School Newsletter : 13 October 2023

| Issue 05 | Autumn 1 | Week 5 |

Parent, Pupil & Teacher Conferences: Wednesday 18th October

The Autumn Term Parent, Pupil and Teacher Conferences will take place for all classes from Reception to Year 6 on Wednesday 18th October from 14:00 -19:00.

Appointment sheets will be available in the school office from Monday 9th October for parents to select an appointment time to meet with their child’s class teacher.

On this occasion we will also be hosting a fundraising tea/coffee and cake sale for MacMillan Cancer Support. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Friends of Burdett-Coutts Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Our Parent Staff Association, Friends of Burdett-Coutts will be having their AGM on Wednesday 1st November, from 09:00 – 10:00am in the Ground Floor Hall.

As a parent, carer or a guardian of a child that attends our school, you are automatically a member of our PSA, so do come along to help fund-raise and support their school-based initiatives.

Even if you only have a small amount of time, you can still benefit from this amazing chance to participate more in school life. Whether you are committee member or a volunteer, you will be making a difference to the school experience for your child and other pupils in the school.

Please register your interest with the school office by Tuesday 31st October, so that we can accurately cater for the event.

If you have any questions or queries, please send them in via email to or speak to Miss Rachida in the Nursery.

Secondary School Applications

A polite reminder that all parents & carers of children currently in Year 6 must complete their secondary school application by 31st October 2023.

To support you in your decision making, most secondary school in all boroughs will be hosting open evening sessions which you are very encouraged to attend.

Please refer to the information leaflet that was sent home with your child last week, and further copies can be found in the school office.

  • If you require any support with the admissions process, please make an appointment with Mrs Deary, who’d be delighted to help.

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
  • Tuesday: Year 5
  • Wednesday: Early Years & Year 3
  • Thursday: Year 6
  • Friday: Year 4 & Year 2
  • Please note change of day for Year 1 & Year 6

Information Coffee Morning

Are you worried about your child’s concentration or focus? Are there concerns about behaviour at home? Do you have a niggle at the back of your mind about ADHD? Does your child forget things or struggle with routines? Do you find it difficult to get your child to bed at night?

Join us on on Wednesday 18th October @ 09:00 to 10:00 where Alexander Haswell, our School Educational Psychologist will be hosting a FREE Coffee Morning to answer any questions and concerns you may have. Open to all parents and carers – everyone is welcome!

For further details, please speak to our school’s SENCO, Ella Camplin to find out more.

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.

Are you getting to school on time?

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


  • Monday 16th: Year 6: Inter-generational Music Project @ Norton House (Visit 4)
  • Wednesday 11th@ 09:30:  Harvest Service @ St. Stephens Church. Parents & carers invited; doors @ 09:15
  • Wednesday 18th: Coffee Morning with Alex Haswell (school educational psychologist)
  • Wednesday 18th: Parent, Pupil &  Teacher Conferences: 14:00 – 19:00, with MacMillan Coffee Afternoon Tea fundraiser event.
  • Monday 23rd – Friday 27th: October Half Term
  • Monday 30th: Year 6: Inter-generational Music Project @ Norton House (Visit 5)


  • Tuesday 31st @ 09:00: Year 6 SATS information meeting (school hall)
  • Wednesday 1st: Year 4: In-school Theatre Workshop (Mayan Civilisation)
  • Thursday 2nd: Year 5: British Museum trip (Tablet Tour of The Greeks)
  • Monday 6th: Year 6: Inter-generational Music Project @ Norton House (Visit 6)
  • Wednesday 8th: Year 3: British Museum trip (Ancient Egypt)

November (continued):

  • Thursday 9th: Year 6: Churchill War Rooms trip
  • Friday 10th: Remembrance Day Service. Parents & carers invited. Details to follow.
  • Monday 13th: Odd Socks Day
  • Friday 17th: Year 2: Tower of London trip
  • Tuesday 21st: Year 1: National Portrait Gallery trip


  • Friday 1st: INSET Day (no school for pupils)
  • Wednesday 6th: 9 Lessons Christmas Service @ St. John Smith Square. Details to follow.
  • Thursday 7th: Christmas Jumper Day
  • Friday 8th @ 14:00: EYFS & KS1 Nativity @ St. Stephens Church. Doors from 13:45
  • Friday 15th: End of Extended School Day Clubs (15:30 – 16:30)
  • Friday 15th @ 14:15: KS2 Nativity @ St. Stephens Church. Doors from 14:00
  • Friday 22nd @ 10:30: Christingle Service @ St.Stephens Church. Parents & carers invited. Details to follow.
  • Friday 22nd December:  School finishes at 13:30 for the Christmas 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

Harvest Festival

A huge thank you our wonderful school community for all the generous donations received for our Harvest Festival Collection. All items were donated to the church as part of our Harvest Service on Wednesday.

Class Assembly Dates:

We’re looking forward to welcoming parents and families to our classes’ sharing assemblies in the Autumn Term. On the day of your child’s assembly, kindly make sure your child arrives at school promptly on that day. If you are attending their class assembly, please be seated in the First Floor Hall by 9:00am.

  • 20th October: Year 3
  • 10th November @ 10:30am: Remembrance Service in school. Parents & carers welcome.
  • 17th November: Year 1
  • 24th November: Year 2
  • 6th December @ 9:30am: 9 Lessons Carol Service @ St John’s Smith Square. Parents & carers welcome.
  • 7th December: Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch Day.
  • 8th December @ 2pm: EYFS & KS1 Nativity @ St Stephen’s Church. Parents & carers welcome.
  • 15th December @ 2.15pm: KS2 Carol Concert @ St Stephen’s Church. Parents & carers welcome.

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.

Last few places for Preschool, Nursery & Reception

We only have a few places remaining in our early years provision for September 2023. Currently we have:

  • 2 full-time Preschool (2-year olds) places
  • 3 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 learning all about colours and textures. We have created beautiful watercolour and autumnal inspired pictures. We had so much fun!


Nursery have transformed into little chefs this week, whipping up scrumptious balanced treats with pancakes, yogurt, bananas, and sprinkles! While they mixed, spread and created, they honed their fine motor skills and discovered the importance of balanced nutrition. This culinary adventure fostered creativity as they designed their pancake masterpieces, encouraging teamwork among friends. Cooking has never been so much fun – it’s a delightful way to learn, grow and make cherished memories.


This week in Maths, Reception have been learning all about patterns. We have learnt that patterns continuously repeat and can be created through actions (stomp, clap, stomp, clap) or with objects and pictures. One of our maths activities was to recreate patterns using Compare Bears.

Year 1:

Our Year 1 Picasso’s have been working hard in Art creating their own self-portraits. We looked at a variety of Picasso’s abstract works of art to inspire our own. We discussed contrasting colours and explored the use of different types of lines.

Year 2:

As writers, Year 2 children have used the story of ‘Traction Man is Here‘ by Mini Grey as a stimulus to develop and explore their writing skills. With an outfit for every occasion, Traction Man patrols the house, saving toys, guarding toasts, searching for lost wrecks, and rescuing damsels in distress. Our hero seems ready for anything… or is he?

Mini Grey ran out of ideas for her last illustration and she needed Year 2 to help her write a new adventure for Traction Man. Working in teams, the children first examined the structure of each of the mini adventures, discussed the different scenarios and analysed the story’s elements. Next, the children read the last page of the book, where the Scissor Shark ominously swam towards the hapless Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush. As a group, they shared their predictions and ideas about what would happen next. Children had then their own opportunity to conclude the story of Traction Man exactly as they wished and shared them with the rest of the class.

Year 3:

In Mathematics we have been looking at our basic facts to 10 and learning that if you know 4 + 2 = 6 then you know 40 + 20 = 60 and 400 + 200 = 600 and using this knowledge to add and subtract ones, tens and hundreds. We have been using place value grids to help us understand this knowledge and focusing on checking which digit will change when adding these numbers.

Year 4:

Al- Khalili Class made the most of the sunny weather to visit the statue of Boudicca by Westminster Bridge. Mr Bloom came with us and we walked past Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, the Houses of Parliament and finally came to Boudicca. Boudicca was the Queen of the Iceni tribe who led a revolt against the Romans in Britain. The Iceni, along with the other tribes, weren’t happy with the Romans but Boudicca was the only one brave enough to stand up for everyone. She destroyed the oldest recorded town, Colchester, then made her way to Londinium and St. Albans. Although she was defeated in the battle of Watling Street, this marked the beginning of the end of the Roman Empire.

Year 5:

During our English lessons this term, we have been reading Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo. This truly excellent author has inspired the children to write some expressive and engaging work. We have written formal invitations to an Anglo-Saxon banquet and informal letters as Scandinavian warriors. We are currently working on our own additional chapter to the book and are trying to write in the style of Mr Morpurgo – which is no easy task! Parents & carers, to aid your child with this and other writing assignments, please ensure that they are regularly reading each day.

Year 6:

This week as historians, Year 6 have been exploring the advancements of technologies during WW1. We carried out our own research to learn about the positives and draw backs of machine guns, aeroplanes, tanks, U-boats and zeppelins. We had some interesting discussions about how aeroplanes were used for commercial uses after the war, e.g. for postage and moving goods. Next week, we are going to be exploring the role of animals during the war, and in particular horses.