Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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Welcome Back
We hope you have all had a fantastic summer break and have enjoyed the warm, sunny weather.  It is wonderful to see the children again, all so smart and smiley in their uniforms; they have settled well and seem very happy in their new classes.  It is going to be a long half term with lots happening - please check out the calendar dates for what we have planned including a sports themed week, Harvest Festival and parental consultations.

If you have anything you need to discuss regarding your child's education and well-being, please don't hesitate to speak to their class teacher or any member of staff, who will be happy to help.

For a few weeks this term, Mrs Ford is giving another school some Headteacher support on a part-time basis, but will still be at Abbeyfields for the majority of the school week.'s to a new academic year; we can't wait to get stuck into it, to learn lots and of course have some fun!
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.
17th September                                          Music Lessons Commence
24th-28th September                                  Sports Themed Week
3rd October                   2pm                       Harvest Festival in School
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
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

Friends Of Abbeyfields School News

Welcome to the new school year!  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 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!

Reception Treasure Island Soft Play Session
For those families with children in Reception, FOAS would like to invite you to a play session at Treasure Island, Coopies Lane, at 3.30pm on Friday 14th September.  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.  We will have tables near the entrance with juice provided for the children.

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 the Halloween Disco and 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.
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
The Year 4's have made an excellent start to their final year at Abbeyfields.  We began the week by looking at the Abbeyfields Star and considered our personal strengths and areas for improvement.  The children have shown great teamwork skills when designing and creating their own board game.  In English, we have begun our topic on 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and enjoyed sharing the story ready for more work next week (look out for a Roald Dahl themed homework this weekend).  A quick reminder that swimming starts next Tuesday 11th September, so please don't forget your swimming kit.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
Welcome to our lovely new Year 3's.  They are settling in very well and are all very keen to learn.  Here is a summary of what we have been doing this week: we played team games on the yard, we made Mr Twit's beards using spaghetti, we coloured in a character of ourselves as part of our PSHE, we practised our times tables, we have done Maths quizzes to check our adding and subtracting, we started learning our numbers to 31 in French, we wrote rhyming couplet and list poems about Mr Twit's disgusting beard and we have also introduced Top Secret - ask your child to explain this to you!  Here's hoping for loads more great work form these amazing children.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
What a SMART START in Year 2!  The children have loved finding out which SMART they are best at.  Why not ask your child about this for more information.  The children have undertaken a range of activities to find out about the SMARTS.  They have been on nature walks, looked at a wasp nest, played musical instruments and turned into artists to draw their self portraits.  On Friday the children will investigate if they are BODY SMART in P.E. so please make sure your child has their P.E. kit in school.  They are also going to find out who their secret friend was this week.  Next week the children will meet their new RWI Leader and get to know their group.  They will also be listened to read again on their allocated day so please ensure reading books and spelling books come to school on a daily basis.  Your child will have received their homework book today and they are all looking forward to completing their first task.  Have a good, restful weekend, lots of early nights as we have some tired children after their first week in Year 2!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
The children have made a lovely start to Year 1 and are really settling well into the new routine.  We have enjoyed finding out all about their adventures during the summer break - what a lot they have been up to!  We have been sharing the story 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson and making magic wands.  We have been practising our numbers and also reading different sounds, phew!  Look out for the Year 1 newsletter tomorrow which will tell you about our topic this half term and also information about reading in school.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
A huge welcome to everyone in Reception!  We hope you have had a fantastic summer.  We have had a busy week making new friends and getting to know our class routines.  We are very impressed at how quickly the children have settled in.  They have been thinking about the things they are good at and what they would like to get better at.  Thank you for bringing in your child's P.E kit - they will stay on their pegs as they will need them each week.  We will send them home at the end of each term.  We will start going to Forest School next week so can you please ensure your child has a pair of wellies in school?  Thank you.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Welcome back Nursery!  We have had a super first week back.  Our new friends settled in so well and our older children were very friendly and helpful, Mrs Shooter was very proud of you all.  We have enjoyed making friends and exploring our nursery environment inside and out.  We have already started singing some lovely songs together.  The children all looked so smart in their uniforms and have all tried very hard to follow all our nursery routines.  Well done everyone, we look forward to seeing you next week for more fun in Nursery.
Welcome back to all of our After School Club children and parents - it's like we have never been away!  The season is certainly changing but we've managed to be active outside, playing football and putting the scooters to good use.  Inside, we're having a crack at abstract art.  The results are really quite impressive!
Welcome back!  The BSC team hope that you have all had a lovely summer break.  The children appear to have recharged their batteries, all ready for a great new start in their new classes.  We also welcomed some new starters to BSC; as always, they were given a very warm welcome.  The children have played football, ball pool, soft play, speed ball, Lego, cars and lorries, hoola hoops and circle games.  Our story this week was 'The Other Day I Met a Bear' by Russell Ayto.  A delightful rhyming story where a boy meets a bear.  There's a thrilling race and a lucky escape - well at least until the next time!  We also read 'My Adventure Island... Where Wild Things Happen!' by Timothy Knapman.  'On my very own island I can do whatever I like! There are no rules and no bedtimes and broccoli and big sisters are banned.'  He pretended to be a pirate, a wizard, a cowboy and a knight.  What adventures he had!  Can your child tell you what he missed on those adventures? (his cuddles, kisses and stories).  Good job his island was so close to land.  What exciting adventures has your child been playing with their friends at school this week?  Those adventures are endless!!
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