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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 2nd July 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Thank you for your responses to our 2021 Parent/Carer Survey. We received 216 responses in total, so thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views. 

At Tunbury, our aim is for our children to be safe, happy and successful. With this in mind, it was encouraging to read that the overwhelming majority of parents and carers agree that this is being achieved for their child. 98% of parents agreed that ‘my child is happy at Tunbury’, 96% agreed that ‘my child feels safe at Tunbury’ and 94% agreed that ‘my child does well at school’. 

We were also really pleased to receive a range of positive comments about what works well at our school. For example, it’s good to know that you feel that our communication during the Covid pandemic has been good, you notice and appreciate our staff team’s dedication and you value our sense of community. 

As well as the positive comments, we also appreciate your constructive suggestions for improvement. We have read every response and they will be a key factor in making our plans for school development from September 2021. We have also included a summary of your overall responses in the ‘notices’ section below. 

Next week, we’re all looking forward to our Tunbury Maths Olympics and Sports Week. Children have been already learning about the Olympics in assembly – why not ask your child to explain to you what the Olympics rings and our Tunbury school values have in common! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. Enjoy the football on Saturday – come on England! 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 3 

In maths we have been learning about time. We have used clocks to help us tell the time to the nearest five minutes and to solve problems about the duration of time; using timetables to answer reasoning questions. We have also learned how many seconds are in a minute, minutes in an hour and hours in a day. We are currently learning about the properties of shapes. Recognising angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn; we linked this to our computing lessons, writing algorithms for Turtle Academy, the children really enjoyed giving the turtle instructions. In addition, we are learning how to identify right angles and can link this information to making quarter, half and three quarter turns. We have used the right angle finders that we made to explore the classroom looking for angles that are greater than or less than a right angle. We used a range of geometric lines to recreate Mondrian’s artwork.


Our book this term is ‘Fantastically Great Women Scientists and their Stories’, which tells the stories of some of the world’s greatest female scientists. We have read about Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut to fly into space.  We discussed the features of informal writing before planning and writing fact files, including headings and subheadings, we presented these as a double page spread in our books. We also learned how to organise our information into paragraphs, which we used when we wrote biographies.    


This term, our topic is Heroes and Heroines. Katherine Johnson is our first heroine, helping to bring Apollo 13 back down to earth whilst working at NASA. Children have been able to research their own hero or heroine using safe search engines and making good use of their improved note taking skills. Working in pairs, children are using their research to create a PowerPoint presentation about their chosen hero or heroine. We are looking forward to presenting our PowerPoints next week on our inspirational heroes such as David Attenborough, Marcus Rashford and Malala Yousafzai.


In science, we have compared and grouped together a variety of everyday materials based on whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identified some magnetic materials. We have also investigated what happens when you try to put two magnets next to each other, using the words attract and repel.



Message from the SENCo, Miss Byrne :

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that all of your child’s SEND information in terms of their current support in class and (where applicable) adaptions in class will be transferred by your child’s current class teacher to their new teacher. Meetings will be taking place in the next two weeks between receiving teachers and transferring teachers, to ensure that all SEND information is shared. This will include all the current interventions and in class support that your child currently has on their class’s term 6 class provision map. Receiving teachers will continue with these interventions in September 2021 with their TA teams.

If your child has an EHCP plan, ISP or personalised plan in place then you will meet with me regularly to review targets and set new interventions. This is wave 2/3 level SEND support.

If your child has SEND but they do not have these plans in place your child’s class teacher is the person that will support you with your child’s day to day interventions under wave 1 quality first teacher support. They will share these with you at parent evenings also. Your class teacher is also the best person to discuss your child’s progress with you.

If you have any concerns or would like to talk to me please contact the school office or email me on the send email address: 8862530.senco@tunbury.kent.sch.uk

Kind regards,

Miss Byrne

Team Points: This week’s scores are as follows. Rowling team are still in the lead – well done red team!









Maths Olympics and Sports Week: Next week is Maths Olympics and Sports Week.

In Maths Olympics, children will be working on Olympics-themed Maths in their Maths lessons all week: Money Monday, Time Tuesday, Weighing Wednesday, Triangle Thursday and Fraction Friday! Also on Friday 9th July, children can wear Maths themed clothes to school, for example wearing clothes with numbers, patterns and shapes. There will be a ‘Maths outfit’ prize for every year group, so please be as creative as you can.

Also next week, children will be taking part in Sports Day activities in their normal PE slots throughout the week. Children need to wear PE kits on their normal PE days, as usual. They will be taking part in events based on Olympics and Paralympic sports, team games and running races. All children will win points for their house team and these points will be combined to find our winning house teams. Our winners will be awarded our Sports Day cups for EYFS/KS1 (Year R, 1 and 2) and KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) on Friday.

Unfortunately, we are not able to invite parents/carers in to school for these events – we are sorry for the disappointment this will cause. We very much hope that next year, we will be back to normal!

Class Photos: We managed to dodge the rain on Wednesday and take our class photos outside. We will be sending you a link from Tempest Photographers shortly to enable you to purchase your child’s class photo. Please place your orders asap so that your photo can be delivered to school before the end of term.

Year 6 class photos have been rescheduled to the morning of Tuesday 6th July.

2021 Parent/Carer survey: Here is a summary of your responses, compared to figures for all schools nationally.


% agree or strongly agree

(June 2021)

All schools nationally

% agree or strongly agree

(Ofsted Parent View figures,

Sept 19 - March 20)

My child is happy at this school.



My child feels safe at this school.



The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved.



My child has not been bullied.



The school makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year.



When I have raised concerns with the school they have been dealt with properly.



My child has SEND, and the school gives them the support they need to succeed.



The school has high expectations for my child.



My child does well at this school.



The school lets me know how my child is doing.



There is a good range of subjects available to my child at this school.



The school supports my child's wider personal development.



Tunbury has maintained good communication throughout Covid disruption.



During Covid, our remote learning provision was effective.



The school has supported my child's well-being on the return to school following lockdown.



I would recommend this school to another parent.



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 so that we can contact you.

Entry/Exit procedures: These are unchanged for Term 6 and remain as follows.

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time


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/

Monday 5th July 2021 – Graduoke filming – Year 6

Monday 5th July – Friday 9th July – Maths Olympics and Sports Week

Tuesday 6th July – Year 6 class photos   NEW

Friday 9th July – children can wear Maths themed clothes for the end of Maths Olympics week – see notices section for further guidance

Friday 16th July – Whole school transition day

Monday 19th July – TSA ‘Dare to be different’ day

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6


Reminder: Friday 1st April is the last day of Term 4.

Children return on Tuesday 19th April.