13 October 2017


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Dates for your diary
Sunday 15th Helping Hands Day 9-3pm
Monday 16th Halloween Disco
Thursday 19th ·      Last day of term

·      3.20pm- 8pm Parents consultation evening

·      Fish and chips will be served today instead of usual Thursday menu

Friday 20th INSET DAY – No children in school
HALF TERM Monday 23rd October until Friday 27th October
Monday 30th Children return to school
Thursday 2nd Nasal flu immunisation – for all children whose parents have given consent
Friday 3rd Penguin class assembly, 9.05am
Monday 6th Maths Workshop for parents 2.15pm
Friday 10th Maths Workshop for parents 2.15pm

Dolphin class assembly, 9.05am

Friday 17th Snow Leopard assembly, 9.05am

Non Uniform Day – Children in Need

Friday 24th ·      Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in November invited 9.05am

·      Non uniform day for Christmas Fayre (more details to follow)

·      Friends Pamper evening

Friday 1st ·      Polar Bear class assembly, 9.05am

·      Friends Christmas Fayre

Friday 8th Turtle class assembly, 9.05am
Tuesday 12th Year 2 Christmas productions (2 performances more details at a later date)
Wednesday 13th Year R Christmas productions (2 performances more details at a later date)
Thursday 14th Year 1 Christmas productions (2 performances more details at a later date)
Friday 15th Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in December are invited 9.05am


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year










Thank you to all the parents who are using Parentmail.  The responses to our forms are fantastic and it is a much easier way of our school gathering information.

Don’t forget you can also use Parentmail to report your child absent.


Helping hands day – Sunday 15th October -9-3pm

Don’t forget we will be hosting our helping hands day for staff/parents/volunteers to complete a range of jobs around the school, including painting, gardening, repairing, tidying etc.  Even if you haven’t let us know you that you are able to come please feel free to turn up at any point during the day. This is an adult only day which will run from 9-3pm.  Mr Corall will also be in the forest area continuing the repair work following the damage over the summer.


  Reading award Active award Star of the week Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Daniel Alex & Catalina Tallulah Jonathan Evie
Polar Bear Takunda Max & Liberty Tegen James Sienna
Snow Leopard Sienna Mayzee & Bryson Rayna William Ceres
Dolphin Nita Manni & Alexia Anna Keiran Charlie
Star Fish Sofia Charlie C & Zoe Inaaya Teddy Luke
Turtle Noah Elizabeth & Harry Cody Oliver B Bethany
Fox Frankie Leila Sophie Isabelle
Squirrel Aaliyah Oscar Zishun Riley
Owl Jessica Evie L.J Juliette
Bonus Coin of the week winners- Dolphin


What we’ve been up to……….

This week in EYFS we have been learning about a new family that we will meet within our reading books. They are the Oxford Reading Tree family. During literacy we have been trying hard to remember each of the characters names and recognise them and have even been pretending to be them. The pet dog Floppy however got up to a bit of mischief this week and ended up hurt so we worked together to make him feel better by turning ourselves into vets and writing out some prescriptions! In Maths we noticed that whilst Floppy was getting up to mischief that he had lost his collar so used our measuring skills to make him a new collar and to make collars for his other friends just In case they too ended up getting into mischief or even lost! We have also been learning how to use the digital camera to take photographs which we enjoyed looking at and trying to guess who the pictures were of, especially as some photos were just of our friend’s toes!  Also remember to look out for your child (if you gave permission) and his/her class in the Kentish Express this week! We have a copy in school!

Year 1 have enjoyed learning about the different oceans of the world. They have learnt a song to help them remember them as well as facts about each one. In ICT we have enjoyed writing algorithms to direct the BeeBot (a programmable toy) to the buried treasure. We’ve considered alternative routes as well.

In PE we have practised different shapes using apparatus, thinking about how we travel and move our body.

Year 2 were shocked to receive a parcel on Monday morning from Roderick Hunt, the author of the magic key stories. He sent us lots of his stories to find many adventures that the magic key took the children on. We were amazed by all of the adventures! He inspired us to write our own magic key story based on his story “In the Garden”. We have been superstar writers! In Maths we used our knowledge of addition from last week and have been subtracting 2 two-digit numbers. Then we solved problems using our new knowledge. In computing we have used software to create our own background and character ready for inputting algorithms next week.


Playtime behaviour

We have been working hard with the children in assemblies and in class to ensure they play appropriate games on the playground.  We are having an increasing amount of rough play which starts as re-enacting scenes from computer games.  Some of the language which these characters use is not appropriate. We have been talking about the difference between fantasy and real and some of the actions seen on a computer game hurt in real life. This has created lots of discussion about the games played at home.  We do urge you to check that the games your child is playing are age appropriate and that you have the relevant parent filters on any device at home.  We have given straight red cards for any child seen play fighting with others which means children have time out and miss some I.D as a consequence.  Some children have spent some time in our ‘beach hut’ this week learning new games to play with adults encouraging them to make better choices in their play at play time. We hope you will support us in stressing the importance of making good choices at play times and using gentle hands and feet.

Governor Election

We currently have a Governor seeking re-election. If you have a passion about wanting the best for the children at Downs View you could stand for election.  Governors have the opportunity to support and challenge the leadership and direction of the school and work closely with Mrs Kent to ensure that your children get the best education possible.  If you are interested and would like to know a little more, please watch our Governor recruitment video by clicking the following link… https://youtube/qthuEFXmG4A and where current Governors from our CATs collaboration, including Felicity Moore our Chair of Governors share their experiences There is also further information on our website about our current Governors and the role. If you are interested and willing to commit to ten 2 hour meetings across the year please email Mrs Kent on headteacher@downs-view.kent.sch.uk or the school office on office@downs-view.kent.sch.uk.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 18th October.


Please can we politely remind you about the importance of parking sensibly.  This week an ambulance was called to the school to attend to a child who was hurt.  This was in the middle of the day and it only just managed to squeeze through.  Our concern is that had it come an hour later, it would not have been able to get through. The zig-zag lines are there to ensure emergency vehicles can get through so please avoid parking or dropping off in this area.  We are aware that it is not easy for you to park at times but there are options to help – you can park in the church car park in Ulley Road or park a little way away and walk.  If you want to secure a parking place early why not come in and read in a class whilst you are waiting at 2.15?  If you have any other suggestions please contact headteacher@downs-view.kent.sch.uk. We have a working party who will meet early next term –if you would like to join us please email on the address above.