17 March 2017

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Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd Each child will have the opportunity to purchase a Mother’s Day gift for £2
Tuesday 21st Caterpillars and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am

Year 2 trip to Wingham Wildlife Park

Wednesday 22nd Owls and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am
Thursday 23rd Foxes and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am

Reception classes Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 24th Polar Bear Assembly from 9.05am

Year 1 Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Comic Relief Day – non uniform day – wear something red for a coin donation

Monday 27th Year 2 Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Friday 31st 9.05am Birthday assembly – parents of children with birthdays in March invited

Last day of term

Tuesday 18th Children return to school
Thursday 20th Friends Spring Fair
Tuesday 2nd Year R trip to Tyland Barn (more details to follow)
The end of term 5 is on Friday 26th May, children return to school on Monday 5th June


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year




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St Patrick’s day

This week the children have been learning about St Patrick’s day which is today! It was great to hear about who St Patrick was and the good work which Christians believe he did. We also heard form Miss Allen about how she climbed ‘Croagh Patrick’ where Patrick was a slave for many years.  We would like to wish Mss Allen and anybody celebrating this special day a Happy St Patricks day!


  Reading award Active award Sunshine award Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Alicia Ella & Toby Daisy Toby Maisie
Polar Bear Ngozi Gracie & Eli Rebecca Ngozi
Snow Leopard Hannah Tianna & Suphera Frank Carmen
Sea Horse Tommie Millie & Samuel Liberty Faith
Star Fish Tallulah Jack F & Lola Lily Bella
Turtle Lacey Freya & Tristan Sarah Riley
Fox Chanise Jimmy & Asya Chanise Ella
Caterpillar Luke Jack & Thomas Jessica Sophia
Owl Nita Frazer & Isabelle Jack Tristan
Bonus card winners this week – Starfish class

Red Nose Day

To help celebrate Red Nose Day the children can wear non-school uniform in return for a coin donation.  All monies raised will go to the Red Nose Day Charity.

To continue the theme the Caterlink lunch menu will include a Red Nose Muffin for dessert. The children in year 2 have been designing leaflets for Red Nose Day.  We have attached 2 at the end of this newsletter.

Cry in the dark

As you may remember Noah and Hannah from year 2 visited Willesborough Infant School to give a present for Alex the boy we sponsor in Romania. Steve a charity worker from Cry in the Dark was there to tell the children more about the charity and the valuable work which they do to support an orphanage in Romania.   Noah and Hannah enjoyed the experience and were proudly represented our school.


What we’ve been up to……

This week in EYFS we have been learning about the amazing superhero powers that the Incredibles family have. This led us to think about what super powers our own family members would have. If you don’t know already ask your child what they said your power would be some of them are very original! In Maths we have been asking for all nearby superheroes to come and help save Downs View from disaster! We calculated how many we had by adding the two groups who showed up together and recorded our findings using the part part whole method! Just a little reminder about our walks next week. If you are still able to support us then please come into school with your child on the correct day. We will be walking around Kennington looking out for local landmarks and exploring what we can see in the environment around us. Do not worry if you can’t make it this time we will be planning in another walk during Term 6.

Caterpillar walk – Tuesday 21st March 9- approx. 10am

Owl walk – Wednesday 22nd March 9- approx. 10am

Fox walk – Thursday 23rd March 9- approx. 10am

In Year 1 this week the children have had a fantastic time creating a Bird Feeder. They began by looking at instructional texts, identifying the different features needed to make good instructions. They then designed their bird feeders, labelling the different parts of their design. Then came the tricky part; making the bird feeders. The children had a great time making the feeders after the teachers had puzzled over how to make the children’s designs work. We would like to thank all of the parents who sent in resources to make this lesson possible. The children finished their English by writing an instruction text on how to make the feeders then evaluated their designs.

In DT the children have studied the year one outdoor area and decided what extra elements they would like to add to this area to improve it.

In English this week Year 2 have loved ready the story, One Snowy Night. We have role played the different parts of the story and really shinned at being narrators and different characters from the story. We have then adapted it to make our own version. We changed the season from winter to a season of our choice. Some of our stories are based in the spring time with great descriptions of the beautiful settings full of budding flowers and blossoms in the trees and some are based in the summer on far away golden beaches and hot temperatures. Come on summer! It can’t come soon enough!

In Maths this week we have been building upon our knowledge from year 1 about telling the time. We have looked at telling time to the hour and to 5 minute intervals as well, which included half past, quarter past and quarter to times.  The teachers tried to trick us by giving us challenges of telling the time in hours later or earlier but it didn’t trick us! We’re super time tellers!

In ICT we have started creating power points including all of the knowledge we have learnt about nocturnal animals. We are even going to be learning how to insert hyperlinks to our favourite fact finding websites.

We were exploring the woodland area again for science this week. We have carried on our learning about different habitats and focused on micro habitats this week. We had a great time exploring the different micro habitats in the woodland area, for example under logs, under piles of leaves, under rocks and stones and in the soil. We discovered the main type of animal living in these habitats were mini-beasts and we found quite a few different types!

Year 2 are very much looking forward to their school trip next week on Tuesday 21st March where we get to explore and learn about more animals and their different habitats.

Can you help with any of the following items……?

If you have any unwanted Easter decorations, baby clothes (small sizes to fit dolls), old china tea sets (they don’t have to be complete) or any Pixar Incredible figures they could be put to good use in school. For our topics next term we would be grateful for donations of any of the following items:-

Noah’s Ark: figures, animals, dove, ark.

Peter Pan: dress up, figures (hook, Tinkerbell, peter pan, mermaid etc.)

Pirates: pirate ship, pirate hat, eye patch, pirate swords, pirate flag, telescope, pirate coins.

Figures like crabs and starfish, seaweed, sea life creatures, fish, whales, dolphins, small fishing nets (such as for an aquarium you have in your home)

Boy’s underpants (for pirates love underpants theme week)

Coloured pegs

From the Friends…..

A huge thank you for all the lovely gifts for our Mother’s Day buy back days next week. The children can bring in £2 to buy a gift back on the following days:-

Monday will be year 2

Tuesday will be year 1

Wednesday will be Reception class.

We have kept the gifts in the year group to ensure the children have a choice. I have to say I wouldn’t mind buying one of the lovely gifts for my mum.

As we explained the children will be doing their own shopping to give them independence.

We, the friends, would welcome anyone who wishes to help wrap the Mother’s Day gifts.

We will be in the hall on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1.30 each day.

Look forward to seeing you all at the Mother’s Day assemblies from the Friends.

Holiday Clubs for Easter

Downs View and Kennington After School Club will be running a Bird Themed Holiday Club from Monday 3rd until Friday 7th April.  For more information please contact Dawn on 07724 198112.

(Leaflets have been sent home in book bags).

Elite Community Coaching is running a series of holiday clubs in the local area where you can book for individual days or whole weeks.  Please contact 07885 982598 or www.elite-coaching-uk.co.uk for more information.  (Leaflets have been sent home in book bags). Events include Dance, Multi-Sports, Gymnastics and Inflatables.

Continue to scroll down for the Red Nose Day leaflets.