• Welcome to our growing academy family based in Tadpole Garden Village.  We provide a rich learning environment, that encourages inquisitiveness; supports exploration; lives by a set of Christian values and aims to give each and every member of our community a chance to be the best they can be.  The children and families who have already joined us have formed a strong and supportive community, that is contributing to building the wider community on this new development.  If you’re thinking of joining our community, we’d love to talk to you: please feel free to contact us using any of the methods detailed above.

    Jane Leo

    Principal

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    2019/20 Newsblog Term 4 Week 3


    Hello All
    What a week that was - great Sports Relief activities, with much excitement from both staff and pupils. Obviously lots of thinking and planning time has gone in to supporting our community to respond in a measured way over the Coronavirus situation and also the recent traffic concerns you have shared. 

    In the blog this week:
    Coronavirus Information
    PE Kit reminder
    Staffing within the Early Years
    World Book Day News
    Things to do in the Community

    Term 4 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    17/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Celebrating St Patrick’s Day - all welcome
    19/3/2020
    2:45 pm
    Y1 Leading worship - Y1 parents welcome – please let the office know in advance if you intend to collect a sibling should the Class Worship finish early
    19/3/2020
    evening
    Junior Voice Festival - more details to follow
    24/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Positive relationship, behaviour and routines - all welcome
    27/3/2020

    Y4 Trip to Bristol Aerospace
    30/3/2020 and 31/3/2020

    Show Me Sessions YR, 2, 4 & 6
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    31/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Find out more about the Tadpole Approach to Enquiry Based Learning - all welcome
    31/3/2020

    Class Photos day
    1/4/2020
    9:00- 9:45
    Easter Service - more details to follow
    2/4/2020
    evening
    4:30 - 5:15 pm - Y1/2/3 Easter Disco FOTF
    5:45 - 6:30 pm - Y4/5/6 Easter Disco FOTF
    more details to follow
    3/4/2020

    Y1 Trip to Westonbirt - more details to follow
    End of Term 4 – children finish at normal time

    Coronavirus Information
    You will all have received an email today about Coronavirus and our approach to the current situation - it is also on our website http://tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/coronavirus-information/
    As you might expect there are some questions parents/carers have asked so I have added Frequently Asked Questions item to the web page http://tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/coronavirus-information/frequently-asked-questions-coronavirus-information.php
    and will endeavour to update this regularly. 
    Most of the children have been very sensible and sensitive about others who have coughs/colds/come from specific cultural backgrounds or holidayed in places where the virus is present.  A very small number of children have said inappropriate things to others as a’joke’ - please could you help reinforce the message we have been giving, that we need to be sensitive to how others are feeling and be supportive and caring - living by our values of respect and friendship. 

    PE Kit reminder
    We seem to have lost our way a little in the PE Uniform.  Please ensure your child has the correct PE uniform and either daps or trainers for footwear (beach shoes and sandals are not suitable) to ensure PE takes place safely.   
    PE Kit as described on website - 
    PE Kit - for all
    • Black shorts
    • White round neck t-shirt
    • Daps/trainers
    • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
    • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers

    Staffing within the Early Years Team
    Sadly Emma Smith, our YN Lead who has been on maternity leave, has decided not to return to work.  Emma has been with us since we opened Tadpole and will be much missed by all of us.  This has meant we needed to rethink the organisation in Early Years and so, from Monday 16th March, our Early Years Leader, Emma Holt will be leading learning in YN at the start of the week with Jade Easton Dix and Ailsa Jenner (covering for Sarah Onslow, who is on maternity leave) leading learning for the remainder of the week.  Jadene Cowan and Kate Longhurst will be leading learning in YR across the whole week. We are fortunate to have a talented Early Years team, who are so flexible and adaptable - thank you team!

    World Book Day News
    It was so lovely to see everyone come dressed up as an adjective this year! The standard set was incredible, so thank you very much for all of your support and encouragement on the lead up to this. 
    We had a number of our library monitors volunteer to go to different classrooms throughout the school to share their own books with them. This was enjoyed by all, and we are very proud of our team for being generous with their own time and books to share their love for reading to others. 
    Here are a few of our photos taken throughout the school on our World Book Day! 
    Mrs Honour and the Library Monitor Team








    Things to do in the Community
    Hello Parents/Carers,

    We have 'eggperienced' huge demand for our holiday courses recently and are 'eggspecting' more of the same when the weather hopefully improves over the Easter break. The children will have an 'eggceptional' time with our coaching staff 'eggercising' off all their chocolate!

    Competitions, drills and friends to be made, prices remain the same at £49.50 for three days, with a multi course/sibling discount. Please hop to it and book now so you don't miss out.

    The link is below or call the Community Foundation office on 01793 421303 for more information or if you have any questions.


    Kind Regards,
    The STFC Community Foundation team


    2019/20 Newsblog Term 4 Week 2



    Hello all
    Fully back into the swing of Term 4 now and glimpses of Spring on the horizon.
    Lovely to see so many of you in school for Parent Consultations this week.
    Quite a short Newsblog this week…

      In the blog this week:
    - Corona Virus update
    - Online Gaming
    - Parking on site 
    - Exciting news...


    Term 4 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    10/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - The Importance of Play for everyone - all welcome
    13/3/2020
    Sports Relief Day – please make sure PE kits are in school all week – voluntary contributions via ParentPay or on the day
    17/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Celebrating St Patrick’s Day - all welcome
    19/3/2020
    2:45 pm
    Y1 Leading worship - Y1 parents welcome – please let the office know in advance if you intend to collect a sibling should the Class Worship finish early
    19/3/2020
    evening
    Junior Voice Festival - more details to follow
    24/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Positive relationship, behaviour and routines - all welcome
    27/3/2020
    Y4 Trip to Bristol Aerospace
    30/3/2020 and 31/3/2020
    Show Me Sessions YR, 2, 4 & 6
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    31/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Find out more about the Tadpole Approach to Enquiry Based Learning - all welcome
    31/3/2020
    Class Photos day
    1/4/2020
    9:00- 9:45
    Easter Service - more details to follow
    2/4/2020
    evening
    4:30 - 5:15 pm - Y1/2/3 Easter Disco FOTF
    5:45 - 6:30 pm - Y4/5/6 Easter Disco FOTF
    more details to follow
    3/4/2020
    Y1 Trip to Westonbirt - more details to follow
    End of Term 4 – children finish at normal time












































    Corona Virus update
    The school are receiving daily updates from the Dfe.
    They have also launched a helpline related to education; for staff, parents and young people.

    Phone: 0800 046 8687
    Email: 
    DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
    Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

    DBAt are in the process of agreeing a trust wide approach which we will share with you in due course. In the meantime it will be business as usual unless we are advised otherwise. Rest assured that, if for any reason, we did have to close the school, school work would be set for pupils by class teachers via email or the school website – further details of this would be shared in that instance.

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    Parking
    We have had several reports that, at pick up time, cars without disabled badges are parking on school site in the drop zone and in disabled bays. We do understand that it is challenging to find places to park – but we would ask that all parents be considerate each other in not continuing this.


    Online Gaming
    A number of parents have reported to us in the last week that they are hearing children who attend the school using strong and inappropriate language whilst playing online with their friends. Please continue to monitor your childrens’ use of online gaming and encourage them to report unacceptable behavior.


    New arrivals
    Saving the best news until last… we’re delighted to be able to let you know that one of our fantastic Year 1 Class Teachers, Mrs Holloway, is expecting. I’m sure you would all join us in congratulating her on her exciting news.  


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    2019/20 Newsblog Term 4 Week 1

    Hello All

    This week our Year 1 Dance Club performed at the Wyvern and they made everyone feel so proud of how they danced, how much effort they put in and the way they behaved - a huge thank you to all the children, families and staff that supported them - photo below:) 

    • Dates for Diary
    • Lent - 40 Acts for Families
    • Tadpole take on Sport Relief
    • Y1 Dance Performance
    • #Tadpolebookrecycle - Library Monitor News
    • Advance Notice re One Day YN Closure on 7th May
    • DO’NUT Stop Reading Update
    • World Book Day - reminder of information sent by email at start of week
    • Parental Feedback always welcome
    • Message for Year Two parents
    • Community coffee mornings 
    • Message for Year 3 & Y4 Parents



    Term 4 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    3/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Where to go when your family needs support? - all welcome
    3/3/2020
    &
    5/3/2020
    3.50 – 7.30
    Parent/Carer/Pupil/Teacher
    5/3/2020

    World Book Day - dressing up as adjectives…
    10/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - The Importance of Play for everyone - all welcome
    13/3/2020

    Sports Relief Day - see below
    17/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Celebrating St Patrick’s Day - all welcome
    19/3/2020
    2:45 pm
    Y1 Leading worship - Y1 parents welcome - more details to follow
    19/3/2020
    evening
    Junior Voice Festival - more details to follow
    24/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Positive relationship, behaviour and routines - all welcome
    27/3/2020

    Y4 Trip to Bristol Aerospace
    30/3/2020 and 31/3/2020

    Show Me Sessions YR, 2, 4 & 6
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    31/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Find out more about the Tadpole Approach to Enquiry Based Learning - all welcome
    31/3/2020

    Class Photos day
    1/4/2020
    9:00- 9:45
    Easter Service - more details to follow
    2/4/2020
    evening
    4:30 - 5:15 pm - Y1/2/3 Easter Disco FOTF
    5:45 - 6:30 pm - Y4/5/6 Easter Disco FOTF
    more details to follow
    3/4/2020

    Y1 Trip to Westonbirt - more details to follow
    End of Term 4 – children finish at normal time

    Lent - 40 Acts for Families
    In school, the children are focusing, for Lent, on 40 Acts of Kindness and looking at what they can do for others - they are linking this to this term’s value of Generosity and what they can give to others rather than just what they can give up.  If you would like to follow this as a family go to https://40acts.org.uk - the family chart can be found using this link https://40acts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/40-Family-Wallchart-2020-v2.pdf



    Tadpole take on Sport Relief
    The sports leaders and the school council came together to share ideas for the week and after much debated, they decided that, for Sports Relief Week, between the 9th-13th March, they all will 
    • complete a 'Disco Circuit Session' during their weekly PE session. 
    • take part in a 'Mindfulness Mystery’ - a range of activities to help calm the mind. 
    • Friday the 13th, for a donation of £1, dress up as their favourite sporting heroes or wear their sports kit to take part in the PUPILS v TEACHERS Dodgeball event … IT WILL BE COMPETITIVE... IT'S DEFINITELY GAME ON... which is sure to be an exciting activity for the children to look forward to. 

    Y1 Dance Performance
    This week our year 1 dance club children made us all proud as they performed in the Swindon and Wiltshire dance festival at the Wyvern Theatre. The children performed beautifully and confidently after weeks of hard work and practise! Well done Dance Club! 

    #Tadpolebookrecycle - Library Monitor News
    To show our value of Generosity this term and to also help promote reading in our local area, our team of Library Monitors, along with Mrs Honour and Miss Weston, went for a walk around our local area to distribute books that had been kindly donated by the team of Library Monitors. 
    They took great care in wrapping them and writing lovely messages on them for other people to find!
    If you are out and about and are lucky enough to find one, please take a picture of where you found it and don’t forget to Tweet us with our hashtag #Tadpolebookrecycle.
    Once finished with the book, wrap it back up and hide it somewhere new, ready for the next eagerly awaiting child to find! Happy reading!


    Advance Notice re One Day YN Closure on 7th May
    Nursery is closed for the day while the staff attend the Swindon Nursery Conference

    DO’NUT Stop Reading Update
    Firstly, can we say a HUGE thank you for all of your contributions and for the children’s participation with this fundraising event. Without your help we would not be able to plan half of the exciting things we have organised for our upcoming Book Festival! 
    We can now announce that we made an OUTSTANDING profit of £746 for this event, which is INCREDIBLE! Thank you so much again! 
    Below are a few of the photographs taken across the school during our day; we all enjoyed a delicious doughnut whilst being read a story by our class teacher (and don’t worry, us teachers enjoyed our doughnuts a bit later on!). 
    Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the Book Festival from ParentPay and save the date in your diaries: Saturday 13th June 2020! We have lots of exciting author talks, workshops and activities for you to enjoy. 
    Many thanks again for your continued support, 
    Mrs Honour & Miss Weston




    World Book Day - reminder of information sent by email at start of week
    For World Book Day this year, we are doing something slightly different! We would love you to dress as your favourite....ADJECTIVE! 
    Be as creative as you like - we can’t wait to see all the different vocabulary you come as. There’s only one rule...you must be wearing your written word! 
    If you are very well organised and already have a costume ready, please don't worry - you can still use this costume and just think of a fantastic adjective to go with it. 
    We will also be sending home a lolly stick home with each child. We’d love for them to be decorated as your favourite book character! You could paint, collage, sew...whichever creative medium you’d like to use! 

    Parental Feedback always welcome
    I would just like to thank those parents who take the time to write to us about things that concern them; things they feel we are doing well or could do better at and who share their opinions.  We have two on-going areas that we are debating and hoping to make changes to, which have been started from parental feedback - one is Lilypad snack - this is undergoing a review following parental feedback and queries; another is the area of homework and the amount children get at different points - this may be a longer term project but one which the Local Board and maybe the wider Trust will have a view on too.  Sometimes things we do result in some very positive feedback ... and the same thing also results in people who don't agree with what is happening - the Greta Thunberg email being a case in point.  It's really positive that our community can be diverse and hold many views and those ones in particular will be passed on to the Academy Trust as it was a Trust wide decision, in line with the Church of England's climate emergency work. 
    All your views are valuable to us - we are a reflective community and listen to and take account of individual views within the wider community context. Keep them coming:) 

    Message for Year Two parents
    Later this term, we would like to do some plant growing in Year 2 linked with an art project. Over the next two weeks could you please source a clean glass jar for your child to bring into school - labelled on the bottom with a permanent pen if possible. If you happen to have any spares we would be grateful in case of any accidents!
    Thank you
    Miss Webb and Miss Brandenburg

    Community Coffee Mornings 
    Great news! We know that many of you are unable to attend our coffee mornings, but of course that does not mean you are not interested in learning about our topics and ideas! So, we have added a page to our school website, which will be updated most weeks, sharing some photos from our coffee mornings and any useful information. Just click on Community Links, then coffee mornings and you can see all the news. http://www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/community-links/coffee-mornings/





    Message for Year 3  and 4 Parents
    Y3 PE day for this term has changed from Friday to Monday; and Y4 has moved to Friday,
    Many thanks,

    The Y3 and Y4 Team

    2019/20 Newsblog Term 3 Week 6

    Hello All

    Happy holiday week everyone!  Let’s hope the break will give all those viruses time to settle down and disappear and we can have a healthy term 4:0  Thank you so much for the amazing support for the Do’nut Stop Reading Day - news of amount raised and photos available after the holiday - everyone had a great time:)

    • Dates for Diary
    • Messages for YN
    • Parent/Carer/Pupil/Teacher meetings Sign-Up
    • Tadpole Farm Book Festival - heads up
    • Parent/Carer Communication Focus Group - we need you:)
    • Football Match reports
    • Community Coffee Morning - 25th February
    • Young Photographers Celebration
    • Things of Interest in the Community


    Term 3 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    15/2/2020 – 23/2/2020

    Half Term – School Closed
    19/2/2020

    Deadline for ordering meals for first week of Term 4
    Term 4 2019/20
    24/2/2020

    First day of Term 4
    25/2/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Rainy Day Activity Ideas - all welcome
    3/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Where to go when your family needs support? - all welcome
    3/3/2020
    &
    5/3/2020
    3.50 – 7.30
    Parent/Carer/Pupil/Teacher- more details below
    5/3/2020

    World Book Day - dressing up as adjectives… more details to follow but this will allow you to begin planning… 
    10/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - The Importance of Play for everyone - all welcome
    17/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Celebrating St Patrick’s Day - all welcome
    19/3/2020
    2:45 pm
    Y1 Leading worship - Y1 parents welcome - more details to follow
    19/3/2020
    evening
    Junior Voice Festival - more details to follow
    24/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Positive relationship, behaviour and routines - all welcome
    27/3/2020

    Y4 Trip to Bristol Aerospace
    30/3/2020 and 31/3/2020

    Show Me Sessions YR, 2, 4 & 6
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    31/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Find out more about the Tadpole Approach to Enquiry Based Learning - all welcome
    31/3/2020

    Class Photos day
    1/4/2020
    9:00- 9:45
    Easter Service - more details to follow
    2/4/2020
    evening
    4:30 - 5:15 pm - Y1/2/3 Easter Disco FOTF
    5:45 - 6:30 pm - Y4/5/6 Easter Disco FOTF
    more details to follow
    3/4/2020

    Y1 Trip to Westonbirt - more details to follow
    End of Term 4 – children finish at normal time

    Messages for YN

    A massive thank you to Shaun, from Little Nippers Soccer, for all the fun and laughter our Wednesday Hedgehogs had this term, learning some super football skills with him. We had such an enjoyable and engaging time and have already been practising our 'mouse traps' and 'rainbows' while outside in our garden!

    We have sent home PE bags to be washed and brought back to school to begin PE again after the half term break. Please could you check inside your child's bag and ensure they have the correct kit. It should include a white t-shirt, black shorts and black daps. Our PE day is Wednesday, so, if your child attends on this day please make sure they have a PE kit in school so they can get changed. Being able to dress independently is an important part of their self care and physical development so we would like to encourage this as much as we can.
    If you have any questions about Nursery PE please speak to Mrs Dix.

    Advanced notice of Nursery Closure Day - 7th May 2020
    As in previous years, we will be closing Nursery for one day, so that our EYFS staff can attend the Swindon Nursery Conference and make sure we keep our practices up to date and in line with other local providers.  The closure day will be Thursday 7th May 2020 both morning and afternoon sessions will be closed, as will lunch club. 

    Next term we will be learning all about traditional tales and stories. We would love it if you could bring in your favourite story from home to share with us during the first week back. Please name them and we will keep them safe for you - sending them home on your child’s last day that week. 
    The Nursery Team

    Parent/Carer/Pupil/Teacher meetings Sign-Up

    Parents meeting are being held on Tuesday 3rd and  Thursday 5th March.  As usual you can book through https://www.schoolinterviews.co.uk/ 

    using event code 9t4j2 
    If you have not booked by Thursday 27th February, a time will be allocated to you.  There is one appointment slot for each child - where parents are separated and, for whatever reason, are unable to come to the same appointment slot, then we ask one parent to attend the October session and the other parent to attend the March session. We do have a significant number of families that this situation applies to and we need to respect the work/life balance of our teachers by restricting the meeting slots to one per child.

    Tadpole Farm Book Festival - heads up

    Just a heads up - payment items have been added to Parent Pay for our Book Festival  - this is just in case you want to buy your tickets early for the Saturday event.  Our first ever Book Festival at Tadpole Farm School is being held on Friday 12th June (this is for all the pupils in school and is being funded by the Friends of Tadpole Farm as well as other donations and fund-raising) and for the wider community on Saturday 13th June 2020.  The Saturday will have a host of author led sessions and workshops - including Brian Clegg, Same Copeland, Jenny Mehachien and Katherine Orton.  It's a fun family day out with food carts, cocktails and craft activities.  There's something for everyone!

    Parent/Carer Communication Focus Group - we need you:)

    We are doing a review of Communication and looking for a small group of parents to feed back on what works well and what other things we might need to adopt as the school gets bigger - If you would be interested in taking part in some discussions, please email school@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk quoting "Communication Focus Group" - Niki will be in touch to arrange a face to face or "zoom" meeting after the February holiday.

    Football Match reports

    Well what a match! It had everything… 4 Goals, 2 OG's, 1 penalty and a CRACKING penalty save in the dying minutes to give a team a vital point. 

    The game against Abbeymeads started off with end to end action and two early goals -  Tadpole being the first to strike, as Joseph found himself beating the defender and being in on goal, resulting in him finishing calmly. Within minutes though, Abbeymeads had the ball up the other end and were threatening our goal - with some resilient defending, which proved to be vital all afternoon, we forced a corner. After a quick one two, Abbeymeads were lucky to see their effort go in, off a brave Kaden, who was desperate to clear the ball. 1-1! 
    The next goal proved to be ours, as Joseph found himself beating three Abbeymeads players to slot the ball into the bottom corner, helping us regain the lead. It was then a game of chances until the next goal, as Kaden, Owain and Joseph all found themselves with opportunities that they couldn't convert. Sadly, for Tadpole, we gave away a cheap free kick that proved costly as the resulting kick went in off Charlie, who was trying to clear the ball and we found ourselves going in at HT 2 a piece. 
    The second half failed to bring any goals but brought lots of action, as Joseph saw his free kick rattle the crossbar; while up the other end Abbeymeads had plenty of opportunities only to be thwarted by Muhammad and the strong defence. Unfortunately Nathan was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, so Abbeymeads were awarded a penalty.  Up stepped our hero of the match, as Muhammad was able to tip a strong penalty around the post to keep the scores level within the dying minutes of the game. There was even a chance for Tadpole to win it at the end as Joseph saw his opportunity saved, followed by Dominik who saw his rebound fall into the hands of the scrambling keeper. 
    Sadly, it wasn't meant to be today, however big thank you to Owain, Zack and Dominik for agreeing to play in positions they don't usually play in; this helped get a vital point in what is going to be an exciting end to the season. Our next match is a trip to Sevenfields in the second round of the plate competition and is due to be played on the 4th March. 
    Thank you again to the parents for the support and your noise level really does spur the boys on!!  

    On the 14th February we took a group of Y5/6 girls to participate in the annual Indoor 5-a-side football tournament. The girls had the opportunity to compete in matches against other schools in the area and, during the afternoon, they played in 8 matches, winning 1, drawing 1 and losing six. Despite losing six games, the girls only lost by the odd goal or two, which is a great achievement seeing as it was their first time playing together. Zoe was the star of the show as she scored 8 goals, along with Rebecca, who scored one of the goals of the tournament. 
    Thank you to all the parents for their continued support in arranging transportation for the children as without you events like this wouldn’t be able to go ahead. 
    Well done Nela, Tyler, Lysa, Kirsten, Saint, Rebecca, Zoe and Luyanda.  



    Miss Wood 

    Community Coffee Morning - 25th February

    Our coffee morning on February 25th will focus on sharing Rainy Day Activities.
    We would love you to come and join us and talk to other parents about things you do at home, or places in the area you can go to, when our British weather stops us from going outside!

    Bring  your babies and toddlers… bring your friends… bring your parents- all welcome! 

    Young Photographers Celebration

    On Wednesday, the winners and runners up of the Rotary Club's Young Photographer of the Year competition met the Mayor of Swindon to celebrate their achievements. Isabelle. E and Ben. W both received a certificate for coming joint third in the junior category in Swindon, while Emily. S received a certificate and trophy for coming first in the junior category in Swindon. We are also very pleased to announce that Emily came first in the South West for her images and will now be going through to the national finals of the competition. We are very proud of all three of them.






























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    2019/20 Newsblog Term 3 Week 5

    Hello All

    Almost the end of term 3 - halfway through the year already - how time flies! Lots of information in the blog this week; we are fortunate to have a staff group who look out for all sorts of opportunities for the children… exciting times. 

    • Dates for Diary
    • Community Coffee Morning - worth a visit:)
    • Message for YN Parents
    • Football Match Report
    • Tag Rugby Opportunity - Y3 and Y4
    • Do’nut Stop Reading Reminder 
    • Message for Y4 Parents - Bristol Aerospace Trip
    • Message for Y5 Parents - Coleshill Trip
    • Things of Interest in the Community


    Term 3 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    week of 10/2/2020

    No teacher run after school clubs are on this week, as previously notified; please collect your child at 3:30 if they would normally have been in a teacher run club. 
    10/2/2020 and 11/2/2020

    Show Me Sessions – Y1,3 & 5
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    YN will also have Show Me Sessions this week - see below
    11/2/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Swindon SEND Family Voice will be with us, see below  - all welcome
    12/2/2020
    all day
    Y5 Trip to Coleshill
    13/2/2020
    all day
    Y2 having Victorian Day
    14/2/2020

    DO’NUT STOP READING - see below

    Dress Down Day to raise funds for Book Festival
    14/2/2020

    Last day of Term 3 – children finish at normal time
    15/2/2020 – 23/2/2020

    Half Term – School Closed
    19/2/2020

    Deadline for ordering meals for first week of Term 4
    Term 4 2019/20
    24/2/2020

    First day of Term 4
    3/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    3/3/2020
    &
    5/3/2020
    3.50 – 7.30
    Parent Consultations - more details to follow
    5/3/2020

    World Book Day - we are likely to be dressing up on or around this day - more news to follow
    10/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    17/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    19/3/2020
    2:45 pm
    Y1 Leading worship - Y1 parents welcome - more details to follow
    19/3/2020
    evening
    Junior Voice Festival - more details to follow
    24/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    27/3/2020

    Y4 Trip to Bristol Aerospace - see below
    30/3/2020 and 31/3/2020

    Show Me Sessions YR, 2, 4 & 6
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    31/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    31/3/2020

    Class Photos day
    1/4/2020
    9:00- 9:45
    Easter Service - more details to follow
    2/4/2020
    evening
    4:30 - 5:15 pm - Y1/2/3 Easter Disco FOTF
    5:45 - 6:30 pm - Y4/5/6 Easter Disco FOTF
    more details to follow
    3/4/2020

    Y1 Trip to Westonbirt - more details to follow
    End of Term 4 – children finish at normal time


    Community Coffee Morning - worth a visit:)

    We hope to see some of you at our Coffee morning on Tuesday, starting at 8:45 until 10. The focus is SEN, we have got a lovely lady coming in from SEND family voice. She will be giving lots of information, help and support on how they support families with other agencies. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for all of it, you’re more than welcome to just come in for a hot drink and a biscuit. 
    All welcome (including babies and toddlers, as we will have lots of toys to keep them entertained). 

    Message for YN Parents

    YN show me sessions will take place during the first 30 minutes of your child's session on Tuesday 11th February and Thursday 14th February 2020: 
    (8.40am - 9.10am) and  (12.20pm - 12.50pm) 


    Football Match Report

    After a long old winter break, the boys couldn’t wait for the opportunity to get back on the pitch… but sadly encountered their first defeat of the new year as they lost out to a strong Orchid Vale team. Despite scoring five goals, the boys took a while to get going against a team, who played some lovely football at times. At times, Tadpole also played some great football but unfortunately, on the day, it wasn’t meant to be. Joseph bagged himself 4 goals with our other goal coming from Zack and, without the help from Muhammad in goal, it could have been a lot more; he was kept constantly busy throughout.  We look to bounce back again though as we visit another tough opponent in Abbeymeads this Wednesday. 
    Miss Wood and Mr Spencer

    Tag Rugby Opportunity - Y3 and Y4

    The school has arranged for Premier to run a Tag Rugby club on a Tuesday after school starting on Tuesday 25th February through to Tuesday 31st March 2020. 
    The club will run from 3.30pm - 4.30pm, will be held outside and no cost to parents.
    To make the process fair we will be opening up on Parentpay on Monday 10th February to children of Year 3 & 4 who are not currently assigned to a teacher run club for Term 3/4 to have first refusal and be able to request a space in this club.
    On Wednesday morning at 9am we will then open up on Parentpay (if spaces are still available) to the remainder of Year 3/4 children to have the option to sign up to request space.
    Successful children will be notified on Friday 14th February 2020 if they have been allocated a space. 
    If it's the case that the club has been oversubscribed we will hold a waitlist. 
    Please note however that Premier will be continuing to run a Tuesday after school club for Terms 5/6 (sport activity to be confirmed) therefore will be another opportunity for non successful children to sign up.
    Any queries please contact the school office .


    Do’nut Stop Reading Reminder 

    On Friday 14th February, we are holding our 'Donut Stop Reading' Day involving lots of fun! Choose rules you want to break (for a price!) and buy a donut to eat while we read each class an amazing story. This will all raise money for our Tadpole Farm Book Festival which will allow all the children in our school to access some incredible author talks and workshops and allowing our funds raised on the day to be donated to Women's Refuge and other causes to raise literacy in Swindon. 

    Rule:
    Cost:
    Non-School Uniform
    £1
    Crazy hair
    50p
    Nail Varnish
    50p
    Bring a non-standard snack (no nuts!)
    50p
    Wear a hat all day
    50p
    Or for £2, break them all! 

    Message for Y4 Parents - Bristol Aerospace Trip

    Year 4 have an exciting opportunity to visit Aerospace in Bristol. Here they will get the opportunity to look at lots of different types of aeroplanes and space technology including looking at the last Concorde. There will also be interactive exhibitions as well as a fact finding mission. Whilst we are there, we will be taking part in a workshop all about sound which will link to our science topic of the term. They may wear jeans/leggings/trousers and trainers but must wear school uniform on the top half of their body, please.  They will need packed lunch and a water bottle too. 

    Message for Y5 Parents - Coleshill Trip

    Details are all on parentpay and payment is due by Monday 10th February 2020 if not already paid please.

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