• 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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    Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy blog

    2019/20 Newsblog Term 1 Week 2
    Hello All

    Another lovely week in school, seeing the children already settled in to their new classes and getting engrossed in the learning they are doing. Mr Spencer and I have already had lots of children visiting our office or when we are around the school showing us the great learning they are doing - the excitement with which they describe what they have been doing and how this links to the school’s Christian values is so pleasing:)

    A busy blog this week...



    • Dates for Term 1/2 only
    • Y2 Swimming 
    • Thank you, again - Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
    • Message for YR and YN Parents
    • Y2 Trip Update
    • Message for Y3/4/5/6 Parents
    • Message for Y3 Parents
    • Applying for YR 2020 
    • Tadpole Garden Village Book Festival 
    • News from St Andrews Church
    • Preparation for Harvest Festival - 25th September
    • Things in the Community


    Dates for the Term 1/2


    Y2 Swimming

    Please note swimming starts this week - apologies that I recorded date incorrectly last week - below is timetable for dates for the year - you may want to save it somewhere.



    Thank you, again - Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up


    The new system is really beginning to settle down now and the children are much safer at the end of the day as a result. The traffic flows in the morning are smoother too… all in all a great success. I know that some of you still have a few queries about where you can park and have asked me to pass on the PCSO’s contact details - he advises that as the PCSO team is changing at the moment then please call 101 and explain that you at a Tadpole Farm parent, would like to discuss parking with the PCSO for our school and you would like them to contact you - in my experience they are pretty efficient and responsive - if that’s not the case let me know.

    Just to clarify, we have 4 disabled parking bays but more disabled permits than that so, at pick up time those people with disabled permits (all of whom also have Blue Badges) or those with temporary permits (for example, because child has broken leg and is in wheelchair or other need that may not be apparent) are parked in bays or in drop zone. The only other cars parked on site are staff (permits will be displayed soon in our cars too) or visitors, who will also be asked to display a permit.

    One final request, please can you let those who only come occasionally to collect or drop off, know about the arrangements too - including that there is no drive through and drop facility or drive through for the purpose of turning around for the end of the day - the only cars that should be turning in to the site at the end of the day are those with permits, as detailed above.

    Message for YR and YN Parents
    Your children are settling in really well. We would like to ask you to help us with water bottles - a small number of children have squash in these, however we request that just water comes into school. If your child is having difficulty converting to water only, then try each day adding a bit more water as you dilute. By October half term, the children will be converted to water without even knowing they have done it.

    For those who have lunch boxes, please note they need to be nut and sweet free please - the website Change4life is really good to get children involved in choosing what goes in their lunchbox https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes We try to follow the National recommended standards for nutrition for young people; these recommend packed lunches may include:
    • At least one portion of fruit and or vegetable (this could include a dried fruit; grapes to be cut in half lengthways)
    • Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, chick peas, hummus)
    • A sandwich that includes a savoury filling (e.g. egg, tuna, cheese, cooked meat)
    • A starchy food such as bread, pasta, rice, noodles
    • Dairy food such as cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais
    • A biscuit not coated in chocolate
    • Crisps (baked or other low fat options if possible) or other such snack such as seeds, savoury crackers, breadsticks etc.
    • Eating utensils if necessary
    They also recommend packed lunches should avoid:
    • Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate coated biscuits and sweets.
    • Sausage rolls and pies should only be included occasionally.
    • No fizzy drinks.
    In addition we ask that no nuts and nut products (e.g. peanut butter) should not be sent to school because of allergy concerns. Children are not allowed to share food items for this same reason.

    Another website you might find really useful about starting school is below - lots of advice on routines, sleep, anxiety, toileting, lunchboxes etc https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/starting-primary-school/1

    Y2 Trip Update
    Year Two are excited to be visiting ‘We The Curious’ in Bristol on Monday 21st October - details are now on ParentPay. We know that this will help us tie up our term of ‘working scientifically’ and we will have the chance to look deeper into our Space themed topic during our ‘Stargazing 2D Planetarium Show’. There is so much to explore and lots of experiments to get really hands-on with - we can’t wait… and we think the children might enjoy it too:)

    Miss Webb & Miss Brandenburg

    Message for Y3/4/5/6 Parents
    Due to space restrictions in the cloakroom areas, this year we are not going to keep children's wellies in school. If we are going to Forest Schools then class teachers will ask the children to bring them in for that day.

    Message for Y3 Parents
    Extreme Reading:
    Thank you for all the extreme reading photos so far, we are still looking to collect some more so please continue sending them in, we have really enjoyed seeing some of the innovative ways of reading.

    Applying for YR 2020

    Please share with anyone you know who has children who will be joining YR in September 2020 - there is no automatic move from a place in YN to a place in our YR class - all parents/carers of eligible children must apply for a place in YR.
    Message from Swindon Borough Council:-
    Dear Parent/Carer 

    We are writing to let you know that if you have a child born between the following dates of 1 st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, your child is due to start Primary/Infant School in September 2020 and you now need to apply for your child’s School place. Please note it is your responsibility to apply for a school place for your child. 
    How can I apply? 
    Applying could not easier. Simply complete the online application form which will be available on our website 24 hours a day 7 days a week on the link below. It must be completed and submitted by midnight 15th January 2020. https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20071/school_places_and_admissions/427/primary_school_places_and_admissions 
    Your first step will be to register your details and select a password if you do not already have a Citizen Portal account. You will then be able to make your application. Once your application has been submitted an automatic email receipt will be sent to your e-mail address. You can make changes to your application, including the preferences, up until midnight on the closing date. If you return to your application at any time, simply to view it, or make changes, you must remember to complete the process and re-submit the application. Any un-submitted applications will not be considered. 
    Where can I get information about Schools and the Admission Process? 
    On the link below is the ‘Primary Admission Guide’ which explains the admissions process. This guide has a full list of schools and their addresses together with information on how we allocate places etc. You can view or print the guide from our website at www.swindon.gov.uk/primaryschoolplaces
    If you do not have access to the internet at home you can use the computers at Libraries or Swindon Direct, One Stop Shop (providing you are able to give an e-mail address). 
    We strongly advise that all Parents/Carers read the Admissions Guide before making their application. You will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood this guide before you submit your application. 
    Key dates in the application process 
    You must submit your application no later than the 15th January 2020. This is the closing date. The online facility will also close on this date. 
    Offer emails will be sent out on the 16th April 2020. You must accept or refuse the place offered by the 30th of April 2020. (You will be sent instructions on how to accept your place in your offer email). 
    Once you have accepted your child's place the school will contact you with further information.
     If you would like any further information or assistance with the Admission process, The Admissions Team will be available for you to talk to on the following dates. (No appointment is required): Civic Council Chambers - Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 14:00 – 17:00pm Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH 
    North Swindon Library Orbital Retail Park, - Wednesday 2nd October 2018 at 10:30am – 13:30pm Swindon, SN25 4AN 
    Yours sincerely 
    School Admissions Team

    Tadpole Garden Village Book Festival

    Hello everyone!

    We are looking to run a Tadpole Garden Village Book Festival on 12th - 13th June 2020 (think Cheltenham Literature Festival but on much smaller scale… well this year anyway;)). We want to raise the profile of reading in the community, as well as raise money to buy books for children in Swindon who don’t have access to literacy.
    We are really excited to have already had interest from a big author, and now we need help from you!
    If you have any of the following skills and would like to join us, please email the office or speak to Miss Weston or Miss Brandenburg.
    • Food stalls
    • Published Writing for Children
    • Illustrations
    • Activities to support Wellbeing (e.g massages, mindfulness)
    • Eco friendly solutions to plastic bottles at events!
    If you have any links to authors or publishing companies, we would be hugely grateful if you could get in contact with us - come and be part of an innovative, exciting next step in our growing community.
    Thank you!
    Miss Weston & Miss Brandenburg

    News from St Andrew’s Church: The National Prayer weekend


    How often do you pray, or wonder if there's someone who would pray for you?

    On 28th September from 7am - 7pm Christians will be at St Andrew North Swindon praying for our local community. You are very welcome to join us.

    Please let us know of any way we can pray for you, your family, friends or work by completing the form here. There is no prayer request too big or too small.

    Sally

    Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge)

    Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk

    07588 594410

    Preparation for Harvest Festival - 25th September
    We will be supporting the Swindon Food Collective again this year - please give all you can for those in need - details of the items that they particularly need are below:-




    Things in the Community









    2019/20 Newsblog Term 1 Week 1

    Hello All

    It was lovely to see all our returning children and families and to welcome all our new families.  A huge thank you to all those of you who had thought about different ways of getting to school now there is no parking on site - we really are very grateful for your support in keeping the school site safe at the end of the day - more below.

    • Dates for Term 1/2 only
    • This Term’s Value
    • Uniform reminder - start as we mean to go on...
    • Message for Y2 Parents
    • Thank you - Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
    • Aldi Tokens & Book People Big Book Boost
    • Message for YR Parents
    • News from St Andrews Church
    • Things in the Community

    Dates for the Term 1/2

    Term 1 and 2  2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    8/9

    Clubs on offer for term 1 and 2 will be announced
    9/9 – 11/9

    Sign up for clubs available
    11/9 – Y1/Y2
    Y3/4/5/6
    4:30 - 5:10 pm   for Y1, Y3, Y4
    5:15 - 6:00 pm   for Y2, Y5, Y6
    Meet the teachers events - note separate times for those who have a child in each year group.  An opportunity to meet the teachers, hear about the learning approach and the ways you can support your child. YN and YR have had parents meetings at end of last term but if you didn’t get the chance to attend then please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher for a brief meeting to go over any specifics for your child’s year group.  Please come in through the front entrance and signs will direct you to the appropriate classrooms
    13/9

    Club places announced
    Week beginning 16/9

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 16/9, 23/9; 30/9; 7/10; no clubs week of 14/10, 21/10 and 4/11; clubs are on week beginning 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 2/12 – no clubs week of 9/12 and 16/12 - if your child attends football/drama/ dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those
    18/9
    5:00 pm
    Meeting for Y6 Parents re Rock UK Residential Trip
    23/9

    Sign up on line for parent/carer/teacher/child meeting (see dates below) available – complete by Wednesday 25/9 and times confirmed by Monday 30/9
    25/9

    Y2 Swimming lessons start
    25/9
    9:15 – 10:00
    Harvest Service– led by KS1 - KS1 parents/carers invited to join us (all classes will be invited at some point over the year when your child’s class is leading worship) – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
    30/9 - 4/10 

    Y6 at Rock UK for Residential
    3/10
    2:45 pm
    Y4 will be leading worship on theme of Friendship– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    7/10- 11/10

    Science Week - more details to follow
    14/10 – 15/10

    “Show me” sessions for  Y1, Y3, Y5 only – please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below - For Y1, Y3 and Y5 only Monday 14/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 15/10 – 3:30 – 4:30 For YN please come in for the first 30 minutes of your child’s session.
    14/10 and 17/10

    “Show me” sessions for  YN only – please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - For YN please come in for the first 30 minutes of your child’s session i.e 8:40 - 9:10 or 12:20 - 12:50
    17/10 and 22/10
    3:50 – 7:40 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots will be notified nearer date
    18/10
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    21/10

    Y2 Trip to We the Curious
    21/10 - 4/11

    Tapestry (YN and YR) and Seesaw (Y1 - Y6) Parent access open
    22/10

    School Photographer in school - more details to follow
    23/10

    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    24/10 – 4/11

    October holiday – school closed
    30/10

    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below. 
    4/11

    School closed to children - Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    5/11

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2 - remember no school run clubs this week
    15/11

    Children in Need - details to follow
    20/11

    Provisional date for Flu Vaccinations
    Book Wagon in school - more details to follow
    9/12 - 13/12 

    RE Week - more details to follow
    10/12

    Y6 learning at Lifeskills Centre Bristol. 
    Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow
    11/12

    Provisional Date for YN Nativity Tableau and songs - more details to follow
    12/12

    Y5 and Y6 will be leading worship on theme of Perseverance– parents of children in these year groups  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    13/12

    Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

    16/12 – 17/12

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below - For For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30.

    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    16/12 or 18/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome 
    20/12

    Last Day of Term - usual times
    21/12 – 5/1/2020

    Christmas holiday – school closed
    1/1/2020

    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below. 
    6/1/2020

    School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    7/1/2020

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week

    This Term’s Value
    This term’s value is Friendship. We will be thinking about what is means to be a good friend; how to show friendship to those who you don’t yet know; why we all need friends and how to value them; we’ll be using some Bible stories, stories from other faiths and stories from real life to help us reflect on and build our understanding of friendship.  The ideas below will help you to think about this value at home too.



    Uniform reminder - start as we mean to go on…
    It was great to see the children looking so smart in their uniforms - thank you.  Just a couple of things you may have missed in the previous newsblogs:
    Hair Accessories: We seem to have an outbreak of cats ears and colourful headbands - they are beautiful but please can they stay at home - all hair accessories should be in school colours (so blue  - can be shades of blue - or white).  
    Earrings: these should be small studs, not dangly please. 
    Shoes: Please could coloured shoes and trainers stay at home - school shoes should be black and sensible for wearing in playground please. 

    Message for Y2 Parents
    This message was in previous blogs before the summer and over the summer… 
    For YR - Y2, the children should have book bags rather than rucksacks as these are more easily stored.
    Thank you to those people who have followed this request.  In Year 2 we really do not have room for rucksacks on a daily basis.  The children may use them on a Wednesday when they have swimming but for the rest of the week please can the rucksacks remain at home and the children just bring in bookbags to help with storage space.  Thank you. 

    Thank you - Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up

    Mornings - Thank you so much for the walking, cycling, car sharing etc you have done - we really appreciate the efforts you have gone to to support this initiative.  To clarify, we are aiming to make the drop zone run as smoothly as possible and so we are doing crossing patrol at the zebra crossing to help the traffic flow.  
    Evenings - We knew this would be a trickier time of day, but are thankful for the many positive comments about the improved site safety for your children by minimising the traffic on site.  To clarify the only people parked on site at the end of the school day are staff; visitors; those with disabled passes - we have more of these than spaces so the additional people are using the drop zone to park. We are checking passes, so if you have one please ensure it is displayed. 
    There have been a few queries about who can park where in the roads around school, so I have asked both our PCSO’s and Crest to clarify. The police view is that as long as you are parked legally, as per the Highway Code, then that is all we can ask - they ask you to bear in mind that, once the road outside school has it’s top tarmac coat then there will be the usual double yellow lines, zigzags/no parking zone that you see outside most schools, so it would be helpful if you imagined this is already there - the police say this will ensure all are kept as safe as possible and it is roughly what the traffic marshals are trying to advise you about. Crest has clarified there are no private roads (i.e. roads that are not open to the public) in any of the areas around school - this means that, again, provided you are parking as per the Highway Code, you have the right to park in the roads around school.  
    We are very grateful to our neighbours around school who are getting used to this change too - we recognise that it can be frustrating for them and are committed to minimising the time you have to park in the roads around school by opening on early at 8:30 a.m.; running the drop zone as effectively as we can; ensuring your children leave promptly at 3:30 p.m. 
    The Highway Code re parking can be read using this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/waiting-and-parking-238-to-252

    Aldi Tokens & Book People Big Book Boost

    Mr Spencer has signed us up for the Aldi Get Set Programme and we need your help…
    The Book People have announced their Big Book Boost - more details here - https://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/bigbookboost - we are signed up:)




    Message for YR Parents
    The children have settled in really well already.  Just some reminders… 
    Please remember to bring in a named pair of wellies for your child as soon as possible - the children need these for playing in the water and mud kitchen!  A reminder that YR children should have draw string PE bags not backpacks - we do not have storage space for rucksacks - please use bookbags and bring them to school everyday (see above message for Y2 as mentioned previously) - it would be really helpful.
    Having done our first few days, please can we ask that you check that all clothes are labelled - many children have the same shoes, coats and, obviously, the same uniform.
    We have lots of toys and resources for the children to use so please can we also remind parents that children do not need to bring in their own toys - we find that, if they do, it can cause upset if they are lost or broken - thank you. 

    News from St Andrews Church
    Hello (again) from St Andrew’s Church
    The local parish church of St Andrew’s is really pleased to support Tadpole Farm in various ways and to welcome the school family along to our services.

    We hold a monthly service in the school hall at Tadpole Farm on the 2nd Sunday of each month – the next one is 8th September at 4pm.  We begin with refreshments and welcome people of all ages, whether you normally attend church or haven’t ever been.  
    We have services at our 700 year old church building at 10am every Sunday. The church which is tucked away off Tadpole Lane between Lyall Close and Blunsdon Abbey Park.  You’re welcome to join us there any Sunday at 10am and most Sundays we have activities for children.
    For full details of everything that happens at St Andrew’s, visit our news site or follow us on facebook and look out for regular updates in the weekly school blog.
    I’m around the school at drop off time once a month and the children get used to seeing me around school so do stop me and say ‘hello’ if there’s anything you’d like to chat about.  I look forward to getting you know you all better in the coming year.
    https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmsxBYOlObs/XWO_Feq-mTI/AAAAAAAAZqg/qit78wDN_8MXe0xl9rM1CItzkcvigesjACLcBGAs/s1600/19%2Bphoto%2BSR.jpgSally
    Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge)  
    07588 594410

    Things in the Community

    Butterflies Family Centre details






    2019/2020 Newsblog Pre Term 1

    Hello All


    We do hope you are enjoying the summer break - we’re looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd September for another exciting year of learning.  This newsblog gives you details of dates for Terms 1 and 2 (the feedback we had last year was that dates for the two terms ahead was sufficient, though if you want to know what is going on later in the year then the dates will be available on the calendar on our website www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk); some reminders you may find useful and details about the first week back and our 5th birthday celebrations. 


    • Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only
    • First Week Back celebrations - our 5th birthday
    • Booking School Dinners
    • Reminders
    • Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
    • Thank You


    Dates for the New School Year


    Term 1 and 2  2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    28/8

    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the first term - see below. 
    2/9 

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    3/9

    Children return to school – YR and YN have been given details of induction times; current YN children who are continuing in YN are in for their normal sessions; Y1/2/3/4/5/6 in full time from 3/9/16.  – all in school uniform on day 1 please but see below for hat competition for our 5th Birthday celebrations,
    6/9

    Clubs on offer for term 1 and 2 will be announced
    9/9 – 11/9

    Sign up for clubs available
    11/9 – Y1/Y2
    Y3/4/5/6
    4:30 - 5:10 pm   for Y1, Y3, Y4
    5:15 - 6:00 pm   for Y2, Y5, Y6

    Meet the teachers events - note separate times for those who have a child in each year group.  An opportunity to meet the teachers, hear about the learning approach and the ways you can support your child. YN and YR have had parents meetings at end of last term but if you didn’t get the chance to attend then please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher for a brief meeting to go over any specifics for your child’s year group.  Please come in through the front entrance and signs will direct you to the appropriate classrooms
    13/9

    Club places announced
    Week beginning 16/9

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 16/9, 23/9; 30/9; 7/10; no clubs week of 14/10, 21/10 and 4/11; clubs are on week beginning 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 2/12 – no clubs week of 9/12 and 16/12 - if your child attends football/drama/ dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those
    23/9

    Sign up on line for parent/carer/teacher/child meeting (see dates below) available – complete by Wednesday 25/9 and times confirmed by Monday 30/9
    25/9

    Y2 Swimming lessons start
    25/9
    9:15 – 10:00
    Harvest Service– led by KS1 - KS1 parents/carers invited to join us (all classes will be invited at some point over the year when your child’s class is leading worship) – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
    30/9 - 4/10 

    Y6 at Rock UK for Residential
    3/10
    2:45 pm
    Y4 will be leading worship on theme of Friendship– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    7/10- 11/10

    Science Week - more details to follow
    14/10 – 15/10


    “Show me” sessions for  Y1, Y3, Y5 only – please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below - For Y1, Y3 and Y5 only Monday 14/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 15/10 – 3:30 – 4:30 For YN please come in for the first 30 minutes of your child’s session.
    14/10 and 17/10

    “Show me” sessions for  YN only – please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - For YN please come in for the first 30 minutes of your child’s session i.e 8:40 - 9:10 or 12:20 - 12:50
    17/10 and 22/10
    3:50 – 7:40 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots will be notified nearer date
    18/10
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    21/10

    Y2 Trip to We the Curious
    21/10 - 4/11

    Tapestry (YN and YR) and Seesaw (Y1 - Y6) Parent access open
    22/10

    School Photographer in school - more details to follow
    23/10

    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    24/10 – 4/11

    October holiday – school closed
    30/10

    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below. 
    4/11

    School closed to children - Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    5/11

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2 - remember no school run clubs this week
    15/11

    Children in Need - details to follow
    20/11

    Provisional date for Flu Vaccinations
    Book Wagon in school - more details to follow
    9/12 - 13/12 

    RE Week - more details to follow
    10/12

    Y6 learning at Lifeskills Centre Bristol. 
    Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow
    11/12

    Provisional Date for YN Nativity Tableau and songs - more details to follow
    12/12

    Y5 and Y6 will be leading worship on theme of Perseverance– parents of children in these year groups  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    13/12

    Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

    16/12 – 17/12


    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below - For For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30.

    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    16/12 or 18/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome 
    20/12

    Last Day of Term - usual times
    21/12 – 5/1/2020

    Christmas holiday – school closed
    1/1/2020

    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below. 
    6/1/2020

    School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    7/1/2020

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week


    First Week Back celebrations - our 5th birthday

    Those of you that have been with us for over a year will know that we try and have some celebrations the first week back - this gives the children something in common to be excited about and helps them rekindle friendships or build new ones.  This year it is our fifth birthday - unbelievable though that is for us - so we thought we’d have a birthday party. On the first day back there will be party games and lots of fun to be had plus cake and squash. As part of those celebrations we’d like to ask all the children to create a party hat - think Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - it can be as simple or as outlandish as you like… maybe it will reflect our school values (see website if you can’t remember them all); maybe it will reflect learning in school; or it could just be all about a birthday celebration.  Whilst we can’t invite you all in to join us as that would be to busy (and I wouldn’t be following our Fire Regs!) we would like to share our school song with you… if you would like to hear it and can join us then please congregate at the front of school at 3:10 pm on the first day back to school and we’ll enjoy sharing our singing with you. 
    We look forward to seeing you on the first day back in school uniform and party hats.!

    Booking School Dinners
    Just a reminder that dinner bookings can now be made for September 19 right up to October half term - the deadline for ordering dinners for the first week back is Wednesday 28th August (it is always the Wednesday before the week starts - even in the holidays). New starters will get a Parent Pay code sent home once started to book for the second week of the new term onwards.

    Reminders
    Uniform and bags were in a recent newsblog - copied below for your convenience - The school website has uniform links on this page - http://www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/parent-pages/uniform/
    For YR - Y2, the children should have book bags rather than rucksacks as these are more easily stored.
    For Y3 - Y6 the children may bring in messenger bags/backpacks but these need to be small - just enough to hold an oversized A4 workbook - there is not much peg space so slim bags are best.  In these year groups children may bring a small pencil case - must be able to fit in a shallow tray; coloured pencils (no felt-tips or Sharpies please); pencils (HB) and handwriting pen (blue - Berol pens work well for improving handwriting).


    For all children - Jewellery should be kept for home use though small ear studs (not rings) and a watch may be worn. If hair is past shoulder length we suggest it's better put up in some way - hair accessories, including headbands, should be school colours only (blue/white) and any bows should be small please (bows such as the brand Jo-Jo are great for parties etc, but not for school please).  Could you also keep animal ear headbands for home too as we seem to have had an explosion of those!


    Y3/4 Extreme Reading Challenge - don’t forget to collect your photos - To help build upon our reading display within school, we are looking for pictures of any children in year 3 or 4 in their 'extreme' reading locations throughout the holidays! (Remember 'extreme' but safe)
    Please email these to the office and we can print them out in September or simply bring in the photos for us to use in September! Many thanks 
    The Year 3 and 4 team
    Message for All September 2019 YN and YR Parents - If you have not done so already, please complete the following data form ready to start with us in September. Thanks to all of those who have already responded to the email. The link to the google form is below: 


    Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
    Just in case you didn’t see the previous blog re this, I have put it on here too. We acknowledge that parking will be tricky so any options you can take to walk/bike or park further away and walk, e.g. from the lake end of Tadpole Garden Village, are much appreciated.  Please remember that across drives of our neighbours or in their parking spaces causes upset; parking on corners, the paved area outside the front school fence, half-on/off the pavement causes safety issues for the children and their families. As the school continues to expand and numbers increase we knew we would have to get to the point where we could not continue to support non-staff parking on the school site.  Sadly, that point will arrive in September. From September, the only parking allowed on the school site will be staff, volunteers, students working at the school, leaders of after school clubs and visitors, plus those with passes to use the disabled parking bays.
    In the mornings - The drop zone will continue to be open from 8:30 a.m. and a staff member will support the use of the zebra crossing, so we can help manage the traffic flow. Only those working or volunteering within school will be able to park on site.  If you are intending parking and walking your child in to school you will have to park off the school site. We acknowledge this will be difficult until we all get in to the routine. Why not use this last week of the holidays to set up walking buses with friends or set up lift shares? 
    After school - the barrier to the car park will be closed but a member of staff will be available to let those who have passes to use the disabled parking bays and those running after school classes on to the site. We realise this will mean you finding parking spaces off-site but hopefully, during the next 12 months, the community centre and shopping area will open and that will increase the parking available around school.
    We understand that this may cause you concern but we have been lucky enough to be able to offer some onsite parking up to this point - most schools do not offer parking on site.  We ask for your cooperation in trying out different ways of getting to school - maybe this is the ideal opportunity to try a new walking/cycling route; maybe set up a lift share with your friends and neighbours or create a neighbourly walking group? 
    Do you have siblings in different classes? - This year we have facilitated older siblings going to the classroom door of younger siblings to help you at pick up time, so you only have one door to go to.  Next year, a substantial number (over 45 in YR 2019 alone) of siblings will be in the school and so we are going to suggest the following:-

    • Parents to collect from class of youngest sibling first
    • Older siblings (up to Y3) will wait with staff until you come to their exit to collect them.  
    • Y4 and above - please agree a meeting point with your child within the school grounds, unless they have written permission to walk home. 


    Thank you

    Sitting here in school, in the quiet, makes me reflect on the journey we have made so far as a school and, looking out of the window, the journey we are on to help with building this new community. You are all an integral part of that - pioneers, if you like - and I want to give both a personal and professional thank you for the part you have played in building this community. We are still on a journey and it's good to know you are there - supporting, questioning, helping - just to let you know ... you are appreciated. Thank you.




    2018/19 Newsblog Term 6 Week 8
    Hello All 


    Happy holidays!  This is the last blog of this school year and it comes with all our thanks for the very many gifts, donations made on our behalf to worthy causes and, particularly, the written messages of appreciation and thanks - it means a lot to us all that the service we give to the community is valued by you.  

    There are no term dates this week -  keep alert for the long, pre-start of term newsblog coming in the last week of August (the one I recommend you getting a cup of tea and a snack for before you sit down and read it:)) - this will have the dates for the year in it - in response to parent/carer requests for as much notice as possible.



    Message for Y3 and Y4 Parents (from September 2019)



    To help build upon our reading display within school, we are looking for pictures of any children in year 3 or 4 in their 'extreme' reading locations throughout the holidays! (Remember 'extreme' but safe)
    Please email these to the office and we can print them out in September or simply bring in the photos for us to use in September!
    Many thanks 

    The Year 3 and 4 team 

    Dinner Orders via Parent Pay

    Just a reminder that dinner bookings can now be made for September 19 right up to October half term. New starters will get a Parent Pay code sent home once started to book for the second week of the new term onwards.  

    Message from the Eco-Committee

    Thank you to everyone who has donated crisp packets for recycling over the last few months. We have had an overwhelming response from families of Tadpole Farm and a huge quantity of crisp packets to box up. They have all been sent off for recycling to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and we're so pleased that Tadpole Farm have been able to support this amazing cause. 
    Please do not send anymore crisp packets as we have boxed up our final donation for this year. Please watch this space for other ways to help our Eco-Committee next year! 
    Many thanks from the Eco-Committee

    Parent Report Feedback - Summary 

    As promised last week, the Senior Leadership Team have looked through the feedback.  Overwhelmingly, the comments are positive and supportive...

    I think it is lovely to see members of staff to great you each morning including the principal and deputy. Tadpole is a very friendly atmosphere where my child feels valued and reassured daily. I absolutely love the regular commutation about event's and information concerning our children's education. Thank you so much for all the hard work throughout 2019.

    I recommend the school to anyone I speak to about it as I can’t speak highly enough of the lovely nurturing nature of the school and it’s staff. My daughter has had so many opportunities in the short time she’s been at the school it really is second to none

    Just continue the excellent communication from school to home. Its invaluable

    Some parents requested specific feedback to them as individuals and I will aim to go through these over the holidays and reply to you individually.  

    Some generic comments that we have discussed were:-

    It would be good if you asked parents for feedback based on all aspects of the school. Eg communication, teachers, office staff, lunch time options, lily pad, parent support, parking. It would also be good if you asked parents if they have any suggestions to improve things at the school. 

    We are more than happy to receive any comments at any time on any aspect of school life - the question that this was a reply to was intended to invite comments on any aspect of school life, apologies if this wasn't clear - please email to jane.leo@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk if you have any thoughts or suggestions to share.

    Sometimes it can take a while to get a reply back from email communication. I don’t know if you have a policy on returning calls or replying within 24 hours, but something like this could be appreciated by parents.

    We don't have a policy but we do endeavour to be as responsive as possible.  The vast majority of emails and calls are responded to the same day but we will take this comment on board and consider where we could improve. 

    I am concerned as a parent from outside the village on the parking situation. I am sure there are many discussions and just wanted to add my concern.

    We will be keeping parking constantly under review as the year progresses - we appreciate how difficult it can be to park around any school and will be promoting initiatives for other ways of getting to school. 

    So far so good for what the school is doing for our children. Please keep it up . The only thing needs improving is have more family activities yearly. Otherwise most of things are perfect

    Thank you for your suggestion about more family activities - we are planning some more of these so look out for the suggestions as the new school year starts. 

    The only thing I could think about to improve are lunch breaks. It is a long hour and lots of incidents happen during this time. It would be nice if older children could help with supervising younger ones.It would help with confidence in younger children as well as with safety while they play together. Everything else is great and I mean it. The Staff, atmosphere and events as well as school way of teaching and caring for children is absolutely fantastic. Massive Thank you, to everyone working in or for Tadpole Farm Academy :)

    We have already planned a change to lunchtimes from next year.  There will be staggered lunchtimes for different year groups as an experiment to see if that helps with the usage of the outside space and how crowded it can become, depending on how long children take to be served and eat. More news as term begins.  The older children do help with younger ones - we have a team of trained Pupil Sports Leaders, who took up their roles towards the end of this term and they have already had an impact on leading play - they have been trained in supporting children having positive experiences in school and will be working on further awards to help them fulfil their role. 

    Things to do in the Community


    2018/19 Newsblog Term 6 Week 7

    Hello All

    Just two days to go until the end of term - school finishes at normal time on Tuesday 23rd - it looks like that will be a fine day so please join us for our End of Year worship - we’ll be on the school field and starting as close to 9:00 am as we can as the day is set to be a scorcher!

    In the blog this week:-


    Term 6 dates
    Parent Report Feedback Responses 
    Reading Books from School
    Church at Tadpole Garden Village – Summer Special
    Uniform, Book bags/rucksacks etc
    Lost Property
    Things to do in the Community

    Term 6 - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    23/7
    9:00
    End of Year Worship
    If fine, we will be outside and all parents are invited to join us.
    If wet, we will be inside and it will be Tadpole Farm children and staff only (as insufficient space in hall)
    Last day of term - School finishes normal time.

    Parent Report Feedback Responses
    Thank you to the 105 people who responded to our request for Parent Report Feedback and for the overwhelmingly positive comments that you shared with us.  Thank you also to those of you who gave us suggestions for things which could make things better for your children and you as families. The comments closed on Friday (though you are more than welcome to email us at any time with suggestions, pop in and chat with concerns or share ideas you have with any of us - we really are reflective and open to considering all views).  As mentioned last week, the Local Board have generously suggested a prize for one lucky respondent and that person, selected by random number generator software is... the parent of Mionie Y5… congratulations - please pop in and pick up your prize on Tuesday.
    The staff and leadership team will be looking at all the responses and I will add an initial summary to next week’s blog.

    Reading Books from School
    Thank you to those of you who have found some of these books trying to sneak a holiday away from school by hiding in your bookshelves! The children should still bring book bags this week as there are items to go home and some books still to be collected.  Thank you.

    Church at Tadpole Garden Village – Summer Special
    If you’re at a loose end during August, why not come along to school on Sunday 11th August at 4pm for fun, games, craft and puppets.  Bring a picnic tea so we can get to know one another better too.
    Our regular monthly service will be back at 4pm on Sunday 8th September.
    In the meantime I hope you all have an enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    Revd.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk
    07588 594410
    Uniform, Book bags/rucksacks etc

    The school website has uniform links on this page - http://www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/parent-pages/uniform/

    For YR - Y2, the children should have book bags rather than rucksacks as these are more easily stored.

    For Y3 - Y6 the children may bring in messenger bags/backpacks but these need to be small - just enough to hold an oversized A4 workbook - there is not much peg space so slim bags are best.  In these year groups children may bring a small pencil case - must be able to fit in a shallow tray; coloured pencils (no felt-tips or Sharpies please); pencils (HB) and handwriting pen (blue - Berol pens work well for improving handwriting).


    For all children - Jewellery should be kept for home use though small ear studs (not rings) and a watch may be worn. If hair is past shoulder length we suggest it's better put up in some way - hair accessories should be school colours only (blue/white) and any bows should be small please (bows such as the brand Jo-Jo are great for parties etc, but not for school please).  Could you also keep animal ear headbands for home too as we seem to have had an explosion of those!


    Message for All September 2019 YN and YR Parents

    If you have not done so already, please complete the following data form ready to start with us in September. Thanks to all of those who have already responded to the email. The link to the google form is below:


    Lost Property

    This will be laid out after school at the front of school on Monday - all named items have been given back to their owners but there is quite a lot unnamed items - do please take a look.  In addition we have these items handed in but no child recognises them… maybe you do? Ask your child to pop to the school office if any of these items belong to them.



    Things to do in the Community

    Re below - think the people who sent this mean the event is Tuesday 13th August as date wrong initially hence black correction strip, but it doesn't quite line up as they sent it to us - apologies.


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