Sunday, 11 February 2018

2017/18 Term 3 February Holiday Week

Hello All

Happy February holidays – school reopens on 19th February, usual time and clubs are on that week. 
In this week's blog:-


  Dates for the Term 3 and 4
  News from St Andrew's Church
  Advanced notice of Nursery Closure Day
  KS2 Trip to Science Museum Blog



Dates for Term 3/4
Any updates will be added in red.


Term 3/4 - 2017/18
Date
Time
Event
18/2
4:00 pm
Church at Tadpole Farm
19/2






6:00 pm
Children return to school Clubs resume first week back after February holiday - all as per previous information – clubs are on week beginning 19/2; 26/2; no clubs week beginning 5/3 due to parents meetings; clubs are on week beginning 13/3; 20/3 – no clubs week of 26/3

Meeting for current Y5 parents about the Y6 Residential Trip next year.
21/2

No Y2 swimming (starts again 28/2)
22/2
6:30pm
FOTF Committee meeting planning for disco and summer fayre – all welcome
26/2


World Book Day – children will be dressing up as favourite character from a book and bringing the story with them – the Book Fayre will be in school during the weeks following this date.
1 - 2/3

KS1 Bristol Zoo Trip - Y2 classes going on 1st, Y1 classes on 2nd
6/3
2:30 – 6:45 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
8/3
2:30 – 6:45 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
9/3
All Day
Author Visit to School – Jeremy Strong
15/3
3:00 pm
Y3 will be leading worship on value of Justice – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
17 – 23/3

Sports Relief Week – more details to follow
20/3
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 4 – Given recent concerns over children’s safety when using IT and in response to parental queries and requests for advice, we have re-scheduled this workshop to be focused on E-Safety for Parents – how to keep your child safe in the on-line world.
23/3
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

26/3 - 27/3

“Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 26/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 27/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times times to be confirmed.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Easter holiday.
28/3

FOTF Easter Disco events
29/3
9:15 am
All invited to join us for our Easter Service
29/3

Last day of term 4 – school finishes normal time
30/3 - 15/4

School Closed - Easter holiday


News from St Andrew's Church
Just before the end of half term on Sunday 18th February at 4pm we will be holding our monthly all age service at Tadpole Farm.  We’ll be serving tea and coffee and there will be a craft for children to start with and the short service for all ages will begin soon after 4.  The theme for February is ‘Love for everyone’.
I’ll let you have full details of our Easter Services soon, but you might like to know that we will be holding an Easter Craft Morning for Children and carers on Good Friday, 30th March from 10am -12noon at school too.  
You are all very welcome to both events.  
Revd. Sally Robertson
07588 594410

Advanced notice of Nursery Closure Day 
As we did last year, we will be closing our Nursery for one day so that all of our Nursery
staff can attend a Nursery conference and make sure we keep our practices up to date
and in line with other local providers.  The closure day will be Thursday 3rd May 2018
both morning and afternoon sessions will be closed, as will lunch club. 

KS2 Trip to Science Museum Blog
Our KS2 children enjoyed their trip to the Science Museum last week - here's a blog piece from them...
On the 7th February, KS2 went to the science museum in London. They went on a double decker coach and they were excited when they went upstairs. The children were split up into groups and each group there was a mixture of 3, 4 and 5 children. First, one of the groups went to the space section and there was a piece of real moon rock. After that,  they went to the section with old fashioned planes; they got to see the inside of a very old private jet. Next, they went to the game and technology room where there was a big screen and control pads and they could play the game. But it had a lot of teamwork involved because there were only 3 pads and they had 2-3 minutes each playing the game. After that, they went to the energy centre and saw Mrs Smith get electric shocked. There was a pole with electricity running through it and if you touched it you would get a small electric shock. After that they got to have a break from walking and and they had lunch. After lunch they looked around the museum some more and then they went to the gift shop and got some interesting items. They all enjoyed the trip and hope to visit again.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

2017/18 Newsblog Term 3 Week 5

Hello All

Here we are at the last week of term – how time flies when you are having fun.  We have just begun to advertise for our new teacher jobs for September – these are up on ETeach if you know of anyone who would like to join our teaching teams – and are looking forward to this next stage of growth in our school community.  Our Y5’s have been to Bradon Forest for a Spelling Bee competition and came back enthused about starting something similar within school – more details below.  All of Y3/4/5 are off to London this week for a day at the Science Museum and Mr Spencer is just finalising the details for next year’s residential trip for the Year 6’s plus putting in place Outdoor Activity awards for the Year 4 and 5’s – all firsts for us as a school and an exciting time to be part of our school community.  If there is something you would like to see on offer to your children then please let me know by email – we are always open to new ideas and happy to investigate suggestions.

In this week's blog:-

  • Dates for the Term 3 and 4
  • Author Visit – Jeremy Strong
  • No Nuts and lunchbox update
  • Spelling Bee News
  • Things of interest in the community


Dates for Term 3/4
Any updates will be added in red.

Term 3/4 - 2017/18
Date
Time
Event
5/2 – 9/2

A reminder, as previously notified, no clubs this week.  Clubs resume first week back after February holiday - all as per previous information – copied here again for reference no clubs week of 5/2; clubs are on week beginning 19/2; 26/2; no clubs week beginning 5/3 due to parents meetings; clubs are on week beginning 13/3; 20/3 – no clubs week of 26/3’


5/2 – 6/2

“Show me” sessions; Monday 5/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times Monday 5th Feb 8:40 - 9:10am Thursday 8th Feb 8:40 - 9:10am
  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
6/2
9:00 -10:30
FOTF Coffee Morning – come along for chat, refreshments and discussion about setting up a Toddler Group and future coffee morning events – all welcome.
7/2

KS2 Trip to Science Museum
9/2

Last day of term 3 – school finishes normal time
10/2 – 18/2

February Holiday Break – school closed
18/2
4:00 pm
Church at Tadpole Farm
19/2

Children return to school

21/2

No Y2 swimming (starts again 28/2)
22/2
6:30pm
FOTF Committee meeting planning for disco and summer fayre – all welcome
26/2 note change
of date

World Book Day – children will be dressing up as favourite character from a book and bringing the story with them – the Book Fayre will be in school during the weeks following this date.
1 - 2/3

KS1 Bristol Zoo Trip - Y2 classes going on 1st, Y1 classes on 2nd - letters have gone home re this trip
6/3
2:30 – 6:45 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
8/3
2:30 – 6:45 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
9/3
All Day
Author Visit to School – Jeremy Strong – see details below
15/3
3:00 pm
Y3 will be leading worship on value of Justice – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
17 – 23/3

Sports Relief Week – more details to follow
20/3
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 4 – Encouraging a love of reading – how do we encourage children to love reading?; how do we create text rich environments for children to grow up in? What can all of us do to work together to support children reading for pleasure?
23/3
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

26/3 - 27/3

“Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 26/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 27/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times times to be confirmed.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Easter holiday.
28/3

FOTF Easter Disco events – see FOTF newsletter sent out with blog email
29/3
9:15 am
All invited to join us for our Easter Service
29/3

Last day of term 4 – school finishes normal time
30/3 - 15/4

School Closed - Easter holiday

Author Visit – Jeremy Strong

The author Jeremy Strong is coming to visit us at Tadpole Farm for an exciting day of fun on Friday 9th March. We have a selection of his books to purchase, which we will endeavour to get signed during his visit. We have limited availability and it will be pot luck to as which title your child receives.  An item has been added to Parent Pay for all children from YR to Y5 so if you would like your child to have a signed book then please pop on to Parent Pay and make a payment; this will then reserve your book. Books will be delivered to us next week and we will set them aside for Jeremy Strong's visit. The cost is greatly reduced at just £3 per book and is limited to one book per child. 




No Nuts and lunchbox update

We have a no nut policy in school and would therefore ask that you keep nuts for eating at home only.  Please do not put nuts or products containing actual nuts in to your child's lunchbox or snack.  We have a number of children in school who are severely allergic to nuts and just nut particles on hand to hand contact can cause a reaction.
Thank you to all those of you who have been putting together healthy lunch boxes - it really helps us in school to support the healthy food message. 

Spelling Bee News

Four of our Year 5 children went to our first Spelling Bee competition at Bradon Forest.  They did really well with the team activities but came up against stiff competition in the individual rounds.  All four of them - Alisha, Kewin, Poppy and Shannon - worked well as a team and represented our school with pride.  They came back with some great ideas for setting up a Spelling Bee type activity for the whole school and will be working with Mrs Flynn, Miss Grindley and Mrs Honour as art of our wider project on Spelling and Phonics in Writing. 

Things of interest in the community