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    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.
    Mrs Jane Leo, Principal

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    Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy blog

    2017/18 Newsblog Term 6 Week 2

    Hello All

    The children really enjoyed exploring, discovering, experimenting and getting messy in Science Week last week and this week they have a week of sporting adventure to look forward to – school life is very exciting!  Please see the note below (also emailed) re Sports Day and picnics, plus the great opportunity to win one of 10 footballs from our caterers Edwards and Ward as part of their World Cup promotion. Remember it’s the School Council organised Whispering Wednesday this week too so any support you can give would be much appreciated.

    In the newsblog this week: -


    Dates for your diary
    Sports Week – week beginning 18/6/18 Remember it’s PE kits everyday this week J
    KS2 Performance
    World Cup Football Competition by Edwards and Ward
    FOTF News

    Dates for your diary

    Term  6  2017/18
    Week of 18/6

    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too. See notes below
    19/6
    See notes
    Sports Day – 10:00 – 11:45 YN/R/1/2 – Parents welcome – 1:15 – 3:15 Y3/4/5
    If Parents would like to bring a picnic then you are welcome to join us for lunch, either staying on from morning sessions or coming early for afternoon session.
    20/6
    All Day




     17:30
    Whispering Wednesday – a sponsorship event organised by the School Council to raise money for developing the Quiet Area in the playground – the project chosen by the children and being run as part of the School Council project

    YR 2018 Parent Induction session – NOTE NEW DATE
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6

    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – please note this is also sports week so children will already be in non-uniform but today they can wear any sports kit - see below
    27/6
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 1 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    28/6
    Lunchtime
    Y2/3/4/5 Parents to be invited in for lunch 
    4/7
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 2 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    5/7
    All day
    KS2 Outdoor Activity Day 
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7

    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow
    9/7
    p.m.
    Shuffle Up day 3 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions

    9/7 – 10/7

    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until Friday 20th July
    10/7

    YN Trip Group 1– information to follow
    11/7

    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 pm  dress rehearsal and 4:30 pm  actual performance – see below for details and note change of time as original time of 6:00pm clashed with one of semi-finals of World Cup and we thought that might be a problem for some cast and audience.
    12/7

    YN Trip Group 2– information to follow
    13/7

    Annual Reports sent home
    15/7
    4:00pm
    Church at Tadpole Garden Village –All Age Service at school
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7

    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

    Sports Week – week beginning 18/6/18
    Remember it’s wear your School PE kits everyday this week, except Friday when you can wear any sport kit if you are bringing in donations for the Summer Fayre - see below J
    Just a reminder that is as per school website:-
    School PE Kit - for all
    • Black shorts
    • White round neck t-shirt
    • Daps/trainers
    • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
    • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers


    Monday – Swindon Town Football working with all age groups
    Tuesday – Sports Day - If you would like to support your child in sports day please arrive at the side car park gate of the school for 10:00 for the morning session and 1:15 for the afternoon. There will be an area around the edge of the field for you to watch your child but we do ask that you stay within this area to ensure a smooth running of the events.  There will be an opportunity for all parents to have a picnic with their children between 12:00 and 12:45. Although Sports Day is a fun and exciting day we do still ask that the picnics you bring are still in guidance with our healthy eating policy. 
    YN children. If your child is not usually in session on the morning of Tuesday 19th June and you would like them to participate in sports day, please bring them along with you for the start time and staff will collect them from you when you arrive.
    Any meal booked on parent pay will become a packed lunch for Wednesday, if you have already chosen option 1 children will receive a Ham sandwich lunch and if you have chosen option 2 or 3 children will receive a Cheese sandwich lunch. 
    If you would prefer to bring a lunch from home, as per the email sent last week you would have cancelled your choice using the details provided in the email.   There will be NO hot meal provision for this day.  If the weather is too bad for the picnic to continue children will eat inside and the picnic will be cancelled, because of this please ensure ALL children have their own lunch with them in school.
    Thursday – Street Dance working with all age groups
    Friday – Martial Arts working with all age groups as this is also FOTF non-uniform day children may wear any sort of sports kit today – not just school sports kit – provided they bring a donation as per below.

    KS2 Performance
    The KS2 children will be performing a musical version of 'The Wind in the Willows' on Wednesday 11th July. There will be a daytime performance at 2pm and a later performance at 4.30pm. Children will be able to stay at school between the end of the school day and the 4:30 pm performance – they may bring snacks for this time. Refreshments will be available during the interval at both performances. A letter will be sent home with your child on Monday with information about the suggested costume for their part in the performance - please could we ask that costumes be in school no later than Friday 29th June. 
    Best wishes
    Mr Spencer, Mrs Flynn & Miss Brandenburg  




    World Cup Football Competition by Edwards and Ward
    ORDER BY 20TH JUNE - In the week running up to England’s last group game (25/06/18 - 28/06/18) in the tournament against Belgium on the 28/06/18 any child that opts in for a school meal will be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 10 free footballs!


    FOTF News

    On Friday 22nd June the children can come in any sports kit – football kit, martial arts, riding kit, dance kit… anything – if they bring a donation for the summer fayre.
    Nursery, reception and year 1  - will be coming home this week with sweetie cups to fill for the Sweet Tombola.
    Years 2,3,4 and 5 - please bring a bottle for our bottle tombola stall. We appreciate your support, our tombolas are always extremely popular at the fairs!

    We are still looking for helpers, we have some but need a few more for the afternoon sports day. Please contact the school if you can assist in anyway.

    We are delighted to inform you that we’ve initiated a new, modern parent communication system for the FOTF  - the secure, fully data protected digital platform Classlist.
    Classlist is already operating successfully in many other schools across the UK for parent associations and cuts down the administration time taken by school staff as well as providing an easy communication tool for FOTF.
    As well as providing mobile-friendly class lists and contact details for your year group, it will enable you to communicate easily with your class/year group (forwarded to email), set up events & private birthday party invitations and pay for any FOTF organised events. Parents can share as much as or as little contact information with other parents as they like, and can even keep their own email address private whilst still receiving messages. FOTF want to use Classlist for all communication to parents – we know this may take a while to get going but would appreciate your support in moving to this for FOTF communications as soon as we can.  
    Please take a few minutes now to register by going to https://www.classlist.com
    For your protection, your account will be verified by school so we can check it is only school parents and carers that join – but once this has been done, you can log in and start using the site. You’ll be amazed what a useful tool it is and at how much time and effort this will save all of us involved in FOTF.







    2017/18 Newsblog Term 6 Week 1

    Hello All

    Thank you to...
    :)  those families and neighbours who have been helping out with various essential jobs around school this week – FOTF now have a shed, which means we can soon clear out the classroom that they had been using for storage and begin to prepare it ready for opening up more classes in September; 
    :) those who helped with selling, made cakes for or bought cakes at the cake sale have helped us to be closer to setting up our library and learning zone in that area.  
    Whatever you can help with we are really grateful – more opportunities belowJ

    In the newsblog this week: -

    Dates for your diary
    Science Week – week beginning 11/6/18 – check the date of your YR – Y5 child’s forest walk as they will need forest school clothes
    Sports Week – week beginning 18/6/18
    Come and Join Us for Lunch – Y2/3/4/5 parents/carers
    Reminders – All Age Service next week; Y3/4/5 H5 Adventure Day; Health and Safety
    FOTF Update and BIG ‘Thank You’ s
    Help build our school library with just a click
    School Council News
    Things to do in the Community


    Dates for your diary

    Term  6  2017/18
    Week beginning 11/6

    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks – more information below - – check the date of your YR – Y5 child’s forest walk as they will need forest school clothes

    13/6
    17:30
    YN 2018 Parent Induction session
    14/6
    Lunchtime
    Y2/3/4/5 Parents to be invited in for lunch – details below
    15/6

    Reminder – school closed to children
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    17/6
    4:00pm
    Church at Tadpole Garden Village –All Age Service at school
    Week of 18/6

    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too. See notes below
    19/6
    See notes
    Sports Day – 10:00 – 11:45 YN/R/1/2 – Parents welcome – 1:15 – 3:15 Y3/4/5
    If Parents would like to bring a picnic then you are welcome to join us for lunch, either staying on from morning sessions or coming early for afternoon session.
    20/6
    All Day




    17:30
    Whispering Wednesday – a sponsorship event organised by the School Council to raise money for developing the Quiet Area in the playground – the project chosen by the children and being run as part of the School Council project – see notes below

    YR 2018 Parent Induction session – NOTE NEW DATE
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6

    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    27/6
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 1 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    28/6
    Lunchtime
    Y2/3/4/5 Parents to be invited in for lunch – details below
    4/7
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 2 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    5/7
    All day
    KS2 Outdoor Activity Day - see note below
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7

    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow
    9/7
    p.m.
    Shuffle Up day 3 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions

    9/7 – 10/7

    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until Friday 20th July
    10/7

    YN Trip Group 1– information to follow
    11/7

    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    12/7

    YN Trip Group 2– information to follow
    13/7

    Annual Reports sent home
    15/7
    4:00pm
    Church at Tadpole Garden Village –All Age Service at school
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7

    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

    Science Week – week beginning 11/6/18
    Next week will be Science week for the whole school and our theme this year is "Exploring and Discovering Outdoors".
    YN and Y1 will be exploring 'the garden' and areas close to home.
    Y1 and Y2 will be thinking about Science in the jungle.
    Y3, Y4 and Y5 will be exploring Science topics within the rainforest.

    Parents and carers are invited to come into school at 3.30pm on Thursday 14th so that the children can share with you what they have been exploring and discovering during the week.
    During this week, all the children in Year R to 5 will get an opportunity to go on a Wild Summer Walk with our Forest Rangers and can come in to school wearing Forest School clothing on those days – wellies, long trousers and long sleeved top is needed – can have t-shirt underneath.
    Monday 11th June  - Year 4/5
    Tuesday12th June -  Year 3
    Wednesday 13th June- Reception in the morning (email went out last week with names for each day)- Year 1 Foxes in the afternoon.
    Thursday 14th June-   Reception in the morning (email went out last week with names for each day - Year 1 Badgers - in the afternoon.
    Please note all Y2 parents - each wild walk, due to the number of WWT colleagues we can have, we only take a certain number of classes - this time it’s Y2’s turn to miss the walk (other year groups have missed other walks) - apologies, I should have put that in blog initially - now added - thanks to Harrison’s mum for great spotting of missing information:)

    Sports Week – week beginning 18/6/18 Please can all children come to school in their PE kit each day as activities will begin from 9:00
    We have an exciting week of sport organised for the children, giving them the chance to try out lots of different sporting activities;
    Monday 18th:              Swindon Town Football 
    Tuesday 19th:             Sports Day – see below for more details
    EYFS/KS1 - 10:00 - 11:45;
    Family Picnic - 12:00 - 12:45;
     KS2 - 1:15 - 3:00
    Thursday 21st: Street Dance
    Friday 22nd: Martial Arts

    Sports Day Details - If you would like to support your child in sports day please arrive at the side car park gate of the school for 10:00 for the morning session and 1:15 for the afternoon. There will be an area around the edge of the field for you to watch your child but we do ask that you stay within this area to ensure a smooth running of the events.  There will be an opportunity for all parents to have a picnic with their children between 12:00 and 12:45. Although Sports Day is a fun and exciting day we do still ask that the picnics you bring are still in guidance with our healthy eating policy. 
    YN children. If your child is not usually in session on the morning of Tuesday 19th June and you would like them to participate in sports day, please bring them along with you for the start time and staff will collect them from you when you arrive.

    Come and Join Us for Lunch – Y2/3/4/5 parents/carers
    Parents current year 2/3/4/5 parents are invited to come in for a lunch with children: children order in normal way on parent pay and parents can book via office, dates as follows:
    Thursday 14th June and Thursday 28th June
    The meal choices are the same as menu on those days. Parents can come in for 12 noon and will sit and eat with their child in the small hall. The cost is £1 for adults which is subsidised by Edwards and Ward to encourage parents to try food and continue to order hot meals going into key stage 2.

    Reminders –
    All Age Service next week Rev’d Sally looks forward to welcoming you and your family to the next all age service of Church@ Tadpole - on Sunday June 17th at 4pm in the main hall.  As always there’ll be refreshments, activities for children, something for adults to think about and worship for everyone. This time there’ll be a sheepy theme. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you normally attend another church.
    Y3/4/5 H5 Adventure-  Any medical forms or payment needs to be in school asap. At the moment 30% of the monies due have not been paid – this may jeopardise the trip for all.  The trip is already being heavily subsidised by income we are receiving from Great Western Academy, whose new Year 7 pupils are using part of our site on the day the KS2 children are out (so the new Y7’s can visit their new school and get to know each other). It’s a great opportunity for our KS2 children and is a bonus trip they would otherwise not have been able to have.
    Health and Safety  - A mum who lives locally has asked us to remind parents that children riding scooters really should be wearing helmets on the way to school and that the parents should be keeping children near them. The parent has said she has to reverse off her drive and often finds children shoot past without looking and parents are far behind.




    FOTF Update and BIG ‘Thank You’ s
    A huge thank you to all who helped us with the cake sale this week. We really appreciated all the lovely cake donations and a big thank you for to those who helped sell/set up and pack away afterwards and of course for supporting us by buying cakes! We raised over £200 over the two days.

    A group of local residents and school parents assisted in putting up our new FOTF shed on Saturday. It was a tough day as the roof proved awkward so we would like to say a massive thank you to them. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive local community!
    School have asked if anyone is willing to volunteer their time to assist with sports day on Tuesday 19th June. This will be during the afternoon session. Please email Kristina via the school email address.

    Thank you for the continued support.

    Friends of Tadpole Farm



    Help build our school library with just a click – and you could win a prize for yourself too!

    The National Book Tokens annual schools competition is back. They're giving one lucky entrant the chance to win £5,000/€5,000 of National Book Tokens for their school - enough to buy hundreds of new books for the library. And just in case that warm, fuzzy feeling isn't enough, the winner also gets £100/€100 of National Book Tokens to spend on themselves! The competition ends on 31st July 2018 - so get voting using the web link https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools
    Our school full name is Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy – you will need that for the entry form.

    School Council News – reported by Poppy and Jess
    On Tuesday the 5th of June, the school council met with Mrs Longhurst in the Early Years snug. Every School Counsellor was present. We planned and discussed our worship on Thursday and gave each other parts to say. We also talked about Whispering Wednesday on the 20th of June! We all agreed to make some posters to promote our fundraising event. Mrs Longhurst said we can use her classroom on Wednesday lunchtimes to make our posters.
     
    We then went on to talk about having a post box where children can let us know their ideas and concerns. We also talked about how not every class is lining up in register order at lunch time. Mione suggested that lots of people wanted to sit by their friends. The School Council discussed this and thought we could trial sitting at the table where we want, but making sure all the tables are full, before starting a new table.


    Things to do in the Community


























    2017/18 Term 6 Welcome Back

    Hello All

    Hope you have all had a lovely early summer break and enjoyed the good weather that has been around most of the time. Here we are at the start of term 6 and what an exciting term it is – the children will be spending some days in their new classes ready for September; some classes have trips still to come; our FOTF are busy arranging cake sales, ice cream sales and the summer fayre; we have sports week, science week and the end of year performance and, amidst all of that, we have lots more learning and sharing our community with each other.

    In the newsblog this week: -


    Dates for your diary
    This Term’s Value is Forgiveness
    News from St Andrew’s Church
    Walk to School Week – Keeping it going!
    20 is Plenty Competition Winners
    FOTF Update
    LilyPad Update
    Reminders – Year 3/4/5 PE Kit
    Reminders – YR Drop Zone for ALL children
    Things to do in the Community


    Dates for your diary

    Term  6  2017/18
    4/6

    Children return to school
    ALL children to bring in PE Kit please but particularly Y3/4/5 please remember yours :)
    World Music Roadshow in School
    6/6

    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    7/6
    3:10 pm and after school
    FOTF Cake Sale – see below
    Week beginning 11/6

    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks
    13/6
    17:30
    YN 2018 Parent Induction session
    14/6
    Lunchtime
    Y2 Parents to be invited in for lunch – details to follow (other dates will be added)
    15/6

    Reminder – school closed to children
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    17/6
    4:00pm
    Church at Tadpole Garden Village –All Age Service at school – see below
    Week of 18/6

    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too.
    19/6
    See notes
    Sports Day – 10:00 – 11:45 YN/R/1/2 – Parents welcome – 1:15 – 3:15 Y3/4/5
    If Parents would like to bring a picnic then you are welcome to join us for lunch, either staying on from morning sessions or coming early for afternoon session.
    20/6
    All Day




    17:30
    Whispering Wednesday – a sponsorship event organised by the School Council to raise money for developing the Quiet Area in the playground – the project chosen by the children and being run as part of the School Council project – more details to follow
    YR 2018 Parent Induction session – NOTE NEW DATE
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6

    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    27/6
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 1 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    28/6
    Lunchtime
    Y2 Parents to be invited in for lunch – details to follow (other dates will be added)
    4/7
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 2 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    5/7
    All day
    KS2 Outdoor Activity Day
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7

    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow
    9/7
    p.m.
    Shuffle Up day 3 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions

    9/7 – 10/7

    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until Friday 20th July
    10/7

    YN Trip Group 1– information to follow
    11/7

    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    12/7

    YN Trip Group 2– information to follow
    13/7

    Annual Reports sent home
    15/7
    4:00pm
    Church at Tadpole Garden Village –All Age Service at school – see below
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7

    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

    This Term’s Value is Forgiveness

    We will be focusing on the value of forgiveness this term and thinking about what it feels like to make a mistake, and that making mistakes is something we all do; what we should do if our mistake hurts others, how to say sorry meaningfully; how God forgives us all and how He expects us to forgive each other too. The pdf document attached to the newsblog email will give you ideas about how to discuss this at home too.

    News from St Andrew’s Church

    Next All-Age Service at Tadpole Farm

    The next Church at Tadpole Garden Village Service is on Sunday June 17th at 4pm in the main hall.  As always there’ll be refreshments, activities for children, something for adults to think about and worship for everyone. This time there’ll be a sheepy theme. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you normally attend another church.
    The final service before the summer holidays will be at 4pm on Sunday 15th July, this will be followed by St Andrew’s summer barbeque.  More details to follow.
    Hope to see you then.
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    07588 594410


    Walk to School Week – Keeping it going!

    A big thank you to everyone who participated in our Walk to School week. 48% of children walked part or all of the way to school which certainly eased the congestion in our car park, so thank you! The children really enjoyed walking and getting their stickers to celebrate staying fit and active and looking after our environment. If you can keep it up, please do!

    20 is Plenty Competition Winners
    A huge thank you to Crest Nicholson for sponsoring the 20 is Plenty competition for the roads through Tadpole Garden Village.  You will have seen and be seeing the signs made by Rheya, Charlie and Lucas, who, not only had their designs made in to signs for all to see, but also were presented with £100 worth of Cotswold Wildlife Park vouchers - what lucky children.  Crest has asked me to pass on to the staff and children their thanks for the enthusiastic support and participation of Year 3, and importantly, wanted you to know how much they appreciate the most wonderful creative talents of your children.

    FOTF Update

    Thank you to everyone for supporting the ice lolly sales. We are still looking for volunteers to run the sale. We need people to buy the lollies, set up from 3, sell and pack up afterwards.
    We are still requesting raffle prizes so if you work for a company or know someone that may be able to help us we would be very grateful. Copies of the raffle prize request letter are available in school reception or alternatively we can
    email it to you.
    Our cake sale will be on Thursday 7th June from 3.10 onwards. We are fortunate to have some fantastic bakers within our school community so it should be a real treat!
    Please bring your donations in to school reception anytime on Thursday. We will be looking for support with setting up, selling and cleaning up in the day.
    Please email our Chair Kristina via the school email address if you can help or support us in anyway.
    LilyPad update

    Priority booking has now closed for Breakfast and ASC current users and we can confirm there spaces now. 
    We are now offering anyone new eg already attending school but not using Lilypad and new starters for September to sign up and we will try our best to accommodate them to a maximum of 56 for safety. Anyone wishing to do so please use the following link to sign up and we will confirm if we can accommodate.



    Reminders – Year 3/4/5 PE Kit

    Could all Y3/4/5 children please make sure they have their PE Kit in school on Monday 4th June please as you will need it.  PE kit is black shorts, white plain t-shirt, no vests/coloured or logo’d t-shirts please.
    All children will need their PE kit in school this week but Y3/4/5 will need theirs on Monday.

    Reminders – YR Drop Zone for ALL children

    All children, from YR to Y5, will now come in through the double gates by the Drop Zone.  This will mean that YR staff can be on hand to greet children and parents at the drop zone and will help those independence skills develop ready for the move in to Year 1.


    Things to do in the Community










    2017/18 Newsblog Term 5 Week 4

    Hello All

    Just a short newsblog this week.  As the weather is warming up some days, but rainy and windy others, could you please make sure your child has a coat, water bottle, sun hat and sun cream – all named – in school every day – thank you.

    In the newsblog this week: -



    Dates for your diary
    News from St Andrew's Church
    Lilypad bookings for September 2018 – Important - you must read this even if your child already attends LilyPad.
    Junk Modelling Resources needed for Year 2
    Parent Workshop
    Drop Zone and parking/waiting
    FOTF Update

    Dates for your diary

    Term 5 and 6  2017/18
    15/5
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 5 – see below Open Forum – ask anything, share ideas and comments … help set up a Parents Forum.
    18/5
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    YR Theme Day – Royal Wedding Day
    21 – 25/5

    Walk to School Week - On Friday 25th May you can wear your favourite shoes to school as a celebration of Walk to School Week.  The usual health and safety things apply though just to keep all toes safe – so shoes must be closed toed; no flip flops; sensible heel height and, if you choose slippers to wear, then bring something to wear outside at playtimeJ

    21 - 22/5

    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 21/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 22/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of May holiday.
    25/5

    Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
    26/5 – 3/6

    May Holiday Break – school closed
    4/6

    Children return to school
    World Music Roadshow in School
    6/6

    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    7/6
    3:10 pm and after school
    FOTF Cake Sale – see below
    Week beginning 11/6

    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks
    13/6
    17:30
    YN 2018 Parent Induction session
    15/6

    Reminder – school closed to children
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    Week of 18/6

    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too.
    13/6
    17:30
    YR 2018 Parent Induction session
    20/6
    All Day
    Whispering Wednesday – a sponsorship event organised by the School Council to raise money for developing the Quiet Area in the playground – the project chosen by the children and being run as part of the School Council project – more details to follow
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6

    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    27/6
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 1 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    4/7
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 2 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    5/7
    All day
    KS2 Outdoor Activity Day – more information to follow
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7

    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow
    9/7
    p.m.
    Shuffle Up day 3 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions

    9/7 – 10/7

    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until Friday 20th July
    10/7

    YN Trip Group 1– information to follow
    11/7

    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    12/7

    YN Trip Group 2– information to follow
    13/7

    Annual Reports sent home
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7

    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

    News from St Andrew's Church
    Just a reminder that our next All Age Service at Tadpole Academy is next Sunday 20th May at 4pm.  This is the day the church celebrates Pentecost, so if you don't know what that's all about do come along and find out, or if you do come and celebrate!  Either way please wear red.
    Hope to see you then.
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    07588 594410

    Lilypad bookings for September 2018 – Important - you must read this even if your child already attends LilyPad.


    This week, we will email out a priority sign up form for breakfast and after school club for September to existing users – you mustcomplete this form even if your child already attends LilyPad.  If you do not return the form by the deadline given, we will assume you do not wish to continue with Lilypad in September.  This priority booking form is only open until the end of this term i.e. it closes on Friday May 25th.   Sign up for LilyPad can only be done via the form.  Once the 25th May passes, places will be opened up to new parents and existing parents who currently do not use LilyPad. Remaining places available, after the priority booking period, will be allocated on a first come first served basis only. 
    LilyPad is an extremely popular provision and we do appreciate how necessary it is for many of you.  If you know of anyone interested in working with us to provide this service then ask them to get in touch.  We are currently looking at different ways to provide this facility as staffing for such odd hours is not proving easy – any suggestions welcome.

    Junk Modelling Resources needed for Year 2

    Year 2 are still desperate for junk modelling material so, before you crush your cardboard this week could you instead send it in to school – handing over bags to staff in the drop zone is most welcomeJ

    Parent Workshop



    Tuesday 15th May sees our final parent workshop of this academic year and we’d like to invite you along to an Open Forum.  There will be a panel of staff on hand to answer any questions you have – they may be about how to support your child with learning; they may be about keeping them safe on social media; they may be about how you can get more involved with school and the community; maybe you have burning questions about how the school is run or new ideas you would like us to consider; you may even just want to share concerns or congratulations… all and every comment, question or suggestion will be valued. 
    We would like this to be the start of a Parents Forum group. 

    To give you some background information: Our Parents Forum, open to all parents and carers of children who attend Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy, would seek to represent the collective voice of Parents and Carers in discussions with a school's Local Board and leadership team. It will play an active role in influencing, supporting and enhancing the development and learning of all children at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy.
     
    The Parents Forum will:
    ·       Work closely with the Local Board and School leadership team to ensure an open and beneficial dialogue exists.
    ·       Encourage closer links between home and school, helping parents and carers engage with their children's learning.
    ·       Assist Local Board Members, teachers and staff by commenting on new initiatives, drawing attention to areas of concern and contributing to solutions.
    ·       Enhance communication with and between all members of the school community.
    ·       Develop and disseminate ideas that improve the life of everyone at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy.

    Our Parents Forum will 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
    ·       Respectful: open to all the views and ideas of others, listened to and shared in a thoughtful and reflective manner

    The Parents Forum will not be 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 – there are other routes for this to be done already.

    Does that sound something that you would like to be involved in?  If so come along on Tuesday 15th May to get the ball rolling.  Look forward to seeing lots of you attend.


    Drop Zone and parking/waiting

    This is an issue which keeps on coming up and there is no easy answer.  The harsh reality is that we do not, as all schools do not, have enough off-street parking for the many of you who need to drive to school.  As more people coming to the school will, as time goes on, live within walking distance then car usage may fall; though we recognise that many of you drop at school and go straight to work… as many of the staff here do as well.  This is where we have a bit of an issue at present.  The Teaching Assistants are in the classrooms from 8:30 so the teachers can be available outside, at the Drop Zone, for you to see if needed. The problem we have is that some of our teaching assistants are getting stuck in the drop zone queue, which has been starting earlier and earlier – the Teaching Assistants have asked a number of you, politely, to move over so they can park and get in to work.  In most cases the parents concerned have moved over to let them past but, sadly, in some cases the request was flatly refused.  So that the few don’t spoil the facility of the drop zone enjoyed by the many, I am appealing to you again.  The school site will be closed until just before the drop zone opens – if you arrive and the drop zone is not yet open please park up in a layby.  This will allow staff who need to be in work at 8:30 to get in to the car park.  If asked to move, by Eric the Traffic Marshall or by a member of school staff, could I please ask you to do so – it really won’t add more than 5-10 minutes to your morning and you’ll be helping the drop zone remain on offer.

    FOTF Update

    Just wanted to say a massive thank you for everyone that took part in the Tadpole Farm Academy quiz evening - it was a great night.  So lovely to see so many people come & support us & help to bring the community together! We raised an amazing gross profit of £701.53 with a net profit of £237.67! Special thanks to our quiz master Bill & all the friends of team who make these events possible!! Now onto the next event... & if anyone has any ideas then please let us know! 😊 also anyone wishing to help at these events are always welcome!! 

    The next cake sale is 7th June & we would welcome any cake donations and anyone wanting to help out on the day would be great! The sale will start approx 3:10pm so bring some pennies for some yummy treats. 




    2017/18 Newsblog Term 5 Week 3

    Dates for your diary


    Term 5 and 6  2017/18
    7/5
    School Closed – Bank Holiday Monday
    9/5
    7:30 pm
    FOTF Quiz Night for Grown-Ups NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM 16/5/18
    10/5

    3:00 pm
    YR Trip to Cotswold Farm Park
    Y4/5 will be leading worship on value of Trust – parents of children in those year groups welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year Note change of date from 3/5 due to Election Day
    15/5
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 5
    18/5
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    YR Theme Day – Royal Wedding Day - see below for details

    21 - 22/5
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 21/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 22/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of May holiday.
    25/5
    Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
    26/5 – 3/6
    May Holiday Break – school closed
    4/6
    Children return to school
    World Music Roadshow in School
    6/6
    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    Week beginning 11/6
    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks
    13/6
    17:30
    YN 2018 Parent Induction session
    15/6
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    Week of 18/6
    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too.
    13/6
    17:30
    YR 2018 Parent Induction session
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6
    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    27/6
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 1 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    4/7
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 2 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    5/7
    All day
    KS2 Outdoor Activity Day – more information to follow
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7
    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow
    9/7
    p.m.
    Shuffle Up day 3 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions

    9/7 – 10/7
    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until Friday 20th July
    10/7
    YN Trip Group 1– information to follow
    11/7
    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    12/7
    YN Trip Group 2– information to follow
    13/7
    Annual Reports sent home
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7
    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school


    Uniform Orders 
    Dress my School is now the new supplier of our school uniform. Orders can be placed via their website at https://www.dressmyschool.co.uk/collections/tadpole-farm- ce-primary- academy. A letter to parents is attached detailing how to order.


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                                                              Year Group Messages
    Messages from YN
    Nursery Drop Off - Thank you to all parents who attended the Independence workshop on Wednesday afternoon. During the workshop it was discussed with parents that as of Tuesday 8th May, Mrs Smith and Mrs Philpot will now be greeting the children from the main entrance door to nursery. The children will be choosing their own peg and putting away their belongings themselves so a big wave and smile to help them in would be fantastic! We feel this is a really positive step for the children to help with their preparation for starting school in September.

    Trips to the park - Unfortunately if your child was due to go to the park on Friday they were unable to go due to staffing, however the trip will be rearranged for Friday 11th May.

    Messages from YR
    Farm Trip Thursday 10th May - An email went out earlier in the week reminding parents of what the children need to wear/bring for the school trip. We will be returning at 4pm and pick up will be from the gates at the drop zone.

    Theme Day - Friday 18th May - Earlier in the year the children really enjoyed learning about weddings as part of our RE topic. Since then the children have often talked about who in the class will get married next! As the children are so keen on this theme we have decided to have a Royal Wedding theme day on Friday 18th May. The children in YR can come into school wearing their finest clothes that  they would wear to a wedding (no high heels or backless shoes please for safety). We will then spend the day setting up our own Royal Wedding and celebrating with a reception in the afternoon. We will of course put all the photos on the website and Tapestry!

    Just a reminder - Please make sure the children have their reading books and key words in school each day so that we can change them. Many children are not bringing them in at the moment.

    Messages from Y2
    Year 2 will be involved in Junk Modelling over the next few weeks as part of their learning. They would be extremely grateful for any junk donations - cardboard boxes, tubes, lids etc - If you have any please drop them with a member of staff at the drop zone.

    Messages from Y3
    A group of twelve children have been selected from Y3 to attend a Forest day on Tuesday 8th May.
    If selected, your child will have a letter with all of the details on it - permission slip must come back into school with them on Tuesday if not already received please.


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    Walk to School Week
    There’s less than a month to go until our walking celebration –Walk to School Week – which is taking place from 21-25 May.
    Walk to School Week is a country-wide celebration of walking. Each year Living Streets puts together a fun themed challenge to take on while walking to and from school. In 2017, 400,000 children and their families joined the challenge and got a taste of the many benefits the simple act of walking can bring. This year, the children are exploring the ecosystem of a tree from roots to blossom, with support from Crest.
    With one in four cars on the road at peak times travelling to school, Living Streets wants to get as many families walking as possible this May – reducing congestion, making our roads safer and helping to clean up our toxic air. Take the 'Walk to school' pledge on Living Streets' website and be in with a chance to win a £40 shopping voucher: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaigns/pledge-to-walk-to-school-this-may . Join thousands of families across the UK and
    - Cut congestion and improve safety at the school gate
    -Be part of the fight against air pollution
    -Build in a bit more physical activity into your family’s day

    The children will receive a walk to school pack the Friday before it starts and a packet of seeds to celebrate taking part in it when it finishes. We hope to see lots of you joining in and walking, even if it's only part of the way!

    FOTF
    We are welcoming donations of prizes for the Summer Fayre on 7th July. If you think your company would be willing to donate a prize or a service, please contact the school office with details. Many thanks.  

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