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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 5th May 2023

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are looking forward to our Tunbury Coronation Celebration this afternoon.  Our gates open at 1.55 for you to come into school to collect children at 2.00, then take them onto the school field for our celebration event which is open from 2.00-4.00.  We have music, refreshments and lots of inflatables for children to enjoy!  A huge thank you to Mrs Fitzgerald for organising the event and our TSA for funding the inflatables – we hope that children have a memorable time and enjoy the celebrations.  It’s wonderful to be able to come together as a school community for historic events such as this.  Now, all we need is some sunshine ….

Thank you for all the responses we have received so far for our annual parent/carer survey.  The survey closes TODAY so it’s now your last chance to share your views.  Alongside the parent/carer survey, we’re also gathering views of other Team Tunbury members though our annual pupil survey and annual staff survey.  Taken together, these three surveys are so important in making sure that every voice is heard – we celebrate our successes, as well as thinking about how we could make Tunbury Primary School an even better place to learn.  If you haven’t already done so, please spare 10 minutes today to respond to our survey via www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TPSparent2023  .  Thank you.

We are so proud of our children’s achievements and as we move towards the end of this academic year, learning is at top speed!  We’re incredibly proud of all the progress made so far.  Year 2 and Year 6 children will be showing off their skills in the end of key stage SATs and looking ahead to next week, a quick reminder that for our Year 6 children, our SATs breakfast is open every day Tuesday-Friday next week (free of charge).  Year 6 children, please come into school via the Hall doors at 8.00 each morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast!  Thank you to our wonderful kitchen team for preparing this for us.

Have a lovely long weekend everyone.  Enjoy any further Coronation celebrations over the weekend, and we look forward to seeing children back in school on Tuesday.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 1

This Term in Year 1 we have been enjoying the story 'The Man on the Moon’. We have been writing postcards after a visit to the Moon. We created posters advertising the Moon and made suggestions for possible souvenirs that Bob could sell on his souvenir stand. We drew an alien and used adjectives to describe what they were like.


In Maths we have been learning early multiplication skills including grouping, sharing and using arrays. We have also being practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.


 In topic we have been finding out about our planet including developing a locational awareness. We have focused on the United Kingdom and have been finding out facts about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. We have learnt about the roles of the Sun and Moon and created mechanisms to demonstrate this. We have worked scientifically to carry out an investigation on how craters are formed on the Moon. 


RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) Policy consultation: Our RSE policy is reviewed and approved annually by Tunbury Primary School’s Governing Body.  We are not suggesting any major changes to the policy this year, but we are consulting with Tunbury parents/carers as part of this annual review.  This is to provide you with an opportunity to understand and ask questions about our approach to teaching RSE.  Please read our draft 2023 RSE policy at Relationships_and_Sex_Education_Policy_2023_.pdf (tunbury.kent.sch.uk) 

If you have any questions or comments on the teaching of RSE at Tunbury, please email these to office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk so that we can respond to you.  Our RSE policy will be discussed at our Governing Body meeting on Wednesday 24th May, so please send any questions or comments to us by Wednesday 17th May.  Thank you. 

Dodgeball club reminder: Mr Kent's after school Dodgeball club today will not be taking place due to the Coronation celebrations. 

Road Crossing Patrol: Unfortunately we have had no success recruiting a road patrol for our school, KCC have released another advert via the KCC Jobs Portal which can be found at the following link: 


You could be our local hero, helping to keep our families safe on their journeys to and from school. If you or anyone you know may be interested in this position, please contact KCC as detailed above. 

Summer term Open Afternoons: Just a reminder of our summer term events for each year group, which we publicised in last week’s bulletin.  We look forward to sharing children’s learning with you! 

Year Group

Summer Term event for Parents/Carers




Year R

Cooks and Books 

A cookery session based around a text. The parents will come into classes and hear the story with the children then will go into the hall to create some food together, then share.  This is a cross curricular event, for PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) areas as well as UTW (Understanding the World)

Tea and coffee available 

Wednesday 12th July


Main hall 

Year 1

Making Moon buggies 

This will be a DT session. The children will be making their Moon buggies that they would have designed in the morning. We will have different stations set up e.g. glue gun station, decorating station, making station etc. 

Tea and coffee available 

Monday 15th May


Main hall

Year 2

Making Fruit Kebabs
This will be a DT session. The children will be designing and making fruit kebabs. They will be peeling, cutting and threading different fruits onto a kebab stick. A range of exotic fruits will be tasted and the kebabs will be evaluated.

Wednesday 21st June



Year 3

Science investigations – Forces
This will launch our science topic of Forces. We will be investigating friction, air resistance and water resistance.

Thursday 29th June


Main hall or field (dependent on the weather)

Year 4

Survival Shelters 

This will be a DT session. The children will be making their own survival shelters that they would have designed in previous lessons. The children will be using pieces of wood and natural materials which they have collected. 

Wednesday 12th July 2023



Year 5

Art in the style of Henri Rousseau

Come and join Year 5 as they link their rainforest topic with art work by Rousseau. Prior to your visit the children will have painted the background and mid-ground and this parent visit will culminate in creating the foreground of our rainforest using a multi-media effect.

Monday 10th July



Year 6

Afternoon Tea

This will be an opportunity for parents to join our Year 6 pupils in the hall for an afternoon of celebration. Our Year 6 pupils will be charged with the very important task of making quality scones for all to enjoy- jam, cream, and additional light refreshments (e.g. juice/squash) will also be provided.  

Thursday 13th July


Main Hall

2023 Parent/Carer Survey: Our annual parent/carer survey is still open, but today is the final day to share your views at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TPSparent2023  Thank you.

Weekly Class Attendance: This is a weekly feature on our bulletin to highlight and celebrate good levels of attendance. Indigo have had perfect attendance again this week along with Amber Class making them our KS2 winners. Blue Class also take the top spot for KS1 with a perfect score of 100%. Well done!!    


Weekly Attendance Percentage











































Team Points: Holmes are still in the lead, now with nearly 3000 points! Holmes Bear continues touring our Tunbury classrooms this week… Can Rowling catch up next week?









Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/

May – Year 2 (KS1) SATs

Friday 5th May – Y3 Visit to Wingham Wildlife Park

Friday 5th May – Coronation Celebration 2pm – 4 pm

Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday in honour of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III – School Closed

Tuesday  9th – Friday 12th May – Year 6 (KS2) SATs

Thursday 11th May – Year R visit to Nonington Farm

Monday 15th May – Year 1 Open Afternoon, Making Moon buggies – main hall 2pm

Friday 19th May – Y5 Visit to Maidstone Museum

Monday 22nd– Friday 26th May – Outdoor learning week

Friday 26th May – Last day of term 5 for pupils

Monday 5th June - INSET Day – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 6th June – First day of term 6 for pupils

Tuesday 6th- Friday 9th June – STEAM week

w/c Tuesday 6th June – Year 4 Multiplication Times Tables check

w/c Monday 12th June – Year 1 Phonics check

Friday 16th June – TSA Disco for Year R and Year 1 children

Tuesday 20th June - New Entrants meetings in-school 3.30-4.30pm, or online 5.00-5.30pm

Wednesday 21st June – Year 2 Open Afternoon, Making Fruit Kebabs – classrooms 2pm

Thursday 29th June – Year 3 Open Afternoon, Science investigations – Main hall or field 2pm

Friday 30th June – Sports Day

Friday 7th July – Reserve Sports Day

Monday 10th July – Year 5 Open Afternoon, Art in the style of Henri Rousseau – classrooms 2pm

Wednesday 12th July – Year R Open Afternoon, Cooks and Books – Main hall 2pm

Wednesday 12th July – Year 4 Open Afternoon, Survival Shelters – Classrooms 2pm

Thursday 13th July – Year 6 Open Afternoon, Afternoon Tea – Main hall 2 pm

Wednesday 19th July – Year 6 Production 2pm and 6:30pm

Friday 21st July – Last day of term/academic year for pupils 

Class assemblies 

Class assemblies will be held in the school hall on Friday afternoons.  Parents/carers and family members from each class are warmly invited to join us in school for these events, as our children love to share their learning with you.  Please come to the front of the school and wait outside the hall entrance doors.  You will be invited in at approximately 2.45 pm.  The assembly will begin at 2.50 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. 

Friday 12th May               Red Class Assembly                                   

Friday 19th May               Bears Assembly

Friday 26th May               Owls Assembly

Friday 16th June               Hedgehogs Assembly



Welcome to Term 6

The last day of Term 6 / Academic year is Tuesday  23rd July 2024