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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 7th May 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week has been Teacher Appreciation Week and in school, we have been saying thank you to our amazing Tunbury teaching team. Every day, we see Tunbury children enjoying amazing learning experiences and making great progress. In particular, we all love those wonderful ‘lightbulb moments’ when a child learns something new or achieves something which has been tricky. Our fantastic teachers and teaching assistants make this possible - we all recognise that teaching is a rewarding but challenging job. 

After the challenges of the past 12 months, I know that parents and carers have also valued the support of our teachers and teaching assistants more than ever. For example, if you were involved in remote education and listening in to our live lessons, it might have felt like your child’s teacher had moved into your kitchen! At Tunbury, we are extremely fortunate to have a highly-skilled, dedicated, caring team of teachers and teaching assistants who do an excellent job for our children. While we try to say thank you every week, today I would like to say an extra-special THANK YOU on behalf of the whole school community.  

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin


Online Safety: Commercialism 

Young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites.

Young people’s privacy and enjoyment online can sometimes be affected by advertising and marketing schemes, which can also mean inadvertently spending money online, for example within applications.

Encourage your children to keep their personal information private, learn how to block both pop ups and spam emails, turn off in-app purchasing on devices where possible, and use a family email address when filling in online forms.

The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce these helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.


Mr May, Online safety lead

Our Learning: Year 5

Term 5 has seen Year 5 begin the exciting and vibrant topic of ‘Brazil’. We began by locating Brazil on a map and have compared and contrasted it to the UK. In Geography we looked at the tropics and why the Amazon rainforest is located where it is. We went on to explore the Amazon river through online research, discovering the creatures that live there, including pink dolphins, sloths and jaguars.

Our class reader this term is The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, which charts the adventures of a group of children who find themselves stranded in the Amazon Rainforest when the plane that they were travelling in crashes. We have used this as a stimulus to write descriptive poems, using both haiku and the narrative form. We have also begun to use modal verbs to determine degrees of possibility.

In music we have explored the Brazilian carnival and started to create our own samba rhythms using a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. To accompany this, we have designed our own carnival headdresses and made a small prototype to evolve and improve our creations ready to create something spectacular later in the term!

Maths has seen us linking fractions, decimals and percentages and we have transferred our line-graph skills from maths into Science by comparing and contrasting the gestation periods of a wide range of mammals.

We are looking forward to continuing this topic by creating non-chronological reports, researching the indigenous people of the Amazon region and hosting our own carnival! The children are also busy constructing their Brainbuilder projects which we are sure will be flamboyant, fabulous and fantastic!


The Year 5 team


Support for Children and Young People’s mental health: to support children’s mental health and wellbeing in Kent and Medway, we would like to share links to the following services: 


Release the Pressure. If you need support now text Kent or Medway 85258 for in-the-moment help. 

Are you concerned about a young person’s mental health in Kent or Medway? Call the single point of access on 0800 011 3474. 


Kooth, for children aged 10-24 in Kent and Medway, free confidential advice. 


Every mind matters. Support for parents to look after the well-being of their children. 



NEFLT provides emotional well-being and mental health advice to support families across Kent.

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.

Uniform: At the start of term, we reminded parents/carers that now all retail shops are open after lockdown, we do expect all Tunbury children to be wearing their full school uniform (including school shoes, not trainers) with pride. For details of our school uniform expectations, please visit https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/School-Uniform/ 

TSA fundraising: Our TSA have planned two non-uniform days for the summer terms, as a simple way of continuing to fundraise under Covid restrictions. The first of these days is the last day of Term 5, Friday 28th May. 

Team Points: Our totals at the end of this week are as follows. Hawking are now in the lead, with a tie for second place from Attenborough and Holmes. It’s a very close race this term, so well done everyone!









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.


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

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 ryone 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 28th May – TSA non-uniform day 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

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

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6


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