Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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Just a reminder that tomorrow is a teacher training day, so school will close to children from tonight at 3.15pm (5.30pm for after school club children) and will reopen on 30th October at 8.50am.  
We would like to wish you a happy half term, and we look forward to seeing you all on 30th October.
19th October 2017                              Y3 Stone Age Day in the Yurt
19th October 2017           3.15pm       School Closes for Half Term
30th October 2017           8.50am       School reopens
8th November 2017         9.00am       Y2 Assembly
15th November 2017       9.00am       Y1 Assembly
17th November 2017                          Children in Need (details to follow)
22nd November 2017      10.00am     Nursery A Nursery Rhyme Assembly (details to follow)
24th November 2017       1.30pm       Nursery B Nursery Rhyme Assembly (details to follow)
2nd December 2017                           FOAS Christmas Fair (details to follow)
13th December 2017       10.30am     Nursery A Christmas Performance (details to follow)
                                         9.30am       Reception Christmas Performance (details to follow)
                                         2.00pm       Reception Christmas Performance (details to follow)
                                         9.30am       Year 1 Christmas Performance (details to follow)
                                         10.15am     Year 2 Christmas Performance (details to follow)
                                         1.45pm       Year 3 Christmas Performance (details to follow)
                                         2.30pm       Year 4 Christmas Performance (details to follow)
14th December 2017        9.30am      Year 3 Christmas Performance (details to follow)
                                         10.15am     Year 4 Christmas Performance (details to follow)
                                         1.45pm       Year 1 Christmas Performance (details to follow)
                                         2.30pm       Year 2 Christmas Performance (details to follow)
15th December 2017       1.45pm        Nursery B Christmas Performance (details to follow)
w/c 18th December 2017                    Christmas Parties (details to follow)
Important reminder for After School Club parents
PLEASE remember to let the office know if you change your mind after registering your child for After School Club and they are going to be collected by someone else.  As soon as we realise we don't have a child who's been registered we set into motion a search operation across the school site and beyond. A quick phone call to the office will stop this process from being activated unnecessarily. Thank you.
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 95.3% 94.1%
RM 95.3% 96.5%
1J 96.0% 94.9%
1B 98.0% 98.6%
2S 96.9% 96.1%
2H 99.0% 98.7%
3D 100.0% 99.2%
3C 96.6% 95.9%
4G 98.1% 96.8%
4H 95.2% 98.5%

Total Percentage



Our winner this week is Mrs Dale's class.
 Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
Christmas Card Design Project- it’s not too late!
Thank you to all who have submitted designs- they look great!  The courier is collecting the artwork tomorrow.  For those who have submitted artwork to school you can place your online order using the individual code on your form up to midnight on Friday 20th October (tomorrow).  We know life is busy, so if your child or children were wanting to make a card or Christmas mug and you haven’t had time yet (this applies to our family!) you can still post late orders direct to Cauliflower Cards until 6th December. They charge a £4.50 per household processing and packaging fee but Friends of Abbeyfields DO still get a donation from your purchases.  Details are available at and you will need to print a late order form at  Thank you!  We hope you are really pleased with your cards when they arrive!
Abbeyfields Christmas Fair- Saturday 2nd December 2017
The Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 2nd December from 1-3pm.  This is always a great event with lots of Christmas stalls, craft activities, face painting, games, mulled punch and mince pies, Tombola and......a visit from Santa! We will have a number of local trade and craft stalls selling Christmas gifts.  Stalls are available at a cost of £10 per stall – please email Beccy Pearson at if you would like to book a stall space. If you can think of anyone who may wish to have a stall, please spread the word!  Please also let Beccy know if you would be willing to help at the Fair. Thank you!
More information and details to come after the half term holidays…

We are getting closer to our Abbeyfields Playground Canopy….!
As many of you will know, following a survey of staff and parent opinions we are currently fundraising for a colourful playground canopy to allow better use of the school’s outdoor space. This will cost in the region of £10,000.  After our 14 fundraising events last year and the Bag Pack this term we are doing really well in getting towards our total. Our current total is…….£7512! We will soon be able to add the Halloween Disco final total to that figure too.  We are really hopeful that we and the Abbeyfields children can raise the rest of the funds necessary during this school year, so lots of fundraising plans are being hatched!
Thank you for all your ongoing support of FOAS activities. As always, do get in touch if you have any queries or suggestions for FOAS, or if you are able to offer to help with any events- either speak to a committee member or email Beccy Pearson at
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 will 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 (Families receiving Working Tax Credit are not eligible)
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of State 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 someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
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.

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To all Year 4 Parents….
The online portal for admissions to Year 5 opened in September for children transferring from First to Middle/Primary School in September 2018.  We strongly advise that you use all of the three options for schools.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to speak to the Mrs Ford via the office.  Please note that the deadline for applications is 31 October 2017.
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
What a busy last week of half-term we have had in Year 4!  First of all, thank you very much for coming to our year group assembly, the children did a fantastic job and loved sharing with you what we have been learning about so far this year.  In English this week we have been looking at using possessive apostrophes, practising joining our handwriting and using our weekly spellings in sentences.  In Maths we have started to learn the 6, 7 and 9 times tables. Ask your child if they can recall some of these times tables. The children had their last swimming lesson this week and have all made excellent progress from September.  We hope you enjoy half-term and that you all have a well-deserved rest.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
Year 3 have had a fantastic day today on their Stone Age Day.  They have enjoyed stone age activities and have even tried a stone age stew!  Ask you child what they thought of it.  We hope you all have a lovely half term holiday.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Well done Year 2 for a fabulous first half term.  We think you have done a great job and learned so much. Our next topic after half term is Flash, Bang and Famous People, so remember if you want to see more of the things that Year 2 will be doing after the holidays then have a look on the website. You will also find the Year 2 new spellings for the children to practise.  Remember it is good practice to practise your spellings!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
In maths this week we have been having a go at different ways of writing addition number sentences and looking at number bonds.  We have been listening carefully and following instructions related to positional language.  It has been lovely to see so many of you this week during parental consultations - we would like to thank you for your continued support. The children have settled well into Year one and have worked really hard.  Our topic next half term is The Jolly Postman.  To prepare for this you could write a letter/postcard and post it to us - we look forward to checking the mail when we return to school!  Have a lovely half term break.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week the children have continued to work hard writing their names, numbers and learning lots of new letter sounds.  We have introduced the characters from the Oxford Reading Tree and the children have enjoyed identifying the letter sounds in the character's names.  After a fun filled half term we hope all the children have a well earned rest!
NURSERY - News in Brief
We have had such a busy half term in Nursery, we are definitely ready for a nice half term break.  We have loved talking about Autumn this week and holiday homework came home this week, please have fun collecting autumn things to make a picture and collect a range of autumn leaves to stick in the boxes on your sheet to show the different colours that we see in this beautiful season.  We have really enjoyed making pictures in Nursery using our autumn collection of twigs, pine cones, acorns, leaves and of course conkers! We impressed everyone and made pictures of smiley faces, hedgehogs, houses, giraffes even the Gruffalo. We will be putting these pictures on the website soon. We also enjoyed talking about our families, we made amazing booklets all about our families and pets - we have put them straight on display in Nursery. Next half term we will start by talking about fireworks and then move onto our new topic 'Nursery Rhymes'. A letter will be coming home after the holidays with the dates for all the exciting events for the rest of the term. Happy Holidays Nursery.
ASAC  - News in Brief
As we head into the half-term week, we thought we would treat the After-School Club children to a movie night, with popcorn, biscuits and juice.  Wall-E was the choice of Mr Jackson and we think he enjoyed watching the film more than anyone else!  Before that though, we have been creating craft using natural resources. The leaves display in the classroom is really quite fantastic. Well done to all who took part.
BSC  - News in Brief
The children have enjoyed parachute games, soft play, ball pool, football, table football, Twister, skipping ropes, hula hoops and some 'batty' craft activities with Miss Stewart.  The story this week to continue that theme was 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson, always a favourite with the children.  Can your child tell you who the witch met and what the spell was that turned her broom into a truly magnificent one?  (Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, zoom!)  All the BSC staff wish the children and their families a great half term holiday.  Have fun!
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