12 October

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Monday 15th Last day to return School Photograph Money to school
Tuesday 16th Parent Consultation meetings 3.20-6pm

Please return your slip stating your choice of time slots.

Crèche is available in Puppies.

Wednesday 17th Last Day to return Christmas Card Designs
Thursday 18th ·      Parent Consultation meetings  3.20-6.30pm – Crèche is available in Puppies.

·      Pre-loved uniform sale – on the playground at the Friends’ shed

·      Pumpkin Sale – Friends of Downs View – please see poster below

Friday 19th ·      Birthday assembly – all parents of children with birthdays in Oct invited 9.05am

·      Pre-loved uniform sale – Friends of Downs View 10am-1pm

·      Pumpkin Sale – Friends of Downs View

·      Last day of term – children return to school on 29th October

HALF TERM Monday 22nd to Friday 26th October
Monday 29th ·      3-4.30pm Halloween party for year 1 and 2 – tickets on sale now – see below for details – hosted by The Friends

·      Bring in your carved/decorated pumpkins

Tuesday 30th ·      3-4.30pm Halloween party for Reception

·      Bring in your carved/decorated pumpkins

Saturday 3rd Pre-Loved Table Top Sale – 10am – 1pm by Friends of Downs View – see below for details
Friday 9th Starfish class assembly 9.05am
Friday 16th ·      Polar Bear class assembly 9.05am

·      Children in need day – children can dress up for a coin donation (details to follow)

·      Flu Vaccinations – further details to follow.

Friday 23rd Birthday assembly – all parents of children with birthdays in Nov invited 9.05am
Friday 30th ·      Penguin class assembly 9.05am

·      Non-school uniform in exchange for Christmas Tombola prize (details to follow)

Friday 7th ·      Turtles class assembly 9.05am

·      Christmas Cake Decorating Competition – details to follow

·      Christmas Fayre

Monday 10th 9.15 and 2.15pm Year 2 Christmas productions – parents/carers welcome
Wednesday 12th 9.15 and 2.15pm Reception Christmas productions – parents/carers welcome
Friday 14th 9.15 and 2.15pm Year 1 Christmas productions- parents/carers welcome
Wednesday 19th Staff training day – Children not in school



Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school this week Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year





Turtle 100%




Breakfast Club and 8.20 Club vacancies

We currently have vacancies in both of these clubs.  Breakfast Club costs £3.70 per day and 8.20 club is £30 per term.  Please call or email the office if you would like a space. This does not need to be every day.


  Reading award Star of the week Active Award Star Table  

Feet on Friday


Penguin Charlie S Etty Lesley &
Teddy Jack
Polar Bear Elizabeth Mason Jessica &
Leo Oliver P
Snow Leopard Charlie Frazer Amber &
Harry Grayson
Dolphin Oscar Maddi Adam &


Ashton Blake
Star Fish Frankie Alfie Harley G &
John Autumn
Turtle Max Oliver Amaya &


Amaya Tyler
Fox Ayan Chloe  

Archie &




Squirrel Alex Kayden  

Harvey & Alexandra



Owl Lenny Isla  

Max &






Bonus Coin Winner of the Week – Penguins
Punctuality Pup – Snow Leopard
Attendance Ted – Turtle 100%

What we have been learning …..


This week in EYFS we have been learning about the Oxford Reading Tree family. These are the characters found in many of our reading scheme books. We used our adjectives to describe the characters so that our friends could guess which character was being described. In Maths we have been continuing to count out a given number and have been learning to look at a quantity and work out how many objects there without moving them to count. We have also had an opportunity to explore the forest area and looked at how the environment was beginning to change with the signs of autumn. We have also been using our fine and gross motor skills during our ‘Wiggle Wednesday’ activities.

Year 1

Year 1 started the week enjoying the story of Tiddler, the story telling fish. We then looked at all the different types of fish in the story. This lead to investigating what makes a fish a fish. We learnt how they use their gills to help them breathe and that their scales are there to protect their bodies. In Maths we have been comparing numbers, deciding which is the greatest and which is the smallest numbers and putting in the signs to show our understanding. We have also explored feelings this week. Rather than just saying we are happy and sad we learnt to explain feelings like delighted, upset and content. Many children said they feel content in school which is lovely to hear! In PE this week we worked with a partner to make up a gymnastics sequence including the balances we have practised earlier in the term.

Year 2

We’ve had a fun filled week in Year 2! Using our knowledge of instructions we have written our own recipe for making a healthy wrap. In DT we chose our ingredients after tasting them, planned our wrap and then made it. We even got to eat it and then evaluated it, thinking about the taste, texture and the look of it. In Maths we have used our place value knowledge to recall numbers 1 more and 1 less, 10 more and 10 less than a given number. We then applied this knowledge by adding 2 two digit numbers together, showing this in the Part-Part-Whole model and Dienes.

Parent/carer meetings – Tuesday 16thOctober and Thursday 18thOctober

Thank you to those of you who have signed up for parent/carer meetings with your child’s class teacher and teaching assistant next week. If you haven’t yet please speak to your child’s class teacher or call the office to make an appointment. The teachers are looking forward to meeting with you and celebrating your child achievements this term!


Helen Rowson in the office will be leaving us next Friday.  On behalf of Governors and staff we would like to thank Helen for her hard work and dedication to Downs View.  She will be greatly missed by us all.

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Thank you for supporting our MacMillan Coffee Morning and cake sale.  We raised an incredible £391.77.  This has been passed on to this very worthy cause.

Year 2 Parents

As we are an Infant School, once your child finishes in year 2 the children will move on to Kennington Academy or another school.  There is an admission process which parents need to go through to secure a place for year 3 which involves completing an application form on line and submitting this by January.  You can apply from 5thNovemberuntil 15thJanuary 2019. We will holding joint prospective parent school tours which begin on Thursday 18thOctober.  Please see below for other dates- you need to call the school office of either school to book a place.

Date Time Tour begins at:
Thursday 18th October 9.15am Downs View
Tuesday 30th October 1.30pm Kennington Academy
Tuesday 6th November 9.15am Downs View
Wednesday 21st November 6.00pm Kennington Academy
Monday 26th November 9.15am Downs View
Friday 4th January 1.30pm Kennington Academy


Further information has been received via Parentmail and posters are displayed around the school and is on our website.

Prospective Parents

We currently have places in Reception and Year 1 so if you know of any parents looking for a space please pass on this information.  This is same for parents who would like a Reception space for September. Recommendation from parents goes a long way!   Please remember there is no set catchment area – parents can apply to any school of their choice.

Head Lice

Unfortunately we are still having reports of head lice in the school.  Please can you check your child and treat appropriately. More information can be found on the NHS website:


Lost Snow Dog

Has anyone found a toy Snow Dog?  He was last seen on the bin by the gate to the playground.  If so, can you drop it into the school office as he is being missed.

News from the Friends of Downs View

Halloween Parties

Tickets are now on sale for the Halloween parties.  You can buy them after school from the Friends, who are outside the Friends Shed in the playground or from the school office.


Pre-loved Sale


Half Term Activities


Poppies Appeal

We are supporting the Poppy Appeal again this year and have lots of child appropriate things for sale.  The School Council will be selling these and they can be purchased from Reception.


Christmas Food Bank

Bluelight Jobs Fayre is taking place at North Kent College’s Dartford Campus during half-term on Friday 26 October between 10am and 4pm.

The following organisations will be present:

Kent Police

Kent Fire and Rescue Service

South East Coast Ambulance Service

Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust

Courts, Prisons, Rehabilitation and the Crown Prosecution Service

British Transport Police

There will also be representatives for volunteer schemes:

Special Constabulary

Appropriate Adults

Independent Custody Visitors’ scheme

Victim Support

the Magistracy

Restorative Justice Providers

and advice services from North Kent College and Jobcentre Plus.

More information is available via http://bit.ly/BluelightJobs.