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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 24th February 2023

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the start of Term 4.  Half way through the academic year and children’s learning is approaching top speed! 

Thank you to the parents and carers who joined us for parents’ evening yesterday – I saw plenty of pride among our children in sharing their wonderful work with you.

Next week is book week, and we’re all very excited about an action-packed week of reading inspiration!  We have a whole range of in-school activities: adults v children book quiz, Year R to Year 6 collaborative story writing, ‘Tunbury Book Trailer’ videos and there’s even a much-anticipated staff panto…..  Oh yes there is! 

In addition, we have the following events which require support from you, our parents and carers.  Thank you for getting involved, whether it’s through cake baking for Monday or finding a brilliant outfit for dressing up day next Friday.

Tunbury Book Week

Wednesday 22nd Feb-  Tuesday 28th Feb

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair will be open from 3:15 -3:45 each day for you to come into school to delve into some new books.    All the classes will have the chance to visit themselves during the day and will hopefully find their new 'favourite book'.   

Reading is such a magical journey…Please come and support us. Not only will you and your children be able to enjoy a new book at home, but the more books we sell, the more books we will earn for children at Tunbury.

Monday 27th Feb – Friday 3rd March

Bilingual parents share a book

Bilingual parents or family members are invited to come into their child’s class and read a book to the class in their home language. Please contact us at office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk if you would like to participate.

Monday 27th February

Book themed cake competition

Children can bake and decorate book themed cakes at home with parents/carers.  Please bake at the weekend and bring cakes into school on Monday.  There will be prizes for each phase.

After school on Monday, school council will organise a cake sale of our book themed cakes in the playground.

Wednesday 1st March

Tunbury book swap

Children can bring in old books they no longer need and swap them for a raffle ticket.  Each raffle ticket can then be swapped for a new book from the selection brought in by other children.

Friday 3rd March

World Book Day dressing up

Dress as your favourite book character.  In school, we’ll have a parade of costumes to show them off!  There will be prizes for the best home-made costumes in each phase.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning Year 6 

Last term we began our World War 2 topic.

We launched the topic by welcoming visitors from the Home Front Bus company. The focus of the day was to immerse the children in the daily lives of British people during the war. The children were introduced to the importance of community spirit through a session about food rationing and the need to grow your own vegetables. They also learnt about the role of ARP Wardens by facing the realities of bombing raids. The children particularly enjoyed taking part in drills, although they were not always the most efficient at this! Patience and ability to pay attention to detail were also tested when the children were required to draw their own Spitfires. Through strong resilience, all children produced accurate drawings that look fantastic on our World War 2 displays. It was lovely to see the children so engaged with their new topic, with lots of them desperate to share their prior knowledge. 

History lessons have provided the children with opportunities to study different sources that give us information about wartime. We began with the events that lead to the start of WW2, and have since considered evacuation for children in Britain as well as how Britons kept safe during the Blitz. The children loved doing independent research on the latter aspect, which they presented beautifully.


Our class text was Anna at War, which introduced the children to the Kindertransport and the realities of life for children living in Kent during WW2. The children were captivated by the story line and thoroughly enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns throughout the novel.

In our writing lessons, the children were able to understand the title character Anna further by writing in role as her for a diary entry that detailed her extraordinary journey to England. They were also able to use up levelled vocabulary to create effective similes and metaphors to describe the location of Ashcombe House, where Anna and Molly venture in search of jobs for Anna’s parents. The children then used dialogue to convey character and advance action between Anna and the stranger in the barn, which allowed them to explore the relationship between the two characters.


Throughout art lessons this term, the children have explored Henry Moore. They spent time researching him as an artist and practising his shading techniques, which included hatching and cross-hatching, before applying these to their own sketches of Kindertransport trains. It was rewarding to see the children gradually improve their shading skills across the term.


Looking forward to Term 4, we will be continuing to learn about different aspects of WW2, including the changing role of women and the Battle of Britain, as well as studying the war from a different perspective, using The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as our class text.                                                                                                                


Parents Evening: If you have not already done so, please make an appointment with your child’s class teacher at our second parent’s evening on Tuesday 28th February. Please refer to the email sent out prior to the half term break for further details and the School Interviews booking code. 

Book fair: Wednesday 22nd Feb-Tuesday 28th Feb - The Book Fair will be open from 3:15 -3:45 each day for you to come into school to delve into some new books. 


Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal: We do have families in our school community who have friends and relatives affected by the terrible earthquake in Turkey and Syria.  We’re keen to offer help through the DEC charity appeal, so please visit Home | Disasters Emergency Committee (dec.org.uk) to find out how you can help or to make a donation. Thank you. 

Parking: We have had some concerns form parents this week about irresponsible parking around the school site. Please be considerate of other road users in your parking choices. It’s essential that we all do this to keep our children safe. Thank you.  

Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/

Wednesday 22nd February - Tuesday 28th February - The Book Fair, 3.15 -3.45pm

Friday 24th February – TSA after school disco – Year 5/6

Monday 27th February – Friday 3rd March – Book Week

Tuesday 28th February - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Thursday 2nd March – NEU strike date

Friday 3rd March – Character Dressing up day for World Book Day

Wednesday 8th / Thursday 9th March – TSA Mothers’ Day present room NEW

Wednesday 15th March – Year 1 visit to Kent Life NEW

Wednesday 15th March – NEU strike date

Thursday 16th March – NEU strike date

Friday 17th March – National Science Day

Friday 17th March - Rochester Bridge Trust visit to Year R NEW

Monday 20th March – Francophonie Day

Thursday 23rd March – Year 2 visit to Rochester Guildhall Museum and Upnor Castle NEW

Thursday 30th March - IRock Performance to parents am

Friday 31st March – Last day of term 4 for pupils

Monday 17th April – First day of term 5 for pupils

Monday 1st May - Bank Holiday – School Closed

May – Year 2 (KS1) SATs

Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday in honour of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

Tuesday  9th – Friday 12th May – Year 6 (KS2) SATs

Friday 19th May – Y5 Visit to Maidstone Museum

Monday 22nd– Friday 26th May – Outdoor learning week

Friday 26th May – Last day of term 5 for pupils

Monday 5th June - INSET Day – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 6th June – First day of term 6 for pupils

Tuesday 6th- Friday 9th June – STEAM week

w/c Tuesday 6th June – Year 4 Multiplication Times Tables check

w/c Monday 12th June – Year 1 Phonics check

Friday 30th June – Sports Day

Friday 7th July – Reserve Sports Day

Friday 21st July – Last day of term/academic year for pupils 

Class assemblies 

Class assemblies will be held in the school hall on Friday afternoons.  Parents/carers and family members from each class are warmly invited to join us in school for these events, as our children love to share their learning with you.  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 2.50 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. 

Friday 3rd March              Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 10th March           Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 17th March           Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 24th March           Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 31st March            Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 28th April               Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 5th May                  Pink Class Assembly

Friday 12th May               Red Class Assembly                                   

Friday 19th May               Bears Assembly

Friday 26th May               Owls Assembly

Friday 16th June               Hedgehogs Assembly


Welcome to Term 5

The last day of Term 5 is Friday 24th May 2024

The first day of Term 6 for pupils is Tuesday 4th June 2024

(Monday 3rd June 2024 is an INSET Day, School is closed for pupils)