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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 1st May 2020

Messages for children at home

Hello everyone

I hope that you found some great books to read or re-read at home last week.

This week, I want to talk to you about the power of singing together. You might remember that when we were in school, we were planning our first ever whole-school outdoor singing assembly. It might be a little while before this can go ahead, as we definitely couldn’t have 600 children all in the same space at the same time now! But one day, this will be possible and when it is, we’ll be singing together. Why not practice singing our songs at home so that when this day does come, we’ll all be ready! (Note for parents/carers: please help and supervise your children when using these links.)

Our whole school song is www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0MIECsQp1U

Attenborough house song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCfjV_G_x5s

Hawking house song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6raJluIg40

Holmes house song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4szP49_HKE

Rowling house song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CAL3OC-Qfk

Have fun!

best wishes,

Mrs Austin


Dear Children,

I hope you have all had a good week learning from home?  Our ‘Thought of the Week’ blogs are up and running now – thank you to everyone who has made some carefully considered comments on them.  We will have a new thought on Monday, so do please take a look.  I hope you are all enjoying the stories read by our teachers on the website too.

Keep smiling, keep your minds and bodies active and stay safe.

Mrs Smith


Hello everybody,

I hope everyone is well and keeping busy as this is important while we can’t get out and about as much.

I have been having fun having a go at some of the great learning activities that your teachers have been setting you and taking part in some of your class blogs. So far I have tried sketching Shakespeare with Year 6 (thank you for the positive comments!); had a go at some maths problems with Year 5; written a sea shanty for Year 4 and created an animation about St George with Year 3. I am looking forward to having a go at some of Key Stage 1 and EYFS activities next week.  If you have not seen my posts, please log into Purple Mash and give me some feedback. It has also been great to see the many different ways people are sharing their efforts online - keep up the brilliant work.

I have also been watching the amazing stories being shared by our teachers. I am about to record mine, although it will have a slightly mathematical and ecological twist. If you have not looked at these already they are well worth having a look at, there’s even a poem by one of my favourite poets, Spike Milligan. You’ll find them at www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Today-s-Story

At the weekends I have also started working on my garden which is enjoying some much needed rain. What is really fascinating is the increase in the number of birds coming to my bird feeders. I have pigeons, starlings, blackbirds, magpies, sparrows and recently a new visitor, a little coal tit. Are you seeing or hearing more birds? Can you name any of them?

Stay safe and have fun,

Mr Taylor


Headteacher’s message for parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Speculation may be growing over when schools might be able to re-open, but for the moment we’re continuing in our established patterns, with almost all children staying at home. 

Despite this, the number of children in school has shown a slight increase this week. Although we have been able to adjust our staffing numbers accordingly, please can I remind key worker families that government guidance has not changed and that if your child can be cared for safely at home, then this is where they should stay. This does result in fluctuating in-school attendance for your children, dependent on your working days or shift patterns, but this is the best option for keeping our children, parents and staff as safe as possible. 

Thank you for your continued dedication in supporting your children with home schooling. This week, we have a summary of ways you can support your children with their English learning (in today’s Notices section, below). Also, if you are encountering challenges in helping your children with Maths because the methods that they use (eg for addition or subtraction) are different to how you were taught at school, then our calculation policy can help: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/policies/Calculations_Policy_2019_Incuding_Appendix_1.pdf

 Finally, although this might come as a surprise, next Friday 8th May is a bank holiday, so school will not be open and home learning will not be set on this day. 

Thank you for your continued support. Please stay safe and look after yourselves and your families. 

Ruth Austin



New Entrants: Parents of children due to start in our Reception classes in September will now have had their welcome letter emailed to them. Thank you to parents that have already completed and returned the Admission Form sent with the welcome letter. Please note, as detailed in the information sent to parents from the Local Authority, school places must be accepted by Wednesday 6th May.

How can I help support my child's learning of English during lockdown?


  • Continue to encourage them to read regularly from a range of fiction and non-fiction.
  • Talk about what your child has been reading in school over the past few weeks/terms.
  • Read to your child or listen to free stories on YouTube or on Audible   https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
  • Watch ‘Today’s Story’ on the school website and talk about the questions with your child.

Here are some ideas for questions you can ask when reading with your child at home.  

Questions to ask before you read

Questions to ask during reading

Questions to ask after reading

Can you look at the pictures and predict what you think will happen in this book?

What makes you think that?

What characters do you think might be in our story?

Do you think there will be a problem in this story? Why or why not?

Does the topic/story relate to you or your family? How?


What do you think will happen next?

What can you tell me about the story so far?

Can you predict how the story will end?

Why do you think the character did _______?

What would you have done if you were the character?

How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)

As I read____________, it made me picture________ in my head. What pictures do you see in your head?

As you read, what are you wondering about?

Can you put what you’ve just read in your own words?


Can you remember the title?

In your opinion, was it a good title for this book? Why or why not?

Were your predictions about the story correct?

If there was a problem, did it get solved?

What happened because of the problem?

Why do you think the author wrote this book?

What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?

What was your favourite part of the story?

If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be?

Can you retell the story in order?

If you were __________, how would you have felt?

What is the most interesting situation in the story?

Is there a character in the story like you? How are you alike?

Why did you like this book?




Helping your child with their writing can be daunting if you do not know what they should be working on.

  • You may want to ask them about the grammar objectives you have been learning at school. If you click on the link below, you can find the grammar objectives for each year group.


If you are not sure about any of the objectives your child should be using, there are a number of websites giving tutorials; try https://grammarsaurus.co.uk/portal/or search on YouTube.

Here are some prompts to help your child with their writing tasks.



·         Make a plan, mind mapping their creative ideas.

·         Create a word bank of interesting vocabulary (use a thesaurus to up-level these)

·         Think about the main parts of a story;

·         KS1 – opening, middle and ending.

·         KS2 - opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending.

·         Read each sentence aloud to check it makes sense.

·         Edit any spelling and punctuation errors.

·         Read the final copy to the rest of the family.


·         Create a research page.

·         Find interesting facts.

·         Group your facts together.

·         Interview someone in your house (if writing a newspaper report).

·         Plan your subheadings.

·         Use formal vocabulary.

·         Read each sentence aloud to check it makes sense.

·         Edit any spelling and punctuation errors.

·         Read the final copy to the rest of the family.



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