29 March 2018

Have a lovely Spring break, we look forward to seeing you all back in school on Monday 16th April                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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MARCH
Thursday 29th LAST DAY OF TERM (Easter break)
April
Monday 9th Children’s Craft event school hall 10am-11.30am (See below)
Monday 16th Children return to school
Wednesday 18th Year 1 Art Exhibition in hall from 3pm – 4pm –parents invited
Friday 28th Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in March invited 9.05am
May  
Thursday 3rd 2.30pm SATs meeting for year 2 parents in hall.  Toys will be available to occupy younger siblings in the hall.
May Half Term Holiday 28th May to 1st June

Inset Day Monday 2nd July

 

Feet on Friday
 Penguin Daniel  Dolphin Zacary  Fox Alfie
 Polar Bear Carson  Star Fish Charlie O  Squirrel Oliver R
 Snow Leopard James W  Turtle Noah  Owl Tommy
Bonus Coin of the week winners –  Turtles

 

Spring Craft Event – Easter Holiday

We are holding a joint spring event with the Children’s Centre on Monday 9th April in the school hall from 10.00am – 11.30am. This will be a free event where children can engage in a number of fun filled activities, including spring crafts, parachute games, story and singing time. This is a parent and child interactive event so all parent/carers will be expected to stay at the event and be responsible for their own children.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require more information. Hope to see you on the day.

What we’ve been up to………

This week in EYFS we have been thinking about the customs and traditions associated with Easter. The children have had the opportunity to take part in some traditional Easter traditions i.e. a classroom Easter Hunt (reading the clues and finding the hidden eggs), making an Easter hat and card and learning Christian’s beliefs behind the Easter story in the Bible. We have also put our culinary skills to the test and melted chocolate over warm water (talking about how it had changed) and mixing with cornflakes to make some delicious Easter nests. I wonder how many nests were eaten on the way home? In Maths we incorporated the concept of the Easter bunny by estimating how many eggs the bunny could deliver by hopping, running and sliding in 10 seconds. We compared the results and were able to work out the most effective way for the bunny to travel!

We have all had a fantastic term and would like to thank you for your continued support.

Holiday reminders…

1) Keep consolidating the words and sounds in your child’s monkey books

2) Complete the Easter holiday homework task

3) Wash and return PE kit on the first day back with the added addition of some plimsolls please!

Have a great Easter break!

 

Year 1 What an ‘eggcelent’ week it has been to finish the term. We’ve enjoyed completing our non-fiction books about plants, focusing on deciduous and evergreen trees. We explored the woodland area to see which ones we could identify.

In Maths we have been learning about capacity. Focusing on what half and quarter and full amounts are in different containers. We’ve had a lot of practical time to measure and check, beginning to look at quarter which has been more challenging.

In RE we have continued to learn about what Christians believe about Jesus and why they feel he is so important.

In PE we have created a balancing sequence which we have been able to learn and show our friends.

Year 2 have had a very exciting last week of term. We had an alien called Splodge visit us as he wanted to come on the school trip with us to find out about earthling animals. We had to write rules in English so that he knew how to behave. We had so much fun visiting Wingham Wildlife Park. We got to see lions, snakes, meerkats and we even got to see the cheeky penguins being fed. We learnt all about the animals habitats and had so much fun despite the rain! We had a great trip to Wingham Wildlife Park despite the weather and learnt so much!  We were congratulated on our amazing behaviour during our visit by other members of the public.

We enjoyed finishing our term of with a visit to the church, sharing some of the songs we have learnt this term and learning about Easter story.

We hope you all have a lovely Easter and a well-deserved break!

 

Easter Fun

Thank you to everyone who supported this event. The total amount raised will be announced next term.

 

cake decorating winners Reception Year 1 Year 2
Wilhelmina T Sophie H Felicity C
Lily-Grace S Arthur G Zoe T
Isabelle P Oliver P Carson P
Oliver S Elizabeth S Oliver H
Alfie W Jack G Liam K
Frankie P-G Charlie O Jessie L

 

 

Grayson from Dolphin class guessed the number of eggs in the jar, which totalled 109.

 

 

Isabelle from Fox class won the mouse who is named June.

 

 

 

 

 

Farewell

We are sad to be saying good bye and good luck to Sharon Wain who worked in Owls class and outside at lunchtime.  We are also saying farewell to Jemma Simmonds who worked in Starfish class. I am sure you will join me in saying a huge thank you for their hard work and dedication to their roles and the life of Downs View.

 

Kennington Community Grant – Ashford Borough Council

We are pleased to inform you that we have recently won a bid and have been granted £860 to support with road safety and parking.  The money will be used to improve signage regarding safe parking, buy equipment to enable a walking bus to be set  up and new bikes for children to learn how to ride safely in I.D. and playtimes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We are so grateful and will upload some photographs once we have bought our new equipment.

 

Security around the school

K.C.C have supported us in making some improvements to the security around the school and the work has already begun with our new video intercom system which is working well. Other work will include a new office and reception area, replacement of some perimeter fencing and electric gates to our car park.  This will increase safety and security of the school and will be completed over the next few months.