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Welcome back to another action packed term at Abbeyfields.  The term has already started off well with the glorious sunshine - long may it last.

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 (abbeyfields.the3rivers.net) 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 @Abbeyfields FS or view the feed on our website.
CANAPES FOR THE CANOPY - GRAND OPENING EVENT!
We're all absolutely delighted with our fabulous new canopy and because we are so grateful to FOAS and everyone involved in fundraising for it we would like to invite you all to our grand opening event:

Canapes for the Canopy 
Wednesday 25th April from 3.15pm

We'd love as many of you as possible to stay to see the grand opening and have a nibble and a drink under the beautiful colours of the roof.  Keep your fingers crossed for sunshine so that it's shown off to it's very best effect!
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.
 
Class Photographs
Just a reminder that class photographs will be taken on Wednesday 25th April.  If the weather is nice, they may be taken outside.
Year 4 Trip to Swaledale
Could we please ask that any outstanding payments for Swaledale are made by the end of this week?  We would also like to remind you that there is a meeting regarding Swaledale on 24th April at 3.30pm in the North Hall.
A polite request from Mrs Shooter and the Nursery children
As you all know learning in Nursery happens all around us in our indoor and outdoor environment. Now that the lovely weather is here, we have all worked very hard in our outdoor environment getting it ready for learning, exploration and fun. I am sad to say that some of our resources and equipment are being damaged by older children as they pass through our yard on their way to school and back home again. Please remember our area is an outdoor classroom not just a yard and our equipment and resources are bought for 3-4 year old children. Please try to remember to walk through our yard sensibly, not climbing or playing on our equipment or in our learning areas. Also in the next few weeks the children will be planting in our sensory garden and making a small world adventure area in the tyre in the middle of the yard please try not to walk through our garden area or play in the tyre. Thank you for helping us keep our environment lovely for our Nursery children. Mrs Shooter


EARLY MORNING RUNNING CLUB
There has been recent research to highlight the advantages of getting children active.  One report found that 15 minutes of exercise “significantly improved a child’s mood, attention and memory - enhancing their ability to learn.” With this in mind we are going to hold a running club before school on a Friday morning (8.30am) with the aim of building up to run a mile.  This is open to children from Reception age up to Year 4. Spaces will be limited, however, so will be allocated on a first come basis. Please complete the google form  by clicking here if your child is interested in attending. The club will commence on Friday 27th April.  If your child is invited to attend they will receive a letter confirming this. Should you have any queries, please ask to speak to Mrs Kirby. Thank you.

Health and Safety plea…..
Unfortunately we need to once again re-iterate our previous requests 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.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
24th April 2018               3.30pm                         Year 4 Swaledale Parent's Meeting
25th April 2018                                                    Class Photographs
25th  April 2018              3.15pm                         Canapes for the Canopy!
14th - 18th May 2018                                          Year 4 to Swaledale
6th June 2018                9am                              Music Assembly (more details to follow)
13th June 2018              9am                              Year 3 Class Assembly
20th June 2018              9am                              Year 2 Class Assembly
27th June 2018              9am                              Year 1 Class Assembly
4th July 2018                 9am                               Reception Class Assembly
11th July 2018               9am                               Nursery A Class Assembly
13th July 2018               9am                               Nursery B Class Assembly
13th July 2018                                                     Abbeyfields County Show 2018
18th July 2018                                                     Year 4 Leaver's Assembly


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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!
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 97.1% 95.2%
RM 95.0% 96.1%
1J 91.7% 96.6%
1B 90.4% 96.8%
2S 95.8% 96.0%
2H 95.4% 96.5%
3D 97.3% 98.1%
3C 97.4% 96.1%
4G 88.7% 95.4%
4H 98.4% 97.6%

Total Percentage

94.7%

96.4%

Our winner this week is Mrs Heide's' class.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
 
The Abbeyfields Big Spring Clean - Saturday 12th May - 10-3pm
Spring has finally arrived but our school needs a hand getting ready for the Spring and Summer, so we have an idea and we’d love your help and support.  We are organising “The Big Spring Clean” to spruce up our school.  On Saturday 12th May we’d like to bring as many of our school community as possible together to volunteer to help clean up the outdoor areas of our school for our children.  We’d love parents, children, grandparents and carers to come along and help out.  The idea is to pick up leaf litter, paint fences, paint benches, paint railings and generally tidy up the areas around the main and nursery yards.  Lots of great jobs for the kids to take pride in to improve our wonderful school.  Please see above.  Any time you can offer on the day would be greatly appreciated.  For more details, please either email FriendsofAbbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk or talk to any of the FOAS team.  Many thanks in advance!
 
Stamptastic
Just a reminder that FOAS has teamed up with the company Stamptastic to raise funds for the school. If you are sick of sewing in nametapes or clothes going missing then this might be a good solution!  Those of us who have ordered these already have found them to be brilliant - really quick and easy, and still clearly legible after 2 terms of washing!  The company makes name stamps and special ink which can be used to label clothing and other items. They will donate 20% of any order cost to Friends of Abbeyfields if you use the order code NE612LZ (the school postcode). www.stamptastic.co.uk
 
Social Evening in May
The FOAS team are hatching plans for an Abbeyfields/FOAS social evening in May- for parents and carers this time! Watch this space for a date and further details.
 

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 friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk . Thank you!
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
Year 4 have enjoyed a fantastic first week back.  In English, the children have written tourist information guides about Morpeth using key features of a non-fiction report including headings, sub-headings, captions and interesting facts.  This is in preparation for our upcoming trip to Swaledale where we will compare it to our local area.  We will be going for a walk around Morpeth on Tuesday 24th April in the morning so we are fit and ready for our trip.  Please remember to wear sensible walking shoes/boots, bring a rucksack, suncream, water and a snack.  Maths this week has been a revision of the main concepts taught to date, including fractions, shapes and number.  Our first Matchfit session with Newcastle United Foundation was a huge success and the children participated with great enthusiasm.  The coaches commented on the outstanding behaviour and effort from all the children and said it is always a pleasure to work at Abbeyfields.  We even managed to enjoy the sunshine as we took part in physical challenges in the playground.  We are looking forward to the next session.  Please remember to bring PE kits and water bottles every Wednesday this half term.  In topic, we have continued our learning about rivers and this week we focused on the process of the water cycle.  In Art, we will be creating the journey of a river by using a range of materials to create a collage.  We will then add key vocabulary to show each stage of a river.  Please look out for new spelling booklets and Friday Fun information.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
A great start back to the new term.  The children all seemed to enjoy their swimming lesson on Tuesday and all tried their best which was great to see.  They had a very short session in the water this week as they were assessed to see which end of the pool they should start their lessons in.  Now that that has been sorted they will begin in earnest next week.  We have started looking at David Walliams' books in English and the children used their tremendous uplevelling of sentences to create some very amusing and exciting writing.  In Maths we are continuing with fractions and have ordered them, compared them and discussed the meaning of tenths and their place in place value (after the decimal point).  We started our new topic for this half term which is Medieval Morpeth or, more excitingly, Peasants, Pestilence and Princes! - see if your child can remember what the word pestilence means. 
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Welcome back to the Summer term - our final term together and possibly busiest yet!  Thank you to everyone who returned on Monday with their full outdoor PE kit, we had a great time in PE on the yard.  If your child doesn't have everything they need, please send it in as soon as possible as we will be outside every Monday and Friday this half term.  The children have, as ever, made a brilliant start and have hit the ground running with some excellent drafting and redrafting in RWI and brilliant addition, subtraction and missing number work in Maths.  We've kicked off our new topic all about the Lighthouse Keeper (Mr Grinling) in style with afternoons full of art and craft activities.  Check out Abbeyfields Twitter to see some of our creations!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
Welcome back!  The children are settling into the school routine once again and have enjoyed sharing their news from the Easter break.  What a lot you have been up to!  We have been making equal and unequal groups in Maths this week and have begun to record using repeated addition.  We have been counting in 2's, 5's and 10's to help us, perhaps we could show off our counting skills to you at home?  Our new topic this half term is 'Through the Keyhole' and we will be exploring houses and homes.  Look out for further information in our news letter which was attached to the spelling and homework sheets that were sent home with your child this week.  We will still be working with Miss Simpson, our PE specialist, on Friday, so don't forget your kit!
RECEPTION - News in Brief
We have begun our new topic about 'People Who Help Us' and this week we have been focusing on people who help us in and around school such as teachers, cleaners, cooks, caretakers and lollipop people etc.  In Maths we have been ordering a given set of numbers, e.g. given numbers 13, 16, 12 & 14 then sorting them from smallest to largest - 12, 13, 14 then 16.  You might want to try some over the weekend as some children were finding it a little tricky to sort out when they didn't have all the numbers.  We were pretending to be postal delivery people who had to sort the envelopes with the numbers of each house.  The children had to think about walking up the street from 0 -20 which gives them greater understanding about number lines.  It is good to eventually get some warmer weather but we need to keep the children safe and protected.  So could ALL children please have a named sunhat and sun cream that they could keep in school until July.  We would also ask that each day they also have a cardigan or jumper (long sleeves) in case they need to cover up.  Once again thank you for you cooperation.  The Reception Team
NURSERY - News in Brief
We have had a lovely week in Nursery enjoying the sunshine, at last.  A huge welcome to our new children who started this week, you have all had such fun exploring our Nursery and making new friends.  Also, a huge thank you to our older children who have been so helpful and friendly, we are very proud of you all.  Our new topic has started this week, 'Favourite stories and rhymes'.  Planning maps and PLOD sheets have been sent home, please complete and return the PLOD sheet to Nursery as soon as possible.  To enhance our topic, our new role play area opens next week, we are engaging our children in imaginary play in our library and coffee shop.  If you can take your child to the library this week that would really help them to base their play and language on a real life experience - and they would love it!  Voluntary £1 contributions for Nursery fund would be most welcome now. Thank you.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
What a beautiful week we have had for weather.  With that in mind, most of the child have spent most of the time outside playing with different children from different year groups as we are keen to foster an inclusive environment at After School Club.  Inside, the craft has been Bookworm Pencil Pots!  They really make for a unique way to keep your desk tidy.
BEFORE SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
Welcome back.  It's lovely to hear that the children have enjoyed their Easter break and are full of energy on their return.  As usual, lots of games to enjoy, friends to catch up with and new friends joining BSC, where everyone makes them feel so welcome.  Well done BSC.  Our story this week was 'Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure' by Kristina Stephenson.  He's bold, he's brave, he's awfully clever.  He likes adventures with terrible beasties, wily witches and fire breathing dragons.  Can your child tell you who was waiting to tickle your toes and what his fearless cat is called? (the wiggly woos and Envelope) To be continued ....
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