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    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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    Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy blog

    2018/19 Newsblog Term 1 Week 3

    Hello All

    The children are getting deep in to their learning now and the Senior Leadership Team, on their learning walks this week, have seen some great examples of positive learning behaviours and enthused and engaged pupils. In the newsblog this week:



      Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only

      Teacher/Child/Parent Meeting Sign up
      Harvest Service
      Emergency Contact Details
      Dinner Orders
      Coats
      Tapestry for YR & YN Parents
      Message from YR Parents
      Reminders – PE Kit, Named clothing
      Compost donations
      FOTF Meeting
      News from St Andrew’s Church



    Dates for the New School Year
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 1 and 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    Week Beginning

    24/9

    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 26/9 and times allocated by Monday 1/10
    27/9
    2:45 pm
    Y4 will be leading worship on theme of Respect– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    2/10


    4/10
    9:15 – 10:00

    7:00pm
    Harvest Service– KS1 Parents Invited see note below – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items

    FOTF Meeting - see below
    15/10 – 16/10

    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 15/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 16/10 – 3:30 – 4:00. Times for YN to be notified nearer date. Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of October holiday.
    18/10 and 23/10
    3:40 – 7:00 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots will be notified nearer date
    19/10
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship please note if this becomes very popular we may need to restrict numbers but we'll see how it goes for now.
    24/10

    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    25/10 – 4/11

    October holiday – school closed
    5/11

    Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    6/11

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    7/11

    Parent Workshop 1 – Reading/Phonics - more details will follow

    No Swimming for Y2
    Week beginning 12/11

    Y6 Residential at Condover Hall
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – more details to follow

    3/12 – 4/12

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    19/12
    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
    21/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed


    Teacher/Child/Parent Meeting Sign up
    Click here  for the link to sign up for Parents Evening slots for your child. Parents evening will be held on Thursday 18thOctober and Tuesday 23rd October 3.40-7pm for Year R-6; for YN the timings are slightly different - please see times in link. Please make sure you sign up for slots by Wednesday 26thSeptember so that you can be allocated a time.

    Harvest Service

    Our Harvest Service, which will be led by our Key Stage One Children (Y1 &Y2), is on Tuesday 2nd October at 9.15 in the School Hall.  We ask the children bring in £1 plus a dried food item such as cereals, pasta, tins, long life milk etc, which will be donated to the Swindon Food Collective – the group that has taken over Swindon Foodbank when the funding for that support service was cut – you can find out more about them bu following this link - https://www.swindonfoodcollective.org. 
    As our school numbers are growing, specific celebration services will be led by different key stages and parents of those children will be invited to the service.  All parents will be invited to one specific celebration service; their own child's class worship; all parents will be invited to Carols by Candlelight and the End of Year Service provided that the weather allows us to hold these outdoors and there is an open invitation to one Friday Celebration worship a term – see diary above.  

    Emergency Contact Details

    A reminder from the office to please make sure you have returned your updated Emergency Contact sheets. If your child has just started with us, please make sure you have also presented your child’s long version of their Birth Certificate to the office.

    Dinner Orders
    We have had a number of children bring in lunch boxes on days where a school dinner has been ordered for them. This can cost the school £20 plus each day. Please can we ask that you check which days you have ordered dinners for so that we can try to reduce the wasted food and cost to the school.

    Coats
    Now that the weather seems to be changing please make sure that all children have a coat in school every day even if it looks like it is going to be sunny!  We like to be out and about in all weathers.

    Tapestry for YR & YN Parents

    In Reception and Nursery, we use an online App called Tapestry to record your children's learning over the year through photos and observation notes.
    You will be able to access these during the last two weeks of each term to share the exciting learning your child has been doing.
    Over the next week you should receive an email from Tapestry to the email address you supplied us with. The email will tell you how to access your Tapestry account ready for when we open the access.
    When you activate your account you can then see what your child has been doing during their first term at school! It will then close again at the end of the new term so that we can collect more observations.

    If you do not receive an activation email, please check your junk mail and if not then please let us know.

    Message for YR Parents
    The Reception children have settled really well during their first full days. Now that there are 60 children, we ask that parents say goodbye at the door rather than come into the cloakroom. This also helps them to build their confidence and independence. If they are confident they could also meet a friend at the front of the school and use the drop zone from 8.30am – many of our children already do this and there are lots of helpers around to make sure your child knows where to go.
    A reminder that all Reception Children will need to have their own book bag and not a rucksack in school. If your child brings additional clothes to school, we suggest these come to school in a plastic bag that can be placed inside their PE Bag.


    Reminders – PE Kit, Named clothing
    PE Kit Reminder- Please ensure that all children have a named PE kit in School from Monday. Many of the children have not yet brought in their PE Kits and the children are already enjoying a range of PE activities.  Y2 children do not need PE Kits in school as they come in wearing theirs on a Wednesday.
    Named Clothing – there is lots of lovely, identical, new clothing in school and much of it unnamed… please take a few minutes to use a permanent marker and just write your child’s name in their clothes this weekend – it helps you, them and us when things go missing!

    Compost Donations

    Thank you to the parent/parents that donated the two large bags of compost, that we found waiting for us on Monday morning; they are much appreciated. If anyone would like to donate bags of compost we would be very grateful.

    FOTF Meeting
    The Friends of Tadpole Farm will be meeting on Thursday 4thOctober at 7pm. Please come and join us as we embark on a new year of fundraising fun!


    News from St Andrew’s Church
    Now Autumn has arrived thoughts are turning, both at School and home to Celebrating Harvest.  If you’d like to join us for Harvest Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Tadpole Lane, we’ll be celebrating at the Children’s Service at 10am on Sunday 7thOctober.  We’ll be collecting items for Swindon Food Collective, with a £1 coin stuck to each item if possible.
    The next Church at Tadpole Garden Village Service is on 14th October at 4pm
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk           07588 594410




    2018/19 Newsblog Term 1 Week 2

    2018/19 Newsblog Term 1 Week 2

    Hello All
    Our first full week back in school and we're pleased to report that all children (and staff!) are settling in well. 

    Please do contact us via the school office if you have any queries. 
    Have a great weekend. 
    Best wishes
    Mr Spencer 


    In the Blog this week

    ·                     Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only
    ·                     Menu Change
    ·                     Clubs update
    ·                     Drop Zone
    ·                     PE Kit Reminder
    ·                     Compost
    ·                     Different Adults Collecting
    ·                     Year Group messages

    Dates for the New School Year
    Any updates will be in red 
    Term 1 and 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    Week beginning 17/9
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 17/9, 24/9; 1/10; 8/10; no clubs week of 15/10, 22/10 and 5/11; clubs are on week beginning 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12 – no clubs week of 10/12 and 17/12 - if your child attends football/drama/ dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those
    21/9

    YR First Days at School Photos with Swindon Advertiser – See details below
    24/9
    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 26/9 and times allocated by Monday 1/10
    27/9
    2:45 pm
    Y4 will be leading worship on theme of Respect– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    2/10


    4/10
    9:15 – 10:00

    7:00pm
    Harvest Service– all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time

    FOTF Meeting - see below 
    15/10 – 16/10
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 15/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 16/10 – 3:30 – 4:00. Times for YN to be notified nearer date. Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of October holiday.
    18/10 and 23/10
    3:40 – 7:00 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots will be notified nearer date
    19/10
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    24/10
    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    25/10 – 4/11
    October holiday – school closed
    5/11
    Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    6/11
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    7/11
    Parent Workshop 1 – Reading/Phonics - more details will follow

    No Swimming for Y2
    Week beginning 12/11
    Y6 Residential at Condover Hall
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – more details to follow

    3/12 – 4/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12
    2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    19/12
    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
    21/12
    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18
    Christmas holiday – school closed

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    Menu Changes
    Unfortunately, there was an error with the recent menu and an extra option of a school packed lunch was offered. This has now been rectified and the menu is back to the 3 options. A packed lunch option will be offered in the Spring Menu from February instead of the Jacket potato option.
    Anyone who has ordered this option after this week will be changed to option one so if parents wish to change this please log in to parent pay to do so. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    Clubs
    The school office have now emailed out all clubs to the email addresses supplied when booked. We were over-subscribed and so names were drawn out of a hat for those clubs. We apologise in advance if your child didn't get a club this time.

    Drop Zone
    Thank you to all those parents that are using the drop zone in the mornings. Cars are moving on quickly which is helping the flow and allowing parents to drop off safely. Please remember, at the end of the school day, to not park your cars behind the row of already parked cars opposite the drop zone. We will be asking people to move their car if they do so next week.  

    PE Kit Reminder
    Please ensure that all children have a named PE kit in School from Monday. Many of them have not yet come back and the children are already enjoying a range of PE activities.

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    Compost
    Through one of our lovely parents, we have been donated a large number of plants which we are in the process of planting in and around the school. Many of our flower beds are very dry and hard. If anyone would like to donate some compost, we would gratefully receive it. Please leave any donations by the school entrance and we will collect on Monday.

    Different Adults collecting
    Please can we remind all parents to remember to inform the class teachers or office if your child is to be collected by another adult. In order to keep the children safe we have to have permission for them to be collected by another adult even if it is a parent of another child in the class.


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    Year Group Messages

    YN (Hedgehogs)
    ·         Please ensure that all belongings are clearly named as the children are still learning which items belong to them


    YR (Owls and Squirrels)
    ·         The children are settling really well into their new school routines and so now we feel they are ready to begin being independent and come in by themselves in the mornings. We ask that from Monday parents only come into the cloakroom area and say goodbye there and encourage the children to walk into the classroom on their own. Some may find this a little daunting at first but explain to them this is going to happen and after a few days they will be independent enough to do it on their own!

    ·         Swindon Advertiser will be coming in next Friday to take class photos of the new Reception children to go in their annual First Days at School feature. Please make sure you have informed school if you do not wish your child to be included in photographs.

    ·         Please make sure your child has a pair of named wellies and their PE kits in school



    2018/19 Newsblog Term 1 Week 1

    Hello All

    What an amazing first week back we have all had - the sea and sand came to Tadpole Farm and the children had lots of fun rebuilding friendships whilst making kites, building lighthouses, playing frisbee, competing at volleyball and eating ice creams!! This week's blog is quite long so make sure you scroll down to pick up all the information. 


    • Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only
    • FOTF
    • YR Lost Small World Items - Please Help!
    • News from St Andrew’s Church
    • Health and Safety Update
    • Beat the Street Competition
    • Years 3 and 4 Reading Tree
    • Emergency Contact Details
    • Apply for Additional Funding
    • School Milk Cool Milk
    • Club Sign Up Open Monday

    Dates for the New School Year

    Any updates will be in red 
    Term 1 and 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    7/9
    Clubs on offer for term 1 and 2 will be announced
    10/9 – 12/9
    Sign up for clubs available
    11/9 – Y1/Y2

    5:00 - 5:30 pm   for Y1 
    5:30 - 6:00 pm   for Y2 
    Meet the teachers events - note separate days/times for those who have a child in each year group.  An opportunity to meet the teachers, hear about the learning approach and the   ways you can support your child. YN and YR have had parents meetings at end of last term but if you didn’t get the chance to attend then please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher for a brief meeting to go over any specifics for your child’s year group.
    12/9 – Y3/4/5/6
    5:00 - 5:30 pm   Y3/4
    5:30 - 6:00 pm   for Y5/6
    12/9
    Y2 Swimming lessons start
    14/9

    16/9


    4:00 pm
    Club places announced

    Church at Tadpole Farm - see below
    Week beginning 17/9
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 17/9, 24/9; 1/10; 8/10; no clubs week of 15/10, 22/10 and 5/11; clubs are on week beginning 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12 – no clubs week of 10/12 and 17/12 - if your child attends football/drama/ dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those
    24/9
    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 26/9 and times allocated by Monday 1/10
    27/9
    2:45 pm
    Y4 will be leading worship on theme of Respect– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    2/10


    4/10
    9:15 – 10:00


    7:00pm
    Harvest Service– all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time

    FOTF Meeting - see below 
    15/10 – 16/10
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 15/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 16/10 – 3:30 – 4:00. Times for YN to be notified nearer date. Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of October holiday.
    18/10 and 23/10
    3:40 – 7:00 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots will be notified nearer date
    19/10
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    24/10
    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    25/10 – 4/11
    October holiday – school closed
    5/11
    Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    6/11
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    7/11
    Parent Workshop 1 – Reading/Phonics - more details will follow

    No Swimming for Y2
    Week beginning 12/11
    Y6 Residential at Condover Hall
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – more details to follow

    3/12 – 4/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12
    2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    19/12
    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
    21/12
    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18
    Christmas holiday – school closed

























































































    Friends of Tadpole Farm (FOTF)
    Last year's committee did a sterling job raising funds for the school and now we need to make a start of shaping this year's fundraising.  The first meeting will be on Thursday 4th October at 7:00pm at school.  We will be looking for volunteers for key roles to run the year's events.  The teams who have led this in the past 4 years have all put in a lot of work to make a successful basis for the Friend's Group.  Please come along and see how we can develop it again this year.  There are already events in the diary and they need your support to bring them alive!


    YR Lost Small World Items - Please Help!

    Some of our small animals have escaped!  Please can you check bags and pockets for a few of the class' favourite small world toys please? We're missing a baby turtle, a baby koala and a couple of baby elephants. Thank you! :) 



    News from St Andrew’s Church
    If you’re new to Tadpole Farm, you’ll soon discover that there are close links between the school and the local parish church, St Andrew’s, which is tucked away off Tadpole Lane between Lyall Close and Blunsdon Abbey Park.  You’re welcome to join us there any Sunday at 10am and most Sundays we have activities for children.
    We also have a service at Tadpole Farm once a month and the next one is 16thSeptember at 4pm.  This is an All age service, which begins with refreshments, includes music, a Bible Story, children’s craft and prayer.  Everyone is welcome whether you normally attend church or haven’t ever been.  One family who joined us last term said “We left the service in high spirits and felt we had made some lovely new friends within the Church community and we look forward to continuing this journey with St Andrew’s Church.”   You can read more of this ‘review’ here.
    For full details of everything that happens at St Andrew’s, visit our website or see our noticeboard next to school reception. 
    I’m around the school at drop off time once a month and the children get used to seeing me around school so do stop me and say ‘hello’ if there’s anything you’d like to chat about. I look forward to getting you know you all better in the coming year.
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge)  
    07588 594410

    Health and Safety Update

    It's been a smoother start to the school year traffic-wise than we expected - thank you for your cooperation and efforts in walking/cycling. There have been some comments re the chicanes/traffic calming measures and I have passed these on to Crest.  I have also passed on to Crest the concerns over uneven pavements and raised drains and will update up when I have a reply. 
    If your child attends an out of school, after school club like martial arts and you come back on to the site before 6:00pm please could you leave the drop zone clear for our parents who pick up from Lilypad.  The Drop Zone is not a parking area, it's just for dropping and picking up from school. Thank you for your cooperation with this; I will also be asking the club leaders to remind users too.  After 6:00pm LilyPad is closed so parking after that time is fine. 
    Beat the Street Competition


    From the 12th September to 24th October we will be taking part in Swindon's Beat the Street Competition - aimed at encouraging walking cycling and jogging.  There's lots of information on their website https://beatthestreet.me/swindon/home and the children will be learning all about it and receiving their packs on Wednesday 12th September. In a nutshell, there will be Beat the Street boxes around swindon and children (and adults) can earn points and win prizes by tapping their card/fob on the boxes to record their journeys.  There are 4 boxes within Tadpole Garden Village and Tadpole Lane so plenty of opportunity for tapping for points! Watch out for information coming home this week.  


    Years 3 and 4 Reading Tree.

    In Lower Key Stage Two this year, we have set up a challenge to see which class can read the most books. When a child has finished a book, they discuss it with a teacher then put a coloured leaf on our reading tree. Each month we will announce the winners in Worship and that class will receive a certificate for their class board plus additional prizes at other times. All children will have a school book but, because  we want the focus to be on reading and understanding books, we have decided that the majority of children will not have reading records that they take home. Please support your child in this challenge, reading is key to all learning.


    Emergency Contact details

    If your child was with us last academic year, please look out for Emergency Contact Cards that we are sending home for you to complete and return to ensure our details remain up to date.  If you have joined us this academic year then you have already been given one of these cards - we do have a few outstanding which it's important you return asap as we need to be able to contact you in an emergency. 

    Applying for Additional Funding

    As you will all be aware, schools are facing funding difficulties.  One way we can provide additional resources for your child and others in school is through Pupil Premium Funding. If you feel you may be eligible then please apply.  Even if your child is in YR/1/2 and so already gets Free School Meals, we would be grateful if you would apply anyway as school may also receive extra funding to help support your child.  Follow this link to Swindon's on line application https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20032/schools_and_education/408/free_school_meals 

    School Milk Cool Milk

    If your child is currently under 5, we’re delighted to confirm that we have arranged for them to receive free milk at school, funded by the UK Government's Nursery Milk Scheme.

    When your child turns 5 or if they are already over 5, you have the option to pay for their milk. We have made arrangements with the UK’s leading school milk supplier, Cool Milk, to supply milk at a small subsidised daily cost.
    What you need to do:
    Visit www.coolmilk.com as soon as possible and select "Register your child for milk", then follow the on-screen instructions to register and pay
    A portion of fresh, chilled milk at mid-morning break provides protein, calcium and other vital nutrients, important for your child's growth and development. It's also a great way to bridge the gap between breakfast and lunch, re-hydrating your child and helping them to concentrate in class.
    Should you have any queries regarding your child's registration or milk supply in general, please do not hesitate to contact Cool Milk directly on customerservices@coolmilk.com or call 0844 854 2913.

    Clubs sign up open Monday
    The sign up process for this term 1/2 clubs is open on Monday, closes on 12th September at 3.30pm and clubs will be announced on Friday 14th September.  Please complete one form per child.  YR do not have clubs until Term 5/6.  These clubs are run by school staff on a voluntary basis – to take account of staff members work life balance, each teacher is only asked to volunteer to run clubs for a limited number of terms.  We brought this guideline in following staff well-being feedback and it’s just working it’s way through now.  I know that some parents may be disappointed with the clubs on offer but we have done the best we can with the resources available and will look to expand the paid for clubs as the year unfolds.  If any parent volunteers, who are DBS checked, would like to get involved in running free clubs this is something we would be more than happy to consider – perhaps you have a particular talent or skill you would like to share? 
    Just a reminder – Clubs will run in weeks beginning 17/9, 24/9; 1/10; 8/10; no clubs week of 15/10, 22/10 and 5/11; clubs are on week beginning 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12 – no clubs week of 10/12 and 17/12 - if your child attends WIMS football/drama/ dance/martial arts, paid for clubs, arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those.
    All clubs run from 3:30 - 4:30 pm and pick up point is the front double gates, regardless of year group.

    Club
    Led By
    No.
    Day
    Age Range
    Computing Club
    KW
    30 Max
    Monday
    Y1-Y2
    Craft Club
    GH
    20-30 max
    Monday
    Y2-3
    Movie Club (making)
    SB
    20 Max
    Tuesday
    Y3-6
    Girls Football
    SW
    25 Max
    Tuesday
    Y3-6




































    2018/19 Newsblog Start of Term
    Hello All

    A very warm welcome to all our new families and a very warm welcome back to those who are already part of our school community.  We hope you have all had time to have fun, rest, relax, see friends and families and enjoy the summer sunshine.  


    • Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only
    • First Week Back celebrations
    • LilyPad Update
    • Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up




    Dates for the New School Year

    Term 1 and 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    3/9 and 4/9

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    5/9

    Children return to school – YR and YN have been given details of induction times; current YN children who are continuing in YN are in for their normal sessions; Y1/2/3/4/5/6 in full time from 5/9/16.  See below for this start of school celebration details – all in school uniform on day 1
    7/9

    Clubs on offer for term 1 and 2 will be announced
    10/9 – 12/9

    Sign up for clubs available
    11/9 – Y1/Y2

    12/9 – Y3/4/5/6
    5:00 - 5:30 pm   for Y1 and Y3/4
    5:30 - 6:00 pm   for Y2 and Y5/6

    Meet the teachers events - note separate days/times for those who have a child in each year group.  An opportunity to meet the teachers, hear about the learning approach and the ways you can support your child. YN and YR have had parents meetings at end of last term but if you didn’t get the chance to attend then please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher for a brief meeting to go over any specifics for your child’s year group.
    12/9

    Y2 Swimming lessons start
    14/9

    Club places announced
    Week beginning 17/9

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 17/9, 24/9; 1/10; 8/10; no clubs week of 15/10, 22/10 and 5/11; clubs are on week beginning 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12 – no clubs week of 10/12 and 17/12 - if your child attends football/drama/ dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those
    24/9

    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 26/9 and times allocated by Monday 1/10
    27/9
    2:45 pm
    Y4 will be leading worship on theme of Respect– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    2/10
    9:15 – 10:00
    Harvest Service– all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
    15/10 – 16/10


    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 15/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 16/10 – 3:30 – 4:00. Times for YN to be notified nearer date. Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of October holiday.
    18/10 and 23/10
    3:40 – 7:00 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots will be notified nearer date
    19/10
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    24/10

    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    25/10 – 4/11

    October holiday – school closed
    5/11

    Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    6/11

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    7/11

    Parent Workshop 1 – Reading/Phonics - more details will follow

    No Swimming for Y2
    Week beginning 12/11

    Y6 Residential at Condover Hall
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – more details to follow

    3/12 – 4/12


    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    19/12
    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
    21/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed




    First Week Back celebrations



    During this first week back we'll be recreating the beach holidays some of you may have had this summer. For the first day back it's school uniform as usual.  For Thursday and Friday, as we'll be outside it's beach/holiday wear - shorts and t-shirts.  We've got sand, frisbee challenges, volleyball, photo opportunities, kite-making and please bring a change of clothing as there may be some water involved!! Each year we like to do something a little different as part of our first week - some children have lots to talk about from their holiday times, others less so; some children relish the thought of coming back to school, others less so; some children have met up with friends many times, others less so - we find that a shared celebration eases everyone back in to school in a fun, relaxing way and gives them a shared purpose and focus for chatting and rekindling/making new friendships.   
      
    Nursery and Reception - children can come to their normal sessions in school uniform or summer clothes - shorts and t-shirts - they will be doing beach activities


    Y1/2/3/4/5/6 - On Wednesday, it's school uniform for everyone but on Thursday and Friday children may come to school in the morning in summer clothes - shorts and t-shirts  - football kits are acceptable (I’m just putting that in because it’s  question I’m often asked when we do something like this). 


    LilyPad Update
    LilyPad will be open on Wednesday 5th September - usual times -   7:30 am in the morning and closing at 6:00 pm in the evening.  Please beware that we are unable to open before 7:30 a.m, the insurance does not cover us and the staff are setting up the provision to be a safe and fun environment for your children so can't look after your child before that time.

    Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up

    We acknowledge that parking will be tricky so any options you can take to walk/bike or park further away and walk, e.g. from the lake end of Tadpole Garden Village, are much appreciated.  Please remember that parking on corners, the paved area outside the front school fence, half-on/off the pavement causes safety issues for the children and families. The drop zone will operate in the mornings from 8:30 a.m.

    If your Y4/5/6 child is getting to school/home without an adult please ensure we have a signed permission slip.

    The arrangements for term 1 will be as follows:-
    YN - please use the side gate near the main entrance and drop at the door with Hedgehogs on it - drop off time is 8:40 or 12:20  - you're welcome to stay for 10-15 minutes to settle your child in to the class- pick up from same place 11:40 or 3:20 unless staying for lunch, in which case use the school office entrance for drop off for lunch club or pick up from lunch club .
    YR - please use the side gate near the main entrance - normal drop off time is 8:50 - please feel free to come 10 minutes earlier and settle your child in to the class - there will be activities out for them to get involved in - we would ask that you aim to say goodbye and leave the classroom by 8:55.  Pick up from same place.
    Y1 - please use the front gate by the drop zone for drop off and then, for end of the day,  pick up from the door with a Fox and a Badger on it, off main playground.
    Y2 - please use the front gate by the drop zone for drop off and then, for end of the day,  please wait outside front double gate and staff will send children out to you.
    Y3/4 - please use the front gate by the drop zone for drop off and then, for end of the day,  please pick up the children from the side gate by the car park - the teachers will let your children out from the classroom but won’t look to see if you are there.  They will be expected to find you so it may help if you agree a meeting place.  
    Y5/6 - please use the front gate by the drop zone for drop off and then, for end of the day,  these children will leave via the side gate by the main entrance 
    LilyPad - drop off and pick up from the same gate as previously though children will use the door with the lilypad and frog on it... which has moved one door to the right.Provided that those dropping off or picking up from Lilypad are only doing that then you may use the Drop Zone as this is what it was designed for.

    Please note Great Western Academy open this week too - Crest has asked contractors to stay off the roads at drop off and pick up times. 



    2017/18 Newsblog - End of school year
    Hello All


    Thank you to all those of you who came along to our end of term service today - it was lovely to share this with you.  It's been an exciting year - the opening of our Key Stage 2 (Year 3 upwards) and, next year, our first Year 6 class; another successful year for our Friends of Tadpole Farm fundraising committee, who are looking forward to more innovative events next year; and many happy memories of great learning and living our shared values. Thank you for the many lovely gifts and positive comments you have shared with all the staff - we really appreciate them very much - your continued support is valued by us all!

    If you haven't yet had time to fill in the Parent Report Feedback via link given with last week's newsblog email - please follow link https://goo.gl/forms/i5Vn6GrGfIdMnT3w2 before the end of this week.   We really value your feedback on the service we provide to your child, your family and the wider community.  Please follow this link and complete our Parent Report Feedback and Survey before it closes at the end of this week - Thank you.
      
    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.   

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

    Uniform Reminder for 2018/19
    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 school logo book bag (Y1/2/Reception only)
    • a school logo PE bag
    • a pair of wellies
    • a waterproof coat


    Key Stage 2
    Y3/4/5/6:

    • Grey trousers, shorts, skirt, pinafore dress
    • White Polo shirt - can be logo or plain
    • School logo sweatshirt/cardigan
    • Black shoes (not trainers)
    • 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 - there is not much peg space so slim bags are best
    • a school logo PE bag
    • a pair of wellies
    • a waterproof coat
    • we do provide stationery, but you may bring a small pencil case - must be able to fit in a shallow tray; coloured pencils (no felt-tips or Sharpies please); pencils (HB) and handwriting pen (blue - Berol pens work well for improving handwriting)
    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).

    A Message from Dress My School - one of our uniform suppliers
    Dress my school will be open for extended hours during the last two weeks in August as follows: 
    • Saturdays 18th & 25th August, 9am to 4.00pm
    • Monday to Friday 20th to 31st August, until 8pm (closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 27th August
    Please remember that we offer FREE HOME DELIVERY when you buy one of our name tape packages, please see our website for further details (https://www.dressmyschool.co.uk/).

    Wishing you a fantastic summer from all the team at Dress My School, and we look forward to seeing you at some stage over the holidays.

    Kind regards,
    Dress My School
    Help - lost books!

    Over the summer please can you check your book shelves for school reading books - they are all stamped with the school name and we'd be grateful for any you find - thank you.

    Friends of Tadpole Farm News from Kristina, Chairperson 

    The PTA here at Tadpole Farm is called FOTF (Friends of Tadpole Farm) and is run entirely by volunteers, ordinary school parents just like you and me.
    We organise events throughout the year to raise money for the school to enable it to purchase additional equipment that would not be covered by the normal school budget.
    The additions that we are able to buy benefit all of the children in school and enhance their time here at Tadpole Farm. 
    With the school reaching its full capacity, we are expanding our newly formed committee. Various committee positions with different degrees of responsibilities are emerging. Available roles range from Vice Chair to Secretary to Events Coordinator and Online Platform Manager as well as general ad hoc volunteer opportunities. 
    If that sounds interesting to you, get in touch!  
    PTA Communication Platform - Classlist
    From now on, our new communication platform for all things Friends of Tadpole Farm based will be Classlist. Any FOTF events, important updates and relevant information will be posted on there. Of course, Mrs Leo will update the school calendar to show the FOTF events too and FOTF information will be in the newsblog on a regular basis.
    If you still have not joined Classlist follow this link: www.classlist.com
    Over 70% of the school is now registered on Classlist. As a thank you for taking the time and helping us to implement a more efficient system to communicate with you and organise events we will be holding a raffle.  One person from each year group,who is registered  on Classlist, will have the chance to win two day passes to the gym. The winners will be announced shortly and contacted via Classlist. 



    News from St Andrew’s Church

    The 7 members of St Andrew’s Church who came in and helped with the Prayer Space last week all really enjoyed meeting children from every class and helping them explore prayer.  It was great to see how well all the children engaged with the different activities, from praying for different parts of the world to asking help for things they struggle with individually. 
    Churches don’t have summer holidays so if you find yourself at a loose end on a Sunday morning, why not pop along to St Andrew’s at 10am for one of our services?  There will be activities for children at every morning service throughout the holidays.  You’ll find full details on St Andrew’s new noticeboard, just outside reception.
    Our Children’s service at 10am on 2nd September will have a special ‘Back to School’ focus.
    Our next Church at Tadpole Garden village service at Tadpole Farm will be on Sunday 16thSeptember at 4pm.
    Praying you would all have a relaxing and refreshing summer holiday.
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson

    07588 594410

    Things of Interest in the Community


    Looking for summer reading inspiration?

    Getting around Swindon?

    Try this link - http://www.swindontravelchoices.co.uk - includes an orienteering route too!

    Looking for ways to explore nature?

    The Big Butterfly Count needs your help - https://www.bigbutterflycount.org  

    The wildlife rangers we work with come from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust - their website has lots of activities on too - https://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Pages/Events/Category/events?Take=12 





    Lots more ideas here - https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/things-to-do/south-west/wiltshire/swindon


    Have a lovely summer break - see you on Wednesday 5th September! 

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