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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 26th January 2024

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

In assembly this week, we reminded children about British Values.  There are five values which we learn about in school, but these values apply to the whole of our country, not just pupils at Tunbury Primary School.  These values are: mutual respect, individual liberty, democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  Why not ask your child if they can remember any of these five?  Or ask them which is the most important of these values?

At the start of term, I shared the sad news that Team Tunbury had lost one of our wonderful colleagues, with the sudden passing of Diane Eacott.  On Wednesday afternoon next week (31st January), some members of staff will be attending her funeral, and as a result of this, your child might experience some changes of staff supervision, timetable or groupings from 1.30pm onwards.  Thank you for your understanding.

Looking further ahead, our Spring Term Open Afternoons are now in the Diary Dates, so we look forward to welcoming you into school to join your child in their learning.  Following positive feedback from parents/carers, we’re continuing with three sets of Open Afternoons per year, with Autumn and Spring dates planned for the whole school and Summer dates planned by individual year groups to fit with special moments in their curriculum.

As well as Spring Term Open Afternoons, we also have TSA events for the rest of the academic year published in Diary Dates today.  Thank you to our TSA committee for organising these – please add them to your calendars!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning Year 6

On Tuesday this week, we celebrated National Handwriting Day. The children were introduced to a style of calligraphy and spent part of their morning practising forming letters in this style. They enjoyed this activity as they felt it was fun to try a more creative way to write than their usual, everyday handwriting. Later on in spellings, they wrote their weekly spelling words in cursive handwriting on the windows in chalk pens. The children thought writing on the window was really calming and found being able to rub it out and try again if they made a mistake a real benefit. 

In English, we are working towards writing a setting description of Ashcombe House from Anna at War. We have spent some time using stimulus images of various settings to create figurative language in groups. The children worked effectively in their groups, bouncing their ideas off one another.  They used outstanding vocabulary and tried hard to refine their similes and metaphors to ensure they described the setting in the most engaging way.


In science this term, we have been studying the topic ‘Electricity’. We began by researching the history of electricity and creating timelines to display what was discovered and by whom. We then recalled our learning from Year 4 and drew symbols for different components within a circuit, including cells, wires and bulbs. This week, we used our knowledge of circuit components to predict what would happen to a bulb if we increased or decreased the number of cells within a circuit. After drawing the circuits by following the rules for this, we got to use equipment make them and test if our predictions were correct.


Also this week, the children have sat practice KS2 SATs papers in order to help them feel prepared and confident for May. The children were incredibly resilient and determined to show us what they are capable of. We have seen some fantastic progress across all three classes and we are so proud of the effort and positivity the children have shown throughout testing week, as we know this can feel challenging.     

Young Voices at the O2

On 18th January, 26 children from Years 4, 5 and 6, along with 4 members of staff set off for the O2 for a rehearsal with nearly 9,000 other children, led by an internationally renowned conductor, David Laurence, who was celebrating his 25 anniversary of leading the Young Voices choir.  The children were so excited, the staff even more so when we realised we had two spacious, corporate boxes for the duration!

Other acts, who joined us, included Nandi Bushell, the 13-year old drummer, who shot to fame recently – she was amazing!  Urban Strides were the dance group who taught us some of the dance moves for some of our songs.  M.C Grammar, an ex-teacher, has taken to rapping, as a means for children to learn different concepts in English.  His aim now is to try to do this for all other areas of the curriculum.  We were also joined by Lydia White, who currently plays Miss Honey in ‘Matilda – the musical’.  The children were thrilled to join her singing some of the songs from the show.

Later on, as the time for the concert got closer, the excitement grew!  There was lots of screaming from all the children when the lights went out and their torches went on!  From the minute our children got on the coach to go, to the minute they returned, they were buzzing!  They sang their hearts out.  It was a very long day but one I’m sure they will remember for many years to come!




We are delighted to be supporting the NSPCC by taking part in Number Day on Friday 2 February 2024.

Everything the NSPCC does protects children today and prevents future risks. By raising money, we can help to fund their vital services such as Childline – the helpline that’s always there for children and young people whatever their problem or concern. On average, a child contacts Childline every 45 seconds.

Number Day is a great way to make maths fun and bring about a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude towards it.

On Friday 2nd February 2024, we will be having a fun day of maths activities in school. Children will take part in activities in their classes as well as participating in a friendly competition called NSPCC Rocks on Times Table Rock Stars, where they will compete against other classes and schools nationally.

We are also encouraging everyone to take part in Dress up for Digits. Pupils could wear an item of clothing with a number or pattern on it or be even more creative and design their own outfit. We discussed creative ideas in our whole school assembly this week.

In order to support NSPCC, we are asking for a voluntary donation of £2 which can be made directly to the NSPCC website: Donate to Charity Online/Give to NSPCC today/NSPCC

We’re really looking forward to all the fun of Number Day, and we really appreciate your support. All the money we raise at Tunbury Primary School will make an enormous difference to children today and help the NSPCC be there for children tomorrow.

Weekly Class Attendance: This is a weekly feature on our bulletin to highlight and celebrate good levels of attendance. Well done to Lavender Class who have achieved 100% attendance taking over top spot for KS1. Followed by Azure Class also with great attendance for KS2, well done! 


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Team Points: Our Team Points total is as follows…. Congratulations to Holmes team, taking the lead this week, with Rowling team in second place.









Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2023/24: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-23-24/

Term 3

Friday 2nd February – NSPCC Number Day

Tuesday 6th February – Safer Internet Day

Thursday 8th February - WW2 themed day, Year 6 (pupils invited to dress-up) NEW

Friday 9th February – Last day of term for pupils

Term 4

Monday 19th February – School Closed – INSET DAY

Tuesday 20th February – Start of Term 4 for pupils

Wednesday 21st February – Tuesday 27th February – Scholastic Travelling Book Fair

Thursday 22nd February – Parent Consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Tuesday 27th February – Parent Consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Monday 4th – Friday 8th March – Book Week

Tuesday 5th/Wednesday 6th March – (TSA) “Gifts for Her" present room NEW

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day (dress up as your favourite character)

Friday 1st March – Hearing and Vision Screening Year R

Monday 11th-15th March – British Science Week

Thursday 14th March – (TSA) School Disco & Non School Uniform day NEW

Mon 18th March – Open Afternoon, Y5/6 2.00-3.00 pm NEW

Tues 19th March – Open Afternoon, Y3/4 2.00-3.00 pm NEW

Wed 20th March – Open Afternoon YR 2.00-3.00 pm NEW

Wednesday 20th March – Visit to Imperial War Museum, London – Year 6

Thurs 21st March – Open Afternoon, Y1/2 2.00-3.00 pm NEW

Thursday 28th March – (TSA) Easter Trail NEW

Thursday 28th March – Last day of term for pupils

Term 5

Monday 15th April – Start of Term 5 for pupils

Monday 6th May – BANK HOLIDAY – School Closed

Monday 13th-Thursday 16th May – KS2 SATS Week Year 6

Friday 17th May – Outdoor Learning Day

Wednesday 22nd May – Year 5 trip to Maidstone Museum

Thursday 23rd May – (TSA) Tunbury's Got Talent NEW

Friday 24th May – Last day of term for pupils

Term 6

Monday 3rd June – School Closed – INSET DAY

Tuesday 4th June – Start of Term 6 for pupils

Tuesday 4th-7th June – STEAM Week

Monday 3rd June-14th June – Multiplication Times Tables Check Year 4

Monday 10th June-Friday 14th June – Phonics Screening – Year 1

Tuesday 11th / Wednesday 12th June – (TSA) “Gifts for Him" present room NEW

20th June – (TSA) School Disco & Non School Uniform day NEW

Friday 28th June – Sports Day (KS2 am, family picnic at lunchtime, FS/KS1 pm, TSA Refreshments)

Friday 5th July – Reserve Sports Day

Friday 19th July – (TSA) Dare to be Different NEW

Friday 19th July – Year 6 School Prom, 6.30 -9.30 pm NEW

Saturday 20th July – (TSA) Tunbury Summer Circus NEW

Tuesday 23rd July – Last day of term

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 2.45pm.  The assembly will begin at 2.50pm 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 26th January – Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 2nd February – Violet Class Assembly

Friday 9th February – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 1st March – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 8th March – Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 15th March – Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 22nd March – Pink Class Assembly

Friday 26th April – Magenta Class Assembly

Friday 3rd May – Lilac Class Assembly

Friday 10th May – Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 24th May – Red Class Assembly

Friday 7th June – Bears Class Assembly

Friday 14th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 21st June – Owls Class Assembly


Welcome to Term 4

The last day of Term 4 is Thursday 28th March 2024

The first day of Term 5 for pupils is Monday 15th April 2024 

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