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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 18th June 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

At Tunbury, we value your views about our school. Today, we’re launching our 2021 parent/carer survey, which gives everyone the opportunity to tell us what you think about your child’s experiences at Tunbury. 

We all understand that 2020-2021 has been a year like no other, and that Covid has impacted on our whole school community in different ways.  We hope that from September, we may be able to provide a more 'normal' school experience for our children. To help us plan for next year, we would like to understand what works well at Tunbury, as well as your suggestions for post-Covid improvement. Additionally, alongside our parent/carer survey, we will also be gathering the views of our children and staff. 

Please click on the link below to access our 2021 parent/carer survey. The survey is open now and will remain open until 28th June. 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Tunburyparents2021 

Thank you for taking the time to share your views. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Reading at home 

Firstly, thank you all for taking on the challenge and increasing the number of times that you read with your child each week. As we have said before, reading with your child is not only a brilliant activity to share together, it is also the best way to help children develop academically. 

We have now uploaded videos onto the school website (under news) at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/News/ that illustrate how you might structure a reading session at home.  Although I have read with a Year 1 and a Year 5 child, a similar structure will work with any age child.  It shows the types of questions that you could ask and how you can get the most value even out of a relatively short session.  

To compliment this, we will also be uploading starter questions that you can then use to further refine your reading time together.  The key message though is that reading should be fun (for both of you!) and a time that you can have a shared experience that continues into the future and is regularly built upon. 

Keep Reading! 

Mr. May  

Our Learning: Year 4

 

In maths we have been learning all about angles. We have named different types of angles and compared acute, obtuse and right angles. We have also learnt about the movement of shapes and considered if the shape has made a quarter, half turn or three-quarter turn. This week, we took our maths learning outside. We spotted obtuse, acute and right angles around the school grounds. Following this we completed a range of challenges, using chalk to draw the angles on the playground. 

 

 This term, our topic is Journeys. We have spent time locating countries within Europe and identifying which countries share boarders using blank maps and atlases. Some children were able to locate up to 19 countries before looking at the atlas! In science, we have begun to learn about sound and how we hear noise around us. We have listed the different sounds we can hear around school and discovered how the distance from a sound source affects the volume. Later on this term we will be discovering how the structure of the ear helps us to hear. For art, we have used charcoal to sketch the school site. The children considered the details in the view they were drawing and used different shading and sketching skills to replicate the scene on their paper.                                               

Our book this term is ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’, which follows the journey of Lila in her quest to become a firework maker.  We discussed the differences between formal and informal letters before we used the 1st person to write an informal letter from Lila to her father.  She was angry that he hadn’t told her that she needed three gifts to become a proper firework maker and so instead left home to find out for herself.  In the story, Lila and her father are always experimenting with how to make bigger and better fireworks, so this week we have investigated how to write our own advertisements to promote them.  To do this we needed to use rhetorical questions, expanded noun phrases and the imperative tense.  The culmination of this week’s writing will be double-page spreads of our adverts. 

 

 Notices 

School email system: Our school emails are operational again, so you are now able to email the school office with any messages or queries – office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk Thank you.

Team Points: After the second week back, our scores are as follows. Still a very strong start for Attenborough and Rowling, with the green team leading the way so far. Well done everyone!

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

1541

1553

1439

1446

Request from Aylesford Parish Council: The Council has received a complaint about the speed of parents/carers driving out of the Tunbury Hall car park at school drop off and pick up times and that parents/carers do not appear to look right when leaving. The Council have asked for parents/carers to be reminded to keep speed to a minimum, to look right on leaving the car park and to be cautious.  

COVID-19 and travelling abroad: We have been in contact with Public Health England this week regarding children returning to school after having been abroad. With the summer break approaching, we felt it prudent to draw the following information to your attention should you be travelling abroad this summer and what you need to do upon your return. The following government websites provide detailed information for you:

https://www.gov.uk/travel-abroad 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel 

Key points to note include:

  • You should not travel to red or amber list countries
  • If you have to quarantine for 10 days, the day you arrive back in England is ‘day 0’
  • Children of all ages need to quarantine at home or in the place they’re staying for 10 full days (the test to release scheme does not apply to children, but they must still take the day 2 and 8 mandatory tests unless aged 4 or under)
  • You must follow the guidance, even if you have been vaccinated.

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

Gate

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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