• 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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    2017/18 Newsblog Term 1 Week 2
    Hello All,

    Last week saw the start of swimming lessons for year 2; ukulele lessons for Year 4/5 and visits from some Community Artists for a Key Stage Two project as well as planning visits from our Forest School partners - lots of exciting, enriching learning to look forward to!

    In this week's blog:-



    • Dates for the Term 1 and 2
    • Welcome from Rev Sally Robertson
    • Clubs Places for Term 1 and 2
    • Donation of defibrillator - Janet's Puppy School
    • Quick requests - names in uniforms; water in water bottles; birthdays; painting shirts; help with Forest School
    • Y3/4/5 - break time snacks and lunch boxes
    • YR - Squirrels and Owls - Change to end of day pick up routine and All About Me Bags
    • Things of interest in the wider community

    Dates for Term 1 and 2
    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 1 and 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event



    Week beginning 18/9
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 18/9; 25/9; 2/10; 9/10; no clubs week of 16/10 and 31/10 – see below; clubs are on week beginning 6/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11 – no clubs week of 4/12 and 11/12 - if your child attends football/dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those - see below for clubs places 
    21/9
    8:30 am

    3:00 pm

    Rev'd Sally Robertson will be available by the Drop Zone - please come and say hello.
    Y2 will be leading worship on theme of Friendship– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year 
    25/9
    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 27/9 and times allocated by Monday 2/10
    29/9

    Visit to School from Jack Rutter, Paralympic Footballer – children will all need PE kit in that day as they will be taking part in a circuit training event with Jack.  Sponsorship forms are being sent home for this event – children can take part whether they have sponsorship or not but rewards are available depending on amount raised – see forms for details 
    3/10
    10:15 - 11:00
    Harvest Service at the Allotments – all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
    10/10
    6:00 – 7:30 pm 
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 1 – Supporting reading and developing reading comprehension skills - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.
    13/10
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental   feedback

    16/10 – 17/10
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 16/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 17/10 – 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 October holiday.
    18/10
    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    19/10 – 29/10
    October holiday – school closed
    30/10
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    31/10
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    31/10
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
    2/11
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
    16/11
    3:00 pm 
    Y1 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year 
    28/11
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 2 - Supporting early writing and writing development - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.

    4/12 – 5/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note 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 Christmas holiday.
    6/12
    2:30 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    8/12
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship 
    8/12
    Times to be confirmed 
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited –  this will be held at St Andrew’s Church so Nursery will be closed that day as staff will be at church all day.
    14/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome 
    15/12
    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
    16/12 – 1/1/18
    Christmas holiday – school closed




    Welcome from Rev Sally Robertson - St Andrew's Church

    Over the summer I took up the role of Priest-in-Charge at St Andrew’s - Tadpole Farm Academy’s local parish church.  I am very much looking forward to getting to know the school better in the coming months.  I’ll be joining the Local Board and coming into take Assemblies once a month.  On those mornings I’ll be available in the Drop Zone from 8.30am if anyone would like to chat about anything connected to St Andrew’s.  This Thursday, 21st  September is the first of those mornings.  
    In the coming months we’re intending to start a worship service for All Ages at Tadpole Farm Academy, probably on a Sunday afternoon about once a month.  If you’d like to know more about that or have any ideas about the kind of service which would appeal to you and your family, do let me know. 
    In the mean time you’re always welcome at St Andrew’s Church at 10am every Sunday.  The first Sunday of the month is our children’s service – on the 1st October we’ll be celebrating Harvest Festival and receiving food and money donations for Swindon Food Bank.  Other Sundays we have Sunday School available.  We also run an all age service at St Francis School Taw Hill once a month. The next one is 24th September at 4pm.  We’ll be looking at “The Church as a body” – craft, games and worship for all ages followed by tea and cake.
    Finally, some of you may have met Revd Phil Ashby who has been the Associate Priest at St Andrew’s for over 3 years.  He will be leaving us at the end of September, so we’re saying ‘thank you and good bye’ to him on Sunday 24thSeptember.
    Information about St Andrew’s Church is always available on our website www.nschurch.org.uk and why not follow us on Facebook @standrews.northswindon?
    Looking forward to meeting you soon
    Revd Sally Robertson

    Clubs Places for Term 1 and 2
    An email has been sent to the email address of the person who signed up each child for clubs. Please remember that club dates are as listed above in the calendar and that pick up for all school run clubs is 4:30 from the double gates by the Drop Zone.

    Donation of defibrillator - Janet's Puppy School
    You may remember me letting you know of the generous donation by Janet's Puppy School of a portable defibrillator for our school. Janet is coming in to Friday Worship this week so we can thank her and will be bringing her dog with her.  Obviously, as you would expect from a dog trainer, her dog is impeccably behaved but if you feel your child may be ore by this please let me know. 

    Quick requests - names in uniforms; water in water bottles; birthdays; painting shirts; help with Forest School
    Names in uniforms - please check that all items your child bring in to school are named - we already have missing sweatshirts so please double check you've got the ones you expect to have at home and pop in to school any that have made their way home but are not items that belong to your child;
    Water in water bottles - only water should be in water bottles not squash or juice or milk etc. Water is easy to wipe up when spilt and is the recommended fluid for hydration. If you feel your child needs something else than water please let me know. Any water bottles containing things other than water will be sent home - thank you for your help with this. 
    Birthdays - we celebrate every child's birthday in whole school worship and in class - we know the children like to bring treats to share with others in their class. This can though, cause difficulties for us in school so could we ask that you keep any sharing things such as sweets and cakes for home as we have children with a variety of allergies in school and some parents do not like their children to have particular sweet treats;
    Help! We need...
    painting shirts - do you have any unwanted men's shirts that we could turn in to painting overalls -if so please drop off at the School Office - thank you.
    Help with Forest School - are you an outdoorsy type of person? Are you free on a Tuesday? would you like to help each week with Forest School? If so you will need a DBS check so lease pop in to the School Office and volunteer. If we get sufficient volunteers we will create a rota. It's great fun!

    Y3/4/5 - break time snacks and lunch boxes
    The younger children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1/2 all get government funded fruit at break time. This is not available for Year 3/4/5. They may bring in a fruit - fresh or dried - snack for break time. They all know this but the message re not sweets, crisps or chocolate seems not to have made it home! Could we ask for your help in only providing fresh or dried fruit and no other fruit, sweet or snack item - thank you.
    The Y3/4/5 children have also been having some less healthy items in lunch boxes - could we again ask for your help to make sure lunch boxes follow the healthy guidelines shared previously. 

    YR - Squirrels and Owls - Change to end of day pick up routine and All About Me Bags
    To make things easier at the end of the day the Reception class teachers are going to trial Owls coming out of the usual door into the parent waiting area and Squirrels coming out of the small side gate to the left of the usual door into the parents waiting area. Let us know, after a week or so, how you think this is going. 
    On Friday the children took home an All About Me bag. This is to help us get to know your child and your family better. We ask that your child fills the bag with 4 items that are special to them and your family. The bags will need to be brought back into school on Wednesday so that they can be shared with the class. Bags will be returned home on Friday. 

    Things of interest in the wider community


    2017/18 Newsblog Term 1 Week 1
    Hello All,

    What a great first week back! - thank you for your patience as we all settled in to new classes and new routines.  I've highlighted a couple of things below that will help drop-offs and pick-ups run more smoothly.  The children have come back to school full of smiles and keen to learn - already they have shown many examples of living our school values... you should be very proud of them.

    In this week's blog:-



    • Dates for the Term 1 and 2
    • Clubs for Term 1 and 2
    • Visit from Jack Rutter Paralympian and fundraising sponsorship event for school sports equipment and GB athletes
    • Reception parents - message from Mrs Holt and Mrs Longhurst
    • Year 3/4/5 parents - message from Mr Spencer
    • Year 1/2 parents - message from the KS1 team
    • LilyPad Snack menu
    • Reception for 2018
    • Questions and Answers from Meet the Teacher events and first week back conversations
    • Requests for Absence
    • Healthy Lunch Boxes

    Dates for Term 1 and 2
    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 1 and 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    11/9 – 13/9
    Sign up for clubs available
    13/9
    Y2 Swimming lessons start
    15/9
    Club places announced
    Week beginning 18/9
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 18/9; 25/9; 2/10; 9/10; no clubs week of 16/10 and 31/10 – see below; clubs are on week beginning 6/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11 – no clubs week of 4/12 and 11/12 - if your child attends football/dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those
    21/9
    3:00 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship on theme of Friendship– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year – see below for details
    25/9
    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 27/9 and times allocated by Monday 2/10
    29/9

    Visit to School from Jack Rutter, Paralympic Footballer – children will all need PE kit in that day as they will be taking part in a circuit training event with Jack.  Sponsorship forms are being sent home for this event – children can take part whether they have sponsorship or not but rewards are available depending on amount raised – see forms for details
    3/10
    10:15 - 11:00
    Harvest Service at the Allotments – all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
    10/10
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 1 – Supporting reading and developing reading comprehension skills - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.
    13/10
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback

    16/10 – 17/10
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 16/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 17/10 – 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 October holiday.
    18/10
    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    19/10 – 29/10
    October holiday – school closed
    30/10
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    31/10
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    31/10
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
    2/11
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
    16/11
    3:00 pm
    Y1 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    28/11
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 2 - Supporting early writing and writing development - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.

    4/12 – 5/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note 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 Christmas holiday.
    6/12
    2:30 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    8/12
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    8/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited – we are hoping this will be held at St Andrew’s Church so Nursery will be closed that day as staff will be at church all day.
    14/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
    15/12
    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
    16/12 – 1/1/18
    Christmas holiday – school closed


    Clubs for Term 1 and 2

    As we did last term, sign up for clubs will be done online with access available from Monday. All school run clubs are from 3:30 - 4:30 and collection after clubs, for all clubs, is from the gate by the drop zone (Year 2 entrance gate).  We will try and give the children a club of their choice - if clubs are oversubscribed then children's names will be picked randomly. The school run clubs are run by school staff on a voluntary, unpaid basis and we hope your children enjoy them.
    On offer are the following clubs:

    Day
    Club
    Open to…
    Monday
    Puzzle Club – lots of different puzzles and games
    Y1/2/3/4/5 Maximum 40 children

    Construction Club - using different materials to build amazing creations
    Y1/2/3/4/5 Maximum 40 children
    Thursday
    Playdough Club – making your own and creating great models
    Y1/2 Maximum 15 children

    Pick ‘n Mix Home Learning Club – for those families who find it difficult to fit in home learning, your children have asked for time to do this in school
    Y1/2/3/4/5 – Maximum 40 children

    Ball Games Club – ball based games eg Tag Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Hockey (not football)
    Y2/3/4/5 – Maximum 40 children 

    Visit from Jack Rutter Paralympian and fundraising sponsorship event for school sports equipment and GB athletes
    A letter (from Mrs Philpott, our PE Coordinator (Miss Evans as was)) and sponsorship form concerning the visit from Jack Rutter on Friday 29th September will be coming home with your child this week. The aim of the event is to inspire the pupils to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to discover and then pursue their passion in life. All children, whether they have completed a sponsorship form or not, will need their PE kit in school on that day as they will be taking part in a circuit type fitness activity.

    Reception parents - message from Mrs Holt and Mrs Longhurst
    We are so pleased with how well the children have settled into Reception so far. Many child are already saying goodbye at the door and coming into class, on their own, to join their friends for stories. 
    Next Friday, all the children will be in for the whole day. This may mean that the reception entrance may get a bit congested. Can we ask that, if your child still needs some support to come into class, you stay by the entrance door and let the other children come in first so they can get settled and then come on in as things quieten down.

    A couple of reminders - Water bottles should contain only water and not juice;  it's really important to put your child's name in clothes as many of them have the same; there is no afternoon session on Wednesday this coming week; all children need coats every day please.  

    Year 3/4/5 parents - message from Mr Spencer
    Please could KS2  parents/pupils to bring any unwanted newspapers/magazines into school on Monday. We need them for creating collages as part of our project. 
    Also, could you make sure that your children have coats this week as many didn't have them last week. 

    Year 1/2 parents - message from the KS1 team
    A reminder that swimming starts this week so please make sure permission slips and payments are made asap. The children do both PE and swimming at the Sports Centre so, Year 2 only, should come in to school on Wednesday in their winter PE kit.
    A coat reminder for these classes too plus only water in water bottles please.

    LilyPad Snack menu
    A new Lilypad snack menu is attached to the email that notified you of this blog and will be displayed on the noticeboard by the school office. 

    Reception for 2018
    The application process for next year's Reception class is now open - see www.swindon.gov.uk for details.  We have regular tours available - see school calendar. 

    Questions and Answers from Meet the Teacher events and first week back 
    conversations
    Q: My child says they don't get playtime after lunch - why is that?
    A: The children go in to lunch in rotation - YN and YR are always first and then the other year groups take turns through the week.  The children may have play before or after eating their lunch depending on when their year group goes in for dinner. All children have roughly the same amount of time outside.
    q: Do children other than Y2 come in to school wearing PE kit?
    A: No, we do this for Y2 for speed on swimming days as Y2 do both PE and swimming at the pool and they would be weighed down with bags otherwise!  All other year groups should bring PE kit in to school on Monday and take home on Friday each week if it needs a wash.
    Q: Can I park in the Drop Zone if I'm walking around to YN or YR?
    A: Sorry no, you need to park safely elsewhere as the Drop Zone is for drop and go only.
    Q: Can I use the side gate by the car park to come in for pick up time?
    A: Sorry no, when collecting please use the side gate by Main Entrance for YN, YR and Y1 collecting; the front gate for Y2 and wait outside the side car park gate for Y3/4/5 to come out.  If you have collected and the side gate is open then you may use it for exiting the site but the teachers will be locking it as soon as the Y3/4/5 children have gone so please look towards gate and check before you walk that way.

    Requests for Absence
    A reminder that, if school is open and your child is well enough to attend, then the expectation is that your child will be in school everyday.  Absences will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. 

    Healthy Lunch Boxes
    Just a reminder that lunch boxes should be balanced and healthy and should not contain any nut product or confectionery.  Useful ideas - https://www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes#2ppqgd2QErM8rWrM.97


    Almost the New School Year...



    Hello All,

    I hope you are enjoying the end of the summer holidays and thought you might find this blog useful for planning diaries etc.  This blog is quite long so you may want to settle down with a cup of tea before beginning!  In this blog:

    • Dates for the New School Year
    • First Day Back celebrations
    • LilyPad Update
    • Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
    • Uniform Reminders

    Dates for the New School Year

    Inserted below, also attached as a pdf to the email you should have received and will be on display on the school noticeboard (new board outside main entrance) and website calendar, are 3 calendars, one for each set of two terms, and an overview of 2018/19 term dates.  To give you as much notice as possible of events etc,  the calendars cover the whole year - obviously things will come up but I have endeavoured to keep timings and patterns of things happening the same each term and will give you as much notice as we can of any additions.  
    Term 1 and 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    1/9

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    2/9

    Come and visit us at the North Swindon Fun Day https://www.facebook.com/nsFunDay/
    4/9

    Children return to school – YR and YN have been given details of induction times; current YN children who are continuing in YN are in for their normal sessions; Y1/2/3/4/5 in full time from 4/9/16.  There will be a first day back celebration that day – full details below.
    7/9
    5:00 - 5:30 pm   for Y1
    5:30 - 6:00 pm   for Y2
    6:00 - 6:30
    Pm for Y3
    Meet the teachers events for Y1 -Y3 - note separate times for those who have a child in each year group.  An opportunity to meet the teachers, hear about the learning approach and the ways you can support your child. YN, YR, Y4/5 have all had parents meetings at end of last term but if you didn’t get the chance to attend then please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher for a brief meeting to go over any specifics for your child’s year group.
    8/9

    Clubs on offer for term 1 and 2 will be announced
    11/9 – 13/9

    Sign up for clubs available
    13/9

    Y2 Swimming lessons start
    15/9

    Club places announced
    Week beginning 18/9

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 18/9; 25/9; 2/10; 9/10; no clubs week of 16/10 and 31/10 – see below; clubs are on week beginning 6/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11 – no clubs week of 4/12 and 11/12 - if your child attends football/dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those
    25/9

    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 27/9 and times allocated by Monday 2/10
    21/9
    3:00 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship on theme of Friendship– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year – see below for details
    3/10
    10:15 - 11:00
    Harvest Service at the Allotments – all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
    10/10
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 1 – see details below
    13/10
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback

    16/10 – 17/10


    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 16/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 17/10 – 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 October holiday.
    18/10

    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    19/10 – 29/10

    October holiday – school closed
    30/10

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    31/10

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    31/10
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
    2/11
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
    16/11
    3:00 pm
    Y1 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    28/11
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 2

    4/12 – 5/12


    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note 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 Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:30 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    8/12
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    8/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited – we are hoping this will be held at St Andrew’s Church so Nursery will be closed that day as staff will be at church all day.
    14/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
    15/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
    16/12 – 1/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed




    Term 3 and 4  2017/18 – Advance notice of dates etc as requested in parental feedback
    Date
    Time
    Event


    No Staff Training Day – all children back on first day
    2/1/18

    Children return to school normal time
    3/1

    No swimming for Y2
    5/1

    Clubs on offer for term 3 and 4 will be announced
    8/1 – 10/1

    Sign up for clubs available
    10/1

    Y2 swimming starts
    12/1

    Club places announced
    Week beginning 15/1

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 15/1; 23/1; 30/1; no clubs week of 5/2; clubs are on week beginning 19/2; 26/2; no clubs week beginning 5/3 due to parents meetings; clubs are on week beginning 13/3; 20/3 – no clubs week of 26/3
    18/1
    3:00 pm
    All of YR - will be leading worship on value of Perseverance – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    23/1
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 3
    29/1

    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 31/1 and times allocated by Monday 5/2
    2/2
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback

    5/2 – 6/2


    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 5/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/2 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 February holiday.
    9/2

    Last day of term 3 – school finishes normal time
    11/2 – 18/2

    February Holiday Break – school closed
    19/2

    Children return to school
    21/2

    No Y2 swimming (starts again 28/2)
    15/3
    3:00 pm
    Y3 will be leading worship on value of Justice – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    1/3

    World Book Day – children will be dressing up as favourite character from a book and bringing the story with them – the Book Fayre will be in school during the weeks following this date.
    6/3
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
    8/3
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
    15/3
    3:00 pm
    Y3 will be leading worship on value of Justice – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    20/3
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 4
    Around 23/3

    Red Nose Day – likely to be dressing up and donations involved – more details will follow
    23/3
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

    26/3 - 27/3


    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 26/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 27/3 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 Easter holiday.
    29/3
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our Easter Service
    29/3

    Last day of term 4 – school finishes normal time
    30/3 - 15/4

    School Closed - Easter holiday





    Term 5 and 6  2017/18 – Advance notice of dates etc as requested in parental feedback
    Date
    Time
    Event


    No Staff Training Day – all children back on first day
    16/4/18

    Children return to school
    18/4

    No Y2 swimming (starts again 25/4)
    20/4

    Clubs on offer for term 5 and 6 will be announced
    23 - 25/4

    Sign up for clubs available
    27/4

    Club places announced
    Week beginning 30/4

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 30/4; 7/5(excl. Monday);14/5; no clubs week of 21/5; clubs are on week beginning 4/6; 11/6; 18/6; 25/6; no clubs for rest of term.
    3/5
    3:00 pm
    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
    7/5

    School Closed – Bank Holiday Monday
    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

    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
    6/6

    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    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.
    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
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback

    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
    11/7

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


    School Term Dates for 2018-2019
    Children in school on, and including, these dates unless date is a staff training day
    From
    To
    Staff Training Days - we have 5 days plus an additional Academy day this year.
    Monday 3rd September    
    Wednesday 24th October
    3rd and 4th September
    Monday 5th November   
    Friday 21st December
    5th November - academy day
    Monday 7th January       
    Friday 15th February

    Monday 25th  February
    Friday 5th April

    Tuesday 23rd  April
    Friday 24th May

    Monday 3rd June    
    Thursday 25th July    
    21st June
    24th and 25th July



    First Day Back celebrations


    On the first day that the children are back each year we like to do something a little different - some children have lots to talk about from their holiday times, others less so; some children relish the thought of coming back to school, others less so; some children have met up with friends many times, others less so - we find that a shared day of celebration eases everyone back in o school in a fun relaxing way and gives them a shared purpose and focus for chatting and rekindling/making new friendships.   This year’s theme is all about carnival - a joyous celebration of colour and life.

    In previous years we have had capacity to invite parents to join us for the afternoon but this year we are inviting you to come along at 3:00 to join us for a colourful and noisy carnival procession.  Please gather in the area beyond the school’s front fence and, from there, you will join us, if you wish to, on our carnival procession.
     
    Nursery and Reception - children should come to their normal sessions in school uniform - they will be doing carnival crafts and getting involved in the carnival atmosphere.  If you have these in your recycling could they bring in a small plastic bottle with lid.  All other materials will be provided.

    Y1/2/3/4/5 - children may come to school in the morning in brightly coloured clothes - football kits are acceptable (I’m just putting that in because it’s  question I’m often asked when we do something like this). We’d be grateful for any of the following - small plastic bottle with lids; plastic carrier bags of any colour or type; Pringles tubes (other brands of crisp are available:)) or similar; round sweet tins or very large (catering size) tins.

    LilyPad Update
    LilyPad will be open on Monday 4th September - usual times -   7:30 am in the morning and closing at 6:00 pm in the evening.  Please beware that we are unable to open before 7:30 a.m, the insurance does not cover us and the staff are setting up the provision to be a safe and fun environment for your children so can't look after your child before that time.

    Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up

    We acknowledge that parking will be tricky so any options you can take to walk/bike or park further away and walk, e.g. from the lake end of Tadpole Garden Village, are much appreciated.  Please remember that parking on corners, the paved area outside the front school fence, half-on/off the pavement causes safety issues for the children and families.  The drop zone will operate in the mornings from 8:35 a.m.

    The arrangements for term 1 will be as follows:-
    YN - please use the side gate near the main entrance and drop at the door with Hedgehogs on it - drop off time is 8:40 or 12:20  - you're welcome to stay for 10-15 minutes to settle your child in to the class- pick up from same place 11:40 or 3:20 unless staying for lunch, in which case use the school office entrance for drop off for lunch club or pick up from lunch club (please note we are looking at other possibilities of using the small hall for this but we will update when the decision is finalised.
    YR - please use the side gate near the main entrance - normal drop off time is 8:50 - please feel free to come 10 minutes earlier and settle your child in to the class - there will be activities out for them to get involved in - we would ask that you aim to say goodbye and leave the classroom by 8:55.  From Term 2 the doors will open at 8:50 and we ask that you drop your child at the door.  Pick up from same place.
    Y1 - please use the front gate by the drop zone for drop off and then access via the side gate near the main entrance and pick up from the door with a Fox and a Badger on it, off main playground.
    Y2 - please use the front gate near the drop zone - the children will use the door with the rabbit and mole on it - start time is 8:50 - we'd be grateful if you could drop at the gate and they walked in to the building on their own.  Please wait outside gate and staff will send children out to you.
    Y3/4/5 - all children will use front gate by drop zone in morning and go in to school through Y2 entrance.  For pick up the children will come out of the side gate by the car park - the teachers will let your children out from the classroom but won’t look to see if you are there.  They will be expected to find you so it may help if you agree a meeting place.  
    LilyPad - drop off and pick up from the same gate as previously though children will use the door with the lilypad and frog on it... which has moved one door to the right.Provided that those dropping off or picking up from Lilypad are only doing that then you may use the Drop Zone as this is what it was designed for.

    Uniform Reminders

    Uniform Reminder for 2017/18
    Early Years and Key Stage 1
    Nursery
    • Black leggings or joggers
    • White round neck t-shirt
    • School logo hoodie
    • Trainers/comfortable shoes
    Y1/2/Reception:
    • Grey trousers, shorts, skirt, pinafore dress
    • White Polo shirt - can be logo or plain
    • School logo sweatshirt/cardigan
    • Black shoes
    • White, grey or black socks/tights
    • Summer dresses - white and royal or pale blue check
    PE Kit - Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2
    • Black shorts
    • White round neck t-shirt
    • Daps or trainers
    • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
    • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers
    You will also need:
    • a logo book bag (Y1/2/Reception only)
    • a logo PE bag
    • a pair of wellies
    • a waterproof coat


    Key Stage 2
    Y3/4/5:
    • Grey trousers, shorts, skirt, pinafore dress
    • White Polo shirt - can be logo or plain
    • School logo sweatshirt/cardigan
    • Black shoes
    • White, grey or black socks/tights
    • Summer dresses - white and royal or pale blue check
    PE Kit - for Year 3/4/5/6
    • Black shorts
    • White round neck t-shirt
    • Trainers
    • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
    • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers
    You will also need:

    • a backpack or messenger bag large enough to hold an oversized A4 workbook

    • a logo PE bag

    • a pair of wellies

    • a waterproof coat

    Jewellery should be kept for home use though small ear studs (not rings) and a watch may be worn.  If hair is past shoulder length we suggest it's better put up in some way - hair accessories should be neutral colours or school colours only and any bows should be small please (bows such as the brand Jo-Jo are great for parties etc but not for school please).


    Newsblog for End of School Year 2016/7
    Hello All

    What a year it has been - Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy has now been open for three years (two years in our current building) and already we are judged to be good by both OFSTED and SIAMS inspectors... more importantly we are felt, by very many of you, to be providing a caring, innovative, community spirited place of learning where each and every child matters.  Thank you for the many lovely gifts and positive comments you have shared with all the staff - we really appreciate them very much!

    We were given a life changing gift at the end of term - a portable defibrillator - from fundraising done by Janet's Puppy Skool http://www.janetspuppyskool.co.uk .  Obviously we hope that it's not needed but if it is then it could be a life changer - thank you so much for all your fundraising.   

    No dates for your diary this week as I'm sure you all have lots of exciting things planned...  towards the end of August, I will set out all the dates for the new school year in a long newsblog, so those of you that like to have as much warning as possible can put them in your calendar.  These dates will also be available on the school website.   Over the summer I will also be adding some photos from the school year to the web site so check in regularly to see what's there. 

    Things that might be useful to know for the holidays:-

    Swindon Travel Choices - if you are out and about you might want to check out this website http://www.swindontravelchoices.co.uk   they have created a new orienteering route around Swindon cycle paths, which now include Tadpole Garden Village.  Also, if you live on Tadpole Garden Village, I've been asked to remind you to use your £50 travel voucher you were given when you moved in - apparently it will be honoured even if it's expired!  

    Uniform Reminder for 2017/18

    Early Years and Key Stage 1
    Nursery
    • Black leggings or joggers
    • White round neck t-shirt
    • School logo hoodie
    • Trainers/comfortable shoes
    Y1/2/Reception:
    • Grey trousers, shorts, skirt, pinafore dress
    • White Polo shirt - can be logo or plain
    • School logo sweatshirt/cardigan
    • Black shoes
    • White, grey or black socks/tights
    • Summer dresses - white and royal or pale blue check
    PE Kit - Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2
    • Black shorts
    • White round neck t-shirt
    • Daps or trainers
    • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
    • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers
    You will also need:
    • a logo book bag (Y1/2/Reception only)
    • a logo PE bag
    • a pair of wellies
    • a waterproof coat


    Key Stage 2
    Y3/4/5:

    • Grey trousers, shorts, skirt, pinafore dress
    • White Polo shirt - can be logo or plain
    • School logo sweatshirt/cardigan
    • Black shoes
    • White, grey or black socks/tights
    • Summer dresses - white and royal or pale blue check
    PE Kit - for Year 3/4/5/6
    • Black shorts
    • White round neck t-shirt
    • Trainers
    • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
    • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers
    You will also need:
    • a backpack or messenger bag large enough to hold an oversized A4 workbook
    • a logo PE bag
    • a pair of wellies
    • a waterproof coat



    Jewellery should be kept for home use though small ear studs (not rings) and a watch may be worn. If hair is past shoulder length we suggest it's better put up in some way - hair accessories should be neutral colours or school colours only and any bows should be small please (bows such as the brand Jo-Jo are great for parties etc but not for school please).


    Have a lovely summer break - see you on Monday 4th September! 






    Newsblog Term 6 Week 6
    Hello All

    What an exciting week we had last week - we had our new Y4/5's in for two days and they are a lovely group of young people - we're looking forward to getting to know them better next term.  We've also met many of our new YR and YN children, who are also lovely,   and our current children have had the opportunity to meet their new teachers - staffing lists will be published in next blog.    

    In the newsblog this week:-

    • Dates for your diary
    • New video and articles about the school
    • Garden Competition results
    • Things to do ideas 

    Dates for your diary
    Updates in Red

    Term 5 and 6  2016/17
    Date
    Time
    Event

    17/7


    17 and 18/7

    Ugly Bug Ball YN and YR - see previous blog for details


    Y1 and Y2 trip - email info already gone out 
    19/7

    All welcome to join us for end of year service 9:15 am
    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    20/7 and 21/7

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

      New video and articles about the school
      One of our Local Board members, Paul Gale, has kindly sponsored and produced a new promotional film for the school - it can be found via the following links:-

      Our closed Facebook page - to be used for information only - https://www.facebook.com/TadpoleFarmCEPA/


      Please share links with anyone you know who may be interested in joining our school community.

      We've also had articles in some local publications this week:-  https://swindonlink.com/smiles-all-around-as-tadpole-farm-primary-gets-good-ofsted-rating/



      Garden Competition results
      Thank you to all those who have been involved in the allotment so far - there is plenty to do so please get in touch with the School Office if you would like to help - there's always something that needs doing and more hands make light work.  We entered the Swindon School Garden competition this year - whilst we didn't win we did get a voucher and certificate - with your help I'm sure we could improve on that result next year so please get involved:- 


        Things to do ideas



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