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Weekly Bulletin: 22nd November 2019

Headteacher’s Message

 Dear Parents/Carers,

This week we have been thinking about teamwork, in particular how together everyone achieves more.

One recent example of this is how the Tunbury team joined together last week for Children in Need. As a school, we raised a magnificent £720.66, contributing to the national total of £47,900,000 – well done everyone!

Also this week, Mrs Smith and I completed our current round of lesson visits, sampling learning in every class. We found that our Tunbury learners are full of enthusiasm and focus, with lots of evidence of good collaboration skills. For example, Reception children could vote with their feet to show whether or not they liked the soup they tasted, Year 3 children loved reading their whole-class text The Great Chocoplot and Year 6 were able to make skilful use of inference skills in both reading and writing. We’re only part of the way through this year, but it’s great to see an acceleration in children’s learning throughout the school. While we often think about the ‘special occasions’ or ‘extras’ in children’s time at school, it’s the quality of their daily experiences in class that determine our overall success.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our learning - Year 4

This term we have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. We began our learning by discussing and sorting a variety of materials into their correct category. We then described each matter considering how they move and feel. In addition to this, we investigated whether gas has a weight; we created and conducted an experiment measuring the weight of two balloons; one with air and one without air. The children concluded that gas does have a weight because the balloon with air weighed an additional 4 grams. Our most recent experiment investigated whether all liquids freeze, we placed five liquids in the freezer and then compared their state before and after. We concluded that not all liquids freeze, as the bag full of hand lotion was foamy.

We have also started looking at extreme earth, focusing on the wild weather that the earth can create. We have written diary entries from the point of view of someone who has escaped a flood, following this we have started measuring the amount of rainfall England receives every day. Finally, we created poems based on thunderstorms see some examples below:



  • Thank you to parents who have completed and returned the data checking sheets given out at Parents’ evenings. If you have not received your data checking sheet yet please collect it from the school office. It is most important that emergency contact details and email addresses held are accurate and up to date. 
  • Parent Forum meeting, Monday 2nd December at 9 am in the school hall.  The theme for this meeting is how the school provides parents with information about children's progress.  Please let us know via email to office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk if you would like to attend the meeting, or have any comments or agenda items in advance.  Thank you.
  • Free School Meals and Pupil Premium Thank you to parents that have applied for Free School Meals. We have received a number of new applications. Please still apply if you think you may be eligible. Further information about the pupil premium is available on our school website. To register for Free School Meals, please apply via the KCC website at: www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent
  • Orange class assembly on Friday 29th November will go ahead as planned on this date. In Mrs Poxon's absence, Miss Costen will work with the class in preparing for this class assembly. We look forward to seeing you there.
  • The SEN team are in need of Lego and Duplo to run Lego and Duplo therapy sessions.  If you have any you do not want please bring it into the school office.
  • SEN parent meetings SEN parent meetings with our SENCo, Miss Byrne, are available every week (except for one week this term) and at all whole school parents’ evenings. Meetings can be booked via the school office.  The dates and times for the rest of this term are as follows: Monday 2nd December 2019: 2 - 4pm Wednesday 11th December: 2 - 4pm
  • Year 1 (Red, Blue, Yellow classes) - For our current topic; Traditional tales, the children are invited to be our guests at the Tunbury Fairy-tale Ball on Thursday 28th November 2019. During our grand ball we will have a banquet where children are asked to bring a small snack for them to dine on and part take in games and dances. Children are encouraged to dress in fairy tale / party wear for the day. This will support our English learning in class, with us making ball invites, decorations and we will write about our experiences after our grand event. Mrs Fitzgerald, Miss O’Brien and Mrs Bourner.
  • Starting at Primary School

Do you have a child born between 1st September 2015—31st August 2016? If your child will be 4 years old by 31st August 2020, the time to apply for a primary school is NOW.  For parents who live in the Kent local authority parents can apply online at www.kent.gov.uk/primaryadmissions

For parents who live in the Medway local authority parents can apply online at http://new.medway.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/starting-primary-school/apply-for-a-place

Applications must be submitted before 15th January 2020.

 Dates for your Diary

Thursday 28th November – Year 1 Fairy-tale Ball day

Thursday 28th November – Forest Schools Year R

Saturday 30th November TSA Christmas Fair 1 pm – 4 pm

Monday 2nd December – Parents Forum, Main School Hall – 9 am

Monday 2nd December - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 2 pm

Wednesday 4th December – Year R visit to Woodlands Court – 9.15 am NEW

Friday 6th December – Parents Information meeting Year 5 – Marchants Hill, PGL 3.30 pm NEW

Monday 9th December – Reception classes Christmas performance – 2.30 pm

Tuesday 10th December – Y1 Christmas performance – 2.30 pm

Wednesday 11th December – Y2 Christmas performance – 2 pm

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 13th December – Carols on the playground – 3 pm

Monday 16th December – Home Front Bus visit – Year 6

Wednesday 18th December – last day of Term 2

Thursday 19th December to Friday 3rd January - Christmas Break

Monday 6th January 2020 - INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 7th January – Start of Term 3 for pupils

Friday 14th February – Last day of Term 3

Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February – February Break

Monday 24th February – INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 25th February – Start of Term 4 for pupils


Class Assemblies

Class assemblies take place on a Friday at the end of the school day. Please wait outside the hall entrance doors.  You will be invited in at approximately 2.50 pm, once the children are seated, and the assembly will begin at 2.55 pm.  It will last about 10 minutes.

 Friday 22nd November – Sapphire

Friday 29th November – Orange

Friday 17th January – Violet

Friday 24th January – Turquoise

Friday 31st January – Lilac

Friday 7th February – Amber

Friday 14th February – Lavender

Friday 6th March – Emerald

Friday 13th March – Magenta

Friday 20th March – Ruby

Friday 27th March – Azure

Friday 15th May – Blue

Friday 22nd May – Red

Friday 12th June – Pink

Friday 19th June – Yellow

Friday 26th June – Bears

Friday 3rd July - Owls

Friday 10th July – Hedgehogs


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