• 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 6 Week 3

    Hello All

    We find ourselves again at the whim of the British weather re Sports Day - please see below for plans as sadly the weather is beyond our control!  

    In the blog this week:-

    Term 6 dates
    Your support is needed:) - news from the Friends of Tadpole Farm FOTF…
    … Sports day refreshments; Summer Fayre and Bake Off!
    Sports Week - remember it’s 'Wear your PE kit to school' every day this week - please check the PE kit description below as this is the kit the children should be wearing.
    Shuffle Up Day coming up – new classes news!

    Book Recommendations for this week

    Term 6 - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    24/6- 28/6

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

    Sports Day- See below
    26/6
    18:00
    Parent Induction Meeting for YR
    27/6

    EYFS Worship about Compassion Note time for this is 2:30 pm
    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
    FOTF Summer 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.
    Young Carers and Service Children’s groups Picnic in the Park (leaving after shuffle up)
    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)


    Your support is needed:) - news from the Friends of Tadpole Farm FOTF…
    … Sports day refreshments; Summer Fayre and Bake Off!
    We have a busy week this week ahead of our Summer Fayre on Saturday.
    Sports Day-
    Provided it goes ahead, we will be selling cold refreshments throughout sports day this year. We can take both cash and card .
    Raffle Tickets-
    These will be available to purchase after school on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday outside the school office and all day at Sports Day. £1 per ticket for £5 for a strip. We have got lots of great hampers up for grabs. You can purchase tickets up to 1pm with the draw happening at 1:30pm at the Fayre.
    Setting up and helping
    A massive thanks to those who came along on Wednesday and helped us sort out the sweetie cups. We are no longer meeting this Weds but instead we need help on Friday after school to start setting up. We have lots of things we need to move out of cars so please stay for a little bit after school if you can. We will meet by the office  from 3:30pm.
    Summer Fayre
    - Volunteers
    We still are after lots of helpers on the day. Previous emails have had the link so please fill it out if you can now help, even if it is just for an hour. All volunteers get a food and meal voucher and a few free raffle tickets as a thank you from us.
    -Food
    We will have lots of food and drink available this year with our BBQ, Taste of Africa food stand and bar. We will be able to take cash and card for these. Don't forget our TGV Bake Off competition. Entries to be submitted by 12 noon on Saturday for judging (poster attached)
    Please come along with your families and neighbours as it is promising to be a great day!

    Sports Week
    Remember it’s wear your School PE kits everyday this week.  Just a reminder that is as per school website:-
    School PE Kit - for all
    • Black shorts
    • White round neck t-shirt
    • Daps/trainers
    • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
    • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers
    KS2 Race for Life Event - Y3/4/6 - are doing this event and sponsorship forms went home last week.  Please raise as much as you are able for this worthy cause.
    Sports Day - Tuesday 25th June - details were in last week’s blog in terms of timings however we didn’t take account of the British weather… current forecast have weather warnings in place for Monday and Tuesday - Monday is significant because if the field is rained on heavily on Monday then it won’t be safe for running on on Tuesday.  We will take a decision at midday on Monday and email all parents to let them know if the events will be going ahead. If it becomes necessary to cancel the Sports Day on Tuesday, we apologise for the inconvenience this causes you if you have arranged time off - we do understand how frustrating it is for parents but we had hoped the summer would be more securely with us than it appears to be!  Please look out for an email at midday tomorrow to say whether the event will be on or off. In the event of a cancellation the children will still have the opportunity to do the planned races but we will fit them around the weather on other days - as this may be at short notice then, regretfully, parents will not be able to join us. We will, though, aim to share photos and news of the events on our website and blog.
    Shuffle Up Day coming up – new classes news!

    It’s only one week until our first shuffle up day – the day when the children move up to their September classes and do fun, getting to know you activities with their new teachers (where possible).  The classes and teachers for 2019/20 will be:-
    YN – Hedgehogs – Mrs Onslow/Miss Cowan
    YR –– Owls - Miss Cowan/Mrs Holt and Squirrels – Mrs Longhurst
    Y1 – Foxes – Miss Grace and Badgers – Mrs Holloway
    Y2 – Rabbits – Miss  Brandenberg and Moles – Miss Webb
    Y3 – Woodpeckers – Mrs Honour and Kestrels – Mrs Philpot
    Y4 – Otters – Mr Kirby/Mrs Knott and Woodmice – Miss Pearson
    Y5 – Hares – Miss Ross (joining us in September) and Hawks - Mrs Fletcher
    Y6 – Frogs – Miss Weston
    Early Years (YR and YN) Leadership - Mrs Holt
    Key Stage 1 (Y1 and Y2) Leadership - Mrs Flynn (who will also be leading on developing our approach to inclusion both within Tadpole and as part of a wider Academy Trust team)
    Key Stage 2 (Y3/4/5/6) Leadership - Mrs Fletcher supported by Mr Spencer (who will also be Deputy Principal)
    SENDCo - Miss Baker (who will be leading on Special Educational Needs and also be working as part of a wider Academy Trust Inclusion team and covering some classes for release time for other teachers here at Tadpole)

    Some of our new colleagues can join us on some of the shuffle up days – your child will find out which class they are in on Monday 1st July.  Remember that the children learn across cohort so if they are not in the same registration group as their friends, please reassure them that they will still see them during learning and play time.  

    Book Recommendations for this week

    2018/19 Newsblog Term 6 Week 2

    Hello All


    Thank you for your generous donations for the summer fayre - see more below - the FOTF committee work really hard to ensure we have the funds for providing additional resources and opportunities for all the children and they really need your help in supporting the summer fayre by giving your time on the day. Without your help these events cannot be put on - please sign up - see below - to give an hour or two of your time that will enable all the school community to benefit - you might even enjoy it so much that you will join the committee:)


    In the blog this week:-

    Term 6 dates
    ECO Committee - Competition
    Drop Zone Update
    FOTF Summer Fayre Update
    Message for YR Parents
    Young Carer and Service Children Picnic in the Park
    Threadworms
    Textile Recycling
    Y6 Swimming
    Sports Week - Sports Day
    Book Recommendations for this week
    Things to do in the Community


    Term 6 - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    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
    FOTF Summer 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.
    Young Carers and Service Children’s groups Picnic in the Park (leaving after shuffle up; details below)
    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)


    ECO Committee - Competition
    The Eco-Committee have a new, exciting competition coming up… we want to Catch You Cleaning Up! For the chance to win a £20 book voucher for you to spend on whatever books you like!  More details on Poster below.
    Lola Watson - Y6, Eco-Committee Team Member




    Drop Zone Update
    I have been asked to remind parents that, in the mornings,  staff need to be able to get in for their start time and park to be ready to open the drop zone for those who drop off from 8:30 a.m.  Sadly, some are finding it difficult with parents double parking within school grounds before 8:30 so preventing staff from getting in to start work. Please could I ask you not to block entrances or through routes and to try and arrive from 8:30 if possible.


    FOTF Summer Fayre Update
    A big thank you to all everyone for bringing in sweets/bottles on Friday. We are meeting this Weds 19th June 7pm at the school to go through final plans and sort out the stalls needed ready for the fayre- please come along if you can as we have lots to sort. We are also still desperate for help on the day. Please complete the below form even if you can just spare an hour or two. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfKhk3yWkKS4Sw6Z0GcDcMhjDbeHDObWj556MfLU30EKMvCiQ/viewform?usp=pp_url


    Message for YR Parents
    Just to remind YR parents we have our first trip coming up on Tuesday 18th June, can children please be in school by 8.30am ready for us to leave promptly after registration. We are aiming to be back in plenty of time for normal school finish. Anyone who has booked a school packed lunch on Parent Pay will be given their lunch that morning before we go and we ask all children to bring a rucksack with rain coat, sun hat, sun cream and water bottle. Children should come dressed in their school jumpers, but may wear jogging bottoms or leggings (no skirts or shorts please) and trainers or wellies (if not already in school).

    Young Carer and Service Children Picnic in the Park
    To celebrate the end of the school year we will be taking all of our service and Young Carers children to Lydiard Park for an afternoon of picnic and games. We will be travelling by coach on Wednesday 3rd July in the afternoon and will be back in school by 3:30pm ready for you to pick up at usual time. Children will not need to order a hot meal or bring in a packed lunch as we are organising a wonderful picnic for them to enjoy there (we will adhere to any dietary requirements). Weather dependant items such as sunscreen and hats please bring in to school. There is no cost to parents for this trip, however we do ask you to complete consent on parent pay.


    Threadworms
    We have a couple of cases of thread worms in school so thought you might find it useful to have information about them and how to prevent them. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/threadworms/  


    Textile Recycling
    Thank you for supporting the Textile Recycling scheme that we have - proceeds go to FOTF.  We have this collected as regularly as we can - if you bring some items and find the bin full please take the items home and come again after a few days.  This is because we have to pay to dispose of all items left outside the bin as the textile people will not take these items. The photo below shows the problem and we have CCTV in place so will hopefully be able to prevent future issues.



    Y6 Swimming
    We have arranged to take the Year six class to the Cricklade Leisure Pool for swimming lessons on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July 19. These lessons are part of the National Curriculum to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn swimming skills before they leave primary school. The children will be evaluated on the first session and will either take part in lessons or for those already confident in swimming, time trials.
    A coach will collect the children at 12:45 and the children will arrive back at school for 3:30 pm. The pool will provide a duty lifeguard and school will provide a qualified swimming instructors.  The children will also be using the Sports Hall whilst they are there for their PE lesson.


    The cost of tuition is provided by the school but the coach cost will be shared and we ask for a parent contribution of £12.50 for the two days - see payment on Parent pay.  


    Sports Week - Sports Day
    Sports Day is Tuesday 25th June and parents are invited to join us for some or all of the day depending on when your children are taking part. As last year, there will be the opportunity for families to join us at lunchtime for a picnic.  Due to the family picnic we will amend hot dinners on Tuesday 26th June to become packed lunches. These will be cheese roll, fruit, yogurt and brownie and will be given to the children before they come out on to the field.
    If parents would rather bring a lunch from home please log in to parent pay and cancel your order.
    We appreciate that not everyone can come and so children whose families are unable to come will be having a picnic with their teacher unless you have asked a friend to include them in their picnic group. YN are having their picnic in the YN garden area as they found being out on the field a little overwhelming last year - please join your YN child there.
    FOTF will be serving cold refreshments at these events and payment by card or cash will be available.
    Timings:-
    10:00 - 11:30 - EYFS/KS1 Sports Day
    11:45 - 12:15 - YN Lunch (if have an older sibling they can join in the nursery garden at 12:00)
    At 12:15 older siblings of nursery children can join the field picnic
    12:00 - 12:45 - Lunch - children will come out to the field with their class teacher and be directed to family members or remain with their teacher for picnic lunch.  Half of the field sectioned off for children to play in if they would like to.
    12:45 - All children to line up on the playground to go back into class.
    13:30 - 15:00 - KS2 Sports Day


    Book Recommendations for this week


    Things to do in the Community

    Dear Parents/Guardians,



    With the rain thundering down outside and the temperature dropping, it's hard to imagine sunnier days and warmer weather! However, we're looking forward to this changing, and the start of our summer holiday courses when we engage with hundreds of local children.


    At Swindon, we have competitions, tournaments, the opportunity to tour the ground, goodie bags and a Q&A with some of the squad from STFC along with the opportunity to make new friends whilst enjoying fresh air and exercise.


    There are three or four day courses through weeks one to four, then three days in the final week in Swindon. We also offer goalkeeping and girls only courses. If you don't live in Swindon we will be delivering development camps in Corsham, Bradford on Avon, Ramsbury, Marlborough and Chippenham where the format of the day will be the same.


    To book, please follow the link below: https://officialsoccerschools.co.uk/swindontown/swindon-town-courses/holiday.html  if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@stfcfoundation.com


    Kind Regards,
    The Community Foundation team







































    2018/19 Newsblog Term 6 Week 1

    Hello All
    I know I’ve said it before but time flies by so fast when you’re involved with a school and here we are already at Term 6 - the term of sports week, summer fayre, performances and for us, for the first time ever, a Y6 Leavers service… yet another tradition to get started and put in place.  This term will see our Year 6 pupils in their Leavers Hoodies for all of July - part funded by FOTF - as the plans that will be in place for when your child gets to Y6. The Summer Fayre is another tradition already in place and its success relies on the whole school community working together - volunteers are essential so, whatever you can give in terms of time and support, please see below - WE NEED YOU!  This coming Friday is wear your own clothes day in exchange for a donation for the summer fayre - more information below.


    In the blog this week:-

    Term 6 dates
    This term’s value - Compassion
    FOTF Summer Fayre News
    Sports Week - help needed
    Message for Y6 Parents - Hoodies, ‘Secondary’ Week & Bikeability
    Message for Y5 Parents - Bikeability, Fencing, Martial Arts and Languages Day
    Message for YN Parents - Forest School
    Hayfever
    Plastic Boxes Request
    Book Recommendations for this week
    Things to do in the Community


    Term 6 - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    10/6- 14/6

    Phonics Screening Week
    13/6

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

    Wear your own clothes non-uniform day for FOTF Fayre- details below
    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
    FOTF Summer Fayre - see below
    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)

    This term’s value - Compassion
    The Christian value we are studying this term  is ‘Compassion’. In worship, we have been thinking how we can show compassion and kindness to one another. We have been recognising when friends at school need us to listen and act with compassion. We have also been remembering how nations show compassion to other nations at times of disaster or need by sending money and volunteers to help. If you have an opportunity to explore this value together as a family there are some ideas, facts and challenges in the extracts below.


    FOTF Summer Fayre News
    Wear Your Own Clothes day - Friday 14th June - In return for a small donation all children have a wear your own clothes day on Friday 14th June!
    YN, YR, Y1 and Y2 will all be receiving a cup on Monday to fill for the Cup Tombola at the Summer Fayre.
    Please fill with party bag toys, small wrapped sweets, small bags of Haribo, toy cars, pens, pencils or crayons! Anything that will fit!
    Although please remember No Nuts or unwrapped food/sweets.
    Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6
    Donations of bottles please.
    Wine, beer, squash, water, even tomato sauce! As long as its in a bottle we will happily take it!


    Can you help?  The Summer Fayre is fast approaching, if anyone is available to support the event please follow the link to sign up, without volunteers these events just can't happen. We really appreciate any time you can give!
    We are also after a few bits for various stalls, please get in touch if you have any of the following:
    • Bottle bags/Gift bags of any size
    • 4 large packing boxes
    • Packing foam
    Are you a small business?  We are having a shopping arcade at this years Summer Fayre and still have a couple of spots available, £15 per pitch, you are required to bring your own table and be on site from 10:30am to set up.
    We would love it if your company would also donate a small prize to go into our raffle.
    Please email fotf@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk to book not the school office.


    Raffle Tickets  Parent Pay tickets sales will open on Monday 10th June and will close at 12 noon on Friday 21st. £5 per book of 5 tickets.
    Raffle Prizes: Star Prize - Acer Chromebook
    2nd Prize - Children's Fitbit
    3rd Prize - VTech Kidizoom Action Camera.
    Lots of wonderful hampers including a Pamper Hamper and Children's Activity Hamper and many more!
    The draw for the raffle will take place at the Summer Fayre on Saturday 29th June at 13:30pm. Raffle tickets will be sent home with your child on Friday 21st June, please ensure you complete your details on the ticket stubs and post in the red post box in the school main office entrance.


    Tokens for the Summer Fayre  Parent Pay token sales will open on Monday 10th June and will close at 12 noon on Friday 21st.  Tokens for use on all stalls are available to purchase in groups of £5, £10 and £20. (The BBQ and Bar will accept token or card payments only). Please be advised all tokens are non refundable. All tokens will be sent home with your child on Friday 21st June.
    More raffle tickets and tokens will be available to purchase from volunteers using cash and card payments on the day and during the week of 24th June - 28th June at times to be confirmed.


    Sports Week - help needed - Wednesday 26th June
    As part of sports week, KS2 are going to be taking part in a sponsored Race for Life event and, together (not individually!) running the distance from Tadpole Garden Village to Mount Snowdon. We will be inviting parents to come and run alongside their child to help raise money for Cancer Research. Sponsorship forms will be sent home in due course, along with final running times for each class. In order for us to run this event as successfully as possible, if anyone can spare some time throughout the day to help marshall the children it would be greatly appreciated as we will be using the path along the Stray in Tadpole Garden Village for this event.  Please email the school office if you can help or pop-in and let us know your availability for the day of Wednesday 26th June.


    Message for Y6 Parents - Hoodies, ‘Secondary’ Week & Bikeability
    Hoodies Just a reminder the deadline for ordering is Friday 14th June. Our suppliers are sending us a couple of hoodies for children to try on, hopefully by Wednesday, for sizing and if parents wish to amend their order following that please let the office know by Friday.
    Just to confirm, the hoodies are black with white large 19 on the back, which includes the first names of all the  children in Y6.
    Secondary Week - Over the next two weeks, Year 6 will be taking part in 'Secondary Weeks' in order to aid them with their transition to secondary school. During these weeks, they will be taught by a range of different teachers, in different subjects and in different classes around the school.
    Within these subjects, children will be given small homework tasks with a 'hand-in' date attached. They will be expected to complete this and hand it back to Miss Weston by the correct day. This will not exceed their usual homework amount, but will be spread over the two weeks in order to give Y6 a flavour of what it will be like at secondary.
    Alongside this, we will be giving out 'detention slips' for children if they have disrupted lessons, not brought their homework in or have not come prepared to their lessons. There will not actually be a detention, but there will be time for Miss Weston or members of the Senior Leadership Team to speak to them about what choices they will need to make to avoid this happening at secondary; again, this is for them to get a flavour of what their next step in education will be like. The last term at primary school can be a wonderful gathering together of memories but it is also a time for letting go, for testing boundaries, for flexing wings - sometimes this does need a reminder of how to use everything they have learnt in a positive way that enhances both their own and others learning.
    We are hopeful that this Secondary Week experience, when combined with their Transition Days at their new schools, will help Year 6 be as prepared as possible for September.
    Bikeability - a reminder that ALL children must wear a cycle helmet, especially as they are going out onto the roads next week.


    Message for Y5 Parents - Bikeability, Fencing, Martial Arts and Languages Day
    Bikeability - a reminder that ALL children must wear a cycle helmet, especially as they are going out onto the roads next week.
    Fencing and Martial Arts - This week, year 5 are lucky enough to have been offered opportunities to take part in a fencing session on Monday and a martial arts session on Tuesday. Please make sure that your child has brought in their PE kits on Monday ready for these 2 sessions.
    Languages Day - Our Y5 class have the opportunity to attend one of Abbey Park School  World Languages Days on Wednesday 26 of June. This annual event has grown in popularity and is now run over three separate days to allow for different primary schools to take part. It is an exciting opportunity for your child to explore languages and cultures from around the world.  Each session will involve a series of interactive, fun activities and creative challenges which will ultimately improve students’ intercultural understanding. Students will develop their independent and team-work skills throughout the day. Students must bring school equipment (pen and pencil) with them as well as a packed lunch and a drink.  Y5 pupils should arrive at Tadpole Farm school for 8.30am ready to leave after registration and will return before school finishes, so it will be normal collection time of 3.30pm.
    All consent information is on Parent pay; the trip is free of charge.


    Message for YN Parents - Forest School
    During this term, all the children in Nursery who attend on a Tuesday will be going on a wild adventure walk with the team from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. This is an exciting opportunity to experience nature and the outdoors in a fun, explorative way.
    The children have been split into groups and can come to school wearing Forest School clothing on their days. Please dress them in wellies, long trousers and a long sleeved top. They should also bring their uniform inside their school bag.
    Please make a note of the group your child is in and the dates in which they will be going.
    Group 1
    Group 2
    Group 3
    Group 4
    Rafan
    Seth
    Archie
    Courtney
    Mimi
    Dakota
    Freddie
    Isaac
    Leo
    Alan
    Ivan
    Molly
    Malaika
    Caiden
    Aakash
    Charlie
    Kumael
    Alfie
    Jessica
    Owen
    Ben L
    Kaya
    Hubert
    Jed
    Joshua
    Rosalie
    Christy
    Tomi
    Matthew
    Hebe
    Logan
    Joelle
    Vinny
    Adeeba
    Lola
    Eshal
    Emma
    Florence
    Amelia


    Dates the groups will be going:
    Tuesday 11th June
    Tuesday 18th June
    Tuesday 2nd July
    Tuesday 9th July
    Group 1
    Group 2
    Group 3
    Group 4
    Group 1
    Group 2
    Group 4
    Group 3 on Tuesday 9th July will be exploring nature at school so will not need to bring forest clothes that day.
    If you have any questions please speak to Mrs Dix.


    Hayfever
    We have lots of children suffering with hay fever symptoms. Can we remind parents that  if children require medicine in school it must be prescribed; that we will only give medicine for children showing symptoms and will call parents if administered. Also it is a good idea for parents to check the forecast and medicate before school where possible to save phone calls for medicine to be bought in to be administered. Pollen seems to be high at the moment and with sports day practise many are suffering.


    Plastic Boxes Request
    We are currently organising some great craft resources which have been donated and wondered anyone had any see-through lidded boxes at home they would like to donate?  If you also have any craft resources that you don't have any further uses for we can find them a happy home.


    Book Recommendations for this week
    In this week’s ‘book recommendations’, we have included wordless picture books. These are an amazing way to get children reading, at any age! By discussing pictures within the story, children are sparking their own imagination, using visuals clues to develop the story themselves. By using inference as they read, they can develop their understanding and knowledge of what is happening in the world of the story, as well as build a bigger picture of the world around them. Arguably, most importantly wordless picture books help children build empathy, by discussing characters and plots with adults or their peers. They are fantastic talking points, and a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together!



     Things to do in the Community



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    2018/19 Newsblog Term 5 Week 5

    Hello All
    Happy holidays!  Just a short newsblog this week…  

    In the blog this week:-
    Term 6 dates
    Message for Year 1 and 2 Parents re Monday 3rd June
    Bike Security Marking Session and message for Y5 Mini Police re Monday 3rd June
    Keep eye out for Chicken Pox
    Y6 Leavers Hoodies - Order details
    Y5/6 and Young Carer Group enjoy GWA Joseph production
    Message for YN Parents
    Please book dinners by Wednesday this week
    Water bottle type request
    Sorting out at home? Donations needed...
    Book Recommendations for this week
    Things to do in the Community

    Term 6 - 2018/19   
    Date   
    Time   
    Event   
    3/6

    Return to school for term 6
    Y1 and 2 to come in PE Kit - see below
    Bike Marking Session available to all led by Y5 Mini Police Group - see below
    4/6 & 5/6

    Prayer Space 2019
    6/6
    15:00
    Pentecost Service led by Y5
    Y5 parents are invited to join us
    9/6
    16:00
    Church at Tadpole Farm
    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)
    Message for Year 1 and 2 Parents re Monday 3rd June
    On our first day back, Monday 3rd June, Key Stage One (Year 1 and 2) will be getting sporty to kick off our new topic 'Get your head in the game!' Please could all children come to school already dressed in their PE kit for that day. They can stay in this all day, so will not need a change of clothes. Thank you.

    Bike Security Marking Session and message for Y5 Mini Police re Monday 3rd June
    On Monday 3rd June (the first day back of Term 6), our Year 5 Mini Police team will be taking part in a bike marking session. Bike marking allows that should a lost or stolen bike be found, the Police are able to use the bike marking system to return the bike to its rightful owners. Our local Police Officers, who have been supporting the Year 5s, kindly ask that should you wish your bikes to be marked, to ensure that your child's bike to be in school on 3rd June and locate our Mini Police team at the end of the school day. They will be wearing their Mini Police uniforms and will be near the bike shed or in the year 5/6 playground area. Many thanks in advance for your participation.

    Additionally, for those who are in Mini Police, a reminder that they need to bring old clothing for them to wear during the session.

    Miss Pearson and the Year 5 Mini Police team.

    Keep eye out for Chicken Pox
    Just a head’s up, we have quite a few cases of chicken pox in our YR class at the moment.  As we have vulnerable children and adults in school, please make sure you check your children for signs and keep them off whilst the spots scab over.   Thank you.
     1. Chickenpox starts with red spots. They can appear anywhere on the body.



    2. The spots fill with fluid. The blisters may burst. They might spread or stay in a small area


    3. The spots scab over. More blisters might appear while others scab over
    You might get symptoms before or after the spots, including:
    • a high temperature above 38C
    • aches and pains, and generally feeling unwell
    • loss of appetite
    Chickenpox is very itchy and can make children feel miserable, even if they do not have many spots. Chickenpox is usually much worse in adults. 
    It's possible to get chickenpox more than once, although it's unusual.

    Y6 Leavers Hoodies - Order details
    Our FOTF have kindly agreed to help us fund the Y6 Leavers hoodies so we can offer them at a reduced cost to parents.  Orders need to be put through Parent Pay up until Friday 14th June. Once they are delivered, they will be given out in school Friday 28th June, ready for Y6 to wear in school from 1st July onwards. FOTF very kindly donated £5 per child towards the cost to help reduce the price to parents and as a gift from them to children. This is reflected already on Parent pay. Please ensure you select a size when ordering using the field indicated on the form on Parent Pay.

    Y5/6 and Young Carer Group enjoy GWA Joseph production
    Our Y5/6 and young carers were lucky enough to be invited by GWA to watch the dress rehearsal of 'Joseph' on Tuesday this week. We walked there and back during the school day, however, our admin team have realised this info didn't make it to the blog. We use permission already gained when children start for short local walks but are sorry we didn't let parents know and realise some confusion may have happened when children came home talking about it. They all enjoyed the show and are excited to produce their own end of year performance soon.

    Message for YN Parents
    After this May holiday, we would like nursery parents to start letting your YN child come in to YN on their own - having said goodbye just outside the external door.  This is to help develop their independence ready for the transition to reception in September - so they come into the cloakroom alone and put away their own bag, coat, water bottle etc.
    Thanks
    YN Team

    Please book dinners by Wednesday this week
    We noticed that there are not many people who have ordered dinners for next term - please note the deadline is Wednesday in this holiday week for anyone wanting hot meals first week back.  If you do not order by Wednesday the Parent Pay system will not let you order for the first week back and you will have to supply packed lunches for that week, even if your child is entitled to free school meals.

    Water bottle type request
    Could we please ask that children do not bring in any water bottles that have a mist spray function as these are not being used appropriately… I’m sure you can imagine what I mean:)  Any bottles with a mist function will be sent home with a request not to return.

    Sorting out at home? Donations needed…
    If you are doing any sorting over the half term and summer holidays, we would be really grateful for the following items for Lilypad and wet play......
    -  large wooden building bricks
    - Top Trumps and any other card games e.g. Dobble
    - small metal cars
    - green Toy Story army figures
    - Dominoes
    - Wooden Jenga game
    - Small Lego
    - Younger children's games e.g. Tumbling Monkeys, Pop up Pirate etc
    - Brio train track with trains
    - Wooden fire station with figures
    - newer, more up to date action/ superhero figures
    - outdoor Jenga, noughts and crosses etc.
    - box of wooden threading beads with threads.

    Many thanks

    Book Recommendations for this week
    check out this week's recommendations on lovereading4kids.co.uk


    Things to do in the Community







    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. 

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