1st December 2017


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The weather has now turned much colder and is likely to stay cold for a while, please ensure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves in school.

Christmas performances – Please don’t forget to send in your child’s Christmas performance clothes. If you are having trouble or have forgotten what you need to get please speak to your class teacher or teaching assistant.

You will have received a Parentmail about seats for the productions.  Tickets will not be issued for this event as your names will be ticked off at the door against a register of those who have requested seats.

Monday 4th ·      Book Look Snow Leopards Class only
Friday 1st ·      Polar Bear class assembly, 9.05am

·      Friends Christmas Fayre

Thursday 7th ·      Book Look 3-4pm for all classes except Snow Leopards
Friday 8th Turtle class assembly, 9.05am
Tuesday 12th Year 2 Christmas production, A Midwife Crisis,  9.15am and 2.00pm – see below
Wednesday 13th Year R Christmas production, A Wriggly Nativity 9.15am and 2.15pm – see below
Thursday 14th Year 1 Christmas production, A King is Born 9.15am and 2.00pm  – see below
Friday 15th Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in December are invited 9.05am
Tuesday 19th Children’s Christmas Dinner – please book via ParentMail form
Sunday 21st Rapunzel Pantomime – more details will follow on Parentmail


  Reading award Active award Star of the week Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Poppy Lily & Kayden Felicity Penguins Daniel
Polar Bear Liberty Eva & Nicholas Carson Zoe Liberty
Snow Leopard Joshua Jessie & JJ Lexie Liam Sienna
Dolphin Kareem Amber & Jack Harry Scarlet S Lois
Star Fish Evie E-D Benjamin & Sophia G Riley Teddy Zoe
Turtle Henry Jimmy & Chanise Asya Henry Amelia
Fox Bradley Noah & Ewan Charlie-May Charlie Frankie
Squirrel Dylan Poppy & Oscar Millie Oliver Julia
Owl Tyler Annabel & Amelia Reda Kyle Albie
Bonus Coin of the week winners-   Squirrel class


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year




Polar Bear





Pamper night

Thank you to all parents who supported the pamper night. This raised £452 from the stalls, raffles and hot drinks.

We would like to say a huge thank to the Friends for organising this and their hard work in making this a success!  This money will be put towards more I-pads and WOW workshops for Reception and Year 1.

 Christmas Fayre- 3.15pm-5.00pm

We hope to see you tonight at our Christmas Fayre where the Friends have organised lots of exciting things for your children to do and there will be stalls for you to do some Christmas shopping or win some amazing prizes.  The choir will be singing from 4pm. We will be ready for 3.15pm but if the weather is poor we will allow you all to come in a little earlier.

What we’ve been up to………

EYFS have been on a ‘Bear Hunt’! We used our adjectives to describe the different environments that we passed through i.e. cold river, dark forest. We even made our own binoculars so that we could keep watch for the bear! In Maths we thought about what would happen when the characters entered the cave and realised that there was a bear. Leading us to take one away each time leaving us with 1 less! We have also been thinking about things that are special to us and how we are all special too.

Year 1 What an exciting week we have had this week. We’ve loved reading ‘The dinosaur that pooped a planet’.  We have retold the story, created story mountains and adapted the characters ready for writing our own variations. In Maths we have been exploring greater than and less than an number by solving addition and subtraction equations. We have continued to create our Faberge eggs ready to begin painting next week. We have started rehearsing our Christmas performance which we are all excited to share with you soon.

Remember to wrap up warm year 1 and make sure you have the correct PE kits in school for outside and inside.

In Year 2 we have been aboard the Polar Express visiting the North Pole. We have written descriptive sentences using our senses, adjectives and adverbs. In Maths we have calculated change and solved problems involving money. We have started to get in the Christmas spirit now that December is upon us, making decorations for the Christmas tree in the hall. We have started to rehearse our show and it’s coming together nicely! In RE we have compared Hindu and Christmas symbols such as the holy books, the Bible and one of the Hindu scriptures the Ramayana.

Multi-Sports Festival – November 2017

Some year 2 children participated in the multi-sports festival at Towers school. They had to compete against 17 other schools from Ashford in the javelin, cricket, tennis, beanbag throwing, long jump and football.

All the children worked really hard and tried their best. Overall Downs View came 9th!  Everyone had so much fun and the children were really proud of themselves.

The children that took part were Ayiri, William, Lexie, James, Daniel and Felicity. Great team effort!


School review

Yesterday we were visited by three other local Head teachers to conduct a review of our school.  Mrs Felicity Moore our Chair of Governors was there to challenge and support during the review. They were very impressed by the positive ethos of the school and the team work which clearly ensures that the outstanding provision meets the needs of all pupils.  They commented on the exemplary behaviour of the children around the school and their high levels of independence within their learning.  Mrs Kent was very proud of the whole team both staff and pupils.


Pantomime – Rapunzel – Ashford Theatre – Sunday 21st January 11.30am

As many of you may be aware Miss Anderson (TA in Polar Bears and Choir leader) has starred in the Ashford Theatre Panto for many years now.  Last year many families and staff went to see her, it was absolutely amazing!  This year we have arranged to have one performance just for Downs View families. This will be on Sunday 21st January at 11.30am.  Tickets will be priced at £10 for adults and £6 for children (15 and under).  Tickets are now on sale, please contact the school office.


 Polite notice –parking

It has been brought to our attention that there are regularly cars parked inconsiderately outside of school which means that other vehicles have difficulty getting past.  Please can I remind all drivers to take time to check that your car is parked safely before leaving it.  As you are aware Traffic wardens regularly survey Ball Lane and will give out tickets for dangerous parking.


Governor Election

We currently have a vacancy for a Governor. 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.

Items needed in school, please bring to the school office

Christmas decorations

Old Christmas cards (just the front with picture)

Wrapping paper (left over cuts offs)

Christmas tree decorations, tinsel, baubles etc

Artificial grass (small cut offs)

Artificial greenery/plants any size

Anything related to wild animals: toys, puzzles, books, soft toys, pictures

Sand moulds

Kids outdoor chairs for camping role play

Plastic measuring jugs/cylinders/spoons

Events in the community

Marie Curie are holding a Christmas Fayre on the 9th and 10th December from 10am – 4pm

This will be at Willesborough (Wyevale) Garden Centre.