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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 6th March 2020

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Parents/Carers, 

This week’s Book Week has been wonderful, with so many positive events to share. I’ll start with a big thank you to you for supporting your children with World Book Day yesterday. Children looked absolutely fantastic in a range of amazing outfits. We had characters from David Walliams and Harry Potter, superheroes, princesses, animals, wizards, witches, spacemen, tickets (golden), Wally (not sure where!) and many other wonderful creations. Altogether, the day was a lot of fun for everybody involved, creating plenty of happy memories and promoting the enjoyment of reading. 

Having chatted to many different Tunbury folk, I understand that our school benefits from having parents and carers who really do care about their children’s education. There are many different ways in which this support can make a difference, but did you know that reading at home with your children is the most important way in which you can support their learning during primary school? Looking at our children’s home reading records during the Autumn term, we were surprised to find that only about 35% of Tunbury children read at home with a parent/carer at least three times a week. For this reason, we would like to ask you to increase the time you give to hearing children read at home. 

If you have a few minutes to spare, have a look at this summary of why reading is important:

www.highspeedtraining.co.uk/hub/why-is-reading-important-for-children/ . It includes the following list: 

The top 10 benefits of reading for children: 

  1. Their vocabulary is larger and more extensive
  2. They perform better academically
  3. Their imagination can run wild!
  4. Their creativity skills develop
  5. They develop empathy
  6. They gain a deeper understanding of the world
  7. Their concentration levels improve
  8. The parent and child bond improves
  9. Their cognitive development is supported
  10. Their social skills and interaction improve 

The theme of this year’s Book Week was Share a Million Stories, so please find the time to share at least one more with your children this weekend! Thank you for your support. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Ruth Austin Headteacher 

World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day, many of the children dressed up as their favourite book characters. We were so impressed by the amount and creativity of the amazing home-made costumes. Each year group has chosen a winner who will be presented with a certificate and a prize during assembly on Monday.

Across the whole school, children swapped classes, working with different year groups during the morning, then spent the afternoons back in their own classrooms working on some artwork linked to our books. We will be creating a display in school to showcase some examples of the fantastic work from each year group.

Thank you to everyone for making World Book Day 2020 a success!


 Our learning Year R

Year R have enjoyed a fun filled start to our fourth(!) term at Tunbury.  It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through the school year and loving every minute of our learning! We began the term by learning about Shrove Tuesday and why it is important to Christians. The children loved making their own pancake batter and watching it transform into a delicious treat, before refining their flipping (and eating) skills! 

This week, we are celebrating Book Week. On Monday, the Year 6 teachers visited Year R to share their favourite story with the children, and we are looking forward to another visit from our Year 6 buddies.  They will be joining us on Friday to read special books that they have chosen with us.  On Tuesday, we read the text ‘The Bear Who Did’ by Louise Greig.  The children used 2d nets to construct a 3d house for the homeless Bear - who lost everything after an unfortunate incident with some honey!

We are continuing our phonics learning at a pace, and all children are now working on their phase 3 digraphs, trigraphs and tricky words – and are practicing both reading and writing these.  We continue to scribe and act out ‘Helicopter Stories’ each Friday; which now feature stories written by the children themselves, and as always, we perform them to the class as a group.  It is fantastic to see the children working together to act out narratives imagined by their peers. Through acting out stories, and sharing their likes and dislikes, Year R are developing their communication and language skills. The children are becoming adept at giving feedback as well as acting upon constructive comments from their friends to make their stories even better.

In mathematics, we have been learning all about number bonds and those tricky teen numbers. Year R are enjoying active approaches to mathematics, the children especially love using cubes to build numbers, replicating the Numberblocks of course!  We will be looking at money, weight and capacity for the rest of this term, so please support your child by drawing their attention to the maths that is all around us – for example, when going to the shops to buy your fruit and vegetables, or using language such as ‘full’ and ‘empty’ when pouring out their milk.

Thank you for your continued support in reading regularly at home with your child – the children love to watch their ‘dragons’ fly and feel a great sense of pride in this. Each Thursday, Year R now join the rest of Key Stage 1 for a celebration assembly. In this assembly, children share their achievements (for example, a swimming badge, or number of reads) and share this with everyone. Children are also put forward for the Tunbury Award, in recognition for excellent learning in school. 

Our topic this term is entitled ‘The Great Book Mystery’. We will be reading the text, The Detective Dog Nell’ by Julia Donaldson, and becoming detectives ourselves – who knows what we will discover.



  • Sports Relief – Friday 13th March
    To support the charity, we are asking for a £1 donation for children to dress up in sportswear or sports kits which represent clubs they are part of or teams they support. Please see the letter emailed out on Wednesday and published on our website for more information: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Letters-Forms/

  • Apprentice Teaching Assistant Vacancy
    We are looking to appoint an apprentice Teaching Assistant to join the Tunbury team. For further details, please visit: www.kenttrainingandapprenticeships.co.uk/vacancies/apprentice-teaching-assistant-level-2-intermediate-kta2692/
    This appointment is being made through Kent Training and Apprenticeships, so please direct any queries to them, not directly to the school office. The closing date for applications is 26th March.
  • Come to our Book Fair Monday 16th – Thursday 19th March 2020
    In March, we are lucky enough to have the Travelling Book Fair in school again. The book fair will be open between 3.30 pm and 4 pm, (location to be advised). This is a great opportunity to buy new and exciting books for your children to read and also help us raise money to buy new texts for the children to access in school.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 9th March – Y2 visit to Leeds Castle

Tuesday 10th March - Parents’ Evening 3.40 pm – 6.30 pm

Wednesday 11th March – Year 5 visit to the Royal Observatory

Thursday 12th March – Year 1 visit to Kent Life

Friday 13th March – Sports Relief - £1 donation to dress up in sports clothing NEW

Monday 16th March till Thursday 19th March – Travelling Books sale

Tuesday 17th March – Year 1 ‘Poor’ Victorian Day

Thursday 19th March – Parent Forum – 5 pm

Thursday 26th March – Last day for Extra – Curricular Clubs

Tuesday 31st March – TSA Easter Hunt

Wednesday 1st April – Last Day of Term 4

Thursday 2nd AprilWednesday 15th AprilSpring/Easter Break

Thursday 16th April – Start of Term 5

Tuesday 21st April – Swimming starts for Rubyclass

Wednesday 29th April – Friday 1st May – Year 4 Residential visit to Swattenden

Monday 4th May – Classes and Year 6 group photos – Tempest Photographers

Friday 8th May – Bank Holiday – School Closed

Monday 11th May – SATs Week – Year 6

Monday 18th May – SATs Week – Year 2

Friday 22nd May – Last day of Term 5

Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May – May Break Week

Monday 1st June – INSET DAY – School Closed for Pupils

Tuesday 2nd June – Start of Term 6 for pupils

Monday 8th June – Phonics check week – Year 1

Monday 15th June – Friday 19th June - Bikeability Cycle Training Year 6

Monday 15th June – Multiplication Tables check week – Year 4

Friday 26th June - Year 4 visit to Horton Kirby

Monday 6th July – Sports Day – KS2 am, KS1 pm (Reserve Day, Monday 13th July)

Wednesday 8th July – Parent Forum – 2 pm

Friday 10th July – TSA Dare to be Different/Family Picnic

Wednesday 15th July – Year 6 performances 2 pm and 6 pm

Thursday 16th July – Annual Reports home to parents

Monday 20th July – Parents’ Open Afternoon 2 pm

Monday 20th July – Parents’ drop-in with class teachers regarding reports 3.15 -4.15 pm

Wednesday 22nd July – Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly – 2 pm

Wednesday 22nd July – Last day of Term 6 / Academic Year

Class Assemblies

Class assemblies take place on a Friday at the end of the school day. Please wait outside the hall entrance doors. You will be invited in at approximately 2.50 pm, once the children are seated, and the assembly will begin at 2.55 pm. It will last about 10 minutes. 

Friday 6th March – Emerald

Friday 13th March – Magenta

Friday 20th March – Ruby

Friday 27th March – Azure

Friday 15th May – Blue

Friday 22nd May – Red

Friday 12th June – Pink

Friday 19th June – Yellow

Friday 26th June – Bears

Friday 3rd July - Owls

Friday 10th July – Hedgehogs


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