Friday, 15 November 2019

2019/20 Newsblog Term 2 Week 2

Hello All
New School Sign
- see more below - thank you FOTF!
It was a bit of a shock to get up on Thursday to see snow!!!! This little spattering of snow did make us check our snow procedures though and we have included an item below so you know how we communicate to you if it really snows. The beginning of the week was a reflective moment, led by our service family group, to think about the courage and generosity of those in the military services in giving so much for the greater good of our communities - both historically, today and always. Friday saw us all getting dressed up for Children in Need for a different sort of giving to our communities - the children looked colourful and cosy - thank you for supporting this day. 

In the blog this week:-

  • Dates for your Diary
  • FOTF Update on Fundraising
  • Football Match Report
  • Message for YR Parents and Request for Donations from All
  • Message for YN - Book Return Dates
  • Reception Places for September 2020
  • Issues with receiving email re the Newsblog
  • Thank you for Supporting the Parking Changes 
  • Snow Day Procedure

Dates for your Diary

Term 2 2019/20

Forest School for Y1 and Y2 children

Provisional date for Flu Vaccinations 
Book Wagon in school - more details to follow

Forest School for Y1 and Y2 children

Forest School for Y1 and Y2 children

Forest School for Y1 and Y2 children
YN Nativity – grandparents and siblings
9/12 - 13/12

RE Week - more details to follow

Y6 learning at Lifeskills Centre Bristol.  
Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow

Provisional Date for YN Nativity Tableau and songs - more details to follow
ELECTION DAY – POLL OPEN IN SCHOOL HALL School will remain open - packed lunches will replace hot meals. 

EVENT POSTPONED – new date to follow
Y5 and Y6 will be leading worship on theme of Perseverance– parents of children in these year groups  welcome to join us for worship

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
16/12 – 17/12

“Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below -  For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30. 
Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
16/12 or 18/12
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

Last Day of Term - usual times
21/12 – 5/1/2020

Christmas holiday – school closed

Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below.

School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school

Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week

FOTF Update on Fundraising
Thanks to everyone who has supported the FOTF team so far this year.
We have raised a massive £1231 already this school year with an amazing amount of support from parents, carers, our wonderful school team and members of our local community!
If you’ve been into school over the last few days you would have noticed our fabulous mosaic has been put up at reception!
We are super proud of this project that was funded by the FOTF, we had a great Bristol based mosaic artist David Bowers of Mosaic Madness who came into school and spent 4 days producing this piece of art with a lot of help from the pupils, staff and FOTF team.

This is exactly why we fundraise, so our children can have these experiences so thank you for this amazing start to the year and for the support already shown, we really do appreciate it. 

Going forward into December we will have our Christmas Raffle (prizes and ticket information coming soon!) and our refreshment stall at the children’s Carols by candlelight service, if you are available to support at the event there will be a sign up form being emailed over the next couple of weeks.

If you need any further information about the FOTF team or would like to know how to get involved please email us directly on or follow us on our Facebook page ‘Friends of Tadpole Farm Academy’

Football Match Report

The boys went out looking to bounce back from their defeat last week and were met with a very huge pitch and a Haydon Leigh team who weren’t there to just make up the numbers. They made us work extremely hard throughout and were a credit to their school, especially their keeper, who made some cracking saves as we spent most of the first half in their box. We were rewarded with five goals; Zack being the first scorer, as he found himself an opportunity deep in the Haydon Leigh half and his effort with a little help from the defender snuck into the bottom corner. Kaden then got in on the act as his solo run finished off an effort on goal that snuck in from a tight angle. Joseph found himself beating the Haydon Leigh defender and he, unselfishly, squared the ball to Briel who slotted it home. Later, Joseph was rewarded with his first of the game as he stroked his effort calmly past the keeper. For our final goal, the boys slick passing between each other showed as they chose not to be selfish and finally squared the ball to Joseph for his second of the game.

After having a very strong half, we took the decision to challenge the boys arranging them in positions they weren’t so familiar with as well as giving them a team challenge. Sadly, we did concede one goal despite Charlie doing his utmost to keep it out. The boys continued to push on with their team challenge and were rewarded with efforts but sadly couldn’t find the back of the net. Meanwhile, Haydon Leigh continued to press and create opportunities and they were thwarted only by Charlie, who was having a brilliant second half. He made several key saves that any goal keeper would have been proud of and was by far the player of the match in second half, as he was vital for keeping the scoreline low.

This win tops off what is already been a brilliant 2nd season for Team Tadpole. While we now take a break for the winter, all is still to play for as we still find ourselves in contention for the league and are in the quarter finals of the plate competition. We like to thank the parents for their continued support as without your help we wouldn’t be able to compete in these matches. Can’t wait to see what the second half brings.

Miss Wood and Mr Spencer 

Message for YR Parents and Request for Donations from All

Reading - the children have really enjoyed their first reading books and developing their early reading skills over the last week. Please make sure your child has their reading folder (containing their book, reading record and key word key) in their book bag everyday, so that they do not miss being heard read or having new words added.

Toys - This term we are exploring toys - Do you have any old toys from your childhood we could borrow to look at and compare to modern toys? You could send us a photo of your old toys or even you playing with them as a child!

Loose parts - We love exploring using lots of different objects. At the moment we are creating a collection of loose parts that we can use for building, sorting, counting, making patterns etc. Do you have any of the following items you no longer need?

- Small wicker baskets

- Wooden curtain rings

- Corks

- Wooden beads

- Wooden pegs

- Buttons

We would be grateful for any donations!

Message for YN - Book Return Dates
We hope Hedgehogs parents and carers have been enjoying the new YN Lending Library and having lots of fun sharing stories at home with your children and doing related activities. Just a reminder, so that the books can be given out to the other half of the class, please can you return your book in their bags week beginning Monday 18th November and no later than Friday 22nd November. Thank you! Happy reading!

Reception Places for September 2020

A reminder for anyone who is yet to apply for a school place for September 2020 start. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 15th January with Swindon Borough Council. Please use the link below for details of how to apply for places. ALL CHILDREN MUST APPLY, EVEN IF THEY ATTEND OUR NURSERY.

Issues with receiving email re the Newsblog

A small number of parents have had issues receiving the newsblog email from the newsblog address. We have checked with our IT people and they have shown us how to check the details behind each email sent to every address within our parent groups (we just use a group address so don’t see individual addresses each time). We think that any minor issues have been resolved.

If you still have issues or you know a friend who is having issues please take the following action:-
1.  Send an email from your address to You will get an automatic reply and this should enable you to tell your firewall/email system that the email address is not junk/trash.
2.  Whilst you are trying to resolve the issue, remember that the blog is available all the time on the website so you can check there too -
3.  If number 1 does not seem to resolve the issue please email, copying in The office will then double check we have your correct email adress and I will send you a test email from the newsblog address.

This has seemed to resolve all the current issues - some were internally ours, others were firewalls etc on the receivers end. We will be looking in to a parent communication system for the future as part of a communication review project but for now we are persevering… living our values:)

Thank you for Supporting the Parking Changes  

A heartfelt thank you for supporting the parking changes this term - your children are safer for you doing so. We have had a request from our neighbours that you avoid parking in designated parking spaces (these have small metal plates on the ground signifying flat or house numbers) as some people are arriving back to find their space blocked by a parent picking up from school. Thank you for your help in building and maintaining good neighborhood relationships.

Snow Day Process
Just in case... this is what we do if there is snow... An email will be sent to all parents if we are considering closing because of snow - message will also be on the website and on Twitter, as well as local radio, but the email is your most reliable information. Our aim is to open if at all possible but that will depend on the following:-

1. Is the school site safe for everyone to access?

2. Are there enough staff, including qualified first aiders and safeguarding leads, to ensure safe staff:pupil ratios?

3. Will we have dinners and heating?

We may have to decide we are unable to run before school LilyPad or only open at 8:50 - i.e. no early drop off, as any staff we can get in would be helping to clear the site and make it safe for your children.

Decisions are made early on the morning of a closure or, if heavy snowfall then the previous night.

It's never an easy decision - we'll do all we can to support those of you who need to get to work by opening if it's safe to do so.