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Weekly Bulletin:Thursday 1st April 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers, 

This term has been eventful – since January, we have had school closure, remote learning, heavy snow, a full return to school and water issues. As ever, Tunbury Teamwork has seen us through and we are all extremely grateful for this, as well as hopeful that the rest of this school year will be much smoother! 

We wish all of our families a happy, healthy and restful Easter holiday. We look forward to seeing our children back in school on Monday 19th April. Please take care and stay safe – as a reminder, even with lockdown easing we all still need to remain vigilant to Covid risks and follow our national guidance. 

Take care everyone and have a lovely Easter break. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Our Learning: Year 4 This term Year 4 have been learning how to survive in the wild! We have been reading a non-fiction text (Survivors), each week focusing on a different real life survival story. Using research, we have created fact files on the Amazon rainforest as well as creating our own survival leaflets. The children were also given the opportunity to design their own survival tool, this required children to consider the resources available and the steps needed when making their tool. To end our learning, the children created adverts to sell their survival tool to their peers.

In our science lessons we have learned all about living things. We have observed our local environment and considered the different habitats around our school grounds. Following our wildlife walk we considered the animals that may live at Tunbury and the changes we can make to protect their habitats. In addition, we have learnt about the classification system invented by Linnaeus in the 18th century. The children discussed and classified a range of animals by considering the characteristics of each animal. To conclude our topic, Year 4 had a virtual trip to Colchester zoo. The children sent in some questions to be answered during the session and were shown some artefacts from the zoo, including a snake’s skin.

In geography, we have been developing our geographical skills and fieldwork. We began our topic by viewing a range of maps and identify the key features. Once the children had a good understanding of using maps they created their own island. This required children to consider the key parts within a map. To conclude this topic, we spent some time discussing and using 4-figure grid references on our maps.

 

In maths this term, we have learnt about fractions and applied our knowledge to problem solving. We have identified equivalent fractions using fraction walls, added and subtracted fractions using bar and part whole models, as well as calculating fractions of amounts. Using our understanding of tenths and hundredths we have begun to write decimals and place these onto number lines.

Our Survival theme has culminated in building model shelters in D.T. After looking at different types of shelters we designed our own. We had to measure the wood accurately and learn how to use a saw safely to cut the wood. As we were developing our survival skills, we couldn’t use sellotape or glue as we wouldn’t find them in the wilderness. This was very tricky as we had to learn how to use square and tripod lashing to tie the pieces of wood together. Team work was key to our success along with perseverance and overcoming difficulties. I’m not sure that some of our shelters would protect us from the elements in real life but we had fun trying.

Online safety  

Online safety tools: Most online services offer some safety features that can help you manage access to age-inappropriate content, report concerns or protect privacy.

It is a good idea to think about the sites and services your family uses, and check out which features these sites have that might be helpful for you. Talk to your children and make sure they know how to use the tools on the sites and services they use.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/social-media-guides

The above link will help you to find out more about the safety features that are available on a number of popular social media sites.

As we enter the Easter break, children will have increased access to a wide range of social media platforms. It is essential that they know how to keep themselves safe online and that they are comfortable discussing any concerns that they have with you.

Please see below for a comprehensive checklist that relates specifically to Roblox.

https://swgfl.org.uk/assets/documents/roblox-checklist-new.pdf

Have a wonderful break and thank you for working with the school to keep children safe online.

Mr May, Online safety lead

Notices

Team Points: Congratulations to Hawking team, who were the winners of this term’s Team Point competition. Well done! As their reward, Hawking team are having an extra playtime on the school field today.

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

9116

6822

6231

9918

 In the summer term, we’re looking forward to having our lunchtime playtime on the field, weather permitting. 

Staffing news: We bid a fond farewell to Mrs Peal yesterday, on her last day at our school. Thank you Mrs Peal for being part of Team Tunbury! Everyone here (especially children in Owls and Scarlet classes) wishes you all the very best for the future. 

At the same time, we are very pleased to welcome Mrs Fitzgerald back from her maternity leave. Mrs Fitzgerald will be working part-time, teaching in Owls class alongside Miss Escobar. 

An updated staffing grid for class and phase based staff from April 2021 is attached to this bulletin for your information. 

SEND Information Report 2021: This document has just been published on our website at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/policies/SEND_Information_Report_2021.pdf 

Forest School: We are looking forward to starting our on-site Forest School provision after Easter. We have weekly half-day sessions for all children in Year 3 in Term 5, followed by Year 6 in Term 6. Thank you to the parents/carers who are volunteering their time to support with this.

Comic Relief red nose day competition: We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered the 'Design a Red Nose competition'. It was clear to see the time and effort everyone had put into their designs - they were truly amazing! On Wednesday morning, school council members from the same year group had a 5 minute timeslot to view all of the designs and voted on their favourite. The winner of the Red Nose competition was Summer in Year 6 Emerald. Well done Summer!

 

TSA Easter design competition: there were 15 entrants who were all awarded a prize – well done! Please see photos on our website of the wonderful Easter creations: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/letters/TSA_Easter_Competition_Winners.pdf

Year R: Elvie – Bears, Laila - Owls

Year 1: Kai - Blue

Year 2: Freya, Peony, Nathan, Alex - Pink class

Year 3: Kenzie – Amber, Isabella – Sapphire, Freya - Sapphire

Year 4: Ryan – lilac, Chloe - Ruby

Year 5: Samuel - Turquoise

Year 6: Evie, Ciara - Emerald

School photos: Tempest photographers will be in school on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st April, straight after the Easter holidays, for individual and sibling photos. We have planned carefully to make sure that photographs can be taken without mixing different year group bubbles or sibling bubbles.

All children will have an individual photo taken, unless you tell us otherwise. Tempest will also be able to take photos of sibling groups of in-school children. Sorry - we are not able to facilitate pre-school sibling groups this year. If you would like a sibling group photo, please send an email to the school office (office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk) with details of your children’s names and classes. To reduce movement around the school, sibling photos will only be taken via parental request this year. The closing date for informing us of a parental request for a sibling photo is today, Thursday 1st April.

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. In the Easter holidays, you should inform us by email to office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk of a positive test (or start of symptoms leading to a positive test) which occur within the first two days.

Entry and Exit times: All siblings should enter and exit at the time and gate of the youngest child in the family group

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time

Gate

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

 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/ 

Thursday 1st April – last day of Term 4

Monday 19th April – Start of Term 5

Tuesday 20th April – Tempest photographers in school

Wednesday 21st April – Tempest photographers in school

Friday 23rd April – Attainment Updates sent home to parents/carers

Friday 30th April – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6

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

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6

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