Monthly Archives: November 2016

Reading Matters Presentation

The presentation from the Reading Matters KS1 and KS2 workshops can be found in ‘Useful Links & Documents’ on the ‘Reading at Abbey’ section of the school website.


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The Great Abbey Readathon

Support Abbey Primary by taking part in our ‘Sponsored Readathon’ and raising money to buy books for our school!

See the school office for a sponsor sheet.

Children can come to school in their onesie/pyjama’s and a teddy.  Bring £1.00 and help us raise money for reading books.  Thank you.

Friday 2nd December 2016

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What I’m Reading

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff and Governors 

I am currently reading ‘Water for Elephants’ by Sara Gruen. This novel is gripping and full of the fun and terror of the circus in America’s Depression era. The story may sound a little clichéd: a boy stealing the girl away from her evil husband, but it’s the background which makes it so much more than that – there is constant underlying threat and suspense. 

Why not leave a comment and share what you are reading? Tell us why you love the book!

The best comment next week will receive a £10 book token to be awarded in Friday’s assemblies.

For pupils and parents please leave yours/child’s first name and class in the comment.

Enjoy your reading! 

Mr Foster – Headteacher




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Oxford Owl – Free eBook Library

The Oxford Owl website (see link below) has an wide collection of free eBooks for children aged 3 -11 years old.  All the eBooks are tablet-friendly and you will have to register to access the books.

Oxford Owl website


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Reading Page

Check out our new Reading Page on the school website.  It provides more information on our reading initiatives, recommended books, useful links, photo galleries and much more.

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Unauthorised Absence

It is essential that we maintain high levels of attendance. Pupils with high levels of school  attendance achieve more.

Almost all requested leave of absence is unauthorised. It has to be a very exceptional case for me to be able to authorise 10 days.

Very important – please note that we are not able to refund money for clubs, swimming etc. If your child is taking unauthorised absence

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Reading Matter Workshops

At the request of our school governors, we are offering the following ‘Reading Matters’ workshops. At these sessions you will find out about:

  • the ‘big picture’ of school and national reading results
  • what’s on the year group reading lists
  •  how to access our revised website reading materials.
  • WIT (Whatever it Takes) resources
  • key questions that you can ask your children when you read with them
  • how we teach reading at Abbey
  •  how to make best use of Belgrave Library
  •  how to create a love of reading

Please join us as we forge this new reading partnership.

Workshop dates and times:

Please note that the 5.30 p.m. sessions for working parents will have the same content as the 9.00 a.m. sessions.

** Year 6 – Wednesday 23rd November at 9.00 a.m.

** KS2 – Wednesday 23rd November at 5.30 p.m.

** Year 1 – Thursday 24th November at 9.00 a.m.

** Year 5 – Tuesday 29th November at 9.00 a.m.

** F2 – Wednesday 30th November at 9.00 a.m.

** FS/KS1 – Wednesday 30th November at 5.30 p.m.

** Year 2 – Thursday 1st December at 9.00 a.m.

** Year 4 – Tuesday 6th December at 9.00 a.m.

** Year 3 – Wednesday 7th December at 9.00 a.m.


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Healthy Eating

Your school governors met earlier this month to update our School Food Policy. They, like nutritionists nationwide, are committed to ensuring that our pupils have a balanced and healthy diet.

The key changes are:

  • Only water and fruit juices to be drunk as part of a packed lunch or playtime snack.
  • No edible items (e.g. cakes, biscuits, sweets) to be brought in for birthday or other celebrations. Goodie bags should not contain sweets.
  • No sweets to be given out as rewards.

We are encouraging parents and staff to celebrate in other ways. These changes will be worked towards during this half term and will be enforced from January 3rd 2017.

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Uniform Reminder

Pupils should be in black shoes or trainers every day. It is important part of being at Abbey that pupils are in full uniform and take pride in being part of the school.

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Abbey Primary are pleased to announce our new partnership with Pendle Sportswear! We now have our own dedicated website provided to us by Pendle, displaying our own branded P.E. kits and sportswear.

As we are a partner school, we have been able to secure these garments at a very competitive price allowing you to provide high quality, low cost, smart P.E. wear for your children to wear in P.E. and at any after school/intra-school activities they may be attending.

The range of clothes will vary when new stock comes in, so keep your eyes peeled! Please see the link below for the Abbey P.E. website:

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