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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 4th February 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers,

At Tunbury we inspire our children to be successful, independent, life-long learners.  This will mean that children go onto a successful education at secondary school – as I mentioned last week, we want our children to achieve good grades at GCSE, opening doors to wider opportunities for employment or university. 

However, we all know that in order to be successful, children need to learn skills which go beyond academic study.  Next week is Children’s Mental Health Week, which focuses on the importance of good mental health and wellbeing for children and young people.  This year’s theme is ‘Growing Together’, with a focus on emotional growth. 

In school, children will be thinking about how they are growing, both physically and emotionally, through their primary school years.  We’ll consider how challenges and setbacks can help us to grow.  We’ll also think about how emotional growth is a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’.  At times like these, support for children’s emotional growth is vital.  This is provided through support in school and through our PHSE curriculum, but nothing we can do will be as powerful as support from you, as our children’s parents and carers. 

To help you think about how you might support your child’s emotional growth, please see the leaflet in the parents - letters and forms section, ‘Tips for Parents and Carers’, with five simple things you can do to help.  Please take a look – the ideas are simple but will definitely make a difference. 

Today’s NSPCC Number Day has been a huge success so far.  Children are enjoying a day of special Maths activities and we have seen so many different Maths outfits!  We have stripes, spots, numbers, patterns, calculators, shapes, playing cards and all kinds of Maths creativity - well done everyone!  

Thank you for support in all areas of your children’s lives - from Maths to mental health, your care and attention is so important. 

Have a lovely weekend.  

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Our Learning: Year 6 

Our topic this term and next is Ancient Greece. We are reading ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ by Maz Evans. We are all fully engaged with this text and it has inspired some excellent Year 6 writing. So far, we have written a newspaper article about a mystery object and a narrative where we created the following chapter of the story. Next week, we are going to write a balanced argument about whether Virgo, one of the main characters, should remain immortal or become mortal.

We have been enhancing our reading comprehension skills this term, focusing on summarising what we have read.

Within our topic lessons, we have been researching the history of Ancient Greece. We have explored the historic timeline and the history of Athens and Sparta. We have also researched Greek Gods, where we researched the Gods in detail and created a Top Trump card all about our chosen God. 

In art, we have researched all about Greek pottery and the meaning behind the designs of each piece. From this, over the past four weeks we have created our own Greek vase and evaluated our design through peer feedback. This week, we have made our designs come to life by making them out of clay. We have sculpted our stories and patterns onto the vases and will be finalising them next week. Here are some of our designs: 

Notices 

Teaching Assistant opportunities:

We are looking to expand our team of Teaching Assistants and have the following opportunities to share:

Number day: 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. With one week to go, we’ll be awarding Golden Team Points next week. At the moment, Holmes are still in the lead – well done! 

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

2971

3083

3444

3040

Parent Governor election: Reminder - the ballot process is open and closes on Friday 11th February. The labelled brown envelopes that children brought home from school last week contains all the information and your ballot papers. 

Dog Owners:  we understand that the school run is a good opportunity to walk your dog and encourages you to walk to school rather than drive as well.  However, some members of our school community find walking past the number of dogs around both gates unnerving.  We all have fears and for some, theirs is a fear of dogs.  Please can we ask dog owners to continue to be mindful of this during the busy drop-off time and that you ensure you keep back from the school gates, that your dog is beside you and you do not allow them to jump up at children or families.  May we also remind you that dogs are not permissible on the school premises at any time.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration in this matter. 

Covid-19: We have had a further reduction in Covid case numbers this week. As a result, for the first time since 17th January, we do not have any classes with high case numbers and additional Covid control measures.  Please remain vigilant as we still do have cases in school, but it’s encouraging to see how far the number of cases have fallen in both children and staff. 

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. 

Online Safety Message 

Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Tunbury Primary School.  All of our pupils are taught how to be safe and behave appropriately online, but we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work together.  

It’s important that as adults, we take an active interest in our children’s online lives and show a willingness to engage in the digital world with them. 

If you believe a child is in immediate danger, always contact 999 for police assistance. 

Think U Know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

The National Crime Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (NCA-CEOP) have a website which is suitable for children aged 5-16 and has a section just for parents/carers with advice and information.

NSPCC: www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety

The NSPCC have produced resources for parents. Their website covers excellent advice for parents about issues such as online grooming, nude image sharing and cyberbullying, as well as specific advice for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Childline: www.childline.org.uk

The Childline website has a wide range of information and advice on both online and offline safety for children. There is information about online gaming, grooming, and the Zipit App which helps children feel empowered when confronted with inappropriate chat online. They also provide a helpline for children to get advice over the phone: 0800 1111

UK Safer Internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk

UK Safer Internet Centre provides a wide variety of advice and guidance to help you discuss online safety with your children. There are useful checklists for privacy settings on social networks and suggestions to consider before buying devices for your children.

Childnet: www.childnet.com

Childnet has resources, including videos and storybooks, to help you discuss online safety with your children. It includes advices on setting up parental controls, cyberbullying and setting up a family agreement for safer internet use.

Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org

Internet Matters bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online.  It has a tool which guides you through how to set up parental controls on all the different devices in your home to protect your children.

 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 4th February – Number Day –including dressing up

Monday 7th February – Year 2 Pirate Day

Monday 7th – Friday 11th February – Mental Health Week

Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day

Wednesday 9th February - Our Amazing Animals World visit to school – Year 1 NEW

Friday 11th February – Year 4 Norman Day

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 

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 one class and their parents/carers present, so there is adequate space and ventilation.  For this reason, attendance is not limited to 1 visitor per class, as it was previously for our Autumn term Open Afternoons and Christmas performances.   

We are resuming class assemblies today.  Children in Blue class are very excited to be sharing their learning with their parents and carers this afternoon!  We hope that our program of class assemblies will now run smoothly from this week onwards. As soon as we can, we will share re-arranged dates for the four classes who have had assemblies postponed. 

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

Noticeboard

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

Children return on Tuesday 19th April.