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Abbeyfields Country Show 2018
Friday 13th July from 3.15pm - 5.00pm

Tomorrow is our greatly anticipated Abbeyfields Country Show!  The school field is slowing starting take shape with the marquee now in place.

Don’t forget to enter your own produce grown at home or on your allotment tomorrow morning by dropping it off in the Forest School classroom along with a label with the growers name.  The exhibits will be displayed in the marquee along with the rosettes for first, second and third place…good luck!

We've had an excellent response to the ‘Nature Photography’ competition that from both adults and children!  The criterion is very loose to encourage as many as possible to get out and snap beautiful Northumbrian nature at its best.  Please print any photographs off along with a note on the back stating the photographers name and hand it in to the Forest School classroom in the morning.  Rosettes for first, second and third place will be awarded.

Last but not least, the baking competition will showcase anything from cakes to bread, scones to biscuits and is open to all ages.  Once again, anything that you would like to showcase can be brought in on the morning of the show and be dropped off at the Forest School classroom or office with a note stating the bakers name.  Rosettes will be awarded in each category.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Abbeyfields Country Show tomorrow for a traditional Northumbrian fun filled family afternoon!
We still have some outstanding Consent Forms.  If you require another copy, please email  Please check that you have completed all of the tick boxes and signed the second sheet.  If we do not receive a response from you, we are duty bound to take this as 'consent not given'.  Many thanks.

If you or your friends or family members are looking for Nursery provision for your child please pop in to see us and our stimulating Nursery environment on; Friday 13th July 3:30-4:30. We look forward to seeing you then.

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.
Sun Protection
As the sun has finally arrived, we would like to remind you of ways of keeping your children safe:
  • Children should bring hats to school to wear when outdoors.
  • The use of sun screen will be encouraged as appropriate
  • Parents are encouraged to apply sun screen to children before they come to school
  • Children are expected to bring their own sun screen to school, clearly labelled with their name, and apply it themselves.  Please ensure that you show them how to sensibly apply these screens.
  • Children must only use their own sun screen.
To view our Sun Protection Policy, please click here.

We have red Abbeyfields legionnaires style hats for sale in the school office at £4 each.  Abbeyfields caps are available from www.totstoteams,com
13th July 2018               1.30pm                   Nursery B Class Assembly
13th July 2018                                              Abbeyfields Country Show 2018
13th July 2018               3.30pm - 4.30pm   Nursery Open Day
17th July                        3.30pm - 4.00pm   Year 1 'Classroom Drop In' for Reception Parents
18th July 2018               2pm                       Year 4 Leaver's Assembly, BBQ and Sports Event
9th October                   7pm                        FOAS AGM
11th October                                                Flu Vaccinations for Reception - Year 4
18th October                 2pm                        Parents Online Safety Workshop by NSPCC

Wansbeck Valley Food Bank - Donations
Dear children, parents, carers and staff of Abbeyfields,

We would like to thank you so much for the donations which have already been received for the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank  These have been delivered and they were gratefully received!  Please continue to bring in any donations of non perishable food items that you may wish to make.

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.

Thank you in anticipation.

Would you daughter like to join Brownies?  There are currently vacancies for 7 year olds to join Brownies in September.  The Rainbow unit is currently full but names of girls who are currently 3 years old are being taken to join a waiting list for when they are 5.  To register your daughters, please do so at

As you know, we have been collecting green milk bottle tops in the front foyer for some time now and they have been given to the Children's Ward at Newcastle RVI.  The hospital sells the bottle tops to manufacturers who are able to recycle them and turn them into wellington boots!  Whilst being really good for the environment, it is a great way for the Children's Ward to raise funds to buy equipment which the children are able to benefit from during their stay in  hospital.

So, let's keep collecting those green milk bottle tops!
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 81.7% 95.1%
RM 69.0% 95.3%
1J 95.7% 96.5%
1B 97.7% 96.7%
2S 98.3% 96.3%
2H 96.0% 96.2%
3D 98.9% 98.4%
3C 95.2% 96.1%
4G 93.9% 95.5%
4H 95.5% 97.4%

Total Percentage



Our winner this week is Mrs Dale class.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
Abbeyfields Country Show – TOMORROW!
The big day is nearly here!  Thank you for all your support so far and we look forward to seeing lots of you at the Show tomorrow!

1) If you are able to offer some help during the event please come and find a FOAS team member - we should be wearing red FOAS sashes.  A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far.

2) Tombola prizes and full or empty screw-top wine bottles (with lids) would still be very welcome but these will need to be at school by this afternoon please as they need to be wrapped! These can be left in the FOAS box which will be in the front foyer.

3) Craft items for sale would still be very welcome.

4) CAKE!!  We will be running a cake and home made produce stall. Cakes and other donations can be brought into school this afternoon or tomorrow.  There will also be a Cake Competition so please write on your donation whether it is a) for the
cake stall, b) the competition then for sale after judging or c) for the competition then collection afterwards. Thank you!

We hope to see you tomorrow and that you all have a brilliant time!
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
We have had a lovely trip down memory lane in English this week.  The children have been writing letters to Year 3 pupils to tell them all about the exciting things they have to look forward to in Year 4, from Segedunum to Swaledale and Roald Dahl to Van Gogh.  It is clear to see the amazing learning that has taken place over the year.  In Maths this week, we have been revisiting looking at calculations and word problems.  The children have now all created their natural collages to enter into the Abbeyfields Country Show competition.  There will be a selection on display for you to see at the Country Show.  Final preparations are under way for our Year 4 assembly.  We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday morning.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have had a great week.  After spending the earlier part of the week looking at map symbols and what they meant, they then used a map of Morpeth to help follow the route that they were taking for their walk.  We discovered eight different ways to cross the river during the day and the children were exceptionally well behaved.  It turned out that we walked 8.5 miles altogether and during that time saw three herons, one of whom was particularly bold and let us get up really close to it which was very exciting!  The children are getting on well with their Sarah Farooqi art and we are starting to see some finished articles which are lovely.  We are going to use them to form a final Year 3 display so that our corridors don't look too bare.  In 3D we have been having fun using shadows for a shadow theatre production of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and in 3C they enjoyed the challenge of investigating the position of a shadow when the sun 'moves' across the sky.  They will have their last swimming lesson in Year 3 on Tuesday but remember that these lessons will continue in Year 4 for the first half term.  We are looking forward to our chocolate themed week next week!
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Year 2 have been busily preparing for the Country Show, making some beautifully crafted Dream Catchers.  (Many thanks to all of the parents who sent in beads, sequins, wool, thread and other wonderful resources for the children to use - without them their creations would have been quite dull!)  The children have also been re-writing the story of Sammy the Shark who enjoyed school so much that he ate the teacher.  In Maths the children have been making dice and playing dice games and investigating Maths statements to find out whether they are correct Always, Sometimes or Never!  What a lot of hard work in this summer heat!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
We have had a very busy time thinking about time in Year 1 this week.  We have been reading and recording o'clock and half past using the analogue clock and solving problems involving counting on and back by the hour or half hour.  Phew!  We have also been writing instructions this week to help us remember some of our daily routines, including how to organise ourselves and our belongings when we come into school in the mornings.  We have been using some time words to help us, for example first and next.  See if we can give you any more suggestions?  It is our Wallington trip today and we shall be exploring the gardens looking at the plants and animals in this beautiful location.  Why not ask us about our adventures?  Only one more week to go, so could we please remind you that ALL reading books should be returned to school next week and a named carrier bag will also be helpful too!
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week the children have been learning all about minibeasts and writing facts about their habitats.  In Maths, we have been working on 1 less and writing subtraction sums.  Mrs Cameron came in to visit the children for the day and she enjoyed getting to know her new class.  We have been preparing our Fruit Friends for entry into the Abbeyfields County Show tomorrow.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Wow!  Mrs Shooter and the Nursery Team were super proud of all of the children from Nursery A in their graduation celebration yesterday.  They all sang beautifully and with such happy smiley faces.  Thank you all for coming to support us, we had a lovely morning.  We are really looking forward to Nursery B children doing their celebration assembly tomorrow at 1:30.  We were also very proud of all of the children who painted mini-beasts for the Nursery competition in the Abbeyfields Country Show.  They were all fabulous, Mr Pearson was very impressed.  Next Wednesday, to celebrate the last week of term, we are having a dressy up day where the children can come to Nursery dressed in their favourite dressy up outfit.  If they could all bring a little snack/packed lunch we will be having a picnic before the end of the sessions, 11:00 am for Nursery A and 2:00pm for Nursery B.  Thank you.
Despite England's loss in the World Cup semi-finals, we've still had lots of fun at After School Club.  This week there has been plenty of football in the build-up to Wednesday's game but inside has all been about crochet and finger knitting.  The kids have really taken to it and the Year 1s in particular have produced an excellent end product!  Just a reminder that it is very important that you pre-register your child into ASC each evening.  This is to ensure that we adhere to our safeguarding procedures and staffing is appropriate for each session.
Another busy week enjoying the great outdoors, football, soft play, ball pool, Twister, darts, cars and lorries and the large skipping rope.  They are very good at Under the Moon and Over the Stars, as well as improving their own best scores at jumping in pairs and threes!   A new circle game, Fishes in the Sea was enjoyed and kept them fit!  Our story this week was 'The Day Lewis Got Eaten' by John Fardell which was read by Coco and Eleanor. Thank you girls, another great read again this week.  Can your child tell you what happened in this funny story?  Can they remember the names of the monsters who swallowed Louis firstly and then each other?  How did his brave sister get him out? (she had caught a hiccup frog).
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