New School Council chooses this year’s charity

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the School Council.

The charity they have chosen to support this year is the Second Chance Animal Rescue, Crockenhill.  To raise money to support the charity, the School Council will be running an Own Clothes Day on Friday 22nd November 2013. Children are invited to wear their own clothes and bring a donation of a £1.00.

A Tiger Comes to Tea

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On Monday 30th September mysterious footprints appeared down the KS1 corridor, tufts of fur were found in doorways and a tea set had been used in the classrooms. What had happened??? Year 1 spent the rest of the week studying the text ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr, through drama, writing, art and Maths. This culminated in cooking tiger cakes and biscuits for a tigers’ tea party on Friday. We had lots of guests including Mr Turvey and Mrs Vesey and all those who were enticed by the smell of biscuits. A great time was had by all. BE WARNED the tiger has yet to be found!!

A Busy Week in Reception

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This week Reception children have had a busy week.  It was their first time to stay all day.  They have been busy working on recognizing numbers to 20 and also learning their sounds d, g, o, c, k.  Thank you to all of the parents who attended the EYFS workshop on Thursday.  It was really nice to talk to you about what happens in Reception.

Tubbenden’s Junior Travel Advisors

Tubbenden JTAOn Wednesday 25th October, 3 Year 6 pupils, travelled to Bromley Library to be enrolled as Tubbenden’s Junor Travel Ambassadors. (JTAs). They were met and introduced to Bromley’s Mayor, Mr Ernest Noad and had the chance to speak to and share ideas with other JTAs from across the borough. The JTAs are responsible for running schemes and competitions in school to raise awareness of road safety. They are currently introducing the “Smart Movers” campaign which replaces the old “Walk on Wednesday” scheme. If children walk or “park and stride” more than 10 times a month, then they can earn themselves a “Smart Movers” Badge. Full information will be coming home with your child shortly.

Off to a Flying Start!

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Last week Mrs Veysey and I conducted what is known as a ‘Learning Walk’, when we visited all of the classrooms to see how the teachers and children have settled into the new year. I also wanted to see for myself how the children respond during lessons at TPS.

I was very impressed. The children have a very positive approach to learning in general, and even the youngest of them ask some very searching questions! We saw children engaged in a wide range of learning activities which involved deep thinking as well as having great fun!

It was also very clear to us how hard the teachers and their support assistants have been working since the start of term, and during the holiday too. Fantastic interactive displays and Reading Corners take a great deal of time to put together, and meaningful planning, assessment and  marking also takes a good deal of time. These were all evident in what we saw.

Well done – and thanks – everybody!

James Turvey

Wheels Day

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On Saturday the TFA held ‘Wheels Day’. There were plenty of wheels related things to do – from cycling, scooting and skating around the playground and field to having your bike security marked by the Police, or repaired by Cycles UK, Ltd. You could even make your own tasty smoothie using the cycle-powered mixer.

We may even be able to establish our own school cycling club as a result of contacts that have now been made.

Many thanks to the TFA who worked so hard to lay on such an excellent event. the next one is planned for May.

ICT at Tubbenden

 At the end of the Summer term, following a staff trip to an ICT educational show, the school invested in 12 LearnPads to be trialled.  We are using them this term to see if they are suitable for the classroom.  Learn Pads are similar to iPads but have been designed to be used in school and to enhance children’s learning.  This week Blue class has been using them.

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Harvest Assemblies – Friday 4 October

We enjoyed two lovely Harvest Assemblies on Friday.

The children in Reception and Key Stage One held a special assembly for Grandparents, which was really well attended – we were overwhelmed by the number of Grandparents who came to support and ran out of chairs for them all.  The children sang loudly and entertained the older generation with poems and songs.

Mrs Blake organised an excellent assembly for Key Stage Two. The children used the letters of the word HARVEST to create new words with the aim of making us think a little more. SHARE; HEART; HAVE; STARVE to name just four.

Many thanks for all the contributions which will go to the Orpington Food Bank, and to Morrisons for the Harvest Loaf, which was shared amongst the children during the morning.

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