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Abbeyfields Country Show 2018

Next week is our greatly anticipated Abbeyfields Country Show on Friday 13th July 2018!

Don’t forget to enter in your own produce grown at home or on your allotment on the morning of the show 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!

Entries are already coming in for the ‘Nature Photography’ competition that is open to all.  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 or office anytime from now up to the morning of the show. 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 would like to thank everyone with their help in trying to find a marquee for the show and are pleased to say we have managed!  We look forward to seeing you all at the Abbeyfields Country Show for a traditional Northumbrian fun filled family afternoon!
Sickness and Diarrhoea
Could we please stress the importance of not bringing your child back to school until 48 HOURS after the final episode of sickness and/or diarrhoea.  We have had a nasty outbreak of sickness in our Reception classes and would like to help prevent the spread of this nasty bug to the other children and staff in the Early Years unit and throughout the school.  Unfortunately we are unable to make any exception to this rule.

Following a marathon 6 hours of football finals on Saturday, the Abbeyfields Football teams were crowned Champions in Year 4 and Year 3 league, and were 1st and 2nd in Finals Day!  They did themselves, and Abbeyfields, proud.  Their team working and sportsmanship have been evident throughout the season, so a very well done boys!  A special mention must go to Jack who was unable to play on Saturday but attended to support and cheer on his team-mates.

There are lots of 'Thank Yous' to be made to Sarah, John, Rob, Graham and Luke for giving up their time to train and coach our players, Jenni, Claire, Beccy and Aileen for organising refreshments to those who needed them, and finally to the parents who cheered the teams on each week.  We couldn't have done it without you.



Who needs the World Cup when we have our very own Abbeyfields Football Team.........
............however we had our very own World Cup tournament at Abbeyfields in Key Stage 2!

Well done to everyone who took part, particularly Uruguay who were triumphant in winning the final match 4 – 2.

Consent Forms
Could we please ask that you send in your child's Consent Form (if you haven't done so already) to the school office as soon as possible.  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.
Bikes and Scooters
It is lovely to see so many children cycling or scootering to school.  Due to the high number of children doing this and to ease congestion, please could we ask that scooters are parked in the scooter park so that bikes are able to be left on the bike racks by the school entrance.  Many thanks.
Lunchtime Supervisor Work
If you're interested in lunchtime supervisor work to start in September and have relevant skills and experience we'd love to hear from you!  Please see Mairi Gibson for more information or e-mail

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. More details to follow…

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.

Music Partnership North offer musical instrument tuition at school

Pupils are offered the opportunity to take up tuition, with group lessons, on a range of instruments. These lessons take place during the school day.  Please contact the school office to learn which instruments are available and the cost of lessons.  Advice on hiring or purchasing an instrument can also be arranged through Music Partnership North.  Further information about this is available on our website at   

If you require any further guidance on the work of Music Partnership North then please contact the office on 01670 624045.

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
11th July 2018               9.30am                   Nursery A Class Assembly
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
18th July 2018                                             Year 4 Leaver's Assembly, BBQ and Sports Event
9th October                   7pm                        FOAS AGM
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.

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 95.8% 95.5%
RM 85.8% 96.1%
1J 95.4% 96.5%
1B 93.3% 96.6%
2S 96.1% 96.3%
2H 96.3% 96.3%
3D 99.1% 98.4%
3C 99.1% 96.1%
4G 94.8% 95.6%
4H 97.4% 97.5%

Total Percentage



Our winners this week are Mrs Dale and Mrs Cowey's classes.
This is a plea from Mrs Sykes to sponsor her 14 year old daughter Emma who is trying to raise money for children who have sadly lost their hair due to awful illnesses. 

Over the past year Mrs Sykes’ eldest daughter Emma has been growing her hair for The Little Princess Trust.  It is very long now (past her bottom) so she is getting her hair cut short on Thursday 19th July and her lovely long hair will be used to make a wig for someone who really needs it. 

Emma is also trying to raise £500 so that this money can be used to help pay for wigs.  If you can, then please go to Emma’s JustGiving page and sponsor her or you could leave money in the office in an envelope and it will be given to Mrs Sykes in Year 2.

Thank you so much for taking your time to read this. 

Lorraine Sykes 
Year 2 Teacher and Key Stage 1 Leader
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
Abbeyfields Country Show - Friday 13th July
Excitement is building about the Country Show which is a week tomorrow!  We have lots of requests so listen in!

1) We need help to make the Show as amazing as possible and need lots of volunteers to help out on the day itself.  We have 30 or 45 minute slots from 3.15pm including on the Raffle or Craft Stall, serving refreshments or helping Jan on the BBQ!  Please let Beccy Pearson know via Facebook or email on if you are able to help us.  Thank you!

2) We would be very grateful for prizes for the raffle and tombola.  These can be left in the FOAS box which will be in the front foyer.  A big thank you to those who have donated already!

3) The Wine Bottle Game was a big hit at recent events so we would welcome donations of screw top bottles of wine.  We also need empty screw-top bottles with lids please.

4) We will be running a Craft Stall selling homemade craft items and would welcome donated items for this stall. e.g. wool and fabric purses, woollen dolls, hats, home made cards etc.  Items will be collected by Beccy Pearson and Kimberley Bernard-Stacey. Feel free to chat to them about the stall or email Beccy on the address above. Thank you!

5) CAKE!!  We will be running a cake and home made produce stall.  Cakes and other donations can be brought into school on Thursday pm or Friday.  As there will also be a Cake Competition, 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!

6) If anyone plays guitar and would be willing to come along on the day to play with the pupils’ folk band between 3.15-4.15pm that would be very much appreciated.  Please inform Beccy if you can help with this.  Thank you.

We hope to see loads of you there on the day and that you all have a brilliant time!
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
The last few weeks are flying by!  We have had an exciting week visiting our new middle schools and meeting our new teachers.  The children enjoyed making new friends and finding their way around school.  We were delighted to welcome John Crosby from British Orienteering who spent the morning with Year 4.  Once again, the children participated with enthusiasm and relished the opportunity to learn something new.  Preparations for our leaver's assembly are coming along nicely.  The children's singing has already amazed us and we have had great laughs as they shared their best memories.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
Year 3 enjoyed their transition time with their new teachers on Wednesday and are now feeling excited about the move up to Year 4.  They have all worked so hard this year and are ready for the next stage.  On Wednesday afternoon they spent time in the allotment planting hanging baskets in preparation for the Country Show with Christine from the RHS.  They worked in teams to prepare their hanging baskets and then foraged for foliage to attach to the baskets to make them more attractive.  Now we just need to water them and keep them alive using all that we learned in our plants topic.  We have moved onto capacity in Maths - see if the children can tell you the difference between capacity and volume.  Some of us had fun outside seeing if we could use our skills of reading scales to measure out different volumes of water - just the thing to do on a hot day!  We have continued looking at maps and looked at the human and physical features of a landscape which the children caught onto very quickly.  We are looking forward to our trip into Morpeth to see how many different ways we can find to cross the river whilst following a map, followed by a well deserved play in the park.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Year 2 had a fabulous day out in Bamburgh on Tuesday.  They visited the Grace Darling Museum, St Aidan's Church, had a picnic and played beautifully in the park with their friends.  Thank you very much to all the children for their fantastic behaviour, good listening and knowledge about Grace Darling, and also thank you to the wonderful parents that helped on the trip.  When we asked the children about their favourite parts of the trip they said it was eating their lunch, playing in the park and the sweets on the coach...we think they loved the educational bit too!  The children have also enjoyed meeting their new teacher, giving Mrs Cowey and Mrs Dale their letter that they did for their homework and looking around their new classroom.  Not only have the children been busy meeting their new teachers but they have been super busy impressing Mrs Sykes, Miss Halliford and Miss Rice in Maths when they have completed practical Maths challenges.  Well done for another super week in Year 2!  Keep up the good work.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
Another busy week in Year 1.  The children have begun thinking about transition to Year 2 and have been reflecting on the things that they enjoy about being in Year 1.  They have been writing letters to their friends in Reception to tell them all about the fun things that they will get to do when they move up to their new classes in September.  Playtime is very popular with the children and going into the computer suite is also a highlight of being in Year 1.  The children also had the opportunity to visit their new Year 2 classrooms and meet  the staff who will be working with them.  We hope you got the information about staff and routines in Key Stage 1 which was sent home with your child.  Our Wallington visit is fast approaching and we do require consent for your child to attend.  Please visit School Gateway or contact the office as soon as possible.  There will be a classroom drop in for parents/carers of children joining Year 1 in September between 3.30pm and 4.00pm on Tuesday 17th July.  Please enter from the KS1 cloakroom doors off the yard.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
What a busy week!  The children met their new teachers on Tuesday and they were impressed at their impeccable behaviour and listening skills, well done Reception!  Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to our assembly on Wednesday, I am sure you will agree the children all did an amazing job.  We were really proud of the confidence the children showed and their ability to act, sing, dance and read.  This week the children have been learning how to use non fiction books to find out facts about different jungle animals.  They have been looking closely at similarities and differences of the animals in their habitats.  A big thank you to Mrs Stephen who came into Reception today to hold a drama workshop relating to our theme of Under the Sea.  All the children in Reception took part and they had a fantastic time.  It all ended with a performance at the end of the day!  We have shared some photos on the school Twitter feed for you to see.  What a busy week and well done to everyone involved! 
NURSERY - News in Brief
A very hot and busy week in Nursery.  It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the year.  We have been very busy adding the finishing touches to our paintings for the Nursery competition in the Abbeyfields Country Show.  They all look fantastic so well done to everyone.  The children have enjoyed choosing and singing our favourite songs for our assemblies next week.  They are very excited and we are looking forward to seeing you all.  Nursery A celebration starts at 9:30 on Wednesday and Nursery B celebration starts at 1:30 on Friday.  Please send children to Nursery at the normal time so we can get them organised and they can go home with you when it is finished or they can return to Nursery until the end of the session.  Brothers and sisters from around the school will be invited to watch but they cannot be taken home early.  The children moving to Reception should have all brought their Nursery Report home this week, we hope you reading about how well they have all done.  Please fill in the reply slip and return to Nursery as soon as possible. Thank you.
Another busy week in After School Club.  The craft this week involves helping out with the Country Show as we help make items to be sold in the stalls.  Designed to raise money for the school, we're using finger knitting to make bookmarks and bracelets out of wool!  Outside, there is a blur of football, scootering and playing with our friends.  All of these are made extra brilliant when the sun is shining!
Another lovely week of sunshine and the children have been able to play outdoor games again.  Indoors the children have enjoyed the ball pool, soft play, parachute games, football, circle games (Witch Witch, pass the smile around) and craft activities.  Our story was chosen this week by Phoebe who read so well.  Thank you Phoebe.  Hoping to rest our voices over the next 2 weeks, we've asked other Year 4s to volunteer too.  The story was "Oi! If Only" by Michael Foreman.  One young boy and a dog unwittingly unleash the greatest havoc imaginable!  Can your child tell you what happened when a dog decided he wanted to play with a ball? (frightened old ladies cats, frightened the birds, spooked the horses, wrecked the big parade, ruined the Queen's birthday, chased the ball through the palace knocking over the birthday cake.)
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