11 November 2016


Applications for Primary Admissions are now open – see below for more information
Mon & Tue 14th & 15th Year 2 trip to Temple in Folkestone

Chocoholics sale in playground Friends of Downs View –details below

Friday 18th Polar Bear assembly

Children in Need day – wear something spotty or yellow for a small coin donation. (Other items for sale all week – £1 each- see below)

3-4pm Year 2 Indian Exhibition in hall

Week beg 21st Nov Maths workshops – pop in times during the week for parents to learn alongside your children- details to follow.
Thursday 24th Book Look – come in after school to see what your child has been learning
Friday 25th Birthday assembly – parent/carers of children with Birthdays in November are invited
Friday 2nd Penguin assembly
Friday 9th Christmas Fayre in hall 3.15pm – 5pm
Monday 5th Winter themed week
Friday 9th Starfish assembly
Monday 12th Winter exhibition in hall –parents
Tuesday 13th Year R Christmas production 9.15am and 2.15pm
Wednesday 14th Year 2 Christmas production 9.15am and 2pm
Thursday 15th Year 1 Christmas production 9.15am and 2.15pm
Friday 16th Birthday assembly – parent/carers of children with Birthdays in December are invited
Monday 19th Christmas Lunch day – please read extra information below
Wednesday 21st Last day of school
Tuesday 3rd Inset day – no children in school
Wednesday 4th Children return to school


  Reading award Active award Sunshine award Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Maddie Elicia & Micah Maisie Harry Jessica & Jacob
 Polar Bear Aarav Chloe & Katie T Katy-Mae James
 Snow Leopard Suphera Cerys & Oscar Oscar Hannah
 Sea Horse Bledion Brooke & Liberty Zoe Angeal
Star Fish Skye James T & Scarlett Skye Mayzee
 Turtle Chethan Alex & Lily-Rose Jonathan Tallulah
Fox Cody Arthur & Ellie Harry Bethany
Caterpillar Jake Harry Kn. & James Evie Teddy C
Owl Harry Grayson & Daisy N Isabelle Harry
Bonus card winners this week – Owls


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year
96.04% 54 99.31% Seahorse 97.57%


Application for Primary (Year R) and Junior (Year 3) School places

The application process is now open for children due to start primary and junior school in September 2017.

You must apply for a primary school place if:

  • your child is due to start primary or infant school (reception year)
  • your child is at infant school (year 2) and is due to start junior school (year 3)

You can:

  • apply online at kent.gov.uk/OLAVisit kent.gov.uk/OLA
  • apply by post using the following form (found online or available from schools)
    Primary Common Application Form (RCAF)
    Junior Common Application Form (JCAF)

If you need advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email primaryadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

The process closes on 16 January 2017.

Please be reassured that all year 2 children are guaranteed a place at Kennington Academy but this process is still essential as it is a separate school.

Christmas Lunch Menu – Monday 19th December

All children will have the opportunity to have a Christmas lunch on 19th December. If your child already has a school dinner on a Monday then you do not need to do anything. However if your child usually has a packed lunch it is important that you contact the school office by Friday 9th to let them know your child would like a Christmas dinner on that day. The menu is as follows.

Roast Turkey served with Chipolata Sausage, Sage and Onion stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Gravy


Feta, Spinach and Cranberry Parcels

Herby Roast Potatoes

Glazed Carrots & Garden Pea Medley

Cranberry Bread


Festive Chocolate Log & Cream


Fresh Fruit & Cream

 The School Council


Thank you for your donations this week towards the British Legion. The School Council have enjoyed selling them around the school.

Children in Need

The School Council thought it would be a great idea for the children to wear something yellow or spotty on Friday 18th November, Children in Need day. They also wanted to sell pin badges and festival wristbands for £1. They will be visiting every class everyday next week and will also be selling these on the playground on Friday at 8.30am-8.40am and 3pm- 3.20pm after school (weather permitting or in Puppies if wet).

What we’ve been up to……..

This week in EYFS we have been learning the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have created our own story mountains to illustrate what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story. We used our creative skills to role play the story and even created our own bridges, goat and troll masks! In Maths we used the goats to work out what would happen if we had 1 more and 1 less. You see that pesky troll has been stopping them crossing the bridge and has lots of extra dinner and lunch! In P.E we really enjoyed working as a team to create a pathway from different sports equipment to enable us to get across the river to the delicious green grass! How you can help for next week? Please share the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears either using a story book that you have, watching it on a safe internet site or from tell your child the story from memory.

Year 1 have been researching facts about dinosaurs for Mrs Fossil. While researching they have learnt how to label, write captions and the difference between fiction and non-fiction books.

Year 2 What a fantastic week we have had learning more regarding our topic Let’s Celebrate! We have enjoyed writing our own poems about Ravanna thinking about how he moves and what he looks like. In Geography we have explored the climate of India and compared this to the United Kingdom, thinking about the different seasons and what is similar. In Maths we have been exploring measure further by comparing different weights and lengths thinking about which are heavier and lighter, longer and shorter. The finale of the week was definitely our Art day today which involved designing and creating our own Indian inspired patterns, which we observed different fabrics to create. We look forward to showing you our beautiful creations next week at the Indian exhibition!

Sweet snacks in school

As you are aware we are a healthy school and encourage healthy eating at lunchtimes. We understand that many children like to bring in a sweet snack in their lunch box. However these should not include sweets and should only include one cake or sweet item.

Environmentally Friendly

It has been brought to our attention that many parents are sitting in their cars either before or after school whilst waiting to collect their children with their engines running. We understand that many of you come early to secure a place near to the school, but please could we ask you to consider turning off your engines which will help prevent pollution to the environment and also save you money on fuel! We are an Eco-School, teaching children the importance of looking after our environment and saving energy and therefore hope you will support us with this. Thank you.

Flu vaccinations for Reception age children

Just to make parents aware Flu vaccinations are available from GP surgeries for children aged 2,3 and 4. See extract below from NHS website.

From NHS choices website:

In the autumn/winter of 2016-17, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:

  • children aged two, three and four on August 31 2016 – that is, children born between September 1 2011 and August 31 2014


Dear Parents


Are you wanting ideas for Christmas presents, well we might have the answer –


From tree decorations, advent fillers, themed gifts to boxes of luxury chocolates.

We will be holding a fundraiser for the Friends of Downs View on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th November by giving you the chance to purchase chocolates from the chocoholics Catalogue. The friends will earn 10% of all sales.

We will be sat under the shelter in the playground from 3pm to 4.30pm.

You will need to pay for your goods when ordering with cash or cheque made payable to M Thomas.

You can have a look at the products available before next week by looking at the website www.chocolates-for-chocoholics.co.uk

If after viewing the website you wish to place an order, you can complete the attached order form and bring along to us on Monday or Tuesday afternoon with the payment.

We will have order forms for you to complete on both days.

Thank you for your continued support of the Friends