School Newsletter : 03 May 2024

| Issue 27 | Summer 1 | Week 3 |

Run Kids Run: Donate via Just Giving!

It rained, it poured but the wet weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of pupils, parents and staff who attended the Run Kids Run event last Sunday 28th April at the Battersea Arena.

Thankfully there was a reprieve from the rain, and all 68 pupils, including 4 former pupils participating with their younger siblings, took to the track to compete with 9 other schools in their year group categories.

Everyone competing (including parents) gave it their all; the EYFS pupils completed 2 ½ laps and pupils in Years 1 – 6 completed 5 laps – what superstars!

They all completed their allocated races and were awarded with a medal, and most importantly a sense of pride in achieving their goal.

Thank you to our PE coach Mr Raheem, who had been offering in-school training sessions over the past few weeks. He also ran in 3 of the races, as he supported individual runners.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Just Giving Fundraising Page for this event.

At the time of writing, you have raised an amazing £1590.00, to which we can add an additional £150 in direct cash/cheque donations, for a grand total of £1740.00. With this sum, we’ll be able to proceed with the EYFS & KS1 sandpit project during the May half term break.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Old Park Lane Management (OLPM), who partnered with us for this event.

They have agreed to support us over the next 3 years on future projects, including the redevelopment of our roof playground into a learning space with outdoor classrooms, sensory gardens and more. We are very excited to be working with OPLM and will keep you updated as things progress.

We still need to raise another £6260, so that we can fulfil the remainder of our School Council Playground Pledges. Therefore, we will be keeping our Just Giving page open until 31 May, to try and get as close to that target as we can.

As always, your generosity is truly appreciated, as is your continued support of our school’s initiatives.

All funds raised from our Just Giving page will be donated directly to our school

Accelerated Reader Program

We are very excited to announce that we are now part of the Accelerated Reader program, for children in Years 1 to 6.

Accelerated Reader encourages children to read regularly, while ensuring that they bring home a book appropriate to their reading level. There are three steps to the program:

1. Pupils complete a star assessment which informs us of their reading level
2. They choose a reading book from the library, appropriate to their reading level
3. After they’ve read the book, they complete an online quiz about the it. The children earn points for the quizzes that they complete.

Pupils can log into the Accelerated Reader portal @

They can also log in by clicking on the Accelerated Reader link found at the top right hand corner of our website (in between Staff Login and Sooper Books).

Please click the image below for information about Accelerated Reader, or click here for a PDF >

Find out more:

  • Years 1 to 6 parents & carers, you’re invited to attend an information coffee morning about Accelerated Reader.
  • Please join us on Wednesday 22nd May at 9am in the Ground Floor Hall.

Burdett-Coutts International Evening

Parents, carers, families & friends, and of course all pupils – we would like to invite you join us in celebrating our International Evening on Friday 17th May from 15:30 – 18:30.

Come join us in celebrating the many individual cultures that make up our fabulous school community, through the universally enjoyable theme of food! We will have a range of food stalls, offering you the chance to sample and taste delicious food from around the world.

This is also a great opportunity for parents & carers to meet in a social setting to get to know each other.

We have over 26 different nationalities in our school, so the opportunity to discover and taste something new, whether a staple food or a celebration treat, is almost guaranteed! There will also be a drinks stand and music, as well as a range of activities for children on the day.

Please note that this will be a totally cash free event.

On entry, you will be able to buy tickets which you can exchange for any item – food, drink or activities – on the day. This is to ensure that those serving food are also not having to handle money, and can concentrate on dishing out delicious meals for you.

All proceeds from this event will go towards much needed funds for our school playground. Thank you so much for your support with this fundraising initiative.

We look forward to seeing you on 17th May!


If you would like to submit a dish, whether hot, cold, savoury, a dessert or a baked item for this event, please email the school office, with your name, name and country of origin for your dish, and an ingredients list. You can also register in person at the school office.

Please note that we require the ingredients list to print out and place next to each dish, that everyone can be informed of any allergens or dietary requirements they may have.

Swimming Lessons for Years 3 – 6

We are delighted to announce that swimming lessons will begin again this term, for pupils in Years 3 to 6.

These lessons are an important (and statutory) part of the national curriculum and provide an opportunity for pupils to develop key skills and knowledge about water safety and learning basic swimming skills and strokes.

Pupils are issued with certificates at the end of each unit of swimming, which acknowledge the skill level that they have met.

All swimming lessons will take part at the Queen Mothers Sports Centre. Classes will complete their lessons in blocks (6 consecutive lessons over two weeks), instead of one lesson per week (over 6 weeks).

This arrangement ensures pupils have the best chance to consolidate and make the most of their lessons, with the opportunity to build on learning over sequential days, as opposed to having a week between each lesson.

On the weeks that your child’s class is swimming, they will need to wear their bathing costume to school with their PE kit over the top. They also need to bring in a bag; a towel, underwear and goggles, plus a cap (if they choose to use one).

Children will change into their PE kit after each lesson and put their towel and bathing suit in their bag to return to school.

Pupils will swim on Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays of each week. They will walk to and from the pools with their class teacher and a teaching assistant.

If you have any questions or queries about your child’s swimming lesson, please contact the office to arrange a time to meet with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Class Swimming Dates

  • Year 5: Weeks beginning 20th May and 3rd June 
  • Year 4: Weeks beginning 10th and 17th June  
  • Year 3: Weeks beginning 24th and 1st July 
  • Year 6: Weeks beginning 8th and 15th July  (no swimming on Friday 19th becuase of a school trip)

Community Corner

Graham was on a flight to New York this week to visit the church he works with as a link vicar, so Mr Carden stepped into his shoes to lead our church service on Wednesday. It was certainly an exciting service!

Mr Carden talked about what an amazing teacher Jesus was, and that he would teach people from the synagogue or out and about in the area.

To demonstrate the power of God he would sometimes perform miracles, but to teach people about how to live he would tell stories, which are known as parables.

One of these parables is the story of the wise man and the foolish man, who built their houses on rock and sand.

After hearing the reading from Matthew 7:24-29, Mr Carden asked children to come out and be house builders. One group built a house on building blocks, the other group built a house on a tray of sand.

Then the rains came down and flooded the two areas. The house built on sand crumbled very quickly, while the house built on the strong foundation should have stood firm.

Although, as is often the case with experiments, it didn’t quite go to plan!

Despite this, Mr Carden was able to explain that Jesus told this story to teach us that if you live your life making poor choices, such as building your house on fragile ground, things will go wrong.

But if you live sensibly, make good choices and look after others, life will be better.


Almighty God, thank you for your love.
Help me to love others that I meet today in the way I speak and the way I act.

Class Assemblies:

Fridays @ 9am. Please be seated in the First Floor Hall by 9am:

  • 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:

  • If your friends or family had to describe you in three words, which words would they choose?
  • What good things are you known for?


  • Identify a school value or personal value that you put into practice each day this week.

Westminster Family Practitioners Information Events

Do you have concerns about ADHD in your child?

Westminster’s Family Practitioners are hosting two information events for parents, one face-to-face and another held online. These events are FREE but you must book your place by clicking on the links below:

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 9th May @ 09:00 – 10:00 in the Ground Floor Hall.

All are welcome – please come along and join us, your energy & support is very much needed!

Meeting dates:

  • Thursday 9th May
  • Thursday 16th May

Upcoming events:

  • Friday 17th May: International Evening
  • Saturday 6th July: Summer Fair

Upcoming Events


  • Monday 6th May: School Closed (May Bank Holiday)
  • Wednesday 8th May @ 10:00 – 13:30:  Y5 participating in Young City Makers Project at the National Gallery
  • Thursday 9th May:  EYFS Stay and Play session, from drop off 08:45 until 10:00am. All parents/carers are welcome, we look forward to seeing you there.
  • Monday 13th – Thursday 16th May KS2 SATs Week: Wishing all pupils the very best of luck this week 🙂
  • Wednesday 22nd May: Year 4 Trip to the Science Museum.
  • Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May: May Half Term Holiday (School Closed)


  • Monday 3rd June – Friday 14th June: Year 4 Multiplication Test Check Window Good luck to all pupils completing this test 🙂
  • Monday 10th – Friday 14th June: Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Week. Wishing Year 1 lots of luck with this assessment 🙂

June (continued):

  • Thursday 20th June @ 14:00 – 15:00: Reception Open Afternoon for September 2024 Reception Starters
  • Thursday 27th June @ 09:00 – 10:00: EYFS Stay and Play Morning
  • Thursday 27th June @ 15:00 – 18:00: Year 5 at Young City Makers Project at City Hall
  • Friday 28th June: Staff INSET Day School Closed for pupils. 
  • Saturday 29th June: PTA Summer Fair.


  • Friday 12th July @ 14:30 – 15:15: Years 6 Leavers Service in St. Stephens Church
  • Tuesday 16th July: Alms House Founders Day Service at St. Stephens Church.
  • Friday 19th July: Year 6 Trip to Rochester Cathedral
  • Wednesday 24th July @ 13:30: School ends for the Summer 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)

PE Days:

  • Monday: Year 4
  • Tuesday: Year 2
  • Wednesday: Reception & Year 5
  • Thursday: Year 3
  • Friday: Year 6

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 have the following availability for places in our Early Years provision from September 2024:

Reception class:

  • 2 places

Nursery Class (3-year olds):

  • 10 full-time places
  • 3 part-time places (afternoon)

 Preschool (2-year olds)

  • 2 full-time places (from September 2024)
  • 3 part-time afternoon places available NOW

If you are looking for a Preschool, Nursery or Reception place for your child 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 10:30 – 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, Preschool has been soaking up the sunshine and fresh air and enjoying the great outdoors. We have also been expressing ourselves through vibrant watercolour paintings. It has been a lovely week.


Inspired by the story ‘Bee and Me’, Nursery had lots of fun with a creative bee inspired activity and making their own bee art. Painting their hands and using different props, they transformed into busy bees themselves, as they crafted their bees. This engaging activity not only fostered their creativity and fine motor skills but also deepened their connection to the story and its themes of friendship. It was a hive of activity filled with laughter, learning, and lots of sticky fingers in Nursery!


Reception’s mathematicians have been working on problem solving skills this week. They were given various numerical values and when ‘someone added more’, they had to ask, ‘how many more were added’, and find the whole value. This problem solving activity really had them working overtime in remembering the initial number, recognising and considering the new addition, and eventually working on combining the whole amount.

Year 1:

Year 1 have continued to focus on plants this half term for Science. We planted our own plants and have been observing changes over the last week. We have looked at different parts of a plant and what their roles are.

Year 2:

Year 2 have been reading the humorous story of ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake. As writers, they explored the structure of Dahl’s writing by deconstructing one of his chapters and identifying each of its sections, looking at his use of fear and exaggeration to enhance the tricks. They used his style of writing to create their own revenge trick for Mr Twit to play on his wife, Mrs Twit. They brainstormed ideas for tricks they could play on each other, and wrote a narrative describing how Mr Twit sets up and disguises his trick, while also considering how to portray his devious nature to the reader. The children aimed to incorporate what they have been learning throughout the year, including time connectives, subordinating conjunctions, expanded noun phrases, adverbs and inverted commas, to make their writing interesting. Finally, they designed a cover for their chapter and assembled the rest of the chapters into a book they titled ‘Tricks that Go on Forever‘.

Year 3:

This week we have been continuing reading Charlotte’s Web. We are really enjoying this book and learning about rural life in The United States in the fifties. It is very different to now! We have climbed into the shoes of Fern, to write a diary entry about the first chapter and her argument with her dad over Wilbur, the runt. We used first person, past tense and time conjunctions to write about our emotions in our diary. We then proofread, edited and improved our work, until it was finally ready to be published. We were really proud of our work!

Year 4:

Year 4 is continuing to learn about the story of the Iron Man. They have been busy imagining that they are newspaper reporters asking key witnesses about what happened and how they felt about the arrival of the Iron Man. They have also been learning some of the vocabulary from chapter three of the book, by matching the key words to the definitions.

Year 5:

This half term, we’re involved in Young City Makers,  an exciting project delivered by Open City, in conjunction with Westminster and a firm of professional architects. The programme aims to help children create a vision of London’s future, using creative ideas. We have already had one workshop led by the architects, and on Wednesday 8th May we will be visiting The National Portrait Gallery. This will be a unique opportunity to see the adaptations and design changes created by the professional architects and planners accompanying us. A major theme of their vision is sustainability, which links closely to our recent art project and gallery displays. There is another workshop planned at the end of May when children will be creating models from recycled, sustainable materials. These will be judged by the organisers and entered in a competition. What a great opportunity to have a say in London’s future!

Year 6:

This week in Maths, we have been measuring and classifying angles, and applying this knowledge to solve reasoning questions. We had to revisit the different steps that we needed to measure angles accurately. It was important for the point of origin to be on the vertex where the two lines meet, and to ensure that we read the correct scales (inner or outer) thinking about the type of angle that we were measuring. This is something that we found challenging and is an area of learning that we will continue to revisit.