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Forest School Camping 2018

After the resounding success of previous years Forest School camping nights, we are pleased to announce its much anticipated return!

The residential trip will be hosted on Friday 22nd June and is open to all children accompanied by at least one parent or adult family member. The trip is charged at £7.50 per person. Families need to bring along their own tent to pitch or camper van (which must be parked around edges of the field to avoid drainage systems) on the field.

The evening will include Forest School activities with hot dogs, burgers and vegetable skewers cooked on the open fire (and a few tasty treats along the way!) The site will be open for parents and children to relax and experience Forest School at its best and enjoy musical entertainment provided by FOAS. Breakfast will be served the following morning in the wildlife hide.

After a good nights sleep (hopefully!) parents and children are free to use the site at their leisure until 5pm. Toilet facilities and safe storage areas are available in both the Forest School and Gardening cabins.

Once again we would like to invite willing adults to help prepare or serve food or assist with an activity. If anyone would be willing to help us out we would love to hear from you!

Families are advised to bring along additional food and drinks for the duration of the trip.  Camping stoves are permitted to cook meals and are the responsibility to be supervised at all times by individuals. Parents are responsible for their own children at all times for the duration of the event. As you know, the great British weather can be somewhat unpredictable at times so warm waterproof clothing is recommended!

We are so excited to share once again the unique Forest School experience with families and know that interest in this residential is EXTREMELY high. If you wish to attend the event, please fill out the Google form by clicking here ASAP to avoid disappointment. There are limited places available on a first come first served basis.  All proceeds will be donated to FOAS. Details of itinerary to follow.

Forest School Team
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 - School Dinners on Thursday 17 May
Our termly census takes place on Thursday 17 May 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 term to have one on Thursday 17 May so that the funding we are given will cover our costs for the remainder of the year.  As usual Mrs Middleton and her team will be cooking a yummy, nutritious meal for everyone to enjoy – please see the menu in this newsletter for details. Thank you for your support. 
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 @Abbeyfields FS or view the feed on our website.
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.
11th May 2018                                             Year 2 Walk to Athy's Dene
14th - 18th May 2018                                   Year 4 to Swaledale
15th May 2018                                             Year 1 Hoopstarz Festival and walk around Morpeth
6th June 2018                9am                       Music Assembly (more details to follow)
12th June 2018                                            Years 1-4 Theatre Trip (more details to follow)
13th June 2018              9am                       Year 3 Class Assembly
20th June 2018              9am                       Year 2 Class Assembly
22nd June 2018                                           Forest School/FOAS Camping Night
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 Country 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!
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 92.7% 95.1%
RM 99.0% 96.2%
1J 98.7% 96.8%
1B 98.0% 96.9%
2S 98.6% 96.2%
2H 98.7% 96.7%
3D 100.0% 98.3%
3C 98.6% 96.4%
4G 97.7% 95.4%
4H 95.8% 97.4%

Total Percentage



Our winner this week is Mrs Dale's class.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
Playground Canopy Opening
Thank you to those who attended the Canopy Opening.  We hope you enjoyed your canapés!  Now the big gold ribbon has been cut we hope that the canopy will be a really useful and beneficial addition to the school environment. 
The Abbeyfields Big Spring Clean- Saturday 12th May 10am-3pm
Spring has finally arrived but our school needs a hand getting ready for the Spring and Summer so 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.  An email was sent out on Wednesday 25th April to allow you to sign up and volunteer at this event.  If you cannot sign up via this route you could speak to a FOAS Committee member or email  Any time you can offer on the day would be very greatly appreciated.  Many thanks in advance!
School Football Team Refreshment Sales
A big thank you to the parents of the Abbeyfields Football Team members who sold refreshments at the home match on Saturday. £28 was raised for FOAS funds.

Forest School/FOAS Family Camping Night – Friday 22 nd June
Following on from the previous highly enjoyable camping nights in the school grounds, Forest School and FOAS will be teaming up for this year’s event.  The demand for places has been very high in previous years so please fill out the Google Form and send in your payment to the school office as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!  You will receive notification by text message if
your ticket application has been successful.  For more information please see the main section in this newsletter.

Forest School/FOAS Country Show - Friday 13th July
Plans are coming along very nicely for the Country Show afternoon in July so be sure to keep the date free! We will be asking for contributions of items for stalls nearer the time.

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
In Year 4 this week the children have written an excellent poem based on our new science topic 'Living Things'.  They had to follow the structure and format of the original poem called 'When is a Thing a Living Thing?' by Trevor Parsons.  The children enjoyed performing their poem to the rest of the class using expression and intonation.  In this week's Science lesson, we learned about the 7 life processes and used the mnemonic MRS NERG to help us remember these.  Can your child tell you what each letter stands for?  In Maths, we have continued our work on fractions, including adding and subtracting fractions as well as converting improper fractions into mixed number fractions.  The children have impressed us greatly this week in Maths with the amount of knowledge they have retained from earlier in the year.  In Art/Topic, the children are continuing to make super progress with their collage which represents the journey of a river.  As Swaledale is quickly approaching, we made a very important decision this week ... what are we going to eat?!  The children have made choices about what they would like to eat during the visit.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
Another great week of hard work. The children are finding out lots of interesting facts about their Medieval Topic and are all very glad not to have to sew themselves into their underwear during the winter!  In English they have been using the 'Bear that went Boo' to look at different tenses, past and present.  They have changed a set of sentences from the past to the present and then used them to create a comic strip about the story.  In Maths they have been continuing with fractions and are extremely good at working out fractions of amounts now.  They practised all their skills on Wednesday in readiness for a Maths challenge today.  They have planted beans in cotton wool in the jars that they brought in from home and have been able to watch them grow, starting with the root, before the shoot makes its way to the surface.  This week they planted beans in compost and then put them in different conditions to see what might affect a plant's growth.  The children who attended the Rugby Festival on Wednesday did themselves and the school proud as they showed good sportsmanship and enjoyed the tag rugby games that they played.  The rest of the year group looked at the story of the Pied Piper and used software called Comic Life to recreate some scenes from the story, before having an afternoon of art making collages of rats!  These children will be having an additional PE session with Miss Simpson in which they will take part in some athletics challenges later this half term.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Year 2 have had another great week.  We have been busy with multiplying, dividing, money work, partitioning, problem solving and reasoning in Maths and have been writing book reviews, character profiles and our own Mr Grinling stories in English.  On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons we have been super scientists, identifying animal habitats and thinking about how the habitat of an animal supports their development, helps them to find food, keep safe and look after their babies.  We also thought about food chains and explored vocabulary such as: prey, predator, camouflage and protection.  We will be continuing this work next week - leading up to our super trip to Athy's Dene next Friday (11th May) where we will be conducting scientific fieldwork.  Many thanks to those who have already returned their permission slip - if we don't have yours yet, please send it in ASAP.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
Gosh, how the weeks are flying by!  We have had another busy and fun packed week in Year 1. Today the children have been architects, construction engineers, builders and planning officers during our construction afternoon in the hall.  We had a great time drawing plans, making models and testing them out for suitability.  In Maths the children have been doubling numbers and are able to represent doubles in different ways.  We have been singing the 'doubling song' and have played doubling games as well.  Phew!  Maybe you have some dominoes at home?  Can the children spot the doubles?  Please look out for our letter regarding the Hoopstarz Festival and walk.  Please return the reply slips as soon as possible, thank you.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
Reception have continued to work hard this week writing about people who help us.  We have been trying to think of some exciting and interesting sentences to write in our new books ready for Year 1!  In Maths the children have continued to write and instantly recall doubles looking for patterns in the numbers.  The children will be finding out about the role of a Police Officer tomorrow, when our local Police Constable comes into school to talk to the children.  Next week we have a doctor coming into school to tell us what life is like in A&E!  Well done for another hard working week!
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another fun filled week in Nursery.  We have enjoyed sharing another classic rhyming text from Julia Donaldson, A Squash and a Squeeze.  We have retold the story using the repeated language from the text and put pictures from the story in the right sequence.  We enjoyed talking about our favourite character - ask us about our favourite at home.  Outside we had great fun taking turns on our mini obstacle course, balancing on beams, jumping in hoops and running in and out of cones.  We also made the most of the sunshine and opened our mud kitchen, making delicious mud pies and cakes and even some Gruffalo crumble!  In the hall we enjoyed taking part in some ring games, the farmer's in his den was our favourite!  You will have noticed our tyre has been painted a lovely spring green and we have started planting.  Some of the children helped to plant some herbs for our sensory garden.  We took all of the weeds out and are left with a lovely garden space.  If anyone has any small plants to donate that we could use that would be lovely, plants that have a particular smell or feel to them would be perfect for our sensory garden (no poisons or prickles please).  Next week we are looking forward to sharing books and stories that rhyme. Thank you.
This week we have had full use of the field which have been able to have some big games of football!  In the classroom, we are creating images using scratch art with pastels.  Just a reminder that if you need to contact After School Club, do so by ringing 01670 500726.
The children have had another busy week of fun.  Parachute games, football, soft play, ball pool, circle games, dancing games (Oh no, that's the staff!), target games, Twister, diablo, Lego and colouring-in activities.  Our story was 'Snip Snap, Alligator!' by Mara Bergman.  This story is an absolute delight to read aloud, enabling the children to really join in.  An alligator is creeping up the stairs, slithering down the hall and swishing and swooshing its tremendous tail and the children are very scared.  Until they decide they've had enough of all this scary alligator stuff and banish him back to where he came from.  Can your child tell you what they shouted when asked if the children were scared?  ('You bet they were') and when the crocodile was scared? ('you bet he was!')
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