• 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 2 Week 3

    Hello All,

    What a colourful school we had on Friday for Children in Need – many varieties of spots, comfy pyjamas and comfy spotted pyjamas – on the Just Giving page we have so far raised £200 and we are still counting the donations brought in to school – if you haven’t donated yet and would like to then please visit the Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tadpole-farm

    In this week's blog:-
     
       Dates for the Term 2
       School Photographs tomorrow – 20thNovember
       Reminder re our first Sunday Worship Service from Rev’d Sally
       Update from FOTF – Christmas Fayre and secondhand school uniform sales
       Quick Updates - Christmas Dinner Booking Update; return borrowed spares; sickness advice for parents
       Young Carers Update
       Things to do in the Community

    Dates for Term 2   

    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    20/11


    School Photographer in school - details about when to bring non-school siblings will follow by email this week.
    20/11 – 24/11

    Road Safety Week – the children will be considering Road Safety in class – links for resources will be in next week’s blog.
    24/11
    All day
    Non-uniform Day  - Wear your own clothes to school day in return for bringing in items for the Tombola – YN – Y1 – FOTF will provide clear plastic cups and children will be asked to fill them with sweets for the sweet tombola; Y2 – Y5 will be asked to bring bottles for the bottle tombola.
    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.
    29/11 - 4/12
    3:30 - 4:30
    Book Fayre in school - see below for more details - let the office know if you can help.
    1/12
    3:30 – 5:30
    Friends of Tadpole Farm Xmas Fayre – see below for more details – all the children will have been involved in making products to sell on their class stall at the Fayre – more details next week.
    3/12
    4:00 pm
    Our first Sunday Worship Service  - see below for more details
    4/12 – 5/12
    YN ONLY CHANGED TO 23/11 AND 24/11

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times are 8:40 – 9:10 for all children ON EITHER Thursday 23/11 OR Friday 24/11
    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
    24/12
    4:00 pm
    Christmas Eve – pop Up Nativity Service at School

    School Photographs tomorrow – 20th November
    It's school photograph day tomorrow.  Please can you ensure all children are wearing the correct school uniform and that any hair adornments follow the school uniform guidelines - i.e. school colours and small sized ribbons/bows please. Parents can bring any non Tadpole siblings to have pics taken with rest of siblings to the small hall at 8.30am. 

    Reminder re our first Sunday Worship Service from Revd. Sally
    Our first worship service at Tadpole Farm is coming up on Sunday 3rd December at 4pm.  Everyone is very welcome whether you regularly attend a church or not – there will be activities for all ages and a chance to worship together. 
    We will also be receiving donations of toys which your children don’t play with any more, but which another child could enjoy and will pass them onto the Women’s refuge.  This is a great opportunity to discuss this term’s value of generosity at home, so please raid the toy box and come along with your donations on 3rd at 4pm.
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk

    Update from FOTF – Christmas Fayre and secondhand school uniform sales
    We had a really successful FOTF committee meeting and your Year Group representatives are all getting ready to talk to you about the upcoming Christmas Fayre.  The YN, YR and Y1 children will all be bringing cups home on Monday for you to, kindly, fill with wrapped sweets for the sweet tombola - extra donations welcome.  The cups should be brought back on Friday 24th November as part of our wear your own clothes to school day.  On the same day the Y2, 3, 4 and 5 children are asked to bring in one or more bottles for the bottle tombola stall.  Donations are also welcome for the secondhand book stall - please donate your secondhand children's books for the secondhand book stall. A box will be available in the school office reception area for book donations to be left in. 
    Our secondhand school uniform stall will be at the Christmas Fayre but is also available on Thursdays in school. 

    Quick Updates - Christmas Dinner Booking Update; return borrowed spares; sickness advice for parents
    Christmas Dinner Booking Update - could all parents who wish for their child to have Christmas dinner at school on Wednesday 13th December please check that they have a choice selected on Parent Pay - if your child normally has packed lunches and would like a Christmas dinner on that day then make sure you have your access details for getting on line on Parent Pay;
    Return borrowed spares - we lend out many pairs of pants, socks, tights school uniform but are finding our stock is dwindling - please could you all check at home for any borrowed items that you have yet to return and return asap - any donations also welcome; Sickness advice for parents - we are in the midst of another round of coughs/colds and tummy bugs - it's perfectly normal at this time of year but we do need your help to protect the more vulnerable people in our school community.  If your child has vomited at all then they must stay away from school for a full 48 hours - please don't send them back in, even if they have only been sick once.  This web link may be useful - https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Yourchildatschool/Pages/Illness.aspx

    Young Carers Update
    We have a Young Carers group at school and I asked them if they would like to add something to the blog.  This is what the children would like to share with you... 
    We are Young Carers in Tadpole Farm. We help our families with things that they struggle with because we care about them. We may look after our brothers, sisters, mums and dads. We have a Young Carers group, where we do fun things that we sometimes might not get to do at home and we can talk about how we feel - but only if we want to do that. 
    Miss Milsom, who runs the group with support and advice from Swindon Young Carers Group, commented... The children recognised that the caring that they do links in with our value of generosity that we are looking at this term; they feel that they are generous with their time and show this value at home daily. 

    Things to do in the Community

    For Y5's only... 

    For everyone...





    2017/18 Newsblog Term 2 Week 2

    Hello All,

    Despite the rain – and for some classes it was torrential – the children had lots of fun in the woods with the rangers from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.  The Y4/5 children also had a visit from our colleagues at the Digital School House last week and learnt more about coding and creating algorithms.  Reverend Sally visited us on Thursday for her monthly worship, which is focused on the meaning behind the Lord’s Prayer – remember she is also outside in the Drop Zone when she visits – next visit is Thursday 18th January, though she will be with us over the Christmas period too. We had a really successful Friends of Tadpole Farm meeting and a big thank you to the growing group who are taking on coordinating fundraising for your children – see below for more information from Katie Read, who has kindly offered to Chair the committee but would like your support.

    In this week's blog:-
    • Dates for the Term 2
    • Friends of Tadpole Farm Message from Chairperson
    • Anti-bullying Week
    • Visit from University of the West of England students
    • Update for Year R
    • Book Fayre
    • Easy Fundraising
    • Children in Need

    Dates for Term 2

    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    15/11

    Y2 Swimming starts again this week
    16/11
    3:00 pm 


    6:30 – 8:30 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 
    Friends of Tadpole Farm Committee Meeting at school
    17/11
    All Day
    Children in Need Day – see below for details
    20/11


    20/11 – 24/11

    School Photographer in school - details about when to bring non-school siblings will follow by email this week.
    Road Safety Week – the children will be considering Road Safety in class – links for resources will be in next week’s blog.
    24/11
    All day
    Non-uniform Day  - Wear your own clothes to school day in return for bringing in items for the Tombola – YN – Y1 – FOTF will provide clear plastic cups and children will be asked to fill them with sweets for the sweet tombola; Y2 – Y5 will be asked to bring bottles for the bottle tombola.
    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.
    29/11 - 4/12

    1/12
    3:30 - 4:30

    3:30 – 5:30
    Book Fayre in school - see below for more details - let the office know if you can help.

    Friends of Tadpole Farm Xmas Fayre – see below for more details – all the children will have been involved in making products to sell on their class stall at the Fayre – more details next week.

    4/12 – 5/12
    YN ONLY CHANGED TO 27/11 AND 30/11
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 5/12 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 ON EITHER MONDAY 27/11 OR THURSDAY 30/11
    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

    Friends of Tadpole Farm Message from Chairperson
    Hi, I just wanted to write to introduce myself and give you all an update as to where we are with the FOTF Committee after the communications you would have seen from Mrs Leo. My name is Katie & I have offered to Chair this group (slightly crazy I know!). I have 3 young children, one of which is in Year One and my middle is in Nursery, and after our first couple of meetings I have to say I am so excited & can't wait for what is to come! 

    It's going to be hard footsteps to follow as the previous committee did such an amazing job at organising events, raising lots of funds for the School & putting smiles on the children's faces. We have almost filled all positions but that doesn't mean that we don't need you and your help. We want everyone to feel a part of the committee and no matter what help you can offer, whether it's coming to the meetings when you can or helping with events your help will be appreciated. We have such an amazing school, brilliant community spirit & awesome children - and the children are what it's all about.  We want to be able to do everything we can to involve both parents & children whilst making money to go towards more wonderful things of the school. 

    So...we have our first event the Tadpole Farm Christmas Fayre which will take place on 1st December at 3:30pm. It's a little last minute but the team have been working hard and I think we have everything we need to make it a success. The children will be getting involved by making things to sell, there will be games, hot chocolate & more. None of this would be possible without your help, so if anyone would like to get involved or help out on the day then please get in touch. 

    We have our next FOTF meeting Thursday 16th at 6:30pm, so for anyone wanting to attend please come along. I understand this time isn't always suitable & we can look at at this going forward. We also understand that not everyone can commit to these groups, but just helping out from time to time when you can is enough for us, any help is great help. We really want everyone to feel a part of this & I need all the help I can get!

    We already have some fantastic ideas for next year, which I am so excited about so we look forward to welcoming you on the journey. 


    Anti-bullying Week
    We will be taking part in Anti-bullying Week this week and the children will be thinking about how we are all different yet all equal; what this means and how it links to the values we live by on a daily basis.  Sometimes people use the word bullying to mean a one-off occurrence of unkindness but, whilst this would be hurtful in itself, bullying is far more than this - it is the repetitive, intentional action against one person or group by one or more people with the intent to cause physical or emotional harm.  There is lots of information about it and a great interactive tool for parents on this link anti-bullying alliance







    Visit from University of the West of England students

    This week we have a group of students from the University of the West of England visiting the school to do some filming. They are participating in a project studying the diversity of foods around the world and how foods of different cultures may be represented in children’s lunch boxes. They will film and chat to children throughout the school at lunchtime then organise a food tasting of foods from different cultures in KS2 (the school will provide notification of any specific dietary needs). All footage from the filming will be deleted after the film has been presented and the film will only be exhibited within the university to staff and students. If you do not want your child to participate in this project please notify the school office by 3.30 on Tuesday 14th November. Thank you.

    Update for Year R
    Reading folders went home on Friday. Please read with your child as much as you can at home and fill in the green reading record. Please make sure the reading folders are in book bags each day so that we can continue to add to them.

    Book Fayre







































































    Easy Fundraising
    Are you starting your Christmas shopping?  Are you an on-line shopper?  If so you could raise money for the Friends of Tadpole Farm just by using the Easy Fundraising website.  You register to fundraise for Friends of Tadpole Farm; click on the link to your usual websites e.g. Amazon - you will pay exactly the same prices as going direct but Amazon will make a donation to the Friends of Tadpole Farm - it really is fundraising made free and easy :)
    https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fotadpolefarm/



    Children in Need - Friday 17th November 

    We are asking the children to come to school on Children in Need day dressed in either something spotty or in their pyjamas... or maybe they have spotty pyjamas!! If they come dressed up we ask them to bring £1 donation for Children in Need - this will be collected in the classrooms or you could donate on line to the Just Giving page we have set up at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tadpole-farm  - we would love it if you could share this with friends and family too. 
    Children are welcome to bring slippers but, if they do, please remember outside shoes for break time.







    2017/18 Newsblog Term 2 Week 1
    Hello All,

    What a great start back to the term and it's Wild Autumn walks for some of the children this week too!  Rev'd Sally and her team at St Andrews are moving full steam ahead to establish services here at Tadpole Farm - see here blog entry below for more details.  Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Tuesday at 6:30 to help with the plans for the Xmas Fayre - we can't do it without you and the children really enjoy the event.  Apologies for lack of pictures this week - I seem to have a blip in my pic uploader!

    In this week's blog:-

    • Dates for the Term 2
    • Wild Autumn Walks - this week
    • Update for YR
    • Update for YN
    • Update for Y2
    • Message from Rev'd Sally
    • Book Fayre

    Dates for Term 2

    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    Week beginning 6/11
    Clubs begin again this week and run 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
    7/11
    6:30 - 8:00
    Friends of Tadpole Farm Parent Group to plan Xmas Fayre - all comers welcome - the more the merrier :) 
    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
    YN ONLY CHANGED TO 27/11 AND 30/11
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 5/12 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 ON EITHER MONDAY 27/11 OR THURSDAY 30/11
    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

    Wild Autumn Walks - this week
    The children are going off on Wild Autumn Walks this week - check table below for what they need and when (nb Y4/5 not going this time as had Forest School last term; YN will be going on forest school in 2018):-

    Day/Time
    Class
    Should they come in with their forest school clothes on and bring school clothes to change into afterwards?
    Should they come to school in school clothes and bring forest school clothes and wellies in bag?
    Monday 6th November
    All of Year 2
    No
    Yes
    Tuesday 7th November
    All of Year 3
    No
    Yes
    Wednesday 8th morning
    Owl class
    Yes
    No
    Wednesday 8th afternoon
    Fox class
    No
    Yes
    Thursday 9th  morning
    Squirrel class
    Yes
    No
    Thursday 9th afternoon
    Badger class
    No
    Yes

    Update for YR
    YR Forest schools - see above table .  Please can children come into school wearing their forest clothes (warm joggers and sweatshirt, gloves, hat, warm coat) and bring school clothes in a bag plus spare socks!

    YR Parent Phonic Workshop Thursday 23rd November 2.15-3.15. We will spend half the session giving you an introduction to phonics and then all the children will join us so that they can demonstrate their phonics skills in a range of practical activities. A Google Forms sign up sheet will be sent out this week. 

    YR Safety Week.  Last week in YR we learnt all about keeping safe in our community and we even had a visit from PCSO Kate. As part of this we learnt about how to be safe crossing the road, stranger danger and firework safety. This week all the children will been given their own Hi Vis jacket to keep them safe and seen when they are out and about. These have been kindly donate to the school by Crest. 

    Update for YN
    Our topic this term will be toys. We are inviting the children to bring in a toy next week to their session to use in our learning activities. As the children have settled so well, after next week, we will be asking children to keep any comforter or toy from home in their bag to continue to develop their play with other children.

    Update for Y2
    No Y2 swimming this week - starts again next week. This Wednesday please can Y2 children bring in their PE kit - not wear it in but just bring it in with them - thank you.
    Message from Rev'd Sally
    News from St Andrew’s Church
    I don’t need to tell you that Christmas is coming and we’ve put the dates for all our December services on our website, so you can see them all here.  There’s a mixture of Christmas services, some aimed more for children and others for adults, so do take a look and put them in your diary.

    I’d particularly like to draw your attention to our first 2 services at Tadpole Farm CE Primary School.
    On Sunday 3rd December at 4pm we’ll be holding an All Age Service including games, crafts and worship for Advent.  The service will last about 45 minutes and be followed by light refreshments.  Everyone is welcome whether you are a regular church goer or not.  We’d love to meet you and hear what sorts of worship service you’d like to see at the school.  At that service we’ll also be receiving toys which are no longer played with but could still be enjoyed by others, to be given to the women’s refuge.
    Also at Tadpole Farm, we’ll also be holding a ‘pop-up’ Nativity service at 4pm on Christmas Eve – more details to follow!  
    I was struck while in school this week that we’re looking at the same value at St Andrew’s church during November as the children are thinking about in school.  Generosity is at the heart of the Christian faith and at St Andrew’s we’re thinking about how our response to all that God has done for us should shape what we give to others.  If you’d like to know more please email me.
    Revd. Sally Robertson

    Book Fayre
    We have the Book Fayre visiting us on Tuesday 28th-Friday 1st December and we need your help to run book fair, after school taking card payments and orders- easy work! Please pop in to the office or email us to sign up for a slot.  This book fayre has a special offer of buy one get one free and, as part of our drive to build up our school library we will be happily accepting any donations you would like to give:) 



    2017/18 Newsblog for the start of Term 2
    Hello All,

    Just a short blog to get you ready for the start of Term 2 - always an exciting term full of fun learning and culminating in Christmas activities for all age groups. Please remember that Monday 30th October is a closure day for the children as the staff have a training day - we look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 31st October. 

    In this week's blog:-

    • Dates for the Term 2
    • Friends of Tadpole Farm Parent Group
    • Remembrance Poppies for sale
    • Reminder re club dates and swimming dates
    • Health and Safety

    Dates for Term 2

    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    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 NO CLUBS THIS WEEK DUE TO PARENTS MEETINGS
    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
    Week beginning 6/11

    Clubs begin again this week and run 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

    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


    Friends of Tadpole Farm Parent Group
    Thank you to those of you who popped in to the office and enquired about what being a Year Group Rep - we are now looking for firm offers for the following Year Groups:-

    Nursery - 2 parent representatives
    Reception - 2 parent representatives
    Year 2 - 2 parent representatives
    Year 4/5 - 2 parent representatives.

    If you are in other year groups and would like to be involved in the committee then let us know.

    To try and get as many committee volunteers there as possible I've set up a Doodle Poll for you to sign up and say you'll be coming - follow this link - https://doodle.com/poll/edzay3qgqbgakay8 - the dates available are either this coming Wednesday 1st November or next Tuesday the 7th November 6:30 - 8:00 at the school. Please sign up asap so we can confirm date by email. Look forward to seeing you there - together we've got a Christmas Fayre to arrange and a new committee to get up and running.

    Remembrance Poppies for sale

    There are poppies for sale in school for Remembrance Day - we d have some other items and the Royal British Legion, who arrange poppy selling, have suggested donations on their website for certain items - http://support.britishlegion.org.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/1399/~/suggested-donations-for-poppy-appeal-products

    Reminder re club dates and swimming dates
    Just a reminder there are no school run clubs this week due to parents meetings. School run clubs start again next week and run for four weeks. There are no school run clubs in the weeks beginning 4th and 11th December. Swimming for Y2 children is not on this week or next week. It recommences on 15th November and the last swimming of this term is on 6th December - there is no swimming on 13th December.

    Health and Safety
    Towards the end of last term I asked our local Police Community Support Officer to come along and give us some advice re parking and road safety around school.  The Officer spent some time talking to myself and Eric, the Traffic Marshall employed by Crest Nicholson, and some time observing the parking and issues around school at pick up time.  We all acknowledge that parking can be tricky and some of you go to great lengths to park safely and walk a further distance in to school - thank you for that.  We also know that some of you find the parking approach of other people to be less than considerate and would ask that all parents/carers/grandparents/childminders to think about the Health and Safety of the children when parking e.g.please avoid parking on dropped kerbs; avoid parking on corners as you then block the view of the road; avoid blocking in other cars (please don't assume that all cars parked in the car park belong to people who are staff i.e. they may want to leave at 3:30); avoid using disabled spaces unless you have pass issued by school... if you park in any of these ways you run the risk of, at the very least, causing a heated discussion in front of children and at worst an accident. Thank you to you all for your help and support in managing this on-going issue. 



    2017/18 Newsblog Term 1 Week 6
    Hello All,

    Sports fundraiser money still trickling in but final amounts came end of week - just leasing with organisers re on-line payments so final total not yet announced - coming soon - wrist bands etc for rewards came at end of the week so they should be ready to be distributed very soon. Don't forget our Show Me Sessions are this week - no school run clubs are on so pick up time is 3:30pm for all children unless Lilypad booked or they have externally run clubs.  

    In this week's blog:-

    • Dates for the Term 1 and 2
    • Friends of Tadpole Farm Parent Group
    • Reading workshop - useful websites
    • All parents - Diwali Day - this Wednesday 18th October
    • Message for Y3/4/5 parents and children re what to wear this week
    • Message for Y2 parents re swimming
    • Messages for Y1 parents re drop off, SeeSaw and PE

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



    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

    Friends of Tadpole Farm Parent Group

    A big thank you to all those of you who came along to the Extraordinary General Meetings this week. At these meetings it was decided that we would have a committee made up of the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and then two year group representatives from each year group. This would give us a strong committee and ensure the workload was more widely spread. We have volunteers for Chair, Treasurer and Secretary plus one year group rep for Y1 and two for Y3. This means we are looking for Year group reps as follows:-
    Nursery - 2 parent representatives
    Reception - 2 parent representatives
    Year 1 - 1 parent representative
    Year 2 - 2 parent representatives
    Year 4/5 - 2 parent representatives.
    This group would meet once a term to decide on what fundraising should take place and then pairs of committee members would take responsibility for getting event working parties together as a sub-committee to organise each event.  The main committee would also select which school requests would get support and then fundraise for these specific target areas.
    Of course some of you can't commit to regular meetings but might just want to be part of working parties - there'll be a chance to sign up for that too.  Others would rather just be on call to help and we'll be building up a helpers contact list so please sign up to that. 
    Your support is vital to keep this group going and all the children benefit - you automatically become a member of the FOTF when your child joins the school so please get involved.
    At the meetings, those attending decided what to do with some of the monies raised last year - each class will be given £100 to spend on games they can get out at wet break times - this will help the children to understand how to plan spending money to get the best value and also to respect what they buy.  It was also decided to support the further development of the library with a donation of £1500.  
    The Xmas fair will take place on 1st December from 3:30 - 5:30.  The meetings decided that they would give each class £10 and would ask that the children created items to sell with the aim of at least doubling their money - maybe you could give your children some ideas of things they could do - they'll be working on this after the October holiday. 
    The meetings also discussed how the Xmas Fayre roles could be split up and decided that each year group's parents would take responsibility for one aspect of the fair e.g. one year group's parents might run the tumble for example; another year group might run the games areas... this way everyone can get involved and share the work as well as the enjoyment. 
    Watch out for a questionnaire coming out about how to get involved and with details of the first committee meeting of this academic year. 

    Reading workshop - useful websites

    Thank you to all those of you who came along to our parent workshop last week - we hope you found it useful. Here are the links to websites that we referred to:-
    Nursery and Reception








    KS1 and KS2


    All parents - Diwali Day - this Wednesday 18th October

    This week we will be celebrating Diwali on Wednesday the 18th October, the last day of this term. All the children are asked to come to school wearing red, gold or other bright colours. The children will be taking part in various activities to celebrate this Festival of Light.

    Message for Y3/4/5 parents and children re what to wear this week

    Year 3/4/5 have already been told they have a very busy few days and here's just a reminder of what they need to come dressed in...
    Monday - all to wear Forest School clothes as they will be out and about as part of their art project
    Tuesday - all to come in PE kit (black tracksuit/joggers/sweatshirt or school hoodie, white round necked t-shirt, trainers) as they have a PE day
    Wednesday - Diwali clothes as detailed above.

    Message for Y2 parents re swimming

    Please note that there will be no Year 2 swimming on 6th November - this session will be replaced by a session on January 3rd instead.

    Messages for Y1 parents re drop off, SeeSaw and PE


    Seesaw - This is the online access for parents to be able to see learning the children have done in school and that they have recorded online.  Codes will be coming home with the children and you will need to download the app.  Once downloaded, follow the instructions on the code sheet to scan and log in to your child's account.  Any problems please chat to the Year 1 team who will help you out. 

    Drop off - The children are all settled in Year 1 so please could we ask that they say goodbye at the gate and then go inside to start their day.  They have lots to do when they get in to the classrooms so can give you a wave before they go in to the gate rather than from the windows.  


    PE - Next term our PE day is  changing to Tuesday and Wednesday,; please ensure PE kit is in on these days and named - especially daps. Thank you.

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