Sunday, 21 May 2017

Newsblog Term 5 Week 4

Hello All

What a week that was! - we had all sorts of things planned... interviews, preparation for Science Week; parent reading workshop... all put on hold by a phone call from OFSTED.  The results do not come out for a couple of weeks as they need to be quality assured by different people in OFSTED - we are asked not to discuss the outcome until the report has been finalised - to do so might mean our visit is made null and void and would have to be done again.  We can say the inspectors were thorough and fair and we await the report.  In the blog this week:-


  • Dates for your diary
  • Reminders and postponements  -  Show Me Sessions; no clubs this week; science week postponed; parent workshop postponed
  • Y2 Swimming - Possible Cancellation
  • Parking and Traffic Issues - Help Needed
  • Race for Life - FOTF
  • Multi-languages Day 30th June - Come and join in?

Dates for your diary
Updates in Red

Term 5 and 6  2016/17
Date
Time
Event

22/5 – 24/5

“Show me” sessions –  Monday 22/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 23/5 and Wednesday 24/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session
Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1 and Y2 children opens this week
No Clubs this week
25/5
Science Week all week – see blog for details – after school session for parents 3:30 – 4:30 pm to see what the children have been doing - will now run after the holidays - see below – moved to week of 12th to 15th June
26/5
Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
27/5 – 4/6
May Holiday Break – school closed
5/6
Children return to school
8/6
School to be used as Polling Station – school will be open – children who normally have dinners will have school provided packed lunches
12/6 – 15/6

Science Week – see aboveafter school session for parents Thursday 15th June 3:30 – 4:30 pm to see what the children have been doing
16/6
School closed to children - Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
Week of 19/6
Sports week – Tuesday 20th June is planned sports day – families invited from 1:45 pm
24/6
FOTF Summer Fayre
27/6
3:00 pm
YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Thankfulness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year 
30/6
All day
Multi-languages Day – more information to follow.
7/7
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

3/7 – 5/7

“Show me” sessions – for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 3/7  classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 4/7 and Wednesday 5/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session
Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1 and Y2 children opens this week
12/7
Last swimming session for Y2
6/7 – note change of date 
End of Year Production by Y1 and Y2 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
14/7
Annual Reports sent home
19/7
All welcome to join us for end of year service 9:15 am
Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
20/7 and 21/7
Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

Reminders and postponements  -  Show Me Sessions; no clubs this week; science week postponed; parent workshop postponed
This week sees the very popular Show Me Sessions for you to come and see what your children have been learning about this term and also the opening of both SeeSaw and Tapestry to parent access.  Please remember that this does mean there are no school run clubs this week so children will need collecting at 3:30 every day unless the go to LilyPad.  External clubs that you pay for directly e.g. ballet and WIMS11 are not affected. 
Due to OFSTED we didn't have the time for staff to plan and resource science week or the parent workshop.  Science week dates are given above.  I will re-schedule the parent workshop and let you know asap - thank you for your understanding with these changes.  Following the feedback on Parent View and comments made to the inspectors, I would like to thank everyone who gave time to share their views.  The comments were, on the whole, very positive but I just wanted to remind you that I am always more than happy to discuss any concerns you have - pop in for a cup of tea and a chat - we can only sort out situations if we know what your concerns are.
 Y2 Swimming - Possible Cancellation
We find ourselves in a bit of a difficult position concerning Y2 swimming.  We are £1000 short of voluntary contributions - £350 last term and £650 this term.  The contributions pay for the travel to the sports centre; school funds pay for the swimming.  In many local schools, the children get just 10 weeks of swimming; cannot swim by the end of this and then may not learn to swim until much later in life.  £2.50 a week for swimming lessons by qualified coaches is really a bargain and, together, we are giving the children a life skill that may, literally, save their lives.  I suspect, for many of you, life is just too busy and you have simply forgotten to do the BACS transfer - if that's you could you do it by Wednesday please.  If you can't afford to pay please let me know - we can help.  I understand that some of you may feel that, because we have called it a voluntary contribution, you should not have to pay - I appreciate your point of view, but if we do not receive enough to cover the coach costs then, sadly, we will have to cancel some of the remaining lessons and refund any overpayments to those that have paid - these voluntary contribution arrangements only work if everyone contributes fairly.  School budgets, you will have heard in the news, are tightening again this year and we have no spare funds to cover these costs.  

Parking and Traffic Issues - Help Needed
I know this is going to be a regular slot in the blog - it is in many, many schools all over the country.  Can I ask the following:-

  • only use disabled spaces if you have a pass from the office... it doesn't matter whether you will 'only be a minute' they are for permit holders only
  • keep the entrance/exit gate areas clear - no half on/off kerb parking - it puts children's lives at risk
  • use the drop zone only if you will be literally dropping off or staying with your car (I know some of the Y2 children have started being allowed to walk to parents cars in the drop zone at end of day so please avoid parking there and leaving your vehicle)
  • residents in the roads around school have their own parking bays and parking areas - they are not for general use - please treat our new neighbours as you would wish to be treated if you lived there
  • if someone has parked in a way you feel is inconsiderate you have two choices - you can talk to them yourself, remembering that there are children around who need to see us handling situations calmly and respectfully - or you can come in to the office and we can help - we are all part of the school community and the values that underpin this community apply to all of us.
Lastly but not least, this problem is not going to go away so we need to come up with how to tackle it in the best way possible - I have two volunteers to be part of a working party but need some more - please volunteer to help us with this community need and let the office know.  

Race for Life - FOTF
Money is still coming in for the Race for Life - so far it's looking like over £3000.  That is amazing.  An update from Laura, the Chair of FOTF, will be in the next blog. Photos will be available on the school website during the week. 

Multi-languages Day 30th June - Come and join in?
We will be having another fun languages day - 30th June this year - and are looking for parents who would like to share their knowledge of a particular country or city with the children as part of the day.  Please let the School Office know if you can help.







Sunday, 14 May 2017

Newsblog Term 5 Week 3

Hello All

Thank you so much for supporting the FOTF and the children in this week's Race for Life.  The support was much appreciated, especially those of you who helped organise the event and, of course, the many of you who have donated money - see below for details.    In the blog this week:-


  • Dates for your diary
  • Parent Workshop - Sign up and details
  • Sunshine and Sun Protection
  • Race for Life - FOTF
  • Science Week & Request for Junk Resources

Dates for your diary
Updates in Red



Term 5 and 6  2016/17
Date
Time
Event



18/5
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 5 – Supporting your child with Reading – this workshop is open to current and 2017/18 parents too – further details will follow
19/5
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

22/5 – 24/5



“Show me” sessions –  Monday 22/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 23/5 and Wednesday 24/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session
Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1 and Y2 children opens this week
No Clubs this week
25/5

Science Week all week – see blog for details – after school session for parents 3:30 – 4:30 pm to see what the children have been doing
26/5

Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
27/5 – 4/6

May Holiday Break – school closed
5/6

Children return to school
8/6

School to be used as Polling Station – school will be open – children who normally have dinners will have school provided packed lunches
16/6

School closed to children - Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
Week of 19/6

Sports week – Tuesday 20th June is planned sports day – families invited from 1:45 pm
24/6

FOTF Summer Fayre
27/6
3:00 pm
YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Thankfulness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year 
7/7
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

3/7 – 5/7



“Show me” sessions – for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 3/7  classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 4/7 and Wednesday 5/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session
Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1 and Y2 children opens this week

12/7

Last swimming session for Y2
6/7 – note change of date

End of Year Production by Y1 and Y2 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
14/7

Annual Reports sent home
19/7

All welcome to join us for end of year service 9:15 am
Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
20/7 and 21/7

Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

Parent Workshop - Sign up and details
This week sees the next in our series of successful Parent Workshops - this time Reading is the focus.  From 6:00 - 6:40 pm the session will focus on early communication and the beginnings of reading - how to support your child as they begin this important step.  This session would be suitable for prospective YN, current YN and YR parents particularly.  From 6:45 - 7:30 pm the session will focus on how, once those decoding skills are in place, we move on to supporting children in showing understanding of text so they can develop reading comprehension skills.  The second session is suitable for Y1 and Y2 in particular but all are welcome.  We'll also be having our usual interactive sessions within each workshop and time for questions and answers.  Sign-up sheets for each session will be available on Monday at the school office or you can email in to sign-up if that's easier for you. 

Sunshine and Sun Protection
We hope that the summer weather is here to stay and would ask that your child brings in a sun hat and sun cream, both clearly named please - if you could teach them how to apply it themselves that would be really helpful, as putting on 30 lots of suncream does, as you can imagine, take a considerable amount of time.  Children will be allowed to wear sunglasses provided they provide UV protection and are not just play/toy sunglasses.  Please make sure any sunglasses fit snugly and/or have a head band to keep them in place.  

Race for Life - FOTF
A huge thank you from FOTF to all those of you who volunteered to help, who came to support and who raised donations for the Race for Life event last week.  It looks like you will raise about £2000 in total, which is amazing.  Our next event is the Summer Fayre - more news on that soon but we'll be looking for volunteers again and know we can count on your support - thank you.  

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15284267.Pupils_raise_hundreds_for_Cancer_Research_with_Race_for_Life/?ref=fbshr

Science Week & Request for Junk Resources

Miss Baker has arranged a very exciting science week for the children, to take place in the last week of term. She has also requested junk modelling stuff especially: Plastic bottles, milk bottle tops, corks, boxes and tubes.  Her message to you all is...
Science is Fun!
In the week beginning 22nd May 2017 Tadpole Farm will be having their very own Science week.
The children will be exploring different science concepts by finding out; Who pushed Humpty Dumpty?; Who stole the chocolate cake?; Incy Wincy Spider science and much, much more.
You will all have the opportunity to come in and see what they have been doing over the week after school on Thursday 25th of May, 3:30 - 4:30 pm. You will also have the opportunity to explore more mind boggling science with your children such as, can you blow up a balloon with no air and can you walk on eggs?



Hope to see you there!