|Key dates up until the end of March 2017|
|Monday 13th – Friday 17th Half term|
|Monday 20th||Children return to school|
|Friday 24th||9.05am Birthday assembly – parents of children with birthdays in February invited|
|Monday 27th||Book Week
Parents are invited to come in and read to small groups of children across the school – please arrange if your child’s teacher or call/email the office.
3-3.45pm – Cosy read in the hall – parent/carers come and snuggle and enjoy a book together.
|Tuesday 28th||2.15pm- Reading workshop in the hall for year 1 parents
Parents Evening 3.15pm – 6pm
|Wednesday 1st||2.15pm – Reading workshop in the hall for Reception parents|
|Thursday 2nd||World Book Day – dress up day as a book character for children and staff
3-3.45pm – Cosy read in the hall – parent/carers –come and snuggle and enjoy a book together
Parents Evening 5.30pm – 8pm
|Friday 3rd||Starfish Assembly from 9.05am|
|Friday 10th||Turtle Assembly from 9.05am|
|Friday 17th||Penguin Assembly from 9.05am
Snow Leopards Assembly 2.15pm
|Tuesday 21st||Caterpillars and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am (letters in book bags)
Drumming and Movement club starts after school (4 weeks)
|Owls and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am (letters in book bags)|
|Thursday 23rd||Foxes and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am (letters in book bags)
Reception classes Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm
|Friday 24th||Polar Bear Assembly from 9.05am
Year 1 Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Comic Relief Day
|Monday 27th||Year 2 Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm|
|Friday 31st||9.05am Birthday assembly – parents of children with birthdays in March invited
Last day of term
|Tuesday 18th||Children return to school|
|For those wishing to book summer holidays, the last day of the school year is Thursday 20th July as the 21st is an Inset Day.|
|Weekly school attendance||Days missed across the school
|Best class attendance for the week||Overall attendance for the year|
We would like to remind parents that children should not bring toys in to school unless it’s a comforter; this will be agreed with the class teacher and will stay in child’s bag during the day.
|Reading award||Active award||Sunshine award||Feet on Friday||Star table|
|Penguin||Tom||Maddie & Ellis||Alexandria||Sinead|
|Polar Bear||Freya||Katy-Mae & Oscar||Katy-Mae||Gracie|
|Snow Leopard||Mia K||Emma & Cerys||Frankie||Amber|
|Sea Horse||Takunda||Faith & Henry||James||Millie|
|Star Fish||Jack C||Alex & Rosie||Scarlett||Jessica|
|Turtle||Noah||Daniel & Lacey||Harry S||Felicity|
|Fox||Ellie||Franky & Mason||Noah||Sophie|
|Caterpillar||Benjamin||Daisy & Jack||Etty||Jack|
|Owl||Thomas||Harry & Mia||Nita||Frankie|
|Bonus card winners this week –Polar Bear|
Have you ever thought about Being a parent volunteer?
My name is Rachael, and I am mum to three boys. Our youngest son is currently in year two.
About 18 months ago I began helping in Owls class one afternoon each week.
I really enjoy the time I spend in class, and I love being part of our brilliant school. I find it very rewarding to see all of the different ways that our children are supported in their learning, and I often take away tips to help me to support my children at home.
The school are looking for any other parents or careers who would like to be involved. There are a number of different ways that you could help, from assisting with activities in the classroom, to providing support in the outdoor learning areas, or to listening to children read.
Whatever time you may have available could be used to benefit the children – maybe for an hour after morning drop off, or before afternoon pick up (a great way to get a good parking spot!)
If you think you may be able to assist in any way please let us know.
I’m sure you will enjoy being a parent helper as much as I do!
If you are interested and would like to make a difference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org,uk or see Sarah Collins or Tracy Kent . All volunteering is subject to clear DBS checks, which normally take a couple of weeks to complete.
Winners of Travel to school Questionnaire Raffle
These children were picked out of the raffle and picked a toy of their choice from Mrs Kent’s selection
Thank you to all parents who returned their questionnaire. We had 125 replies. We had 3 parents offer to support with a walking bus and also interested in becoming a Crossing Patrol Officer. Unfortunately these were returned anonymously so if this was you we would love to hear from you as our parking/traffic working party are perusing this possibility and we will be advertising for a crossing patrol officer soon. Please call/email the office if this was you or if you are interested. We have had many ideas at our meeting with one of them consulting with highways and K.C.C about the narrowing of the road/ railings outside of our gates, the possibility of gaining funds for more staff parking on site and scooter/ bike safety for children and parents. If you have any new ideas please let us know. We are constantly trying to improve the parking/traffic around the school to prevent an accident happening and to keep our children safe.
Our Teachers/Assistant teachers
As you are aware we have a teacher and teaching assistant in each classroom. We are so lucky to have such experienced and qualified teaching assistants that they should be called ‘assistant teachers’ because they are all trained as cover supervisors when the teacher is absent. They are used to cover and supported by a play leader in these circumstances. This is kept to a minimum and are used if Sarah Collins our Deputy Head is unable to cover. This provides the least disruption and avoids the use of supply teachers who do not know the children. All adults are referred to as teachers to the children and they value and respect all adults. Our ‘assistant teachers’ like our teachers and all staff often go that extra mile to give your children valuable experiences during their time at Downs View. Hope this update clarifies our use of Assistant Teachers and how lucky our children are!
What we’ve been up to………
This week in EYFS we have been exploring the job of a Firefighter. We were even lucky enough to have visit from one! In Literacy we wrote instructions to help remind us what to do if there was a real fire and in Maths we looked into capacity, working out how many cups of water we would need to put into each pot to put the fire out.
Over the half term holiday please consolidate the sounds and words we have introduced that are in your child’s Monkey books. Don’t also forget to bring P.E kits back!
Year 1 This week we have been exploring a range of poems. We went around the school on a word hunt, looking for objects beginning with B and D. We then used the words to write our own shape poems. In maths this week we have been solving addition and subtraction word problems. We used lots of things to help us including cubes and a number line. On Thursday we had 2 special visitors who spoke to us about staying safe on roads and what to do in the event of a fire. We learnt lots of rhymes and chants to help us stay safe.
In Year 2 we have written a newspaper article about the Great Fire of London, thinking about the key features. We even added an eyewitness testimony of the event! In maths we haves solved some tricky addition calculations. We had an RE day where we learnt about the different stories Jesus told, we thought carefully about the moral of the story and how we can use them to be a good person in life. In geography we have created a 3D map of the playground and used this to create our own map with a key. We have enjoyed our learning this term and can’t wait to learn more next term!
Infant Agility tournament
Some Year 2 children took part in an Infant Agility tournament at Towers School against other schools in Ashford. They tried so hard and had lots of fun! We came 4th out of 17 other schools, isn’t that amazing?!
The children that took part in the event were Chloe, Micah, Frank, Evie, Joshua, Tom, Andreus and Freya.
Are you interested in attending an English Course?
If so, East Kent College will be delivering a 16 week English course starting on Friday 24th February, 9.30-11.30am in Puppies.
Attendees will gain a nationally recognised certificate in English, ranging from entry level to level 2.
Many parents that have attended the course will go on to gain employment or feel more able to support their children’s school work, whilst for others this provides the necessary confidence to move on to further courses.
To book a place or for more information please contact Sam Ansell or give your name in to the office.
John Lawson’s Circus
This circus is coming to Ashford in March. We have once again arranged to sell tickets on their behalf. Parents buying tickets through the school will benefit from reduced price tickets and the school will receive a donation of £2 for every ticket sold.
The performances we are selling tickets for are for:
Thursday 9th March 4.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday 10th March 4.30pm and 7.30pm
Saturday 11th March 2pm and 5pm
Sunday 12th March 11.30am and 2.30pm
Each ticket costs £7 from the school so you make a saving on ticket prices too.
Have a happy and healthy half term.
We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 20th February.