10 November

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Dates for your diary
Year R and Year 3 – Application process is now open (more information below)
November
Sunday 12th 10.30am Remembrance Service – School Council pupils and some year R pupils to represent the school. See below for more details
Wednesday 15th Year 2 Temple trip (half year group going today)
Thursday 16th ·      Year 2 Temple trip (half year group going today)

·      Parents meeting about Maths Mastery 2 sessions 2.15pm and 5.00pm

Friday 17th Snow Leopard assembly, 9.05am

Non Uniform Day – Children in Need – children to wear something spotty or bright and colourful

Thursday 23rd ·      Year 2 India Exhibition in hall from 3pm-4pm
Friday 24th ·      Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in November invited 9.05am

·      Non uniform day for Christmas Fayre

·      Friends Pamper evening

Monday 27th Coffee Morning – Puppies between 9am & 10am
Thursday 30th 3-4pm –Book look in classrooms
December
Friday 1st ·      Polar Bear class assembly, 9.05am

·      Friends Christmas Fayre

Friday 8th Turtle class assembly, 9.05am
Tuesday 12th Year 2 Christmas productions 9.15am and 2.00pm
Wednesday 13th Year R Christmas productions 9.15am and 2.15pm
Thursday 14th Year 1 Christmas productions 9.15am and 2.00pm
Friday 15th Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in December are invited 9.05am
January

 

Sunday 21st Repunzel Pantomime – please email /call office if you are interested

 

 

Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year
 

96.63%

 

44

 

 

Owl 99.26%

 

97.21%

 

From the Friends of Downs View 

Just a reminder Tickets for pamper / shopping night will be on sale every day in the playground.

For more details please contact Friendsofdownsview@gmail.com or on  call 07710264993.

 

  Reading award Active award Star of the week Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Freya Tristan & Jacob Kelly Kayden Freya
Polar Bear Julia Tegen & Henry Liberty James Kylan
Snow Leopard Dominic Gracie-May & Alex Jessie Calesha William
Dolphin Kieran Scarlet & Frazer Isabelle Sara Frazer
Star Fish Erin Evie F & Jake Erin Sofia S Jake
Turtle Oliver P Leo & Bethany Jimmy Asya Asya
Fox Wilhelmina Edison & Shane Frankie R Zishun Frankie
Squirrel Oliver Charlie & Maddi Lily-Grace Jack Primrose
Owl Skyla Stanley & Rada Gethin Jessica Kyle
Bonus Coin of the week winners-  Starfish

 

What we’ve been up to………

In EYFS we have been exploring the story of The Three Little Pigs. We have described the characters within the story particularly thinking about the personality of the wolf. We decided that we needed to find the wolf and get him to come back and say sorry to the pigs so made our own wanted posters to encourage him to be found! In Maths we thought about how to combine two groups and used the little pigs moving from house to house to illustrate this. We have also used the forest school area this week. We made our own dens / houses for our class mascots using all natural materials just like the first and second little pig in our story. We follow this up by seeing how string they were and thinking about ways that we could improve their strength. We also got to sit around the camp fire and taste the soup that the pigs had prepared but what a surprise we got (ask your children for further information)!!!!

 

Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about dinosaurs this week! We have learnt many interesting facts including what their habitats are like. We described these using adjectives and wrote our facts in sentences for Mrs Fossil to use at her museum! In Maths we have been learning about subtraction and have had a go at tackling calculation problems involving it. In Religious Education we have thought about what is special to us, reflecting on the Jewish scroll Mezuzah and how this is kept in a special box and place. We listened to our friends ideas and respected different opinions. Thank you to everyone who attended our Maths workshop. The children loved having you here and we hope you enjoyed learning the different methods and strategies we use to help us in our learning.

 

Year 2 had so much fun exploring the Woodland area looking for changes that happen to the environment during Autumn. They wrote amazing poems using adjectives and prepositions to describe the items they saw, heard, felt and smelt outside. In Maths we have continued to explore measurement in length and mass, we have ordered and compared various measurements. We used language such as more than, less than, heavier, lighter, shorter, taller and longer. In RE we wrote the Rama and Sita story, thinking about the main parts and why Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali. We are really looking forward to our Hindu temple trip visit next week! If any parents would like to come on the Temple trip on Thursday 16th please let your class teacher know on Monday.

23rd November Year 2 India Exhibition in hall from 3pm-4pm.  This will be a display of children’s learning over the last few weeks.  We would like everyone to have the opportunity to try ‘tastes of India’ therefore if any parents are able to donate any samples of Indian food such as Naan bread, poppadoms or chapatis then please let your child’s class teacher know as soon as possible. Thank you

Remembrance

This week our focus in assembly has been about Remembrance.  The year 1 and 2 children had fun on Monday hearing a story with 10 objects in.  They were amazing at remembering them all because of the story around each one.  This led us to learn how important symbols are to remember things and they learnt the importance of the poppy to remember many service men and women.  This ended with a quiz where the children really impressed Mrs Collins with their knowledge.

Remembrance Service – Sunday 12th November

The church service will be for School Council pupils and some Reception families only.  Although you are very welcome to come along and be part of the minute silence at memorial and see the children lay our wreath if you would like to. You will need to be by the memorial by 10.45am for this.  Please be aware that traffic will be stopped during this part of the service. This part will last about 15 minutes.  The School Council will share their experience in assembly and also within next week’s newsletter.

Maths Workshops

Thank you to all parents who attended Maths workshops this week. We hope you found them informative.  These were a taster of how your child is taught but if you would like to know more about the philosophy behind mastery in Maths, please come along to our sessions where Mr Horne, our Maths Leader, will explain in more depth. These are next Thursday 16th at 2.15pm and 5.00pm. These are intended for adults only but if you do need to bring your children, there will some toys available at the side of the hall.

Prospective parents

We had an overwhelming amount of prospective parents view our school this week which was really great to see.   Parents were very impressed with the learning environments, our extensive grounds and the impeccable behaviour of the children. This year the tours are joint with Kennington Academy which demonstrates how closely we work together and gives parents the opportunity to see both schools and how children starting school will progress from Reception through to year 6.

Admissions from Year 2 to Year 3 and Reception

The Admission process for year 2’s moving on to year 3 and for new Reception children opens on Monday 6th November. KCC encourage parents to apply online at www.kent.gov.uk/ola. All parents of children currently in year 2 will need to apply for a year 3 place for Kennington Academy to secure a place. An information booklet can be viewed on the KCC website www.kent.gov.uk/schooladmissions. If you need support with this or do not have the internet, Sam or Helen in the office will be happy to help you.

Kennington Academy- are a GOOD school with OUTSTANDING elements

As many of you are aware Kennington had an Ofsted Inspection before half term.  The school has dramatically improved since their last inspection.  Mrs Wratten and her team have worked relentlessly to raise standards at the school which has been recognised by Ofsted.  I urge you as parents to read their amazing report which can be found on their website: www.kenningtonacademy.co.uk. I am sure you will join us in congratulating them on their success. Year 2 parents, our open days are for you as much as new families for Reception.  Please sign up and see the school in action! The following dates are still available for visits:

Date Time Venue
Monday 20th November 6.00pm Kennington Academy
Tuesday 28th November 1.30pm Downs View
Wednesday 10th January 9.15am Kennington Academy

 

 

Christmas Cards

We like to send Christmas cards to friends and acquaintances of Downs View from the children and staff. We would like the children to design this.  If your child would like to design one please can they draw their design on an A4 sheet of white paper and send it in to Mrs Kent via the school office.  There will a prize for a child from each year group. All entries need to be in school by Monday 20th November.

 

Pantomime – Rapunzel – Ashford Theatre – Sunday 21st January 11.30am

As many of you may be aware Miss Anderson (TA in Polar Bears and Choir leader) has starred in the Ashford Theatre Panto for many years now.  Last year many families and staff went to see her, it was absolutely amazing!  This year we have arranged to have one performance just for Downs View families. This will be on Sunday 21st January at 11.30am.  Tickets will be priced at £10 for adults and £6 for children (15 and under).  Information about ticket sales will be sent via Parent mail next week.   They will be sold on a first come first served basis.