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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 28th April 2023

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

Community is important to us at Team Tunbury, so we love to invite you into school to share in your child’s learning.  In the Autumn and Spring terms, we do this as a whole school, with a series of Open Afternoons in a single week.  Through the positive feedback you have given, we know that you enjoy our Open Afternoons, so we’re keen to continue and extend these further.  In the Summer term, we are planning our Open Afternoons slightly differently, with a curriculum-based parent/carer event for every year group, timed to fit in with the learning sequence for each year group.  Here are the details:

Year Group

Summer Term event for Parents/Carers




Year R

Cooks and Books 

A cookery session based around a text. The parents will come into classes and hear the story with the children then will go into the hall to create some food together, then share.  This is a cross curricular event, for PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) areas as well as UTW (Understanding the World)

Tea and coffee available 

Wednesday 12th July


Main hall 

Year 1

Making Moon buggies 

This will be a DT session. The children will be making their Moon buggies that they would have designed in the morning. We will have different stations set up e.g. glue gun station, decorating station, making station etc. 

Tea and coffee available 

Monday 15th May


Main hall

Year 2

Making Fruit Kebabs
This will be a DT session. The children will be designing and making fruit kebabs. They will be peeling, cutting and threading different fruits onto a kebab stick. A range of exotic fruits will be tasted and the kebabs will be evaluated.

Wednesday 21st June



Year 3

Science investigations – Forces
This will launch our science topic of Forces. We will be investigating friction, air resistance and water resistance.

Thursday 29th June


Main hall or field (dependent on the weather)

Year 4

Survival Shelters 

This will be a DT session. The children will be making their own survival shelters that they would have designed in previous lessons. The children will be using pieces of wood and natural materials which they have collected. 

Wednesday 12th July 2023



Year 5

Art in the style of Henri Rousseau

Come and join Year 5 as they link their rainforest topic with art work by Rousseau. Prior to your visit the children will have painted the background and mid-ground and this parent visit will culminate in creating the foreground of our rainforest using a multi-media effect.

Monday 10th July



Year 6

Afternoon Tea

This will be an opportunity for parents to join our Year 6 pupils in the hall for an afternoon of celebration. Our Year 6 pupils will be charged with the very important task of making quality scones for all to enjoy- jam, cream, and additional light refreshments (e.g. juice/squash) will also be provided.  

Thursday 13th July


Main Hall

Thank you to all of our teachers and Phase Leaders for planning such a great range of events.  Parents/carers, please put these dates into your calendars for the summer term and we look forward to seeing you.  (There is no need to book for these events.)  We hope that getting involved in your child’s education will help to create a really high level of ambition for all Tunbury learners – our children are superstars and we want them all to fly high!  

Congratulations to our Netball team, who competed in the Mini Youth Games on Tuesday this week.  They did a great job, representing Team Tunbury with pride and confidence, so well done everyone!  A full report is in the Notices section – thank you to Miss Landa-Arrese and Mrs Gladdish for leading the team so well.

Finally, just a reminder about a couple of other community events: the Year 2-4 school disco this afternoon (children are very excited!) and our Coronation Celebration event next Friday afternoon.  Lots to look forward to!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year R

This term our topic is entitled ‘Super growing!’ we have started to learn about different life cycles. We have looked at the story ‘The hungry caterpillar’ and learnt about how caterpillars change into butterflies. 

We are going to visit a real farm to see where our food comes from on the 11th May. This week we met Emma the Farmer. We wrote lots of questions to ask her. Emma was amazing and answered all of the questions including ‘Why do farmers have weeds in their mouths?’ turns out that farmers bite wheat to see if it is ready to harvest.


We have started to learn about the upcoming coronation and learn some facts about the King. We have been creating our own bunting with Union Jacks as well as creating our own crowns.

In Phonics we have been working very hard to read words and sentences. We have also been writing our own sentences. We have started to look at –ed at the end of words and how that changes the meaning.

In Maths we have started to work with teen numbers. We have looked at the composition of teen numbers with the children creating them by using groups of ten and some more. 


2023 Parent/Carer Survey: Our annual parent/carer survey is now open at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TPSparent2023   We have 68 responses so far – please could you add to this number?  Please take 10 minutes to share your views with us because it really does make a difference.  Thank you.

Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III: To celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort, we will be holding our very own Coronation Celebration at Tunbury School on Friday 5th May from 2pm - 4pm.


You are welcome to collect your children from their usual classrooms at 2pm and then join us for music, a variety of inflatable activities, food and drinks and our very popular ice cream van!  Let’s come together as a community to celebrate this momentous occasion in our history!

 Dodgeball Club: Mr Kent's after school club on Friday 5th May will not be taking place due to the Coronation celebration.

Lost property: Today after school, there will be a table on the top playground with the items from the lost property boxes for parents to come and look at. Any items left will be disposed of. Our lost property area is outside Magenta classroom, near the quiet area. All named items will be returned to pupils but any UNNAMED items will be put in the lost property boxes. If you have lost something please look in the boxes after school. 

Netball competition: On Tuesday 25th April, we took 9 pupils from year 5 and 6 to Rainham Girls School to take part in the Mini Youth Games netball cup competition. The team displayed impeccable teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the day and should all be extremely proud of how they conducted themselves both on and off court. We started the day off strong with a 1 – 0 win, an incredible goal scored by Gracie in the first half, a quick substitution had to be made after an injury but Donnie didn’t let that stop him from getting some spectacular interceptions in every game throughout the rest of the competition. The team faced some tough competition from some experienced schools, however they rallied together and persevered nonetheless. It was fantastic to see how immersed the whole team were in the day and in the sport when playing, but also while off court watching other schools compete. Out of the eight games we scored a total of 9 goals and placed 20th out of the 26 teams that participated. We would like to say a huge thank you to parents for transporting their children to and from the venue, and of course huge congratulations to the team for a fantastic effort while playing and for representing Tunbury Primary School with respect and integrity.

Staffing news: We are welcoming two new colleagues to Team Tunbury.  We have a new Teaching Assistant in Year 4, Miss Seldon-Hollands, who joined us on Monday and will be mainly working with Lilac class.  We also have a new Receptionist joining us in our school office to cover Mrs Foreman’s maternity leave.  Our new Receptionist is Mrs L Ward, who will be starting with us on Tuesday.  We’ll have a couple of weeks of transition, with both Mrs Foreman and Mrs Ward working in the office together before Mrs Foreman starts her maternity leave later on in May.  Please bear with us in the office during this transition time, while Mrs Ward learns everything she needs to know about Tunbury! 

Weekly Class Attendance: This is a weekly feature on our bulletin to highlight and celebrate good levels of attendance. Crimson Class take the top spot again alongside Indigo Class, amazing work! Blue Class are our KS1 stars this week. Keep it up! 


Weekly Attendance Percentage












































Team Points: In our first totals of the new term, Holmes are in the lead, with over 2000 points already!  As a result, it was Holmes Bear who was collected by the Holmes House Captains for a Tunbury tour this week….









 Dates for your Diary 

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

Monday 1st May - Bank Holiday – School Closed

May – Year 2 (KS1) SATs

Tuesday 2nd May - NEU Strike Day

Wednesday 3rd , Thursday 4th, Friday 5th May – CATs tests – Year 5 NEW

Friday 5th May – Y3 Visit to Wingham Wildlife Park

Friday 5th May – Coronation Celebration 2pm – 4 pm

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

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

Thursday 11th May – Year R visit to Nonington Farm

Monday 15th May – Year 1 Open Afternoon, Making Moon buggies – main hall 2pm NEW

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 16th June – TSA Disco for Year R and Year 1 children

Tuesday 20th June - New Entrants meetings in-school 3.30-4.30pm, or online 5.00-5.30pm

Wednesday 21st June – Year 2 Open Afternoon, Making Fruit Kebabs – classrooms 2pm NEW

Thursday 29th June – Year 3 Open Afternoon, Science investigations – Main hall or field 2pm NEW

Friday 30th June – Sports Day

Friday 7th July – Reserve Sports Day

Monday 10th July – Year 5 Open Afternoon, Art in the style of Henri Rousseau – classrooms 2pm NEW

Wednesday 12th July – Year R Open Afternoon, Cooks and Books – Main hall 2pm NEW

Wednesday 12th July – Year 4 Open Afternoon, Survival Shelters – Classrooms 2pm NEW

Thursday 13th July – Year 6 Open Afternoon, Afternoon Tea – Main hall 2 pm NEW

Wednesday 19th July – Year 6 Production 2pm and 6:30pm

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 28th April               Sapphire Class Assembly

Thursday 4th May             Pink Class Assembly - Please note change of date

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)