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A belated welcome back after the Christmas holidays.  We hope you all had a wonderful break.

We apologise for not sending out a newsletter last week. Unfortunately we had no internet connection which was caused by issues outside of Northumberland County Council's control.  Full service is now resumed!
Abbeyfields Family Lunches
We are delighted to announce that we will be running our family lunches for Year 2 on Wednesday 31st January from 12.20pm. On this day 30 of our Year 2 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 roasts, so places which will be allocated on a first come first served basis will no doubt be snapped up quickly! If you'd like to book your place please make a payment on School Gateway under 'Family Lunch'.  Once the 30 available places have been taken, it will not be possible to make a payment.  If you have made a payment, you can be assured that you have reserved a place.
Adverse Weather - Keeping this on.....just in case!
I don't much like the look of the weather forecast at the minute, so I feel it is timely to send out some advice regards procedures in the event of bad weather descending upon us.  If bad weather arrives overnight, a decision will be made regards opening very early the next morning and parents/carers will be alerted via text message and the school website.  No news is good news - that will mean we are open as usual.  It is always our aim to keep the school open and we would only close in an absolute emergency e.g. no power, heating or not enough staff to open the school/keeping everyone safe.  I would like to ask you to make your own decision regards travel and only embark on your journey if you deem it safe to do so.  Thank you.  Fingers crossed for a sunny, mild winter!
Year Four Swaledale News
Thank you for all of the deposits that have been paid towards our Swaledale visit in May.  Please pay outstanding deposits immediately to confirm your child's place or speak to Mrs Halliford in confidence if you have any questions or concerns.  The remaining two installments have been set up on School Gateway.  Last week the children brought home a form for parents to complete, with medical information and consent requests.  We need to collect this information at this very early stage for our risk assessments, but will ask you to let us know nearer the time if any contact or medical information has changed.  Please ask class teachers if you did not receive the form.  We are asking both parents to sign the form if possible so we know that everyone with parental responsibility has been fully informed.  Please return the form to class teachers by the end of next week. 
Before School Club Update
Attendance at Before School Club continues to grow and it's lovely to see the children enjoying all of the activities on offer and parents appreciating the slight head-start on their day that BSC offers!  Charges for this club have remained static for many years in spite of our costs rising continually, so we have now decided that an increase will be implemented after half term starting on Monday 19th February.  The new rates will be: 

8am - 8.50am: £2.20
8.30am - 8.50am £1.10

I'm sure you'll agree that this still represents excellent value for money and the additional income will ensure that we will continue to be able to offer lots of fun activities in a safe and stimulating environment for the children every morning. 
After School Club Reminder
Please remember that if you'd like your child to attend After School Club, you need to complete a registration form (available from the office) before their first attendance.  It's also vitally important that you keep your contact details up to date with ASC too.  Also, please could you use the booking system on School Gateway to book your child into ASC.  Thank you for working with us on this to keep everyone safe!
We are still collecting green milk bottle tops which will be sent to the Children's Ward at Newcastle RVI.  There is a box in the front foyer.  Many thanks.
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 98.0% 95.4%
RM 93.3% 96.2%
1J 95.9% 96.0%
1B 98.7% 97.4%
2S 95.0% 96.1%
2H 99.0% 97.1%
3D 97.1% 98.5%
3C 97.9% 96.5%
4G 97.5% 96.1%
4H 98.1% 97.3%

Total Percentage

97.1%

96.7%

Our winner this week is Miss Halliford's class.
 Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
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FOAS’ first event of 2018 will be our third Family Ceilidh with the Whistling Sheep Ceilidh Band.
It will be held on Saturday 27th January at 5.30 pm in Storey Park Community Centre from 5.30pm-7.30pm. You should have received an email containing the ticket order form and copies are also available in the foyer. Tickets are £10 for adults and £4 for children, with a family ticket priced at £25 (2 adults and up to 3 children). The price includes a pie and pea supper with a half pie/sausage roll and peas/beans for children. Juice and water will be available on the night but you are welcome to bring your own drinks also (plastic cups will be available). Space is limited so please do get your orders in as soon as possible!

A raffle will be held on the night so we would be very grateful indeed for any donations of raffle prizes.  Please hand these in at the school office. Thank you!

This should be a great night! Step-by-step instructions will be given by the Caller and they always include dances suitable for young children, so even if you’ve never been to a ceilidh before, please do come along!

The FOAS team will be meeting next week to hatch more plans for the year - we’ll keep you posted!  We would love some new volunteers to join us in 2018 so if you think you might like to become more involved with FOAS and fundraising for your child’s school then please get in touch with Beccy Pearson at friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk . Thank you!
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
This week Year 4 have continued looking at poems in English.  We have read some narrative poems, including 'Willow Pattern' and 'How the tortoise got his shell'.  The children have up-levelled verses from the poems using a range of vocabulary and have performed these poems to the rest of the class.  In Maths we have learned how to calculate perimeter and area of rectilinear and compound shapes.  We have used watercolours in Art to paint our drawings of John Constable's 'Hay Wain'.  They are going to make a fantastic art gallery in the KS2 corridor.  In Science, the children investigated how we know gases exist.  We investigated how particles move through the air and between solids.  We have started to learn some songs for our class assembly which is on Wednesday 31st January, we hope to see you all there.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have been working on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur for their English work this week. Different versions of the story were read to show how we can sometimes hear the same story but with slightly different details in it.  We also made use of descriptive language to describe some of the characters from the story and brought them to life with our words.  We then thought about the features of a myth in order to be able to retell the story accurately.  In Maths we made sure that we were confident with how to do division of 2 digit by 1 digit numbers.  We used base 10 to help us as well as more formal methods such as the bus stop method.  In art we started our Greek pots and got as far as putting a layer of papier mache onto the balloons - next week we will have to get those layers really thick to give it a strong structure. Thank you so much for all the newspaper and cardboard tubes that have come in so far, please keep them coming!  Please check in your child's bag for a letter about a trip to the Hancock Museum on the 6th February.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
An action-packed, busy week in Year 2.  The children have continued to think about the traditional tale "The Elves and the Shoemaker" in their RWI sessions and are becoming very familiar with the story.  They are now able to re-tell the story using wonderful adjectives, with some of us even using adverbs, different sentence structures and having a go at including speech and other punctuation marks.  In Maths the children have been working hard solving subtraction problems.  We have looked at this in different forms, tackling straightforward subtraction, giving change in real life situations with money, solving missing number calculations with counters and finding the 'difference between' (something we thought was tricky but then found quite easy!!)  Look out for homework on School360 to support the children's learning.  On Monday we launched our new topic 'Sail the Seven Seas' by learning about life as a member of Nelson and Collingwood's Royal Navy over 200 years ago as they prepared for the Battle of Trafalgar.  Very exciting stuff!  Ask your child about being 'press-ganged'.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
This week the children have loved having and watching the snow falling.  We have been so impressed by how enthusiastic the children have been about their fantastic homework winter pictures and  sharing their winter walks.  In Maths we have been practising our number bonds to 20 and making links with number bonds to 10. As part of our topic work we looked at maps to find hot and cold places.  This week we are launching our 'Blast Off' with a book reading challenge.  We would like your child to read their books more regularly at home and ask that an adult records what has been read in their child's reading records.  Every time your child reads and it is recorded in their reading diary they will receive a star on the KS1 rocket.  When we have filled the rocket with stars we will have a KS1 treat.  Happy reading everyone!
RECEPTION - News in Brief
The children have had a wonderful time today in the snow.  They have also enjoyed working with their teddies or soft toys too this week.  Some children had a birthday/tea party in the role play area, some had a teddy bear's picnic outside, some children read their teddy a story or made models for them to play in or use.  It has been an interesting week as we have been investigating and naming the 8 coins we use - 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.  We are sorting them, drawing around them making rubbings of them with wax crayons, ordering them by value from the smallest amount to the largest amount. You could explore this with your child for homework and record it in their books. We are also beginning to think about paying for items that cost 3p or 4p, for example, when there is no coin that has a 3 or 4 on it. The children will have to think about making the value with three 1p coins.  Enjoy the weekend
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another fun packed week in Nursery.  We have had such fun thinking about houses this week, especially thinking about shapes and colours.  We have made a house collage using different shapes and they look fantastic, and we also used a colour code to find, match and colour all of the shapes in a house, there were some tricky rectangles to find on top of the chimney pot, but we found them!  We have learnt some new songs about houses and shapes, Mrs Shooters favourite is 'we're gonna build a house'.  Ask us to sing it at home. We had more fun in the hall with our apparatus, climbing, balancing, rolling and jumping - getting our core strength as strong as we can.  Thank you for sending in voluntary £1 donations to nursery fund and for returning PLOD sheets so promptly.
ASAC  - News in Brief
This week in After School we have been making Paddington Bears.  In a new craft, we are designing and creating our own wrist bands and necklaces out of wool.  Just a reminder that the number to contact is the landline number 01670 500726.
BSC  - News in Brief
Another busy week having fun in the soft play and the ball pool, as well as parachute games, hoola hoops, the big skipping rope, target practise, football, darts, Lego, circle games and craft activities.  The children have also impressed us with their skills and teamwork in a race to pass the ball over their heads while sitting on the floor.  Ask your child how they do this - it's harder than it sounds!  Our story this week was 'Bad Hare Day' by Miriam Moss.  When Uncle Herbert agrees to babysit his niece for the day, he does not quite count on her being such an organiser, or willing apprentice.  When Herbert's customers come to the end of their appointments they too are more than a little surprised that such a young girl can have so much energy!  Can your child tell you what animals came to the hair salon and if they liked their new hair styles?
FOREST SCHOOL - News in Brief
The brief return of truly wintry weather has given the children an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the animals that roam the forest at night by studying their footprints in the snow.  By counting the number of pads to their toes and the shape and size of the print, we have discovered fox, badger, deer, rabbit, pheasant and hedgehog prints to be the most common residents.  We were very happy to receive a gift of a goat’s skull last week to add to our growing collection.  This is ever so much appreciated as in Year 3, Forest Schoolers get the chance to take a very close look at animal skulls and study their features to uncover the species and build on their knowledge of skeletons.  If anyone has or comes across any type of animal skull, bones or taxidermy that they would like to donate to Forest School we would be very appreciative. Where else but at Forest School do you hear a request like that?!
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Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 1LZ
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01670 513582