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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 15th October 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we near the end of Term 1, children are making some fantastic progress with their learning, showing all three of our school values: thriving, proactive and solidarity.  In lesson visits to every class over the last few weeks, our Senior Leadership Team has observed so many wonderful examples of children’s genuine curiosity and a love of learning.  From World War II and long division in Year 6 to nature walks and counting from 1 to 10 in Reception, our curriculum is full of adventure and wonder. 

We would love you to find out more about your child’s learning, to help you celebrate their achievements and show them just how proud you are!  To do this, please join us for Open Afternoons (which are next week – see the notices section for more details) and Parents’ Evenings (which are the first week back after half term – the booking letter was sent home today).  We know that building successful learning for our children is a partnership between home and school, so please support your child through events like these, if you can. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Our Learning: Year 6


Our text this term is Anna at War and our children have thoroughly engaged in this text. They have written in role as Anna, as well as written setting descriptions. To finish off the text, we have a visit from Helen Peters today who is the author of Anna at War. We have thought of questions to ask Helen and have activities planned around the text throughout the day.

 

Our maths learning this term has been focused on place value and the four operations. We have revisited some key learning, as well as introduced new topics.

For Black History Month, we have researched the life of Jesse Owens. We have created PowerPoint presentations all about him ready to share in assembly with the whole school, as well as written information texts. We have found out some interesting facts about him, including: As a child, James was called ‘J.C.’ in Ohio, a teacher thought his nickname was ‘Jesse’ and the name stayed with him.

 

In science, we have carried out many investigations this term, including ‘Can I make a parachute and justify my choices?’ and ‘Can I investigate which material works best as a water filter?’ For the past two weeks we have been investigating ‘Can I identify which substance best preserves food?’ We have put apples into different substances to interpret the preservation of the apple. We left this for a week before reviewing the changes.

 

Notices 

Parent Consultation Evening: Please read the email that came home today about parents’ evenings after half term. Bookings open at 5 pm on Monday 18th October.

Free school meals: If your financial circumstances have changed recently, you may now be eligible for free school meals and Pupil Premium support. To check if you are eligible please visit https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals#tab-1.  To apply please visit https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/. During the closure period and school holidays due to Covid, eligible families have been receiving £15 supermarket vouchers per week per child to help pay for meals. Families in receipt of free school meals will again receive the school meal vouchers (£15 per child, per week) over the October break. A decision about provision for subsequent school holiday periods will be made by KCC shortly.

Message from Miss Byrne (Senco): Today is the first time that we have sent home individual pupil intervention sheets (for pupils currently having interventions in school in Years 1-6).  This will be sent home via classes with your child.  

We are sharing this information so that we can improve our communication of the SEND and Non SEND interventions that are in place for your child.  Both pupils on the SEND register and those not on the SEND register are currently having interventions in school.  

If your child has a personalised plan in place you will not get an additional individual intervention sheet, as all of the interventions will already be on your child’s (blue) personalised plan.  If your child is in Reception, individual intervention sheets home will be sent home after half term. 

If you have any queries about your child’s interventions, please talk to your child’s class teacher in the first instance.  Thank you. 

Open Afternoons next week: Please come to the front of the school for Open Afternoons and enter via the main school office at 2pm, or any time after 2pm.  We will direct you to your children’s classrooms from here. Our dates and times are: 

Monday 18th October – Open Afternoon for Y5/Y6 – 2-3pm

Tuesday 19th October – Open Afternoon for Y3/Y4 – 2-3pm

Wednesday 20th October – Open Afternoon for Y1/Y2 – 2-3pm

Thursday 21st October Open Afternoon for Year R – 2-3pm 

To reduce the number of adults we have in school, this invitation is strictly for 1 adult per child only.  We will ask you to sign in, so that we know who our visitors are.  We are sorry that the ‘1 adult only’ rule means that some parents/carers will miss out on this occasion, but there will be further opportunities later in the year. 

With Covid risks in mind, we will ask all visitors to sanitize their hands on entry to the school.  You may choose to wear a mask, if you wish to do so, although these are not compulsory.  We will make use of breakout spaces outside the classrooms to reduce overcrowding and all classrooms will be well ventilated.  Please do not come to Open Afternoons if you have any Covid symptoms or have been in recent close contact with anyone with Covid symptoms or a positive Covid result.  If you are unable to attend this time, there will be further opportunities later in the year. 

Other information on Open Afternoons:

  • Please do not use your mobile phone during Open Afternoons. Ideally, all mobiles should be switched off. Taking photos, sending messages or making calls is not allowed while in our school buildings.
  • Please make alternative arrangements for younger siblings (babies or pre-school children) if at all possible, and only bring them with you to Open Afternoon if there is no alternative.
  • If younger siblings do come to Open Afternoon, we ask you to be responsible for making sure that they are well supervised and not disturbing others. School staff may ask you to leave the classroom if younger siblings are really noisy – thank you for your understanding.
  • There is no space for pushchairs or buggies in the classrooms, but you can leave these items in the playgrounds ready for you to collect at home time.
  • At the end of Open Afternoons in Years 1-6, school staff will ask you to leave the classrooms and move to the playgrounds at 3.00, ready for collection of children at 3.10 or 3.15 as normal.
  • At the end of Open Afternoon in Year R, you will be able to leave the classrooms with your child between 3.00 and 3.10. 

We look forward to welcoming you back into your school! 

Harvest Festival: We celebrated Harvest Festival with in-school assemblies this week.  Children learned about farming and where their food comes from, expressing gratitude that we do have enough to eat.  As we have not yet re-started Harvest collections in school (due to Covid), please consider donating to a local food bank and discussing this with your child.  Details for Medway Food Bank are at https://medway.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

INSET day reminder: Please remember that next Friday (22nd October) is an INSET day, so no children will attend school on this day.

Team Points: Here are the Team Points totals at the end of this week. In the penultimate week of term, our race leader has changed, with Rowling overtaking Attenborough. Well done red team! Can you hold on for next week? 

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

5814

5795

5638

5666

Mural update: Our artist, Andy, has been busy and our Space themed mural outside Indigo and Magenta classes is taking shape....

 

Covid-19: This week, we had our first Covid case of the new school year for a Tunbury pupil.  As a result, you will have had your first sight today of the new ‘warn and inform’ letter which we send home to families under the current guidance.  This is to inform you of the positive case, so that you are alert to any symptoms, but does not trigger any self-isolation.  As a school, we always follow all government guidance on reporting and managing Covid cases, although we are no longer responsible for contact tracing, as this is now managed by NHS Test and Trace.

Please stay alert - it is essential that we all remain vigilant for Covid symptoms. As before, if you or your children are experiencing Covid symptoms, do not approach or enter the school site.  Continue to follow the current Covid guidance – you can check this at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Dates for your Diary 

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

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. 

Monday 18th October – Open Afternoon for Y5/Y6 – 2-3pm

Monday 18th October – Parents’ Information meeting for PGL – 3.30 pm in the main school hall

Tuesday 19th October – Open Afternoon for Y3/Y4 – 2-3pm

Wednesday 20th October – Open Afternoon for Y1/Y2 – 2-3pm

Thursday 21st October – Home Front Bus visit – Year 6

Thursday 21st October Open Afternoon for Year R – 2-3pm

Thursday 21st October – Last day of term 1 for pupils

Friday 22nd October – INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Monday 1st November – First day of term 2

Tuesday 2nd November – Parent Consultation Evening 3.30 – 6.30pm (in person)

Wednesday 3rd November 9.15-10.15 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/ Carers

Thursday 4th November – Outdoor Classroom Day

Thursday 4th November Parent Consultation Evening 3.30 – 6.30pm (online via Teams)

Sunday 7th November – TSA Fireworks Extravaganza

Monday 8th November to Friday 12th November – Year 6 residential visit to PGL Marchants Hill

Thursday 11th November 9.15-10.15 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/Carers

Monday 15th – Friday 19th November – Anti-Bullying Week

Monday 15th November – Flu Immunisation Programme (all year groups)

Monday 15th November 5.00-5.45New Entrants for September 2022 Online meeting for parents/Carers

Wednesday 17/Thursday 18th November – Pupils’ Individual Photos (Tempest Photographers)

Tuesday 23rd November 3.30-4.30 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/Carers

Thursday 2nd December 2.00-3.00 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/Carers

Thursday 9th December – Christmas Performance Year R – 2.45pm

Friday 10th December – Christmas Dinner Day and Christmas Jumper Day

Tuesday 14th December – Christmas Performance Year 1 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 15th December – Christmas Performance Year 2 – 2pm

Thursday 16th December – Carols on the playground Y3/Y4 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December - Carols on the playground Y5/Y6 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December – Last day of term 2

Tuesday 4th January – INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Wednesday 5th January – First day of term 3 for pupils

Friday 4th February – Number Day –including dressing up

Monday 7th – Friday 11th February – Mental Health Week

Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day

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

Thursday 24th February – Parent Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Tuesday 1st March- Parents Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm

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)

Friday 22nd July – Last day of term 6 

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 pm.  The assembly will begin at 2.55 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.

Friday 19th November – Magenta Class Assembly

Friday 26th November – Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 14th January - Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 21st January – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 28th January – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 4th February – Blue Class Assembly

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

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

Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly

Noticeboard

Details of our new entrants tours for September 2022 Reception Intake are available on the home page and 'New Entrants' tab. 

 

Reminder: Tuesday 4th January 2022 is an INSET day.