Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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Vote for us and help us get a grant to buy PE mats
We've been shortlisted for a Venator Community Fund £250 grant which we would use to buy new PE mats.  A number of other organisations have applied and those with the most votes will get the money - so PLEASE VOTE by visiting
 You can vote 3 times.  Thank you 
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.
Packed Lunches
Could you please ask that you do not include any type of nuts in your child's packed lunch as we have a number of children throughout the school who have severe nut allergies.  Many thanks.
Abbeyfields Toddler Group
Abbeyfields Toddler Group is an independently run group which meets on Tuesday and Friday morning from 9am to 11am.  This is run by a friendly group of local childminders who organise lots of different activities from ball pool, crafts, lots of toys and singing to name but a few.  There is no need to book onto any of these sessions, you just turn up to the main entrance where you will be shown to the South Hall.  If you would like further information, please contact Sandra on 07815807658.
Health and Safety plea…..
Please could we ask that parents and children don't return up the corridor after school when the cleaners are working.  Noisy, heavy machines are in use and the floors may be wet.  We really don't want any accidents and the cleaners simply can't hear little footsteps approaching!  Thanks for your support with this as we try to keep everyone safe.
In readiness for our next term’s work please could we ask that the following items be brought in:

- A cheap yellow duster or chamois cloth
- Twigs / moss / feathers / small pebbles
- A washed out 4-pint milk container with its lid
- The cardboard roll of a finished sellotape
- Green wool / brown wool
- Pictures of trees in different seasons
- Paint colour sample cards from places like B&Q
- Buttons
- Unwanted Plasticine/Play-Doh

Things that we will need all year please:

- Washed out yoghurt pots (brilliant for glue / paint pots) 

Many thanks
The Year 3 Team

Dear Parents/Carers
In the hope of generating more boxes to give to the Operation Christmas Child appeal, I am starting my plea now.  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 over the course of the next 9 weeks.  The boxes will be collected on Thursday 15th November so let’s see how many we can get between now and then.  Watch this space!!
Many thanks, Mrs Dale.
17th September                                          Music Lessons Commence
24th-28th September                                  Sports Themed Week
3rd October                   2pm                       Harvest Festival in School
3rd-4th October                                           Individual Class Photographs (NEW)
9th October                   7pm                       FOAS AGM
10th October                 5pm - 7pm             Newminster Open Evening for Year 4
11th October                                               Flu Vaccinations for Reception - Year 4
18th October                 2pm                       NSPCC Parents Online Safety Workshop
19th October                                               Abbeyfields Open Day
26th October                                               Teacher Training Day
16th November                                           Children in Need (more details to follow)
12th-13th November                                   Parental Consultations
11th December              1.30pm - 3pm       Christmas Concerts (details to follow)
12th December              1.30pm - 3pm       Christmas Concerts (details to follow)
13th December                                           Theatre Trip to Gateshead (details to
w/c 17th December                                     Theme Week - Christmas Around the
17th December             1pm - 3pm             Year 1 and Year 3 Christmas Parties
18th December             1pm - 3pm             Year 2 and Reception Christmas Parties
19th December             1pm - 3pm             Year 4 and Nursery Christmas Parties
21st December             3.15pm                   School Closes for Christmas
Lunchtime Supervisor Work
If you're interested in becoming part of the team who ensure our children have a happy and positive experience at lunchtime we'd love to hear from you! Please see Mairi Gibson for more information or e-mail



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.

Its great to see lots of families walking, scooting and cycling to school (in spite of a few horrible rain showers!)  We'd love to see as many families as possible leaving the car at home or parking it away from school and walking the final leg of their journey.  As well as the benefits you will feel from the exercise you’ll be saving the environment, saving money AND easing congestion around school.  If you must drive have you considered car sharing?  Many of you already do this but if you're interested and are finding it difficult to get started please inform the office and we’ll try to sort it out for you.  Please remember to consider our neighbours when parking at drop off and pick up times; as well as the 350 children coming and going from school there are many elderly residents to think of at St Christopher's and Renwick House and customers of the Abbey Meadows shops.  In particular can we remind you that the car park at The Wansbeck pub is for the use of their customers, so please don't park there at home time.

Thank you for your support as we do our best to keep everyone safe.  Hopefully the winter will be mild and everyone will be able to continue to

Walk, scoot or cycle to school!

Friends Of Abbeyfields School News

Reception Treasure Island Soft Play Session
For those families with children in Reception, FOAS would like to invite you to a play session at Treasure Island, Coopies Lane, at 3.30pm this Friday (14th September).  This should be a great chance for the children to have fun and let off some end-of-the-week steam with their new classmates and for the Reception parents, grandparents and carers to meet and chat.  Usual entry fees of £3 per child apply.  We will have tables near the entrance with juice provided for the children.

FOAS Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on Tuesday 9th October at 7pm in School.  We would love to see you there as we hatch plans for the year ahead.  And there might well be cake…

Look out for announcements about the Halloween Disco and Christmas Card Scheme - more info to come soon.

For those new to the school, 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 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!

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.

Message from Chantry and Newminster for Year 4 Parents

In order to help you make the decision about which school to apply to, we warmly invite you to attend our Open Evenings on Wednesday 10th October from 5.00 - 7.00pm where you will be able to visit Newminster and / or Chantry Middle School.  The evening will give you the opportunity to have a look around the school(s), meet staff and students and see examples of students work.  There will also be demonstration activities taking place and short presentations in each school as follows:

Newminster - 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm in Newminster Hall (repeat presentation)
Chantry - 6.00 pm in Chantry Hall

As both Chantry and Newminster are extremely popular and oversubscribed schools we would strongly advise that you indicate both schools, in your order of preference, on your application form.

In order to help manage the flow of traffic on this evening we kindly ask that you use the Rugby Club car park and walk through to the school via the adjoining gate.

We look forward to welcoming you to Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools on Wednesday 10th October.

YEAR 4 - News in Brief
Our 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and 'Roald Dahl' themed week has been a great success.  The children have completed some fantastic work based around George's Marvellous Medicine, including writing their own medicine recipe using alliteration and fronted adverbials.  The children are looking forward to performing their recipes to the rest of the class in dramatic style on Friday.  We have also researched Roald Dahl during our computing lesson and have enjoyed sharing some of the children's research from their super homework.  In Maths, we have been recapping our knowledge and understanding of place value.  We have been very impressed by what the children have remembered from last year.  The children have begun their AMP (Abbeyfields MP) jobs this week and are enjoying having more responsibility around school. 
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
Year 3 have worked so hard this week!  They have been working on their place value to prepare them for moving on to addition and subtraction calculations in a couple of weeks.  They have used base 10 to represent numbers and can explain what a place holder is.  In English they have been coming up with ideas about a new trick that Mr or Mrs Twit could play on the other and are using some great vocabulary to make their stories more exciting.  They drew some fabulous illustrations of Mr and Mrs Twit using a step by step guide and some of them even got around to painting them which made them look amazing.  We had our first PE lesson this week and so please could we ask that the children have their PE kits in from now on.  We are starting off with football so let's hope that the weather remains good.  We are looking forward to starting ukuleles next week.  3C will go first on the 19th September and then 3D will have their first lesson the following week, 26th September.  We will continue to alternate the lessons throughout the year.  We will be doing recorders in the weeks that we don't have ukulele.  If your child has their own ukulele or recorder that they would like to bring in they are more than welcome to do so.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Well done for another super week in Year 2!  All of the children have had a great week meeting their new Read Write Inc (RWI) and Maths leaders.  They have settled well into their new groups and impressed their friends and their leaders.  In Maths the children have been learning about partitioning, sequencing numbers and greater and less than signs.  In RWI the children have had a great time playing sound games, building words and even trying to write some sentences.  In Science the children have been learning about the needs of humans, animals and how to stay fit and healthy.  Can we just say a huge thank you to all the parents who have written positive comments in their child's homework book and also who have been listening to their child read at home.  Your support really does make a difference.  Watch out for the new homework going out tonight!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
The children have made an excellent start in Read Write Inc this week.  We have enjoyed practising reading and writing our sounds and building sentences.  In Maths, we have been counting forwards and backwards and counting on from different starting numbers.  As part of our topic work, we have talked about and labelled parts of the body and sung songs to help us.  We have begun our Wednesday carousel of activities and the highlight was visiting the computer suite.  What a super week, well done Year 1!
RECEPTION - News in Brief
The children are getting more familiar with our daily routines and making lots of new friends.  We are impressed by how independent the children are in the mornings - saying goodbye to their grown up and putting their belongings in the correct place - well done!  We have started to have some 'freeflow' time each day enabling the two reception classes to mix with each other and choose which classroom they would like to get busy in.  This helps to broaden their friendship groups and have more resources to access.  Please could you save any boxes/bottles etc, that we could use for our junk modelling area.  Thank you.  Our first group of children went to Forest School yesterday and came back eager to tell the class what they had been doing.  All children will access our Forest School each half term by going in small groups every Wednesday.  Please bring a pair of wellies to leave in school if you have not already done so.  Many thanks.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another fun filled week in Nursery.  We are so pleased with how well the children have settled, they are all very smiley and are all making lots of new friends.  PLOD sheets for our new topic 'I am special' will be coming home this week, please fill them in with your child and return them to Nursery as soon as possible.  This week we have been investigating the colour 'red' and the shape 'circle'.  We have made lovely red collages and collected lots of red things from around Nursery to sort and count.  Ask your children to sing our 'red song' to you at home.  Next week we will be looking at a different colour and a different shape.  This half term's voluntary £1 contribution to Nursery fund would now be welcome.
FOREST SCHOOL - News in Brief
Forest School kick-started back into action this week and top of the agenda was the allotment.  Unfortunately this year’s crops have been underwhelming to say the least, a trend that has been mimicked across the whole country. Due to the long, hard Winter, Spring arriving in late but glorious fashion and prolonged periods of Summer drought, the allotment has suffered from a whole host of
diseases and pest damage.  Onion crops bolted weeks after planting and potato crops were virtually non-existent, both due to lack of water.  Our usually bountiful supply of tomatoes have been wiped out by blossom end rot, again caused by extremes in temperature resulting in the plant bring unable to absorb sufficient amounts of calcium from the soil.  All is not lost however!  Surprisingly, one crop
that flourished in the baking heat of July and August was the sweetcorn.  Another success story has come from the fruit in the allotment.  All soft fruit from red and blackcurrants to strawberries, raspberries and blackberries have been in bountiful supply, as have the wonderful show of dazzling red apples in the orchard.  Attention has already turned to winter crops and preparing the beds for (hopefully) a more productive year in the allotment…weather permitting!  The great British weather; will we ever be satisfied with it!
We've had a busy week as numbers return to usual levels following the summer holidays.  We're delighted to have welcomed some new faces, with the Reception children in particular settling in really well and enjoying playing with the older children in the group.  The skateboards are certainly getting well used as the children master balancing skills to good effect!  Indoors, it's all about craft and the children have been letting their imaginations guide them with Carmen, in particular, producing some lovely artwork.  If you have any spare scooters or other toys that you think the children may like, and you are planning to get rid of them, we would happily accept them!  Many thanks to the parents too for being so prompt; we hope you're now back into the swing of things after the holidays!
Our second week in and we have some more new children settling into BSC and how well they are settling in.  The BSC team and current children are delighted to welcome them all.  The children have played in the soft play, ball pool and played very energetic football!  Pirate ships, cars and lorries, My Little Pony, target games with beanbags, darts, speed ball, diablos and colouring in activities have also kept them busy.  We looked at a football book that showed the children how to do overhead kicks - not to be tried at home!  Our story this week was 'Underwater Farmyard' by Carol Ann Duffy.  A delightful book where you can dive under the sea to the underwater farmyard, where dolphins dance among the sheep and cows, while a musical octopus plays.  Can your child tell you what the mermaids did? (They milked the cows and read the calves a bedtime fable.) 
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