting challenge.

You can seek sponsorship from as many friends, family & neighbours as possible, as every donation will go towards raising funds for our school.

On Sunday 28 April, bring your child/ren to Battersea Park from 2 – 4pm. The children will run their races and on completion, will receive a medal and snack at this fun family day out.

Fundraising goals:

Our school’s PSA, The Friends of Burdett-Coutts (Charity #1167707) are working with us to realise our School Council Playground Pledges of improvments to our playgrounds.

The total amount required is £16,000 to fund:

  • Project 1: Through discussions with our youngest pupils, it was identified that a REALLY BIG sandpit (one you can get into) and sand-play equipment would be a huge asset to the EYFS & KS1 playground provision.
  • Project 2: KS2 requested further resources, including a dedicated comfortable seating area (similar to the one in the KS1 playground) and age-appropriate construction & imaginative play resources.

So far, we have raised £3,000 from the FoBC PSA and £5,000 from the initial sponsorship from Run Kids Run.

With a remaining £8,000 still to be raised, this is where you can help out, by having as many family members, friends and neighbours sponsor your child/ren to compete in the Run Kids Run event.

In-School training:

Starting on Friday 15th March, our PE coach, Mr Raheem will be leading in-school training sessions for all pupils who have registered for the Run Kids Run event.

All pupils will need to wear their full PE kit and trainers to participate in these training sessions (see side panel for dates).

There will also be lunch-time training sessions for these pupils on their normal PE days (as they’re wearing their PE kits).

Parents, in order for your children to be able to take part, you must register your children via the Run Kids Run Google Form AND inform the school office by email before the start of any session.

Thank you for your support in this whole-school fun, fitness fundraising event.

We hope to see many children signed up, ready to train and be sponsored for their run at Battersea Park on Sunday 28th April.

Since 2020, Run Kids Run have:

  • Raised over £500k to enrich the education provision
  • Rallied 6,700 children & their families to run
  • Supported 44 schools across 7 London boroughs
  • Mobilised 350 volunteers

All funds raised will be donated directly to our school:

  • Sponsorship can be made via the Friends of Burdett-Coutts Just Giving page, which will go live shortly.
  • We hope to have the sandpit completed in the May half term and to place the orders for the play equipment & seating areas.

Other school/FoBC fundraising events this year:

  • Mon 25th – Thurs 28th March: 1st Floor Hall Art Gallery & Exhibition selling works of art made by the children
  • 26th April: Spring Fete
  • 17th May: International Evening
  • 6th July: Summer Fair

In-School Training Sessions @ 15:30 – 16:30:

  • Friday 15th March
  • Monday 18th March
  • Monday 25th March
  • Monday 15th April
  • Friday 19th April
  • Monday 22nd April
  • Friday 26th April

Burdett-Coutts Art Gallery

We are thrilled to announce that the Burdett-Coutts Art Gallery will be open from Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th March in the First Floor Hall.

Our gallery will display individual pieces of artwork created by all pupils based on the theme of Sustainability.

Parents & carers are welcome to visit each day between 09:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 16:00.  The artwork exhibited will be for sale, with all proceeds going towards our playground fund-raising projects.

The Easter Bonnet entries will also be on display for you to view, with those receiving awards identified.

Light refreshments will be available, including tea, coffee and a selection of baked goods, with all proceeds going towards our playground fund-raising projects.

We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Please feel free to bring along friends or extended family members.
  • Thank you in advance for your support towards with our fundraising projects.

Friends of Burdett-Coutts

If you are a parent, carer or a guardian of a child that attends our school, then you are automatically a member of our Parent Staff Association, Friends of Burdett-Coutts.

Being part of our PSA offers an exciting opportunity for you to meet other parents, whilst supporting our school, through organising fundraising events, volunteering and much more.

Even if you can only give a small amount of time, you will be making a difference to the school experience for your child and other pupils in our school.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 28th March from 09:00 – 10:00 in the Ground Floor Hall.

Please do come along and join us, your energy & support is very much needed!

Items of discussion at our next meeting will be around:

  • Plans & organisation for the Spring Fete including stalls and events, volunteers  etc.

Meeting dates:

  • Thursday 18th April
  • Thursday 25th April

Upcoming events:

  • Spring Fete: Friday 26th April
  • International Evening: Friday 17th May
  • Summer Fair: Saturday 6th July

Parent-Teacher Meetings

Our Spring Term parent-teacher meetings will take place on Thursday 21st March.

You can now sign up for these via the Arbor App until the midday on the 21st 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.

Proms Praise at The Royal Albert Hall

After a five years hiatus due to the pandemic, the Prom Praise for Schools Concert in the Royal Albert Hall has restarted.

Members of the Choir Club, with Miss Barnett, Mr Carden, and Miss Mattey had a fantastic time singing and dancing together with 2,500 other children, their teachers and parents in this special event.

The performance presented the Old Testament story of David; from his boyhood as a young shepherd, to his duel with Goliath, to his kingship, and his founding of the royal household which would eventually beget Jesus thousands of years later.

We had wonderful seats in the Loggia Boxes of the Albert Hall and a brilliant view of the stage, the full orchestra, and the actors and dancers. The venue was nearly full, and the sound of the singing and the orchestra and the magnificent organ filled the air.

Over sixty schools from all parts of London sent choirs to take part, and being able to perform with such a large group of singers was thrilling.

The Great Exhibition Workshop

As part of this year’s Science Week, Years 5 and 6 took part in an exciting workshop led by Imperial College London.

We learnt all about the history of The Great Exhibition which took place in Crystal Palace in 1851. We then used this as our inspiration to create prototypes of our own inventions, two of which will be displayed at The Great Exhibition Road Festival on the 15th and 16th of June this year!

It was lovely to see the children so engaged and working in teams with children across year groups. A massive thank you to the scientists, Alex and Sam who ran the workshop.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival on the 15th and 16th of June 2024. You can find more information about the festival by following this link:

Easter Holiday Camp

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


  • 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!
  • Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th March: Art Gallery & Easter Bonnet Exhibition First Floor Hall @ 09:00 – 10:00 & 15:00 – 16:00 each day.
  • Wednesday 27th March: EYFS Stay and Play Morning @ 09:00 – 10:00.


  • Wednesday 27th March: Easter Service 10:40 start at St. Stephens Church. All are welcome to join us, doors open at 10:30.
  • 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

In Church this week Graham the focus was on snakes (not everyone’s favourite creature)! In the Bible, snakes are often seen as the incarnation of the devil; slithery tempters and unpleasant characters.

We heard the reading from the Old Testament: Numbers 21:4-9; which retold the story of Moses taking the people to the wilderness.

They were very unhappy about where Moses had brought them; they did not like the food, there was little water, and there were many snakes who bit them and some even died.

Moses prayed to God, who told him to make a model snake out of bronze and put it at the top of his staff (stick), and if people were bitten by a snake, they could look at the model and be healed.

Graham drew our attention to the artwork in the Church; one of the paintings depicts a man with a snake on his head, like a crown of thorns. This story of Moses and his snake tells us that if we look to God and have trust and faith in Him, we will be just fine.

You may have seen a symbol of a snake wrapped around a staff before – this is the representation of Moses’ model snake and was also an important symbol from Greek mythology. It depicts the concept of healing and can be seen on ambulances and hospitals.

Have you seen it anywhere else?

Community Questions:

During this period of Ramadan, we are thinking about gratitude and how we give thanks.

  • How does it feel when someone says ‘thank you’ to you?
  • Have you ever given someone a gift as a thank you?
  • What did you give? Why?
  • Do you ever say thank you to God? Why? Why not?


  • Send a thank you card or message to someone this week.


Father God, thank you for the people in my life who encourage me and care for me.

Class Assemblies:

Fridays @ 9am. All attendees must be seated in the First Floor Hall by 9am:

  • 3rd May: Year 2
  • 10th May: Year 1
  • 24th May: Year 4
  • 14th June: Year 6
  • 21st June: Year 3
  • 5th July: Year 5
  • 19th July: Nursery & Reception

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.


This week in Preschool we have been busy exploring various aspects of gardening and creativity though our new topic book, ‘Planting a Rainbow’. We have been painting beautiful colourful flowers and managing our own garden centre in the role-play area. We have also created beautiful flowers out of playdough to bring our colourful creations to life.


This week in Nursery, our little learners have made some incredible progress on their journey to beginning to read simple words and identify sounds. The children have been utilizing the phonics sounds they have learnt to blend words and identify initial sounds. They have also been forming letters, using the phonics rhyme.


Reception’s botanists have been intrigued by the beauty of spring flowers. They were challenged to make an observational drawing of some beautiful tulips this week. The conversations bloomed with their exploration, they discussed the smell, the feel, the colour, and most importantly, how the flowers made us feel.

Year 1:

In Science, Year 1 are continuing to learn all about the weather. This week we looked at the water cycle and what causes rain. We made our own water cycles and learnt the scientific vocabulary around what is happening at each stage. We looked at puddles outside after the rain and saw that later in the day they had disappeared.

Year 2:

As environmental scientists, Year 2 have been learning about sustainability. They began by examining the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans and exploring actions that people can take to make a positive difference. Pupils then engaged in creating pieces of art using a variety of mediums and recycled materials. Their artwork features representations of turtles or fish “captured” inside plastic rubbish amidst an abstract depiction of the sea, to demonstrate the effect of plastic pollution on sea life.

Year 3:

Year 3 have been learning about the events of the Easter Story and putting them in order so that they can explore why Good Friday is called that next week. Pupils are enjoying discussing what the symbolism of Easter week means and trying to understand whether Jesus knew he was going to die or not. When the events from the story were put into order, they had to work collaboratively and listen to each other as well as put forward their own ideas. These are skills we are working on as a class.

Year 4:

Year 4 have been busy creating art using recycled materials. Pupils discussed the issue of sustainability and why it is important to recycle. They then created some beautiful images of daffodils using the recycled materials. Their artwork was created on canvas boards, and you will be able to view their creations when they are displayed in our ‘Art Gallery’ in the school hall. The children are very excited about their parents and carers seeing their artwork in the gallery. However, you’ll need to wait until the last week of half term before you can see their wonderful creations so there is no picture from Year 4 this week as we want to keep our art a secret for just a little bit longer!

Year 5:

This week in Mathematics, Year 5 have been learning to measure and calculate the perimeter of regular and composite shapes in centimetres and metres. They have been solving challenging questions such as finding unknown lengths of a two-dimensional shape and calculating the perimeter of irregular shapes. Pupils have also been using their knowledge of shapes and perimeter to answer worded questions and provide reasoning for their answers.

Year 6:

This week, we have published our diary entries based on our class novel, ‘The Explorer‘. Within this piece we have written from the main character’s perspective on being stranded in the Amazon rainforest after the aircraft unexpectedly crashed. We have challenged ourselves to use modelled topical vocabulary, descriptive language and focusing particularly hard on using dashes. Happy reading!