Weekly Bulletin: Friday 17th June 2022
Headteacher’s message to parents/carers
This week, we’re excited to be able to share plans for our Sports Day, which is on Monday 4th July. For the first time in three years, we’re pleased to be able to invite our families to attend the event – another step back to ‘normal’! Further details will be published nearer the time, but at this stage, we wanted to publish the following key times for you to be able to plan ahead.
KS2 Sports Day (for all children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
This will be ‘round-robin’ Sports Day events, with children from each year group all participating simultaneously in different zones of the field. Following this, there will be races on our track, before our KS2 Sports Day cup is awarded to the winning team.
Family Picnic on the field for all children and families - please join us!
Families will be able to sit together on the field – please bring your picnic blankets and food (no BBQs or alcohol). You can bring picnic food as a whole family or send children in with their own packed lunches to eat with you.
School meals will be ‘picnic bags’ only and you will be able to order these in advance, should you wish to do so. School picnic bags can be provided for any child, including those who normally have free school meals.
Children who do not have family members present will be supervised by school staff during lunchtime, also on the field.
FS/KS1 Sports Day (for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)
This operates in the same way as for KS2: ‘round-robin’ Sports Day events, with children from each year group all participating simultaneously in a different zone of the field. Following this, there will be races on our track before our KS1 Sports Day cup is awarded to the winning team.
Optional early collection for all children, using normal home time arrangements. This should be at around 2.30, but will happen 15 minutes after the end of FS/KS1 Sports Day.
Normal home time arrangements for remaining children.
Children will be able to wear their PE kits to school on this day, so please ensure that they do have a t-shirt in their house team colour, as well as suitable PE kit. We have booked lovely weather for the day, but in the event of rain, the reserve Sports Day is Friday 8th July! We look forward to sharing our Sports Day with you.
On a different note, I do need to mention that we are now seeing an increasing amount of absence due to term-time holidays. As a result, please can I take this opportunity to remind families that term-time holidays are not authorised by the school and that we do make referrals for penalty notices. We prioritise and value good attendance for our children – this is because we know that it is important. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Have a lovely weekend everyone – enjoy the sunshine.
SENCo message for Year 5 parents/carers
If you would like your child to take either the Kent or Medway Test and you have applied and believe that your child will need special access arrangements, please email the school office as soon as you have applied and initiated your special access request.
The deadline for special access to the Medway Test is: 4pm on Tuesday 5th July 2022. Special access requests for Medway have to be hand signed by the child’s parent/carer before they can be scanned by school and emailed to Medway. All forms will need to have been signed by parents/carers by 1pm on Tuesday 5th July.
The deadline for special access to the Kent Test is: 4pm on Tuesday 12th July 2022. All requests will need to have been made by parents or carers by 1pm on Tuesday 5th July.
Our Learning: Year 2
In Year 2, we have been enjoying our topic of On Safari. We have been comparing the UK to Africa. We have used atlases and maps to identify the geographical features. Did you know that Africa is a continent with 54 countries? We are looking forward to a visit from The Education Group who are going to teach us some African music using drums and we will be making African masks.
In English, we are reading ‘Anna Hibiscus’. This is our first chapter book that we are reading to get us ready for learning in Year 3. We are using the book to learn about Anna who lives in Africa and has never seen snow before! She lives with all of her extended family so she is very busy! So far we have written a description of where Anna lives and written a prediction about what we think will happen on her holiday.
We also really enjoyed celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. We spent the week researching what the Queen has done during her reign in 1993 – 2002. We wrote a non-chronological report about what we found out. Here are some examples:
In Maths, we have been learning about time. We have been telling the time to the half and quarter hour and we are now looking at telling the time in 5-minute intervals. We will be looking at working out times that are later and earlier next week.
In Science, we are learning about habitats. We have used the school grounds to create a local habitat map. We found lots of interesting plants and animals living in our local area.
Last term we completed our end of year assessments, in which the children worked really hard and gave all of the work 100% effort. We enjoyed the biscuits provided by the canteen staff too! Well done everyone and thank you parents for your support with this.
A group of 30 Year 3 and 4 children recently completed the Tiger Troop programme. This was following on from a successful experience with a group of Year 5 and 6 children in Term 4. The 6-week programme covered 6 core skills: Courage, Self-discipline, Respect, Integrity, Loyalty, and Selfless Commitment.
Each week, the Troopers participated in team challenges and learned drill skills, as well as physical and mental agility exercises. On the final day, parents and carers were invited to attend the awards ceremony, where all Troopers received a certificate, and medals were awarded for Best Effort (Ethan), Most Improved (Penelope) and Best Drill (Rebekah). The final award was for Top Trooper, and this was awarded to Max. It was inspiring to see the efforts of all of the children when facing challenges, learning new skills and developing a sense of pride in their work.
Class Photos: On Tuesday 21st June 2022, Tempest Photographers will be in school to take class photos. If you do not want your child to be included in the class photo, please will you contact the school office.
Vacancies for Midday Meals Supervisors: We are looking for two new Midday Meal Supervisors for the start of the new school year in September. One position is a permanent position and the other is temporary maternity cover. To apply, please complete and return the online form detailed on Kent-Teach: Midday Meals Supervisor Catering at Tunbury Primary School, Walderslade (kent-teach.com) . Please share this advert with anyone you know who might be interested in this role.
Hot weather: When the weather is very hot, please send children into school with sunscreen, sun hat and a bottle of water (reminder – we do not allow squash) which they can re-fill in school. Thank you.
Team Points: Our first Team Points total for the new term is as follows. This includes the Golden Team Points that were awarded for consistent effort, attitude and achievement in Term 5. Congratulations to Holmes team.
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.
Monday 20th June – New Entrants meeting in school – 3.30 – 4.30 pm
or online 5 - 5.30 pm
Tuesday 21st June – Class Group Photos (Tempest photographers)
Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day
Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week
Thursday 30th June – 2.20-2.50 pm: New Entrants transition meeting (parents to stay with their child)
Saturday 2nd July – TSA Summer Fair
Monday 4th July – Sports Day (with Reserve Day Friday 8th July)
Tuesday 5th July – Graduoke Year 6
Thursday 7th July – 2.20 – 2.50 pm: New Entrants transition meeting (children to visit their class and parents invited to a phonics meeting in the hall)
Monday 11th July – Year 6 Afternoon Tea: 2 pm (invitations to follow)
Thursday 14th July – Whole school transition day – children visit their new classes
Friday 15th July – TSA ‘Dare to be different’ day
Friday 15th July – TSA Family Picnic
Monday 18th July 3.30-4.30pm - SEND Forum with Kent SEND parental support kentiask
Tuesday 19th July – Year 6 production 2 pm and 6.30 pm
Thursday 21st July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly: 2 pm
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.
Please note: the assembly for Orange class is on a Monday.
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