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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 11th June 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Welcome back to Term 6! We are hoping for some warm weather and for the remaining weeks of this academic year to be smooth and productive for our children, families and staff. As you know, our focus is on every child ‘being ready’ for the next academic year in September by filling any gaps in their learning and consolidating this year’s work before the end of July. 

This term, we will also be making the most of outdoor learning opportunities in our school grounds, including our pond, field, woodland and Forest School areas. Our Forest School leader Jo is now working with our Year 6 children, with a 6-week block of half-day sessions for every child in this year group, covering skills including tool use and fire lighting. Reception teachers are also leading their own weekly sessions in the Forest School area with their classes. We are also planning some outdoor art opportunities for all children. We will share more details about our outdoor leaning program in the coming weeks. 

Finally, we are celebrating the launch of the Tunbury ‘Great Summer Read’! With support from the TSA, we have some fabulous prizes to inspire and reward our young readers. Raffle tickets will be awarded to children who have at least three reads recorded and signed by an adult each week in their reading records, with prize winners from each phase chosen at the end of term. Tunbury children are so fortunate to benefit from high levels of parental involvement – we do understand that your home lives are busy, but please devote your energies to reading this term. Your support is valued and appreciated by your teachers, but most importantly it makes a massive difference to your children. Thank you. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year R 

Last term we were learning about ‘Life Cycles’. We looked at the life cycle of a frog, chick and butterfly. When we returned to school, we were surprised to find some caterpillars in our classrooms. We are excited to watch them change in the coming weeks.


Our topic this term is ‘Around the World’. So far, we have looked at the story ‘A Place Called Home’. We enjoyed learning about different types of home and the traditions of other countries. This week we have focused on England and have learnt about the Queen. We also drew and built famous English landmarks.


On Wednesday, we started our Forest School sessions and went for a walk around the outside area. We spotted many signs that summer was on its way. We are looking forward to completing more Forest school adventures this term. 

The Great Summer Read  

We need your help! For term 6, we are asking children to increase the amount of time they spend readingat home. We appreciate that it can be difficult to find the time to listen to, or read to your child every day but it will really help them if you could.

We will continue to share the top reading classes in each year group on our weekly bulletins.

Our aim is to encourage children to read for pleasure, but we realise that some children might need an incentive - so we will be offering the chance to win prizes of book tokens or a Kindle! Every child that brings in their reading record with at least 3 reads recorded in a week and signed by an adult will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of Term 6, we will pull raffle tickets from the box in each phase and the winners will receive one of our amazing prizes.

Your children will be bringing home a bookmark next term, which will have some examples of questions you can ask your child when you are reading with them.   These questions will help your child to focus on what they have read and will improve their comprehension skills. Alongside this, we will also share videos on the website showing how you can make the most of just a 10-minute reading session with your children.

Recent research has shown that:

  • Reading increases intellect
  • Children who enjoy reading are more academically successful
  • Reading increases vocabulary
  • Children who read more produce better pieces of writing
  • Reading improves spelling  

We look forward to awarding Team Points and raffle tickets to our avid readers throughout the term. Why not make a start now and make the half-term break a wonderful reading opportunity? There are even more benefits for starting today! 

Studies have shown that those who read for pleasure have higher levels of self-esteem and a greater ability to cope with difficult situations. Reading for pleasure was also associated with better sleeping patterns. 

Children who read to someone at home for 30 minutes a day, 5 days per week will have read with an adult for 76,000 more minutes than those that do not. 

Young children whose parents read them five books a day start school having heard about 1.4 million more words than children who were never read to, a new study found. This 'million word gap' could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development. 


Disruption to school email system: Our school email system is still down, meaning that staff have not been able to access their emails at all this term. This is due to an issue affecting schools throughout Kent, so unfortunately it is beyond our control. We will inform you when the emails are operational again, but in the meantime please continue to phone the school office with any messages or queries. Thank you.

Team Points: After the first week back, our scores are as follows. Well done to Attenborough and Rowling for a strong start to the term!









 Music lessons: As part of the development of music provision at Tunbury School The Math Music Academy provides both individual singing and keyboard lessons.  The Math Music Academy will be holding free 15 minute trial sessions on the 18th and 25th June for interested pupils wishing to commence lessons in September. During these trial lessons for singing, the teacher will do basic exercises, note recognition and some repertoire and for piano, the introduction to the keyboard and basic fingering.  Students have the opportunity to work towards school performances and concerts as well as graded examinations with both ABRSM and Trinity boards.

If you are interested, please could you email our singing teacher, Mrs Sophie Hyde, on  sophiehyde@aol.com by Monday 14th June to register for a free trial giving your child’s name and class. Thank you.

Covid-19: It is vitally important that nobody with symptoms of Covid-19 should approach or enter the school site. 

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

If you need to inform us of a positive Covid test result for your child, please do so straight away, either by phone (during the working day) or email (in the evenings or weekend) to the school office: 01634 863085 or office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk . In your message, please include the date of symptoms starting, the date of the test and your phone number.

Entry/Exit procedures: These are unchanged for Term 6 and remain as follows.

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time


Year R

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Playground gate

Year 1

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Front gate

Year 2

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Front gate

Year 3

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Playground gate

Year 4

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Side gate

Year 5

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

Year 6

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

 Dates for your Diary 

Term Dates for 2020/21: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-2020-2021/ 

Term dates for 2021/22: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/ 

Monday 21st June – Wednesday 23rd June – Year 6 Residential visit to PGL, Marchants Hill

Monday 21st June - New Entrants meeting at 4pm via Teams

Friday 25th June 2021 – Graduoke filming – Year 6

Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6


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