Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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Today's announcement from Daft as a Brush.....Name the Ambulance!
The children have a had a lovely time hearing all about how fabulous Daft as a Brush are! They are very excited to name the new this space!


This year's Children in Need is on Friday 16th November and we hope to have a 'hair raising' day, so why not come to school with a wacky hairstyle, or wear your favourite headband, hat or cap, or Pudsey ears if you have them?  Let's get a-'head' and raise lots of money for Children in Need.  We will be collecting your voluntary donations throughout the day.

Abbeyfields Family Lunches
There are still places left on our Nursery family lunch on Wednesday 14th November at 11.45am.  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
Just a reminder that parental consultations will be on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th November.  This year they will be held in the North Hall, except for Mrs Jones who will hold her consultations in the Red Room which is the room next to Mrs Sykes' classroom, slightly offset to the left before the double doors.  Please could we ask that you use the North Hall doors (the blue doors opposite the main office) and to arrive no sooner than 5 minutes before your appointment as space will be limited.  If you have not yet received an appointment, please speak with your child's class teacher.

We will be sharing a parental questionnaire with you at your child's consultation which we would be delighted if you could complete.  If you are not attending a consultation, we will send a questionnaire home with your child.  We would also like to let you know that some of our Academy Councillors will be present at these consultations if you wish to discuss anything with them.

Attendance, Punctuality and Behaviour at update from Mrs Sykes
I am delighted to be developing a new role in school - Pastoral Lead.  I am looking forward to this new opportunity to meet parents, discuss positive ways to promote good attendance and punctuality and to maintain our excellent standards of behaviour for learning and general behaviour in school.  Please look out for updates in the newsletter.  Teachers will be sharing your child's current attendance and punctuality at next week's Parental Consultations and offering any support if needed.  Attendance and good punctuality at school is vital to ensure your child is settled, happy and learning effectively at school - we like to aim for 95% attendance....anything below 90% is classed as persistent absence and we would be keen to seek an improvement if that was to be the case.  Thanks for your support in this and if there is anything I can do to help, please get in touch via the school office. Thank you.

Can You Help Us To Raise More Funds To Improve your Child’s Education at Abbeyfields?

Did you know that by making a successful application for ‘traditional’ free school meals, you can help Abbeyfields to raise extra funds (Pupil Premium) to support and improve YOUR child’s education?

Why should I apply for ‘traditional’ free school meals if my child is already having a free dinner?

There are a number of reasons why applying now for ‘traditional’ free school meals is a good idea:

* Your child will immediately become eligible for free school milk.

* You may get help with the cost of educational visits.

* You may get help with the cost of other activities such as music tuition.

* If your circumstances do not change, your child will automatically receive traditional free school meals when they move into year 3 without you needing to do anything, saving you over £350 a year on meals.

* School will receive Pupil Premium income for every child who is registered for traditional free school meals and will have more money to spend on helping your child to achieve their potential.

* All of these benefits to you and school apply even if your child would prefer to bring a packed lunch to school – they just need to be registered for ‘traditional’ free school meals.

Would I qualify?

If you are in receipt of ANY one of the following benefits, then you should be eligible and able to help us raise more funds:

* Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also eligible for Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

* Income Support

* Income Related Employment and Support Allowance

* Income Based Job Seekers Allowance

* Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit

* Support under part VI of The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

* Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment made for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

* Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) 

How do I apply?

To apply simply complete the on-line form at or call Free School Meals at County Hall on 01670 623592.  For more information speak to Mrs Mungall or Mrs Gibson in the school office; your enquiry will be dealt with in complete confidence.

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

The cupboard is starting to look quite full with all the goodies that have been sent in so far for the Shoebox Appeal but please can I make a plea for a big push over the next few days as the boxes will be collected at the end of next week and it would be great to have a big pile to hand over.  Any items from the list would be greatly appreciated and if you would like to make a donation  towards the £5 cost of sending a box that would be a big help too.  On Wednesday next week boxes will be checked and empty ones packed with the items that have been donated so I shall let you know the final number in next Thursday's newsletter.  Many thanks for everything sent so far.

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.
12th-13th November
14th November @ 9.10am
14th November @ 11.45am
16th November
21st November @ 9.10am
21st November @ 10.00am - 11.00am
23rd November @ 1.15pm - 2.15pm
1st December @ 1pm - 3pm
3rd-7th December
9th December @ 11am - 2pm
11th December @ 10am

11th December @ 10.45am
11th December @ 1.30pm

11th December @ 2.15pm
12th December @ 9.30am
12th December @ 10.00am - 10.45am
12th December @ 1.30pm
13th December
13th December
14th December @ 1.30pm - 2.15pm
w/c 17th December
17th December @ 1.00pm - 3.00pm
18th December @ 1.00pm - 3.00pm
19th December @ 12.30pm - 3.00pm
19th December @ 1.00pm - 3.00pm
21st December@ 3.15pm
30th January
Parental Consultations
Year 2 Class Assembly
Nursery Family Lunch
Children in Need (more details to follow)
Year 1 Class Assembly
Nursery A Nursery Rhyme Assembly
Nursery B Nursery Rhyme Assembly
School Christmas Fair
Scholastic Book Fair
Christmas Carol Singing at Sanderson Arcade
Year 2 Christmas Performance - 'A Midwife Crisis'
Year 4 Christmas Performance - 'Dragon Days'
Year 1 Christmas Performance - 'Ralph the Reindeer'
Year 3 Christmas Performance - 'Bah Humbug!'
Reception Christmas Performance
Nursery A Christmas Performance
Reception Christmas performance
Theatre Trip to Gateshead
FOAS Christmas Wreath-Making Social Evening
Nursery B Christmas Performance
Theme Week - Christmas Around the World
Year 1 and Year 3 Christmas Parties
Year 2 and Reception Christmas Parties
Nursery Christmas Party (No morning session)
Year 4 Christmas Party
School Closes for Christmas

FOAS 'Burns Night' Social at The Sun Inn
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 100.0% 99.4%
RM 85.0% 96.9%
1J 95.7% 97.5%
1CH 96.0% 96.8%
2S 98.7% 98.9%
2BH 95.0% 98.9%
3D 97.0% 96.7%
3C 99.0% 97.7%
4G 98.5% 98.1%
4H 100.0% 97.8%

Total Percentage



Our winners this week are Mrs DaCosta and Miss Halliford's classes.

Friends Of Abbeyfields School News

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- designs sent off!
A huge thank you to everyone who submitted Christmas card designs and placed orders. They all look fantastic!  If your child was really keen to do a design this is still possible.  Please see the “Late Artwork” section on the website for more information.  A postage charge will apply and these orders will be posted directly to you.  Additional cards and mugs can be ordered after the deadline via the “Reorders” page.  Friends of Abbeyfields DO still get a donation from these orders.  Thanks for your support with this project.  There were a few designs submitted with no online orders placed.  These families will be contacted by email as we are hoping to send off a group Late Order to keep your postage charge down.

Abbeyfields Christmas Fair - Saturday 1st December 1-3pm
The Christmas Fair will be held in school on 1st 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.

Christmas Carol Singing at Sanderson Arcade - Sunday 9th December 11am-2pm
Following the success of this last year, you are all invited to come and join in singing carols at Sanderson Arcade, to help raise funds for playground equipment for the school.  Don’t worry if you can’t make the whole time - any help is greatly appreciated.
  Older siblings and parents very welcome.  Please bring plenty of snacks and some water to keep you going, and lots of warm clothes.  Where possible it would be great if the children could wear school hoodies or coats. Thank you!

Christmas Wreath-Making Social Evening - Thursday 13th December
Join FOAS and get yourself into the festive spirit while making a Christmas wreath.  £15 per wreath including moss wreath, wire, foliage and ribbons.  Children welcome to join in with their grown-ups.  Mince pies and refreshments provided too.  A sign up email will follow soon.
Date for your diary: “Burns Night” Social at the Sun Inn - Wednesday 30th January
Cheer up January with a night of good food and good company (while raising funds for your favourite school!) at the Sun Inn.  More information and booking details to follow but get that date baggsied in your diaries!

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions about FOAS please speak to our Chair, Beccy Pearson, or any committee member.  Our email address is  Thank you.

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
Year 4 have made a great start back after their half term holidays and have been impressing their teachers with some fabulous writing.  This week we have started thinking about fantasy stories, including our class text Beowolf and the children's favourite, the 'Beast Quest' series.  We have used some really wonderful pictures as inspiration for the setting of our stories and written story openers which included expanded noun phrases, adverbs, multi-clause sentences and a wide range of punctuation.  We can't wait to share them with you in a week or two!  In RE this week we have been thinking about the story of 'The Good Samaritan'.  We acted out the story in a drama session on Monday, then used freeze-frame pictures from this session to create a comic strip retelling of the story.  Don't forget it is the first Friday Fun tomorrow - please check your child's planner to see what they will be doing and make sure they have what they need with them!
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The children have come back to school full of enthusiasm and have been learning about the Bronze Age - some of them even knew all about smelting because they have used it on Minecraft!  See if they can remember any of the facts about it to tell you.  We will be moving on to the last section of the topic next week about the Iron Age and so the homework this week is fact finding.  3C made their woolly mammoths on Wednesday and there are now some fantastic hairstyles on show in the Year 3 corridor!  3D started some work on colour and did a great job of remembering what they had learned in Year 2 so that they could build on it.  We will be continuing with this theme for the next few weeks across the Year group.  We have been finishing off work on addition and subtraction in Maths this week before moving onto multiplication next week, so keep practising those times tables!  Please can you ensure that your children have their indoor PE kit at school for Fridays so that they are ready for their gymnastic lessons with Miss Simpson.  Here's to another great half term.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Year 2 have had a fantastic start to the new half term.  We are all now settled into our new RWI groups ready to do some amazing reading and writing.  In Maths, we have been having another look at sequencing and comparing numbers.  We have also started to practise our musical assembly songs for you to enjoy next week.  Our year group assembly will take place on Wednesday 14th November at 9.10am in the North Hall.  The children are looking forward to sharing their learning with you – please get ready to sing along!  The children were all enthused to learn about their new topic for this half term – The Great Fire of London.  In Art, they created amazing backdrops for the dark buildings of London using a colour wash.  Some very exciting news - we would like to recreate a model of London using cardboard boxes to stage our very own Great Fire.  This will take place at Forest School over the coming weeks with Mr Pearson being in charge of fire safety.  It would be very helpful if the children could bring in a variety of cardboard boxes next Wednesday so that we can all create a replica of the city of London.  Many thanks.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
The children have settled straight back into the school routine after their break and have worked very hard this week.  Mrs Cameron and Mrs Jones received some lovely letters from the children this week, to begin our new topic 'The Jolly Postman'.  We have also been learning some songs in preparation for our assembly on 21st November and hope to see lots of you there.  You are in for a treat!  In Maths, we have begun working on subtraction.  See if you can act out a number story together by counting out some fruit, 'eating' some and then counting how many are left!  Please look out for the new homework and spelling lists coming home tomorrow.  The children practised key word spellings in the carousel this week and will be tested on the first set of spellings from the sheet on Wednesday.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
We hope you have all had a lovely half term.  We have started our new topic - Festivals and Celebrations, and have been focusing on Bonfire night.  We discussed how to stay safe around fireworks and talked about who Guy Fawkes was.  Outside we have been making some big firework splatter pictures and in Literacy we have been thinking about the different sounds fireworks make and having a go at writing some of these words.  In RWI we have been looking at 'l' and 'h' and practising all the sounds we have learnt so far.  In Maths we have been ordering numbers and practising our number formation - using the ditties to help us.  Wow - what a busy week!
NURSERY - News in Brief
Welcome back and well done to everyone who brought in their bag of Autumn treasures collected over the holidays.  The children were very excited to show us what they had collected and they made excellent Autumn creations; patterns, hedgehogs, smiley faces, dinosaurs and lots, lots more, great ideas Nursery!  We also had fun thinking about fireworks, talking about the different colours, patterns and noises, and remembering how to stay safe.  Inside we created excellent firework pictures on the interactive screen, choosing our own colours and sizes from the tools, outside we put on our welly boots and splash suits and made wonderful splatter patterns with paint.  It was a little bit messy but so much fun.  Our new topic is Nursery Rhymes.  The children are bringing home a new planning map and PLOD sheet, please complete and return to school.  Exciting news, later in November it is National Nursery Rhyme Week and to celebrate we are inviting the children to take part in our Nursery Rhyme Challenge.  Once completed they will receive a certificate in our Nursery Rhyme Assembly.  A letter will come home this week explaining all about it.  Enjoy!  £1 voluntary contributions for Nursery fund would be most welcome now please.  Thank you.
We had an explosive start to our half term with our firework evening!  The children enjoyed making sparkler biscuits, glittery firework pictures, bonfire collages and rocket bookmarks.  Playing playground games (indoors) and especially playing with our friends.  We are still looking for any second hand toys to replenish our toy boxes.
A busy week playing in the soft play, ball pool, football, cars and lorries, Twister, hoola hoops, circle games and craft activities.  Our story this week was 'The Higgledy Piggledy Pigs' by Sally Crabtree.  Mummy Pig has had enough.  Her family may like living in a muddle, but she does not.  So, while Dad slips out to the shops, Posy, Pip and Gran help her tidy up.  But then poor Baby Pig begins to cry.  Can your child tell you why? (he’s lost his teddy! Could it be that the house is too tidy!)  The family search high and low.  Can your child tell you where teddy was found? (Baby Pig had been sitting on it)  And the house?  Well it returned back to being higgledy piggledy.  Sound familiar?!
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