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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 26th March 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

As you will see from the ‘our learning’ sections in each week’s bulletin, our teachers are always keen to bring the curriculum to life through a wide range of enrichment events. This week, we have had our ‘Rich Victorian’ day in Year 1, as well as our Greek day in Year 6. Thank you for your support with the amazing outfits for children. These days are always memorable for staff and children alike! 

Also this term, every year group has been experimenting with online enrichment events. In the age of online video conferencing, we have discovered some amazing opportunities for bringing experts or different experiences into the classroom (or remote education). 

  • Year R have linked up with a farmer, Sam, who has been providing weekly video updates on his sheep and Spring lambing. Our children have been transfixed by lambing news and we have also shared these videos with parents/carers via Tapestry. 
  • Year 1 were the first to try a virtual school trip, back in January – this inspired all our other year groups! Their visit to Whipsnade Zoo provided high quality scientific detail in a live video call, direct from the zoo. 
  • Year 2 also went on a virtual school trip to Leeds Castle, where they had a question and answer session with a member of staff. Children were able to ask their own questions to discover some intriguing information about castles. 
  • Year 3 enjoyed an online science demonstration, in which our scientist created various exciting experiments and explosions! This was linked to Year 3’s topic on chocolate, which has continued into this week with children designing and making their own chocolate bars. 
  • Year 4 are looking forward to their virtual visit to Colchester Zoo on Monday…. We hope you have a lovely ‘trip’! 
  • Year 5 enjoyed an online activity day with an Egyptologist, who led them on a virtual exploration of a tomb and discussed his role as an archaeologist. Children asked questions and found out plenty of fascinating (and unpleasant) facts about Ancient Egypt. 
  • Year 6 were thrilled to meet the author of ‘Anna at War’ (a Year 6 class text) and ask questions about both the story and the writing process. Additionally, children also enjoyed a Greek workshop with a historian sharing artefacts linked to their topic. 

As we haven’t been able to take our children on any school trips this year, these experiences are important in bringing the curriculum to life and providing added inspiration for children’s learning. We will continue to plan enrichment events for the Summer terms, as well as re-starting our in-school music lessons and our on-site Forest School provision. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Our Learning: Year 6

We have continued our topic of Ancient Greece, deepening our understanding and focusing on the Olympics. Using our research, we have created information pages all about how the Olympics began and what the games are like today. In our English lessons, we have finished our text (Who Let the Gods Out?) and have started to read a range of Greek myths. The children were given the opportunity to create their own myth through substituting ideas from King Midas and the Golden Touch. To end our learning, we have an Ancient Greek day (today), where we are dressed in Greek attire and exploring a range of Greek foods.

 

In our science lessons this term we have learned all about living things. We have built on the children’s knowledge from Year 4, exploring classification and the Linnaean system. We have investigated helpful and harmful microorganisms and undertook an experiment to find out what creates mould to grow on bread. The children were given 2 slices of bread and decided where to put their slices of bread. Some children put their slices in a warm and cold place, whilst others decided to put their slices in a dark and light place. We checked the bread over the period of a week to identify the different stages and conclude our results.

 

As well as this, some children participated in Science Day and undertook an experiment exploring how to split light into different colours.

 

In PSHE, we have discussed what is meant by ‘habit’ and whether they are good or bad. We have explored this in relation to tobacco, alcohol and drug misuse, identifying how these can be changed/stopped and why it can sometimes be hard to do so. The children shared mature and sensible strategies of how to break bad habits and the advice they would give to someone who needed support.

Online safety

Have a conversation: A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion.  By maintaining an open dialogue with your child and encouraging them to talk to you about their internet use, parents and carers can help children access the amazing resources the internet has to offer whilst keeping them safe online. 

Conversation starter ideas:

  1.      Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  2.      Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  3.      Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to reportor block on the services they use.
  4.      Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  5.     Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?

Resources to help start the conversation: As outlined in previous bulletins, a family agreement provides a framework that will help families set clear expectations for positive and safe internet use.

Let's Talk About Life Online is a short leaflet for parents and carers designed to support productive and positive conversations, see the link below:

 

 Let's talk about life online PDF Format (4.37 MB)

Talking about difficult topics: Often children and young people can see the internet as a source of information and knowledge when they have important questions about their lives, bodies and the world around them and their internet use can raise the need to have a conversation about some very difficult topics.

We understand that talking about these issues can be a daunting prospect for many parents/carers but it is important to remember that you are the best people for your children to talk to.

Mr May, Online safety lead

Notices 

School photos: Tempest photographers will be in school on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st April, straight after the Easter holidays, for individual and sibling photos. We have planned carefully to make sure that photographs can be taken without mixing different year group bubbles or sibling bubbles.

All children will have an individual photo taken, unless you tell us otherwise. Tempest will also be able to take photos of sibling groups of in-school children. Sorry - we are not able to facilitate pre-school sibling groups this year. If you would like a sibling group photo, please send an email to the school office (office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk) with details of your children’s names and classes. To reduce movement around the school, sibling photos will only be taken via parental request this year. Please send in your request by Thursday 1st April.

TSA Easter design competition: create an Easter themed sculpture or art work. There will be a prize for each year group winner. To enter please email a photo of your creation to vicechair@thetunburyschoolassociation.com by 3pm on Monday 29th March.

Comic Relief red nose day competition: We are also running a ‘design your own red nose’ competition. Red noses need to be designed at home and have to be handed to class teachers by Monday 29th March. The more creative the better! Entries will be judged by the school council and the winner will receive a £10 gift voucher.

Team Points: Here are this week’s totals. With one week to go, Hawking are retaining their lead – well done!

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

8331

6024

5493

9150

 iRock music lessons: these will resume next term! If you would like your child to join in and learn an instrument as part of a band, a letter with further details has been emailed and can be found on the school website https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Letters-Forms/

 Covid-19: It is vitally important that nobody with symptoms of Covid-19 should approach or enter the school site. 

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. 

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

If you need to inform us of a positive Covid test result for your child, please do so straight away, either by phone (during the working day) or email (in the evenings or weekend) to the school office: 01634 863085 or office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk . In your message, please include the date of symptoms starting, the date of the test and your phone number. 

Entry and Exit times: All siblings should enter and exit at the time and gate of the youngest child in the family group. 

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time

Gate

Year R

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Playground gate

Year 1

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Front gate

Year 2

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Front gate

Year 3

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Playground gate

Year 4

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Side gate

Year 5

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

Year 6

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

 Dates for your Diary 

Term Dates for 2020/21: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-2020-2021/ 

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

Friday 26th March - Year 6 Ancient Greek Day

Monday 29th March – Thursday 1st April – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6

Monday 29th March – Year 4 virtual visit to Colchester Zoo NEW

Thursday 1st April – last day of Term 4

Monday 19th April – Start of Term 5

Tuesday 20th April – Tempest photographers in school NEW

Wednesday 21st April – Tempest photographers in school NEW

Friday 23rd April – Attainment Updates sent home to parents/carers

Friday 28th May – Last day of Term 5

Monday 7th June – INSET Day – children do not attend school

Tuesday 8th June – first day of Term 6 for children

Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6

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