Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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We would like to remind you that tomorrow (29th June) is a teacher training day, so school will be closed to children.  We hope you enjoy a lovely day in the sunshine!
Abbeyfields Country Show 2018

We are now only two weeks away from the Abbeyfields Country Show on Friday 13th July 2018!

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Unfortunately, the kind use of the competition marquee is no longer available leaving us a little bit stuck.  We are putting out a HUGE plea to anyone who has or may know of someone who could kindly let us borrow a marquee for the Abbeyfields Country Show.  We want to showcase the children’s superb vegetable growing skills and in class competitions as well as the baking and photography competition.  Any help you may be able to give would be greatly appreciated.  If you think you may be able to help, please contact Mr Pearson or speak to the office.

The vegetable competition is set to be our main attraction with the children’s very best produce grown by themselves on show.  Judging for the competition will be carried out by BBC radio presenter Marian Foster and garden expert John Guy.  We are opening up the competition to all adults including local allotment societies so please get involved and show off you green fingered skills!  Rosettes will be awarded for first, second and third placed exhibits.  The categories are open; please drop off any vegetables in the Forest School classroom on the morning of the show or at the office with a note to say who has grown it.

We also have a ‘Nature Photography’ competition 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 ineach category.
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.
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 Tuition - Current Years 1 - 3
All parents of children in Years 1-3 should have received a letter from Music Partnership North (MPN) via email last week regarding registering your child for music lessons from September 2018 if you wish.  (If you did not receive the letter, please click here). 

Our current Year 3 children have been receiving whole-class ukelele lessons by an MPN tutor.  If your child would like to build on the whole-class experience with small group lessons, or similarly begin ukelele lessons, you can now register for this via the MPN portal.  Please note that your child would need to supply their own ukelele.

MPN will now deal with all aspects of music tuition at Abbeyfields, so you must register with them (the link is available in the letter).  They will notify you in September if your child has a place and will send you an invoice for payment.  If you have any queries, please contact 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
3rd July 2018                                               Year 2 Trip to Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh
4th July 2018                 9am                        Reception Class Assembly followed by Y1 SHARE
11th July 2018               9.30am                   Nursery A Class Assembly (CHANGE OF TIME)
13th July 2018               1.30pm                   Nursery B Class Assembly (CHANGE OF TIME)
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

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.

Are you interested in re-homing 4 baby stick insects?  If so, please contact the school office for more information.

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 95.0% 95.5%
RM 98.7% 96.3%
1J 98.0% 96.5%
1B 92.0% 96.7%
2S 95.9% 96.3%
2H 92.0% 96.3%
3D 99.3% 98.4%
3C 96.3% 96.0%
4G 99.4% 95.6%
4H 99.3% 97.5%

Total Percentage



Our winner this week is Miss Grieve's class.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
Abbeyfields Country Show - Friday 13th July
Plans are well underway for the Country Show and the fabulous banner is up outside school!  The banner was designed and donated by Spotty Dog Designs and Print Ltd of Morpeth, so a huge thank you to them!  A few requests at this stage:

1) 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.

2) We will be running a Craft Stall selling homemade craft items e.g. wool and fabric purses, woollen dolls, hats, home made cards etc. So…if you or anyone you know are talented in a crafty direction and would like to contribute an item or two to the stall then that would be very much appreciated! 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!

3) We will be running a cake and home made produce stall so more information to come on that soon.

Date for your diary - FOAS AGM
A Save the Date! The Abbeyfields AGM will be on Tuesday 7th October at 7pm in school.

As well as trying to fundraise to purchase equipment for the Abbeyfields pupils and enhancing their school environment, the FOAS team also strive to arrange events which our pupils and their families will really enjoy. We would love your ideas and feedback in order to help us put on events which really appeal to our school families. If you have 5 minutes to spare we would love you to drop us an email about what kind of events you and your children would like us to try and organise in the future. Thank you!

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 . Thank you!
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
What another incredibly busy week we have had in Year 4!  On Monday, the children enjoyed their visit to Brinkburn Priory where they learned all about Saint Oswald.  The guides leading the visit commented on the children's beautiful manners, excellent behaviour and wonderful enthusiasm for the activities.  Back at school, we have continued reading Akimbo stories in English and used this as the stimulus for our writing.  This week we wrote a set of instructions for Akimbo, imagining that he was going to join Abbeyfields, in order to help him on his first day.  We had to think about the key features of instructional writing, including imperative verbs, headings and sub-headings and short, clear sentences.  In Maths, we have had a recap of lots of different mathematical concepts and applied these in a range of reasoning problems.  In Art, the children have started creating their money containers.  The children had to follow their design carefully and use their paper template to get the correct sized materials.  A huge thank you to everyone who came to the Bingo and Beetle night on Wednesday.  It was a great success and everyone had a great time!
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
What a lovely hot and sunny week we have had.  On Monday we made the most of the sun by going outside to look at shadows.  We drew around the feet of one of the team and then around their shadow.  We went out every hour during the day to draw around the shadow again.  Ask your child what they noticed about the size and movement of the shadow throughout the day.  Swimming lessons are progressing well and we can't believe that we only have 3 more left - where has the past term gone!?  It was great to see so many people make it to the ukulele recital on Wednesday.  The children were delighted to get the chance to show what they had been learning over the course of the year and have done a great job of manipulating their fingers to create some rather tricky chords.  In Maths we have been looking at measure, starting with mass (grams and kilograms).  If you get the chance to look at scales and the mass of different objects it would really help support their learning.  In English we have been looking at a poem and having a go at writing our own versions.  We hope the sun shines for them all on Friday as they get an extra day for their weekend.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Year 2 have had a brilliant week this week, enjoying the sunshine and making the most of being able to learn outside in the school's fabulous grounds.  Miss H took her Maths group outside under the trees to play Hotshots and SwitchSwitchSwap,  Mrs S took her Maths group outside to practise their measuring and quick addition and subtraction skills, and Miss R took children into the bright outdoors to present their talks about the seven continents of the world.  Forest School took the children into the allotment to look at the plants and vegetables that were growing at a terrific rate and learnt about the ideal conditions for plant growth.  With all this beautiful weather and opportunities to be outside we have been talking about staying safe in the sun too and discussed how important it is to have your hat, water-bottle and sun-cream at school everyday.  We have our fingers crossed that this good weather continues for our trip up to Bamburgh next Tuesday (3rd July).  Stay safe in the sun this weekend!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
Well done to all the children for their excellent efforts during this HOT HOT week in Year 1!   We thoroughly enjoyed sharing the fun times we have had together during our assembly on Wednesday.  We hope you enjoyed it.  What fantastic performers we are!  We have been using money this week in our Maths lessons and have been identifying coins and notes and calculating amounts.  Could the children count up some loose change at home or count out and use cash to pay for an item at the shops?  We have also really enjoyed finding out about the life and work of the artist Claude Monet and creating pictures in the impressionist style.  Your child should have brought home a letter regarding our forthcoming visit to Wallington Hall.  If you have not received this information please contact your child's class teacher.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week the children have been continuing to write independently about our topic 'All Creatures Great and Small'.  The children are coming up with some great story ideas of their own and are sharing their achievements with staff and peers.  In Maths the children have been learning about 1 more or 1 less than a given number and problem solving different mathematical questions.  We have also been practicing our assembly which is next Wednesday, we look forward to seeing you there!  Please don't forget there will be a Year 1 Parent Share meeting following the assembly.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another busy week full of fun in Nursery.  The children have loved making mini-beast stick puppets this week, showing off their excellent cutting skills, listening and following instructions very well.  We have also been busy getting ready for the Abbeyfields Country Show.  For our competition entry the children are painting their favourite mini-beasts.  We have some budding artists appearing, just wait until you see them; very impressive!  We are also busy singing all of our songs ready for our graduation celebration assembly - you are all in for a treat.  So hot and very busy in Nursery.
It has been absolutely glorious outside, so ASC have been enjoying the sunshine at every opportunity.  With it being summer, we are, of course, playing rounders!  The newly purchased scooters are getting well used too.  Mrs Petyt took groups into the wild on the search for wild flowers.  A super adventure and the children loved trying to find the most colourful wild flowers!  If  your child has any homework they need support with, we can help.  Just get them to bring it in with them.
Another busy week playing in the soft play, the ball pool, football, table tennis, large skipping rope, Twister, darts, cars and lorries and craft activities.  The children have also been able to play outside in our lovely weather.  Our story this week was 'Shh! Don't wake the Royal Baby' by Martha Mumford.  It's chaos at the Royal Palace - the Royal Baby just won't go to sleep. Waaaaah! Waaaaah! Waaaaah!  The Royal Family has tried everything to pacify the little bundle of joy - from preferring the golden royal dummy to death-defying parachute jumps with the Queen.  But, just when the little one seems to be settling, another disturbance is just around the corner.  From yip-yapping corgis to marching guards and noisy party planning, the palace is awash with noise.  Will it ever be peaceful enough to lull the baby off to sleep?  Can your child tell you what settled the baby?  (a cuddle from his mummy and daddy).
FOREST SCHOOL - News in Brief
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came along to the Forest School camping night.  Over 200 parents and children came along and pitched a record breaking number of tents on site!  Fortunately the weather could not have been better and complemented the superb family atmosphere.  We would personally like to thank everyone who helped to make the night a success, especially those who tirelessly cooked the meals for all and the spectacular Forest School band that entertained all night.  We are always bowled over by the amazing support for Forest School and community spirit created by the parents at Abbeyfields which makes our school such a unique environment for our children.  All of the funds raised will go towards improving the Forest School allotment to help increase vegetable production for the kitchens.  And to answer the question on everyone’s lips…yes we WILL be camping out in Forest School next year!
To view the menu for w/c 2nd July 2018, please click here.
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