10 May 2019

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Week beg 13th May Breakfast Club – family breakfast week- parents are welcome to join their child at breakfast club any time this week
Friday 17th May ·      9.05 am – Owl class assembly

·      Spring Fayre – in the school hall after school

Monday 20th May Parent and child workshop – The contented child – strategies to support families with dealing with anxiety. Please contact the office if you would like to attend.
Week beg 20th May Auditions for Downs View’s got Talent all week.  Further information will follow soon.
Wednesday 22nd May Meeting for year 1 parents- 2.15pm and 5pm- Phonics screening and preparing for changes in year 2 .
Thursday 23rd May New Reception parent evening 6-8pm
Friday 24th May 9.05 am – Birthday assembly
May Half Term 27th May-31st May
Monday 3rd June Downs View’s got talent show – One child from each class will be elected to present to the school.
Week beg. 10th June Transition activities begin for year 2 moving on to year 3- further information will follow.
Week beg 17th June Transition activities begin for Reception and year 1 moving on

to year 1 and 2

Tuesday 18th June 9.15am Sports Day (weather permitting) on school field- parents/families welcome

3.30pm Friends Annual General Meeting – all welcome

Thursday 20th June 9.15am Sports Day  OPTION 2 if Tuesday is cancelled (weather permitting) on school field
Tuesday 25th June CATs choir year 2 event at John Wallis all day.  4pm performance for parents
Final Training day 28th June 2019
Every Monday (term time only) Parent and Baby/Toddler group – Puppies room 1.15pm-2.45pm 


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school this week Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year
96.05% 41.5 Starfish 95.34%


  Reading award Star of the week Active Award Star Table  

Feet on Friday


Penguin Inaaya Evie E-D  





Polar Bear Franky Harry  








Snow Leopard Izzy Zacary  


Daisy H






Dolphin Amelia-Jayne Maddison  








 Star Fish Autumn Charlie-May  




Turtle Anabel Arafat  







Fox William Reuben  









Squirrel Lilly Emily H  

Darcy H








Owl Leopaold Willow  







Bonus Coin Winner of the Week

(unfortunately these could not be counted this week as a stick has been wedged into the lock and therefore Mrs Carter was unable to undo the lock!

Punctuality Pup – Turtle


What we have been learning………



This week in EYFS we have been exploring how animals change in particular a caterpillar. We have seen video footage of how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly and used this knowledge to help us to write about the butterfly lifecycle. Within our writing we even added time connectives and adjectives. In Maths we have been looking at combining two groups to make a whole and have recorded our calculations using a part part whole. We also discovered that we could have combine more than two parts to make a whole. In RE we have continued thinking about how different faiths celebrate. This week we learnt about Diwali. In PE we have been trying hard to control a ball using our hands and feet.

A reminder: We still have lots of children who do not have a PE kit in school. Please make sure you send one in asap.


Year 1

This week in Year 1 we have been using what we learnt last week when we made egg and cress sandwiches to compile our own sets of instructions for a recipe. We learnt actions for each of the features that are needed in a recipe and these helped us to remember how to lay our recipe out for others to read. In Maths we have been learning how to group amounts for multiplication and then how to share them (division). We enjoyed a PSHE lesson on the people we trust where we drew our family members and the trusted adults in school. In RE we have begun to explore the Jewish faith by looking at artefacts that are important to them and what they are used for. Next week, we are looking forward to becoming TV chefs. Don’t forget to come into school on Tuesday at 3pm with a coin donation so that you can buy the children’s tasty smoothies!


Year 2

This week in Year 2 we have continued to write based on the story of ‘The Lonely Beast’. We have written letters from our beast and our stories to show their journey to meet the Lonely Beast. In Maths we have continued to explore addition and subtraction where numbers bridge across a tens number, making this trickier. We have looked at many strategies to solve these problems in various forms. In PE we have begun to explore the skills needed within football. We have started to practise sending and receiving a ball using our feet, we have loved consolidating our skills on the new Year 2 sports pitch in our outdoor area!

Year 1 Phonics Screening and Changes to Classes for Next Year Meeting – Wednesday 22 May 2019 2.15pm or 5pm.

We would like to invite you to a meeting which will give important information about the national phonics screening check which all year 1 children will take in June.  We have made the decision to mix classes in year 1 for next year and will discuss the rationale behind this and share the classes for next year.  It is not a decision that we make lightly but we feel by mixing the classes these will be more evenly balanced.  Your child will remain with some key friends and we have carefully planned this process to ensure that all children’s well-being is at the heart of this.  We hope you will be able to make one of the meetings where we will discuss this in more depth.  We will not be able to offer a crèche at the 2pm meeting but will happily put out toys for younger siblings.  We will supply a crèche for the 5pm meeting for year 1 children as it will not be appropriate for them to be in the hall. Toys will be put out in the hall for younger siblings if required.


Collection arrangements

Please be aware that we will challenge anybody who comes to collect your child who is not on our authorised list.  If you do make any new arrangements please ensure that you telephone the office so that the class teacher and teaching assistant can be informed. This is a process used to ensure that your child is kept safe at collection times which we are sure you will appreciate is paramount/ Please be aware that we will call you for authorisation if this hasn’t been given previously even if your child recognises them.



We are pleased to announce that we have Eco-warriors in each class who meet once per week to discuss ways to be environmentally friendly across the school.  This is being led by Miss Cossey and supported by Mrs Andrews.  There is a board near Polar Bear class which is used to show key issues discussed at meetings and other key information about energy saving, recycling, re-using and other important information.  Already the Eco warriors have ensured that there is a food bin in the staff room, on the playground and for the kitchen to use and have made a plan about how they want to improve the school environment so that it is more eco-friendly ….. watch this pace.


Head Lice

Head lice and nits are very common in young children. They don’t have anything to do with dirty hair, and are usually picked up by head-to-head contact. For further information on head lice please see your pharmacist or visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice.

There have recently been a couple of cases of head lice identified in school. While lice are nothing more than a nuisance, it is important that children are checked regularly and at least on a weekly basis so that any head lice can be dealt with quickly and before they can be allowed to spread.

If you find your child has head lice you will also need to examine the heads of all other members of the household.  If head lice are found they should also be treated at the same time.

Thank you for your co-operation.


From the Friends of Downs View

Please remember that Friday 17th May is the Friends Spring Fayre after school in the school hall. We are really looking forward to seeing you all there having lots of fun, whilst raising funds for our children.

Please don’t forget the Cake competition; the poster with full details is attached.


If you are able to help on Friday, whether setting up, running a stall or clearing up, any time will be gratefully received.

Come and find us on the playground or just drop us an email at friendsofdownsview@gmail.com

if you can help.  We have fun whilst working and it’s a great way to meet new people.



The Friends of Downs View have registered with AmazonSmile as a charitable organisation. Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organisations.

The link for this is: https://www.knok.org/find-amazon-smile-charity/

You will need to select the charitable organisation that you wish the donation to go to; your support in choosing ‘The Friends of Downs View’ would be much appreciated. Happy shopping!


School Book Fair

A big thank you to everyone for supporting this. We will enjoy choosing and sharing some new books with the children.