Weekly Bulletin:Friday 26th January 2024
Headteacher’s message to 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.
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!
Weekly Attendance Percentage
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/
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
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
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
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 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