Sunday, 26 May 2019

2018/19 Newsblog Term 5 Week 5

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

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

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

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

Prayer Space 2019
6/6
15:00
Pentecost Service led by Y5
Y5 parents are invited to join us
9/6
16:00
Church at Tadpole Farm
10/6- 14/6

Phonics Screening Week
13/6

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

Dress down day for FOTF Fayre- details to be confirmed
18/6

YR Trip to Roves Farm
19/6
18:00
Parent Induction Meeting for YN
21/6

Staff training day- school closed to children
24/6- 28/6

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

Sports Day- Details to be confirmed
26/6
18:00
Parent Induction Meeting for YR
27/6

EYFS Worship about Compassion
Parents of children in EYFS are invited to join us.
28/6
12:00
Year 2 parents invited to a taster session of school dinners- details on Parent Pay
29/6
11:30- 14:00
School Fayre
1/7

Shuffle up morning.
YN and YR new starters in.
All children visit their new class and teacher.
3/7

Shuffle up morning.
YN and YR new starters in.
All children visit their new class and teacher.
4/7

Shuffle up morning.
YN and YR new starters in.
All children visit their new class and teacher.
5/7

Y4 Trip to Oxenwood
8/7

Y1 trip to Bristol Zoo
10/7

KS2 End of Year Performance- Times to be confirmed
15/7
15:30- 17:30
Show me sessions for YR- Y6
16/7
15:30- 16:30
Show me sessions for YR- Y6 excluding Y2
16/7

Y2 Trip to Wild Place - so will not be doing Show Me Session on 16/7
19/7
14:30
Provisional date for Mini Police Certificates Assembly
23/7
9:00
End of Year Worship
If fine, we will be outside and all parents are invited to join us.
If wet, we will be inside and it will be Tadpole Farm children and staff only (as insufficient space in hall)
Message for Year 1 and 2 Parents re Monday 3rd June
On our first day back, Monday 3rd June, Key Stage One (Year 1 and 2) will be getting sporty to kick off our new topic 'Get your head in the game!' Please could all children come to school already dressed in their PE kit for that day. They can stay in this all day, so will not need a change of clothes. Thank you.

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

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

Miss Pearson and the Year 5 Mini Police team.

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many thanks

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


Things to do in the Community







Sunday, 19 May 2019

2018/19 Newsblog Term 5 Week 4

Hello All
Thank you for the support you gave to the children for our first ever Y6 SAT week and our Y2 SAT week and a huge thank you to the staff  and catering team for the lovely SATs breakfasts for Y6. The children did their best, which is all we ask, and were calmly and positively supported by the the whole staff team.  
In the blog this week:-
Term 5/6 dates
Prayer Space at Tadpole Farm
Update: Class Photos
Football Match Report
Welcome New Parents
Message for Year R Parents
Update on Y6 Trip
Staff News
Book Recommendations for this week
Things to do in the Community


Term 5 - 2018/19   
Date   
Time   
Event   
20/5

Y5 and Y6 Trip
24/5

End of term 5
Term 6
3/6

Return to school for term 6
4/6 & 5/6

Prayer Space 2019- details below
6/6
15:00
Pentecost Service led by Y5
Y5 parents are invited to join us
9/6
16:00
Church at Tadpole Farm - see below
10/6- 14/6

Phonics Screening Week
13/6

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

Dress down day for FOTF Fayre- details to be confirmed
18/6

YR Trip to Roves Farm
19/6
18:00
Parent Induction Meeting for YN
21/6

Staff training day- school closed to children
24/6- 28/6

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

Sports Day- Details to be confirmed
26/6
18:00
Parent Induction Meeting for YR
27/6

EYFS Worship about Compassion
Parents of children in EYFS are invited to join us.
28/6
12:00
Year 2 parents invited to a taster session of school dinners- details on Parent Pay
29/6
11:30- 14:00
School Fayre
1/7

Shuffle up morning.
YN and YR new starters in.
All children visit their new class and teacher.
3/7

Shuffle up morning.
YN and YR new starters in.
All children visit their new class and teacher.
4/7

Shuffle up morning.
YN and YR new starters in.
All children visit their new class and teacher.
5/7

Y4 Trip to Oxenwood
8/7

Y1 trip to Bristol Zoo
10/7

KS2 End of Year Performance- Times to be confirmed
15/7
15:30- 17:30
Show me sessions for YR- Y6
16/7
15:30- 16:30
Show me sessions for YR- Y6 excluding Y2
16/7

Y2 Trip to Wild Place - so will not be doing Show Me Session on 16/7
19/7
14:30
Provisional date for Mini Police Certificates Assembly
23/7
9:00
End of Year Worship
If fine, we will be outside and all parents are invited to join us.
If wet, we will be inside and it will be Tadpole Farm children and staff only (as insufficient space in hall)


Prayer Space at Tadpole Farm
Members of St Andrew’s are really looking forward to running a prayer space at school again this summer and it’s not just the pupils who will be able to experience it.  The same activities will be available at Church at Tadpole Garden Village at 4pm on Sunday 9th June.  Please come along to try out the ways of praying the children will have experienced during the week or drop in after school on Tuesday 4th June until 4pm.
A Prayer Space is an increasingly popular way for schools to give children the opportunity to engage in the spiritual side of life.  There will be 6 different ways of praying and things to pray for and each child will have the opportunity to try them all. To find out more about the impact Prayer Spaces have had on children across the country visit the national website.  Our activities are based on the value for term 5, Truthfulness.
Also this year all children in Years 4, 5 and 6 will be bringing home a Family Prayer Adventure map to encourage you to join in the international prayer movement ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ from 30th May to 9th June.  The map is a fun way to talk to God and grow together as a family and it even has a sheet of stickers to use.  If your child is younger than year 4 and you would like a copy of the map, please let me know and I’ll send you one.


Revd. Sally Robertson
Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk
07588 594410


Update: Class Photos
All orders for class photos have gone down to classes and hopefully made it home now.  Any queries please check with class teacher first then contact school office. Thank you.


Football Match Report
Ever since the girls represented the school in a football tournament back in February they have spent most lunchtimes pestering me for the chance to play some more matches so for a post SATS treat, the year 6 girls with the help of some of the year 5s went and represented the school against Abbeymeads.
The game was a great test for the girls and they battled well against a good Abbeymeads team. Angel scored a cracking goal and all the girls worked well together and showed a great team spirit through out and throughly enjoyed their experience as a team. Well done girls excellent effort!
Miss Wood


Welcome New Parents
Welcome to all the families who have been offered places with us from September 2019. The emails we have for  our new September 2019 YN and YR starters have been added to our system so you can begin to receive information about the school.  The induction dates to the diary which is accessible via the website - www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk


Message for Year R Parents
The children have asked if we could have a pirate  'Dress up as a Pirate' day next Friday 24th May as they would like to put on a party for Pirate Pete.  A notice has been put up outside the classroom and please ask the staff if you have any queries.


Update on Y6 Trip
Just a reminder,  the Y6 Warner Brothers Harry Potter trip is Monday 20th May and children need to be in school 7.45am and are expected to be back in school for 4pm latest.  Children need packed lunch and spending money - info previously shared.


Absences from school for holidays
Just a reminder that we do not authorise term time holidays except in exceptional circumstances.  Could we please ask that all families avoid any holidays in May/June - we often have assessments running in May and June and the children prefer to do things with their peers rather than on their own on their return from holiday.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Staff News
This week will be Mrs Smith's last week in school before she begins her maternity leave - we wish her and her family well with this exciting next stage in their lives. YN class will be covered, for the days Mrs Smith was leading the class, by Mrs Dix, who has taken the class each Wednesday this academic year, supported by Miss Kaja and Mrs Kilby, both of whom already work with the class. This way the children will spend term 6 with adults with whom they are familiar.
This week will also be Mrs Longhurst's last week in school until the end of term 6 as her family has an exciting development too. They will be taking on Special Guardianship for a baby nephew of theirs and will be off in term 6 to settle him in to their family. We wish them all well with this new member of their family. Mrs Longhurst's class will be covered for term 6 by Mrs Flynn and then Mrs Holt, when she returns at the end of June, at the start of the week and Mrs Brock at the end of the week. The children know Mrs Brock very well as she leads YR learning one day during the week already and Mrs Flynn and Mrs Holt have spoken to the teaching team so they are aware of the needs of all the children. The rest of the teaching team will be there to support all the children as usual.
Mr Spencer is due back next term; he has been in most of last week and will be in some of the coming week. He is recovering well and we are all looking forward to him being back.

Book Recommendations for this week


Things to do in the Community


Don't forget we have the Premier Holiday Camp running at Tadpole again this holiday - bookings https://family.premier-education.com/courses?location=Swindon&hol=0&hol=1&eve=0&exc=0&day=0

Job Vacancy with Edwards and Ward, our caterers. 
Catering assistant for busy school kitchen in Swindon (Tadpole Farm School)
Immediate start - once clear DBS has been returned from local authorities
16 hours per week, term time only
To help and support in all areas of the main school kitchen
To assist the kitchen manager in all food preparation and service
Clearing and cleaning of dining hall, equipment and kitchen.
Some manual handling (putting out / away tables and chairs) therefore must not suffer from any neck, back or shoulder problems
£8.21 per hour (working hours 09:30 / 10:00 -13:00 / 13:30 – to be agreed with kitchen manager)
Please see Pippa in kitchen if interested.