Weekly Bulletin: Friday 28th January 2022
Headteacher’s message to parents/carers
Looking ahead to next Friday’s NSPCC Number Day, today we are asking ‘Why is Maths so important?’
At Tunbury, our school vision is to inspire our children to be successful, independent, life-long learners. We want our children to leave Tunbury with a sound Mathematical understanding that enables them to go on to further success at secondary school, including a good grade at Maths GCSE. While this may seem a long way off (especially if your child is in Reception!) it is worth thinking about how you can support your children to be successful in Maths at every stage of this journey.
Having a good education in Mathematics opens doors for our children later in life – both employers and universities look for Maths and English qualifications above everything else. Confidence in Maths enables us to manage our money (eg our pay, bank accounts and credit cards) and apply Maths knowledge to our everyday lives (eg using time, measurement and calculations). Next week, children are going to be thinking about how Maths is used in different jobs. To help with this, could you explain to your children how you use Maths in your job? Whether you are an electrician, cleaner, nurse, fitness instructor, builder, accountant or rocket scientist, you will use Maths in your daily work! Please tell your children about this and help them to understand why Maths is so important.
For further details of NSPCC Number Day next Friday, please read the information in our notices section.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Our Learning: Year R
Our topic is titled ‘Once upon a time’ this term.
We have been learning about traditional tales. We started the topic with learning the story of the Gingerbread man. We each made our own Gingerbreads which tasted yummy. We made puppets, wrote labels and speech bubbles.
In our Forest School session, we saw a bridge, we must have woken up a troll as our classrooms were left in a little bit of a mess we found a message saying ‘Who went trip trap over my bridge?’
The children were very excited and wrote signs to the troll. After a lot of discussion we decided that the troll needs to learn the Tunbury Rules so we have been writing messages to him.
This launched our story this week of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have been re telling the story by using puppets we have made and role play.
We have also been learning about different artists, we looked at Andy Goldsworthy who is an environmental artists. We used different objects to create our own pieces of art inspired by the artist. In Forest School we used leaves and other natural objects to create sculptures. We worked with our friends to create our masterpieces.
Number Day: Next week, Friday 4th February 2022, we will be taking part in NSPCC's Number Day with the theme of ‘Dress up for Digits’. This is a maths-inspired fundraising event where schools across the UK raise money for the UK's Children's Charity, NSPCC. On this day, children will be taking part in a number of maths activities and are encouraged to make a donation and wear an item of clothing associated with maths, for example a pattern, number, shape etc.
NSPCC Number Day is important for many reasons. First and foremost, it helps children to become aware of how they can seek support if they need it. It is also a great chance to encourage children to enjoy maths and help them develop their skills in a fun, positive and motivational way. The funds raised support the NSPCC and make sure that they're able to help as many children as possible. You can make your donation at: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/support-us/ways-to-give/donate/
Thank you for your support.
Norman Day: Year 4 will be having a Norman Day on Friday 11th February 2022. The day will consist of a range of Norman related activities. As part of this theme day children in Year 4 are invited to dress up as a Norman citizen or a Norman knight. Year 4 are really excited about their Norman day and hope that you will encourage your child in Year 4 to dress up and take part in their special day.
Team Points: This week, our team points are as follows. Holmes are still in the lead – well done!
Parent Governor election: We have two candidates for our parent governor election – thank you! As a result, the ballot process is opening today. Please look out for the labelled brown envelopes that children are bringing home from school today, as this contains all the information and your ballot papers.
Multiplication Tables Check in Year 4: knowing your times tables and recalling them quickly is an essential skill to help children in lots of areas in maths. The government introduced a national test for Year 4 children on their times tables and this test is returning this academic year. Please see the leaflet in Parents - Letters and forms section - on our website for more information. Any practice you can do at home will help.
Peer mediators: We now have a specially trained group of Year 6 children who are Peer Mediators. Peer Mediators are available Key Stage 2 lunchtimes and can support children in Years 3-5 with minor disagreements or friendship issues, where a little extra help might be needed. We have Peer Mediators on duty every day at lunchtime and they are easily identifiable through their purple ‘Peer Mediator’ bibs.
Parent Helpers: if you are interested in being a parent helper to come into school and hear children read, we would like to hear from you, as we will be re-starting this in term 4. Please email the school office with your name, the name(s) of your child(ren) and the class(es) they are in, the days and times you are available and please state if you already hold a DBS certificate with us. Please email by Friday 4th February and we will be in touch soon after.
Covid-19: This week, we have seen the number of Covid cases in both children and staff reducing from last week’s peak. While this is encouraging, we do still have confirmed Covid cases in every year group. We hope that everyone who is currently unwell makes a swift recovery – our thoughts are with you. We have three classes (Magenta in Y5, Ruby in Y4 and Lavender in Y2) with high case numbers and additional control measures, although case numbers are now reducing in these classes too.
Please stay alert to possible Covid symptoms, get a test promptly if you or your child experience symptoms and follow all NHS guidance (www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do ). As always, it is essential that you do not enter the school site if you have any Covid symptoms.
As a reminder, if you have Covid cases in your household, our local Health Protection Team’s advice is for all other members of the household (including other children who are still attending school) to take a daily lateral flow test so that any transmission of Covid is detected as soon as possible.
If your child is in one of our classes currently experiencing high case numbers, you will have received an advisory letter recommending daily lateral flow tests (for children aged 5 or over).
Remote education: If your child is absent due to Covid and isolating at home, we will provide remote education for them. Please note: there is no need for children to engage in remote learning if they are unwell.
Remote education will not involve live lessons, but will consist of learning posted to Tapestry (for Year R and Year 1) or Teams (for Years 2-6). The work will include:
- Daily English and Maths learning, in line with the learning taking place within school.
- A standalone project that will link to the topic area for the term and support learning within the foundation subjects.
When you call to inform the school office of your child’s absence, we will share remote education with you. This will happen on the first day of absence, but as all teachers will be in class, please be aware that this may not be immediate.
For children in Reception and Year 1, the learning will be shared with you by Tapestry. For children in Year 2 to 6, the standalone project will already be uploaded to Teams in the files section of the class page. The daily English and Maths will then be shared with you via Teams.
Work can either be resubmitted via Tapestry or Teams, or brought in when your child returns to school. If you have any difficulties accessing the remote learning, please contact the School Office so that we can help.
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.
Friday 28th January – TSA Virtual Race Night *POSTPONED - NEW DATE TO BE ADVISED*
Friday 4th February – Number Day –including dressing up
Monday 7th February – Year 2 Pirate Day NEW
Monday 7th – Friday 11th February – Mental Health Week
Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day
Friday 11th February – Year 4 Norman Day NEW
Friday 11th February – Last day of term 3
Monday 21st February - INSET day (School closed for pupils)
Tuesday 22nd February – First day of term 4 for pupils
Thursday 24th February – Parent Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm
Tuesday 1st March- Parents Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm
Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day
Friday 18th March – Science Day
Friday 1st April – Last day of term 4
Tuesday 19th April – First day of Term 5
Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed
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
Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day
Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week
Monday 4th July – Sports Day (with Reserve Day Friday 8th July)
Thursday 21st July – Last day of term 6
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 2.50/2.55 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.
If you are visiting school for a class assembly, please wear a face covering (unless exempt) and take a lateral flow test on the day, before coming into school. Please do not attend school if you have a positive lateral flow test or any Covid symptoms. Class assemblies are held in the hall with only the class and their parents/carers present, so there is adequate space and ventilation and for this reason, attendance is not limited to 1 visitor per child for these events.
Friday 26th November – Crimson Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)
Friday 14th January - Ruby Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)
Friday 21st January – Azure Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)
Friday 28th January – Orange Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)
Friday 4th February – Blue Class Assembly
Friday 11th February – Emerald Class Assembly
Friday 4th March – Turquoise Class Assembly
Friday 11th March – Scarlet Class Assembly
Friday 18th March - Amber Class Assembly
Friday 25th March – Lavender Class Assembly
Friday 1st April – Violet 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
Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly
Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly