Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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We would like to welcome current and prospective parents, carers, families into school, plus any of the wider community interested in visiting Abbeyfields to our Open Day on Friday 19th October.  We have two sessions: 10.30am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 2.30pm, so why not come along and have a bespoke tour of our wonderful school by our wonderful children and enjoy refreshments along the way!  You do not need to make an appointment, just turn up during your preferred session.  We look forward to seeing you on 19th October.

Abbeyfields Family Lunches
We are delighted to announce that we will be running the first of our family lunches for 2018 - 2019 on Wednesday 14th November at 11.45am for Nursery.  On this day, 20 of our Nursery children can bring along one adult family member to enjoy a school dinner with them for just £3.50.  Children's lunches at £2.20 are to be paid for in the usual way and both adult and child must have a school dinner to be included.  Mrs Middleton and her team will be cooking one of their delicious, nutritious lunches, and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so book yours quickly!  If you'd like to secure your place, please use the School Gateway app, or log into and make a payment.  We look forward to seeing you then.

Parental Consultations - 12th and 13th November 2018
Your child will be coming home with a parental consultation letter this evening.  Please check their school bags!  Please return the slips to your child's class teacher with your three preferred choices.  You will receive a slip with your allocated time in due course

Exciting news from the Abbeyfields kitchen

Mrs Middleton and her team need your help.  We'd like you to help us to deliver a brand new recipe to add to the Abbeyfields menu:

The Abbeyfields Biscuit!

This will be our special biscuit for the whole year and will be included in packed lunches, on picnic days and will regularly be seen on the menu.

What we need you to do:

We'd like you to get baking at home with mums, dads, carers, grandmas, grandpas or any adult who knows their way around the kitchen!  You might already have a favourite family biscuit recipe or you might like to develop your own.  You can include any ingredients apart from nuts and sesame seeds, but remember that Mrs Middleton will be baking 200 at a time, so don't make the recipe too complicated.  Once you're happy that your recipe is the best it can be, write it out for normal quantities (Mrs Middleton will adjust it to suit larger numbers later), do a diagram too if you can, then put your name and class on the back and bring it into the school office by Monday 22nd October.  Although Mrs Mungall does love biscuits, please don't bring your recipe with any practical examples - you can keep those at home to eat yourself!  Our cooks will then pick their top 5 to bake and we'll have a taste test and vote just after half term to choose the winning recipe.

Now...........On your marks, get set, BAKE!

Little Movers After School Club
Just a little reminder that if you have not yet paid for your child's place on the Little Movers after school club which will run during the second half of the Autumn term, please could you send payment of cash or cheque to the school office, or to Fiona herself.  Many thanks.

To keep up to date with the various events taking place, please check the calendar which is available on the School Gateway app, via our school website ( and also in our weekly newsletter.

Our Twitter account is proving to be popular with lots of followers.  This is used to instantly share what we are doing within school and helps to bring the children's learning to life.  Why not follow us @AbbeyfieldsFS or view the feed on our website.

Dear Parents/Carers

This week has seen a good number of items brought in for the shoebox appeal but please keep them coming.  After the half term holidays there will be just over a week before they will need to be collected and I would really love to see a good contribution from Abbeyfields.  I am planning to put boxes together in the week after the half term and so if you could get any items to me for that week I would really appreicate it.  We also need £5 to go with each box so if you wish to make a donation that would be a big help.  With many thanks, Mrs Dale.

The shoeboxes will be distributed to various countries world-wide to bring joy to thousands of disadvantaged children.  There are several ways that you could donate to the appeal:
  • Bring in a completed shoebox (see the link for all details
  • Bring in a donation of £5 (this is needed for every shoebox that is sent)
  • Bring in a wrapped medium-sized shoebox (lid and box need to be wrapped separately)
  • Bring in one or more of the items below that could be packed in a shoebox:
    • TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles, deflated football etc.
    • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.
    • HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.
    • OTHER ITEMS: Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewelry set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (best-before-date must be at least March 2019)
If you would like to make a donation, then please bring it into school for the attention of Mrs Dale as soon as possible.  The boxes will be collected on Thursday 15th November, so let’s see how many we can get between now and then.
Many thanks, Mrs Dale.
19th October                 10.30-11.30am      Abbeyfields Open Morning
                                      1.30pm-2.30pm     Abbeyfields Open Afternoon
19th October                 3.30pm-5pm          Halloween Disco (Nursery and Reception)
                                      5.30pm-7pm          Halloween Disco (Year 1 - 4)
24th October                 9.10am                  Year 3 Class Assembly
24th October                                               Year 3 Stone Age Day
26th October                                               Teacher Training Day
5th November                                             Reception Vision Screening
12th-13th November                                   Parental Consultations
14th November              9.10am                 Year 2 Class Assembly
14th November             11.45am                Nursery Family Lunch
16th November                                           Children in Need (more details to follow)
21st November              9.10am                 Year 1 Class Assembly
21st November              10am                    Nursery A Class Assembly
23rd November              1.15pm                 Nursery B Class Assembly
1st December                1pm - 3pm            School Christmas Fair
11th December              1.30pm - 3pm       Christmas Concerts (details to follow)
12th December              1.30pm - 3pm       Christmas Concerts (details to follow)
13th December                                           Theatre Trip to Gateshead
w/c 17th December                                     Theme Week - Christmas Around the
17th December             1pm - 3pm             Year 1 and Year 3 Christmas Parties
18th December             1pm - 3pm             Year 2 and Reception Christmas Parties
19th December             1pm - 3pm             Year 4 and Nursery Christmas Parties
21st December             3.15pm                  School Closes for Christmas
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 99.3% 99.3%
RM 98.8% 98.9%
1J 96.3% 97.8%
1CH 97.0% 96.9%
2S 99.0% 98.9%
2BH 99.7% 99.6%
3D 94.7% 96.7%
3C 94.5% 97.5%
4G 91.5% 98.0%
4H 94.3% 97.5%

Total Percentage



Our winner this week is Mrs Burn/Mrs Heide's class.

Friends Of Abbeyfields School News

For those new to the school, Friends of Abbeyfields School is a group of parents, staff, friends and supporters of the school who arrange events and fundraising throughout the school year.  We aim both to raise funds to improve and enrich the school environment and to arrange events and activities for the children and families of Abbeyfields to enjoy together.  For example, recent fundraising activities helped to pay for the Yurt and the wonderful coloured canopy outside the North Hall. Look out for out section in the Newsletter each week, or for FOAS volunteers in our red T-shirts or sashes.

Christmas Card Design Project- GET THE GLITTER OUT THIS WEEKEND!  Designs in by Monday please!
Following its success in recent years, we are running the Cauliflower Cards Design a Christmas Card project again this year.  The information sheet for submitting your child’s artwork to school should be arriving home next week.  All children in the Nursery and school will be able to create their own Christmas card design and you will be able to order packs of cards featuring this design to send to your friends and family this Christmas.  Due to the children and teachers being so busy in school, we ask that the designs are done at home - thank you for your help with this.

The company we are using photograph your child’s design, meaning that their design can use pens, paint and pencils but can also include collage, fabric, glitter, googly eyes or whatever they fancy using (within reason!).  For ideas and inspiration go to and view their gallery and there is also a Christmas Art Ideas Book in the school foyer.  If any other members of your family would like to join in then we do have a few spare order forms - please ask for these at the school office.  If you don’t wish to order Christmas cards please note that the same form can be used to order packs of cards with other greetings e.g. Thank You or Happy Birthday.  All designs must be returned to your child’s classroom by Monday 22nd October please.  Online orders placed by 28th October will be delivered free to school.  Payment and ordering this year will be ONLINE - information regarding this is on the form.  The cards that were designed by the children in previous years looked fantastic and a lot of fun was had designing them.  We hope that you and your children enjoy creating this year’s cards and we look forward to seeing all your designs!

Halloween Disco - Friday 19th October - ALL TICKETS NOW SOLD
Just as a reminder that Nursery and Reception Children are invited from 3.30-5pm and Years 1-4 from 5.30-7pm.  We request that Nursery and Reception children attend with an adult (1 parent or carer per 2 children is OK).  The price of the entry wrist band includes a hot dog, drink, treat and glo-band and temporary transfer “tattoos” will be available.  Please let us know in advance if your child has special dietary requirements.  Fancy dress can be worn, but is not mandatory. As in previous years we would be very grateful if children did NOT wear masks. Thank you.  We will be signing all children in and out on the night - we thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this.  We are very sorry if children were keen to come but were unable to get a ticket.  Numbers have to be limited due to fire limits for the North Hall and for the children’s safety.

Date for your diary- Abbeyfields Christmas Fair- Saturday 1st December 1-3pm
The Christmas Fair will be held in school on 1 st December.  More information to come, but for now if you know of local craftspeople or traders who might be interested in having a stall at the fair we would love to hear from you.  A £10 donation is requested from stallholders.  All offers of help with the fair would be very gratefully received! We would really appreciate tombola prizes at this stage - please put contributions in the box in the school foyer.  We are also collecting raffle prizes - if anyone has contacts with local businesses that would be willing to help us out with vouchers or prizes that would be great!  Thank you very much.

Wansbeck Valley Food Bank - Donations
A huge thank you for the food donations which have already been received for the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank.  A number of deliveries have been made to the Food Bank and they have been very gratefully received!  Please continue to bring in any donations of non perishable food items that you may wish to make. The collection box is in the porch of the main foyer.

We are aware that the Wansbeck Valley Food Trust have experienced a huge demand over the past few months, and were concerned that they could not match the demand.  Fortunately due to the generosity of the local community they did manage to, however this emphasises that there are (sadly) people in our local community who need help all year round.

Please let's continue to show our generosity throughout the year to those in need.  Even small items are valued, and can easily be dropped off on your way in and out of school.  Let's support this worthy cause, and make this an ongoing Abbeyfields priority.  Examples of suitable items include:
Tins of: garden peas, potatoes, tomatoes, fruit, rice pudding or meat (eg. mince, stew, chicken, steak). 
Packets of potato mash, tea bags (packs of 40 or 80), long life milk, packets of custard, biscuits, jam, toilet rolls.
Shower gel, Shampoo, Toothpaste, and small Bars of Chocolate would be gratefully received.

This week the Food Bank are would be particularly grateful for: long life milk, tins of carrots, tins of sweetcorn, packets of potato mash, tins of rice pudding, toilet rolls.

Thank you in anticipation.

YEAR 4 - News in Brief
Thank you so much to everyone who brought in a food contribution to our Roman feast today.  It was incredible and the children thoroughly enjoyed eating the Roman inspired food.  The children all looked amazing in their Roman costumes so thank you again for supporting with this.  The day was a huge success and I'm sure it'll be a day to remember for a long time.  During our Roman day, the children used their knowledge of Roman gods and goddesses to play a range of games and make a poster.  They also learned about the history surrounding mosaics and had a go at designing and making their own mosaic.  The children also enjoyed playing Roman Numeral bingo and making their own Roman bread roll.  Other than our Roman Day, the children have continued with column addition and subtraction this week in Maths and have impressed us with their ability to apply their skills in reasoning and word problems.  The children also did an excellent job of writing a Romulus and Remus play script including using the key features of play scripts.  A very busy but successful week in Year 4!
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have continued to work on subtraction.  They did a great job in their homework last week when they had to work on addition word problems, working out the numbers to use in the calculation, as well as which unit to put at the end.  We hope they were able to explain the methods that they had been taught as well as use their good vocabulary.  Next week they will be working on both addition and subtraction and are all keen to rise to the challenge!  In English we learned about the Stone Age village that was discovered in Orkney and as part of their English curriculum the children have been writing a news article and then presenting it.  It looks like we might have a few roving reporters in our midst!  We are looking forward to our Stone Age Day next Wednesday and thank you to all of you who have returned the slip so far - please can you get them to the class teacher as soon as possible to help with the planning of the day?  Remember that we will also be having our assembly next Wednesday and so we hope to see as many of you as possible.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Well done Year 2.  You certainly were amazing at the multi-skills festival on Tuesday.  All of the children were very well behaved and motivated to listen to the Young Leaders explain their activities.  We hope you liked seeing the photos on Twitter!  In Geography this week the children have been learning about the UK, capital cities, naming seas and compass points.  They have also all had a try at uplevelling their Geography writing with fantastic results.  The Key Stage 1 corridors celebrate all the children's work and are looking amazing and ready to show off on Friday's Open Day so please spread the word to friends and families who may have children who would like to come to Abbeyfields.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
In Maths this week we have been practising number bonds to 10, and making number fact families.  The children have worked hard in Read Write Inc, blending sounds and reading whole stories in pairs.  We also looked at what we can find out about a book, from looking at the clues on the front cover, as well as being detecives and predicting events in the story - wow!  Finally, in Science we explored the 'anatomy apron' to discover some of our organs inside our bodies.  Can you remember any of them?
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week we have been looking at some of the work by the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo.  He is famous for making portraits out of objects such as flowers, leaves, fruit and vegetables.  We have been making our own portraits outside using items we have found on our Autumn walk.  We have certainly got some budding artists among us!  Kirstine from the Mustard Tree Trust came to share a lovely harvest festival story with us and our nursery friends.  We all listened carefully and agreed to try and do something kind or helpful today.!  In Maths we have been very busy measuring.  We have measured our friends and lots of different objects around the classroom.  We ordered objects by size and used some brilliant mathematical language.  Our letter sounds this week have been u, b and f and we have been working hard to spot these in our books or in the environment.  Keep up the good work!
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another busy week in Nursery.  We have been loving our new 'autumn themed' creation station area this week.  We have been busy making pictures and patterns using fir cones, acorns, conkers, wooden rings and lolly sticks.  We have been trying hard to tidy them up, sorting them into the right boxes.  We have impressed Mrs Shooter with a variety of autumn activities, following the dotted lines with scissors and pens - well done Nursery.  Autumn holiday homework will be coming home next week...
FOREST SCHOOL - News in Brief
This upcoming half term will be the biggest test for those striving to achieve their second Forest School star award, the Fire Badge.  Mother Nature has been less than kind in previous years, however things are looking good so far!  Each child in Year 4 will be put through their paces in an ultimate test that draws on all their skills and knowledge gained over the last five years at Forest School.  A successful Forest Schooler will need to collect the correct type of natural tinder in the woods that is dry and can sustain and build a fire, drive sparks into the tinder using a ferrocerium rod and manage to get it alight.  Most important than all other criteria, a successful candidate will conduct themselves in a safe manner throughout the whole process.  Only after successfully completing all three stages of the test will a child be awarded the highly sought after Fire Badge.  This particular badge is a real test of physical and
mental endurance to overcome obstacles and sometimes harsh conditions; speaking from experience, it is NOT and easy thing to do! 

At the start of the year we set the children in Year 4 the target of achieving a minimum of two out of a possible seven stars.  Each badge has difficult but achievable criteria for the award.  The purpose of the badges is to award and praise children who have mastered a very difficult Bushcraft skill that has taken lots of hard work and effort over several years to achieve.  Although, understandably, every child would love to gain all seven badges, in reality managing to do so would be very hard (even for the most experienced of adults!)  That is why you and your child can be so proud of each badge earned and if some fall short of reaching the pass criteria on a particular badge, they have several other opportunities to strive for their goal of two overall stars. Keep up the hard work!
Another great week at After School Club.  We have been busy making hedgehogs and enjoying our outdoor play.  Our first night back after half term is going to be on bonfire night.  We have planned exciting activities for the children to enjoy, making sparkler biscuits, glittery firework pictures, bonfire pictures and rocket bookmarks.  (We are aware of any children throughout the school who have food allergies).  Small ask again if anyone has any small toys they no longer have need for, ASC would love any donations please!  Donations to be left at the school office, thank you!
Another busy week having fun in the soft play, ball pool, parachute and football. Witch, Witch, Jump Jim Joe, bean bags and hoola hoop circle games are still popular with the children as well as Twister, jigsaws, My Little Pony and pirate ships, Me Maties!  Our story this week was 'One fish Two fish Red fish Blue fish' by Dr Seuss.  From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!  Can your child tell you the names of any of these funny characters? (7 hump wump, Ned, Mike and the Nook).  Oh dear,  oh my!  Where did the time fly?  Part 2 will be another day.  How about next Wednesday!
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