11 January 2019

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Friday 25th Birthday assembly
Thursday 31st School class photographs
Friday 1st 9.05am Dolphin class assembly
Friday 8th 9.05am Polar Bear class assembly
Friday 15th ·      Birthday assembly

·      End of term 3

Monday 25th Staff training day – Children not in school
Tuesday 26th Children return to school
Thursday 28th Mid- year reports to parents
Friday 1st March 9.05am Snow Leopard class assembly
Monday 4th March Book week – range of activities to encourage children to enjoy reading
Thursday 7th ·      World Book Day – children can dress as their favourite book character or come in their pyjamas.  All children can bring their favourite book to school to enjoy with others.

·      3.20-6.00pm Parent Consultation meetings

Friday 8th 9.05am Turtle class assembly
Tuesday 12th 3.20-6.30pm Parent Consultation meetings
Friday 15th 9.05am Penguin class assembly
Friday 22nd 9.05am Starfish class assembly
Friday 29th Birthday assembly
Final Training day 28th June 2019


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school this week Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year
93.98% 86 Turtle



  Reading award Star of the week Active Award Star Table  

Feet on Friday


Penguin Luke Evie F  


Charlie S




Polar Bear Mason Oliver B  






Oliver P

Snow Leopard Mia Harry  




Scarlett E




Dolphin Henry Mickey  

Oliver R





Star Fish Shane Tomas  



 Kacey-Marie  Noah
Turtle Arafat Jessica  



Skyla-Jayne  Evie
Fox Leo Bonnie  







Harry F


Squirrel James Lilly  

Emily H









Owl Miko Perry-Joe  







Bonus Coin Winner of the Week – Squirrels
Punctuality Pup – Squirrels

Welcome to Sarah Howard our new FLO

Sarah our new FLO has started at Downs View. She works from 8.30am-12.30pm and is based in the school office.  She is on the playground every morning so please pop by and say hello.  If you need support with anything you can contact her via the school office. It could be support with home issues ie. managing finances, morning routines, children’s eating, sleeping habits, behaviour, your own health or it could be finding out about local groups and resources or maybe ways to get extra training or getting back to work.  No question is a silly question so feel free to speak to Sarah if you need to! She has a wealth of knowledge and if she can’t help she will find somebody who can or point you in the right direction.   She has met many of you already but is looking forward to working with many more of you in the future.

What we have been learning………


This week in EYFS we have been looking at the story of Superworm. It bought up discussion about what super powers we would have if we were a superhero. In Literacy we then wrote these ideas down trying hard to independently write the sounds we could hear for any words needed. In Maths we have been consolidating our recognition of numerals and have tried to write numerals for ourselves after counting out a given quantity. In RE we began thinking about places that are special to us both at school and home and why they are special places.

Please remember to keep reading and consolidating words and sounds that are sent home. These words are often tricky words and can’t be sounded out so continued practise will help your child to read them on sight which will support them when seeing these words within sentences. 

Year 1

We have had fun this week with our new topic “Toy Story”. Thank you for all the lovely creative homework you have helped your children with, it all looks great on our walls. Each class has been excited to find a toy shop in their role play area. The children have enjoyed pretending to buy new toys or sell them to their friends, writing out receipts. In English we have been looking at new and old toys and comparing them. We drew out lots of great adjectives like ‘antique’and ‘fragile’and then used them to write about some old toys. In Maths we have been looking at numbers up to 20 and have ordered them using the language greater and smaller. We have also had fun in Science this weekwhere we have been sorting materials.   Wealso went on a material hunt and then played a fun game which involved discussing if things could be made out of another material. For example; a wooden jumper! We decided this might be a little uncomfortable!


Year 2

This week Year 2 have had fun learning more facts about Kenya. They have used these facts in English to write a persuasive piece of writing to encourage people to visit Kenya. The children have particularly enjoyed learning about Kenyan food, animals, clothing and landscapes. The home learning which the children have brought in is amazing and clearly shows how inspired they are about their new topic. In Science the children have learnt about different habitats and the animals that live in them, including the Polar Regions. In Maths the children have been learning about how to divide by 2 and odd and even numbers.


Head Lice

Head lice and nits are very common in young children. They don’t have anything to do with dirty hair, and are usually picked up by head-to-head contact. For further information on head lice please see your pharmacist or visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice.

There have recently been a couple of cases of head lice identified in school. While lice are nothing more than a nuisance, it is important that children are checked regularly and at least on a weekly basis so that any head lice can be dealt with quickly and before they can be allowed to spread.

If you find your child has head lice you will also need to examine the heads of all other members of the household.  If head lice are found they should also be treated at the same time.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Pupil premium

As you may be aware if you are in receipt of certain benefits your child could be classed as pupil premium which can be determined by filling out a quick form from the office.  This could bring in extra funding to the school to benefit your child and others. Your circumstances may have changed since your child started school, so it’s always worth checking whether you fit the criteria. Further information can be accessed through the following link.


You may not be aware but as well as families who are in receipt of benefits, schools are given a pupil premium money for:

  • Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years.
  • Children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day.
  • Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.

Please contact the office if you think you may fit any of the criteria above.

Nut Allergies

We have a number of children in school with nut allergies so would kindly request that nuts or nut products are not included in any child’s lunch box. Thank you for your help with this.