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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 30th April 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

 Dear Parents/Carers, 

I usually write this weekly message on Friday mornings at about 9.30, and this week is no exception. Today, I have just taken a quick walk around our school and I have to say that it’s such a pleasure to see children being so active and enjoying their learning. For example, today we have a group of Year 6 children on bicycles taking their Bikeablity training on the school playground, one of our Tunbury bands (drums, keyboard, guitar and vocal) playing in the school hall and Reception children coming outside for learning in their newly spruced-up outside area.

 This week, we have held pupil progress meetings where senior leaders, phase leaders and class teachers look at children’s progress in every class. This time, our focus has been on progress pre- and post-Covid lockdowns, by comparing children’s attainment from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021. As a result, we’re making adjustments to classroom provision in order to support all of our children in their next steps in learning. We’re also going to be focusing on promoting children’s reading, both in-school and at home, so watch this space for our next steps. In the meantime, please remember that hearing your children read regularly at home is one of the most powerful steps you can take as a parent/carer to support their primary education. 

Finally, today we held our first whole-school assembly with all 21 classes present, as Reception classes joined our Friday assembly for the first time. While we can’t get everyone together in the hall, we can all meet on Teams, and it was lovely for our older children to see our Reception children, and vice versa! We asked our Year 6 children to share messages for our youngest learners – my favourite was from Tilly in Violet class who said: “Enjoy your time at Tunbury, because time flies.” Wise words indeed! 

Have a lovely long weekend everyone -we’ll see children back in school on Tuesday. Please take care and stay safe. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Online Safety: inappropriate content 

With children having an ever increasing online presence, it is inevitable that they will, at some point receive inappropriate content to their smart device. This might be an ad or spam or even unsolicited contact from someone that they do not know. It is therefore essential that parents and carers, alongside the school community, remain vigilant when children are online but are also approachable so that children feel safe in sharing their concerns.

The Department for Education in the UK defines inappropriate content as:

A term used to capture a wide and ever-increasing number of different types of problematic content online, from hate speech to images of self-harm or pro-ana websites. Alongside all of the amazing content that is available online there is some which is inappropriate for different audiences.

If children are comfortable in voicing their concerns to you, often a swift intervention at an early juncture will act to stop these negative situations from continuing. As discussed in previous bulletins, this can be in the form of blocking other users or reporting comments to the moderators who have the power to ban accounts and remove content.

Below is a link to the better internet for kids website that discusses inappropriate content in more detail:

https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/en-GB/web/portal/practice/articles/article?id=6703436

Have a wonderful Bank-holiday weekend and thank you for continuing to work with the school to keep children safe online.

Mr May, Online safety lead

Our Learning: Year 1 

In Year 1 we have started our new topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond!’ We have been reading the story ‘The Man on the Moon’ and learning all about astronaut Bob and his job. We thought about what it would be like to visit the moon and wrote a postcard back to planet Earth describing what the moon was like.

 

Here are some quotes from the children’s writing:

‘I am on the moon! I saw the bumpy surface and little, funny aliens.’- Blake

‘You won’t believe where I have been! I just went to the moon. I heard rockets and saucers and I saw funny looking aliens. Some of them had three or four eyes.’ – Isabella B

 

 In maths we have been learning about arrays. We have counted how many items are in each row and column. We have also been learning to double amounts.

     

In geography we have been learning all about the United Kingdom. We have named the four countries of the United Kingdom and located them on a map. We have also learnt the capital city of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and have played some games and quizzes to help us remember these facts. This week we have been doing some science as well. We have learnt some facts about the moon and we have also planned an investigation creating craters!

 

 Notices 

New entrants for September 2021: Unlike last year, we are not currently full for our Reception intake for September 2021. This may be due to parents/carers not completing applications for school places due to Covid-19 disruption. If you have a Reception child needing a school place in September 2021, please contact the school office so that we can assist you in your next steps.

School Photographs: The school photographs taken last week have been emailed direct from Tempest to parents, so that orders can be placed online. The email is from: no-reply@tempest-orders.co.uk If you have not received your emailed photograph order details, please check on your 'junk' email account. Please contact the school office if you have a query. 

“Ne'er cast a clout 'til May be out”: Please can we remind parents that children still need to bring coats into school to wear at break times on the playground. This includes on PE days.

 Year 5 PE: Next week, PE will be on Friday 7th May due to the Bank Holiday. 

Forest School for Azure Class: Due to the Bank Holiday on Monday, Azure Class Forest School sessions will be on Friday 7th May.  

Year 6: On the week commencing Monday 17th May 2021, Year 6 will be creating their own model of the Globe Theatre. Please can children in Year 6 bring in a named bag of recycled materials that will only be used by them prior to this day.   

Team Points: Our totals at the end of this week are as follows. Attenborough have just overtaken Holmes to take the lead. Well done!

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

1488

1589

1563

1539

 Covid-19: Just a reminder that we always publish our current Covid-19 risk assessment on our school website at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Letters-Forms/ This document is regularly updated to keep our children, staff and families safe in changing circumstances – we’re now on our 25th version since September 2020. 

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/EXIT REMINDER

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

 Since the pandemic began we have had staggered entrance and exit times to keep ‘year group bubbles’ separate and safe and to avoid gathering at gates. We also allow siblings to enter and exit together as a ‘family bubble’. When planning this, we have ensured that children have the same amount of learning time in school. If older siblings are entering at their year group gate at a later time (rather than their younger sibling’s gate) but going home at the early slot with their sibling, they could lose up to 50 minutes a week of learning time.

Please can all ‘family bubbles’ enter at the youngest sibling’s gate in the mornings and exit together in the afternoons. The organisation of this has not been easy and we appreciate your consistency and support with this.

Traffic: we all know it is busy and difficult to park – the more families that walk to school or park further away and then walk in, the more this eases congestion. An increasing number of people are dropping off/collecting children from their cars along the yellow zig-zag ‘School Keep Clear’ sections of the roads on Tunbury Avenue and Catkins Close. Please adhere to the message and times stated on the highway signs in relation to these markings to help keep everyone safe. Thank you.

 

 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 30th April – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6

Monday 3rd May – May Bank Holiday (School Closed) NEW

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 21st June - New Entrants meeting at 4pm via Teams NEW

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

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6

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