21 April 2017

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Tuesday 25th Book Look all classes except Starfish which is on 2nd May
Friday 28th Birthday assembly
Monday 1st May Day Bank Holiday – children not in school
Tuesday 2nd Year R trip to Tyland Barn, please return permission slip by 26th April

Book Look – Starfish class only

Thursday 4th KS1 Assessment meeting – year 2 parents 2pm & 6pm more details to follow
Wednesday 10th Year 1 trip to Dover Castle (more details to follow)
Friday  12th Owl assembly
3rd, 4th & 5th & 15th & 16th School Nurses testing Hearing & Vision for Reception classes
Friday 19th Seahorse assembly
Thursday 25th Book Look after school

New Reception parents ( for September) meeting from 6pm

Friday 26th Birthday assembly

Non Uniform Day – for a donation of a children’s toy/jigsaw/game/book for the summer fayre

Last day of term

Monday 5th Children return to school
Friday 9th Starfish assembly

Non uniform day for donation of a male gift for Friends Father’s Day gift sale

Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th Father’s Day gift sale


Friday 16th Turtle assembly
Friday 23rd Caterpillar assembly
Tuesday 27th SPORTS DAY from 9.30am weather permitting
Friday 30th Birthday assembly
Friday 7th Fox assembly
Thursday 20th Birthday assembly

Last day of term

Friday 21st Inset Day – no children in school
Future dates
4th & 5th Sept Inset days – no children in school
Wednesday 6th September Year 1 and 2 children return to school
Monday 11th September New Reception children start school


We would like to welcome a new member of staff to Downs View.  Jemma Williams is working in Fox class as a Learning Support Assistant.



Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year





Seahorse & Turtle 100%





  Reading award Active award Sunshine award Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Ravi Eve & Sophie Hannah Toby
 Polar Bear Eli Freya Freya Lauren Eli
 Snow Leopard Emma Kai & Elizabeth Amber Carys
 Sea Horse Ayiri Alfie & Eva Teddie Teddie
Star Fish JJ Lexie & William Calesha Mia
Turtle Kayden Skye & Riley Felicity William
Fox Ella Laceigh & Oliver B Franky Asya
Caterpillar Daisy Sophie & Teddy James M Charlie
Owl Tristan Harrison & Ryan Scarlett S Anna
Bonus card winners this week –   Caterpillar


Parent mail

We have been researching efficient ways to communicate with parents and have made the decision to invest in Parent Mail which will support our paper free communication route.  This will be an ‘app’ on smart phones which alert parents with any new information etc.  All letters will be sent to parents via this method in the first instance. This new system will be rolled out in the next few weeks and parents will be notified when the app is available.

Easter Spring Fair

We would like to say a huge thank you to Mandy, Maureen and Fran, committee members of the Friends for organising an amazing fair yesterday. The Fair raised £287.88. We greatly appreciated the support from many other parent/carers during the fair and afterwards with clearing away.  It was great to hear the choir sing a couple of songs which they have been practising. Thank you to Miss Anderson and Mrs Troman for your hard work – the children were amazing! There were many competitions which children took part in and Megan the cook had the tough job of judging the cakes!  The winners of the competitions are as follow:


Competition Winners
Guess the number of sweets – 457 Hari R (closest- 454)
Guess the name of the teddy – Bobby Andrew T
Cakes- year R Luke S
Cakes – year 1 Zoe T
Cakes – year 2 Eve M


As was stated in a previous newsletter, our funding has decreased  and therefore we will rely on fundraising events even more to raise money for those extras which make school experiences extra special for your child.  The next key events are a Father’s day gift sale (see diary dates above) and the summer fete on Saturday 24th June. If you can offer any support on these day, even for half an hour, this would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Mandy, Maureen or Fran on friendsofdownsview@gmail.com or catch one of them on the playground or let the office know.



Unfortunately over the holidays we had trespassers within the school. Luckily our security company were able to come quickly and the police were called.  Although nothing was stolen on this occasion we are putting in extra measures to prevent this happening again. Mr Beaney has been constantly asking groups of lads/dog walkers to leave the fields and remind them that this is school property.  The PCSOs will continue to visit our site regularly. Within our Forest School area, the parachute and trees were damaged.  If you are passing the school when it is closed and notice any trespassing, please call the police straight away.  We do have cameras and the footage is being investigated and prosecutions will be made.


Parking meeting

The parking committee met yesterday to discuss further solutions to reduce the traffic and encourage safe parking around the school.  Some key actions are:

  • Posters to encourage children to hold adults hands when walking to and from school (see below)
  • Scooter training – term 6 -Downs View school
  • Cycling training- term 1-Kennignton Academy
  • Proposal to Ashford Borough Council/Highways of making Upper Vicarage Lane one way
  • Investigating ways of supplying more parking/ safer ways to drop children off to school.

The Hockey Club at the bottom of Ball Lane have offered spaces for you to use before and after school. If you are struggling to park and fancy a short walk to school then you are free to use this facility.  The short time it takes to walk would beat the time it takes to find a space! If you have any ideas or would like to come to the meeting, our next one is on Thursday 8th June at 2pm at Downs View.


What we’ve been up to……

This week in EYFS we have been exploring the story of Noah’s Ark. We have been retelling the story through drama and writing. We even had a visit from Captain Graham from the Church Army who told the story using props and magic! In Maths we have been learning to count out objects from a larger group and tried to count the animals going into the ark in 2’s try this at home with some of your toys!

A  little request…. Please could your child bring in some plimsolls so that the children can access PE outdoors too!


In Year 1 this week the children have started learning about the new topic of Castle. They have looked at the different features of a castle and have been able to correctly name and label a castle. They have made a glossary about the different features of the castle writing sentences about what role each feature has. In Maths the children have been learning about pairs of numbers that can add together to make 20. The children used their previous knowledge of pairs of numbers to 10 to help them find all of the pairs to 20. In History the children have been comparing houses of the past with modern day houses. They have discovered different types of modern day houses such as bungalows, semi-detached and detached houses.  The year one team would like to thank you for all of the amazing home learning that has been handed in so far. We were astounded by the quality of the work and now have the fun task of display this amazing work!


Year 2 had a great start back after the Easter holidays. Our topic this term is ‘we are united’ and we have loved being able to share our creative homework about a country within the United Kingdom. We must have been working hard over the holidays in between eating lots of chocolate as we had some brilliant ways of displaying the information we found out. Flag designs made out of all different types of materials, power points, photo collages and even a Welsh flag made into a cake! This week in Geography we have begun our learning by identifying the countries that make up the United Kingdom, locating them on a map and identifying their capital cities. We even looked at the oceans that surround the United Kingdom. In English this week we have been exploring the fairy tale story Alice in Wonderland. We were very excited to imagine ourselves falling down the rabbit hole and used prepositional language and adjectives to help us describe this experience.
In Maths we have been looking at a different type of measure, we have looked at measuring Temperature. We loved being able to extend our learning during ID time and took thermometers outside to measure the air temperature outside compared to the air temperature in different places inside the school.    Year 2 have had a busy start and can’t wait to keep on learning!