School Newsletter : 29 March 2024

| Issue 24 | Spring 2 | Week 10 |

The Lion King: Show Case Performance at the Lyceum Theatre

On March 25th, the Lyceum Theatre hosted a group of Burdett-Coutts children performing to a star-studded audience. As one of four schools picked for this year’s Disney’s Musicals in Schools programme; our pupils brought the magic of Disney to this prestigious stage.

Hosted by Merryl Ansah, who plays Nala in the West End production of The Lion King, and Gary Jordan, who plays Zazu, 26 of our pupils from Years 4 & 5 enthralled, captivated and astounded the audience with their ROARSOME performance of the classic Disney tale The Lion King.

At this grand event, the children performed their own rendition of the much-loved ‘Circle of Life, and collaborated with the other schools for a special performance of Alan Menken’s,  ‘It Starts With a Dream‘.

The Disney initiative provides selected schools with the essential training and tools needed to nurture a sustainable musical theatre program, something hugely appreciated at Burdett-Coutts.

The experience was an excellent way to develop creativity, confidence, friendships and relationships with teachers, and the children who participated all flourished during the rehearsal process, with everyone growing into their roles.

Over 17 weeks, the pupils learnt to sing and dance, working together to stage their own adaptation of a Disney classic. Despite some of them being ‘so nervous before the show‘, they were all marvellous, and we are immensely proud of them.

Well done everyone!

Heartfelt thanks to:

  • all the Burdett-Coutts staff involved
  • our supportive families
  • our outstanding Disney Teaching Artists: Dom, Lauren & Tori
  • Felicity and Nancy for the exceptional organisation & management of the whole process & the show

Run Kids Run: SIGN UP NOW!

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.

THERE’S STILL TIME TO REGISTER: Simply fill in 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! And ask 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: A REALLY BIG sandpit (one you can get into) & sand-play equipment for the EYFS & KS1 playground.
  • Project 2: 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.

To make a donation, simply go to:

In-School training:

Our PE coach, Mr Raheem is 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.

All funds raised will be donated directly to our school:

  • Sponsorship can be made via the Friends of Burdett-Coutts Just Giving page
  • Simply go to:
  • We hope to have the sandpit completed in the May half term & 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:

  • Monday 15th April
  • Friday 19th April
  • Monday 22nd April
  • Friday 26th April

Burdett-Coutts Choir at The Barbican Concert Hall

On Monday 18th March, members of our Choir Club were invited to be guest singers at the Westminster School Concert in the Barbican Centre.

Along with singers from other schools in our area, and a large choir and orchestra from Westminster School, we performed The Girl from Aleppo by Cecilia McDowell, which is a contemporary work (2016) detailing an escape from a war-torn country (Syria) by refugees.

This musical work, which is quite difficult to perform, is so relevant to today’s newsreels, and our children loved singing it.

To be invited to perform (again) in one of London’s principal concert halls, in front of a large audience of parents and the public was both thrilling and daunting.

It was also a marvellous opportunity to experience large scale performing, and we are very grateful to Mr. Tim Garrad, the Director of Music at Westminster School.

Victoria BID Easter Egg Competition: VOTE NOW!

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

Burdett-Coutts Art Gallery

A HUGE thank you to everyone who visited our School Art Gallery this week.  It was such a lovely opportunity to celebrate and share the wonderful sustainable artworks created by pupils, along with individual and whole class collaborative Identity projects too.

We have raised a further £185.00 from the sales of artwork, with all proceeds going towards our playground fundraising initiatives.

There was so much positive feedback from this event, with parents, pupils and staff really enjoying the opportunity to see the pupils’ wonderful creative work displayed; whilst conveying a very important message about the importance of sustainability.

Thank you for your support towards with our fundraising projects. We look forward to being able to run another gallery event later in the year.

Easter Bonnet Competition Winners

Well done to everyone who entered our Easter Bonnet Competition this year. Both children and adults showed unbelievable creativity and we had the amazing submissions. They were truly wonderful!

It’s been so lovely seeing all the beautiful displays on the bonnets and how different each of them are. It’s been a really tough task judging them – it was so hard to choose – but in the end our judges were able to arrive at a decision.

Congratulations to all our winners, and well done once again to everyone who entered.

We hope you have the opportunity to show off your wonderful bonnets over the Easter weekend.

Our 2024 Easter Bonnet competition winners were:


  • 1st Place: Cleo
  • 2nd Place: Arielle
  • 3rd Place: Millie


  • 1st Place: Katja
  • 2nd Place: Pippa
  • 3rd Place: Aneleia


  • 1st Place: Blake
  • 2nd Place: Alice
  • 3rd Place: Elijah

Year 1:

  • 1st Place: Simon
  • 2nd Place: Theo
  • 3rd Place: Tahlia

Year 2:

  • 1st Place: Marin
  • 2nd Place: Mira
  • 3rd Place: Nina

Year 3:

  • 1st Place: Yaqub
  • 2nd Place: Amara
  • 3rd Place: Elsa

Year’s 4 – 6:

  • Year 4 1st Place: Max
  • Year 5 1st Place: Grace
  • Year 6 1st Place: Sara

And last but not least, 1st place to Arlo’s Mum (in Reception) for her beautiful entry!

Parent-Teacher Meetings

We had a hugely successful parents evening last Thursday with over 90% of parents coming to meet with their child’s class teacher to discuss achievements to date and targets for the summer term.

It was also a wonderful opportunity for parents to sit and discuss the work their child had selected to share with them.

Thank you also to all the parents who had responded to the parent questionnaire sent out earlier in the term.

It was a pleasure to share the responses with you. There were many conversations around the display, and it was a lovely opportunity for our school’s governors to meet with parents.

Please remember:

  • to check your child’s book bag for a copy of their class newsletter
  • this will contain the areas of learning and home learning projects for Summer 1

Community Corner

Our Easter Service on Wednesday was a very dramatic affair, with Graham and Helena acting out the story of Jesus’s arrest and crucifixion, interspersed with songs from the choir and congregation.

All of the children, from the smallest to the biggest (and the adults too), enjoyed the performance depicting Jesus’s arrival in Jerusalem with huge palm fronds carpeting the floor of the church; the Last Supper; Jesus’ betrayals by Judas and Peter; and the decision of Pontius Pilate to crucify Jesus.

Graham, acting as a soldier, made Helena (as Jesus) carry an enormous wooden cross up the aisle and then hammered the nails in, with the noise echoing around the church!

As part of the Service, two baskets of palm crosses were blessed and given to the children as they left the church.

Did you know that crosses from Palm Sunday (24th March this year) are kept until the following year? These are then burnt on Ash Wednesday at the start of the next period of Lent to create the ash with which to ‘anoint’ people’s foreheads.

We also said a fond farewell to Helena, who will be leaving St Stephen’s on Easter Sunday. Helena has been curate at the church for four years and during that time, has become a crucial part of our church and school’s communities.

Helena has also volunteered on our school’s governing body, attending many in-school events such as fairs and performances, as well as led our lunchtime Christian Club for Key Stage 2 pupils.

We will really miss her but take comfort in the fact that she’ll thrive in her new role as Minor Canon at Westminster Abbey. Plus she’ll just be down the road, so we are sure we’ll see her again soon.

As we head into the Easter break, we wish all our families a very Happy Holiday and a wonderful Eid for those families celebrating.

A reminder that St Stephen’s is holding a special Children’s Good Friday Service on Friday 28th March @ 10.30am, with hot cross buns for the congregation.

There’s also an Easter Service on Sunday 31st March @ 10am. Everyone is welcome to attend this family service, which includes an Easter Egg Hunt for the young ones.

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

Community Questions:

  • When have you had to be courageous?
  • What or who gave you strength at that time?
  • How did you cope under pressure?
  • Do you think trusting in God helps people who are facing uncertainty? Why or why not?


  • List 3 things that help you when things are difficult


Thank you, Lord,
that when life is scary,
you are in control.

Easter Holiday Camp

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 after the Easter break, on Thursday 18th April 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

Upcoming Events


  • 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

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)

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.

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

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.


What an egg-citing week Preschool has had! We have been busy crafting adorable Easter hats and baking scrumptious Easter cakes for our delightful Easter tea party. We have also been having lots of fun outdoor adventures playing in the water play and climbing on the climbing frames.

We have continued our dive into the enchanting world of ‘Planting a Rainbow’. The children have been on a exhilarating sensory journey, immersing themselves in a kaleidoscope of experiences; from crafting perfumes with fragrant flowers and water, to getting their hands delightfully dirty while learning to dig and plant.


Nursery had an incredible time when parents joined our Stay and Play session! It was heartwarming to witness the joy on the children’s faces as they engaged in activities alongside their parents and carers. We are immensely grateful to everyone who joined us, it was such a memorable experience for everyone. Thank you for your continued support in creating a nurturing environment where children can thrive and grow. We look forward to many more moments of shared joy and exploration ahead.

Nursery have also been on a digital journey of creativity, by exploring the world of paint on the computer screen. With boundless imagination, they joyfully selected their colours and masterfully navigated the buttons to bring their visions to life.


This week Reception sculpted their very own magical Bog Babies out of clay. As told in our book of the week, Bog Baby, they can only be seen with children’s eyes and live in a mystical pond in a forest of Bluebells. The children strengthened their finger muscles making their sweet little creations, and we look forward to adding them to our small world play during the course of the Summer term.

Our little IT engineers have also been exploring new tech skills, by clicking and tracking the mouse on-screen through a variety of Busy Things activities and games, designed specifically to build IT skills in the Early Years, as well as consolidate their knowledge from other topics. They have also been engaging in beginners’ programming with Mr Carden’s mouse, where they can program the mouse’s route and see it go!

Year 1:

Year 1 had a fantastic trip to Hyde Park this week where they learnt all about the season of Spring. They discussed the changes that occur during Spring for plants, birds and weather. The pupils had the opportunity to use binoculars to search for different birds in the park as well as using magnifying glasses to inspect mini-beasts and other tiny creatures.

Year 2:

Year 2 created self-portraits to celebrate their individuality and uniqueness, with each child and their strengths, successes, and accomplishments contributing to a classroom community where everyone succeeds and shines together. Exploring the concept of ‘identity‘ and inspired by the artist Mary Corey March, Year 2 collectively created their own mini version of an Identity tapestry. We brainstormed a list of identifying statements such as ‘I am a good reader’ and ‘I love my family’, and the pupils chose what they felt best represented them and their class as a whole.

To create the tapestry, each child chose a colour of yarn and ‘wove’ their way through the statements they identified with most. This resulted in a lifeline/story about their individual identity, and how it related to their peers participating in the display. It was a fun and creative bonding experience for the class and seeing the finished tapestry reminded all that while we are beautifully different, we share so much too.

Year 3:

Year 3 have been busy learning all about how to classify rocks. First, we described what our rocks looked like, including their textures and colours. Then we learnt about other properties of rocks such as density and permeability. Finally, we learnt about how Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic rocks are formed and applied this knowledge to identify and classify the different types of rocks we had.

Year 4:

This week, Year 4 have started writing their description of the chocolate factory from their class text, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‘. Pupils were asked to write their description from the perspective of a tour guide who has recently been employed by Willy Wonka. The children have loved using interesting language techniques to describe the different rooms and sweets in the factory!

Year 5:

What an exciting week this is turning out to be, with the Disney Production being the icing on the cake. In class, we have been thinking about our grammatical skills in particular and focussing on modal verbs; something new to the children and an area that they would benefit from practicing on IXL.

We are also working on our self-editing skills as this is an essential tool to becoming an independent learner. All children are encouraged to re-read their work for grammatical and spelling errors and to look for ways to improve the content of their work. These skills are improved by regular reading of good quality texts which also instils a love of literature. Please encourage your child to read for at least 15 minutes each night and ensure that they complete and hand in their reading log daily.

In Maths, we have been learning about perimeter and area. We can calculate the area of shapes by counting squares if the shape is on grid paper. We have also learnt the formula for area i.e. length x width. We are beginning to calculate the area of rectilinear shapes by working out missing measurements and the class has risen to the challenge of this. We can all calculate the perimeter of shapes by adding all the outside measurements. We are becoming skilled at estimating both area and perimeter of shapes too.

Year 6:

This week in Religious Studies, we have been learning about different Christian charities and the impact that they have on people all around the world. We researched two charities, Christian Aid and The Salvation Army, exploring their missions/appeals and how they raise money. We also discussed how we know that they are a Christian charity.

During Maths, we have been working hard to master percentages. Firstly, we worked on finding percentages of amounts and applied this to reasoning problems. We then tried to find the missing values which required us to use the inverse operation. For example, 25% of a number is 200. This required us to use our knowledge of fractions to recognise that 25% is 1/4 and then multiply our answer by 4 to find the whole. This is something that we all found challenging and will continue to work on.