Cooking With Coopers – Christmas

Mr Hooper’s back with another cooking lesson for you. Why not join him to make a delicious Chocolate Log, perfect for Christmas!



4 large free-range eggs

75 g icing sugar , plus extra for dusting

75 g self-raising flour

2 tablespoons quality cocoa powder

2 teaspoons vanilla essence or vanilla bean paste

2 tablespoons sugar


1 pinch of ground cinnamon

200 ml double cream

1 tablespoon runny honey

1 Crunchie bar


150 g quality dark chocolate (70%)

150 g unsalted butter , (at room temperature)

150 g icing sugar

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Christmas Contact Info – COVID

Information for Parents regarding COVID19 Contact Tracing over the Christmas Holiday period

17th December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to tell you what you need to do about reporting cases of COVID-19 and contact tracing over the Christmas holiday period.

As you know schools have played an important role in contact tracing. We have been identifying anyone who has been in close contact at school with someone who has tested positive for COVID19, up to 2 days before that person had symptoms. Those contacts then need to self-isolate for 10 days because they are at risk of having caught COVID-19 and being contagious themselves.

Contact tracing will be slightly different during the Christmas break when schools are closed and there is less chance of being a contact of someone in school.

Please follow the guidance below if your child begins to show symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during the Christmas break.


If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours of their last day in school


  •   Get a test for your child
  •   Everyone in your household must isolate at home until the test result is back.
  •   If the test result is positive for COVID19, you must inform the school -school will identify any other people in the school community who are close contacts.
  •   If the test result is negative, you do not need to take any further action.

If your child has no symptoms of COVID-19 but tests positive within 48 hours of being in school

 Let the school know straight away- school will identify any other people in the school community who are close contacts.

(It is important to follow the guidance around only getting a test if they are showing signs of COVID-19.)

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 more than 48 hours after their last day in school –

(21st December onwards for most children)


  •   Get a test for your child
  •   Everyone in your household must isolate at home until the test result is back.
  •   If the test result is positive for COVID-19, you must contact NHS Test and Trace and follow the advice given by them:
  •   You do not need to tell the school

The quickest way to get a test is to book a test at your local testing centre via Please do not use postal tests unless absolutely necessary as these take longer.

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During the holidays, please contact the school by:

Phone: 07703 609 203 (leave a message)

You must provide the following:

Child’s name
Class/year group
Date last in school
Date symptoms started/ child began to feel unwell Date of test
Date positive result received

If you are contacted by the school because your child is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate for 10 days.

We ask that you stick to all COVID-19 social distancing social mixing guidance until the end of term to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus and keep us all safe and well over the holiday period. It is also important to follow guidance over the holidays.


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It’s a GOLD month!

We are very proud to announce that Coopers Lane School has received two wonderful awards this month (November 2020):

Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award: GOLD

The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond. Gold is the highest level award given to schools by Unicef. You can read the full report from Unicef here:

Artsmark: GOLD

The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. Artsmark support settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education. Here is some of the lovely feedback we received from Artsmark after our assessment for the award:

“Coopers Lane Primary sounds like an amazing place to be for pupils and staff. Your commitment to and the delivery of the Arts in an authentic way is exemplary such as linking the Artsmark with the Rights Respecting Award through specific projects on recycling and Black History Month. The Arts clearly has a high profile and is strategically planned to run through the life of the school calendar, it is completely integrated and most definitely not a “bolt on” … Coopers Lane Primary is clearly a school that does not stand still, constantly striving to improve on its own personal best.”

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Black History Month 2020

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to have our annual Black History Month exhibition in school this year to show off all of the learning that’s been taking place at Coopers Lane. However, we have created a wonderful film instead, so that you can share in our learning. We hope you enjoy it.

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Remembrance 2020

This week, we took time to reflect on what Remembrance means to us. Every child painted a rock and then wrote a word of peace, hope or thanks on it. They then laid down their rock to help make a giant school poppy, while thinking about why we have Remembrance Day. 


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WE Scare Hunger 2020

Wow! We’re blown away by the generosity of our school community, particularly in these challenging times. We collected a mountain of food and healthcare products during the We Scare hunger campaign last week. Thank you to everyone who donated. You have helped to provide much needed support to families in our community. What a fantastic way it was to start the new half term. We loved seeing the children in their costumes, enjoying the day on Monday. The staff really enjoyed themselves too and Mr Hooper wanted to stay as ‘Hooperman’ all week!

Here are just some of the highlights:

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Exciting new fundraising event from the PTA!



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Admission to Reception for 2021

We know how important applying for a place at primary school is and want to help you make an informed decision. Due to the current pandemic we are unable to offer our usual open days in school. However, we would like to invite all prospective parents and carers to join one of our virtual meetings in November, where we will provide you with information about the school, followed by a question & answer session with the leadership team and our Reception Phase leader. In addition to this, we have created a wonderful film that explains how and what the children learn in Reception at Coopers Lane. You can access the film here:

The virtual meetings will be held as follows:

An introduction to Coopers Lane with Q&A Session

Virtual presentation via Zoom

Thursday 5th November @ 9:30am

Tuesday 10th November @ 9:30am

Monday 16th November @ 4:30pm

Thursday 26th November @ 4:30pm

If you would like to book a place at one of the meetings, please contact Kerry in the school office:


phone: 020 8857 7680

We are also planning a limited number of visits to the school, but this will be dependent on the Covid-19 restrictions that are in place at the time. We request that parents who know the school and have visited before do not take up a space and that only one parent from each family books a place. The tour will consist of the outside areas and a walk through the reception classrooms only. We plan to have tours on Friday 6th November between 4:00pm-5:00pm with a maximum of  5 people in each group.

If you would like to book a place for one of the tours please contact Kerry in the school office:


phone: 020 8857 7680

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Year Group Video Presentations

In place of the ‘meet the teacher’ meetings that we would normally hold in school at this time of year, we have made video presentations for you. The teachers from each year group will guide you through the upcoming topics for the autumn term, homework expectations and other bits of important information.  You can access the video using the links below:

Year 1:

Year 2:

Year 3:

Year 4:

Year 5: :

Year 6: :

We will be uploading a presentation for the reception classes next week.

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Highlights of 2019/20

As we embark on a new and exciting year at Coopers Lane, it’s great to look back and remember what amazing times we had last year. We hope you enjoy watching our highlights video for 2019/20:

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Opening To All Pupils In September 2020

We have made some important changes to how we do things at Coopers Lane in order to meet the criteria outlined in the revised government guidance. Many of these changes are already in place as they have been implemented through the summer term.

Unless the current situation changes, the school will open to all pupils in September. Detailed information about the plans we will have in place can be found here – this is a working document and will be updated as needed:

The following is a summary of the changes we will implement in September:

Class Information

  • Children will be in their normal classes (up to 30 children).
  • At times the children will mix with other children outside of the class but where possible only from within their year group bubble.
  • The children will predominantly be taught by their class teacher and teaching assistant. However, classes will have some lessons taught by other adults e.g. PE, French, Art.
  • Each class will have a designated area of the playground for morning break and lunch break.
  • Children in Year 2-6 will sit at desks facing the front of the class.
  • Children in Year 1-6 will each have a pencil case with a personal set of stationary items (pencil, pen, ruler etc).

Social Distancing

  • Movement around the school will be limited.
  • We will endeavour at all times to maintain social distancing guidelines, but there is no doubt this will be almost impossible. This is particularly difficult in our reception and nursery classes.
  • You will be allocated a time for drop off and pick up so that social distancing guidelines can be adhered to. The one-way system of entry and exit used during the summer term will remain in place. We will provide an instructional video for you before the start of the new school year, which will make this very clear.
  • It will be helpful if you continue to model and reinforce social distancing when you are in the school grounds. Do not have social gatherings with other adults outside the school gates.


  • Children will continue to wash their hands frequently at set points throughout the day. All classrooms have hand washing facilities and sanitiser.
  • Children must not bring in personal equipment/toys unless absolutely necessary and only if given permission by the class teacher.
  • Toilets and other shared areas will be cleaned more frequently during the day.
  • Each class will have a set of cleaning materials in the classroom so that surfaces and shared resources can be cleaned.


  • If your child is unwell and shows any symptoms of Covid-19 you must not bring them in to school. You must follow the government guidelines in relation to testing and self-isolation for the whole family.
  • If children display symptoms of Covid-19 during the school day, the school has a designated room where the children will rest in isolation while parents are called. Parents will be asked to follow the government guidelines in relation to testing and self-isolation for the whole family.
  • We will follow government guidelines if any children or staff test positive for Covid19.

Wrap Around Care

  • Breakfast club and after school tea club will now run in year group bubbles.
  • There will be no other after school clubs during the autumn term.

What else do I need to know?

  • Only 1 adult may bring a child to and from school.
  • Year 6 children are only able to walk to school on their own if permission has been requested in writing by parents and this has been agreed by the head teacher.
  • You must arrive at the time allocated for drop off and pick up. If you have more than one child at the school, please arrive at the earliest time allocated. Siblings can then all arrive/leave at the same time.
  • Parents will not be allowed inside the school building – contact must remain via telephone or email.
  • Children will need to bring in a water bottle so that they can use it throughout the day, as water fountains will be out of use.
  • Children will need to bring a clean PE kit in each week.
  • Children need to wear school uniform.
  • In the event of a partial or full lockdown in the future, we will continue to provide home learning resources via Google Classroom. We will provide individual login details for each child in the Autumn term.

The office will be closed to personal callers other than by appointment only. All queries should be directed by email to or by phone – 020 8857 7680. 

The office closes on Friday 17th July and will re-open on Wednesday 2nd September.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your incredible support over the past few months. It has been a challenging time for us all, but I am incredibly proud of everyone in our community for the remarkable resilience and determination shown during this time. We haven’t let Covid-19 get in the way of the Coopers Lane spirit and I have every confidence that this will continue with whatever we face in the future.

I would also like to say a massive thank you to all of the staff at Coopers Lane School for the amazing commitment they have shown to our children and families throughout the pandemic. I am inspired by this remarkable group of people. What a privilege it is to work with such a wonderful team.

Have a lovely summer break and I look forward to seeing you all in September.

Kind regards

Paul Hooper

Head Teacher












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Hello/Goodbye Videos for the Children

The current teachers and teaching assistants have made goodbye videos for each year group and then the new class adults for September 2020 have made a hello video. Watch them here:

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Class Arrangements for September 2020

The class arrangements for September 2020 can be found here:

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Welcome to Reception 2020

I would like to welcome all of our new families to the Coopers Lane School community. 

We are living in strange and challenging times and we know that many of you will be wondering what September will look like for the children starting school. There is still a great deal that is unknown but we expect all children to be in school again by September. At Coopers Lane we are planning for a range of scenarios, which will be adapted as announcements and clarifications come from the Government.

We have had to adjust our transition into school and have planned some remote activities that will help put your child at ease and get them feeling excited for school in the new academic year. At Coopers Lane, we aim to build an excellent relationship between home and school. Whilst this may start off as more of a virtual relationship, this remains a priority for us. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information. Currently, email is the best way to get in touch via and we will respond as soon as we can.

Unfortunately, we are unable to hold our home visits in the usual way, so instead we have planned a Zoom Visit for you with the class teacher. You will receive a letter with all of the dates and times for the meetings shortly. This is an informal 10-minute chat to get to know you and your child. It is also an opportunity for you to meet the Reception team and ask any questions you may have about starting school.

 We have made a welcome film for you which has some information about the school and virtual tours of each classroom with a little welcome from each of the Early Years Team who will be working with your child. We have also made videos of story time with the Class Teachers and Nursery Nurses. 

The BBC have also got a wealth of information about starting school that may be useful in the months leading up to September, which can be found here

 Whilst we cannot be sure exactly what September will look like, we can be sure that your child’s first day at school will be a momentous event in their life. We are excited to welcome our new pupils and cannot wait to see them at Coopers Lane to start their learning journey. Our Early Years Team very much look forward to meeting you and your child for the Zoom meeting.

If you have any questions about starting school or general questions about Coopers Lane School, please let us know by completing this survey:

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RSE Policy and Curriculum

The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE).

These changes will come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements.

This means that we are reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

  • Age
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds
  • Special educational needs and/or disabilities

We are currently asking parents/carers, governors and staff to review the draft policy and curriculum before we implement the changes to the curriculum in September 2020.

Please use the survey monkey link to add your comments:

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Black Lives Matter

As the events of the past week have unfolded in the news, we feel that our motto at Coopers Lane has never been more poignant. We would like to take this opportunity to share our feelings at this pivotal moment in time.

As a Rights Respecting school, we pride ourselves on our commitment to educating our children on their Rights and Responsibilities, and we strive to ensure that we always embody the belief that we are all indeed, “All Different, All Equal, All Smiling.”

In response to the unlawful murder of George Floyd, an innocent black man, in Minneapolis, we stand together in condemnation.

As Lewisham Leaders, we stand united in our commitment to tackle and challenge racism, address inequality and call out discrimination.

Black people are 40 times more likely to be stopped and searched in the UK . Young black people are nine times more likely to be locked up in England and Wales than their white counterparts, while BAME offenders are far more likely than others to be jailed for drug offences.  

As educators of a wonderfully diverse and multi-cultural school population we cannot remain silent.

The murder of George Floyd must prompt careful reflection about racism in Britain today, and the extent to which it shapes our values, politics and economic life.  As a staff, we have already begun the process of reflection and re-education for ourselves to ensure that we are all aware of how deep-rooted and institutionalised racism really is in our society, both in the UK and across the world.

For many of our children, the recent events – from George Floyd’s death to the protests happening on our streets – will bring another layer of anxiety and questions about the world they live in.  We ask that you all take some time to discuss this as families, as we will also be doing so in school; it is essential that we teach and internalise Black Lives Matter.  Here is a link to an extremely useful video that we will be using in school and we would ask you to watch together at home too:

The Mirror Challenge

As part of the above, we will be supporting children in school to build on their self-belief and self-love.  One way in which you can help with this at home would be to help your child complete The Mirror Challengeevery day throughout June.  This is a daily exercise of self-appreciation, which the children should do in front of a mirror or looking at themselves on a screen (smart tablet/phone).

It is essential that they can see their own face as they:

  1. Stand in front of a mirror and say their name: “I am …”
  2. List the things that they love about themselves or are proud of: “I love that I am kind”,

“I love my curly hair”, “I love that I tried to do my writing today even though it was difficult” or “I love that I am a fantastic big brother.”

  1. Finish by saying “I love you!” to yourself.
  2. Take it all in by taking a deep breath, and smile as you breathe out.

We would love you to share your self-love statements via twitter @CoopersLaneSchor email into to see your Mirror Challenge photos and statements in the next newsletter.

And remember, if you are struggling at home, then please seek help at:

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School opening to more pupils

Update 29th June 2020

We have now closed admission to school this term. We currently have children in school from the families of key workers, vulnerable groups, reception, year 1 and year 6. All of the bubbles are now full and we will not be able to have any other children return to school until September. 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the School Office on 020 8857 7680 from 9am- 3pm or via email

Thank you


Returning to School 18th June update

Following the government announcement on Thursday 28th May,  we can now give you further information regarding the opening of school for more pupils in some year groups.

As communicated previously, school will be closed for staff training on Monday 1st June. 

Children can only return to school if you have received a letter informing you of a start date and other details. If you have not received a letter, you must not bring your child to school. Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

Children of Key Workers and Vulnerable Groups

If you have requested a place, you should have already received a letter via email detailing the information that you will need, including start date, drop off/pick up times and the allocated ‘bubble’ for your child. If you have not received a letter it is because we have not received any communication from you, and your child will not be able to return to school at the current time.

If you are a key worker and would now like to request a school place, please complete the following form and return it to We will then contact you. School places can only be allocated if we have space in the relevant bubbles. Please let us know by Monday for a possible start back at school the following Monday – example email us by Monday 22nd June for a start date of Monday 29th June. At this stage we have very limited space available.

Please note – school is Monday-Thursday only,  unless you are a critical worker and have requested a Friday place (see form). We may not be able to offer any further Friday places due to numbers.

Nursery and Reception

At the current time, we are only opening for the children of Key Workers and Vulnerable Groups. See above.

Year 1 and Year 6

If you have requested a place and we have space in the bubbles, you will receive a letter detailing the information that you will need concerning your child’s return to school, including drop off/pick up times and the allocated ‘bubble’ for your child. If you do not receive a letter it is because we have not received any communication from you, and your child will not be able to return to school.

If you have been offered a place for your child to return to school prior to 22nd June but you have not yet brought your child to school, you will need to make a new request for a place. We cannot keep places open indefinitely and we have now filled these places with other children.

The final intake this term will be on Monday 29th June, which will be for the last 3 weeks of the school year. If you would now like your child to return to school, please email the school office to let us know – Please ensure you give the name of your child and confirm that you wish for them to return to school. The final start date will now be Monday 29th June. We are unable to offer a return to school this year after this date.

Please note: due to the government guidance on reduced class sizes, your child will now be in a mixed bubble with children from all 3 classes in the year group, and they will not have their own class teacher.

 School is Monday-Thursday only

Year 2,3,4,5

We are unable to open the school for these year groups at the moment and it is unlikely that this will change for the remainder of the school year. We will continue to provide home learning resources via google classroom for all year groups – see the home learning page of the website.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the School Office on 020 8857 7680 from 9am- 3pm or via email

You can watch a video of the changes we have made in school here:

Parent Information

Government guidance on testing for coronavirus

Anyone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus can now request a test. Tests are for any age, including children under 5 years old.

You can request a test online or by calling 119.

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Cooking with Coopers

Why not try a bit of baking to pass some time at home. Join in the fun with Mr Hooper as he teaches you how to bake.


  • 4 large eggs 
  • castor sugar (same weight as the 4 eggs)
  • butter (same weight as the 4 eggs)
  • self-raising flour (same weight as the 4 eggs)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 level tsp baking powder


  • 145g caster sugar
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 85g melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200 millilitres milk




  • 200 g oats
  • 150 g dates, raisins or other chopped dried fruit
  • 40 g desiccated coconut or seeds e.g. sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 apple grated (peeling is optional)
  • 1 table spoon of honey 
  • 100 g butter (you can also use sunflower oil or coconut oil)



Medium Loaf (double everything for a large loaf)

250g Strong White Bread Flour

20g Butter

6g Dried Yeast

1 tsp Salt

150ml Luke Warm Water

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VE Day 2020


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Contacting the School

Coopers Lane Primary School is situated in Grove Park in the borough of Lewisham. The entrance to the school is in Pragnell Road, SE12 0LF

School Times

School Day
Mon-Thu 8:45am to 3:15pm,
Fri 8:45am-2:15pm
Breakfast Club 7:30am to 8:45am
EYFS/KS1 Lunchtime 12:00pm to 1:00pm
KS2 Lunchtime 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Afterschool clubs 3.30pm to 4.30pm
After school Tea Club 3:15pm to 5:45pm

School Office

Telephone: 0208 857 7680

Office Email


Ayse Mehmet – SBM (School Business Manager)

Rachel McCulloch – Senior Admin Assistant

Karen Hill – Admin Assistant/Attendance Officer

Kerry Michaels – Admin Assistant