• 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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    2018/19 Newsblog Term 4 Week 3

    Hello All
    A sea of red swept in to school on Friday - from red noses to red hair to red outfits galore - thank you for supporting the school with this fundraising day - much appreciated - totals to follow.  Just a short blog this week.

    In the blog this week:-
    Term 4 dates  
    YN Nursery Trip - notification of dates of closure
    Mr Spencer’s  absence
    Y6 Junior Good Citizen Event
    Fundraising Updates
    This Week's Book Recommendations
    Things to Do in the Community
    Term 4  - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    20/3/19   
    19:00    
    FOTF Quiz night  Don’t forget to book you team in and get those brains buzzing!
    21/3/19
    19:00
    Parents Forum
    25/3/19   
    14.30-16.30   
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions   
    1/4/19  

    ‘Show me’ sessions –   
    Monday 1/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 2/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30    
    Children in YN times are:    
    Tuesday & Thursday 8.40-9.10 for those in morning sessions and 12.20-12.50 for afternoon sessions.     
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
    5/4/19   

    Last day of term 4 – normal finish time   
    8/4/19-22/4/19   

    School closed – Easter holiday   
    Monday 22/4/19 is a Bank Holiday   
    16/4/19   

    Offer Day for YR September starters   
    23/4/19   

    Children return to school – Tuesday   

    YN Nursery Trip - notification of dates of closure
    The Nursery team have organised a trip for the children in Hedgehog class to Butterfly World next term, for our topic on Animals. The trips will be taking place on Tuesday 14th May and Friday 17th May; please be aware the Nursery will be closed these days if your child is not on the trip. Due to staffing ratios, the children will be allocated which day they are invited to join us on the trip. Letters will be going out next week with details and allocated days but please talk to the Nursery team if you have any questions or queries.

    Mr Spencer’s absence
    I know you will all join with us in wishing John Spencer well for the next stage of his hip repair.  He will be away from school for the next 8-10 weeks and, in his absence, our Acting Assistant Principal will be Alison Flynn on Mondays - Wednesdays and Sam Grindley on Thursday - Friday.  Our Senior Leadership Team has been preparing for this situation for some time and we are confident that the arrangements put in place for these changes of role, including the class cover needed whilst Mrs Flynn and Miss Grindley are out of class, will ensure that your children continue to well lead and supported in their learning.  We are fortunate to have a number of qualified teachers working with us as Teaching Assistants and so Mr Kirby will be taking Mrs Flynn’s class and Miss Jenner, will be taking Miss Grindley’s class on the days cover is needed.

    Y6 Junior Good Citizen Event
    We have been lucky enough to be selected to attend the event in 5th June which will be held at the The Punjabi Community Centre, the event is free of charge, however we are asking parents to contribute to the cost of the coach £5.50 and consent on parent pay.

    Swindon has marked its 30th year of Junior Good Citizen today and has taken the opportunity to celebrate.
    The annual Junior Good Citizen (JGC) scheme is designed to engage young people in a fun learning environment and equip them with life skills as they make their transition from Primary to Secondary Education.
    The multi-agency scheme engages schools, emergency services and local authorities who work together in partnership to educate children from Year Six – aged 10 and 11, to better safeguard themselves and help others.
    Topics include:
    • Personal Safety – Wiltshire Police
    • Dog Safety – Swindon Borough Council (SBC) & Blue Cross animal rescue
    • Internet Safety – Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)/SBC
    • Road Safety – SBC
    • Electrical Safety – Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
    • Railway Safety – British Transport Police
    • Weapons awareness – Youth Offending Team & Community Safety

    The event is free, however we are asking parents to contribute towards the coach costs.
    Fundraising Updates







    This Week's Book Recommendations




    Things to Do in the Community

    Message from STFC

    Good Afternoon Parents/Guardians,
    We've a fantastic competition to tell you about and a forthcoming announcement, but firstly, priority booking is 'live' from next week!

    To ensure that you retain your child's space at their current session, please book online at https://officialsoccerschools.co.uk/stfitc/

    We're also about half way to capacity already for our Easter Holiday development camps, if you haven't already booked, don't delay book here: https://officialsoccerschools.co.uk/stfitc/swindon-town-courses/holiday.html

    Onto our competition, as Mother's Day is at the end of the month, we appreciate all you do as Mum, including course booking, taxiing to sessions and kit washing. We have a little hamper giveaway, which we'll show on our Facebook over the next couple of days. https://www.facebook.com/stfitc/
    We just want your child/children to design a card with the line 'I love my Mum because....... followed by a reason they think you're great and a design of their choice. No need to send the card in, you can keep this on your fridge! Just send in a photo via Facebook messenger or admin@stfc-fitc.co.uk. All entries will be numbered and go into a draw, with the lucky winner being announced on Friday 29th March.  

    If you have any questions, please contact us on 01793 421303.

    Kind Regards,

    The Community Trust Team








    2018/19 Newsblog Term 4 Week 2

    Hello All 
    It was lovely to see so many of the children dressed up for World Book Day - thank you for all your efforts and creativity.  A relatively short blog this week but important dates re Forest school for Y1 – Y6 this week and, of course, a reminder re Red Nose Day on Friday. 

    In the blog this week:- 
    Term 4 dates   
    Science Week including Forest School Spring Walks 
    Parent Workshop – Children's Mental Health and Well-being 
    Parent Forum 
    Book Fayre Competition and Reminder 
    Red Nose Day Reminder 
    Thank You from The Royal British Legion
    Information from NHS re Scarlett Fever
    This Week's Book Recommendations 
    Things to Do in the Community 
     
    Term 4  - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    11/3/19   
    Science Week in school  see details below as children will need Forest School Clothing this week.
    12/3/19- 15/3/19   
    15.30-16.00   
    Book Fayre – to be held near the school office & Y5/6 area   
    14/3/19   
    18.00-19.00   
    Parent Workshop - Health & Wellbeing  - details below
    15/3/19   
    Red Nose Day  
    20/3/19   
    19:00    
    FOTF Quiz night  
    21/3/19
    19:00
    Parents Forum – see below
    25/3/19   
    14.30-16.30   
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions   
    1/4/19  
    ‘Show me’ sessions –   
    Monday 1/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 2/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30    
    Children in YN times are:    
    Tuesday & Thursday 8.40-9.10 for those in morning sessions and 12.20-12.50 for afternoon sessions.     
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
    5/4/19   
    Last day of term 4 – normal finish time   
    8/4/19-22/4/19   
    School closed – Easter holiday   
    Monday 22/4/19 is a Bank Holiday   
    16/4/19   
    Offer Day for YR September starters   
    23/4/19   
    Children return to school – Tuesday   
     Science Week including Forest School Spring Walks 
    This week sees us focusing on ‘Working Scientifically’ as part of our Science focus week. During this week, all the children will have the opportunity to go to Forest School – please ensure they come in with suitable forest school clothing including wellies/sturdy boots and waterproof jacket, which you don’t mind getting muddy; as we will go whatever the weather. 
    Monday 11th March – Y1 Badger Class and Y5 
    Tuesday 12th - All Y2 Classes 
    Wednesday 13th - Y1 Fox Class and Y6 
    Thursday 14th - All Y3 Classes 
    Friday 15th - All Y4 Classes 
    The younger children have already/will be doing this learning during this term.  
    There will be glimpses of what your children have been doing on Seesaw and Tapestry later this term.  

    Parent Workshop – Children's Mental Health and Well-being 
    Please sign up via this link if you will be coming along to the workshop on Wednesday 13th March between 6 and 7 pm at school.  We will be covering aspects of mental health and well-being; generic approaches to looking after mental health and signposts to resources that you may find useful.  It will be a participative session so be prepared to be involved🙂 
    We would like at least 15 parents to come along – less than this and the workshop will be cancelled but we can provide resources – if you are unable to attend but are interested in resources, please sign up for these via link above too.  

    Parent Forum  
    Rearranged date as above Thursday 21st March – let us know if you are coming via this link  - if you would like to attend but can't make the meeting, then comments can also be left via the link.  The Parent Forum is a partnership between parents and the school. It is a valuable way to share ideas, views, concerns and make suggestions for improvement.  It will play an active role in influencing, supporting and enhancing the development and learning of all children at Tadpole Farm. 

    What are the aims of the Parent Forum? 
    The aims of the Parent Forum are to: 
    · Work closely with the Local Board (governing body) and school leadership team to ensure an open and beneficial dialogue exists, so that we can work together to improve the education provided for the children 
    · Assist Local Board members and staff by commenting on new initiatives, drawing attention to areas of concern and contributing to solutions. 
    · Meet in a mutually supportive environment 
    · Develop and disseminate ideas that improve life at Tadpole Farm 
    What are the principles guiding the Forum? 
    Together, we aim to be: 
    • Collaborative: participating together for the benefit of the school community 
    • Constructive: helping to identify effective solutions 
    • Transparent: keeping everyone informed of meetings and their outcomes 
    • Encouraging: welcoming ideas and initiatives to foster a positive ethos 
    Who can be part of the Forum? 
    All parents and carers of children attending Tadpole Farm are welcome to be part of the Forum. In addition, a representative from the Local Board and the leadership team has committed to attend each meeting. 
    What will the Parent Forum not do? 
    The Parent Forum is not a decision-making body. It is a body which can feed in views and represent the parents and carers of issues surrounding the school. The Parent Forum is also not the place to discuss concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or members of staff. 
    How can parents & carers participate? 
    Parents and carers can participate in a number of ways: 
    •   All are warmly welcome to attend and participate at any Parent Forum meeting; 
    •   By taking a role to help promote the Forum and make it work; 
    •   By suggesting items to be discussed. 
    What will be the agenda on 21st March? 
    • Parent comments on the communication between school and home – what works well, what could be improved – a general discussion about processes, communication channels and access to support from school. 
    • Discussion of Health and Safety aspects – items from parents and carers 
    • Beginning of discussions about Relationship Education – review of proposals by the DfE and your feedback about this 
    • Contributions and suggestions from parents on any aspect of school life 


    Book Fayre Competition and Reminder 
    A reminder that the Book Fayre is in school this week – please come and support us as this event provides valuable resources for school. As part of the run up to the Book Fayre, we ran a competition with year 2 children (in class) to design bunting, which is displayed where children line up for lunch near the school office. They had to design the bunting flag with their favourite book character. Winners presented in celebration worship (Friday 8th March) were: - 
    1st place £15 vouchers for our scholastic book fair - Rio R  
    2nd place £10 voucher: Mitchell R 
    The entries were drawn blind (ie without names available to judges) and it was a lovely coincidence that the Reeves brothers both won! 

    Red Nose Day Reminder 
    In order to raise funds for Comic Relief, we will be marking Red Nose Day on Friday 15th March by holding a ‘Wear Something Red’ day. Children are invited to wear some (or all!) red clothes or accessories. As long as the children have something red on they may wear non-school uniform, jeans and trainers are OK too.  Donations can be made via Parent Pay and all money raised will go directly to Comic Relief.  

     Thank You from The Royal British Legion





    Information from NHS re Scarlett Fever
    Please note, we have not had confirmed cases in school but thought you may appreciate this information being shared with you. 


    This Week's Book Recommendations 



    Things to Do in the Community






    2018/19 Newsblog Term 4 Week 1

    Hello All 

    Welcome back as we start Term 4 - lots of interesting opportunities to come again this term and the opportunity for you to meet the teachers to discuss your child's progress and current targets. We’re looking forward to seeing all your creative costumes for World Book Day this week then your red outfits and accessories for Red Nose Day next week! This newsblog also includes two items from groups that the children lead - School Council and our Eco-committee.

    In the blog this week:-  
    Term 4 dates   
    This Term’s Value and Approach to Lent 
    Reminders – World Book Day, Book Fayre and Sponsored Ready, Steady Read, Parent Consultation Meetings, Clubs, Year 1 and Year 2 Reading and Book Bags 
    Comic Relief/Red Nose Day 
    Driving on School Site 
    Football Match Report 
    Baby News 
    Eco-Committee Request 
    School Council Report 
    This Week's Book Recommendations 
    Things to Do in the Community 

    Term 4  - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    4/3/19   

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 4/3, 11/3, 18/3 & 25/3. No clubs on w/b 24/2 or 1/4 due to show me sessions.  Clubs will be on this week even though we have parent consultation meetings 
    5/3/19   
    15.30-19.00   
    Parent Consultation Meetings  - note, clubs are on see above  
    6/3/19   

    Y2 Swimming begins   
    7/3/19  
    All Day  
    World Book Day – see below  
    7/3/19   
    15.30-19.00   
    Parent Consultation Meetings  - note, clubs are on see above  
    11/3/19   

    Science Week in school   
    12/3/19- 15/3/19   
    15.30-16.00   
    Book Fayre – to be held near the school office & Y5/6 area  - See request below 
    14/3/19   
    18.00-19.00   
    Parent Workshop - Health & Wellbeing  - details and sign up will be issued by email on Tuesday 
    15/3/19   

    Red Nose Day – Red Noses will be available in school and can be purchased via Parent Pay – see below for details 
    20/3/19   
    19:00    
    FOTF Quiz night – details to follow   
    25/3/19   
    14.30-16.30   
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions   
    1/4/19  
      
    ‘Show me’ sessions –   
    Monday 1/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 2/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30    
    Children in YN times are:    
    Tuesday & Thursday 8.40-9.10 for those in morning sessions and 12.20-12.50 for afternoon sessions.     
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday. 
    5/4/19   

    Last day of term 4 – normal finish time   
    8/4/19-22/4/19   

    School closed – Easter holiday   
    Monday 22/4/19 is a Bank Holiday   
    16/4/19   

    Offer Day for YR September starters   
    23/4/19   

    Children return to school – Tuesday   


    This Term’s Value and Approach to Lent 

    We are focusing on service as our Christian Value this term.  The story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper is well known—this is where he takes on the role of the lowest servant rather than that of the master.  Jesus tells us clearly what is the meaning of this action: Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done.’    Christians believe that serving God means serving others (Galatians chapter 5 verses 13f).  It challenges the idea that life is all about competition,  or that freedom simply means doing  what suits me, or my group, best. It also means that we cannot serve other masters as well (i.e. focus on these as the things of greatest importance) – such as money and possessions.  This service is given freely without expectation of return—as in the parable of the Good Samaritan, or in ‘going the extra mile” (Matthew chapter 5 verse 41).  However, Christians would say that service of Christ and imitation of Christ is not all about restrictions: “His service is perfect freedom.” 

    This term also sees us including our approach to Lent as part of our focus for collective worship.  As we did last year, rather than giving something up we are, alongside the value of service, giving something to others. We are using the https://40acts.org.uk as a basis for what we are doing but each class has designed their own 40 Act challenge, which we began last week.  If you would like to join in with a family version there is one available here - https://40acts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/40-Family-Wallchart-2019.pdf 




    Reminders – World Book Day, Book Fayre and Sponsored Ready, Steady Read, Parent Consultation Meetings, Clubs, Year and Year 2 Reading and Book Bags 
    • World Book Day is on this Thursday  – staff teams have plenty of exciting World Book Day activities lined up based on the themes for each year group and are looking forward to seeing all of your costumes – we've all been sorting out our Day the Crayons Quit costumes too🙂 
    • Book Fayre - The Book Fair will be in school from Tuesday 12th March – Monday 18th March. It will take place near the main school office. It will be open from 12.12.30 and 3.15-4.00. Thank you to those of you who have already offered to help run the Book Fair this year – I know there are still a couple of slots where help would be appreciated. Please speak to the school office for more details if you think you could help. The Book Fair is always popular and is another fantastic way to enthuse our children in reading new books. It also helps provide additional funding for books in school that will be available to your children. Please support it by coming along if you can.  
    • Ready, Steady Read/Listen - thank you to all those of you who have returned sponsorship forms from the February holiday reading challenge.  The competition winners will be drawn on Thursday this week so please get your forms in by then to be in with a chance of winning. There will be a prize given to the child who read/listened to the most books over the February holiday for each age group - one prize for a child in YN/YR; one for a child in Y1/2; one for Y3/4 and one for Y5/6. 
    • Parent Consultation Meetings – a reminder that these are on this week (Tuesday and Thursday).  They are 10 minute slots and we aim to stick to that time as closely as we can.  These meetings work well if your child comes along too as they can be involved in the conversation about their progress and targets.  
    • Clubs start this week – clubs are on this week, even though it’s parents evening.  Thanks to our wonderful teaching teams the clubs are being covered by other adults within school so that the children don’t miss this week.  
    • Year 1 and Year 2 Reading and Book Bags – Year 1 and Year 2 should have book bags rather than rucksacks for school please, as we keep their book bags in class to enable ease of access for reading.  The book bag boxes in class are not suitable for rucksacks.  

    Comic Relief/Red Nose Day 

    In order to raise funds for Comic Relief, we will be marking Red Nose Day on Friday 15th March by holding a ‘Wear Something Red’ day. Children are invited to wear some (or all!) red clothes or accessories. Donations can be made via Parent Pay and all money raised will go directly to Comic Relief.  
    Any Red Noses that were ordered before Friday have gone home with children. There are still a limited number available which can be purchased via Parent Pay.  

    Driving on School Site 

    A number of staff and parents have recently made us aware that there have been some ‘near misses’ when people are leaving school after dropping off. We understand that this is a busy time of day, but we would ask again that we make safety our first concern, especially when driving over the zebra crossing.  

    Football Match Report 

    Another week, another game and this time Tadpole hosted their first ever football match at our school against a strong Peatmoor side, who ended up winning the game. The boys worked hard all through the match, on a hot day, and it paid off when Gabriel found the back of the net late on in the game. Tadpole were unlucky not to get a second as Owain hit the post but all in all a good team performance - we are eagerly awaiting our first league win.  
    Miss Wood  

    Baby News 



    We are very excited to announce that Emma Smith, Acting Early Years Lead and YN Teacher, is expecting a baby later this year.  She is likely to be going on maternity leave at the end of Term 5 and we will let you know the arrangements for covering her teaching commitment nearer that time.  

    Eco-Committee Request 

    Tadpole Farm are collecting crisp packets to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and we need your help!  
    Please bring all of your used crisp packets into school and drop them off at our collection point in the school entrance foyer. The crisp packets do not need to be rinsed, cleaned or folded, simply flattened and dropped off in our recycling bin. Please see the guidance below about what we can accept to be recycled. All crisp packets will be taken to be recycled in order to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Thank you in advance for your kind donations and support!  
    School Council Report 

    School Council minutes - 28.2.19 
    Quiet Area: 
    It’s being used and enjoyed but not very well by some. Resources are not always looked after. School council have decided we should have monitors who help the class tidy up the boxes. Children also decided it would be a good idea to have an outdoor clock in the quiet area so monitors will know when to start tidying up. 
    The school council members are going to ask their class and staff on the playground for feedback on how they think the area is going and what improvements we could make. We will add magnetic boards and reading books to a box. School Council members will speak to their class about showing respect to the resources and looking after everything otherwise they will be taken away for a while.  
    Murewa and Emily will come and work with Mrs Longhurst on Friday 1st March to devise an application for children to fill in to apply for monitor jobs 
    Class Council: 
    Classes are going to make sure that they have their class council times fortnightly and school council meetings will happen every other Thursday. Mrs Longhurst will make sure all of the classrooms have Class Council boards and new books given to members 
    Post Box: 
    School Council have decided it should be moved to the UKS2 library. Jasmine and Poppy have volunteered to make sure there is always paper and pencil available near the post box. 
    Collaboration with another School Council: 
    We discussed how it would be good to talk with children from a local School Council and perhaps work together on some projects. Mrs Longhurst and Mrs Knott will look into this. 
    A new position has become available within the School Council. Rabbits will elect a new member.  
     This Week's Book Recommendations 




    Things to Do in the Community 

    Support for parents with finding out about online issues and gaming can be found here https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/ 

    Swindon Town Football in the Community <admin@stfc-fitc.co.uk> wrote:
     The weather outside is sunny,
    We've thoughts of the Easter bunny,
    It's not very long to go, 
    Book your place, please don't be slow.

    In the absence of our cold weather songs, we thought we'd entertain you with a more seasonal approach!

    Our February holiday courses were sold out and historically it is a quiet course compared to some of the others we run during the warmer months.
    We're already taking bookings on our Easter courses and predict a good uptake on these too.
    The courses run on the 9th, 10th, 11th April and 16th, 17th,18th April.

    Our girls only course will be during week one, goalkeepers during week two, with mainstream courses across both weeks. All courses can be booked online following the link below:

    https://officialsoccerschools.co.uk/stfitc/swindon-town-courses/holiday.html


    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01793 421303.

    Kind Regards,

    The STFITC Team.


    2018/19 Newsblog Term 3 Week 6

    Hello All 
    Here we are at the end of term 3 and halfway through this academic year.  Thank you for the many messages of thanks and the positive feedback you have given to the staff this term.  Our vision for the school is that we serve this community and not only lead the academic learning of the pupils but support all our families in living well together and enabling the children to become valued members of the community – your feedback helps us to know we are on track and is always welcome, as are any suggestions for improvements or new ideas. Enjoy the holidays and don’t forget it’s the Sponsored Reading Event running over the holiday ... with prizes – see below.   
    In the blog this week:-  
    Term 3 and 4 dates   
    February Holiday Ready, Steady Read/Listen Sponsored Event  
    Spirituality and Well-being through the Arts Week 
    World Book Day and Book Fayre Request 
    Football Match Report 
    Parent Consultation Meetings 
    Message for Y3/4 Parents 
    Message for Y5/6 Parents 
    New Dinner Menu For Terms 3 - 6 
    This Week's Book Recommendations  
    Things to Do in the Community
    Term 4  2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
      18/2/19-24/2/19  

    School closed – February holiday Ready, Steady Read sponsored event - reminder below 
    25/2/19   

    Children return to school   
    25/2/19   
    12:45-15:30   
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions – they are visiting the Police Station so leaving school at lunchtime and pick up will be normal school time not 16:30 for this session please.   
    26/2/19   
    18.00-19.00   
    Parent Forum – a sign-up sheet will be sent out nearer to the event   
    27/2/19   

    NO Y2 Swimming   
    4/3/19   

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 4/3, 11/3, 18/3 & 25/3. No clubs on w/b 24/2 or 1/4 due to show me sessions.   
    5/3/19   
    15.30-19.00   
    Parent Consultation Meetings   
    6/3/19   

    Y2 Swimming begins   
    7/3/19  
    All Day  
    World Book Day – see below  
    7/3/19   
    15.30-19.00   
    Parent Consultation Meetings   
    11/3/19   

    Science Week in school   
    12/3/19- 15/3/19   
    15.30-16.00   
    Book Fayre – to be held near the school office & Y5/6 area  - See request below 
    14/3/19   
    18.00-19.00   
    Parent Workshop - Health & Wellbeing   
    15/3/19   

    Red Nose Day – Red Noses will be available in school and can be purchased via Parent Pay  
    20/3/19   
    19:00    
    FOTF Quiz night – details to follow   
    25/3/19   
    14.30-16.30   
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions   
    1/4/19  
      
    ‘Show me’ sessions –   
    Monday 1/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 2/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30    
    Children in YN times are:    
    Tuesday & Thursday 8.40-9.10 for those in morning sessions and 12.20-12.50 for afternoon sessions.     
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday. 
    5/4/19   

    Last day of term 4 – normal finish time   
    8/4/19-22/4/19   

    School closed – Easter holiday   
    Monday 22/4/19 is a Bank Holiday   
    16/4/19   

    Offer Day for YR September starters   
    23/4/19   

    Children return to school – Tuesday   

    February Holiday Ready, Steady Read/Listen Sponsored Event  

    As already mentioned in the blog a few weeks ago, to celebrate and encourage a lifelong love of reading at home and in school, we have organised, in conjunction with Usborne Books, a 'Ready Steady Read' event! We are really excited about this, as it means we are not only inspiring children to read at home, but we also have the opportunity to enhance the books we have available in school – something we are always keen to do!   
    Each child will have the chance to be sponsored for their reading during half term (or, for nursery and reception children, to listen to stories!) in order to raise money. ALL the money we raise will be spent on brand new books for school. Usborne will also add to our budget depending on how much we raise.  
    We can't wait to hear about all the books you read :)  Not sure what books to read..? -  the local library can make recommendations or check out www.lovereading4kids.co.uk for age related recommendations.  
    The sponsor forms have been sent to your email address twice now – once at end of January and once this week.  They are word docs so you could fill in online and return if you don’t want to print them out. 
    There will be a prize given to the child who reads/listens to the most books over half term for each age group - one prize for a child in YN/YR; one for a child in Y1/2; One for Y3/4 and one for Y5/6. 
    Thank you to Laura Harrison for supporting us in this event and we look forward to hearing about all the exciting reading that has taken place in the holidays. You could even take photos of you reading your books and we can display those – again emailing in is fine and we will print them – email to jane.leo@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk - what is the most unusual place you do your reading?  

    Spirituality and Well-being through the Arts Week 
    This week the ’Mosaic Man’ came to school and was helped by the Y3 – 6 children to put together a mosaic sign to welcome people to our school.  He was supported in organising the groups that worked with him by a great team of parent and staff helpers, led by Miss Brandenberg - thank you for all the time you gave as a team to support a project like this.  The mosaic should be put up over the holiday period so you will all be able to see it but here is a taster of the journey to it’s completion... 












    World Book Day and Book Fayre Request 
    As announced in last week’s blog, World Book Day celebrations will be on Thursday 7th March and we have chosen a themed approach to dressing up this year.  We are not expecting that parents will buy anything specifically for this event as we appreciate that you all have other demands on your income.  To give you some DIY ideas I have added some weblinks below that may help....  
    EYFS – YN and YR: Fairy Tales – any character from any fairy tale - https://www.bhg.com/halloween/kids-costumes/easy-to-make-kids-costumes/ 
    (I found lots of hits just googling DIY children's fairy tale costumes – so many that I didn’t think you would need them added here) 
    KS1 – Y1 and Y2: Percy the Park Keeper (dress as Percy or any of his woodland animals).  
    Lots of animal masks blanks available on the internet for you to copy or print or Percy costume can be easily made from clothes you may have available plus a cap 

    LKS2 – Y3 and Y4: Mr Men & Little Miss characters. 
    Can be adapted for any of characters in the Little Miss and Mr Men series 
    UKS2 – Y5 and Y6: Any character from a Roald Dahl book 
    The week after World Book Day we have the Book Fayre in school; if any parents could help run the cash desk we still have some slots available (thanks to FOTF for organising filling most of them!).   The Fayre will be in the office foyer at lunch and after school - see dates above. 

    Football Match Report 
    It's been a busy week for the Tadpole football team this week, which saw us play two boys fixtures and a girls tournament at Kembrey park.  
    First up was the boy's plate fixture against Wroughton  - unfortunately we found ourselves at the end of another heavy defeat which saw us knocked out of the competition. Special mention goes to Harley, Kewin and Owain who offered to go in goal, especially Harley who made some cracking saves to prevent the score from being more.  
    A couple of the boys dusted themselves off again the next evening and found themselves in a very competitive fixture against Haydonleigh; the boys found themselves three nil down before halftime however without Muhammad it could be been a totally different scoreline. At halftime my words were...  can we continue to work hard and see if we can pinch a goal?  ...and we ended up getting two! Luke and Gabriel got on the scoresheet with the help of Darcy and Joseph, who played thier part in setting up the goals. The boys ended up losing 4-2 however they came away with a positive attitude in what was a cracking game.  
    On Friday we returned, but this time it was the girls who were taking part in thier first ever competitive fixture and they didn't disappoint. The girls drew 3 and lost 3 and overall scored 7 goals with Angel grabbing herself 4 and Kirsten, who managed to score a cracking goal finding the top corner.  Not bad from a team that have never played together before and this might not be the last we hear from the girls. Also credit to the parents who came to the tournament because if there was an award for the most excited and supportive parents you guys would have won as you were, by far, the most supportive and loudest at the tournament. Thank you again to all the parents as without your support these fixtures can't go ahead.  
    Miss Wood 

    Parent Consultation Meetings 
    Many thanks to all those parents who used the new bookings system and made their own appointments for parents consultations. For anyone who missed the email and blog information, we have now booked and emailed to you a time to see your child's teacher. Please check your junk mail if you haven't received it.  If you need to check your time, please refer back to your confirmation email sent to you at the time of booking. Due to GDPR rules, we aren't able to email this info out.  ALL children now have an appointment booked.  Remember, the dates are either Tuesday 5th or Thursday 7th March. 

    Message for Y3/4 Parents 
    On the 25th February please could all year 3/4 children come into school in their PE kits ready for our Hook day (Hook day is the name we give to the day we launch a new topic for the term). 
    Thank you - Y3/4 Team 

    Message for Y5/6 Parents 
    Next term we are going to be doing a topic based around Dinosaurs (please don't tell the children just yet!).  
    We have planned lots of writing based around Jurassic Park, as it is a PG film, such as complaint letters, balanced arguments and diary entries.  
    However, because of the age limit, we are writing to ask that if you feel your child should not view this film, please let us know before Monday 25th February so we can make other arrangements for your child if needed. Please email jane.leo@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk 
    We hope you have a lovely half term!  
    Thank you,  
    Miss Weston & Miss Pearson 

    New Dinner Menu For Terms 3  6 


    This Week's Book Recommendations


    Things to Do in the Community




    2018/19 Newsblog Term 3 Week 5

    Hello All 
      
    What a great week the whole school had last week – the films of the dances are still being put together and we hope to do a whole montage of clips – though my film editing skills leave a lot to be desired, as you will see from the link below, when I edited the whole school singing This is Me – that was Friday’s activity and you can see it by following the link below. It was a magical, emotional performance much enjoyed by our invited guests from the Local Board, Friends of Tadpole Farm Committee and representatives from the one of the performing arts groups we work closely with.  

    In the blog this week:-  
    Term 3 and 4 dates   
    Spirituality and Well-being through the Arts Week 
    Thank You for Coming Along to Coffee Morning
    Thank You from Young Carers 
    Parent Consultation Booking Reminder 
    Red Noses still available 
    World Book Day 
    Special Requests from YR 
    Football Match Report 
    FOTF Superhero Scarecrow Design competition 
    Local Board Update 
    This Week's Book Recommendations


    Term 3   2018/19  
    Date  
    Time  
    Event  
    13/2/19  
    Parent Consultation Meeting times confirmed  
    15/2/19  
    13.00-15.00  
    Y5/6 Girls Football tournament – details to follow  
    15/2/19  
    Last day of term 3 – normal finish time  
    YN/YR Superhero Dress up Day  
    18/2/19-22/2/19  
    School closed – February holiday Ready, Steady Read sponsored event  

    Term 4  2018/19  
    Date  
    Time  
    Event  
    No Staff Training Days in T4 – all children back on first day.  
    Please note that some children will be attending Forest School this term – parents will be sent emails with group lists and dates before the end of term.  
    25/2/19  
    Children return to school  
    25/2/19  
    14.30-16.30  
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions  
    26/2/19  
    18.00-19.00  
    Parent Forum – a sign-up sheet will be sent out nearer to the event  
    27/2/19  
    NO Y2 Swimming  
    4/3/19  
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 4/3, 11/3, 18/3 & 25/3. No clubs on w/b 24/2 or 1/4 due to show me sessions.  
    5/3/19  
    15.30-19.00  
    Parent Consultation Meetings  
    6/3/19  
    Y2 Swimming begins  
    7/3/19
    All Day
    World Book Day – see below
    7/3/19  
    15.30-19.00  
    Parent Consultation Meetings  
    11/3/19  
    Science Week in school  
    12/3/19- 15/3/19  
    15.30-16.00  
    Book Fayre – to be held near the school office & Y5/6 area  
    14/3/19  
    18.00-19.00  
    Parent Workshop - Health & Wellbeing  
    15/3/19  
    Red Nose Day – Red Noses will be available in school and can be purchased via Parent Pay
    20/3/19  
    19:00   
    FOTF Quiz night – details to follow  
    25/3/19  
    14.30-16.30  
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions  
    1/4/19

    ‘Show me’ sessions –  
    Monday 1/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 2/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30   
    Children in YN times are:   
    Tuesday & Thursday 8.40-9.10 for those in morning sessions and 12.20-12.50 for afternoon sessions.    
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
    5/4/19  
    Last day of term 4 – normal finish time  
    8/4/19-22/4/19  
    School closed – Easter holiday  
    Monday 22/4/19 is a Bank Holiday  
    16/4/19  
    Offer Day for YR September starters  
    23/4/19  
    Children return to school – Tuesday  


    Spirituality and Well-being through the Arts Week 

    We have had an amazing week exploring the Christian belief in the creation story; sharing thoughts, reflections and Prayers in the prayer space; taking care of our well-being and exploring what helps with that;  creating something more than we could do on our own through art, dance and singing; discussing philosophy and how the world resources are shared... and what to do when they are not. This coming week sees the arrival of the mosaic artist and we will also be working on putting together a montage of the outcomes of the week.  As a taster here is a link to the whole school singing This is Me, a walk through performance that was emotive and full of feeling - https://youtu.be/7JySQ6aqXjE

    Thank You for Coming Along to Coffee Morning

    Thank you to all those who came along for the first Coffee Morning
    they run from 8.45am - 10.00am on Tuesday  - next dates -  12/2, 26/2, 5/3, 12/3 and 19/3. 

    These sessions are designed specifically for parents with children in Nursery and Reception class and aim to support you and your child through their learning journey. 

    Each session will start at 8.55am with a short presentation and then ample time to ask questions, chat and of course have coffee (or tea) and cake. 

    This is an opportunity for you to: meet and chat with other parents; find out new things; ask those burning questions; celebrate success and feel involved and up to date. 


    These sessions are designed to be fun and formal and will give you the opportunity to speak to a wide range of teachers and professionals. 



    Preferably, we would like you to attend all six sessions as we feel this would give you the best experience. 

    Thank You from Young Carers 


    Last Thursday (31st Jan) was Young Carers Awareness Day and we had a cake sale with yummy treats donated by the grown-ups in our school. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that brought some pennies in for this day as we raised £150, which is going to Swindon Carers Centre to support them with the work that they do every day.  

    Parent Consultation Booking Reminder 

    Sign up for the Parent Consultations closed on Friday 7th February. As this is the first time we have used the online system, we have decided to extend the sign up deadline – now closing at 3.30 on Monday 11th February. Please follow the instructions below to book your slots.  
    Parent consultation appointments for all year groups (inc nursery) will be held at the following dates and times:  
    3.40pm-7.40pm (nursery 1pm-6.40pm) Tuesday 5th March  
    3.40pm-7.40pm (nursery 12.20pm-6.40pm)  Thursday 7th March 
    1. Enter your details- name, email address, child's name etc 
    2. Choose the relevant teacher/s for your child/ren 
    3. Choose times 

    Red Noses still available 



    Comic Relief is not too far away - just a reminder that you can buy your red noses from the school office this year. Payment can be made via Parent Pay.  

    World Book Day 
    With our focus on encouraging reading, we have set the following themes for each Key Stage for World Book Day, which is on the 7th March. We have tried to come up with themes which will hopefully appeal to the age range, but also have easy options for the children to create outfits rather than having to buy them.  
    EYFS: Fairy Tales – any character from any fairy tale  
    KS1: Percy the Park Keeper (dress as Percy or any of his woodland animals).  
     LKS2: Mr Men & Little Miss characters. 
     UKS2: Any character from a Roald Dahl book  
    Staff.... any crayon from The Day the Crayons Quit!  
    Enjoy finding out about the characters and creating your costumes – we look forward to a colourful day!  

    Special Requests from YR 
    Does anybody have a trampette gathering dust? It would be great if one could be donated for early years to help build our gross motor muscles! 
    Also, if anyone has any action figures, small world play or action men they would like to donate, reception would be very grateful!  

    Football Match Report 
    After a short winter break, the boys found themselves back in action against a strong Abbeymeads side and, after a quick change of venue due to a flooded field, the boys unfortunately found themselves 4-nil down at half time. A better second half was to come though, after some fantastic defending from Daniel, Nathan and Gabriel and some spectacular saves from Muhammad the score could have been far greater. Despite the boys losing 7-nil, they came away learning so much and will only continue to improve in future matches.  
    The headteacher from Abbeymeads spoke to us after the game and praised the boys on how wonderful they were during the match and the fact that they didn't moan once despite the one-sided score line. He also praised the parents for their enthusiasm during the game, so thank you again for your continued support. Also, a BIG thanks to Miss Brandenburg for coming along to cheer the boys on. 
    Mrs Philpot and Miss Wood  
    Note from Mrs Leo - I’m sure you’d all like to know that we also received an email from the Headteacher at Abbeymeads Primary, praising our children, the parents and staff for their enthusiasm and positive attitude during and after the match - in his words “Brilliant - a great advert for the ethos of our school!’ We’re very proud of everyone involved!  

    FOTF Superhero Scarecrow Design competition 
    Ahead of our Scarecrow Trail in May and for a bit of Half Term fun FOTF are launching a competition for the children to design the best Superhero Scarecrow for us to use on all of our promotional material for the event. There are x3 £10 Amazon vouchers for the best 3 designs (KS1/ KS2 and Overall) and Mrs Leo will decide and announce the winners in worship on Friday 1st March. On Sunday we will email out the template for you to print at home. Alternatively, children can draw their own Superhero Scarecrow on A4 or collect a template sheet from the office.  
    We are asking for all completed entries to be returned to the office/ teachers by Tuesday 26th Feb ready for us to look at our next meeting on Thursday 28th Feb 7pm-which you are all invited to. Please make sure all entries have your child’s NAME and CLASS on and keep in mind it will need to be scanned in so having lots of things stuck on them may not be best. If you want to share your child’s creation don’t forget to join our Facebook page ‘Friends of Tadpole Farm Academy’. We hope the children will have some fun!  

    Local Board Update 

    This Week's Book Recommendations








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