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Thank you so much for your kind donations for our Harvest assembly yesterday.  Mr Fugill and Mrs Evans were delighted with all your contributions for the Wansbeck Food Bank.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
3rd October 2017            7pm             FOAS AGM
4th/5th October 2017                          Individual Photographs
5th October 2017                                Y4 trip to Segedunum
11th October 2017           9am            Y3 Assembly
18th October 2017           9am            Y4 Assembly
18th October 2017           12.20pm     Y4 Family Lunch
19th October 2017                              Y3 Stone Age Day in the Yurt
8th November 2017         9am            Y2 Assembly
15th November 2017       9am            Y1 Assembly
17th November 2017                          Children in Need (details to follow)
12th December 2017                          Y1-Y4 Christmas Performances (details to follow)
13th December 2017                          Nursery Christmas Performances (details to follow)
                                                            Y1-Y4 Christmas Performances (details to follow)
w/c 18th December 2017                    Christmas Parties (details to follow)
Please look out for an Autumn term parental consultation letter via email on Friday.  Please complete the reply slip and return it to your child's class teacher.

Forest School Bat Walk

This year at Forest School has once again been a hive of activity for the hordes of native wildlife bustling around the site during both day and night. Following the incredible success of last year’s bat walk,we are happy to announce it’s return!

On Wednesday 11th October at 6:00pm, Forest School are hosting a ‘Bat Walk’ to track and observe these impressive night time creatures.  Participants will be introduced to the ingenious life of a bat and shown how to find them through the use of professional bat detection equipment. Sunset is at 6:17pm with the evening’s exploration finishing around 7:30pm.

All children attending must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring along appropriate footwear and clothing. The meeting point will be outside the Forest School classroom. All are welcome to experience this unique event and there’s no need to book. Let’s hope we can match last year’s record breaking evening!

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 - School Dinners on Thursday 05 October
Our termly census takes place on Thursday 5th 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 term to have one on Thursday 5th October 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 on our website for details. Thank you for your support.
Abbeyfields Family Lunches
We are delighted to announce that we will be running the first of our family lunches for Year 4 on Wednesday 18th October from 12.20pm. On this day 30 of our year 4 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.
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 97.3% 94.9%
RM 96.7% 97.1%
1J 90.7% 96.0%
1B 98.0% 99.0%
2S 96.2% 95.4%
2H 98.7% 98.9%
3D 98.6% 98.8%
3C 93.8% 96.1%
4G 91.3% 96.5%
4H 97.7% 99.0%

Total Percentage

95.9%

97.2%

Our winner this week is Mrs Kirby and Mrs Heide’s classes.
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 will 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 (Families receiving Working Tax Credit are not eligible)
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of State 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 someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
 
How do I apply? To apply simply complete the on-line form at www.northumberland.gov.uk 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.
Attention all nursery parents - 30 hours of free childcare from September 2017
Nationally all three and four-year-olds are entitled to free high-quality early education, starting in the term after a child’s third birthday until compulsory school age.  The current standard free entitlement is 15 hours a week (570 hours a year) for 38 weeks of the year. Starting in September 2017, eligible families will be able to claim an additional 15 hours free childcare per week, taking their entitlement to 30 hours for 38 weeks of the year (1140 hours a year). 
 
As you know, following consultation with parents and due to restrictions around funding and space we made the decision not to make any additional offer from September and will be continuing to provide high quality education to our children in 15 hour nursery places on a choice of 2 attendance patterns.  However, some parents may not be aware that if they are eligible they can claim their additional free15 hours at up to 2 more settings such as a child-minder or another nursery.  If you are eligible you can then easily apply for a verification code which needs to be given to all of the settings your child attends, including Abbeyfields.  This is the case even if you are not immediately using more than 15 hours as each code generated needs to be allocated to a setting.  Please forward your verification codes to 
Mairi.gibson@the3rivers.net or drop them into the office. 
 
More information on the 30 hour scheme and how to apply can be found at:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Child-Families/Families/Childcare/early-years-30-hrs.pdf 
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk
Plans are underway for events this term, including the Christmas Card Design scheme and Christmas Fayre. Watch this space for dates and more details.

1) Friends of Abbeyfields AGM
This is planned for the evening of Tuesday 3rd October at 7pm in the school staff room. All parents and staff are very welcome to come along. We would love to see some new faces- please come and join in with planning the year of FOAS events and activities!

2) Fundraising Bag Pack at Morrisons
Morpeth Morrisons have very kindly given us the opportunity to raise funds for Abbeyfields by doing a bag pack on Sunday 8th October. The more people who offer to help the more tills we can pack at and the more we can raise. If you can spare an hour or more from 10am onwards please do come along. Sign up sheets will be in the foyer. THANK YOU!

3) Halloween Disco for Years 1-4
A Halloween Disco will be held in the North Hall for children in years 1-4 on Friday 13th October from 5.30-7pm. Tickets will be on sale in the school playground the week before on a first-come first-served basis-  watch out for further updates. Halloween fancy dress is of course welcome but not mandatory! Children in Reception and nursery need not worry- separate events will be organised for them in the coming months.

4) Stamptastic
We have joined up with the company Stamptastic to raise funds for the school. If you are sick of sewing in nametapes or clothes going missing then this might be a good solution!
Those of us who have ordered these already have found them to be brilliant- really quick and easy!
The company makes name stamps and special ink which can be used to label clothing and other items. They will donate 20% of any order cost to Friends of Abbeyfields if you use the order code NE612LZ (the school postcode). www.stamptastic.co.uk.
 
 Thank you for all your ongoing support of FOAS activities. As always, do get in touch if you have any queries or suggestions for FOAS, or if you are able to offer to help with any events- either speak to a committee member or email friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
This week in Year 4 we have become marvellous mathemagicians as we have revisited addition and subtraction as well as working on presentation of calculations.  In English we have been using fronted adverbials and conjunctions to improve our writing.  Can your child give you an example of each?  We used them to retell part of George's Marvellous Medicine.  Thank you for all of your donations to the food bank, it was much appreciated.  We have started preparations for our year group assembly which will be on Wednesday 18th October at 9.10am and look forward to seeing you there.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
Year 3 have been doing some work based on the book that we used to introduce our topic called the Stone Age Boy.  We have looked at the use of language to make sentences more exciting and have worked on varying the vocabulary used by looking up synonyms in a thesaurus.  We also added more detail by using adverbials which the children had a go at placing in different places within the sentence.  In maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction and the hard work the children put into the work on Place Value has really helped thier understanding of this.  We learned note C on our ukuleles this week and then used it to accompany the song Row Row Row Your Boat.  Football will be continuing on Friday so please ensure that your child has appropriate outdoor kit with them.  Just a reminder that our Year 3 assembly is on 11th October, and we hope that you all received the letter for the Stone Age Day on 19th October via email. Please could you return the reply slip as soon as possible?
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
This week the children have been incredibly busy once again.  In Maths the children have been adding and subtracting with two digit numbers using a number of different methods - ask your child if they used numicon, a number line, hundred squares, dienes or our new ones, tens and hundreds counters.  Once we were confident with our skills, we had a go at some problem solving and reasoning activities putting our skills into practice.  We are all looking forward to our afternoon at the multi-skills next week - check your child's bag for full information and don't forget to let your child's teacher know if you can walk down with  us.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
We have been very busy again in Year 1 this week. The children have been identifying different amounts in maths, using the vocabulary, largest, greater, more than, less than, smallest and fewer.  Why not ask us what we know?  We are continuing to work in the ICT suite for our computing sessions and are learning how to 'log on'.  The children have a user name which requires them to spell their surname, and we would really appreciate it if you could spend some time with your child helping them to spell their surname, and if possible get them to practise finding the keys for their name on a computer keyboard. 
RECEPTION - News in Brief
We have enjoyed spending time outside this week doing sensory walks around the school grounds, feeling all of the different textures.  We have also been working hard on our letter formations and on our numeracy.  Keep up the good work everyone.
NURSERY - News in Brief
We have had another busy week in Nursery, thinking about the colour blue and the rectangle shape.  We had great fun investigating what happens when we add white paint to the colour blue - it was magic!  Ask us to tell you all about it.  We made blue rectangle collages with lots of different materials, we even had blue glue!  Outside we hunted for rectangle shapes in our outdoor environment, we found lots and lots.  We had fun singing our blue song too, ask us to sing it to you at home.  Next week we will be looking at the colour red and the triangle shape.  If children would like to bring something from home to share, something red or triangle shaped that would be lovely - please remember to name it if you'd like it back.  Remember school photographs are next week so please send in your permission slip if you haven't done so already. Thank you.
ASAC  - News in Brief
It has been another exciting week in After School Club. We have been going spotty mad!  The children who have been taking part in craft have been creating pictures using lots of dots of paint; very colourful and very interesting.  Outside, we have been playing spot which is a game involving kicking the ball off a small target and making it tricky for the next person to hit the same target. Great fun using lots of energy!
BSC  - News in Brief
The children have enjoyed parachute games, table tennis, Twister, skipping, hula hoops, diablos, and speed balls.  Table top activities such as Buckaroo, loom bands, finger knitting and colouring in sheets have also been enjoyed.  Our story this week was 'Rachel Fister's Blister' by Amy MacDonald.  Just a tiny little blister, but she thought her mum should know.  Can your child tell you where Rachel's blister was, who tried to help, and what finally made it all better?
To view the menu for w/c 2nd October 2017, please click here.
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Abbots Way
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 1LZ
abbeyfields@the3rivers.net
01670 513582