Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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We would like to thank you for once again for your cooperation over the past week on the change of pick up/drop off arrangements which were necessary due to the high winds.  Our willow tree has now been made safe, and with the winds now having subsided, we feel it is now safe to allow access around the back of school.  You should all have received a text informing you that pick up and drop off arrangements will return to normal from tonight.
Aladdin Pantomime Trip - 13th December 2018
Mrs Halliford has organised a trip to Gateshead Stadium to see Aladdin on Thursday 13th December.  The cost is £12 per person which includes transport.  This is open to children in Years 1 - 4.  If parents would like to go, they would also need to buy a ticket.  The coach will leave Abbeyfields between 8.30-9am and will return in time for a late lunch.  Tickets are limited so will be sold on a first come first served basis.  Payment is available on School Gateway.

After School Club
There is a growing number of parents who are not using the booking system on School Gateway to book their child(ren) into After School Club, therefore could we please that you either book them in via the School Gateway app, or by visiting  It is important that the After School Club staff are aware of your child's attendance to be allocate the correct staff ratios to ensure the continued safety of your child.  We accept that there are times when it is not possible to use the booking system so are more than happy to help out in these instances.  If you block book your child(ren) into After School Club and you find that there is a session which is no longer needed, please contact the office and we will cancel this for you.  Many thanks for your cooperation with this.

Just a reminder that Michelle Fowler Photography will be in school on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October to take individual photographs of your children.  If you haven't done so already, please could you complete the form by clicking here confirming that you would like your child's photograph taken individually and/or with siblings.  Many thanks
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.
3rd October                                                 Year 2 Trip to Whitehouse Farm
3rd-4th October                                           Individual Class Photographs
9th October                   7pm                       FOAS AGM
10th October                                               Year 4 Trip to Segedunum
10th October                 5pm - 7pm             Newminster Open Evening for Year 4
11th October                                               Flu Vaccinations for Reception - Year 4
11th October                                               Harvest Festival
12th October                 3.15pm                  FOAS - Nursery Play Session at Treasure Island
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
12th-13th November                                   Parental Consultations
16th November                                           Children in Need (more details to follow)
21st November              10am                    Nursery A Class Assembly
23rd November              1.15pm                 Nursery B Class Assembly
1st December                1pm - 3pm            School Christmas Fair
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
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 99.0% 98.2%
1CH 93.7% 96.1%
2S 99.0% 98.6%
2BH 100.0% 100.0%
3D 97.0% 97.5%
3C 98.6% 97.9%
4G 100.0% 99.7%
4H 95.0% 98.2%

Total Percentage



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

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 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!

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 at drop off next week - look out for FOAS volunteers in the playground.

Christmas Card Design Project
Following its success in recent years, we are running the Cauliflower Cards Design a Christmas Card project again this year.  The information sheet for submitting your child’s artwork to school should be arriving home next week.  All children in the Nursery and school will be able to create their own Christmas card design and you will be able to order packs of cards featuring this design to send to your friends and family this Christmas.  Due to the children and teachers being so busy in school, we ask that the designs are done at home - thank you for your help with this.

The company we are using photograph your child’s design, meaning that their design can use pens, paint and pencils but can also include collage, fabric, glitter, googly eyes or whatever they fancy using (within reason!).  For ideas and inspiration go to and view their gallery and there is also a Christmas Art Ideas Book in the school foyer.  If any other members of your family would like to join in then we do have a few spare order forms - please ask for these at the school office.  If you don’t wish to order Christmas cards please note that the same form can be used to order packs of cards with other greetings e.g. Thank You or Happy Birthday.  All designs must be returned to your child’s classroom by Monday 22nd October please.  Online orders placed by 28th October will be delivered free to school.  Payment and ordering this year will be ONLINE - information regarding this is on the form.  The cards that were designed by the children in previous years looked fantastic and a lot of fun was had designing them.  We hope that you and your children enjoy creating this year’s cards and we look forward to seeing all your designs!

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!!

Date for your diary- Abbeyfields Christmas Fair- Saturday 1 st December 1-3pm
The Christmas Fair will be held in school on 1st December.  More information to come, but for now if you know of local craftspeople or traders who might be interested in having a stall at the fair, we would love to hear from you.  A £10 donation is requested from stallholders.  All offers of help with the fair would be very gratefully received!

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.  A number of deliveries have been made to the Food Bank and they were very 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
Thank you to everyone who came to watch the children's assembly.  They did a fantastic job and we hope you enjoyed hearing about all of the exciting things the children have been doing so far this year.  We continued our digestion topic this week, particularly learning about the types and functions of our teeth.  In English, we used our assembly as the inspiration for our story writing.  We used the idea of travelling through the digestive system on the magic school bus.  The children wrote some super stories using a range of vocabulary, punctuation and their scientific knowledge.  We have continued to look at place value this week in Maths.  The children have been learning how to round 3 and 4-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and have applied their understanding in reasoning problems.  The children have been super sporty this week and are becoming real experts at bench ball.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
This week in Year 3 we have been learning about cave art and have enjoyed the true story of the Secret Cave which retold the events of four boys discovering the Lascaux caves which had been hidden for about 17,000 years.  We worked as teams to do some guided reading about cave art and remembered a lot of these facts when we came to discuss them later, even down to the colours of the rocks that they might have used.  We then began our own Stone Age cave painting in which we are going to use texture to give the effect of a cave.  We will then need to study the actual cave pictures in more detail before adding them to our own picture.  In English we have been finishing off our reports about life in the Stone Age and have done a good job of using subheadings to organise our work.  In Maths we are using the H, T and O boards and counters to help us understand what we are doing in addition which is then helping us when we come to do the written method.  3D had their first ukulele lesson this week and enjoyed it very much.  All in all another great week.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Another busy week in Year 2.  We are all enjoying our PE lessons on a Friday with Miss Simpson.  We have been taking part in some co-operation and teamwork games and having lots of fun.  In our English lessons we have been reading 'Billy the Kid Goes Wild'.  The children have created some amazing writing using noun phrases to describe the characters of the story.  As you may have already seen on our Twitter feed, we were very lucky to enjoy a visit from Farmer Chris on Monday.  The children asked lots of interesting questions and learned new facts relating to their topic work.  We are very excited about our upcoming trip to Whitehouse Farm next Wednesday.  (Year 2 will have their individual photographs taken by Michelle Fowler on Thursday 4th October).  In Maths this week, we have been looking at different methods to learn our subtraction facts.  Thank you for helping your child with their reading practice at home.  It makes such a difference to their learning and enjoyment of reading.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
What a busy and active week we have had in Year 1.  We have been exploring the 5 senses in Science and are able to identify the body part which links to each sense.  Why not ask us if we can tell you about our senses and how we use them?  We have also had a great time moving and shaking our bodies with Fiona from Little Movers, what fun!  Thanks so much Fiona, we look forward to seeing you again soon.  On Wednesday we have made an excellent start to our Year 1 spellings and shall be bringing home our spelling books to show you how we got on.  Please remember to return the spelling book on a Monday so we have it ready for our spelling test next week.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
The children have been busy in our outdoor area looking for signs of autumn.  They have been making autumn recipes and looking at the autumn colours to make pictures.  This week the children have been learning the letter sounds d, t and i and have been introduced to the characters in the Oxford Reading Tree books they will shortly be bringing home.  In Maths we have been looking at 2D shapes;  we have made pictures, named shapes and gone on a shape hunt in the classroom.  Please look out for this week's homework on Friday.
NURSERY - News in Brief
We are having so much fun in Nursery.  This week we have been thinking about the colour 'yellow' and the shape 'triangle'.  We have made lovely triangle collages with lots of yellow bits and pieces, they look amazing.  Mrs Shooter cut triangle shapes out of potatoes and we printed with yellow paint - painting with no paint brushes, how exciting!  We have enjoyed singing our yellow song with our friends.  We have also been busy counting 10 yellow things and threading 10 yellow beads onto our string.  We love playing the game where Mrs Shooter shows us 5 yellow things, then we close our eyes and we have to spot what is different; sometimes something is missing or sometimes something has moved.  More fun with another colour and shape next week.
The children have had a great, and messy, time in our craft this week.  We have been using the artistic style, pointillism, to create leaf designs and prints by using only dots.  We now have some fantastic artwork for our autumn display in the classroom, so make sure you have a look when you come to pick up your child.  Outdoors, we have been enjoying some autumn sunshine while playing with and making new friends from different age groups.  This is my last News in Brief as I am moving jobs with my last day being Tuesday 2nd October.  It has been great fun looking after your children!  Thankfully, I've had a brilliant team who do a wonderful job and I know that will continue after I've gone.
The children have had another busy week playing parachute games, football, table football, soft play, ball pool, Speed ball, skipping ropes, hoola hoops, target practise with bean bags, cars, trucks and lorries, action men, finger knitting, and colouring in activity sheets.  Our story this week was 'The Ravenous Beast' by Niamh Sharkey. 
The Ravenous beast is hungry
But is he the HUNGRIEST animal of all?
The ravenous beast met other animals who said that THEY were the hungriest.  Can your child tell you who they were?  (a little white mouse, a marmalade cat, a spotty dog, a black and white cow, a green croc, a grinning lion, a big eared elephant and a gigantic whale).  Was that ravenous beast the HUNGRIEST of all?  Yes you guessed.  He gobbled them all up and swallowed them down. Now THAT'S what I call HUNGRY!!
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