• 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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    Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy blog

    2019/20 Newsblog Term 3 Week 2

    Hello All
    A short newsblog this week but packed with exciting information … read on.  Apologies it didn’t come on Friday but both myself and Mr Spencer were in meetings all day - normal service should be resumed next week:) 

    • Dates for Diary
    • Football Team Update (Y3/4 Tournament)
    • Do’nut Stop Reading Day - 12th February - all the details
    • Tadpole Farm Reading Newsletter - January Edition
    • Things of Interest in the Community

    Term 3 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    20/1/2020
    5:15 - 6:00 pm
    Meeting for current Y5 parents about September 2020 Y6 Residential Trip to Rock UK
    21/1/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Fun with phonics- a whistle stop tour of phonics and how it is taught at Tadpole Farm - all welcome
    28/1/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Reading Cafe- an opportunity to explore the value of reading and some ideas and activities to enjoy - all welcome
    30/1/2020
    2:45 pm
    Y2 Leading worship - Y2 parents welcome - more details to follow
    4/2/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    9/2/2020
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Church at Tadpole
    10/2/2020 and 11/2/2020

    Show Me Sessions – Y1,3 & 5
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    YN will also have Show Me Sessions this week - more details to follow
    11/2/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    12/2/2020
    all day
    Y5 Trip to Coleshill - see below
    14/2/2020

    DO’NUT STOP READING

    Dress Down Day to raise funds for Book Festival
    -more details to follow
    14/2/2020

    Last day of Term 3 – children finish at normal time
    15/2/2020 – 23/2/2020

    Half Term – School Closed
    19/2/2020

    Deadline for ordering meals for first week of Term 4
    Term 4 2019/20
    24/2/2020

    First day of Term 4
    3/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    3/3/2020
    &
    5/3/2020
    3.50 – 7.30
    Parent Consultations - more details to follow
    5/3/2020

    World Book Day - we are likely to be dressing up on or around this day - more news to follow
    8/3/2020
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Church at Tadpole
    10/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    17/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    19/3/2020
    2:45 pm
    Y1 Leading worship - Y1 parents welcome - more details to follow
    19/3/2020
    evening
    Junior Voice Festival - more details to follow
    24/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    30/3/2020 and 31/3/2020

    Show Me Sessions YR, 2, 4 & 6
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    31/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    31/3/2020

    Class Photos day
    1/4/2020
    9:00- 9:45
    Easter Service - more details to follow
    2/4/2020
    evening
    4:30 - 5:15 pm - Y1/2/3 Easter Disco FOTF
    5:45 - 6:30 pm - Y4/5/6 Easter Disco FOTF
    more details to follow
    3/4/2020

    End of Term 4 – children finish at normal time
    12/4/2020
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Church at Tadpole


    Football Team Update (Y3/4 Tournament)
    Friday saw the return of some football for #TeamTadpole and this time it was a chance for some of our Y3/4 children to represent the school team, as they went along to the Play Football Arena to compete in a 5-a-side tournament against other local schools. The boys rocked up with loads of energy and found themselves on the harsh end of a tough schedule, though they battled really well. Having played 7 games throughout the afternoon, the boys did extremely well and WON 3, DREW 2 and LOST 2. Throughout the afternoon, the boys played some lovely football and, equally, all showed their values - great role models for our school! The boys scored a whopping 26 goals and had a brilliant experience - thank you again to all the parents for their support as without you being able to transport the children to the fixtures they wouldn't be able to go ahead. Thank you again and well done to Charlie, Grayson, George, Alfie, Harry, Mitchell, Olly and Jared. 
    Miss Wood


    Do’nut Stop Reading Day - 12th February - all the details
    On Friday 14th February, we are holding our 'Donut Stop Reading' Day involving lots of fun! Choose rules you want to break (for a price!) and buy a donut to eat while we read each class an amazing story. This will all raise money for our Tadpole Farm Book Festival, which will allow all the children in our school to access some incredible author talks and workshops and allowing our funds raised on those days to be donated to Women's Refuge and other causes to raise literacy in Swindon. 
    Rule:
    Cost:
    Non-School Uniform
    £1
    Crazy hair
    50p
    Nail Varnish
    50p
    Bring a non-standard snack (no nuts!)
    50p
    Wear a hat all day
    50p
    Or break them all! 
    £2


    Tadpole Farm Reading Newsletter - January Edition

    We have another exclusive author reveal in our January Reading Newsletter! Have a look to see what fantastic reading and writing events are happening this month…  a clip of page one can be seen here but you’ll need to open the pdf to see book reviews written by the children as well as lots of ideas about reading locally and beyond!!


    Things of Interest in the Community








    2019/2020 Newsblog Term 3 Week 1

    Hello All

    Happy New Year to everyone - it’s been lovely catching up with all the children about their holiday and to see their enthusiasm for the learning they are embarking on this term. 

    • Dates for Diary
    • This term's value is Trust
    • You’re All Welcome - Community Coffee Mornings
    • Reminder for all parents re school uniform
    • Message for Y2 Parents re PE Kit
    • Message for Y5 Parents re Coleshill and September 2020 Y6 Residential Trip
    • Church at Tadpole Garden Village
    • Reminder re Books for School Tokens
    • Midwinter Plant thank yous
    • iCAT Project reminder re return of forms - Y4/5/6
    • Parking Around Tadpole Garden Village
    • Things of Interest in the Community

    Term 3 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    12/1/2020
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Church at Tadpole - see information below
    14/1/2020
    08:45 - 10:00 
    Community Coffee Morning - Chatter and Natter - come along and share a post holiday coffee/tea - all welcome
    20/1/2020
    5:15 - 6:00 pm
    Meeting for current Y5 parents about September 2020 Y6 Residential Trip to Rock UK
    21/1/2020
    08:45 - 10:00 
    Community Coffee Morning - Fun with phonics- a whistle stop tour of phonics and how it is taught at Tadpole Farm - all welcome
    28/1/2020
    08:45 - 10:00 
    Community Coffee Morning - Reading Cafe- an opportunity to explore the value of reading and some ideas and activities to enjoy - all welcome
    30/1/2020
    2:45 pm
    Y2 Leading worship - Y2 parents welcome - more details to follow
    4/2/2020
    08:45 - 10:00 
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    9/2/2020
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Church at Tadpole
    10/2/2020 and 11/2/2020

    Show Me Sessions – Y1,3 & 5
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    YN will also have Show Me Sessions this week - more details to follow
    11/2/2020
    08:45 - 10:00 
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    12/2/2020
    all day
    Y5 Trip to Coleshill - see below
    14/2/2020

    DOUGHNUT STOP READING

    Dress Down Day to raise funds for Book Festival
    -more details to follow
    14/2/2020

    Last day of Term 3 – children finish at normal time
    15/2/2020 – 23/2/2020

    Half Term – School Closed
    19/2/2020

    Deadline for ordering meals for first week of Term 4
    Term 4 2019/20
    24/2/2020

    First day of Term 4
    3/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00 
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    3/3/2020
    &
    5/3/2020
    3.50 – 7.30
    Parent Consultations - more details to follow
    5/3/2020

    World Book Day - we are likely to be dressing up on or around this day - more news to follow
    8/3/2020
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Church at Tadpole
    10/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00 
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    17/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00 
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    19/3/2020
    2:45 pm
    Y1 Leading worship - Y1 parents welcome - more details to follow
    19/3/2020
    evening
    Junior Voice Festival - more details to follow
    24/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00 
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    30/3/2020 and 31/3/2020

    Show Me Sessions YR, 2, 4 & 6
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    31/3/2020
    08:45 - 10:00 
    Community Coffee Morning - Focus to be decided by parent group - all welcome
    31/3/2020

    Class Photos day
    1/4/2020
    9:00- 9:45
    Easter Service - more details to follow
    2/4/2020
    evening
    4:30 - 5:15 pm - Y1/2/3 Easter Disco FOTF
    5:45 - 6:30 pm - Y4/5/6 Easter Disco FOTF
    more details to follow
    3/4/2020

    End of Term 4 – children finish at normal time
    12/4/2020
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Church at Tadpole

    This Term's Value is Trust 




    You’re All Welcome - Community Coffee Mornings

    You are all invited to our coffee mornings at Tadpole Farm CEPA- Tuesdays 8.45am- 10am. All community members welcome!
    Each week we will have a different theme so you can choose to come every week or visit when it is something you are particularly interested in. There will always be an opportunity to meet others and share ideas. If there is anything specific you would like to learn about, then please let us know.
    Tuesday 14th Jan- Chatter and natter- a welcome time to chat after the school holidays.
    Tuesday 21st January- Fun with phonics- a whistle stop tour of phonics and how it is taught at Tadpole Farm.
    Tuesday 28th January- Reading Cafe- an opportunity to explore the value of reading and some ideas and activities to enjoy.
    Tuesday 4th February- To be confirmed
    Tuesday 11th February- To be confirmed

    Reminder for all parents re school uniform

    It’s been lovely to see the children return to school and looking so smart - they all need warm coats… with their names in please as we have many duplicates.  Just a reminder that trainers are not suitable for school footwear - school shoes need to be black, waterproof and suitable for wearing to school - trainers, fabric ballet pumps, boots higher than ankle high are not part of school uniform and should be kept for wearing outside school - thank you.  There were obviously some lovely hair accessories received as presents over Christmas but unless they are school colours and small bow size they should be kept for outside school too.  We also seem to have lots of things being brought in in rucksacks - small toys, card games, multiple key rings with large fluffy attachments etc - these can cause issues if lost or broken so could we ask for your help that they are kept at home too - thank you for your support. 

    Message for Y2 Parents re PE Kit

    Due to the temporary break from swimming for Y2, Y2 need PE kit (in a small draw string bag that’s able to fit on their peg) ready for next Thursday morning as their PE day is now on a Thursday rather than Wednesday.   School uniform is to be worn on a Wednesday. 

    Message for Y5 Parents re Coleshill and September 2020 Y6 Residential Trip

    To end our topic on WW2, the year 5 children will be visiting Coleshill Estate on 12th February 2020.  During their trip, the children will explore an underground bunker and will get the chance to train to become a WW2 spy! We will provide more information on what is needed for the day closer to the time. For now, please give your consent and make payment via Parent pay. You will be able to do this after Monday.  Payment contributions are voluntary but obviously if we do not get enough contributions we will be unable to go on the trip.  If you would like to discuss the contribution or need support please pop in to the School Office. 
    When this year's cohort of Y5's are in Y6, they will be going on a week's residential to Rock UK - the initial parent meeting is on the 20th January at 5:15pm at school, where we will give you lots of information - children welcome to attend too. 


    Church at Tadpole Garden Village - This Sunday!

    Happy New Year from St Andrew’s Church and the Church @TGV team!
    We’ll be in the school hall this Sunday afternoon (12th) from 4-5pm looking forward to drinking tea, eating cake, making boats (?!), thinking about the Bible, praying, singing and making new friends.  Please come and join us.
    Sally 
    Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge) 
    07588 594410

    Reminder re Books for School Tokens

    Don't forget to send in any Books for schools tokens that you have collected! Drop them off at the school office or give them to your child's class teacher. 
    Tokens will stop being printed in The Sun on Saturday 18th January 2020, so still time to get collecting! 

    Midwinter Plant thank yous

    Many thanks to the Tadpole Garden Village Garden Club who supplied and planted 3 "Midwinter Fire"  Cornus plants in a vacant spot.

    iCAT Project reminder re return of forms - Y4/5/6

    As mentioned in the blog before Christmas, we at Tadpole Farm have the opportunity to help others in the future. 
    Statistics show that more and more young children are struggling with worries and concerns. Our school is working with a team of researchers at the University of Oxford on a large-scale research project called iCATS.  The iCATS team wants to develop a short questionnaire to help identify primary school children who would benefit from support and strategies. As part of the process, the team needs contributions from families with a variety of backgrounds and needs.  
    On Tuesday, we  sent home more information about the project and parent consent forms, hoping as many families as possible will get involved!
    Please fill in the form and return to us by Friday 17th January

    Parking Around Tadpole Garden Village

    Please can you make sure that you are not blocking people's drives or parking in numbered/designated spaces as some of our neighbours are finding themselves unable to park in their own spaces at school time.  Thank you. 


    Things of Interest in the Community

    Swindon SENDIASS Coffee Mornings
    Following the success of the surgery slots offered at the September Branches meeting, Swindon SENDIASS have planned a series of coffee mornings.
    These coffee mornings will have an information session, followed by a chance to talk to other parents and the opportunity to sign up to 10 minute surgery slots with SENDIASS and SEND officers.
    SENDIASS’ next coffee and information morning is on the 15th January at the Customer Service Hub, Orbital Shopping Park, SN25 4AN. There will be advice on what you can expect from meetings with your child’s school and how to prepare for these meetings so that they are successful. 10 min Surgery Slots will also be available with SENDIASS & SEND officers between 11am and 12 noon


    Flu Vaccines

    Information from Virgin Health


    2019/20 Newsblog Term 2 Week 8


    Welcome to the last Newsblog of 2019! What a lovely festive term we have had - 
      nativities that made us all ahhhhhh; 
       singing that made us all oooooooo; 
         festive parties that made us all arghhhhhhh 
            and now we are sending Christmas wishes to you!
    Enjoy the two weeks of festivities - with love and many thank yous for all the gifts and best wishes from all at Tadpole Farm.  We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 7th January (remember it is a training day for staff on the 6th January and school is closed to pupils)

    - Dates for Diary
    - Ordering Dinners
    - Message for Y2 parents
    - Photography Club
    - Prayer Space
    - Doughnot Stop Reading!
    - First News Offer



    Term 2 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    21/12 – 5/1/2020
    Christmas holiday – school closed
    1/1/2020
    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of of Term 3
    Term 3 2019/20
    6/1/2020
    School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    7/1/2020

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week
    8/1/2020

    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 2 of Term 3
    10/2/2020

    Show Me Sessions – Y1,3 & 5
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    14/2/2020

    DOUGHNUT STOP READING

    Dress Down Day to raise funds for Book Festival
    -more details to follow
    14/2/2020

    Last day of Term 3 – children finish at normal time
    15/2/2020 – 23/2/2020

    Half Term – School Closed
    Term 4 2019/20
    24/2/2020

    First day of Term 4
    3/3/2020
    &
    5/3/2020
    3.50 – 7.30
    Parent Consultations
    30/3/2020

    Show Me Sessions Y 2, 4 & 6
    Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
    Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
    3/4/2020

    End of Term 4 – children finish at normal time


    Ordering School Dinners
    As the Newsblog will not be sent out again until the end of week one of term 3, we are sending out a double reminder for booking school dinners for week 1 and week 2 of term 3. The deadline for week 1 is 1.1.20 and the deadline for week 2 is 8.1.20. Also, there is a special treat in week 2 – an additional opportunity to have Fish and Chips in school on Thursday 16thJanuary so don’t forget to book to avoid disappointment.

    Message for Y2 Parents 

    On the first day back from the Christmas Holidays we are going to the forest as part of our hook day. Please could everyone in Y2 come in Forest School clothes including warm jumpers/coats, wellies and a spare change of shoes so they don't wear wellies for the whole day! 

    Thank you 

    Miss Brandenburg and Miss Webb


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    Photography Club

    Some very talented children were involved in photography club in 2019 and produced some amazing photos - they will shortly be added to the 'photos' section of the school website. Enjoy! 
    http://www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/photos/ 

    The photographs were entered into a Swindon wide competition and we're delighted to announce that Emily S, Ben W and Isabelle E made up the top three! A fantastic achievement - well done! 


    Prayer Space

    In the lead up to Christmas, all of the children have had the opportunity to access to a Prayer Space that was set up in the shed in the playground. A huge amount of time and effort went into making it a very special experience - a huge thank you to Mrs Firth and Mrs Wathen for making it possible. Below is a collage of the activities that the children enjoyed. 




    DOUGH-NOT STOP READING! 

    Next term, on Friday 14th February, we will be having a special fundraising day for reading in the school! 

    This will include a 'break the rules' dress down day (more information on this to come soon!) and the chance to buy a doughnut whilst being read a class story. We will be using the funds raised to book an exciting author (or two!) to hold writing workshops and reading sessions with the children. We are really excited about this event. 

    Miss Weston, Mrs Honour & Miss Brandenburg



    First News Offer



    2019/20 Newsblog Term 2 Week 7


    Welcome to the penultimate Newsblog of 2019! 
    In the last week we have enjoyed Christmas Jumper Day (thank you for your donations), our Christmas Experience and our Christmas prayer space, where children had the opportunity to reflect on what they are thankful and what they wish for the future. A huge thank you to all involved in making it such a special opportunity for the children. We were also treated to Nativity performances from YN and YR - always a highlight of the Christmas season.
    Passing on best wishes from all of the team at TFCEPA - Mr Spencer  
      

    - Dates for Diary
    - News from Local Board
    - News from St Andrew's Church
    - Research Project
    - Message from KS1
    - Reading Newsletter



    Term 2 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event

    16/12 – 17/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below -  For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30. 
      
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    16/12
    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

    Children can come into school via the school office from 5.30pm

    No parking on site please

    18/12 is reserve date should event be postponed
    18/12
    Christmas Dinner – please book via Parent Pay
    20/12
    Last Day of Term - usual times
    21/12 – 5/1/2020
    Christmas holiday – school closed
    1/1/2020
    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below.
    6/1/2020
    School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    7/1/2020
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week





    News from the Local Board

    Tadpole Farm Local Board (also known as the Governors) meets once each term and enjoys finding out what’s going on in school, questioning whether children, parents and staff are flourishing as much as they can (within the school’s remit) and looking at future strategy to ensure the school continues to be the best it can be.

    We use all sorts of evidence including reports from staff members and visits to the school to carry out our duties, and uses its meetings to scrutinise the evidence presented or observed.

    To give you an example of the kind of evidence we look at and how we approach it, we recently studied the results of the Parental Questionnaire completed just before the summer holidays.  We looked at the responses (anonymously), listened to Mrs Leo’s explanation of how specific concerns had been followed up and questioned some of the trends which seemed to occur.  We were very pleased that so many parents had responded and that most parents were so happy with the school and particularly with the relationship between staff and pupils.  We are aware that parking may continue to be an issue, but are pleased that the new arrangements seem to be making the school site safer for everyone.  Communication is another topic we will be keeping an eye on, but again improvements such as the new phone system are clearly designed to help with this.

    Revd Sally Robertson, Ex-Officio Local Board member
    on behalf of Local Board

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    News from St Andrew's Church

    Calling all Marys, Josephs, shepherds and angels
    On Christmas Eve at 4pm at Tadpole Farm, St Andrew’s Church will be holding an All-Age Nativity service to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.  Everyone is welcome and it would be particularly good if you could come dressed as a character from the Christmas story – Angels, Donkeys, Shepherds, Inn-keepers, Wise men, camels, stars, sheep, stable animals, camels, Marys or Josephs – though you are welcome however you’re dressed!

    If I don't see you then, or at any of our other Christmas Services may I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year
    Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge) 
    07588 594410

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    Research Project - an exciting Opportunity to help others in the future

    Our school is working with a team of researchers at the University of Oxford on a large-scale research project called iCATS. The iCATS team want to develop a short questionnaire to help identify primary school children with anxiety problems who would benefit from support. As part of the process, we need contributions from families with a variety of backgrounds and needs.  

    We will be inviting all children in Years 4-6, and their parents to take part – and we will send home more information about the project and parent consent forms in January.  We’re hoping as many families as possible will get involved!


    Message from KS1

    Next term we are learning all about the different people who help us. If you know anyone who would like to come and talk to us about their job in the community we would love to hear from you! Please see one of the Y1 or Y2 teachers on the drop zone. Thank you in advance.

    Miss Webb, Miss Brandenburg, Miss Grace and Mrs Holloway


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    Reading Newsletter

    Here is our brand new reading newsletter which will be released each month! In our first edition we are exclusively revealing the first author to be visiting Tadpole Farm Book Festival! 

    Happy Reading - Miss Weston

    2019/20 Newsblog Term 2 Week 6
    Welcome to the TFCEPA BLOG. Another week closer to Christmas and a very busy last two weeks in school to follow. All of the children will enjoy a Christmas Experience journey in school time this week – all of the teachers have been busy preparing stations around the school where children will have an opportunity to reflect on the Christmas Story. We will also enjoy the YR Nativity and finish off the week with Christmas jumper day – which reminds me that I need to pull mine out from the back of the wardrobe… and I’m sure there’s an election in there somewhere too!
    Have a fantastic weekend with your families – as always, if you have any queries, please contact any member of staff via the school office.
    Best wishes – Mr Spencer

    -          Dates for your Diary
    -          Message from Y6
    -         Year R Reminders
    -         Pupil Voice Survey – Inclusion
    -         Church Service Info – Christingle
    -         Coffee Morning – thanks + info
    -         Year Nursery message
    -         Reminder – Head lice


    Dates for your Diary





    Term 2 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    10/12
    2-3pm

    5-6pm
    YR Nativity – grandparents and siblings

    YR Nativity – parents
    9/12 - 13/12
    RE Week - more details to follow
    13/12
    Christmas Jumper Day – charitable donations welcome  
    10/12
    Y6 learning at Life Skills Centre Bristol.  
    Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow
    11/12
    10am or 2pm
    YN Nativity Tableau and songs – letters have been sent out to all YN parents with specific time slots
    12/12
    7am-10pm
    ELECTION DAY – POLL OPEN IN SCHOOL HALL School will remain open - packed lunches will replace hot meals. 
    12/12
    EVENT POSTPONED – new date to follow
    Y5 and Y6 will be leading worship on theme of Perseverance– parents of children in these year groups  welcome to join us for worship
    13/12
    Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
    16/12 – 17/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below -  For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30. 
      
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    16/12
    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

    18/12 is reserve date should event be postponed
    18/12
    Christmas Dinner – please book via Parent Pay
    20/12
    Last Day of Term - usual times
    21/12 – 5/1/2020
    Christmas holiday – school closed
    1/1/2020
    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below.
    6/1/2020
    School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    7/1/2020
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week


    Message from Y6 

    Hi Everyone
    Our trip to Bristol Life Skills Centre is on Tuesday. Please remember that children should be in school uniform (they may wear trainers) for the trip, and will need to bring a packed lunch as we will be eating at the centre. Our trip is going to return at 4pm, so children will need to be collected then, unless they are to walk home. 

    We are looking forward to learning lots of new skills!
    Thanks - Miss Weston


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    YR Reminders

    Nativity- don't forget the children don't need collecting on Tuesday. They will stay in school at 3.30 to prepare for the nativity and play some Christmas games. We will provide them with a snack picnic tea. 

    Uniform- YR children should be wearing school trousers or skirts and school jumpers. Joggers and hoodies are for YN children only. 

    Bookbags - all children should now have a school bookbag for their reading book that fits into their classroom drawer.

    Tapestry 
    We have been so impressed with all of the home learning observations you have been adding to Tapestry this term. It is so lovely to see the children learning with their families.
    We will now close Tapestry next week Thursday 12th - Sunday 16th, so that staff can upload all the new learning observations for this term. 
    Have you spotted Father Christmas on Tapestry yet? Don't forget to add a photo of how your family celebrates Christmas to help the children talk about their experience when we return in January!



    Parent Voice Survey – Inclusion 
    We would be very grateful if you could find the time to fill in the parent voice survey, which has a focus on inclusion, so that we can continue to improve the support we offer to the families at Tadpole Farm. Please copy and paste the below web link to complete. 
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MrH80cCmT8gZD_AMmsCgiVlRlAsQVfM9sW7VOwn7Wes/edit?ts=5de90758



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    Church at Tadpole Garden Village: Christingle Service – This Sunday!
    If you have been to a Christingle Service before you’ll know how exciting children find lighting the candle in their orange and hearing again what all the parts of the Christingle mean.  If you haven’t ever been to one, now is your opportunity to find out.  Either way, come along to our Christingle Service this Sunday, (8th December) at 4pm in the school hall.
    Many thanks
    Sally 
    Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge) 
    Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk


    Coffee Morning – thanks + further info

    Thank you so much to those of you who attended the coffee morning on Tuesday; it was lovely to meet you and have a chat.
    From 14th January 2020, we will be holding these coffee mornings every Tuesday 8:45- 10am in the small hall. These sessions will be an opportunity to talk to new people and learn more about the school and how to support your children. 
    All members of our community are welcome- young and old.
    Refreshments, toys and books will be available!

    Message from YN
    We hope that Hedgehogs families have been enjoying reading and sharing their YN lending library books at home. Just a reminder that all books need to be returned next week, by Friday 13th December if possible please, so the bags can be checked and organised ready for next term. Thank you! 

    Reminder - Head lice
    We have had a couple of reported incidents of Head Lice in school. For advice on how to recognize/treat head lice, please see the NHS guidance. 
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

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