Weekly Bulletin: Friday 24th April 2020
Messages for children at home
Have you read any good books this week? You may have read all the books in your house by now! But some stories are worth reading again and again and again…
Can you think back to some of the stories I have read to you? Do you remember World Book Day last month, when I chose my favourite books to read in assembly?
For Key Stage 2, this was ‘Danny the Champion of the World’ by Roald Dahl. This is probably my favourite ever children’s book – I remember reading it when I was a child and the story was so vivid that I could see it actually happening inside my head. In assembly, I read you Chapter 7, the terrifying description of what happens when Danny goes out in the middle of the night, in the dark, all by himself, driving a car, travelling along a quiet country road looking for his Dad, who is missing. If you can dig out a copy, why not read Chapter 8, ‘The Pit’, to see what happens next when Danny eventually finds his Dad.
For Key Stage 1, my choice was ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. I have read this book so many times to my own children that I think I know the words off by heart! Do you? Can you finish this: ‘The witch had a cat and a very tall hat and long ginger hair which she wore in a……..’ Did you get it? Why not ask your Mum or Dad which story they have read to you so many times that they know the words off by heart!
For children in Reception, I often come to your classes to read you a story, but my favourite so far has been ‘Simon Sock’ by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. Simon, the odd sock, looks for his partner, but this turns out to be a bit tricky. The ending is surprising - can you remember who was Simon’s partner? It was Betty Banana. If you had an odd sock, who could its partner be?
At Tunbury, we all enjoy reading stories and so we have decided to share them with you. Each day next week, we’ll be sharing a video of a Tunbury teacher reading a story. These will be published from Monday on our school website at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Today-s-Story/ We hope you enjoy them.
I hope you are all staying safe by staying home but are managing to enjoy some of the glorious sunshine we are being treated to. I bet when we get back to school and we can go outdoors again it will start raining! I have not had the best week – toothache (not from eating all my chocolate!) but that will hopefully be sorted today. I have enjoyed looking after Red class ‘virtually’ this week and will continue this next week.
On Monday we will be starting ‘Thought for the Week’ blogs on Purple Mash, you will recognise these by the Tunbury logo. These blogs are our way of hearing your ideas and thoughts as we normally would in an assembly. There is one for Years 1-3 and one for Years 4-6. Please do take a look and post a comment if you wish. They will be updated every week.
Stay safe and keep in touch,
Headteacher’s message for parents/carers
I hope that you and your families are all safe and well.
Thank you for the lovely positive responses we received following last week’s Team Tunbury video. It’s great to hear that you and your children enjoyed watching this. Although it’s harder to stay connected while everyone is apart, we all understand that our sense of community as a school is so important. We are all really looking forward to the time when things can return to normal, although we have no idea when this might be.
In the meantime, we are still doing our best to provide you with home learning which is accessible, interesting and relevant. As a reminder, home learning for each year group is published on the school website by 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in term time. Please remember that these tasks won’t be exactly the same as ‘normal’ school lessons, as so many things are different. Also, there is no expectation that your children will be able to complete every single task which we publish. While we do want you to support children’s learning, time is limited and every family situation is different.
My message to children this week is all about reading. This is so important, so please prioritise this – reading together is great for your child’s well-being, as well as promoting their reading skills, which are the foundation of primary education. To help with reading at home, please have a look at this TRUST summary at https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Publications/Covid-19_Resources/Read_with_TRUST_infographic_(1).pdf
It's from a wider set of resources to support parents/carers with home schooling, available at https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources/support-resources-to-share-with-parents/
Thank you for your continued support through these times. Please take care of yourselves and your families.
Safeguarding: Keeping our children safe remains our first priority as a school during this time. We have a new Addendum to our school Safeguarding policy, which you can read at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/policies/Safeguarding_policy_addendum_April_2020.pdf
SEN/AEN: As well as the learning materials on all the class pages and Purple Mash, there are some excellent free resources on the SEN / AEN page that you can access at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/SEN-AEN/
Included are resources and activities to support: Speech and language / Vocabulary / Lego Therapy / Social Skills / Personalised English / Phonics / Nessy / Spellings Support / Memory Skills / Self-Esteem / Typing practice / Clever Fingers / Emotional regulation and Sensory activities. Click on the link above to access many resources via twinkl and phonics play, which are all free during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also, take a look at this new information book explaining coronavirus and what is going on in the world at this current time:-
It has been illustrated by Axel Scheffler (who illustrated The Gruffalo). He has worked with medical experts, teachers and a child psychologist on this. The free resource can be downloaded or read on the above website. So please feel free to share with your friends or family.
School Kitchen: Please can we remind you that the school kitchen is now closed. Any children attending school during the closure period will need to bring a packed lunch, snack and water bottle.
With regard to school meals already paid for, we have been told by TCS they will be keeping all balances on the books and picking up where they left off when we return to normal. TCS can of course issue refunds if you would prefer but they will be subject to a £2.50 admin fee. If you would like a refund, please email TCS with your child’s name and class and your bank account number and sort code to Gill@tcsinfo.co.uk
Free School Meals: During the closure period families eligible for income based free school meals are able to claim £15 supermarket vouchers per week per child to pay for meals. Parents eligible for FSMs will now have received their emails from firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please keep a check on your junk mail folder just in case). The eCode emailed from Eden Red can be redeemed online for a supermarket eGift card.
There have been reports of difficulties accessing the ordering website. This has been due to exceptional demand. A queuing system has been implemented to help control the amount of traffic on the website at any one time in order to speed up the ordering process once past the queue. Please note, it can take up to an hour to enter the website. For a shorter queuing time, it may be worth trying before 10 am and after 5 pm. If you have already ordered eCodes and are waiting for them to be delivered, this can take up to 4 days. If you have not received eCodes you have ordered, please check your ‘junk’ folders before contacting Edenred at email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please refer to these useful FAQs: www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf
Are you eligible for Free School Meals? If your financial circumstances have changed recently, you may now be eligible for free school meals. If so, please apply at https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/. To be eligible for free school meals, you need to be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit