Weekly Bulletin: Friday 8th November 2019
Thank you to everyone who attended parents' evening yesterday. There was a lovely positive atmosphere around school - I hope that you all enjoyed looking at children's work and discussing their learning with class teachers.
We have now set a date for this term's Parent Forum meeting, which will be at 9am on Monday 2nd December in the school hall. You may remember that the Parent Forum meetings were introduced last year to develop better home/school partnership and communication. I am keen to continue these and will suggest a general theme for each meeting, together with an open invitation for other agenda items. All parents are welcome to attend. If you would like to attend but are unable to do so in person, agenda items or comments are invited via email. My suggested theme for this meeting is how the school provides parents with information about children's progress. This was a key issue in your responses to the September parent survey, so is a high priority for the school. Please let us know via email to email@example.com if you would like to attend the meeting, or have any comments or agenda items in advance. Thank you.
As you will already know, next week is Anti-bullying week. We have a range of activities planned and explore children's understanding and experience of bullying and our school response to it. The key message I would like to give to children and parents is that bullying is not tolerated at Tunbury: any reports of bullying from children or parents are taken very seriously so that issues can be resolved without delay. It is also helpful to recognise that the most important factor here is good communication - children must feel confident to talk to adults in school about any concerns, knowing that they will be listened to. For this reason, our Tunbury theme for this year's Anti-bullying week is 'pupils having the confidence to tell an adult and knowing that they will be listened to’. Please support us with this by talking to your child about who they would approach if they were concerned about any bullying in school - this might be their class teacher or a teaching assistant, but every child must have someone who they trust.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Our learning - Year 1
We started Term 2 with an exciting week based all around Flight. In Year 1 we became super scientists and carried out several experiments throughout the week. We started off by working alongside other year groups to investigate how to protect a falling egg, we designed, made and tested our prototypes and discussed our findings. Another exciting activity involved designing a range of paper aircrafts using a variety of different materials; our aim was to see which material was the most aerodynamic.
Whilst being super scientists, the children helped solve the dilemma of how to retrieve a balloon from the ceiling. The only equipment they could use was pegs; we predicted how many we thought it would take to pull the balloon down to the floor. We then tested this prediction and found not all balloons took the same amount of pegs; it also depended on where the pegs were placed on the string of the balloon.
We ended the week by becoming designers. We designed, made and evaluated a dragon with moving wings. On our plans we ensured we had a list of materials required and drew a labelled picture. This meant when we were ready to make our dragons we had everything prepared. We used split pins to create a moveable part on our dragons. We were all very excited to share our dragons at home!
Our new sensory room
Using funds from the TSA, the inclusion team have created a new sensory room. This uses multi-sensory resources including fibre optic lights, a blackout den and a mood egg to provide both a calming and stimulating area for children with additional needs to explore. So far the children have loved it, particularly our mood egg, enjoying many conversations about which creature could be hiding inside. A big thank you to the TSA for providing the funds to make this possible.
• Aldi Kit for Schools - we have been collecting Aldi stickers for sports equipment. This scheme finished on 3rd November. If you still have any stickers at home please send these into school.
• Free School Meals and Pupil Premium
Could you apply for free school meals for your child? Did you know that the school receives extra funding called pupil premium for all children eligible for free school meals? We use pupil premium funding to improve the overall quality of education that we can offer in school, as well as providing additional resources and support. Further information about the pupil premium is available on our school website.
To register for Free School Meals, please apply via the KCC website at: www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/
• Anti-bullying week and Odd Socks Day
Next week is National Anti-bullying week. To get the campaign started, we would like Tunbury pupils to join in with Odd Socks Day on Tuesday 12th November. This is an opportunity for everyone to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes them unique. Please be aware that the normal rules still apply for school uniform (including shoes, hair and jewellery).
Throughout the week pupils will be having extra PSHE sessions focusing on anti-bullying, with a specific school focus on ‘Pupils having the confidence to tell an adult and knowing that they will be listened to’. This is something we feel strongly about at Tunbury and want to ensure every pupil feels able to approach an adult without fear of dismissal.
Throughout November, we have arranged for additional Anti-bullying activities to take place. Each year group will attend an Anti-bullying assembly, run by a company who specialises in using theatre and production to engage pupils regarding key issues. The same company will also be running Anti-bullying workshops for Years 4, 5 and 6 and all pupils will complete a bullying survey.
• Year 1 (Red, Blue, Yellow classes) - For our current topic; Traditional tales, the children are invited to be our guests at the Tunbury Fairy-tale Ball on Thursday 28th November 2019. During our grand ball we will have a banquet where children are asked to bring a small snack for them to dine on and part take in games and dances. Children are encouraged to dress in fairy tale / party wear for the day.
This will support our English learning in class, with us making ball invites, decorations and we will write about our experiences after our grand event.
Mrs Fitzgerald, Miss O’Brien and Mrs Bourner.
• Year R have started Forest Schools this term, in the afternoons starting at 1 pm on the following dates:
Thursday 31st October
Thursday 14th November
Thursday 28th November
The aim is to go to forest school whatever the weather etc. However if there are extreme weather conditions we may have to cancel it for that week. Please ensure children's forest school kits are in school before these dates. If you would like to volunteer for forest school please write in your child's blue book with the dates you are available.
• Starting at Primary School
Do you have a child born between 1st September 2015—31st August 2016? If your child will be 4 years old by 31st August 2020, the time to apply for a primary school is NOW.
For parents who live in the Kent local authority parents can apply online at www.kent.gov.uk/primaryadmissions
For parents who live in the Medway local authority parents can apply online at http://new.medway.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/starting-primary-school/apply-for-a-place
Applications must be submitted before 15th January 2020.
Dates for your Diary
Tuesday 12th November- Parents Evenings 3.40 – 6.20 pm
Monday 11th November – Tuesday 19th November – Bikeability Cycle Training, Year 6
Tuesday 12th November - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 9.15 am
Tuesday 12th November – Odd Socks Day NEW
Thursday 14th November – Forest Schools Year R
Friday 15th November - Children in Need - Joe Wickes 'Big Morning Move'
Wednesday 20th November - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 5 pm
Thursday 28th November – Year 1 Fairy-tale Ball day
Thursday 28th November – Forest Schools Year R
Saturday 30th November TSA Christmas Fair 1 pm – 4 pm
Monday 2nd December – Parents Forum, Main School Hall – 9 am NEW
Monday 2nd December - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 2 pm
Monday 9th December – Reception classes Christmas performance – 2.30 pm
Tuesday 10th December – Y1 Christmas performance – 2.30 pm
Wednesday 11th December – Y2 Christmas performance – 2 pm
Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 13th December – Carols on the playground – 3 pm
Monday 16th December – Home Front Bus visit – Year 6
Wednesday 18th December – last day of Term 2
Thursday 19th December to Friday 3rd January - Christmas Break
Monday 6th January 2020 - INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils
Tuesday 7th January – Start of Term 3 for pupils
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 8th November – Indigo
Friday 15th November – Scarlet
Friday 22nd November – Sapphire
Friday 29th November – Orange
Friday 17th January – Violet
Friday 24th January – Turquoise
Friday 31st January – Lilac
Friday 7th February – Amber
Friday 14th February – Lavender
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