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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 29th January 2021

Headteacher’s message to children at home 

Hello everyone 

Your teachers have been telling me just how hard you are working at home – fabulous stuff! It’s great to hear how much you are enjoying the live lessons and that you are doing your very best with your learning, even though you’re not in school. 

This week, you may have heard the news that we can’t all come back into school straight after half term. I know that you will be disappointed about this – we are too! 

While we are waiting to be back together again, please keep working hard, being kind and showing respect at home. Remember to help your mums and dads as much as you can. They are working really hard to help you, so please make sure that you are helping them!  

Have a lovely weekend everyone. I hope to see you next week in my assemblies on Wednesday.

 Best wishes

Mrs Austin 

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

My main message for you today is a simple but heartfelt thank you! As home schooling looks to continue for another few weeks, we do realise just how hard you are working to balance support for your children’s learning with all the other demands on your time. It’s not easy, so thank you for everything you are doing. 

Please remember that we are here to support you with remote education as much as we possibly can. Our remote education ‘offer’ is now published on our website at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Remote-Education/  

Following this week’s government announcement that 8th March is the earliest possible date for all children to return to school, we have taken the decision to postpone parent consultations. These had been planned for the 2 weeks prior to 8th March, and while these could have gone ahead with your child’s current in-school bubble or remote education teacher, we have decided to postpone until later in the Spring term, in the hope that consultations can go ahead with normal class teachers on or after the return to school. We will keep you informed and let you know as soon as we can. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. Take care and stay safe. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Online safety

As we, and our children, are spending an increasing amount of time online, with remote learning and being in lockdown, we felt it was prudent to look at how to help our children stay safe online. Once again, Tunbury will be engaging with online safety week and the children will be working on how they can enjoy the online world whilst being safe.

As a parent or carer it can be hard to ensure that children are being safety conscience at all times. The guide below gives some useful, practical tips on discussing online safety with your children whilst also engaging with their online presence.

 

I hope that you find this information useful and I will continue to add information on the bulletin each week as well as on the school website.

Mr May, online safety lead

Our Learning: Year 5 

In Maths this term, Year 5 have been focussing on area and perimeter. We have demonstrated our increasing understanding by calculating the area and perimeter of 2D, compound and irregular shapes.

We have recently began focussing on long multiplication, deepening our knowledge and challenging ourselves with harder calculations and trickier reasoning questions. Shortly, we are moving on to division which we are sure will be just as successful!

This term in English, Year 5 have focussed on the book. ‘The Scarab's Secret' by Nick Would. This book has been thoroughly enjoyed by all children and has allowed them to make links to Ancient Egypt. For our writing, the children have been able to use the Year 5 objectives to write in a range of different styles - diary entries, dialogue, descriptions and recounts. In reading, the children have worked hard to use the skill 'Point, Explain, Evidence' to explore and show good comprehension skills. 

 

 The topic that Year 5 have been studying this term is ‘Ancient Egypt’. The children have been researching all things Egyptian, initially locating Egypt on a map and then looking at the River Nile in more detail, including how it flooding allowed the Egyptians to become excellent farmers. Year 5 have also followed the journey of a scribe into the after-life, looked at how the Ancient Egyptians prepared a pharaoh’s mummy, what they would fill a canopic jar with and they have even had the opportunity to mummify an orange! They will finish the topic by creating their own canopic jars, learning about the Ancient Egyptian creation myths and producing fact-files on the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses.

 

Notices 

Remote learning information for parents/carers: Our guide for parents/carers is now published on our website at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Remote-Education/ 

Covid-19: It is vitally important that nobody with symptoms of Covid-19 should approach or enter the school site. Please be aware of the following government advice: 

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 children who have been attending school, 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. 

Staffing news: It’s Mrs Walker’s last day today, before starting her maternity leave on Monday. Everyone at Tunbury wishes her all the very best, especially children and parents in Bears class. 

Half term: the government confirmed this week that during the half term holiday, schools will be closed as normal. 

Team Points: Team points are being awarded for children working at home, as well as children working at school. With two more weeks to go, Hawking team are still in the lead – great work!

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

492

614

565

695

Entry and exit times reminder: Please be on time for the 5-minute entry/exit slots for your year group. The times are now as follows.

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time

Gate

Year R

8.50 – 8.55

3.05 – 3.10

Playground gate

Year 1

8.40 – 8.45

3.10 – 3.15

Front gate

Year 2

8.45 – 8.50

3.15 – 3.20

Front gate

Year 3

8.40 – 8.45

3.10 – 3.15

Playground gate

Year 4

8.40 – 8.45

3.10 – 3.15

Side gate

Year 5

8.45 – 8.50

3.15 – 3.20

Playground gate

Year 6

8.45 – 8.50

3.15 – 3.20

Side gate

 Dates for your Diary 

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

Friday 12th February – last day of Term 3

Monday 22nd February – INSET DAY – no children in school

Tuesday 23rd February – children return to school for the start of Term 4

New - parents’ evening now postponed – re-scheduled dates during Term 4 to be confirmed, depending on the government’s date for a full return to school for all children.

Thursday 1st April – last day of Term 4

 

 

 

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