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  • Nursery Places Available from September 2021

    date posted: 24/01/21

    Nursery places available at Burlington Infant & Nursery School to start in September 2021. Application deadline = 5 March 2021.

    For more information, please visit our Admission web page:

    Admissions web page

  • Family Chatterbooks for Early Readers

    date posted: 24/01/21

    Kingston Libraries has launched a new monthly Chatterbooks Reading Club for children aged 6-8, on Wednesdays at 4pm via Zoom.

    Find new recommended reads, chat about books, take quizzes and try your hand at creative writing and illustrating. This is a free club but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite - click here

  • Parenting Surgery

    date posted: 24/01/21

    Advice on bedwetting, sleep, eating problems, sibling rivalry, stress, anxiety, challenging behaviour, setting boundaries, rewards and penalties, family rules and so much more.

    If you need help with any of the above - we can help! 

    Mrs Docwra and Mrs Easty will be running parenting sessions for families via Zoom. To book an appointment, please email the school office with your name and contact telephone number and a brief description of the topics you would like to discuss. 

  • The Daily Mile

    date posted: 24/01/21

    Keep children fit and active by joining in with the Daily Mile Bingo challenge! Click below to download the bingo challenge card.

    Daily Mile Bingo Challenge Card

    See how many of the challenges they can complete before the half term! Once your child has completed all the challenges, print and complete a certificate to say well done! Click below to download the certificate.

    Daily Mile Bingo Certificate

  • Printed work packs

    date posted: 24/01/21

    If you need printed work packs for your child, please email the school office to request one. 
    admin@burlingtoni.org.uk

  • Learning Assembly

    date posted: 24/01/21

    This week for our learning assembly we are looking for Gerald Giraffe who gives things a go even when they are tricky. If you would like your child to feature in the Gerald Giraffe assembly please could you email a comment to the school office by Monday 25th January. The assembly will be available on Thursday 28th January.

    The learning assembly on Thursday 4th February will be on Polly Parrot who perseveres.  If you would like your child to feature in the Polly Parrot assembly please could you email a comment to the office by Friday 29th January.

  • Science Selfie Challenge

    date posted: 22/01/21

    Please continue to send in your Science Selfies! If you are taking part in science learning at home, please take a photo and email it to the school. It could be a photo of you trying out an experiment, sharing something that you have created or an interesting find. You could be with an animal, reading a book, feeding the birds, at your allotment or visiting a science museum. Please add comments and quotes from your child explaining what your science selfie is about and what you were learning.

    Please email your science selfie to admin@burlingtoni.org.uk.We look forward to seeing your Science Selfies!

    Here are some of the Science Selfies we've received!

    Science Selfie Challenge Photos

  • Live Sessions for Home Learning - Years 1 and 2

    date posted: 22/01/21

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Please read the attached letter regarding the live sessions we have planned for Year 1 & Year 2 children. 

    Live Sessions Letter to Parents

    Also attached is the protocol for the live sessions and a step by step guide to accessing them via Google Classroom. Please read these carefully. 

    BIS Protocol for Live Sessions

    How to Use Google Meet for Live Sessions - guidance for pupils and parents

    Thank you and best wishes, 

    Burlington Infant & Nursery School

  • Kingston Children's Centres - Spring 2021 programme

    date posted: 22/01/21

    Kingston Children's Centre Services are offering lots of virtual sessions for the under 5's.  Please see below for the Spring term 2021 programme for the children's centres in Kingston.

    Kingston Children's Centres Spring 2021 programme

     
  • Tech Time Spring term 2021

    date posted: 22/01/21

    The teachers are really enjoying teaching Computing at school and we have seen some of the most incredible work being taught at home too!  Some classes are learning about online safety and some classes are learning about computer art.  If you are taking part in Computing at home, please submit an observation on Tapestry titled “Computing Home Learning”.  

    This half term’s optional challenges are:

    Nursery:  Go for a walk with your grown-up and use a camera or phone to take some photographs.  When you get home, you could look back at the different pictures that you have taken.

    Reception:  Use some junk-modelling materials to create your own robot.  Add buttons and think of some fun things that your robot might do when you push the buttons.  It might dance, jump or stand on its head!

    Year 1:  Write a fact file about Toys or a topic of your own choice using 2 hands to type.  You could edit it using the backspace and delete keys.

    Year 2: You could record your online activities, or digital footprint, at home over the course of a week or imagine that you are a website designer and you have been asked to create a homepage.

    Here are a selection of submissions from across the school to share with you this week:

    Tech Time submissions 

    Enjoy!  Miss Holmes

  • FAQs from Home Learning Survey

    date posted: 15/01/21

    A big thank you to everyone who completed the recent survey on home learning. We really appreciate your feedback and have taken all the comments on board so that we can evaluate and improve the home learning provision. We have put together some FAQs based on the comments and questions we received from parents which we hope will answer any queries you may still have. Please click below to view them. 

    FAQs from Home Learning Survey - Jan 2021

    We must say a huge thank you to everybody who left such kind and encouraging comments. We really appreciate your support and patience during these tricky times. Here are a few of the lovely comments we received. Thank you again. 

    I’m really impressed with the teachers and all they’re doing. Thank you to everyone at the school. You are all really appreciated.

    Teachers have been so fantastic at responding to queries and being so helpful.

    I think the learning offer this week has been excellent, and we are making it work flexibly around our work. The videos produced by the teachers are great!

    I think the school's been very compassionate towards working parents. Thanks for all you're doing.

    We are very pleased with the home learning provision and the communication has been fantastic. We loved seeing all the teachers getting involved and staying positive and smiling despite all the challenges that come their way.

  • Book Trust HomeTime

    date posted: 15/01/21

    The Booktrust have created a new hub called 'Book Trust Hometime'. It has daily updates with stories read by authors, videos, activities and drawalongs with illustrators. For more information please click below:

    Book Trust HomeTime

  • How to use Tapestry / Google Classroom for Home Learning

    date posted: 12/01/21

    To help you with the home learning, we have created a short video to show you how to use Tapestry (if your child is in Nursery or Reception) or Google Classroom (if you child is in Year 1 or Year 2).  The video covers how to see what home learning has been set by your teachers, how to upload your child's completed work and also how to write / reply to comments from your teacher.

    How to use Tapestry for Home Learning

    How to use Google Classroom for Home Learning

    Here are a few important reminders:

    > If you have any problems logging on to either Tapestry or Google Classroom, please email the school office at admin@burlingtoni.org.uk
    > The school is asking you to please upload any work on the day it is completed - there is no need to wait till the end of the week before uploading.  The video shows you how to resubmit additional work for the following day. 
    > If your child is in Year 1 or Year 2, and you are using Google Classroom for your home learning, please ensure you upload your work to the 'week overview' folder / assignment.
  • Key Worker Spaces AND Home Learning Survey - PLEASE READ

    date posted: 11/01/21

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    Thank you so much for your patience and for bearing with us through all the changes. 

    Following the latest announcements and clarification around the government guidance with regard to keyworker provisions, I would like to take this opportunity to explain the difficulties we are facing with the current allocation of places and the actions we are now planning to take.   

    The rate of transmission across Kingston and surrounding boroughs remains high, and coupled with the concerns around the increased rate of transmission of the new strain, this results in an increased risk for all children and staff on site. Sadly, as a school community, we were forced to close 5 class bubbles last term, including the whole of nursery (128 children), as well as having had members of staff who have become extremely ill and experience the loss of a family member from COVID. To put this further into context, we had 13 children in school in March 2020 (first lockdown), compared to our current provision which now has 66 children. This is an increase of 407% although the rate of infection is higher now than in March.

    The keyworker provision is an essential service and should only be accessed by children of front line critical workers whose work is critical to the COVID response, who are not able to work from home, and where there is no one at home to safely care for them. The places offered for vulnerable children will not be affected as we have personally identified that these children will need support in school. If you have any questions around whether your child has been offered a place under this criteria, please contact the school office.

    We will therefore be reviewing the status of all children currently accessing the keyworker provision this week, and making the difficult decision to revoke some of our previous offers to any families with ‘1 keyworker parent’ status where there is an adult working from home who can safely care for their children at home. This is not something that we take lightly and we understand the frustration this brings about, but we ask that you bear with us and support our efforts to work in line with the government’s aim of reducing the rate of infection, and to keep our essential keyworker ‘bubbles’ open for as long as possible. 

    We appreciate that you may prefer to have your child in school. This would also be our preference. However, we are asking that you support us in keeping the group sizes as small as possible. This is proving difficult in Years 1 and 2 in particular where the group size has become large. We are therefore asking parents to seriously consider whether they need to access the place, and we will be contacting families with one parent/adult at home to review their offer this week. If we have not contacted you and you feel that although you are a keyworker, you would be able to care for your child safely at home, please do contact us and let us know. 

    Our priority is that the quality of the home learning offer remains high for all children. Please click here to share your views on the home learning provision so far. Although the school-based provision offers direct teaching, this will be a very different setting to what your child is used to, as this is covered by different teaching staff each day. This is to allow teachers enough time to support those at home as much as possible. Please speak to us if you need any support accessing the home learning. 

    The decision to go into National lockdown has been thrust upon us all, and we will endeavour to make the best of the situation for all our children, whilst keeping the children and staff in school as safe as possible. 

    As always, we thank you for your community spirit and support of the school, especially at this very difficult time.

    Best wishes,

    Mrs S Yay-Walker, Headteacher

  • An update from Mrs Yay Walker

    date posted: 10/01/21

    Happy New Year Burlington families!
     
    What a start to the new year!! I hope you have all had a peaceful break. Thank you to all the parents who have kindly emailed in to wish us well and offer their full support. Your words were so encouraging!

    This is not the start that any of us had hoped for, but we are very grateful for your support and understanding at such a difficult time. For those of you whose children are at home, thank you for engaging with home learning. We appreciate that it is a real challenge for many who are working from home and juggling their time supporting children with school work. Please do not feel that you have to complete everything each day if you are struggling – try to do what you can. The yellow highlighted activities on the suggested timetables from next week are the ones that we would like you to submit work for. Please submit the work as soon as you have completed it, so that teachers can respond over the week. We have had some lovely pieces of work, and would encourage anyone who has not yet started to please make a big effort to do so, and get started with the home learning. With so much uncertainty around school closures, it is important that we do everything we can to keep the learning going. We will be sending out a survey to see how you are finding the home learning early next week. Please do share your views, we are always keen to improve. If you have any personal comments, concerns or need help in any way, please do email the school office on: admin@burlingtoni.org.uk.

    To all our critical workers, thank you! We are so very grateful for the role that you are playing in the COVID response. The children in our keyworker provision have settled well into their new ‘bubbles’ and we are doing our best to make the environment as ‘normal’ as we can for them. Please do complete the survey as well, we would like to know how you are finding the provision and learning.
     
    Thank you all and warmest wishes,
    Mrs Yay-Walker

  • Nursery place available

    date posted: 09/01/21

    We have 1 space available in our afternoon nursery. If you are looking or know somebody who is looking for a nursery place for their child, please contact the school office as soon as possible. This will be to start after lockdown when schools are open to all children again. 

  • Struggling to access Tapestry and Google Classroom?

    date posted: 09/01/21

    If you are finding it tricky to access Tapestry or Google Classroom, please contact the school office - admin@burlingtoni.org.uk

    There is a video and presentation on how to get started with Tapestry on our Useful Information page:

    Useful Information web page

    If you need printed packs of the home learning, please contact the school office and arrange a time to collect. Please also let us know if you need any resources such as writing pencils or colouring pencils.

    Year 1 & 2 - if you require a workbook with lined paper for children to complete their work in, please contact the school office. 

  • Pupil Voice from Autumn 2020

    date posted: 06/01/21

    The Pupil Voice questionnaire is carried out every term and is intended as a simple method of collecting the views of our children throughout the school: how they feel about school and the different parts of their school day.

    We've just published the results and outcomes from the latest survey carried out in Autumn 2020.  Click on to our Wellbeing web page to see the results:

    Wellbeing web page

  • School Lunch Menu for Key Worker Provision

    date posted: 04/01/21

    Please find attached the school lunch menu being offered to those children attending the Key Worker school provision as of Tuesday 5 January:

    Infants Key Worker Provision Spring 2021 Lunch Menu

    Please note, for this week only, on Wednesday 6 January the option 2 will be a pasta bake.

    For more information on school lunches, including the accompanying allergy matrix, please visit our School Lunches web page: 

    School Lunches web page

  • Delayed Reopening of School - January 2021

    date posted: 02/01/21

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Please read the attached letter carefully.

    Delayed Reopening of School Jan 2021

    It contains important information about the now delayed reopening of school. Please ignore the communications we sent yesterday which was sent before the latest government updates. 

    Thank you and best wishes, 

    Burlington Infant & Nursery School

  • Wishing everyone a good break!

    date posted: 19/12/20

    Wishing all our families a wonderful and safe festive break. We hope the children have a good rest and lots of fun. We look forward to welcoming them back in school on Tuesday 5th January. 

  • Tech Time

    date posted: 17/12/20

    The teachers are really enjoying teaching Computing around the school.  Some classes are learning to type using two hands on the keyboard and some classes are learning about online safety.  If you are taking part in Computing at home, please submit an observation on Tapestry titled “Computing Home Leaning”.  This half term’s challenges are:

    Nursery & Reception:  Do any of your toys make a sound or move when you push a button?  Are any of them remote-controlled? 

    Year 1:  Paint a picture of your favourite animal using different colours and brushes.  You could use shape and fill and undo if you make a mistake.

    Year 2: Create a presentation about The Great Fire of London or a topic of your own choice. Use images and text, which could be found online, and then present it.

     

    Here are a selection of submissions from across the school to share with you this week. Enjoy!

    Click below to see some lovely submissions we've already received:

    TechTime Submissions in Autumn 2 term

    Enjoy!  Miss Holmes

  • Kingston and Richmond Children's Book Awards

    date posted: 13/12/20

    We are proud to announce that our school will be part of the judging team for the Kingston and Richmond Spark! Awards 4-7 year old category. 78 schools are involved and our pupils will be invited to read four shortlisted books and vote on their favourites. The top 12 are being revealed day by day from the 7th to 18th December.

    For more information please go to the websi:

    Spark Book Awards

    The first five books released so far are....

    Bloom by Anne Booth & Robyn Owen-Wilson

    The Last Tree by Emily Haworth-Booth

    Avocado Asks by Momoko Abe

    I'm Not a Mouse! by Evgenia Golubeva

    Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls & David Litchfield

  • COVID Update 12 Dec - PLEASE READ

    date posted: 12/12/20

    Dear Parents / Carers, 

    Please read the attached letter with important updates surrounding Covid-19 in our school community.

    Covid Cases - Letter to Whole School 12 Dec

    Best wishes, Burlington Infant & Nursery School

  • Keeping your Child Safe Online

    date posted: 12/12/20

    With Christmas getting closer and potential new devices being given as gifts, can we take this opportunity to remind you about e-safety. Here are some top tips for keeping your child safe online:

    5 Top Tips to Keep Your Child Safe Online

    There is also lots of good information and practical advice on our website:

    Keeping your Child Safe webpage

  • Changes to the last day of term - PLEASE READ

    date posted: 11/12/20

    Dear Parents/Carers

    The last day of school will now be Thursday 17th December

    Following the DfE’s announcement and in line with many other local schools, we have taken the decision that the school will be closed to children on Friday 18th December. The last day in school for this term will be Thursday 17th December, on this day we will close at the normal pick-up times with Acorns running as usual.

    Teachers will upload home learning activities for Friday 18th December. Paper packs will also be available on request, if you do not have access to a device. These will be activities that children can do independently and will be typical of the fun activities they would usually do in class at this time of year. 

    Staff teams will use Friday 18th December for professional development, planning and preparation for upcoming changes in January. This is in response to our review of the term, how children are learning and the quality of the provision in the autumn term after lockdown. The changes will affect all classes in Year 1 and 2 in particular and I would ask that you please read through the attached update carefully and speak to your child’s class teacher or call the office if you have any queries. I am also available every day at the gate at drop off and pick up times and am happy to talk through any questions you may have. 

    January Updates Letter

    In addition to the changes being introduced in January, we have had to take this decision due to the high numbers of Covid-related absences and closures of classes and bubbles across the infant school in recent weeks. We have had many staff having to self-isolate and as a result the remaining staff have been under incredible pressure in terms of workload. Closing the school one day early will provide them with the much needed breathing space to plan and prepare for next term. We realise this is short notice and we apologise for any inconvenience this early closure may cause.

    How you can help Burlington Infants stay open

    Wishing all our families a happy and safe Christmas break.

    Mrs S Yay-Walker, Headteacher

  • COVID-19: Important Actions PLEASE READ

    date posted: 08/12/20

  • Christmas Lunch and Party Days

    date posted: 07/12/20

    On Wednesday 16 December the children will have their class Christmas parties. They will be given party food for lunch and will have  games and music in the afternoon. On this day, children can wear their party clothes to school. Children may also bring in a small treat to have in class in the afternoon, they will not be sharing food this year so just an individual serving such as a small packet of biscuits or popcorn or a treat size chocolate etc will be sufficient. Please make sure it is in a named container or the packet has a sticker with your child’s name on. Please can we remind you that we are a nut free school so strictly no nuts to be brought in or food containing nuts. 

    On Thursday 17 December the children will enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch. On this day children can wear a Christmas jumper with their normal school uniform. 

  • Monthly Maths Challenge

    date posted: 05/12/20

    We are reintroducing our Maths Monthly Challenge. Every month the children will take home a maths activity that is linked to the learning they do in their year group. Sometimes it will focus on developing their fluency or developing their problem solving skills. The children will need to bring in their completed work which will be placed in a special box.  At the end of the month all sheets will be collected in and three lucky children will be randomly picked as our winners.   Each child will receive a small prize.  Good luck! 

  • COVID Update 4 Dec - PLEASE READ

    date posted: 04/12/20

    Dear Parents / Carers, 

    Please read the attached letter with important updates surrounding Covid-19 in our school community.

    Covid Cases - Letter to Whole School 4 Dec

    Best wishes, Burlington Infant & Nursery School

  • Birthdays!

    date posted: 30/11/20

    Due to lockdown and other local restrictions, we know that it has been tricky for children to celebrate their birthdays with all of their friends and to have big parties.
     
    We would like to bring a little birthday joy to all our children by having a monthly party in class to celebrate all the children’s birthdays that fall within that month. On the last Friday of every month we will host a few fun party games plus music during golden time in the afternoon. All children in the class will also get a slice of shop-bought, nut free cake as a treat. If you do not want your child to have cake please email the school office (admin@burlingtoni.org.uk) to let us know. If your child has any allergies please also let us know and you can arrange to send in an alternative treat.

  • COVID-Related Absences and Testing - Update

    date posted: 27/11/20

    Dear Parents / Carers, 

    Please find attached a letter regarding important updates on Covid-related absences and testing.

    Covid-related absence and testing update

    Best wishes, Burlington Infant & Nursery School

  • COVID Update 27 Nov - PLEASE READ

    date posted: 27/11/20

    Dear Parents / Carers, 

    Please read the attached letter with important updates surrounding Covid-19 in our school community.

    Covid Cases - Letter to Whole School 27 Nov

    Best wishes, Burlington Infant & Nursery School

  • Kingston Adult Education Newsletter

    date posted: 26/11/20

    Below is the Spring term Community Learning Newsletter from Kingston Adult Education who run lots of courses based around health, fitness and mental wellbeing. 

    Community Learning Newsletter Spring 2021

  • Donate your old Laptop

    date posted: 20/11/20

    Keepkidsconnected transform privately-donated laptops to work like Chromebooks, providing them free to Kingston schools to distribute to their pupils. Keepkidsconnected has provided over 350 devices to Kingston schools and other local education organisations, making a real difference to needy children. But as we know, there is still a significant laptop deficit and Keepkidsconnected needs your support to maintain the supply of laptops.

    If you have an old laptop that you would like to donate please contact Keepkidsconnected via this link https://donslocalaction.org/location/

  • Money Raised for Charity

    date posted: 20/11/20

    A big thank you to everyone who donated to Children in Need. We raised a whopping £569.44!

    A big thank you to everyone who donated to Wear it Pink. We raised a total of £437.90!

  • Spaces in Year 2

    date posted: 20/11/20

    Following a number of families relocating in recent months, we now have spaces for current Year 2 children to join our school.  If you know of anyone that is looking for a year 2 school place, please ask them to contact the school office as soon as possible. 

  • The GOOD FOOD CO-OP: Kingston's Fruit & Veg Boxes

    date posted: 14/11/20

  • COVID Update 12 Nov - PLEASE READ

    date posted: 12/11/20

    Dear Parents / Carers, 

    Please read the attached letter with important updates surrounding Covid-19 in our school community.

    Covid Cases - Letter to Whole School 12 Nov

    Best wishes, Burlington Infant & Nursery School

  • Second hand school uniform sale

    date posted: 03/11/20

    Dear Parents /  Carers,

    Please see below a list of second hand uniform available in various sizes. Each item costs £2.00 which is payable via School Gateway (no cash accepted) and will go towards school funds.

    Burlington sweatshirts & cardigans - Sizes: 3-4 yrs, 5-6 yrs, 7-8 yrs 
    Boys grey trousers
    Boys grey shorts
    Girls grey pinafore dresses
    Girls blue & white checked summer dresses

    We also have new Burlington school woollen hats and summer caps also priced at only £2.00.

    If you wish to order any of the items, please email the school office with the following information:

    Child's name
    Child's class
    Items wanted
    Sizes 
    Quantity 

    If we are able to fulfill your order we will email you back with the amount owed and add this to your School Gateway account.  Once the monies have been received by us we will give your order to your child to bring home.

    If you have any queries, please contact myself in the school office by phone or email.

    Kind regards,

    Elaine Walker, School Office Admin

  • Reminder to wear warm layers please

    date posted: 03/11/20

    Dear Parents/Carers, 

    Just a quick reminder that despite the colder weather setting in, we will still need to keep the classroom windows and doors propped open enough to maintain good ventilation. Please can we ask that children wear warm layers, eg vests, long sleeved tops etc underneath their school uniform and PE kit. 

    Thank you and best wishes, 

    Burlington Infant & Nursery School