• 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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    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



        Newsblog Term 6 Week 5
        Hello All

        What an amazing performance this week by our Y1 and Y2 children - 'a strong wall of sound' as one parent commented.  It was a display of teamwork, support, encouragement and, for some children, a journey beyond that which we all expected them to go in terms of performing in front of others - wow, just wow! Well done to all involved. 

        In the newsblog this week:-

        • Dates for your diary
        • Y1 and Y2 home learning hand in day extended
        • FOTF - Second Hand Uniform appeal
        • Appeal for Lego update
        • Permission form and contributions reminders
        • Invoices and outstanding payments

        Dates for your diary
        Updates in Red

        Term 5 and 6  2016/17
        Date
        Time
        Event


        10 & 11/7

        11/7
        All day

        15:30
        Y4/5 September 2017 new pupil induction days – including Y4/5 parents invited for food taster sessions 15:00 – 15:30 on Tuesday 11/7

        Infant music festival for those children in singing club
        12/7

        Last swimming session for Y2
        14/7

        17/7

        17 and 18/7

        Annual Reports sent home

        Ugly Bug Ball YN and YR - see last week's 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

          Y1 and Y2 home learning hand in day extended
          Many apologies but I understand that the home learning books for Year 1 and 2 haven't gone home for a couple of weeks whilst the children have been learning songs and lines for the performance.  They will come home on Monday so you can check the home learning plans (also available on the school website pupil pages).  For Badgers and Moles, please bring in your learning on Monday 17th July and for Foxes and Rabbits, please bring in your learning on Tuesday 18th July.  Thank you. 
            FOTF - Second Hand Uniform appeal
            FOTF would be happy to receive any items of second hand uniform for their second hand uniform sale rail.  Please drop in to office and we will pass them on.  
              Appeal for Lego update
              We have had some very generous donations for this so far but are still needing more so if you have any or know of other families with older children who might donate any  complete sets with instructions they would be much appreciated for our Lego therapy sessions.
                Permission form and contributions reminders
                Thank you to all those of you who have sent in permission slips and contributions for the Nursery Zoo Lab visitors and the Y1 and Y2 trip to Lydiard Park.  If you have not yet done so please send in by Tuesday 11th July. 

                Invoices and Outstanding Payments
                I thought it might be worth mentioning that, along with all schools across the UK, we are having our budgets cut back again this year even as costs for staff and resources go up and cash flow becomes ever more critical.  We want to protect the wider curriculum we offer and the support that all the children receive.  As a church school, we are open to supporting families in need and so, if you are unable to pay any requested costs, contributions or invoices for LilyPad/snacks/lunches then please get in touch and we would be willing to discuss payment plans.  If you have just forgotten to make a payment then please be aware that our financial accounts are made up at the end of this term so settlement has now become urgent. 
                If you use LilyPad and don't pay your bill, we will obviously have had to pay staff and resources costs, so that money then comes out of the general school budget and affects the provision we can make for all children. As you can appreciate, this is unfair so please can I request that all bills are settled by the end of this month - thank you.  


                  Newsblog Term 6 Week 4
                  Hello All

                  We seem to have rapidly arrived at July - where does the time go?!  The children had a fantastic day on Friday finding out about different counters and cultures - a big thank you to those parents who gave up their time to help support this exciting event and to the staff who created the themes and resources - the children obviously loved every minute!

                  In the newsblog this week:-

                  • Dates for your diary
                  • Reminders re this week
                  • Health and Safety News
                  • Appeal for Lego
                  • Ugly Bug Ball
                  • Things to do in the holidays

                  Dates for your diary



                    Updates in Red

                    Term 5 and 6  2016/17
                    Date
                    Time
                    Event


                    Week beginning 3/7 until end of term

                    No school run clubs – note that this does not affect WIMS11 or ballet as they are not school run clubs
                    3/7



                    4/7
                    9:15 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:15 – 3:00 pm 
                    All children move up to their new classes for the day



                    YR going on a bug hunt - see below for details

                    3/7 – 5/7


                    “Show me” sessions CANCELLED  due to time being needed for end of term transfer meetings for staff... apologies for any inconvenience caused 
                    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1 and Y2 children opens this week
                    6/7 – note change of date

                    End of Year Production by Y1 and Y2 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance email has been sent out re tickets etc
                    7/7
                    12:00 – 1:00
                    3:00 pm
                    Current Y2 parents invited for lunch 
                    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
                    10 & 11/7

                    11/7
                    All day

                    15:30
                    Y4/5 September 2017 new pupil induction days – including Y4/5 parents invited for food taster sessions 15:00 – 15:30 on Tuesday 11/7
                    Infant music festival for those children in singing club
                    12/7

                    Last swimming session for Y2
                    14/7

                    17/7
                    17 and 18/7

                    Annual Reports sent home

                    Ugly Bug Ball YN and YR - see below 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

                      Reminders re this week
                      • No clubs this week - this does not affect WIMS11 and ballet as they are not school run clubs and should have let you know their term dates anyway.
                      • No Show Me sessions - the teachers are meeting re your children to ensure in-depth handover is done and we need to be mindful of the time they are working outside the school day so something had to give - SeeSaw and Tapestry will be available though and reports will be out next week so you will be well informed about your child's progress and learning.
                      Health and Safety News

                      Please be aware we still have cases of Headlice in school - the summer holidays are a good time for clearing out these little visitors - more advice here http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Introduction.aspx

                      Whilst waiting for your children at drop off or pick up, please keep an eye on any younger children who may be climbing on or playing near school equipment.  Some children have been climbing up on the blue and white dividers and running along the top - this is not safe and is not the purpose for which they are intended - thank you for your support in keeping all children safe. 

                      Appeal for sets of Lego

                      If any of you are having a summer clear out, or are just feeling particularly generous, we require sets of LEGO for the new school year. Our aim is to offer 'LEGO therapy' in intervention groups throughout the school. It has proven to be an excellent session for improving pupils social skills and communication skills. Ideally we require complete sets which come with instructions for the activity to be carried out successfully. Please bring in to the office.

                      Ugly Bug Ball - YR and YN - and Tuesday 4th July YR Bug Hunt
                      On Monday the 17th July the children in YR and YN will be holding an Ugly Bug Ball to celebrate the end of their animal antics theme. Children can come into school on the day dressed up as their favourite bug or in brightly coloured clothes and will be making a mask at school. 

                      As part of this week's learning, YR will all be going to the forest on Tuesday morning this week on a bug hunt. Children to come in wearing forest clothes please.
                       

                        Things to do in the holidays





                        Newsblog Term 6 Week 3
                        Hello All

                        Just a short blog this week.  The children will be getting their first taste of being in their new classes this week - more details below.

                        In the newsblog this week:-

                        • Dates for your diary
                        • Moving Up
                        • Summer Fayre Big Thank You
                        • Things to Do

                        Dates for your diary

                        Updates in Red

                        Term 5 and 6  2016/17
                        Date
                        Time
                        Event



                        Week beginning 26/6

                        Last week of clubs this week
                        27/6
                        12:00 – 1:00

                        3:00 pm
                        Current Y2 parents invited for lunch – if you haven't already signed up in the School Office pop in on Monday to let them know.

                        YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Thankfulness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship 
                        29/6
                        9:15 – 11:00
                        All children move up to their new classes for the morning
                        30/6
                        All day
                        Multi-languages Day 
                        Week beginning 3/7 until end of term

                        No school run clubs – note that this does not affect WIMS11 or ballet as they are not school run clubs
                        3/7
                        9:15 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:15 – 3:00 pm 
                        All children move up to their new classes for the day

                        3/7 – 5/7


                        “Show me” sessions – for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 3/7  classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 4/7 and Wednesday 5/7 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 and Y2 children opens this week
                        6/7 – note change of date

                        End of Year Production by Y1 and Y2 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
                        7/7
                        12:00 – 1:00
                        3:00 pm
                        Current Y2 parents invited for lunch – see below
                        Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
                        10 & 11/7

                        11/7
                        All day

                        15:30
                        Y4/5 September 2017 new pupil induction days – including Y4/5 parents invited for food taster sessions 15:00 – 15:30 on Tuesday 11/7
                        Infant music festival for those children in singing club
                        12/7

                        Last swimming session for Y2
                        14/7

                        Annual Reports sent home
                        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

                          Moving Up

                          This week, the children have their first taste of moving up to the classes they will be in from September.  It's an exciting time - class lists will be available after that day as we like the children to find this out first.  We spend a considerable amount of time discussing who will be in what class and base this on month of birth, boy/girl, friendship groups, social skills, learning needs - they are not decisions taken lightly and are based on what we know about your child in school.  The way children learn here is very collaborative, across the whole year group they are in, so, whilst they may find themselves not with their best friend, rest assured they will be working together at times anyway and there is always playtime and lunch time to share news and spend time together.  
                            Summer Fayre Big Thank You
                              The FOTF have asked me to pass on their sincere thanks to all those of you who came to the summer fair on Saturday - your support is invaluable.  Equally a huge thank you to all those of you who volunteered your time to set up, run stalls and clear away at the end - without you events such as this would not happen.  News will follow on how much was raised but it was a great community day - thank you.

                              Things to Do

                              We sometimes get sent information that you might be interested in re events outside school - two events are below:- 



                              Swindon Young Musicians will be holding our Senior Gala concert at the Wyvern Theatre on Tuesday 18th July 2017, and are offering tickets for the event completelyFREE of charge! This will be a fantastic live music experience for the whole family involving the best young musical talent that Swindon has to offer! The show will also include a professional military band, The Waterloo Band & Bugles of The Rifles – a FREE opportunity to see these professional musicians performing live is not to be missed! Tickets are available from the Wyvern Theatre Box Office on 01793 524481 or www.swindontheatres.co.uk

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