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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 1st October 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers,

In Tunbury News this week, we have started working on some art projects to brighten up our school environment.  Our artist Andy has begun to work on a brand new mural opposite Magenta and Indigo class.  Here is the picture so far….


We look forward to seeing this artwork take shape over the next week or so, then seeing where else in school Andy will be off to next! 

Reading reminder: you may remember that last year we worked hard to raise the profile of home reading with our families, encouraging all of our children to read regularly at home.  Thank you again to our parents and carers for finding the time to support your children with home reading – please remember that this is one of the most valuable, simple and enjoyable ways for you to support your child’s learning at home.  If you are new to Tunbury or looking for additional support, you’ll find ‘how to read with your child at home’ videos on our school website at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/News/ .  Thank you! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 4 

Our topic this term has been ‘I am Warrior!’, which we started with a Roman theme day. As part of our learning we developed our understanding about the mighty Roman army. We have learnt about the different ranks within the Roman army, their battles and how they protected themselves. Thinking carefully about how we would protect ourselves in a battle, we created our own Roman soldiers and dressed them in the appropriate clothing and armour. In addition, we also created our own Roman mosaics and participated in a game of Roman football.

In English, we began focusing on a picture book called ‘Escape from Pompeii.’ Year 4 have written some fantastic setting descriptions based on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and retold the story through a diary entry. The children have worked extremely hard to use a range of tools within their writing to engage the reader. Recently we have moved onto a chapter book called ‘The Sewer Demon,’ we are learning all about a little boy called Threptus and the adventures he experiences in the Roman city of Ostria. Last week the children consolidated their use of adjectives and similes when writing character descriptions based on our new book. This week the children are becoming the main character of the text and writing a letter to retell the journey of Threptus so far.

Our science topic this term is based on investigations; we have been discovering lots about science! Each week we have taken on another scientific question to solve. We have learnt how to create a fair test; this is very important when recording data accurately.

This term our art learning has been a sculpture project. We started with looking at different sculptures and discussing our views. We have consolidated our sketching skills and use of techniques by experimenting with sketching pencils. We practiced drawing using different shapes, lines and shading.


Year 4 loved making the Roman soldier sculptures, they worked incredibly hard to follow their designs, use different sculpting techniques and create texture and detail using clay tools.

We are looking forward to painting them!


In maths this term, we have been exploring place value. As part of our learning we have been making and reading numbers with up to 5 digits using place value counters and base 10, describing the value of each digit. We have learnt how to place numbers in ascending and descending order and round to the nearest 1000. More recently, we have explored counting in steps of 25 and we used chalk in the outdoor areas to practice drawing number lines with negative numbers. We have continued to practice times tables daily in class. Over the next few weeks we will be developing our understating of addition and subtraction using written methods.

This week we made links between maths and science through investigating how thermal insulators affect temperature. We chose different materials to wrap around a ball of ice and used thermometers to track the temperature change throughout the day. By calculating the difference in the temperature of the ice at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day we could identify the best insulating material.



School Library: We are now ready to start cataloguing our school library. Could you help us with this?  We need help with sorting through books, for example sorting our fiction books into genres and picking out our more ‘ancient’ books which will not remain in the library.  Please contact the school office on office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk if you can volunteer your services. Thank you.

Team Points: Here are the Team Points totals at the end of this week. It’s still a very green term – well done Attenborough!









After-school extra-curricular clubs: We plan to restart extra-curricular clubs after October half term.  Further details to follow.

Year 2: As part of Year 2’s 'Inside the Toybox' topic, our year 2 children are invited to bring one of their favourite toys from home into school on Thursday 14th October for one day only. Year 2 will be using the toys to inspire a piece of non-fiction writing in their English lesson. Please encourage your child to choose a toy that is not too big or valuable. Year 2 are looking forward to the excitement this day will bring! 

Viking Day: As part of Year 5’s topic our year 5 children will be having a Viking day on Friday 15th October. Children are invited to dress up for this day – home-made costumes are fine. 

Change of Menu: There will be a change to the published menu next week. On Thursday 7th October Italian Day lunch will be served. Please see details on the separate email sent.

Flu Immunisation Programme: Please see the letter in the Parents - letters and forms section which was also emailed to parents earlier this week.  

Please note the e-consent portal closes on 10/11/2021, 3 working days before our schools immunisation session, and NHS cannot accept late consents or consents on the day of vaccination. 

If any parents/carers are having issues completing the online consent form, they can call the immunisation team CAT on 0300 123 5205 or the local Medway office on 01634 337 666 and they will be able to go through the consent form with you over the phone.

Covid-19: 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. 

Friday 15th October – Viking day – Year 5 NEW

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

Monday 18th October – Parents’ Information meeting: PGL – 3.30 pm NEW

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 NEW

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)

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

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

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

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

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


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.