15 March 2019

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Monday 18th March- Friday 22nd March Science week – a separate parent mail went out about this.


Friday 22nd 9.05am Starfish class assembly

Children can wear a mask or wear an animal outfit.

CHANGEto information sent out last week on the Science Week parent mail: rather than bringing in a coin donation on this day please can children bring in a suitable gift for the Mother’s day gift sale.  Thank you

25th -28th March ·      Book week/ Book Fair all week – with books for sale – for every book sold the school gets book rewards to spend with Scholastic.

·      A range of activities are planned to encourage children to enjoy reading

Monday 25th March

9am and 2.15pm

Reception Mothers’ day activity – Mums/ another carer (1 per child) are invited to come to make something with your child. See below for more details

Pm- Mothers’ day gift sale for year 2 children – £2 per gift for Mum/Nan/Auntie

Tuesday 26th March Mothers’ day gift sale for Reception children -£2 per gift for Mum/Nan/Auntie

Music workshop for some children from each class – individual letters sent with performance at 2.15pm.

Tuesday 26th March 9am and 2.15pm CHANGE TO DATE- Year 1 Mothers’ day activity – Mums/another carer (1 per child) are invited to come to make something with your child. See below for more details
Wednesday 27thMarch 9am and 2.15pm Year 2 Mothers’ day activity – Mums/ another carer (1 per child) are invited to come to make something with your child in the hall. See below for more details

Pm- Mothers’ day gift sale for year 1 children -£2 per gift for Mum/Nan/Auntie

Thursday 28th Year 1 trip – Wingham Wildlife Park (a letter was sent out last week).Please send back reply slip by Wednesday 20th March.
Friday 29th 9am Birthday assembly- parents with children who have a birthday in March are invited to attend
Friday 5th April End of term 4


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
97.11% 37.5 Penguin 95.40%


  Reading award Star of the week Active Award Star Table  

Feet on Friday


Polar Bear Benjamin Cleo  

Harry K





Penguin Henry Oliver B  

Amelia R







Snow Leopard Zacary Callie  








Dolphin Matthew Jack  








Star Fish Bertie Ewan  


Charlie H





Turtle Miley Beau  







Fox Naomi Felix  


Harry F








Squirrel Asley Ellie  









Owl Erin Isabelle  










Bonus Coin Winner of the Week – Squirrels
Punctuality Pup – Starfish

What we have been learning………



This week in EYFS we have been thinking about our local environment. We started the week off with a very successful but windy walk around Kennington. We saw lots of different landmarks including the memorial garden, St Marys church and Kennington Academy to name just a few. Whilst out we thought about the similarities and differences we could see between the houses we passed and talked about other places we have seen and visited in Kennington. When we got back to school some of us during ID made our own maps of the journey we had taken and drew the different landmarks we had seen and used our sounds to label the images we had drawn. In Maths we have been learning the names of different 3D shapes and went on a 3D shape hunt around the school. We found a cuboid fridge, a sphere football and cylinder shapedwater bottles. Can you find and name some more 3D shapes in your own homes? In P.E we have been travelling along different apparatus and have been using our knowledge of jumping to help us dismount the apparatus correctly and safely.


Year 1

In Year One this week we have enjoyed being scientists! We started the week with a science day where we explored all the different categories that animals can be sorted in to; mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. We learnt lots of facts about each of the groups and have now started making our own non-fiction books about them. We are looking forward to completing our books next week ready to share with you at the Science exhibition on Friday 22ndMarch after school. In Maths we have been continuing to focus on numbers up to 50. We have now begun to compare the numbers, using language such as more, less and fewer. For example 32 has less tens than 45, therefore 45 is more than 32. In Art this week we have finished creating our Henri Rousseau paintings, the children worked well with various media to create their artwork such as adding paper layers, oil pastels and patterned paper for the animals. We think they look fantastic and look forward to displaying them around the school.

Year 2

In year 2 this week we have been inspired by the story of Alice in Wonderland. We thought about her journey down the mysterious rabbit hole and wrote a description as if we were Alice. We described what we could see, hear, feel and smell using descriptive language. In Maths we have explored length, measuring objects in centimetres and metres. We then compared lengths and solved word problems. On our let’s explore day we used our voices expressively in spoken word, rap and song. We discussed how our voices can be used using key language of tempo, pitch, duration, volume and pulse.


We have to wish a fond farewell to Mrs Troman who is retiring at the end of this term. Mrs Troman is leaving Downs View after working here for over 18 years; she has shown true dedication and commitment to Downs view and will be greatly missed. She has made such a difference to the education and well-being of so many children during her time with us.  We wish her a very long and happy retirement.


Baby news

We are pleased to tell you that Mrs Norman has had a baby girl, Hallie Elizabeth Norman, who was born on 13th March. We wish them all our warmest congratulations and look forward to meeting Hallie.


World Book Day – Readathon

If your child was sponsored, please remember to send in the money as soon as you can. Thank you for your support with this.  Also we have sent an article about world book day to Kent Messenger which we hope will be published soon.


Parent Consultation Evenings

Thank you to those parents who attended the Parent Consultation evenings over the last 2 weeks.  It was great to see lots of you leaving school, very happy and being completely ‘wowed’ by your child’s learning.  Remember our open door policy and do make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher at any time if you would like to share their successes at home or discuss their learning in school and at home.  If you were unable to come to a meeting, please contact your child’s class teacher who will be happy to arrange another suitable time.


Parent view

If you did not get the chance to complete the short questionnaire on Parent view during the Parent Consultation evening this can be easily access via the following website https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/. We value your opinions and feedback.


Single Equality

Altogether we love, learn, respect and have fun!

Equality and diversity is central to achieving this overall aim of the school. We are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school. We aim to make sure that nobody experiences less favourable treatment or discrimination. If you are interested in supporting the school with ensuring equality for all within the school is monitored and reviewed then please come and see/phone Sarah Collins about joining the Single Equality working party. This group aims to meet once a term and at these we meetings work together to ensure equality for all. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 24thApril at 2pm.


Mothers’ day activities

This year rather than have an assembly, Mums/Carers are invited to come into school and take part in making something with their child.  Any child whose parent/carer cannot make it will take part in the activity in class with an adult.  All children will bring home their gift to their Mum/carer at the end of the week. There will be a chance for all Mums/ carers to have a little relaxing time during the afternoon as well! A parent mail was sent out this week requesting that you choose your preferred session.