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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 25th March 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

This week, we came to the end of our winter after-school clubs program, so it seems like a good time to celebrate the successes and opportunities that children have enjoyed.  

We have offered an extensive range of clubs: football, netball, Spanish, mindfulness colouring, board games, Science, basketball, multi-sport, coding, singing and dodgeball.  Children have loved their clubs and it has been lovely to see them developing their skills in different areas.  We now have Reception children saying “Hola! ¿Qué tal?”, Year 4 children creating their own game in code and Year 6 children loving basketball.  

We have had some really positive comments from parents too, with the clubs being described as “absolutely brilliant!” and “it’s amazing to give children the chance to try something different”. 

One of my own favourite moments from this week was our Singing Club’s performance on Wednesday.  Twenty two members of Singing Club sang songs from the ‘Young Voices’ concert to an audience made up of family, friends and staff in our school hall.  We were all so impressed with their performance – they really sang their hearts out! 

None of these opportunities would be possible without the dedication of our staff team, so I would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has given their own time to run an extra-curricular club.  This commitment to the school community is really welcomed and appreciated by everyone in Team Tunbury. 

While our winter after-school clubs program has now finished, we will be in touch with details of our summer after-school clubs program soon. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin

Headteacher    

Science Day 2022 

On Friday 18th March our school took part in Science Day as it was British Science Week. We had a special show called ‘Science…The Best Bits’, which all children thoroughly enjoyed. We saw some excellent scientific demonstrates and fascinating specimens. Children were able to ask a real life scientists their questions including ‘How to planes fly?’

In Year R, the children spent time looking at patterns. They were able to link this learning to the life cycle of a frog. It all began when a mysterious tank appeared in Year R, children sketched their initial findings. Following this the children have tracked the frogspawn journey, have a look below:

 In Year 1, the children really enjoyed learning about different aspects of growth. Firstly, we set up an experiment in which we planted different types of seeds in a glove and made a prediction on which plant we thought would grow fastest. We are enjoying watching these grow and making notes on how they are growing. We then made slime. We used are measuring skills to see how much it had grown once we had stretched it.

 

In Year 2, children continued to investigate what plants need to grow. They conducted an experiment to investigate where plants grow best and with what resources. The children planted seeds in cups, they then created different variables to test. They have discovered that the best place to grow a plant is using heat, water and soil. Have a look at the growth below:

 

In Year 3, children were investigating growth of the body. The children’s main focus was the growth of bones. The children designed an investigation to answer the question, ‘Do people with longer femur bones jump further?’ The children designed a fair test to answer this question. The children concluded that the children with shorted femur bones jumped the furthest. 

 

Year 4 explored the question ‘What do animals need to survive?’ We conducted some research on all the planets, to consider why Earth is the only planet with human life. Following this we designed our own planet. We had to consider the features of our planet to enable a creature to in habitat the planet. We then designed creatures to live on our planets, this required the children to consider the characteristics of the animals to ensure they would survive. Finally, the children made their creatures using plasticine. Have a look below:

 

Year 5 looked into what made an optical illusion, we explored a 3-d ladder and how direction altered perception. We then had a go at making our own optical illusions. To finish science day year 5 explored the idea of growth and considered the question ‘do we stop growing?’ Some children tackled this through a debate and others created a poster representing growth.

 
Year 6 explored how to make an eco-friendly and sustainable burger. Children researched the journey of food, this required children to investigate where food came from and the carbon footprint of the food. Children then designed their own burger using sustainable resources.       

Notices 

TSA Easter Scavenger Hunt: This event will take place on the last day of term, Friday 1st April at 3.15 pm.  Book your tickets via the TSA website - www.thetunburyschoolassociation.com by Wednesday 30th March (Limited spaces). Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. 

Team Points:
This week’s points totals are as follows, with Hawking team still in the lead – congratulations!

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

3490

3147

3371

3590

iRock: On Thursday 24th March we were treated to some magnificent musical performances from our iRock bands. These bands are made up from groups of children in all year groups. The children have been learning how to play musical instruments such as drums, keyboard, electric and bass guitar as well as vocals over a number of weeks and combined their skills and talents to form bands performing hits such as Ed Sheeran's Bad Habits and Katy Perry's Roar. We are all really proud of the dedication, commitment and skill that all the children showed.... plus we all enjoyed singing along too!

If your child is interested joining iRock, please visit their website for more information: https://irockschool.com/

After School Clubs: This series of clubs have now finished. Further details of our next Summer Clubs will be sent out in due course.

Covid-19: Case numbers have eased slightly in school this week, although we still have some children and staff testing positive.  Reminder: please follow the current national guidance on Covid and check this if you or your children experience Covid symptoms or a positive case.  Further details are at:  When to stay at home if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do - NHS (www.nhs.uk)  Thank you for your support.

Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2021/22: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/
Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/ 

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. 

Monday 28th March 3.30-4.30pm: Send Forum, opportunity for parents to discuss SEND with Medway SEND parental support SENDIAS

Wednesday 30th March – Poor Victorian Day – Year 1 NEW

Thursday 31st March – Ancient Greek Workshop – Year 6

Friday 1st April – Last day of term 4

Friday 1st April – TSA Non-Uniform Day

Friday 1st April – TSA Easter Egg Hunt

Tuesday 19th April – First day of Term 5

Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed

Thursday 5th May – Year 3 visit to Living Land, Kent County Showground, Detling NEW

Friday 6th May – TSA Race Night

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

Monday 13th June – School Health Questionnaire – Year 6

Tuesday 14th / Wednesday 15th June – TSA Father’s Day present room

Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day

Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week

Saturday 2nd July – TSA Summer Fair

Monday 4th July – Sports Day (with Reserve Day Friday 8th July)

Friday 15th July – TSA ‘Dare to be different’ day

Friday 15th July – TSA Family Picnic

Monday 18th July 3.30-4.30pm - SEND Forum with Kent SEND parental support kentiask

Thursday 21st July – Last day of term 6

Class assemblies 

We have now resumed our program of 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 2.45/2.50 pm.  The assembly will begin at around 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. 

Please see the re-arranged dates for the five classes who have had assemblies postponed due to Covid disruption. Please note: assemblies for Scarlet, Crimson and Orange classes are on Monday afternoons. 

Friday 25th March – Lavender Class Assembly

Monday 28th March – Scarlet Class Assembly

Friday 1st April – Violet Class Assembly

Monday 25th April – Crimson 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

Monday 20th June – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly

Friday 8th July – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 15th July – Ruby Class Assembly

Noticeboard

Reminder: Friday 1st April is the last day of Term 4.

Children return on Tuesday 19th April.