Sunday, 10 February 2019

2018/19 Newsblog Term 3 Week 5

Hello All 
  
What a great week the whole school had last week – the films of the dances are still being put together and we hope to do a whole montage of clips – though my film editing skills leave a lot to be desired, as you will see from the link below, when I edited the whole school singing This is Me – that was Friday’s activity and you can see it by following the link below. It was a magical, emotional performance much enjoyed by our invited guests from the Local Board, Friends of Tadpole Farm Committee and representatives from the one of the performing arts groups we work closely with.  

In the blog this week:-  
Term 3 and 4 dates   
Spirituality and Well-being through the Arts Week 
Thank You for Coming Along to Coffee Morning
Thank You from Young Carers 
Parent Consultation Booking Reminder 
Red Noses still available 
World Book Day 
Special Requests from YR 
Football Match Report 
FOTF Superhero Scarecrow Design competition 
Local Board Update 
This Week's Book Recommendations


Term 3   2018/19  
Date  
Time  
Event  
13/2/19  
Parent Consultation Meeting times confirmed  
15/2/19  
13.00-15.00  
Y5/6 Girls Football tournament – details to follow  
15/2/19  
Last day of term 3 – normal finish time  
YN/YR Superhero Dress up Day  
18/2/19-22/2/19  
School closed – February holiday Ready, Steady Read sponsored event  

Term 4  2018/19  
Date  
Time  
Event  
No Staff Training Days in T4 – all children back on first day.  
Please note that some children will be attending Forest School this term – parents will be sent emails with group lists and dates before the end of term.  
25/2/19  
Children return to school  
25/2/19  
14.30-16.30  
Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions  
26/2/19  
18.00-19.00  
Parent Forum – a sign-up sheet will be sent out nearer to the event  
27/2/19  
NO Y2 Swimming  
4/3/19  
Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 4/3, 11/3, 18/3 & 25/3. No clubs on w/b 24/2 or 1/4 due to show me sessions.  
5/3/19  
15.30-19.00  
Parent Consultation Meetings  
6/3/19  
Y2 Swimming begins  
7/3/19
All Day
World Book Day – see below
7/3/19  
15.30-19.00  
Parent Consultation Meetings  
11/3/19  
Science Week in school  
12/3/19- 15/3/19  
15.30-16.00  
Book Fayre – to be held near the school office & Y5/6 area  
14/3/19  
18.00-19.00  
Parent Workshop - Health & Wellbeing  
15/3/19  
Red Nose Day – Red Noses will be available in school and can be purchased via Parent Pay
20/3/19  
19:00   
FOTF Quiz night – details to follow  
25/3/19  
14.30-16.30  
Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions  
1/4/19

‘Show me’ sessions –  
Monday 1/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 2/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30   
Children in YN times are:   
Tuesday & Thursday 8.40-9.10 for those in morning sessions and 12.20-12.50 for afternoon sessions.    
Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
5/4/19  
Last day of term 4 – normal finish time  
8/4/19-22/4/19  
School closed – Easter holiday  
Monday 22/4/19 is a Bank Holiday  
16/4/19  
Offer Day for YR September starters  
23/4/19  
Children return to school – Tuesday  


Spirituality and Well-being through the Arts Week 

We have had an amazing week exploring the Christian belief in the creation story; sharing thoughts, reflections and Prayers in the prayer space; taking care of our well-being and exploring what helps with that;  creating something more than we could do on our own through art, dance and singing; discussing philosophy and how the world resources are shared... and what to do when they are not. This coming week sees the arrival of the mosaic artist and we will also be working on putting together a montage of the outcomes of the week.  As a taster here is a link to the whole school singing This is Me, a walk through performance that was emotive and full of feeling - https://youtu.be/7JySQ6aqXjE

Thank You for Coming Along to Coffee Morning

Thank you to all those who came along for the first Coffee Morning
they run from 8.45am - 10.00am on Tuesday  - next dates -  12/2, 26/2, 5/3, 12/3 and 19/3. 

These sessions are designed specifically for parents with children in Nursery and Reception class and aim to support you and your child through their learning journey. 

Each session will start at 8.55am with a short presentation and then ample time to ask questions, chat and of course have coffee (or tea) and cake. 

This is an opportunity for you to: meet and chat with other parents; find out new things; ask those burning questions; celebrate success and feel involved and up to date. 


These sessions are designed to be fun and formal and will give you the opportunity to speak to a wide range of teachers and professionals. 



Preferably, we would like you to attend all six sessions as we feel this would give you the best experience. 

Thank You from Young Carers 


Last Thursday (31st Jan) was Young Carers Awareness Day and we had a cake sale with yummy treats donated by the grown-ups in our school. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that brought some pennies in for this day as we raised £150, which is going to Swindon Carers Centre to support them with the work that they do every day.  

Parent Consultation Booking Reminder 

Sign up for the Parent Consultations closed on Friday 7th February. As this is the first time we have used the online system, we have decided to extend the sign up deadline – now closing at 3.30 on Monday 11th February. Please follow the instructions below to book your slots.  
Parent consultation appointments for all year groups (inc nursery) will be held at the following dates and times:  
3.40pm-7.40pm (nursery 1pm-6.40pm) Tuesday 5th March  
3.40pm-7.40pm (nursery 12.20pm-6.40pm)  Thursday 7th March 
1. Enter your details- name, email address, child's name etc 
2. Choose the relevant teacher/s for your child/ren 
3. Choose times 

Red Noses still available 



Comic Relief is not too far away - just a reminder that you can buy your red noses from the school office this year. Payment can be made via Parent Pay.  

World Book Day 
With our focus on encouraging reading, we have set the following themes for each Key Stage for World Book Day, which is on the 7th March. We have tried to come up with themes which will hopefully appeal to the age range, but also have easy options for the children to create outfits rather than having to buy them.  
EYFS: Fairy Tales – any character from any fairy tale  
KS1: Percy the Park Keeper (dress as Percy or any of his woodland animals).  
 LKS2: Mr Men & Little Miss characters. 
 UKS2: Any character from a Roald Dahl book  
Staff.... any crayon from The Day the Crayons Quit!  
Enjoy finding out about the characters and creating your costumes – we look forward to a colourful day!  

Special Requests from YR 
Does anybody have a trampette gathering dust? It would be great if one could be donated for early years to help build our gross motor muscles! 
Also, if anyone has any action figures, small world play or action men they would like to donate, reception would be very grateful!  

Football Match Report 
After a short winter break, the boys found themselves back in action against a strong Abbeymeads side and, after a quick change of venue due to a flooded field, the boys unfortunately found themselves 4-nil down at half time. A better second half was to come though, after some fantastic defending from Daniel, Nathan and Gabriel and some spectacular saves from Muhammad the score could have been far greater. Despite the boys losing 7-nil, they came away learning so much and will only continue to improve in future matches.  
The headteacher from Abbeymeads spoke to us after the game and praised the boys on how wonderful they were during the match and the fact that they didn't moan once despite the one-sided score line. He also praised the parents for their enthusiasm during the game, so thank you again for your continued support. Also, a BIG thanks to Miss Brandenburg for coming along to cheer the boys on. 
Mrs Philpot and Miss Wood  
Note from Mrs Leo - I’m sure you’d all like to know that we also received an email from the Headteacher at Abbeymeads Primary, praising our children, the parents and staff for their enthusiasm and positive attitude during and after the match - in his words “Brilliant - a great advert for the ethos of our school!’ We’re very proud of everyone involved!  

FOTF Superhero Scarecrow Design competition 
Ahead of our Scarecrow Trail in May and for a bit of Half Term fun FOTF are launching a competition for the children to design the best Superhero Scarecrow for us to use on all of our promotional material for the event. There are x3 £10 Amazon vouchers for the best 3 designs (KS1/ KS2 and Overall) and Mrs Leo will decide and announce the winners in worship on Friday 1st March. On Sunday we will email out the template for you to print at home. Alternatively, children can draw their own Superhero Scarecrow on A4 or collect a template sheet from the office.  
We are asking for all completed entries to be returned to the office/ teachers by Tuesday 26th Feb ready for us to look at our next meeting on Thursday 28th Feb 7pm-which you are all invited to. Please make sure all entries have your child’s NAME and CLASS on and keep in mind it will need to be scanned in so having lots of things stuck on them may not be best. If you want to share your child’s creation don’t forget to join our Facebook page ‘Friends of Tadpole Farm Academy’. We hope the children will have some fun!  

Local Board Update 

This Week's Book Recommendations