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

    Jane Leo

    Principal

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    2018/19 Newsblog Term 5 Week 4

    Hello All
    Thank you for the support you gave to the children for our first ever Y6 SAT week and our Y2 SAT week and a huge thank you to the staff  and catering team for the lovely SATs breakfasts for Y6. The children did their best, which is all we ask, and were calmly and positively supported by the the whole staff team.  
    In the blog this week:-
    Term 5/6 dates
    Prayer Space at Tadpole Farm
    Update: Class Photos
    Football Match Report
    Welcome New Parents
    Message for Year R Parents
    Update on Y6 Trip
    Staff News
    Book Recommendations for this week
    Things to do in the Community


    Term 5 - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    20/5

    Y5 and Y6 Trip
    24/5

    End of term 5
    Term 6
    3/6

    Return to school for term 6
    4/6 & 5/6

    Prayer Space 2019- details below
    6/6
    15:00
    Pentecost Service led by Y5
    Y5 parents are invited to join us
    9/6
    16:00
    Church at Tadpole Farm - see below
    10/6- 14/6

    Phonics Screening Week
    13/6

    Year 5/6 visit to New College for Computing Workshops
    14/6

    Dress down day for FOTF Fayre- details to be confirmed
    18/6

    YR Trip to Roves Farm
    19/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YN
    21/6

    Staff training day- school closed to children
    24/6- 28/6

    Sports week.
    Children to wear PE kit to school every day.
    25/6

    Sports Day- Details to be confirmed
    26/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YR
    27/6

    EYFS Worship about Compassion
    Parents of children in EYFS are invited to join us.
    28/6
    12:00
    Year 2 parents invited to a taster session of school dinners- details on Parent Pay
    29/6
    11:30- 14:00
    School Fayre
    1/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    3/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    4/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    5/7

    Y4 Trip to Oxenwood
    8/7

    Y1 trip to Bristol Zoo
    10/7

    KS2 End of Year Performance- Times to be confirmed
    15/7
    15:30- 17:30
    Show me sessions for YR- Y6
    16/7
    15:30- 16:30
    Show me sessions for YR- Y6 excluding Y2
    16/7

    Y2 Trip to Wild Place - so will not be doing Show Me Session on 16/7
    19/7
    14:30
    Provisional date for Mini Police Certificates Assembly
    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)


    Prayer Space at Tadpole Farm
    Members of St Andrew’s are really looking forward to running a prayer space at school again this summer and it’s not just the pupils who will be able to experience it.  The same activities will be available at Church at Tadpole Garden Village at 4pm on Sunday 9th June.  Please come along to try out the ways of praying the children will have experienced during the week or drop in after school on Tuesday 4th June until 4pm.
    A Prayer Space is an increasingly popular way for schools to give children the opportunity to engage in the spiritual side of life.  There will be 6 different ways of praying and things to pray for and each child will have the opportunity to try them all. To find out more about the impact Prayer Spaces have had on children across the country visit the national website.  Our activities are based on the value for term 5, Truthfulness.
    Also this year all children in Years 4, 5 and 6 will be bringing home a Family Prayer Adventure map to encourage you to join in the international prayer movement ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ from 30th May to 9th June.  The map is a fun way to talk to God and grow together as a family and it even has a sheet of stickers to use.  If your child is younger than year 4 and you would like a copy of the map, please let me know and I’ll send you one.


    Revd. Sally Robertson
    Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk
    07588 594410


    Update: Class Photos
    All orders for class photos have gone down to classes and hopefully made it home now.  Any queries please check with class teacher first then contact school office. Thank you.


    Football Match Report
    Ever since the girls represented the school in a football tournament back in February they have spent most lunchtimes pestering me for the chance to play some more matches so for a post SATS treat, the year 6 girls with the help of some of the year 5s went and represented the school against Abbeymeads.
    The game was a great test for the girls and they battled well against a good Abbeymeads team. Angel scored a cracking goal and all the girls worked well together and showed a great team spirit through out and throughly enjoyed their experience as a team. Well done girls excellent effort!
    Miss Wood


    Welcome New Parents
    Welcome to all the families who have been offered places with us from September 2019. The emails we have for  our new September 2019 YN and YR starters have been added to our system so you can begin to receive information about the school.  The induction dates to the diary which is accessible via the website - www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk


    Message for Year R Parents
    The children have asked if we could have a pirate  'Dress up as a Pirate' day next Friday 24th May as they would like to put on a party for Pirate Pete.  A notice has been put up outside the classroom and please ask the staff if you have any queries.


    Update on Y6 Trip
    Just a reminder,  the Y6 Warner Brothers Harry Potter trip is Monday 20th May and children need to be in school 7.45am and are expected to be back in school for 4pm latest.  Children need packed lunch and spending money - info previously shared.


    Absences from school for holidays
    Just a reminder that we do not authorise term time holidays except in exceptional circumstances.  Could we please ask that all families avoid any holidays in May/June - we often have assessments running in May and June and the children prefer to do things with their peers rather than on their own on their return from holiday.  Thank you for your cooperation.


    Staff News
    This week will be Mrs Smith's last week in school before she begins her maternity leave - we wish her and her family well with this exciting next stage in their lives. YN class will be covered, for the days Mrs Smith was leading the class, by Mrs Dix, who has taken the class each Wednesday this academic year, supported by Miss Kaja and Mrs Kilby, both of whom already work with the class. This way the children will spend term 6 with adults with whom they are familiar.
    This week will also be Mrs Longhurst's last week in school until the end of term 6 as her family has an exciting development too. They will be taking on Special Guardianship for a baby nephew of theirs and will be off in term 6 to settle him in to their family. We wish them all well with this new member of their family. Mrs Longhurst's class will be covered for term 6 by Mrs Flynn and then Mrs Holt, when she returns at the end of June, at the start of the week and Mrs Brock at the end of the week. The children know Mrs Brock very well as she leads YR learning one day during the week already and Mrs Flynn and Mrs Holt have spoken to the teaching team so they are aware of the needs of all the children. The rest of the teaching team will be there to support all the children as usual.
    Mr Spencer is due back next term; he has been in most of last week and will be in some of the coming week. He is recovering well and we are all looking forward to him being back.

    Book Recommendations for this week


    Things to do in the Community


    Don't forget we have the Premier Holiday Camp running at Tadpole again this holiday - bookings https://family.premier-education.com/courses?location=Swindon&hol=0&hol=1&eve=0&exc=0&day=0

    Job Vacancy with Edwards and Ward, our caterers. 
    Catering assistant for busy school kitchen in Swindon (Tadpole Farm School)
    Immediate start - once clear DBS has been returned from local authorities
    16 hours per week, term time only
    To help and support in all areas of the main school kitchen
    To assist the kitchen manager in all food preparation and service
    Clearing and cleaning of dining hall, equipment and kitchen.
    Some manual handling (putting out / away tables and chairs) therefore must not suffer from any neck, back or shoulder problems
    £8.21 per hour (working hours 09:30 / 10:00 -13:00 / 13:30 – to be agreed with kitchen manager)
    Please see Pippa in kitchen if interested. 

    2018/19 Newsblog Term 5 Week 3

    Hello All
    Just a short blog this week but full of amazing news!  A huge thank you to all involved with the Scarecrow Trail and, in particular, the small group of FOTF members that made it happen, as well as the many sponsors of the event - more details below.

    In the blog this week:-

    Term 5/6 dates
    Scarecrow Trail Update from FOTF
    A Reminder re the YN Trips and YN closure on those days
    Another update re parking
    Message for Year 1 Parents
    Year 2 Trip News
    Y6 Bikeability News
    Book Recommendations for this week
    Things to do in the Community

    Term 5 - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    13/5 - 16/5

    KS2 Y6 SATs
    14/5 and 17/5

    YN Trip to Butterfly World - YN closed on both days.
    16/5
    15:00
    Year 1 Worship on Truthfulness
    Year 1 parents are invited to join us
    20/5

    Y5 and Y6 Trip
    24/5

    End of term 5
    Term 6
    3/6

    Return to school for term 6
    4/6 & 5/6

    Prayer Space 2019- details to follow
    6/6
    15:00
    Pentecost Service led by Y5
    Y5 parents are invited to join us
    10/6- 14/6

    Phonics Screening Week
    13/6

    Year 5/6 visit to New College for Computing Workshops
    14/6

    Dress down day for FOTF Fayre- details to be confirmed
    18/6

    YR Trip to Roves Farm
    19/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YN
    21/6

    Staff training day- school closed to children
    24/6- 28/6

    Sports week.
    Children to wear PE kit to school every day.
    25/6

    Sports Day- Details to be confirmed
    26/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YR
    27/6

    EYFS Worship about Compassion
    Parents of children in EYFS are invited to join us.
    28/6
    12:00
    Year 2 parents invited to a taster session of school dinners- details on Parent Pay
    29/6
    11:30- 14:00
    School Fayre
    1/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    3/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    4/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    5/7

    Y4 Trip to Oxenwood
    10/7

    KS2 End of Year Performance- Times to be confirmed
    14/7
    15:30- 17:30
    Show me sessions for YR- Y6
    15/7
    15:30- 16:30
    Show me sessions for YR- Y6
    16/7

    Y2 Trip to Wild Place - see below for more information
    19/7
    14:30
    Provisional date for Mini Police Certificates Assembly
    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)

    Scarecrow Trail Update from FOTF
    Good evening!!
    It is a very good evening, Kelly and I have just counted the money and worked out event expenses so we have amazing news! Drum roll please.............
    Most importantly we want to say a massive thank you to all of our supporters, volunteers, scarecrow makers, sponsors and school team, who enabled us  to put on an amazing event over the last week. The community engagement has been fantastic; it has been an absolute pleasure to see so many families out walking, scooting and cycling the Scarecrow Trail route.
    Now to the important information.......
    The £100 Prize Draw Winner: Naomi P
    And the winners of the best scarecrow competition as voted by the trail goers were:-
    1st Place - ‘Supertato’
    2nd Place - Lego Superman
    3rd Place - Super Dust Bunny
    Over the last 2 months, we have run a 'Quiz Night', 'Cake and Map Sale' and our week long first ever 'TGV -Scarecrow Trail' and have raised an astounding £2,000!!!!!!!
    We will be putting a date in the diary for our next meeting, which will be mainly spent organising the Summer Fayre, that is on Saturday 29th June. We need volunteers for organising, setting up, manning a stall and clearing up afterwards; you do not need to be able to give a lot of hours, just a few would make a massive difference. Without volunteers these events could not happen, the money couldn't be raised & we really appreciate any support you can give.

    All the money FOTF raises goes straight back into the school and pays for equipment and events that all of our children benefit from.
    Lastly, a thank you to Mrs Leo and Mrs Wilding, who not only give up their personal time to attend every FOTF meeting but they are at every event we put on and continually show us a great deal of support!
    Kirsty on behalf of the FOTF Team













    A Reminder re the YN Trips and YN closure on those days
    Just a reminder to parents in YN that nursery is closed Tuesday 14th and Friday 17th May due to trips and children will need a packed lunch.  Please could children also bring suncream and sunhats for the trip.

    Another update re parking
    Parents are arriving and parking in drop zone by 8.15 even though we don’t open it until 8:30 - this means the entrance gets blocked, so staff cannot get in to start work and queues are forming on the roads in front of school.  This has led to dangerous overtaking and we want to keep all safe so would ask that you aim to arrive from 8:30, not before please.

    Message for Year 1 Parents
    Some of the Year 1 children have brought home envelopes with some real and alien (not real) words. If your child has brought one of these packs home, please use the flashcards at home to support your child's recognition of their sounds and support their blending. We've also included some useful phonics websites and games on your child's homework sheet. If you need any clarification on any of these things, please come and see Mrs Holloway or Mrs Honour. Thank you!

    Year 2 Trip News
    Year Two are excited to be visiting ‘The Wild Place’ in Bristol on Tuesday 16th July. We are hoping it will help us tie up our learning about plants and animals across this year in our interactive learning session included in our visit. We will have the chance to see lots of new animals and learn about how they adapt to their new environments. We ask that children are in school at 8.30am ready for the coach to leave by 9am and we aim to be back in school for normal 3.30pm collection. Children will need to come dressed in school uniform and bring a rucksack with a packed lunch, water bottle and weather dependent sun hat/cream or raincoat. All consent and payment details are on Parent pay.

    Y6 Bikeability News
    Year 6 children have taken home consent forms to complete to take part in Bikability in term 6, dates and details are all on form. Children are required to bring a bike fit to ride and must have a helmet as they will be riding on local roads.

    Book Recommendations for this week

    Things to do in the Community



    2018/19 Newsblog Term 5 Week 2

    Hello All
    Hope you enjoyed the extra long weekend this weekend.  Despite it being chilly, many of you have been on the Scarecrow Trail - more details on next weekend’s finale event below.

    In the blog this week:-



    Term 5/6 dates
    'New' Member of Staff
    Scarecrow Trail Update
    Y4 Trip News
    Church at Tadpole Garden Village
    Parking in the School Grounds
    Headlice News
    Book Fayre totals
    Book Recommendations for this week

    Term 5 - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    4/5/19 - 10/5/19

    FOTF Tadpole Farm Superhero Scarecrow Hunt - 10 am 4/5 to 3 pm 10/5
    6/5

    School Closed May Bank Holiday
    12/5
    16:00
    St Andrews Church at Tadpole Farm - see information below
    13/5 - 16/5

    KS2 Y6 SATs
    14/5 and 17/5

    YN Trip to Butterfly World - YN closed on both days.
    16/5
    15:00
    Year 1 Worship on Truthfulness
    Year 1 parents are invited to join us
    20/5

    Y5 and Y6 Trip
    24/5

    End of term 5
    Term 6
    3/6

    Return to school for term 6
    4/6 & 5/6

    Prayer Space 2019- details to follow
    6/6
    15:00
    Pentecost Service led by Y5
    Y5 parents are invited to join us
    10/6- 14/6

    Phonics Screening Week
    13/6

    Year 5/6 visit to New College for Computing Workshops
    14/6

    Dress down day for FOTF Fayre- details to be confirmed
    18/6

    YR Trip to Roves Farm
    19/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YN
    21/6

    Staff training day- school closed to children
    24/6- 28/6

    Sports week.
    Children to wear PE kit to school every day.
    25/6

    Sports Day- Details to be confirmed
    26/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YR
    27/6

    EYFS Worship about Compassion
    Parents of children in EYFS are invited to join us.
    28/6
    12:00
    Year 2 parents invited to a taster session of school dinners- details on Parent Pay
    29/6
    11:30- 14:00
    School Fayre
    1/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    3/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    4/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    5/7

    Y4 Trip to Oxenwood - see below
    10/7

    KS2 End of Year Performance- Times to be confirmed
    14/7
    15:30- 17:30
    Show me sessions for YR- Y6
    15/7
    15:30- 16:30
    Show me sessions for YR- Y6
    19/7
    14:30
    Provisional date for Mini Police Certificates Assembly
    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)

    'New' Member of Staff
    This weekend Miss Sam Grindley, who teaches Y2 and is a member of our Senior Leadership Team, became Mrs Sam Fletcher when she married... Mr Sam Fletcher. She looked beautiful and we wish Sam and Sam many happy years together.





    Scarecrow Trail Update
    This is already going well but our FOTF wanted to remind you to join us at our Superheroes Unite event next Saturday 3pm at school. The trail maps available to sell from 10am-2pm at school on that day but until then you can purchase them for £2 from the Bellway, Bovis and David Wilson show homes.

    Y4 Trip News
    Year 4 have an amazing and exciting opportunity for their school trip on Friday 5th July 19. We will be going to Oxenwood outdoor activity center for the day and each child will have the opportunity to take part in four fun activities. They will include; archery, problem solving, campfire skills and rock climbing. This trip will be a great opportunity for the children to work on their own resilience, perseverance, teamwork and courage as well as many other skills which will give them an insight to residential trips. Children will need to come to school in outdoor PE kit including trainers and a jumper. They should also bring a packed lunch from home, sun hats/cream, jacket and a water bottle. We will aim to leave at 9am so ask that children are in school at 8.30am. We hope to be back in school for normal 3.30pm  collection time. All payment details and consents are on parent pay.

    Church at Tadpole Garden Village
    We’ll be at Tadpole Farm next Sunday, 12th May, at 4pm to celebrate the great Easter truth that Jesus is alive.  Please join us for refreshments, music, Bible story, children’s craft and prayer.  Everyone welcome!
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk
    07588 594410

    Parking in the School Grounds
    As mentioned some time ago, with the growth of the school staff, we will be reviewing the parking in the school grounds towards the end of term 6 as staff are increasingly finding it hard to get in to school to park.  Many of our staff start at 8:30 a.m. and their parking is already taken or blocked by parents dropping off. We have had staff and volunteers who finish at 3:00 p.m. blocked in by parents picking up at the end of the day too - they are often on their way to pick up their own children and I’m sure you can imagine how stressful this is for a parent.  Could I ask that you do not double park behind our car parking spaces or block them in any way - thank you for your help.

    Headlice News

    We have headlice in school - please check your child’s hair regualrly - more information can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

    Book Fayre totals
    A huge thank you for all you have done to help us raise funds for stocking our classrooms and libraries with new books.


    Book Recommendations for this week


    2018/19 Term 5 Week 1 Newsblog

    Hello All
    What a treat it was to see all the children back and looking so much more grown-up!  News below about the upcoming Scarecrow Trail - the first year that will set this as a tradition!  Well done to all FOTF for getting this off the ground - we really appreciate all you do:)



    In the blog this week:-
    Term 5/6 dates

    Our Focus Christian Value this Term - Truthfulness
    The Scarecrow Trail is Nearly Here - FOTF Update
    Year 3 - We, the Curious - Trip Reminder Monday 29th April
    Football Report
    Year 1 Trip - 8th July
    School Photos
    Year N Trip - DBS checked Volunteers needed
    Y6 Breakfast Bonus
    Parking at End of the School Day
    Things of Interest in the Community

    Term 5 - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    29/4

    YR hearing and vision screening
    Y3 Trip to We, the Curious - see reminders below
    Y5 Mini Police Session - moved to Tuesday 30th
    30/4

    YR hearing and vision screening
    YR Sept 2019 Deadline for accepting places
    Y5 Mini Police Session - moved from Monday 29th - pick up at 4:30 unless permission to walk  home
    1/5

    14:00 - 15:00
    18:00 - 19:00
    Club places emailed out today
    NSPCC Parent Workshop - see below
    Parents Forum Group Meeting
    2/5

    School remaining open but is being used as Voting Station in Borough Elections
    4/5/19 - 10/5/19

    FOTF Tadpole Farm Superhero Scarecrow Hunt - 10 am 4/5 to 3 pm 10/5
    6/5

    School Closed May Bank Holiday
    12/5
    15:00
    St Andrews Church at Tadpole Farm
    13/5 - 16/5

    KS2 Y6 SATs - see breakfast news below
    14/5 and 17/5

    YN Trip to Butterfly World - YN closed on both days.
    16/5
    15:00
    Year 1 Worship on Truthfulness
    Year 1 parents are invited to join us
    20/5

    Y5 and Y6 Trip
    24/5

    End of term 5
    Term 6
    3/6

    Return to school for term 6
    4/6 & 5/6

    Prayer Space 2019- details to follow
    6/6
    15:00
    Pentecost Service led by Y5
    Y5 parents are invited to join us
    10/6- 14/6

    Phonics Screening Week
    13/6

    Year 5/6 visit to New College for Computing Workshops
    14/6

    Dress down day for FOTF Fayre- details to be confirmed
    18/6

    YR Trip to Roves Farm
    19/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YN
    21/6

    Staff training day- school closed to children
    24/6- 28/6

    Sports week.
    Children to wear PE kit to school every day.
    25/6

    Sports Day- Details to be confirmed
    26/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YR
    27/6

    EYFS Worship about Compassion
    Parents of children in EYFS are invited to join us.
    28/6
    12:00
    Year 2 parents invited to a taster session of school dinners- details on Parent Pay
    29/6
    11:30- 14:00
    School Fayre
    1/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    3/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    4/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    10/7

    KS2 End of Year Performance- Times to be confirmed
    14/7
    15:30- 17:30
    Show me sessions for YR- Y6
    15/7
    15:30- 16:30
    Show me sessions for YR- Y6
    19/7
    14:30
    Provisional date for Mini Police Certificates Assembly
    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)

    Our Focus Christian Value this Term - Truthfulness

    The Scarecrow Trail is Nearly Here - FOTF Update
    It's only a week until the trail so here is some extra information in relation to the Scarecrow Trail including how to get your trail maps through school.

    The trail starts next Saturday 4th May and runs for a week finishing with a final judging and prize giving event on Saturday 11th May at 3pm at the school. In this week long event you can purchase a trail map and then enjoy making your way around TGV spotting the Scarecrows and guessing who they are or what their names could be. We have about 30 planned for around the village and it has been great having families and classes from our school alongside other residents and other local schools creating these ready for next week.

    Trail Maps are £2 and will be available to purchase a number of ways (You will need to bring your own pen/pencil):
    - Through ParentPay up until 1st May and the map will be sent home with your child from school on Friday 3rd May
    - At some of the show homes from Sat 4th May (cash only)
    - Outside school from 3:15pm on Friday 3rd May (Cash and Contactless payments can be taken) There is also a small cake sale taking place.
    - On our final day (Saturday 11th May) we will be outside the front of Tadpole Farm School from giving you one last chance to purchase a map and complete the trail. On that day we will be there from 10am- 3pm not only selling maps but we will also have a small bar (Alcoholic and Soft Drinks), crisps and snacks, Superhero tattoo's, a Superhero Lucky Dip, a Cake Sale and Pick 'n' Mix stand.

    Completed maps must be placed into the Red Scarecrow Post Box outside the school office no later than 2pm on Saturday 11th May.

    Our final part of the trail is a award giving ceremony on Saturday 11th May at 3pm at the school where the Prize Draw with £100 cash prize for the winning trail map and the winners of the best voted Superhero's will also be announced.

    All are welcome to join in and help us raise funds for Tadpole Farm CE Academy so why not buy lots of maps and invite others to join you find them.
    For more up to date information then please follow our Facebook page 'Friends of Tadpole Farm- TGV Scarecrow Trail'. Please share this event with your friends and family! The more people we get doing the trail the more money we make to benefit our children!

    Thanks for your support,
    Tadpole Friends Committee

    Year 3 - We, the Curious - Trip Reminder Monday 29th April

    • Children need to be at school ready to leave at 8:30 a.m
    • During our trip we will making a short stop at the gift shop.  We have told the children they can bring no more than £5 to spend if they would like to buy something. Please make sure you give them any money in a small purse or container so they do not lose it.
    • Children need to wear school uniform but may wear trainers
    • Children will be back before school finishes so normal collection time.
    All parents to note that as coach will be using drop zone then the dropping may be a little slower than usual at first; please bear with us.

    Football Report

    Well done to the football team, who represented the school against Westrop. Unfortunately the result wasn't in our favour but Mrs Philpot did commend the children on their sportsmanship throughout the game despite losing. It was also great to see some of the girls represent the team in what was a first for Tadpole Farm - a mixed football team. The final game of the season is on Tuesday at home to Oakhurst, which will be the final game for our Year 6's.  


    Year 1 Trip - 8th July

    To complete our topic all about Australia this term, we have decided to visit Bristol Zoo to take part in a workshop all about different habitats that animals live within. This is a great opportunity for the children to consolidate their knowledge about the coral reef and the desert, as well as encouraging those inquisitive minds by having a look at a variety of different animals at the zoo!   All payment information is on Parent Pay along with consent. All children will need to be in school at 8.30am and will be back in school ready to collect at 3.30pm: children to wear uniform and can wear trainers if they wish.

    School Photos

    School photos were sent home on Friday 26th April. Please ask the teachers if you don't receive your order.

    Year N Trip - DBS checked Volunteers needed

    Nursery have asked if anyone already DBS checked would be able to help on their trip on 14th May? Please contact school office if you can, we need three people:)

    Y6 Breakfast Bonus

    During SATs week we would like to invite the Y6 children to arrive in school from 8:00 a.m for a sharing breakfast - the menu is just being finalised but is likely to include things like sausage or bacon sandwiches and veggie alternatives, plus fruit juices.  The children will get the full details from Miss Weston during this week.

    Parking at End of the School Day

    We really appreciate all your diligence in parking safely at the end of the school day and keeping the drop zone clear for the coach on a Wednesday.  Please be aware that the teachers who lead the ballet classes do have permits to park at the end of the drop zone nearest to the school hall. They take up two spaces there and this still leaves plenty of room for the coach.  If a parent has taken up their spaces they have permission to park elsewhere in the drop zone in order that they can begin the ballet classes on time.


    Things of Interest in the Community
    Royal Wootton Bassett Town Football Club are delighted to announce that it will be hosting an SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centre, beginning on Saturday 4th May.
    The sessions, open to all girls aged 5 to 11, will run weekly on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 am.
    They will take place alongside the club's current Free Saturday Skills Sessions – open to boys and girls aged 4 to 13 – on the AGP pitch at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground SN4 8DS
    For more information about the club's SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Centre please contact Community Football Coach  mark.ellis@wbtfc.co.uk

    The FA and SSE launched the Wildcats Girls' Football initiative to inspire girls aged between 5-11 to be involved in football. SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Centre provide girls with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun, engaging and safe environment. Over 1,400 centres have now been established nationwide.
    Each SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Centre is run in conjunction with local County FAs, utilising qualified coaches and local facilities to offer girls a location nearby where they can get involved.

    SSE Wildcats Girls' Football has been established in partnership with SSE, supporter of girls' football participation and sponsor of the SSE Women's FA Cup, with support from UEFA, FIFA and The Youth Sport Trust.

    2018/19 Newsblog Term 5 Start of Term

    Hello All
    Hope you had a fun-filled Easter break!  We enjoyed welcoming you all back today as we start Term 5.  This is just a short blog with Term 5 and 6 dates and some information about a visit we are having from the NSPCC this week.
    In the blog this week:-
    Term 5/6 dates
    NSPCC visit and Parent Workshop

    Term 5 - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    23/4   

    Children return to school – Tuesday   
    24/4

    Y5 Bikeability
    25/4

    NSPCC workshops
    29/4

    YR hearing and vision screening
    Y3 Trip to We, the Curious
    Y5 Mini Police Session
    30/4

    YR hearing and vision screening
    YR Sept 2019 Deadline for accepting places
    1/5

    14:00 - 15:00
    18:00 - 19:00
    Club places emailed out today
    NSPCC Parent Workshop - see below
    Parents Forum Group Meeting
    2/5

    School remaining open but is being used as Voting Station in Borough Elections
    4/5/19 - 10/5/19

    FOTF Tadpole Farm Superhero Scarecrow Hunt - 10 am 4/5 to 3 pm 10/5
    6/5

    School Closed May Bank Holiday
    12/5
    15:00
    St Andrews Church at Tadpole Farm
    13/5 - 16/5

    KS2 SATs
    14/5 and 17/5

    YN Trip to Butterfly World - YN closed on both days.
    16/5
    15:00
    Year 1 Worship on Truthfulness
    Year 1 parents are invited to join us
    20/5

    Y5 and Y6 Trip
    24/5

    End of term 5
    Term 6
    3/6

    Return to school for term 6
    4/6 & 5/6

    Prayer Space 2019- details to follow
    6/6
    15:00
    Pentecost Service led by Y5
    Y5 parents are invited to join us
    10/6- 14/6

    Phonics Screening Week
    13/6

    Year 5/6 visit to New College for Computing Workshops
    14/6

    Dress down day for FOTF Fayre- details to be confirmed
    18/6

    YR Trip to Roves Farm
    19/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YN
    21/6

    Staff training day- school closed to children
    24/6- 28/6

    Sports week.
    Children to wear PE kit to school every day.
    25/6

    Sports Day- Details to be confirmed
    26/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YR
    27/6

    EYFS Worship about Compassion
    Parents of children in EYFS are invited to join us.
    28/6
    12:00
    Year 2 parents invited to a taster session of school dinners- details on Parent Pay
    29/6
    11:30- 14:00
    School Fayre
    1/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    3/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    4/7

    Shuffle up morning.
    YN and YR new starters in.
    All children visit their new class and teacher.
    10/7

    KS2 End of Year Performance- Times to be confirmed
    14/7
    15:30- 17:30
    Show me sessions for YR- Y6
    15/7
    15:30- 16:30
    Show me sessions for YR- Y6
    19/7
    14:30
    Provisional date for Mini Police Certificates Assembly
    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)

    NSPCC visit (information provided by NSPCC) and Parent Workshop

    I’m pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe. programme on Thursday 25th April. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school as well as a workshop for Years 5/6.

    "NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems." Child’s feedback

    As a charity, the NSPCC can only provide these vital resources thanks to the financial support and generosity of their supporters. Which is why I am delighted to say that our school has chosen to support the valuable work of the NSPCC by taking part in a fundraising event, and I would really value your support and encouragement. More information on how you can support their work will follow their visit to our school.

    What is the Speak out. Stay safe. programme?
    Through child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops their specially trained staff and volunteers will give our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary words or adult language.  We have studied the content of the materials and heard from other schools who have participated and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of their visit, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.
    “My daughter thought the volunteers were fantastic, really real people, very warm and friendly.” Sally, Prestatyn
    If you would like any more information about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme you can come in to speak to me or visit the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk/buddy

    Talking PANTS with your children
    The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘Talk PANTS’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex. The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at nspcc.org.uk/pants If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website nspcc.org.uk/parents

    If you have any questions about the above please see a member of SLT on the Drop Zone or email in to school@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk.

    Parent Workshop - 1st May 14:00 - 15:00
    We’re here to help you keep your child safe online
    O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces on a mission to help all children and their families in the UK stay safe online. Together, they’re offering useful tools, support and guidance to help parents and carers have frequent conversations with their children about their online lives.
    Our free online safety workshop for parents and carers
    We would like to invite all parents, carers or family members to a free online safety workshop at school at 2pm-3pm on Wednesday 1st May . The content covered in the workshops is aimed at adults.  Parents with children are advised to arrange childcare if possible.
    The hour-long workshop will help parents, carers and other adults understand their child’s online world, build confidence to have those important conversations that can help keep children safe online and help you know where to go for help and advice.
    “After coming to this workshop today, I realise the importance of having conversations with my child rather than avoid the subject. I didn’t know there were things I could do to make it better, I’m so glad I came to this workshop. I will definitely be calling the helpline or going into store to get some help, thank you.” – Parent who attended the workshop

    Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. RSVP by signing up on this link https://forms.gle/izQSyfWdwWnnWruZ8 by Friday 26th April.
    Until then, if you need any support or guidance about keeping children safe online, here are a few things you could do:
    • Call our free O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002
    • Download our Net Aware app on the App Store or Google Play
    • Pop into your local O2 store for online safety help from a Guru – you don’t even have to be an O2 customer!
    Sign up to our icebreaker email series.

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