3 February 2017

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Key dates up until the end of March 2017
Don’t forget to return your parents evening slips
Friday 10th Seahorse Assembly from 9.05am

Non Uniform Day – donation to the Friends of Downs View

Last day of term

Monday 20th Children return to school
Friday 24th 9.05am Birthday assembly – parents of children with birthdays in February invited
From Monday 27th Book Week

There will parents reading workshops this week – dates to be arranged

Tuesday 28th Parents Evening 3.15pm – 6pm
Thursday 2nd Parents Evening 5.30pm – 8pm

World Book Day – dress up day as a book character for children and staff

Friday 3rd Starfish Assembly from 9.05am
Friday 10th Turtle Assembly from 9.05am
Friday 17th Penguin Assembly from 9.05am

Snow Leopards Assembly 2.15pm

Tuesday 21st Caterpillars and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am (letters in book bags)
Owls and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am (letters in book bags)
Thursday 23rd Foxes and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am (letters in book bags)

Reception classes Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 24th Polar Bear Assembly from 9.05am

Year 1 Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Comic Relief Day

Monday 27th Year 2 Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Friday 31st 9.05am Birthday assembly – parents of children with birthdays in March invited

Last day of term

Tuesday 18th Children return to school
For those wishing to book summer holidays, the last day of the school year is Thursday 20th July as the 21st is an Inset Day.


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year





Polar Bear and Caterpillars

Well done!




  Reading award Active award Sunshine award Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin George Yiqing & Ravi Thomas Archie Yiqing
 Polar Bear James Aarav & Riley Oscar Joshua
Snow Leopard Tia Andreus & Carmen Suphera Kadie
Sea Horse Teddie Millie & James Lilia-Mae Tegen
Star Fish William Calesha & Liam Charley Skye
Turtle Jonathan Kayden & Jacob Lily-Rose Daniel
Fox Levi Amelia & Albie Oliver B Leo
Caterpillar Thomas Jessica & Chanise Jessica Riley
Owl Frazer Frankie & Daisy H Daisy H Charlie
Bonus card winners this week –  Snow Leopard


What we’ve been up to……..

In EYFS this week we have had been involved in some amazing learning about Chinese New Year. We have learnt lots of facts about the festival and explored many artefacts that are special to the Chinese people at this time of year. We eve had an opportunity to cook and taste Chinese noodles. Mastering the chopsticks was not nearly as easy as we thought though! In Maths we thought about the weight of different Chinese foods. We had to predict which was the heaviest, which was the lightest and then used the scales to check out our predictions. Our challenge was to work out how to make the scales balance! We have also enjoyed creating our own Chinese dragons, fans and red money envelopes!

It’s not everyday Mrs Kent comes out of her office to be greeted by a dragon! The children in Caterpillars had great fun making a dragon costume, dancing around the school and making Mrs Kent jump!

In Year 1 this week the children have been learning about different continents. They have been able to locate the different continents on a world map. The children have also been able to write a fact sheet for each of the continents, using bullet points and writing in full sentences. In maths the children have been working with numbers to 40, comparing the numbers using the terms more and less.


This week in Year 2 we have been gathering information on Horrid Henry and Perfect Peter. We used adjectives to describe their personality and appearance and wrote character descriptions about them. In Maths we have started to learn about 3D shapes and have solved problems using their properties. In Geography we have started to learn about perspective, comparing objects from near and far, aerial and side view. In ICT we have developed our photography skills further by planning and editing our final photo.

Downs View’s got talent!

The children have been auditioning for the Downs View’s got Talent show on Monday.  Teachers have found it very difficult to choose again!

Did you know that Miss Anderson has talent too?  She appeared in Ashford’s pantomime Beauty and the Beast and was absolutely amazing!  A huge well done to Miss Anderson for an outstanding performance! She is having a rest now but will soon be rehearsing for her next show!

English Course

Are you interested in attending an English Course?

If so, East Kent College will be delivering a 16 week English course starting on Friday 24th February, 9.30-11.30am in Puppies.

Attendees will gain a nationally recognised certificate in English, ranging from entry level to level 2.

Many parents that have attended the course will go on to gain employment or feel more able to support their children’s school work, whilst for others this provides the necessary confidence to move on to further courses.

To book a place or for more information please contact Sam Ansell or give your name in to the office.


Welcome back!

We are pleased to see Emma Stanley and Luisa Bennett returning to work, following some minor operations.  Luisa is working on a part-time basis at the moment.  Both have been greatly missed by children and staff and it is great to see them back!

We are also pleased to announce that Miss Stanley is expecting a baby in July. Congratulations to Miss Stanley and Mr Horne on this news. Miss Stanley will be with us until the summer term.

CATs choir

30 year 2 children had their first rehearsal this week supported by Miss Anderson.  They had a fantastic morning and will be rehearsing the songs taught in school regularly in preparation for their finale at the end of the year. Their next workshop is in March.


We would like to remind parents that children should not bring toys in to school unless it’s a comforter; this will be agreed with the class teacher and will stay in child’s bag during the day.

 Writing Workshops

Thank you to all those that attended our writing workshops, we were overwhelmed by the amount of parents who attended. We hope you found them useful.

Travel questionnaire

Thank you for your replies, the comments will be taken to our parking meeting.

NSPCC assembly

You will have received a letter following on from the NSPCC assembly yesterday to prepare you for supporting your child with any tricky questions etc. at home. The assembly was very child friendly and the children engaged well.  Any children who had any questions were given the opportunity to ask these with teachers and teaching assistants afterwards.

Safety week

Next week is our safety week, with a range of assemblies and learning addressing how to keep safe.  This will include online safety day which is on Tuesday. There are lots of useful websites which you can access to get advice on how to ensure your child understands how to keep safe when using the internet, whether watching a video or playing a game.  The children are taught the rules in school which are referred to whenever children are using a device. A useful website for support is www.thinkuknow.co.uk.  You can access www.ceop.police.uk if you need to report anything worrying. The important thing is to teach children how to keep safe and to tell you if they see or hear anything that is scary or doesn’t feel right.  As you know technology is becoming more and more part of their worlds and therefore it is our duty as professionals and parents to teach them how to use this safely.

Resources request

Thank you to those that have supplied us with resources.  Here are a few more items we would like if anyone is able to help.

Heavy duty Padlocks/keys for fine motor and problem solving,  Small baby or dolls clothes

Short sleeved white school shirts (no bigger than age 7),  Dolls accessories

Superhero bedding/sheets,  Superhero figures

Easter accessories soft toys, plastic eggs, decorations, hats   Tea set/ teapot etc

Mechanical bathroom/kitchen scales   Artificial flowers

Electric Solid Plate Hob – doesn’t need to work  Green pool pit play balls

Anything to do with The Incredible superheroes

Here are some activities going on in the local area over half term

The Willow Centre (off Brookfield Road) – Sensory Messy Play (0 – 8years) Monday 13th Feb 9.30am – 10.30am

Drop in to the Willow Centre for our fun sensory messy play,activities include foam, jelly & more!

*Old clothes should be worn*

Bluebell Children’s Centre (Hothfield) – Story Walk (0 – 8 yrs) Wednesday 15th Feb 10.00am – 12.00pm

Join our buggy friendly can’t you sleep little bear’ themed story walk through Hothfield Heathlands, with a picture hunt .Followed by themed activities at Bluebells children’s centre. *Bring your wellies*

Free early education for your 2 year old

If you have a two year old in Kent and earn less than £16,190 gross a year and claim Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit, you could be entitled to 15 hours of free child care a week.

You can apply online today at kent.gov.uk/freefor2 or call into your nearest Sure Start Children’s Centre. Visit www.kent.gov.uk/childcare or call 03000412323.