22 March 2019

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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
Friday 29th 9am Birthday assembly- parents with children who have a birthday in March are invited to attend
Thursday 4th Easter service at St Mary’s Church

–       9.15am – 9.40am – Reception Year

–       9.45am – 10.10am – Year 1

–       10.15am – 10.40am – Year 2

All parents/carers are welcome


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
93.81% 80.5 Polar Bear 95.33%












  Reading award Star of the week Active Award Star Table  

Feet on Friday


Jake Inaaya  

James M

Evie E-D


Harry K





Sophie Jimmy  


Amelia R






Frazer Isabelle  








Zishun Millie  




Oliver R




  Isabelle Szofia  





Julia Anabel M  







Harriet Kyra  









Darcie S James  









Jack Welch Mia  

Isabelle W









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

What we have been learning………





This week in EYFS we have been fully immersed in science week. Each EYFS class has focused on a different creature. Owls have learnt about snails, Squirrels explored bees and Foxes have been learning about dragonflies. Each class has learnt some amazing facts and in Literacy we have written these facts remembering to use sounds when writing and punctuation. We also used our creative skills to make our own snails, bees and dragonflies, carefully selecting appropriate materials and joining them in the most secure way. In Maths we have been learning to combine two numbers to make a total and have learnt how to use the ‘part part whole’ method to record our calculations. Ask your child to show you how we do this….   A really exciting week had by all!


Year 1

We have had a great Science week in Year One! We started the week by finding out about what different animals eat, exploring words such as; carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. We enjoyed a range of practical activities which helped us to explore the foods they eat and looked at the similarities and differences between animals. We then continued to write our fact books, we have focused on mammals and insects this week enjoying learning whether they are warm or cold blooded as well as many other features each group of animals has in common. In Maths this week we have started looking at patterns for numbers, including counting in 2’s forwards and backwards. In RE we have been lucky enough to enjoy a trip to the church where we explored the symbols and discovered what events and services happen for Christians in a church. We even got to see our teachers dressed up in the vicar’s robes! We look forward to sharing all our amazing science learning with you at the exhibition after school today!


Year 2


What a fun Science week we have had! We launched the week with our Science day, learning about the basic needs of animals. We then created mock YouTube video tutorials to teach others how to take care of a pet. We had so much fun! Then we thought about the life cycles of a frog and butterfly. We discussed would what happen if the basic needs of these animals weren’t met through their developmental stages. In English we are continuing to be inspired by Alice’s in Wonderland. We have explored rhyme and have written our own poems to tell the story. In Maths we have started learning about direction and rotation. Moving objects and discussing movements using key language such as up, down, left, right, forwards, backwards, clockwise and anti-clockwise. We look forward to seeing you at our exciting Science week exhibition today to share our amazing learning with you!

Please remember if your child doesn’t have an outdoor PE kit they do need one this term as we will are practising our ball skills outside.

Science week

The children have thoroughly enjoyed Science week and have learnt so much.  We were lucky to have a teacher and technician from Towers School yesterday who brought in a range of animals for the children to look at and learn about. They were so impressed with the children’s knowledge and behaviour. The mini-beast hotel entries were amazing and will be put to good use in the outdoor areas around the school. Thank you for all children who took part.  A huge thank you to Miss Cossey for organising such a fantastic week. She is looking at new exciting ways to bring more Science opportunities in school and at home so watch this space …

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.

 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 requesting that you choose your preferred session.

 The Friends of Downs View

Mother’s Day Gift Sale

Don’t forget the Friends of Downs View we are holding the Mother’s Day gift shop again this year, Year 2 is on Monday 25th, Reception on Tuesday 26thand Year 1 on Wednesday 27thMarch. If you would like your child to take part please send your child in with £2 in an envelope or purse/wallet so that they can go on their respective days to choose a gift; they will bring this home in time for Mother’s day


Easter Themed Colouring Competition – Co-op Store Faversham Road

The Co-op and The Friends of Downs View have jointly organised an Easter colouring competition. This has been sent home with your child this week in their book bag. Entry to the competition costs 50p. If your child would like to enter please return the completed picture to school with the 50p entry. All completed pictures are going to be displayed inside the Co-op store on Faversham Road. There will be prizes awarded for three winners, which will be announced after Easter. Happy colouring!


Charity Collection Box

Could you please let family and friends know that we have a collection box in the One-Stop shop at Little Burton. Any donations would be greatly received.



Parking in and around our school is always a concern. Can we ask that when you are parking around the school site that you are aware of the restricted parking areas and ensure that these and pavements/crossing points are not blocked. Please also ensure when you are parking that you are not blocking entrances to our neighbours’ houses.


Anxiety Workshops – 5thApril and 20thMay

Very shortly you will be sent details of two workshops we are running in conjunction with ‘The Contented Child’. The Contented Child is a South-East based company that offers parents/carers a wide range of training aimed at nurturing the whole child. Their consultants have a wide range of experience including Autism, ADHD, Emotional Wellbeing, Dyslexia and Early Years. The workshops will take place in school on Friday 5thApril from 9.15am-11.15am or 20thMay 9.15am-11.15am. The cost is £10 per person and places can be booked online www.thecontentedchild.co.uk For more information please speak to our FLO Sarah Howard.