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Our 2018 Canopy Project will be built soon and we are super excited!. We are looking to construct the canopy adjacent to the North Hall.  It will provide shelter for seating and play while cascading colourful shapes across, over and around the space.  We envisage the children and teachers using this space for educational learning, encouraging children to interact with their environment imaginatively and for parents to take shelter under in the rain!  It will be a fantastic space for the children now and for years to come. 

However, before we can organise the construction, we would love input from you and your child(ren) on the design of the canopy roof.  Infinite Playgrounds, the company who will be constructing the canopy, have created a choice of 4 colourful designs that we can choose from.  Please look out for an email from school which will contain a link to a Google Form which will allow you and your child to choose your favourite design.  We will go with the majority!

If you'd like to learn more about Infinite Playgrounds please visit http://www.infiniteplaygrounds.co.uk/ "

We are very grateful to Morpeth Lions (photographed above with Beccy Pearson, Chair of FOAS, and some of our pupils) who came to Abbeyfields on Tuesday to present Friends with a cheque for £1000 towards the canopy.  We received this through the Lions on behalf of Mrs Brenda Bell who was a teacher here for many years, who sadly died recently.  We have also accepted a park bench with a plaque remembering Mrs Bell for our playground.  The children are modelling it in the picture above!

On behalf of everybody at Abbeyfields, can we say a huge thank you for all of your generous donations over the years to benefit the children.  We are most grateful.
Abbeyfields Family Lunches
We are delighted to announce that we will be running our family lunches for Year 2 on Wednesday 31st January from 12.20pm. On this day 30 of our Year 2 children can bring along one adult family member to enjoy a school dinner with them for just £3.50.  Children's lunches at £2.20 are to be paid for in the usual way and both adult and child must have a school dinner to be included.  Mrs Middleton and her team will be cooking one of their delicious roasts, so places which will be allocated on a first come first served basis will no doubt be snapped up quickly! If you'd like to book your place please make a payment on School Gateway under 'Family Lunch'.  Once the 30 available places have been taken, it will not be possible to make a payment.  If you have made a payment, you can be assured that you have reserved a place.
Before School Club Update
Attendance at Before School Club continues to grow and it's lovely to see the children enjoying all of the activities on offer and parents appreciating the slight head-start on their day that BSC offers!  Charges for this club have remained static for many years in spite of our costs rising continually, so we have now decided that an increase will be implemented after half term starting on Monday 19th February.  The new rates will be: 

8am - 8.50am: £2.20
8.30am - 8.50am £1.10

I'm sure you'll agree that this still represents excellent value for money and the additional income will ensure that we will continue to be able to offer lots of fun activities in a safe and stimulating environment for the children every morning. 
After School Club Alert
Please could we ask that parents collecting children from After School Club don't go back to classrooms to collect belongings until the next morning.  We are very concerned that someone will be injured as cleaners are working with heavy, noisy electrical equipment and can't hear approaching footsteps, floors are often wet and slippery and cleaning chemicals are in use.   

Thank you for working with us to keep everyone safe.
COACH REQUIRED
Abbeyfields' football team are looking for a parent who is willing to take over the coaching.  You would need to be a qualified coach.  If you are interested, please leave your contact details at the school office.  Many thanks, Rik Sykes.
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 98.3% 95.6%
RM 95.3% 96.2%
1J 96.7% 96.1%
1B 99.3% 97.5%
2S 97.0% 96.2%
2H 98.7% 97.2%
3D 97.9% 98.5%
3C 95.2% 96.4%
4G 92.8% 95.9%
4H 99.4% 97.4%

Total Percentage

97.0%

96.7%

Our winner this week is Mrs Heide's class.
 Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
Tickets are still available for FOAS’ Family Ceilidh with the Whistling Sheep Ceilidh Band.  It will be held this Saturday 27th January at 5.30pm in Storey Park Community Centre from 5.30pm-7.30pm.  You should have received an email containing the ticket order form and copies are also available in the foyer.  Tickets are £10 for adults and £4 for children, with a family ticket priced at £25 (2 adults and up to 3 children).  The price includes a pie and pea supper with a half pie or a sausage roll and peas/beans for children.  Juice and water will be available on the night but you are welcome to bring your own drinks also (plastic cups will be available).  You would be very welcome to come along on the night without pre-ordering tickets but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide supper in this case.
 
A raffle will be held on the night so we would be very grateful indeed for any donations of raffle prizes. Please hand these in either at the school office or on the night. Thank you!
 
This should be a great night! Step-by-step instructions will be given by the Caller and they always include dances suitable for young children, so even if you’ve never been to a ceilidh before please do come along!

The FOAS team will be meeting next week to hatch more plans for the year - we’ll keep you posted! 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
Preparations for our Year 4 assembly are well underway.  It is already sounding and looking amazing, we can't wait for you all to see it next Wednesday morning.  In English this week the children have been writing non-fiction reports about three of the seven continents.  They have had to include key features of a non-fiction report including: interesting facts, headings and sub-headings, captions and rhetorical questions.  In Maths, the children have been revisiting how to tell the time using an analogue and a digital clock and have also been learning about telling the time using the 24-hour clock.  Any extra practise of telling the time at home would be excellent!  In Art we have created wonderful Aboriginal Dreamtime artwork linked to our 'All Around the World' topic.  We are looking forward to showing some of these during our assembly.  We hope to see you all next Wednesday at 9.10am.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
This week in Maths Year 3 have been busy working on ensuring that they know which method to use for multiplication and division problems and that they carefully read the question so that they use the right operation.  Encourage them to show you how they can solve them at home.  In English they have been sorting facts about Greek life into various subheadings and then discussing whether they have been correctly placed by working as a team.  They then went on to use the facts to write a report about The Ancient Greek Way of Life.  In our Topic lesson we looked at the differences between Sparta and Athens to decide which city state we would send Doctor Who to if she wanted to visit one of them.  We had to think of good reasons for our answers.  Please could you ensure that you have returned the letter about the visit from Warburtons by tomorrow?  As a reminder it will be Tuesday 30th January for 3C and Wednesday 31st January for 3D.  I would also like to apologise again for the mistakes on the letter about our Hancock visit - so just to clarify the trip is definitely on TUESDAY 6th FEBRUARY and the School Gateway payment option is now available on the system.  Please also note that there will be a Year 3 assembly on Wednesday 7th February followed by a Greek themed day to conclude our Ancient Greek topic  - more information will be sent out next week.  As always many thanks for all your support with the Year 3 curriculum.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
What an exciting week we have had in Year 2.  On Monday we turned into scientists to test materials with water.  We came up with some fantastic scientific questions and new vocabulary.  We then spent the rest of the week thinking about suitable materials to make a boat stay afloat, this linked perfectly to our History block on famous Sea Captains!  In English we have worked hard in our groups and have been continuing to work on our class book 'The Snail and the Whale'.  Maths has also been great as we have been learning more about arrays, division and carrying out practical activities to embed this knowledge further.  In P.E. we have enjoyed using the large equipment for gymnastics, the children are becoming great at using tension in their body.  Please can we remind you that P.E. kits should be brought in on a Monday and left at school for the half term.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
What a busy time we have had in Year 1 this week.  In Maths we have been subtracting teen numbers from 20 and have been using our partitioning skills to help us with our calculations.  Why not ask us if we can give a part part whole for a teen number.  We had great fun during carousel on Wednesday, when we were tasting exotic fruits and making a tally chart of our favorites.  We are going to use the information collected next week in ICT to help us make a bar chart.  We have begun to talk about what things are made of as part of our Science work.and will be having a Materials Walk around school to see what we can find tomorrow.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
The children have really enjoyed learning more about old and new toys.  They have taken black and white photographs of coloured toys to make them look like the old toys when cameras did not develop coloured photographs.  They have made observational black and white drawings of toys using pencils and shading tones of grey.  The children have been spending money in the 'toy shop' in Maths and making different amounts using a range of coins for example 3p = 1p + 1p + 1p (3 coins), or 3p = 2p + 1p  (2 coins).  Some children have been exchanging coins for the same value such as 2p = 1p and 1p / 5p = 1p+1p+1p+1p+1p etc. for each coin.  We have been rubbing coins, drawing around them, putting them in order or sorting them so they might like to work on this over the weekend and record it in their 'Happy Home' books for us the see on Monday.  Have a lovely weekend from all the Reception Team.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another fun filled week in Nursery, we've been so busy.  We are having great fun with our 'Houses, Homes and Habitat's topic.  This week we have been sharing the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'.  The children have been very good at remembering the characters and events from the story and have had great fun joining in with repeated refrains using different voices for all of the characters.  Mrs Shooter was very impressed.  We have also had the most fun building houses for the pigs using straw, sticks and duplo bricks (not real ones unfortunately!)  We had fun remembering the names of all the shapes when we painted houses.  We also had great fun in the hall climbing, jumping, rolling and balancing on the apparatus, please make sure the children have sand shoes for our Wednesday hall sessions as the floor is cold and hard on little feet.  Next week we are focusing on houses from cold places, so more fun ahead.  Thank you.
ASAC  - News in Brief
Hallelujah!  The weather is getting better and by Thursday we were back outside playing with our friends.  The craft has been labelled rainbow names and the children have produced some fab, colourful designs.  Just a reminder, the ASC contact number is 01670 500726.
BSC  - News in Brief
Even on these cold, wet mornings, the children come in cheerfully and are keen to start the day, putting a smile on the BSC team's faces.  Lots of fun in the ball pool and soft play, parachute games, big circle games, Lego, action man, hula hoop and skipping ropes, along with craft activities with Miss Stewart.  Our stories this week were 'The Mungle Flap; by Roderick Hunt.  Can your child tell you why the Mungle Flap had to be caught and what it actually was?  (A hen!).  We also read 'Frog is Frog' by Max Verthuijs.  Poor Frog!  He wants to be like his friends, but his attempts to copy them all ends in disaster!  Eventually, Frog learns that his friends love him for being himself.  Can your child tell you who h is friends were?  (Pig, Duck, Rat and Hare!).
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