Sunday, 16 February 2020

2019/20 Newsblog Term 3 Week 6

Hello All

Happy holiday week everyone!  Let’s hope the break will give all those viruses time to settle down and disappear and we can have a healthy term 4:0  Thank you so much for the amazing support for the Do’nut Stop Reading Day - news of amount raised and photos available after the holiday - everyone had a great time:)

  • Dates for Diary
  • Messages for YN
  • Parent/Carer/Pupil/Teacher meetings Sign-Up
  • Tadpole Farm Book Festival - heads up
  • Parent/Carer Communication Focus Group - we need you:)
  • Football Match reports
  • Community Coffee Morning - 25th February
  • Young Photographers Celebration
  • Things of Interest in the Community

Term 3 2019/20
15/2/2020 – 23/2/2020

Half Term – School Closed

Deadline for ordering meals for first week of Term 4
Term 4 2019/20

First day of Term 4
08:45 - 10:00
Community Coffee Morning - Rainy Day Activity Ideas - all welcome
08:45 - 10:00
Community Coffee Morning - Where to go when your family needs support? - all welcome
3.50 – 7.30
Parent/Carer/Pupil/Teacher- more details below

World Book Day - dressing up as adjectives… more details to follow but this will allow you to begin planning… 
08:45 - 10:00
Community Coffee Morning - The Importance of Play for everyone - all welcome
08:45 - 10:00
Community Coffee Morning - Celebrating St Patrick’s Day - all welcome
2:45 pm
Y1 Leading worship - Y1 parents welcome - more details to follow
Junior Voice Festival - more details to follow
08:45 - 10:00
Community Coffee Morning - Positive relationship, behaviour and routines - all welcome

Y4 Trip to Bristol Aerospace
30/3/2020 and 31/3/2020

Show Me Sessions YR, 2, 4 & 6
Mon – 3.30 – 5pm
Tues – 3.30 – 4.15pm
08:45 - 10:00
Community Coffee Morning - Find out more about the Tadpole Approach to Enquiry Based Learning - all welcome

Class Photos day
9:00- 9:45
Easter Service - more details to follow
4:30 - 5:15 pm - Y1/2/3 Easter Disco FOTF
5:45 - 6:30 pm - Y4/5/6 Easter Disco FOTF
more details to follow

Y1 Trip to Westonbirt - more details to follow
End of Term 4 – children finish at normal time

Messages for YN

A massive thank you to Shaun, from Little Nippers Soccer, for all the fun and laughter our Wednesday Hedgehogs had this term, learning some super football skills with him. We had such an enjoyable and engaging time and have already been practising our 'mouse traps' and 'rainbows' while outside in our garden!

We have sent home PE bags to be washed and brought back to school to begin PE again after the half term break. Please could you check inside your child's bag and ensure they have the correct kit. It should include a white t-shirt, black shorts and black daps. Our PE day is Wednesday, so, if your child attends on this day please make sure they have a PE kit in school so they can get changed. Being able to dress independently is an important part of their self care and physical development so we would like to encourage this as much as we can.
If you have any questions about Nursery PE please speak to Mrs Dix.

Advanced notice of Nursery Closure Day - 7th May 2020
As in previous years, we will be closing Nursery for one day, so that our EYFS staff can attend the Swindon Nursery Conference and make sure we keep our practices up to date and in line with other local providers.  The closure day will be Thursday 7th May 2020 both morning and afternoon sessions will be closed, as will lunch club. 

Next term we will be learning all about traditional tales and stories. We would love it if you could bring in your favourite story from home to share with us during the first week back. Please name them and we will keep them safe for you - sending them home on your child’s last day that week. 
The Nursery Team

Parent/Carer/Pupil/Teacher meetings Sign-Up

Parents meeting are being held on Tuesday 3rd and  Thursday 5th March.  As usual you can book through 

using event code 9t4j2 
If you have not booked by Thursday 27th February, a time will be allocated to you.  There is one appointment slot for each child - where parents are separated and, for whatever reason, are unable to come to the same appointment slot, then we ask one parent to attend the October session and the other parent to attend the March session. We do have a significant number of families that this situation applies to and we need to respect the work/life balance of our teachers by restricting the meeting slots to one per child.

Tadpole Farm Book Festival - heads up

Just a heads up - payment items have been added to Parent Pay for our Book Festival  - this is just in case you want to buy your tickets early for the Saturday event.  Our first ever Book Festival at Tadpole Farm School is being held on Friday 12th June (this is for all the pupils in school and is being funded by the Friends of Tadpole Farm as well as other donations and fund-raising) and for the wider community on Saturday 13th June 2020.  The Saturday will have a host of author led sessions and workshops - including Brian Clegg, Same Copeland, Jenny Mehachien and Katherine Orton.  It's a fun family day out with food carts, cocktails and craft activities.  There's something for everyone!

Parent/Carer Communication Focus Group - we need you:)

We are doing a review of Communication and looking for a small group of parents to feed back on what works well and what other things we might need to adopt as the school gets bigger - If you would be interested in taking part in some discussions, please email quoting "Communication Focus Group" - Niki will be in touch to arrange a face to face or "zoom" meeting after the February holiday.

Football Match reports

Well what a match! It had everything… 4 Goals, 2 OG's, 1 penalty and a CRACKING penalty save in the dying minutes to give a team a vital point. 

The game against Abbeymeads started off with end to end action and two early goals -  Tadpole being the first to strike, as Joseph found himself beating the defender and being in on goal, resulting in him finishing calmly. Within minutes though, Abbeymeads had the ball up the other end and were threatening our goal - with some resilient defending, which proved to be vital all afternoon, we forced a corner. After a quick one two, Abbeymeads were lucky to see their effort go in, off a brave Kaden, who was desperate to clear the ball. 1-1! 
The next goal proved to be ours, as Joseph found himself beating three Abbeymeads players to slot the ball into the bottom corner, helping us regain the lead. It was then a game of chances until the next goal, as Kaden, Owain and Joseph all found themselves with opportunities that they couldn't convert. Sadly, for Tadpole, we gave away a cheap free kick that proved costly as the resulting kick went in off Charlie, who was trying to clear the ball and we found ourselves going in at HT 2 a piece. 
The second half failed to bring any goals but brought lots of action, as Joseph saw his free kick rattle the crossbar; while up the other end Abbeymeads had plenty of opportunities only to be thwarted by Muhammad and the strong defence. Unfortunately Nathan was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, so Abbeymeads were awarded a penalty.  Up stepped our hero of the match, as Muhammad was able to tip a strong penalty around the post to keep the scores level within the dying minutes of the game. There was even a chance for Tadpole to win it at the end as Joseph saw his opportunity saved, followed by Dominik who saw his rebound fall into the hands of the scrambling keeper. 
Sadly, it wasn't meant to be today, however big thank you to Owain, Zack and Dominik for agreeing to play in positions they don't usually play in; this helped get a vital point in what is going to be an exciting end to the season. Our next match is a trip to Sevenfields in the second round of the plate competition and is due to be played on the 4th March. 
Thank you again to the parents for the support and your noise level really does spur the boys on!!  

On the 14th February we took a group of Y5/6 girls to participate in the annual Indoor 5-a-side football tournament. The girls had the opportunity to compete in matches against other schools in the area and, during the afternoon, they played in 8 matches, winning 1, drawing 1 and losing six. Despite losing six games, the girls only lost by the odd goal or two, which is a great achievement seeing as it was their first time playing together. Zoe was the star of the show as she scored 8 goals, along with Rebecca, who scored one of the goals of the tournament. 
Thank you to all the parents for their continued support in arranging transportation for the children as without you events like this wouldn’t be able to go ahead. 
Well done Nela, Tyler, Lysa, Kirsten, Saint, Rebecca, Zoe and Luyanda.  

Miss Wood 

Community Coffee Morning - 25th February

Our coffee morning on February 25th will focus on sharing Rainy Day Activities.
We would love you to come and join us and talk to other parents about things you do at home, or places in the area you can go to, when our British weather stops us from going outside!

Bring  your babies and toddlers… bring your friends… bring your parents- all welcome! 

Young Photographers Celebration

On Wednesday, the winners and runners up of the Rotary Club's Young Photographer of the Year competition met the Mayor of Swindon to celebrate their achievements. Isabelle. E and Ben. W both received a certificate for coming joint third in the junior category in Swindon, while Emily. S received a certificate and trophy for coming first in the junior category in Swindon. We are also very pleased to announce that Emily came first in the South West for her images and will now be going through to the national finals of the competition. We are very proud of all three of them.

Things of Interest in the Community