15 September 2017


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8.20 Club payment is now due £20 for term 1
Dates for your diary
Friday 22nd Genes for Jeans – Dress down day for staff and pupils.  Staff will be making a donation to the charity’ Genes for Jeans’. Children can if they want to.
Monday 25th &Tuesday 26th Year 1 and Year 2 Phonics session for parents in classes. 2.30pm
Tuesday 26th Children’s photographs – Stanley Baker Studios – see below
Friday 29th ·      Macmillan Coffee Morning – Non uniform day, donation of a cake or cake(s) for the sale in return

·      Birthday Assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in September invited 9.05am

Monday 2nd EYFS Phonics session for parents from 2.30pm
Wednesday 4th EYFS Phonics session for parents from 2.30pm
Thursday 5th Kent Messenger newspaper in school taking photos of the 3 year R classes for the Kentish Express First Class pictures
Friday 6th Starfish class assembly, 9.05am
Friday 13th ·      Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in October invited 9.05am

·      Reading workshop for all parents – guided reading /enjoy books with the children from 2.15pm

Thursday 19th Last day of term

3.15pm- 8pm Parents consultation evening – come and hear about your child’s learning. Crèche available for children and siblings- places will need to be booked nearer the time.

Friday 20th INSET DAY – No children in school
HALF TERM Monday 23rd October until Friday 27th October
Monday 30th Children return to school
Friday 3rd Penguin class assembly, 9.05am
Friday 10th Dolphin class assembly, 9.05am
Friday 17th Snow Leopard assembly, 9.05am
Friday 24th Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in November invited 9.05am
Friday 1st Polar Bear class assembly, 9.05am
Friday 8th Turtle class assembly, 9.05am
Friday 15th Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in November invited 9.05am

Parent and Toddler Group

Parent and Toddler starts back on Monday 18th September – new revised time 1.15pm – 2.45pm

The group is for parents/carers with children under five to come and enjoy fun activities together and meet other families within the local area.

Tea/coffee and healthy snack available. Cost: £1 per child.

Look forward to seeing you all!! If you have any questions, please contact Sam Ansell.

Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year





Squirrel 100%




  Reading award Active award Star of the week Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Harry P Harry S & Jazmin Lily-Rose Sarah Harry
Polar Bear Eva Ayiri & Oliver F Julia Tommie Angeal
Snow Leopard Skye Russell & Lexie James T James W Mayzee
Dolphin Tristan Isabelle & Daisy N Kareem Scarlett E Scarlett E
Star Fish Jake Cleo & Luke Jack Lesley Inaaya
Turtle Ella Henry & Cody Chanise Levi Ella
Fox Olivia
Squirrel Amber
Owl Annie
Bonus Coin of the week winners- Polar Bear


A huge welcome our Reception children and families!

It’s so good to see our new children start school this week and great to meet new and returning families.  The children are settling well and exploring their new environment making friends and meeting lots of new important people. Some children take a little longer than others and the part-time start is supporting this.  Below you can read about what they have been learning. I’m sure many of you haven’t been told much at all (this is quite normal!). We hope that you have received the home learning grid via parent mail this week which explains what your child is learning this term and how you can help at home.

We are looking forward to them staying for lunch next week with their first full day on Friday.

Star of the week

We have changed our reward systems slightly and we will now be choosing a star of the week.   This is a badge given on a Friday to a child who has made good choices in their learning and behaviour which underpin our school values …’altogether we learn, love, respect and have fun!’ Your child will be rewarded with green cards which help them move from the rainbow to the sunny rainbow after 1 green card and then to the sunshine after 2 green cards. When they do this they will be praised by their class teacher and a song will be sung to them.  When they do this twice they go to the year group leader or another teacher for a certificate.  There is no longer the 3 times reward as we have the star of the week instead. Full details are in our good behaviour policy on our website.  At lunch time children will be rewarded with coins which are a different colour for each class.  The class with the most get extra play time or I.D as their reward. Children who receive this award will receive a badge but these have not arrived in school yet. Children will be given a sticker and will be given a badge once they arrive.

Paternity Leave

As you know Miss Stanley and Mr Horne now have a bouncing baby boy.  Mr Horne is entitled to Paternity Leave and will be off to spend time with his new family next week (week beginning 18th September) and then again the week after half term.  We obviously want to ensure that this causes as little disruption as possible to your child.  Therefore the class will be taught by Mrs Collins, Mrs Somerville and Mrs Kennedy who all are familiar teachers to your child and the class. Mrs Brown, Mrs Troman, Mrs Bridges and Mrs Stephens (teaching assistants) will be there as normal every day.

The school office will now be open at the following times:

The school office will now be open the following times:

Monday to Wednesday 8am – 4.30pm

Thursday and Friday 8am – 4pm


Relief Cleaner

We are looking for a relief cleaner who would be available to cover sickness of current cleaners at short notice; the hours are from 3pm – 5pm.  If you are interested or know of anyone who is can you please let Nicola in the office know.

Midday Supervisor

We are looking for a temporary midday supervisor to cover for 9-12 weeks starting in October.  If you are interested, please collect an application form from the school office. The closing date is Wednesday 20th September.

Stanley Baker Studios – School photographs

Stanley Baker Studios will be in school on Tuesday 26th September to take individual photographs of the children.  If you have any younger siblings or children at the Junior School you would like included in the photo please come to school hall from 8am. We have informed the Junior School that some siblings may arrive slightly late. Breakfast Club will be in part of the hall from 7.45am so parents should enter through the far end door of the hall at the side of the school.

What we’ve been up to………

This week in EYFS we have had so much fun getting to know the adults and children that are going to be not only in our class but in our year group! We have explored the school and are beginning to find out where everything is. We have already made our own peg labels and started to learn information about our class animal. We enjoyed sharing the special objects that we had put in our decorated bags and it really has helped us to get to know a little more about everyone (thank you grown-ups for your support with this).

A little reminder to bring in welly boots and PE kits next week please!

Year 1 have had an amazing week this week. We have enjoyed creating our own fantasy starfish creatures with scary teeth, google eyes and feathers! In Maths we have been practising our counting and ensuring we write our numbers correctly up to 10. We have had fun completing different reading challenges in the afternoons, especially working together to solve tricky questions.

We really enjoyed making our under the sea cookies and hope you enjoyed them at our open session tonight.

Wow! What a busy week it’s been in Year 2. We have been really interested in learning about Florence Nightingale and the impact she had on modern nursing. In Maths we have explored the place value of 2 digit numbers, thinking about how many 10s and 1s they contain. We have started to learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle in PSHE, such as a balanced diet and regular exercise. We had a blast making healthy fruit smoothies to sell to our grown-ups! In PE we have started to create our own fitness workout, maybe your child will show you at home? We love being in Year 2!

Also it is getting a little colder out so please make sure that your child has a coat in school every day and wellies. Thank you.

Gentle reminder

We are thrilled that so many more children are cycling or scootering to school but please can we remind you that these should not be used on the playground after school.  There have been a few accidents last year and therefore to prevent this happening again, we hope that you will encourage your child to wait until outside the gate before they ride on it. Thank you.

Maths Course

Are you interested in attending a maths course?

If so, East Kent College will be delivering a 16 week Maths course starting on Friday 15th September, 9.30-11.30am in Puppies. Attendees will gain a nationally recognised certificate in maths, ranging from entry level to level 2.

Many parents that have attended the course go on to gain employment or feel more able to support their children’s school work, whilst for others this provides the necessary confidence to move on to further courses.

To book a place or for more information please contact Sam Ansell or give your name in to the office.

Are you interested in learning about your child’s behaviour?

A Solihull course will start in September 2017 for 10 weeks – details to be confirmed. The course aims to promote and encourage effective parenting, provide parents/carers with a strategy to repair situations when things go wrong, increase confidence and self- esteem in both parent and child, increase parents understanding of the different stages of development and learning. It will explore feelings, parenting styles, communication, sleep and anger and developmental needs. The programme is open to all parents/carers with children aged 0-16 years. For more information or to book a place please call/text Sam Ansell on 07884866105.  The following testimonials have come from parents who have already completed the course:-


‘Solihull has enriched our family in many ways’

‘helped me get a perspective on my child’s behaviour and understands why she gets so anxious’

Parents felt the course increased their confidence and made them feel more calm and in control.

To listen to my child and understand why he feels the way he does before reacting negatively’

‘Think about how to reward things’

‘I know I need to try and look at things more from the children’s point of view and why they are behaving a certain way’ All of which are positive discipline methods.


Worried about your weight? Make a fresh start!

Fresh Start is a free programme that can support you to lose weight for life, using guidelines from the British Heart Foundation. Your local group: Tuesdays 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Stour Leisure Centre Ashford. For more information please call 0300 123 1220 or visit www.kenthealthandwellbeing.nhs.uk.

Football Coaching Sessions -To All Year 1 and Year 2 Children

Kennington Juniors Football Club would like to invite your child to attend Football Coaching sessions, to be held at Ashford Hockey Club, Ball Lane, Kennington, Ashford TN25 4EB.

The sessions will take place every Saturday Morning, between 9.45am – 11.00 am, commencing on Saturday 23rd September. Fun, but challenging sessions, undertaken by qualified football coaches of the Club, who all hold    appropriate Child Protection certification. Please feel free to bring your child along – Cost per session is £3. Preferably your child should wear football boots and Shin pads to the sessions. If you require any further details, please contact Graham Jordan – Mobile 07934349666 or Email g.jordan439@btinternet.com  We look forward to seeing you

Ground: Ashford Hockey Club, Ball Lane, Kennington, Ashford, Kent. TN25 4EB, Committee: Chairman, Russell Ades, Secretary, Doreen Ades, Treasurer, Mark Banks. Committee Members: See KJFC Website.