Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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We will be celebrating harvest in school with visits from Kirstine from Mustard Tree on Thursday 11th October for Years 1-4 and Wednesday 17th October for Reception and Nursery.  As usual this will be a Christian theme, and children will be expected to listen politely but there is no need to join in with prayers.  Kirstine always has an interesting story and her assemblies are very entertaining.  If you would like further information please speak to your child's class teacher.

We are not collecting fresh produce in school this year, but we do have a collection box for the local food bank which is permanently in the main reception lobby.  If you would like to donate any tinned or packet foods, that would be most welcome.  The food bank also collects toiletries such as toilet roll, shampoo, shower gel and toothpaste for families in need in our area.  Thank you for your support. 

There will be a parent's online safety workshop in school on Thursday 18th October at 2pm.  This free hour‐long workshop will help you understand your child’s online world and know how to keep them safe.  If you would like further information, please visit the NSPCC and O2 NSPCC website pages,
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.  There are only twenty tickets left, so if you would like to attend, please make a payment on School Gateway.  (Please only pay one of the installments if you only require one ticket).

We would like to welcome prospective parents to our Open Day on Friday 19th October.  We have two sessions: 10.30am - 11.30am and 1.30pm - 2.30pm, so why not come along and have a tour of our wonderful school by our staff and pupils.
Thank you to those of you who voted for Abbeyfields recently following us being shortlisted for a Venator Community Fund £250 grant which was for PE mats.  Unfortunately we were unsuccessful this time round, however there is another grant which we can apply for coming up in early 2019 - the Bright Ideas Fund, so keep checking the newsletter for more information.

Exciting news from the Abbeyfields kitchen

Mrs Middleton and her team need your help.  We'd like you to help us to deliver a brand new recipe to add to the Abbeyfields menu:

The Abbeyfields Biscuit!

This will be our special biscuit for the whole year and will be included in packed lunches, on picnic days and will regularly be seen on the menu.

What we need you to do:

We'd like you to get baking at home with the mums, dads, carers, grandmas, grandpas or any adult who knows their way around the kitchen!  You might already have a favourite family biscuit recipe or you might like to develop your own.  You can include any ingredients apart from nuts and sesame seeds, but remember that Mrs Middleton will be baking 200 at a time so don't make the recipe too complicated.  Once your're happy that your recipe is the best it can be, write it out for normal quantities (Mrs Middleton will adjust it to suit larger numbers later), do a diagram too if you can, then put your name and class on the back and bring it into the school office by Monday 22nd October.  Although Mrs Mungall does love biscuits, please don't bring your recipe with any practical examples - you can keep those at home to eat yourself!  Our cooks will then pick their top 5 to bake and we'll have a taste test and vote just after half term to choose the winning recipe.

Now...........On your marks, get set, BAKE!

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

Thank you to those of you that have sent in some items to include in the shoeboxes already.  Please keep the items coming so we can get as many ready as possible for the 17th November.

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 as soon as possible.  The boxes will be collected on Thursday 15th November so let’s see how many we can get between now and then.
Many thanks, Mrs Dale.
9th October                   7pm                       FOAS AGM
10th October                                               Year 4 Trip to Segedunum
10th October                 3.15pm - 4pm       1CA - Meet and Greet with Mrs Appleby
10th October                 5pm - 7pm             Newminster Open Evening for Year 4
11th October                                               Flu Vaccinations for Reception - Year 4
11th October                                               Harvest Assembly (Years 1 - 4)
12th October                 3.15pm                  FOAS - Nursery Play Session at Treasure Island
17th October                                               Harvest Assembly (Nursery and Reception)
18th October                                               Year 4 Roman Day
18th October                 2pm                       NSPCC Parents Online Safety Workshop
19th October                 10.30am-11.30am Abbeyfields Open Morning
                                      1.30pm-2.30pm     Abbeyfields Open Afternoon
19th October                 3.30pm-5pm          Halloween Disco (Nursery and Reception)
                                      5.30pm-7pm          Halloween Disco (Year 1 - 4)
24th October                 9.10am                  Year 3 Class Assembly
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 97.8% 99.4%
RM 96.3% 99.0%
1J 98.3% 98.2%
1CH 99.3% 96.9%
2S 100.0% 98.9%
2BH 98.3% 99.5%
3D 99.7% 98.1%
3C 98.3% 98.0%
4G 100.0% 99.8%
4H 99.3% 98.5%

Total Percentage



Our winners this week are Mrs Sykes 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.

Halloween Disco - Friday 19th October - ALL TICKETS NOW SOLD
Tickets for both discos went on sale at school pick-up yesterday as planned and all tickets have now been sold.  Thank you to everyone who helped with sales and to everyone who has volunteered to help on the night.  We are very sorry if children were keen to come but were unable to get a ticket.  Numbers have to be limited due to fire limits for the North Hall.  Just as a reminder 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 okay).  The price of the entry wrist band includes a hot dog, drink, treat and glo-band.  Please let us know in advance if your child has special dietary requirements.  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.  As in previous years we will be signing all children in and out on the night - we thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this.

Nursery Treasure Island Soft Play Session - Friday 12th October
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 Reception parents, grandparents and carers to meet and chat.  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!

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.

Please see 'HARVEST' article in this Newsletter regarding donations to the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank.

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
Our Roman topic started with a bang on Monday when 4G and 4H invaded each other's classrooms.  The children had lots of fun pretending to be Roman soldiers and were able to explain what the words 'invade' and 'conquer' mean.  We have also been learning about the spread of the Roman Empire and have looked at maps to see which countries were invaded.  In Computing, we used the internet to research key facts about the Romans.  In Maths, we continued our Roman theme by learning about Roman numerals.  The children used lolly pop sticks to make different Roman numerals and they impressed us with their fantastic knowledge.  A reminder that we are visiting Segedunum next Wednesday (10th October) so your child will need a packed lunch.  Please return any permission slips as soon as possible.  We will also be having a Roman Day on Thursday 18th October so look out for homework this week which is in preparation for this.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
This week Year 3 have been working on their descriptive writing skills.  They looked at fronted adverbials, similes, alliteration and adjectives as they went about describing the Stone Age Boy's and Om's adventure into a cave.  The ideas they had for good vocabulary to use was wonderful.  In Maths they are adding two 3 digit numbers, using counters to help them understand the process.  They used the correct mathematical language to explain what they are doing and are beginning to transfer the skill to money problems.  We started sorting out lines for the Stone Age assembly that we will be having on 24th October to start our Stone Age Day and so look out for a letter in your child's bag soon with more details.  Thank you for the chicken bones that were sent in which have been put to good use as part of a science experiment.  The children are intrigued about the result and so don't forget to ask them what happened after next Thursday's lesson.  The children did the next stage of their cave painting by adding sand to the background they painted last week to add texture and then practised some cave drawings in their art book.  We are still in need of a few more empty 4 pint milk bottles, dusters and lots more short twigs in readiness for some more Stone Age activities.  Another great week.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
What a wonderful time we had on our trip to Whitehouse Farm on Wednesday.  The children behaved very well and had lots of fun.  They especially enjoyed going on the tractor ride, feeding the animals (including alpacas and llamas!), playing in the Farmer's Den soft play and having the opportunity to hold and touch an amazing assortment of small animals.  This experience has certainly helped us to learn more about farm life.  We have continued this theme in DT this week where the children have planned, created and evaluated a moving farm scene.  In Maths, we have been using practical materials and arrays to explore multiplication and in ICT we used School 360 software to create our own pictures based on the work of artist, Paul Klee.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
The children have worked very hard this week and are remembering our Year 1 expectations and routines.  We enjoyed looking at baby pictures of each other to see how we've changed.  In Science, we sorted pictures of people by age and talked about the differences.  We have sung the alphabet, practised using letter names and also tried writing in CAPITAL LETTERS!  See if you can write your full name in capital letters at home!  Also in Maths we have ordered numbers by size and also used ordinal numbers.

1CH/1CA Class MEMO: Mrs Cameron's class will be welcoming Mrs Appleby on Wednesday 10th October.  She will be available to meet and greet parents and carers straight after pick-up in the classroom from 3.20pm - 4pm. Thanks
RECEPTION - News in Brief
What a busy week we are having in Reception!  We have been thinking about our senses and have been focusing on our taste.  We have read 'The Enormous Turnip' story and acted out the story (but pulled up an onion from our garden instead of a turnip!!).  We then helped to make some delicious soup and all had a taste.  We have also been trying lots of different fruits and deciding which ones we like and which ones we don't.  In RWI we have been learning sounds n,p and g.  We have been trying hard to hear individual sounds in simple words.  In Maths we have continued looking at shapes and have been learning the names of some 3D shapes too.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another busy week in Nursery looking at the colour 'green' and the 'rectangle' shape.  We had great fun being 'green detectives' and searching for green objects around Nursery, we found so many.  We had great fun making green collages on rectangle shaped paper using green glue and bits and bobs.  We also investigated what happened to green paint when we added white...ask us about it at home, it was like magic.  We had great fun singing our 'green song' too.  Next week we will be talking about our favourite colour.  Thank you.
This week After School Club said a sad goodbye to Mr Jackson and a happy hello to Miss Rice, our new After School Club Leader.  The children have enjoyed creating 3D fruit pictures, as well as getting lots of fresh air playing football and a variety of games outdoors.
Another busy week having fun in the ball pool, soft play, football, finger knitting, hoola hoops, table football, cars and lorries and circle games.  Can your child tell you whether they were cod, haddock, salmon or trout in the fish in the sea game?  Our story this week was 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson.  "I've lost my mum!"  Where is Monkey's mummy?  It's not too much fun being lost in the jungle, and little monkey wants his mum.  Kindly butterfly is keen to help, but they don't seem to be having much luck and keep finding the wrong animals!  But eventually, they find . . . Dad!  It's just as well that he knows exactly where mum is, and she's waiting with a well-deserved cuddle.  Can your child tell you what other animals they met (spider, elephant, parrot and a bat ) and why butterfly kept getting it wrong?
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