Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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We would like to wish you all a very happy half term!  We look forward to seeing you all back for the final half term of the year on Monday 4th June.  Thank you for all of your hard work.....have fun!
To celebrate National Bike Week Bikers' Breakfast is coming to Abbeyfields on Wednesday 13th June from 8am – 8.50am in the North Hall
Cycle to school (optional!) and join us for bacon butties (vegetarian available)  with tea, coffee, milk or fruit juice

£1 per child £2 per adult
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mrs Middleton and her team would love to give all of our cyclists (and non-cyclists) a great start to their day; if you’d like to come along and be part of the fun, please fill in a Google Form by clicking here, then visit School Gateway to make a payment and reserve your place in the usual way by Friday 8th June.

We have had an overwhelming number of requests to attend this years camping trip and all tickets have been sold. Sorry for the unlucky ones who missed out on a place, however, we will be running the event next year!  A little more info for the lucky ones attending the camping night at Forest School on Friday 22nd June:
  • Tents can be set up on the field from 3:15pm onwards.  Please ensure tents are set up on the short grass field and not in the long wild meadow areas.  Cars can be parked either at the front of the school or in the staff car park to the rear of the building.  The trip will be very relaxed so please feel free to come and go whenever suits you!
  • If anyone is bringing a campervan, can they please inform the office.  All campervans can be parked on the field providing they are on the short grass around the edges of the football field and not driven through the long grass meadow.
  • We will be providing hot dogs, burgers, vegetable skewers and toasted marshmallows by the fire on Friday evening. Breakfast will include a bacon or sausage sandwich and cereal.  Please feel free to bring along food and drinks for your meals; camping stoves are permitted but must be attended at all times.
  • During the evening we will provide a range of Forest School and sport activities. We are inviting any adults that can play an instrument to bring them along (although a piano might be tricky…) for a spot of live outdoor music.
  • After a laid back breakfast, tents can be packed up at any point in the day with the site to be vacated by no later than 5pm.  Please ensure all rubbish is taken home.
Hopefully the weather will stay as nice as it has been but we all know how quickly things can change.  Please make sure you bring along weather appropriate clothing and wellies if necessary.  One final point: as all children know, the long grass at Forest School is teaming with frogs, newts, mice, shrews, insects, wild flowers, protected orchids and newly planted trees to name just a few.  To make sure we look after all our wonderful nature, could we please make a request of walking along the cut pathways and keeping out of the long meadow grass at all times.

See you all there!


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…

Door Release Button
Could we please ask that the children do not repeatedly hit/press the green door release button in the front foyer?  This button has been replaced three times within the last two years.  To exit, the button should be pressed gently in the centre.  Many thanks for your cooperation.
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.
Please could we remind parents that if you would like your child to attend After School Club that you use the booking system via the School Gateway app, or at  It is really quick and easy to use and allows the staff to know who to expect.  We do appreciate that plans can change at the last minute, so, as the cut of time to use the booking system is 2pm, if your plans change after then, please call the office where we will be happy to add your child onto the list for you.  Similarly, if you have booked your child into ASC and wish to cancel, please contact the office so that we can amend the register accordingly and inform class teachers.
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
6th June 2018                9am                       Music Assembly (more details to follow)
7th June 2018                                              Reception Trip to Whitehouse Farm
11th June 2018                                            Year 2 Trip to St Mary's Lighthouse
12th June 2018                                            Years 1-4 Theatre Visit in School (details to follow)
13th June 2018              8am-8.50am          Biker's Breakfast
13th June 2018              9am                       Year 3 Class Assembly
20th June 2018              9am                       Year 2 Class Assembly
22nd June 2018                                           Forest School/FOAS Camping Night
25th June 2018                                            Year 4 Trip to Brinkburn Priory (details to follow)
27th June 2018              9am                       Year 1 Class Assembly
27th June 2018              5.30pm - 6.15pm   'New to Nursery' Parent's Meeting
27th June 2018              6.30pm - 7.15pm   'New to Reception' Parent's Meeting
4th July 2018                 9am                        Reception Class Assembly
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

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Save money by downloading the School Gateway app

If you have a smartphone, both you and the school can save money when you download the ‘School Gateway’ app from your app store (Android and iPhone).  We currently have just less than 70% of parents using the app, but we'd love to increase this – please help us achieve this.  Once you’ve downloaded the app, our texts will be delivered to you as instant app messages, saving us the cost of texting.  Any messages that you send to school using the app will be FREE of charge to you.  It’s quick and easy to do.  All you need to activate the app for the first time are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you (Priority 1 parents only).  If you have trouble logging in, please call us on 01670 513582.  Many thanks

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 97.0% 95.4%
RM 99.3% 96.3%
1J 99.0% 96.6%
1B 99.0% 97.0%
2S 98.6% 96.4%
2H 98.0% 96.8%
3D 100.0% 98.3%
3C 95.2% 96.1%
4G 99.4% 95.4%
4H 98.4% 97.6%

Total Percentage



Our winner this week is Mrs Dale's class.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
Abbeyfields Country Show - Friday 13th July
Plans are well underway for the Country Show.  We have a couple of pleas at this stage:

1) 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 and Kimberley.  Feel free to chat to them about the stall or email Beccy on the address above. Thank you!

2) If you have any crochet needles or wool which you can spare then this would be very gratefully received.  Some of the older children will be using these to make items for the craft stall at After School Club.  Donations can again be handed to Beccy or Kimberley or dropped in at the school office.  Thanks in advance!

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
Well the children have settled back into school after an amazing time at Swaledale last week.  We have enjoyed reminiscing about Swaledale and looking through the photos from the trip.  It really was a week to remember!  In English this week, the children chose their favourite day from the Swaledale trip and wrote a fantastic recount about what happened on that day.  The children used the key features of a recount, e.g. past tense, first person, chronological order, whilst also including a range of vocabulary, e.g. conjunctions, fronted adverbials, adverbs.  We have included some of the children's memories of the trip in this newsletter.  In Maths, we have revisited decimals and have been impressed by what the children remembered from last term.  We have been looking at decimal equivalents, rounding and comparing decimals as well as applying our understanding in reasoning problems.  The children yet again impressed Newcastle United Foundation during Match Fit this week with their team work skills and their knowledge and understanding of the human body.  In Science this week, we continued our topic on 'Living Things' by discussing different types of natural and human changes in our environment.  We then had to design a plant or animal that could survive a specific natural change, e.g. flooding.  The children came up with some excellent and rather creative ideas.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have had a great week so far in their mini topic about World War 2.  They have used a lot of the knowledge that they gained from watching Spywatch to answer questions and use the correct vocabulary.  They learned about evacuees and made a label to attach to their clothes as well as a replica of a gas mask to use during our reenactments of the air raid siren and all clear siren.  They looked at some of the major dates of the war and put them into the correct order as well as learning about some of the leaders of the countries involved.  On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have Rosie Jones come in to tell us about her mother-in-law's days of nursing through the war and the places that she visited.  The children were very interested in the various badges that she had collected and sewn to the inside of her cape.  Please can we ask that the snacks that children bring to have after swimming do not contain NUTS in case of allergies.  Tomorrow the children that were not at the tag rugby festival will be having an athletics competition in the afternoon.  Please can you ensure that they have their PE kit with them - then we will just need to keep our fingers crossed for nice weather!
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Well done Year 2 on the most amazing half term ever.  You have all worked your socks off and blown your teachers away with the progress you have made.  The children have really embraced their last topic about Mr Grinling and his adventures and as a result they have produced some super writing.  You must all be exhausted so please make sure you have a lovely rested holiday so you are ready for your next topic in Summer 2!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
This week in Year 1 we have been learning about the fantastic artist Rozanne Bell.  The children completed their own sketches and mixed media artwork of housing in the style of Rozanne Bell.  They had great fun creating their artwork, and we can't wait to show off their fantastic work in a new Year 1 display in the corridor soon.  In Maths this week the children have been consolidating all that they have learnt this half term.  They have worked so hard learning to share amounts, make arrays, halve, double and also find quarters.  Keep practising halving and doubling amounts over the holidays.  We have also been practising using positional language - left , right, forwards, backwards, under, over, behind etc.  Can you direct your friend around the garden using positional language?  After half term we will be starting a new reading for enjoyment challenge called Busy Book Worms.  Our reading challenge has been put in place to help promote reading in and out of school and develop reading skills.  When your child has read five books and has recorded this reading in their reading diary, they can colour in a book worm on our reading garden display.  Once the reading garden display is full we will have a Year 1 treat.  Any books read over the half term holidays can also be use as part of our reading challenge.  Happy reading and have a lovely half term holiday.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
We can't believe it's the last week before we break up for our half term holiday - this year is flying by!  Thanks to everyone who returned the 'reading for enjoyment' leaflet.  The children really enjoy getting their certificates.  We have all been very impressed by all the progress the children have made this year....but don't forget to keep reading during the holidays!  Another thanks to all our visitors who took the time to came into school and talk to the children.  It is very much appreciated.  After the holiday we will be starting our last topic which is 'All Creatures Great and Small'.  We may need some parent helpers for our trip to Whitehouse Farm but spaces are limited so could you see your child's teacher asap if you are able to help on the day.  Have a lovely holiday from the Reception Team.
NURSERY - News in Brief
We have had another busy but fun filled week in Nursery.  We had great fun in the hall joining in with our flag dance and playing parachute games.  We were trying so hard to listen, follow instructions and work as a team.  We were making our core strong, getting our upper bodies, shoulders, arms, wrists and hands ready for writing.  Mrs Shooter was impressed with us.  We had a real treat reading a new Julia Donaldson book called 'The Everywhere Bear'.  We talked about how the bear felt as he faced lots of adventures as he tried to find his way back to his friends at school.  Ask us about it at home, we all really enjoyed it.  This week we have sent home new planning maps and PLOD sheets for our last topic of the year; Abbeyfields Country Garden, please complete and return the PLOD sheet after the holidays.  We have also sent home a couple of fun activity sheets to get the children inspired and ready for our new topic.  Hope you all have a lovely half term.  Thank you.
FOREST SCHOOL - News in Brief
In the run up to the Abbeyfields Country Show, BBC Radio Newcastle is covering the progress of the children’s vegetable growing competition on the ‘Garden Mania’ show.  This Sunday, the children in Year 3 are explaining how and what they have planted last week in the allotment.  Mr Pearson will be featuring as guest expert in the Studio alongside John Guy and presenter Marian Foster.  Tune in to BBC Radio Newcastle this Sunday at 9am to hear our expert children do us all proud!
What a fab week we have had in After School Club in the run up to the whole week off!  We have been outside for as long as possible with World Cup fever certainly hitting.  Football is the order of the day and it takes Mr Jackson back to his own youth when playing World Cup singles!  We've unleashed a wave of new balls too so we're football mad at the minute.  Inside, we've been doing paper weaving with an optical illusion.  Check out the school's Twitter feed to see the end product.
The children have enjoyed playing in the ball pool, soft play, parachute games, action men, My Little Pony, cars and lorries, table tennis, large skipping rope and Twister.  Our story this week was 'The Richest Crocodile in the World' by Daniel Postgate.  In a crumbly old mansion in Africa lives the richest crocodile in the world.  He has everything his heart desires but there's still something missing.  Can your child tell you if the other animals helped him to find out what that was?  (He's still rich, but in a different way now) - he made lots of new friends.
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