Sunday, 17 September 2017

2017/18 Newsblog Term 1 Week 2

Hello All,

Last week saw the start of swimming lessons for year 2; ukulele lessons for Year 4/5 and visits from some Community Artists for a Key Stage Two project as well as planning visits from our Forest School partners - lots of exciting, enriching learning to look forward to!

In this week's blog:-


  • Dates for the Term 1 and 2
  • Welcome from Rev Sally Robertson
  • Clubs Places for Term 1 and 2
  • Donation of defibrillator - Janet's Puppy School
  • Quick requests - names in uniforms; water in water bottles; birthdays; painting shirts; help with Forest School
  • Y3/4/5 - break time snacks and lunch boxes
  • YR - Squirrels and Owls - Change to end of day pick up routine and All About Me Bags
  • Things of interest in the wider community

Dates for Term 1 and 2
Any updates will be added in red.
Term 1 and 2  2017/18
Date
Time
Event



Week beginning 18/9
Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 18/9; 25/9; 2/10; 9/10; no clubs week of 16/10 and 31/10 – see below; clubs are on week beginning 6/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11 – no clubs week of 4/12 and 11/12 - if your child attends football/dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those - see below for clubs places 
21/9
8:30 am

3:00 pm

Rev'd Sally Robertson will be available by the Drop Zone - please come and say hello.
Y2 will be leading worship on theme of Friendship– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year 
25/9
Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 27/9 and times allocated by Monday 2/10
29/9

Visit to School from Jack Rutter, Paralympic Footballer – children will all need PE kit in that day as they will be taking part in a circuit training event with Jack.  Sponsorship forms are being sent home for this event – children can take part whether they have sponsorship or not but rewards are available depending on amount raised – see forms for details 
3/10
10:15 - 11:00
Harvest Service at the Allotments – all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
10/10
6:00 – 7:30 pm 
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 1 – Supporting reading and developing reading comprehension skills - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.
13/10
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental   feedback

16/10 – 17/10
“Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 16/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 17/10 – 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 Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of October holiday.
18/10
Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
19/10 – 29/10
October holiday – school closed
30/10
Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
31/10
Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
31/10
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
2/11
2:30 – 6:45 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
16/11
3:00 pm 
Y1 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 
28/11
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 2 - Supporting early writing and writing development - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.

4/12 – 5/12
“Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 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 Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Christmas holiday.
6/12
2:30 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
8/12
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship 
8/12
Times to be confirmed 
Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited –  this will be held at St Andrew’s Church so Nursery will be closed that day as staff will be at church all day.
14/12
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 
15/12
Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
16/12 – 1/1/18
Christmas holiday – school closed




Welcome from Rev Sally Robertson - St Andrew's Church

Over the summer I took up the role of Priest-in-Charge at St Andrew’s - Tadpole Farm Academy’s local parish church.  I am very much looking forward to getting to know the school better in the coming months.  I’ll be joining the Local Board and coming into take Assemblies once a month.  On those mornings I’ll be available in the Drop Zone from 8.30am if anyone would like to chat about anything connected to St Andrew’s.  This Thursday, 21st  September is the first of those mornings.  
In the coming months we’re intending to start a worship service for All Ages at Tadpole Farm Academy, probably on a Sunday afternoon about once a month.  If you’d like to know more about that or have any ideas about the kind of service which would appeal to you and your family, do let me know. 
In the mean time you’re always welcome at St Andrew’s Church at 10am every Sunday.  The first Sunday of the month is our children’s service – on the 1st October we’ll be celebrating Harvest Festival and receiving food and money donations for Swindon Food Bank.  Other Sundays we have Sunday School available.  We also run an all age service at St Francis School Taw Hill once a month. The next one is 24th September at 4pm.  We’ll be looking at “The Church as a body” – craft, games and worship for all ages followed by tea and cake.
Finally, some of you may have met Revd Phil Ashby who has been the Associate Priest at St Andrew’s for over 3 years.  He will be leaving us at the end of September, so we’re saying ‘thank you and good bye’ to him on Sunday 24th September.
Information about St Andrew’s Church is always available on our website www.nschurch.org.uk and why not follow us on Facebook @standrews.northswindon?
Looking forward to meeting you soon
Revd Sally Robertson

Clubs Places for Term 1 and 2
An email has been sent to the email address of the person who signed up each child for clubs. Please remember that club dates are as listed above in the calendar and that pick up for all school run clubs is 4:30 from the double gates by the Drop Zone.

Donation of defibrillator - Janet's Puppy School
You may remember me letting you know of the generous donation by Janet's Puppy School of a portable defibrillator for our school. Janet is coming in to Friday Worship this week so we can thank her and will be bringing her dog with her.  Obviously, as you would expect from a dog trainer, her dog is impeccably behaved but if you feel your child may be ore by this please let me know. 

Quick requests - names in uniforms; water in water bottles; birthdays; painting shirts; help with Forest School
Names in uniforms - please check that all items your child bring in to school are named - we already have missing sweatshirts so please double check you've got the ones you expect to have at home and pop in to school any that have made their way home but are not items that belong to your child;
Water in water bottles - only water should be in water bottles not squash or juice or milk etc. Water is easy to wipe up when spilt and is the recommended fluid for hydration. If you feel your child needs something else than water please let me know. Any water bottles containing things other than water will be sent home - thank you for your help with this. 
Birthdays - we celebrate every child's birthday in whole school worship and in class - we know the children like to bring treats to share with others in their class. This can though, cause difficulties for us in school so could we ask that you keep any sharing things such as sweets and cakes for home as we have children with a variety of allergies in school and some parents do not like their children to have particular sweet treats;
Help! We need...
painting shirts - do you have any unwanted men's shirts that we could turn in to painting overalls -if so please drop off at the School Office - thank you.
Help with Forest School - are you an outdoorsy type of person? Are you free on a Tuesday? would you like to help each week with Forest School? If so you will need a DBS check so lease pop in to the School Office and volunteer. If we get sufficient volunteers we will create a rota. It's great fun!

Y3/4/5 - break time snacks and lunch boxes
The younger children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1/2 all get government funded fruit at break time. This is not available for Year 3/4/5. They may bring in a fruit - fresh or dried - snack for break time. They all know this but the message re not sweets, crisps or chocolate seems not to have made it home! Could we ask for your help in only providing fresh or dried fruit and no other fruit, sweet or snack item - thank you.
The Y3/4/5 children have also been having some less healthy items in lunch boxes - could we again ask for your help to make sure lunch boxes follow the healthy guidelines shared previously. 

YR - Squirrels and Owls - Change to end of day pick up routine and All About Me Bags
To make things easier at the end of the day the Reception class teachers are going to trial Owls coming out of the usual door into the parent waiting area and Squirrels coming out of the small side gate to the left of the usual door into the parents waiting area. Let us know, after a week or so, how you think this is going. 
On Friday the children took home an All About Me bag. This is to help us get to know your child and your family better. We ask that your child fills the bag with 4 items that are special to them and your family. The bags will need to be brought back into school on Wednesday so that they can be shared with the class. Bags will be returned home on Friday. 

Things of interest in the wider community


Sunday, 10 September 2017

2017/18 Newsblog Term 1 Week 1

Hello All,

What a great first week back! - thank you for your patience as we all settled in to new classes and new routines.  I've highlighted a couple of things below that will help drop-offs and pick-ups run more smoothly.  The children have come back to school full of smiles and keen to learn - already they have shown many examples of living our school values... you should be very proud of them.

In this week's blog:-


  • Dates for the Term 1 and 2
  • Clubs for Term 1 and 2
  • Visit from Jack Rutter Paralympian and fundraising sponsorship event for school sports equipment and GB athletes
  • Reception parents - message from Mrs Holt and Mrs Longhurst
  • Year 3/4/5 parents - message from Mr Spencer
  • Year 1/2 parents - message from the KS1 team
  • LilyPad Snack menu
  • Reception for 2018
  • Questions and Answers from Meet the Teacher events and first week back conversations
  • Requests for Absence
  • Healthy Lunch Boxes

Dates for Term 1 and 2
Any updates will be added in red.
Term 1 and 2  2017/18
Date
Time
Event
11/9 – 13/9
Sign up for clubs available
13/9
Y2 Swimming lessons start
15/9
Club places announced
Week beginning 18/9
Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 18/9; 25/9; 2/10; 9/10; no clubs week of 16/10 and 31/10 – see below; clubs are on week beginning 6/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11 – no clubs week of 4/12 and 11/12 - if your child attends football/dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those
21/9
3:00 pm
Y2 will be leading worship on theme of Friendship– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year – see below for details
25/9
Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 27/9 and times allocated by Monday 2/10
29/9

Visit to School from Jack Rutter, Paralympic Footballer – children will all need PE kit in that day as they will be taking part in a circuit training event with Jack.  Sponsorship forms are being sent home for this event – children can take part whether they have sponsorship or not but rewards are available depending on amount raised – see forms for details
3/10
10:15 - 11:00
Harvest Service at the Allotments – all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
10/10
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 1 – Supporting reading and developing reading comprehension skills - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.
13/10
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback

16/10 – 17/10
“Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 16/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 17/10 – 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 Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of October holiday.
18/10
Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
19/10 – 29/10
October holiday – school closed
30/10
Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
31/10
Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
31/10
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
2/11
2:30 – 6:45 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
16/11
3:00 pm
Y1 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
28/11
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 2 - Supporting early writing and writing development - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.

4/12 – 5/12
“Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 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 Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Christmas holiday.
6/12
2:30 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
8/12
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
8/12
Times to be confirmed
Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited – we are hoping this will be held at St Andrew’s Church so Nursery will be closed that day as staff will be at church all day.
14/12
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
15/12
Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
16/12 – 1/1/18
Christmas holiday – school closed


Clubs for Term 1 and 2

As we did last term, sign up for clubs will be done online with access available from Monday. All school run clubs are from 3:30 - 4:30 and collection after clubs, for all clubs, is from the gate by the drop zone (Year 2 entrance gate).  We will try and give the children a club of their choice - if clubs are oversubscribed then children's names will be picked randomly. The school run clubs are run by school staff on a voluntary, unpaid basis and we hope your children enjoy them.
On offer are the following clubs:

Day
Club
Open to…
Monday
Puzzle Club – lots of different puzzles and games
Y1/2/3/4/5 Maximum 40 children

Construction Club - using different materials to build amazing creations
Y1/2/3/4/5 Maximum 40 children
Thursday
Playdough Club – making your own and creating great models
Y1/2 Maximum 15 children

Pick ‘n Mix Home Learning Club – for those families who find it difficult to fit in home learning, your children have asked for time to do this in school
Y1/2/3/4/5 – Maximum 40 children

Ball Games Club – ball based games eg Tag Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Hockey (not football)
Y2/3/4/5 – Maximum 40 children 

Visit from Jack Rutter Paralympian and fundraising sponsorship event for school sports equipment and GB athletes
A letter (from Mrs Philpott, our PE Coordinator (Miss Evans as was)) and sponsorship form concerning the visit from Jack Rutter on Friday 29th September will be coming home with your child this week. The aim of the event is to inspire the pupils to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to discover and then pursue their passion in life. All children, whether they have completed a sponsorship form or not, will need their PE kit in school on that day as they will be taking part in a circuit type fitness activity.

Reception parents - message from Mrs Holt and Mrs Longhurst
We are so pleased with how well the children have settled into Reception so far. Many child are already saying goodbye at the door and coming into class, on their own, to join their friends for stories. 
Next Friday, all the children will be in for the whole day. This may mean that the reception entrance may get a bit congested. Can we ask that, if your child still needs some support to come into class, you stay by the entrance door and let the other children come in first so they can get settled and then come on in as things quieten down.

A couple of reminders - Water bottles should contain only water and not juice;  it's really important to put your child's name in clothes as many of them have the same; there is no afternoon session on Wednesday this coming week; all children need coats every day please.  

Year 3/4/5 parents - message from Mr Spencer
Please could KS2  parents/pupils to bring any unwanted newspapers/magazines into school on Monday. We need them for creating collages as part of our project. 
Also, could you make sure that your children have coats this week as many didn't have them last week. 

Year 1/2 parents - message from the KS1 team
A reminder that swimming starts this week so please make sure permission slips and payments are made asap. The children do both PE and swimming at the Sports Centre so, Year 2 only, should come in to school on Wednesday in their winter PE kit.
A coat reminder for these classes too plus only water in water bottles please.

LilyPad Snack menu
A new Lilypad snack menu is attached to the email that notified you of this blog and will be displayed on the noticeboard by the school office. 

Reception for 2018
The application process for next year's Reception class is now open - see www.swindon.gov.uk for details.  We have regular tours available - see school calendar. 

Questions and Answers from Meet the Teacher events and first week back 
conversations
Q: My child says they don't get playtime after lunch - why is that?
A: The children go in to lunch in rotation - YN and YR are always first and then the other year groups take turns through the week.  The children may have play before or after eating their lunch depending on when their year group goes in for dinner. All children have roughly the same amount of time outside.
q: Do children other than Y2 come in to school wearing PE kit?
A: No, we do this for Y2 for speed on swimming days as Y2 do both PE and swimming at the pool and they would be weighed down with bags otherwise!  All other year groups should bring PE kit in to school on Monday and take home on Friday each week if it needs a wash.
Q: Can I park in the Drop Zone if I'm walking around to YN or YR?
A: Sorry no, you need to park safely elsewhere as the Drop Zone is for drop and go only.
Q: Can I use the side gate by the car park to come in for pick up time?
A: Sorry no, when collecting please use the side gate by Main Entrance for YN, YR and Y1 collecting; the front gate for Y2 and wait outside the side car park gate for Y3/4/5 to come out.  If you have collected and the side gate is open then you may use it for exiting the site but the teachers will be locking it as soon as the Y3/4/5 children have gone so please look towards gate and check before you walk that way.

Requests for Absence
A reminder that, if school is open and your child is well enough to attend, then the expectation is that your child will be in school everyday.  Absences will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. 

Healthy Lunch Boxes
Just a reminder that lunch boxes should be balanced and healthy and should not contain any nut product or confectionery.  Useful ideas - https://www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes#2ppqgd2QErM8rWrM.97