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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 7th October 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today is National Poetry Day.  I love poetry because it’s such a powerful form of language…. often with bags of meaning packed into a small number of words!  Here is a wonderful poem which we read in assembly this morning:

Sun Kenning by James Carter

We thank you, Sun
for all you’ve done

You’re always such an . . .

early - riser
life - inspirer
moon - eclipser
summer - sizzler
winter - ender
lolly - melter
shadow - maker

B r i l l i a n t
that’s what you are -
we call you ‘sun’
but you’re a S T A R

Please try reading this with your children…… read it to them, and see where it can take you!  Can they tell you what each line means?  Would they enjoy reading it themselves?  How quickly can you read it?  How s  l  o  w  l  y can you read it?  Could you write their own?  This poem is from the National Poetry Day website at https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/ where there are plenty of other powerful poems to read and enjoy.

Supporting your children with reading at home is so important, as we know that becoming a good reader is essential for primary school, secondary school and later employment.  We ask you to hear your child read at home five times a week.  Please enjoy reading and talk to your child about what they have read, so that you are exploring language together.  From the first days of learning phonics in Reception to the challenging books enjoyed by our Year 6 children, parental support for children’s journey through reading makes all the difference.  We know and appreciate just how committed Tunbury parents/carers are to our children’s education – thank you! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 4

In Year 4, we have been enjoying our topic of The Normans. We have begun our book called ‘I was there 1066: The Norman Conquest’. We are following the journey of a boy on his adventure to becoming a warrior during The Battle of Hastings. So far, we have taken on the role of Edwin to write a diary about his travels, we have written a character description based on Edwin and this week we will be writing a setting description about the Norman camp.

In Maths, we have been looking at Place Value. This encompasses a variety of topics such as finding 1, 100 or 1000 more or less of a number, roman numerals and rounding. We have been using number lines and place value counters to aid our learning. We have also loved the BBC Bitesize Quizzes! We are starting the topic of addition and subtraction this week, looking at using the column method and how to exchange when the vale goes over 10.

Our Science topic this term is ‘Investigations’. We have been using enquiry-based tasks to provide children with the opportunity to develop their scientific skills. We have posed questions and children have worked scientifically to test their ideas and understandings.

In History, we have been learning more about the Normans. We have looked at how the Norman period started with the different claimants to the throne and decided who we would vote for. We also looked at their motte and bailey castles and the role of knights in the battles. Next week we are going to find out more about the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

In R.E. we have discussed right and wrong and how religion can help people choose which path to take. We talked about temptation and linked it to the story of Adam and Eve. We also discussed Archbishop Desmond Tutu and how his religion shaped his life and his achievements.

In music, we have been learning to sing some ABBA classics such as Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia! We have been finding the pulse and beat to these songs and learning how a song is constructed.

In PHSE, we have been looking at relationships and how to stay safe online. We discussed what makes a positive friendship and what to do if you discover someone being unkind to you or your friends online.

In Computing, we have been learning about networks and devices and how they connect to the internet. We have also learnt the difference between the internet and the World Wide Web and the difference between a website and a webpage. We have looked at how websites are constructed and how we can add content to certain websites. Next, we are going to think about who owns online content and whether we can rely on what we read or see.



TSA Year Group Rep: An update – we have received offers from Year 2 and Year 3 parents – thank you. If you are interested in being the volunteer TSA Rep for your child’s year group, please email the school office office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk

TSA Coffee Morning: Next Friday 14th October, from 9am, the TSA are holding a coffee morning in the school hall. Please come along to get to know the TSA, find out what they do, how they raise money and to discuss any potential fundraising ideas that you may have. If you have already put yourself forward to be a year group representative or have been thinking about it – it would be great to see you there!

Tunbury Uniform Swap Shop: The TSA will be helping us set up the uniform swap shop! This will be running in the school hall on the Open Afternoons on 17th-20th October. If you have any Tunbury school uniform in good condition that is no longer needed, please bring it along with you to your child’s open afternoon and swap it for something that you do need!

Flu Immunisation, Thursday 10th November 2022: for Years R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Please see attached letter. Please note the e-consent portal closes on 02/11/2022, 6 working days before our school’s immunisation session, and NHS cannot accept late consents or consents on the day of vaccination. 

Please note the Flu Immunisations for Year 6 pupils will be on Wednesday 16th November. The relevant information was emailed to Year 6 parents earlier in the week.  If any parents/carers are having issues completing the online consent form, please call the immunisation team on 0300 123 5205 or text them on 07401320923. 

London Marathon: Congratulations to Miss Elliott (our new teacher in Year 6) for running the London Marathon on Sunday.  We know that Crimson class are really proud of you, but also wanted to share your success with the whole school – well done! 

Team Points: Here are the Team Points totals at the end of this week.  Hawking are holding their lead – great work, blue team! 









Dates for your Diary

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

Friday 14th October – TSA Coffee morning, 9 am NEW

Monday 17th – Thursday 20th October – TSA Uniform Swap Shops, 2-3pm NEW

Monday 17th October – Open Afternoon for Year 5/Year 6 – 2-3pm

Monday 17th October - Y5's Viking day, Costumes optional

Tuesday 18th October - Open Afternoon for Year 3/Year 4 – 2-3pm

Wednesday 19th October - Open Afternoon for Year 1/Year 2 – 2-3pm

Thursday 20th October - Open Afternoon for Year R – 2-3pm

Thursday 20th October - Ancient Greek workshop Year 6

Friday 21st October - Year 4 Norman Day NEW

Friday 21st October – Last day of term 1 for pupils

Monday 31st October – Start of term 2 for pupils

Tuesday 1st – Tuesday 8th November – Bikeability training for Year 6

Tuesday 1st November – New Entrants Meeting 9.15-10.15 am

Wednesday 2nd November – Year 2 visit to Kent Life 

Thursday 3rd November – Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Sunday 6th November – TSA Fireworks

Tuesday 8th November - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th November – Year 6 residential visit to PGL Marchants Hill

Thursday 10th November – Flu Immunisation for Years R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Monday 14th – Friday 18th November – Anti-bullying week

Monday 14th November – New Entrants meeting 9.15-10.15 am

Monday 14th November – New Entrants meeting – Online via TEAMS 5-5.45 pm

Wednesday 16th November – Flu Vaccinations – Year 6

Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd November – Bikeability training for Year 6

Tuesday 22nd/Wednesday 23rd November – Individual/family photos: Tempest Photographers

Wednesday 23rd November – New Entrants meeting 3.30-4.30 pm 

Thursday 1st December - New Entrants meeting 1.45-2.45 pm

Saturday 3rd December – TSA Christmas Market (hold the date – event tbc)

Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December – TSA Christmas Present Room

Wednesday 7th December – Christmas Performance Year R, 2.30pm

Friday 9th December – Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch

Tuesday 13th December - Christmas Performance Year 1, 2.30pm
Thursday 15th December – Christmas Performance Year 2, 2.00pm

Thursday 15th December – Carols on the Playground Y3/4, 2.55pm

Friday 16th December – Carols on the Playground Y5/6, 2.55pm

Friday 16th December – Last day of term 2 for pupils

Tuesday 3rd January – INSET Day – School Closed for pupils

Wednesday 4th January – First day of term 3 for pupils

Tuesday 7th February – Safer Internet Day

Friday 10th February – Last day of term 3 for pupils

Monday 20th February - INSET Day – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 21st February – Start of term 4 for pupils

Thursday 23rd February - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Tuesday 28th February - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Friday 31st March – Last day of term 4 for pupils

Monday 17th April – First day of term 5 for pupils

Monday 1st May - Bank Holiday – School Closed

May – Year 2 (KS1) SATs

Monday 8th – Thursday 11th May – Year 6 (KS2) SATs

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

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

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

Friday 30th June – Sports Day

Friday 7th July – Reserve Sports Day

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 11th November  Indigo Class Assembly

Friday 18th November  Lilac Class Assembly

Friday 25th November  Emerald Class Assembly

Friday 2nd December     Azure Class Assembly

Friday 9th December      Magenta Class Assembly

Friday 13th January         Blue Class Assembly

Friday 20th January         Violet Class Assembly

Friday 27th January         Orange Class Assembly

Friday 3rd February        Scarlet Class Assembly

Friday 10th February      Amber Class Assembly

Friday 3rd March              Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 10th March           Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 17th March           Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 24th March           Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 31st March            Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 28th April               Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 5th May                  Pink Class Assembly

Friday 12th May               Red Class Assembly                                   

Friday 19th May               Bears Assembly

Friday 26th May               Owls Assembly

Friday 16th June               Hedgehogs Assembly




Welcome back to Term 4!

The last day of Term Four is Friday 31st March