- Dates for Term 2
- Thank you for your generosity
- Snow Procedures
- Lost property & spare clothes
- Health and Safety news
- Christmas events including FOTF news, nativities, stay and play and christmas decorations
- Cinema Tickets
- News from Forest School
Dates for Term 2:
Week beginning 23rd November
|Road Safety Week - details below|
Thursday 26th November
3:30 - 7:30pm Christmas Stay and Play event - details below
Friday 27th November
Thursday 3rd December
3:30 FOTF Christmas Fayre - email sent out earlier this week from FOTF
Tuesday 8th December
2:15pm YR and Y1 Dress rehearsal for Nativity Performance - more details below
Wednesday 9th December
2:30pm YN Hedgehogs Nativity Performance - more details below
6:00pm YR and Y1 Nativity Performance - more details below
Thursday 10th December
Big Band Night - confirmed timings of 3:30 - 6:00 - please sign up in school office from Monday 23rd November.
Wednesday 16th December
School Christmas Lunch - details below
Friday 18th December
Last day of term and Christmas Jumper for Text Santa, which is supporting Make a Wish, Save the Children
.Thank you for your generosity
Your generous Harvest donations were given to the Women's Refuge in Swindon and the cash donations of £30.50 were given to Swindon Foodbank. The Children in Need day raised £133.40 and this has been sent in to support the many charities that Children in Need ensure provide help to those in need. Our next charity event is the Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 18th December.
A reminder that applications for Reception places for 2016 are now open - if your child is in our Nursery class you will still need to apply as normal for a Reception place. We are already receiving applications for Nursery places for September 2016 and forms are available if you would like to apply for a place.
Hopefully we won't need to close for any reason, snow or otherwise, but it would seem sensible to let you know where you can find out what we will be doing should the weather turn snowy. If at all possible, in terms of safety, we will open so that those of you who work can still get to work. The teaching staff live at various long distances from school so their ability to get in to Swindon will have a major impact on whether we open or not. A decision on opening or not will be made by 6:30 a.m. on the day of any snow difficulty. Regardless of what happens after that time, the school will open or close for the whole of that day - so if, for example, the decision is to open and then the snow gets worse we will stay open until 3:30, though you would be welcome to collect your child early if you were worried about travelling in the snow; on the other hand, if the decision was to close for the day, we would remain closed for the whole of that day even if the snow all suddenly melts and the roads clear. We will put a message on the website via blog; will send out a text and will send out an email. The Friends Of Tadpole Farm facebook page will also be updated.
Lost property & spare clothes
If your child mislays an item of clothing in school could we ask, in the first instance, that you mention it to the teachers, who will help your child look for it, and check whether it has been handed in to the lost property box which is now in the School Office. This usually results in items being found.
We are running short of spare clothes - if your child has come home in school spares could we ask that you return them, washed, within a couple of days. If you have any spare school uniform that your child has outgrown we would be grateful for donations.
Health and Safety news
Thank you for your understanding whilst we have been unable to use the rear of the school due to the instability of the sheets on the canopy roof. The building contractors are involved on a daily basis and we would like to reassure you that the children have not been playing in that area - their safety and the safety of the staff and yourselves is obviously a high priority for me. Until we have seen that remedial work is effective we will continue to use the entrances at the front of school.
Another appeal for coats to be in every day please - the children are in and out in all weathers so need warm coats. Also could any children with long hair please have their hair tied back each day as this helps with health and safety.
A reminder that we have a no nut policy in school - this includes peanut butter and nutella/nut chocolate spread. Young children may not yet have had nut allergy identified and this just protects them all.
Road safety week, next week, will see the children learning about keeping safe when out and about; the usefulness of high visibility waistcoats, which have been provided for each child by Crest Nicholson and will be sent home with your child next week and then can be used for the journey to and from school; some classes will have safety talks from the police and road safety will be part of each classes learning next week.
Competition Time: As part of road safety week we have been asked by the developers to invite the children to create road safety posters asking people to drive carefully near the school and through Tadpole Garden Village. If you child would like to enter please draw an A4 poster with them that would be suitable for encouraging safe driving/walking around the site. The posters will be given to the developers who will choose winners and turn the winning entries in to posters to be used along Greene Street.
If you would like to do activities with your child at home there are lots of ideas at http://think.direct.gov.uk/education/early-years-and-primary/parents/
The speed bumps have been adjusted in height though the signage is still missing - we will keep you updated about this. we have been told that the speed bumps are a temporary, though long term, measure to reduce the speed of contractors through the site.
Christmas events including FOTF news, nativities, stay and play and christmas decorations
You should have all received an email from the FOTF about the Christmas Fayre on Thursday 3rd December - if you didn't please get in touch with the School Office to check we have your correct email address recorded. The email included details of the Dress Down Day on Friday 27th November so please check this out to see what your child's class has been asked to contribute to the Fayre.
Nativities - details of the role your child will play and any costume needed will be sent home next week in your child's book bag. An email will be sent out about tickets etc early next week.
Christmas Stay and Play - those of you who were with us last year may remember that we offered to do a Christmas Stay and Play for your children so that you could go late night shopping or meet friends for Christmas coffee. It seemed to be well received and so we would like to offer you that opportunity again. The details are as follows:-
Date: Thursday 26th November end of school to 7:30 pm (you can pick up earlier if you wish)
Cost: £5 per child
Places available: 80 (LilyPad users will have priority - rest on First come First Served basis)
LilyPad: will be closed that day (if your child would be at Lilypad you will need to book a place at Stay and Play and your child will be given priority for this - you will be refund the £7.50 cost of LilyPad in your next bill but will need to pay the £5 for the Stay and Play)
Sign-up: available from Monday morning - sheets will be at LilyPad and then the school office - sign up can only be done along with £5 in named envelope.
The £5 covers food, craft etc; staff give their time on a voluntary basis. Children can bring along their pyjamas to change in to so they'll be ready for bed when you get home. The stay and play is open to all year groups, including Nursery.
Christmas Decorations: Last year we asked each child who was with us to bring in a Christmas decoration to go on the Christmas tree. We will be taking these out ready for putting on the tree but obviously we have many new children in school this year! If your child was not in school here last year please could they bring in a decoration, details as follows:-
- the decoration needs to be robust enough to stand the test of time as we will hang the same decoration on the tree every year that your child is in our school. When your child leaves the school their decoration will be returned to them as part of the leaving worship. The guidelines for the decoration are:
- it must be named
- it should fit a colour scheme of red/green/gold
- it must be of a size that will hang on a branch
- it must be strong enough to stand being hung each year for up to 7 years and being packed away repeatedly each year
- it should be sent into school in the last week of November
Our caterers, Edwards and Ward, are sponsoring a competition next week for your child to win cinema tickets - we'll let you know about any winners we have in school.
News from Forest School
Over the last two weeks both Reception class and Year one have been out for a wet and windy Autumnal walk to our local woods Shepherds Copse.
The abundance of rain had left us with a multitude of muddy puddles, big and small, squelchy and squishy, all were perfect for splashing in. We also found a few animals tracks left in the mud, we identified deer, dog and people prints, although we weren’t quite so sure about the ones that looked like dinosaurs, bears and Gruffalos.
We made our way around the farmers field where the long grass was swishing in the wind and found some great spots to play hide and seek from the teachers at the back.
We then used our detective skills and tools to see what creatures we could find in the woods, there were many woodlice, snails, slugs, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, a lacewing and even a few ladybirds.
We then used clay and natural materials to make our own super spikey hedgehogs, we talked about hibernation and then made some cosy homes for them from sticks and leaves.
After a game or two of countdown hide and seek to warm up, we ventured back through the swishy grass and squelchy puddles back to the warmth of our cosy school.