Weekly Bulletin: Friday 11th February 2022
Headteacher’s message to parents/carers
At February half-term, we are half way through the academic year – how time flies! This is a good time to look back on how far we have come this year, and I’m pleased to report that right across the school, we see children making excellent progress in their learning. One of my favourite things is the “September to now” check, ie flicking from the first page of a child’s book from September and then comparing this to today’s work. It’s amazing what our children can do with determination and encouragement! We are very proud of all of our children’s achievements.
In order to celebrate your child’s learning progress, please make an appointment for one of our two parent consultation evenings after half term. Appointments on Thursday 24th February are in-person, in school only. Appointments on Tuesday 1st March are online via Teams only. Bookings are open now (see notices section for details). For both types of appointment, you will be able to see your child’s books, so please try the “September to now” check yourself when you see their books!
We hope that all of our families enjoy a lovely half term break. Please remember that Monday 21st February is an INSET day, so we look forward to welcoming Team Tunbury back to school on Tuesday 22nd February. Enjoy your week!
Our Learning: Year 5
Our topic this term is ‘Out of this World’
We have looked at the History of the Space Race and linked it to our Design Technology work. In groups, we investigated the features of the original lunar buggies and created prototypes, which we tested over a bumpy surface. We looked at different ways to build our own versions, which informed our initial plans and we are looking forward to creating them on our D.T. day at the end of this week.
In Music, we have appraised different pieces of music connected with Space such as the theme tune from Star Wars and different planets from ‘The Planet Suite’ by Gustav Holst. We were also inspired by ‘Jupiter’, to create a piece of artwork in the style of Kandinsky. This week, we are looking forward to composing and performing our own accompaniments to an extract of the theme tune to ‘Back to the Future.
To fit our ‘Out of this World’ topic we have been exploring the history of the space race. We have created timelines detailing the key events that led to the US landing the first man on the moon, and we were able to link the US’ space victory to the work of Katherine Johnson (whom we researched for black history month). We will be putting our knowledge into action this week, by designing our own planets that could sustain life.
NSPCC Number Day
At Tunbury, we participated in NSPCC’s Number Day to raise awareness for this important charity as well as enhance the love of maths across the whole school. Children took part in a variety of maths activities throughout the day, such as ‘Who Wants to be a Mathionnaire?’, treasure hunt themed quizzes, Matholopy and more.
The feedback from this day was extremely positive from both adults and children. We had some creative mathematical outfits including dice, Number Blocks and a special mention to Miss Walker who definitely was the best dressed teacher! Thank you for your support with making this day so successful and donating to a good cause.
Here are some pictures of what we got up to!
Team Points: At the end of Term 3 and following the award of our Golden Team points, our final totals are as follows. Holmes team are having their reward of additional breaktime this afternoon – congratulations!
Parent Consultation Evenings: Please read the email that came home on Wednesday about our parents’ evenings after half term. Bookings opened at 5pm on Thursday (yesterday).
TCS: The Spring Summer menu to start after the half term break has been published on our website. www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/menus/TCS_Spring_Summer_Menu_2022.pdf
Year 1 Animal Experience: This week Year 1 children had an amazing visit from ‘Our amazing animal world’. As you can see from the photos published on our website, they thoroughly enjoyed it! Please take a look at www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/News/Galleries/
Staffing news: We have a change of teacher in Emerald class after half term, with Miss Gordon replacing Mr Garner as the part-time teacher working alongside Mrs Stallard. We would like to thank Mr Garner for all of his hard work and wish him all the best for the future, as he moves into a new role in adult education.
TSA Water Bottle Challenge: Thank you everyone for taking part in the water bottle challenge. We raised approximately £1450 which I'm sure you'll all agree is amazing! We’d like to send a big thanks to Jack Bailey and family for counting the many many coins for us. Jack is volunteering for the TSA as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award.
The winning classes are: Bears Class, Blue Class, Pink Class, Sapphire Class, Ruby Class, Turquoise Class and Violet Class. Congratulations to these classes who will each receive £50 to spend.
Thank you to all who took part, whether it was 1p or more it all added up to an amazing amount. We will be discussing with Mrs Austin in the next few months a project we can fund with this money, if you have any ideas that will benefit all year groups please contact us.
Thanks again, Sarah and Claire, TSA
Teaching Assistant opportunities:
We are looking to expand our team of Teaching Assistants and have the following opportunities to share:
- We are advertising for new apprentices to join us – this post would be ideal for someone looking for their first steps in a career in primary school education, with on-the-job training being offered: https://www.kenttrainingandapprenticeships.co.uk/vacancies/apprentice-teaching-assistant-level-3-advanced-kta2854/
- We are also looking for qualified and experienced teaching assistants: https://www.kent-teach.com/Recruitment/Vacancy/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyId=96720
Children walking to school by themselves: We know that many of our parents/carers entrust their Year 5 and 6 children with the responsibility of walking to school by themselves. With Spring/Summer approaching, we may see more children being allowed this responsibility. For children in Years 5 and 6, you may also request permission for children to bring their mobile phones to school, which are then handed into staff and kept in our safes during the school day.
One children arrive at school, teachers take registration at 8.55 and following this, our office staff begin to track any absences and cross-reference this with the messages left by parents/carers on our absence-reporting phone line. By around 10.00, our office staff are then able to phone parents/carers of children who are absent without us already having received notification.
This timing is relevant for parents/carers of children who walk to school by themselves; we wanted to make you aware that if your child did not arrive at school for any reason, we would not be able to phone you until around 10.00. Please be mindful of this when giving your child permission to walk to school by themselves.
Covid-19: This week, we have a very low number of Covid cases in children, but a high number of cases in staff. This has caused difficulties in providing consistent staffing, with so many classes needing cover at the same time. We hope all of our staff team make a speedy recovery and that we see fewer cases overall after half term.
Our recent experiences have shown us that Covid is continuing to circulate in the community, so please stay alert to possible Covid symptoms, get a test promptly if you or your child experience symptoms and follow all NHS guidance (www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do ). As always, it is essential that you do not enter the school site if you have any Covid symptoms.
As a reminder, if you have Covid cases in your household, our local Health Protection Team’s advice is for all other members of the household (including other children who are still attending school) to take a daily lateral flow test so that any transmission of Covid is detected as soon as possible.
Dates for your Diary
Term dates for 2021/22: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/
Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/
Please note: although we have planned events for the full academic year, it is possible that future Covid disruption or other factors may result in changes.
Friday 11th February – Last day of term 3
Monday 21st February - INSET day (School closed for pupils)
Tuesday 22nd February – First day of term 4 for pupils
Tuesday 22nd February – Stone Age Day – Year 3 NEW
Thursday 24th February – Parent Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm, in-person appointments only
Tuesday 1st March- Parent Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm, online appointments only
Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day
Friday 18th March – Science Day
Friday 1st April – Last day of term 4
Tuesday 19th April – First day of Term 5
Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed
Monday 9th – Friday 13th May – SATs Week – Year 6
Monday 16th – Friday 27th May – SATs Weeks – Year 2
Friday 27th May – Last day of term 5
Monday 6th June - INSET day (School closed for pupils)
Tuesday 7th June – First day of term 6 for pupils
Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day
Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week
Monday 4th July – Sports Day (with Reserve Day Friday 8th July)
Thursday 21st July – Last day of term 6
We have now resumed our program of class assemblies.
Class assemblies are scheduled to take place in-person, in the school hall, on Friday afternoons. Please come to the front of the school and wait outside the hall entrance doors. You will be invited in at approximately 2.45/2.50 pm. The assembly will begin at around 2.50 pm and last for about 10 minutes, finishing in time for you to collect your children at the end of the school day, as normal.
If you are visiting school for a class assembly, please wear a face covering (unless exempt) and take a lateral flow test on the day, before coming into school. Please do not attend school if you have a positive lateral flow test or any Covid symptoms. Class assemblies are held in the hall with only one class and their parents/carers present, so there is adequate space and ventilation. For this reason, attendance is not limited to 1 visitor per class, as it was previously for our Autumn term Open Afternoons and Christmas performances.
Please see the re-arranged dates for the four classes who have had assemblies postponed due to Covid disruption. Please note: assemblies for Crimson and Orange classes are on Monday afternoons.
Friday 11th February – Emerald Class Assembly
Friday 4th March – Turquoise Class Assembly
Friday 11th March – Scarlet Class Assembly
Friday 18th March - Amber Class Assembly
Friday 25th March – Lavender Class Assembly
Friday 1st April – Violet Class Assembly
Monday 25th April – Crimson Class Assembly
Friday 29th April – Yellow Class Assembly
Friday 6th May – Lilac Class Assembly
Friday 13th May – Indigo Class Assembly
Friday 20th May – Sapphire Class Assembly
Friday 27th May – Pink Class Assembly
Friday 10th June – Bears Class Assembly
Friday 17th June – Red Class Assembly
Monday 20th June – Orange Class Assembly
Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly
Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly
Friday 8th July – Azure Class Assembly
Friday 15th July – Ruby Class Assembly