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We would like to thank you for your cooperation over the past few days on the change of pick up/drop off arrangements which were necessary due to the high winds.  We have had some large branches which have either snapped completely, or only partially, making the paths around the back of school too dangerous.  Our grounds maintenance company have been on site and they will clear the broken branches, however due to the restricted access of one of the trees in the nursery playground and the height at which some of the branches are, it will not be possible to make this tree safe until the weekend or Monday.  Therefore the pick up and drop off arrangements will remain as they have been yesterday afternoon and this morning for the remainder of this week.  We will let you know as soon as possible what the arrangements will be for Monday morning.
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 

School Dinners on Thursday 4th October
Our termly census takes place on Thursday 4th October and as part of this census the government collects information on how many children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have a universal infant free school meal (UIFSM) that day.  Not surprisingly, we would like everyone who would like to have a UIFSM at any point during the year to have one on Thursday 04 October so that our funding will cover our costs for the remainder of the year.  As usual Mrs Middleton and her team will be cooking a delicious, nutritious meal for everyone to enjoy – please see the menu in the newsletter the week before for details.  Thank you for your support.

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.

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.

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.
Parking outside school
We know that lots of our parents and carers need to drive to school because of where they live, or work arrangements but we'd like to remind everyone to do everything they can to park considerately when dropping off and picking up from school.  We'd also like to encourage you to park at least 5 minutes walking distance from school to reduce congestion in the immediate vicinity.  Perhaps consider parking up Abbey Meadows past the shops and walking down from there?  It may also be that some of you have a driveway that a parent from further afield could use at drop off and pick up times?  If so, please e-mail Mairi Gibson at  Thanks for working with us to keep everyone safe and healthy.
26th September            9.10am                  Year 4 Assembly
3rd October                   2pm                       Harvest Festival in School
3rd-4th October                                           Individual Class Photographs
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
19th October                 3.30pm-5pm          Halloween Disco (Nursery and Reception)
                                      5.30pm-7pm          Halloween Disco (Year 1 - 4)
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
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 100.0% 100.0%
RM 100.0% 100.0%
1J 98.0% 97.8%
1CH 97.3% 97.4%
2S 97.7% 98.3%
2BH 100.0% 100.0%
3D 96.7% 97.8%
3C 96.9% 97.5%
4G 100.0% 99.6%
4H 100.0% 100.0%

Total Percentage



Our winners this week are Mrs Dacosta, Mrs Dawson, Mrs Burn/Mrs Heide, Miss Grieve and Miss Halliford's classes.

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

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 Yurt and 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.

Calling all Nursery Parents, Grandparents and Carers!
We hope that all the nursery children are settling in well.  One of the Nursery parents, Emma, is keen to get the nursery family community together and has suggested starting a Facebook Group for Nursery A and B families so that people can share news, arrange events etc.  Emma’s email is

For families with children in Nursery A and B, Emma and FOAS would like to invite you to a play session at Treasure Island, Coopies Lane, at 3.15pm on Friday 12th October.  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, or £4.50 including a kids’ meal deal.  We will have tables near the entrance with juice provided for the children.  We really hope lots of you can make it!

Date for your diary: Halloween Disco - Friday 19th October
We will be organising two discos this year - Nursery and Reception Children are invited from 3.30-5pm and Years 1-4 from 5.30-7pm.  We request that Nursery and Reception children attend with an adult (1 parent or carer per 2 children is OK).  Year 1-4 children can attend alone but due to fire limits parents who wish to attend would need to buy a ticket.  Entry will be £4 and this price includes a hot dog, drink, treat and glo-band.  We would really appreciate offers of help to staff the event.  Fancy dress can be worn, but is not mandatory.  As in previous years we would be very grateful if children did NOT wear masks. Thank you.  Wristband tickets will be going on sale in October - we will announce more details about this soon.

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 our Christmas Card Scheme - more info to come soon.

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.

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. The collection box is in the porch of the main foyer.

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.

This week the Food Bank would be particularly grateful for: Long Life Milk, Tins of Carrots, Tins of Sweetcorn, Packets of Potato Mash, Tins of Rice Pudding, Toilet Rolls.

In addition Shower gel, Shampoo, Toothpaste, and small Bars of Chocolate would be gratefully received.  

Thank you in anticipation.

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
Year 4 have been busy this week thinking about the digestive system.  We had hands on experience, learning how different parts of the digestive system worked when we made "poo" using banana, crackers, coca-cola, tights, a bottle and a cup.  The children have become very knowledgeable about the organs involved with digestion and were able to talk in great detail about the functions of each - much fun was had by all.  We look forward to welcoming you to our assembly next Wednesday (26th Sept) to find out even more!  We have also been incredibly active this week, challenging ourselves with a Body Coach workout on Monday, swimming on Tuesday, benchball this afternoon and gymnastics with Miss Simpson tomorrow - don't forget to bring your kit in to school if it isn't here yet!  Have a lovely restful weekend.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
We started our Stone Age topic this week and already the children are able to tell us lots of the facts that they have learned.  They started off by looking through a 'rubbish' bag to see what they could infer about the family that had thrown it away.  They came up with lots of great suggestions.  They listened to the story 'Stone Age Boy' and using one of the pictures of the setting, labelled as many features of Stone Age life as they could.  In Art they drew a picture of Emily Gravett's 'Cave Baby' from the book of the same name by Julia Donaldson.  In Maths they are working on 10 more and 10 less using counters to represent what they are doing which will help a great deal when they come to move on to addition and subtraction next week.  In Science they have looked at the 5 different food groups and discussed the benefits of each.  3C had their first ukulele lesson on Wednesday and enjoyed plucking and strumming the open strings.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Well done again for another super week in Year 2.  We have been learning lots again in Maths; partitioning numbers, number bonds and very tricky adding calculations too.  In Science the children have been thinking about the process of milk, where different meats come from and also about foods that contain milk.  Mrs Sykes and Mrs Burn have also been reminding the children about good manners and the importance of saying please, thank you and holding the doors open for grown-ups.  Please can you help with this at home too so that Year 2 can impress everybody with how polite and helpful they are?  Thank you and have a lovely weekend.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
Year 1 have had another super week.  The children have been remembering to bring their books in each day and have enjoyed reading to an adult on their reading day.  In Maths, we have been solving number problems and finding one more and one less than numbers.  In our Science work we have investigated living and non-living things and looked at the differences between them.  Please look out for your child's homework folder and spelling lists coming home.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
What a busy week we are having in Reception!   We have been thinking about different ways to keep healthy and have chosen healthy foods to put on a plate.  We have also been having lots of fun during our Little Movers sessions on a Thursday morning - a fantastic way to wake us all up!  We have started our Read, Write, Inc phonic lessons this week.  The children will be learning lots of letter sounds - ask your child which sound they have been learning today - can they write the letter?  Thank you for bringing back your child's homework.  This week we will be sending out the ditties we use for teaching letters and numbers - please keep these to refer to at home. 
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another busy and windy week in Nursery.  The children have enjoyed learning all about the colour 'blue' and the 'square' shape.  We have learned to sing our 'blue song' - you could ask us to sing it at home.  We have painted with blue paint and used scrapers to make marks and patterns in the paint, then we used scissors very carefully to cut around a square shape.  Mrs Shooter showed us how to hold the scissors and the paper correctly and remember 'Mr Thumb' is always on the top.  We have also been playing with our colour and shape dominoes trying hard to match up the pictures.  We had our first session in the hall this week, playing with our flags and the small parachute.  Could all children please have welly boots and sandshoes at school.  Thank you.  A new shape a and colour next week...
FOREST SCHOOL - News in Brief
This half term has been the biggest test for those striving to achieve their first star award, the Tool Badge.  Each child in Year 4 is being put through their paces in an ultimate test that draws on all their skills and knowledge gained over the last five years at Forest School in the safe use and practise of a range of tools including sheath knives, bow saws, axes, billhooks and loppers to name but a few.  A successful Forest Schooler would need to demonstrate competency in using a range of tools to produce a set of Elder fire bellows and most importantly, conduct themselves in a safe manner throughout the whole process.  Only after successfully completing all stages of the test will a child be awarded the highly sought after Tool Badge.  A very big congratulations to all those who have already been awarded their badge as, speaking from experience, it is NOT and easy thing to do!

At the start of each year we set the children in Year 4 the target of achieving a minimum of two out of a possible seven stars.  Each badge has very difficult but achievable criteria for the award.  The purpose of the badges is to award and praise children who have mastered a very difficult Bushcraft skill that has taken lots of hard work and effort over several years to achieve.  Although, understandably, every child would love to gain all seven badges, in reality managing to do so would be very hard (even for the most experienced of adults!)  That is why you and your child can be so proud of each badge earned and if some fall short of reaching the pass criteria on a particular badge, they have several other opportunities to strive for their goal of two overall stars.  Keep up the hard work!
What a mixed bag we've had with the weather!  At After School Club we were forced inside on Tuesday because it was so windy.  Thankfully, soft play and gymnastics were on offer!  At the craft table, we have continued to make woollen pencil pots with some very colourful end products.  Mr Jackson will be leaving After School Club very soon to take up a new job.  It has been a pleasure to look after your children and it will be a sad day on 2nd October when I say goodbye to the school.
Another busy week enjoying keeping fit and using gross and fine motor skills, more than the children realise!  Football, soft play, ball pool, circle game passing the hoola hoop around and dance games (ask your child to show you their ninja pose and funky dance!) Keeping fit is a lot of fun!!  The children have also enjoyed pirate ships, My Little Pony, floor jigsaws, Twister and colouring activity sheets.  Our story this week was David Walliam's 'The Slightly Annoying Elephant' chosen by Thomas.  Thank you, a great choice!  One day there was a knock at the door.  Was it Sam's mam, a friend or the postman?  No... it was a great big, gigantic, ginormous elephant.  Sam had adopted an elephant at the zoo but never expected him to turn up on his doorstep.  Can your child tell you what mischief he got up to?  (flooded the bathroom, ate all the food in the cupboards, took over the remote control, broke Sam's bike, slept in his bed and invited a herd of elephants to stay).  Sam should have read the small print.  SILLY BOY!!
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