22 September 2017

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Dates for your diary
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
Wednesday 27th 2.15pm meeting for new volunteers – in hall
Friday 29th 9am- Macmillan Coffee Morning – Non uniform day, donation of a cake or cake(s) for the sale in return.  In mobile.

3pm – cake sale on the playground (puppies if raining)

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

Monday 2nd Change of Date – now Thursday 5th -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

·      EYFS Phonics session for parents from 2.30pm – New date

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


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year










  Reading award Active award Star of the week Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Harvey Jonathan & Yasmin Maryssa Maryssa William
Polar Bear Carson Bledion & Sophie Oliver F Lydia James
Snow Leopard Scarlett Charley & William Russell Scarlett Dominic
Dolphin Thomas Jadon & Logan Scarlett E Kareem Dolphin
Star Fish Evie Lola & Ronin Evie E-D Sophia James M
Turtle Franky Noah & Charley Ileana Turtle Jimmy
Fox Noah
Squirrel Isla
Owl Albie
Bonus Coin of the week winners-



Choir with Miss Anderson will start after half term, information will be sent out nearer the time.


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.


Volunteer Helpers

Mrs Collins will be holding a meeting for anyone who is interested in becoming a helper in school on Wednesday 27th September at 2:15pm. This meeting will provide you with information on the types of help that is required in school and the process for getting involved. We hope that you can join us. There is no minimum time requirement of help; you can come from a little as 30mins to a morning or afternoon. All help will be gratefully received!


Head Lice

Head lice and nits are very common in young children. They don’t have anything to do with dirty hair, and are usually picked up by head-to-head contact. For further information on head lice please see your pharmacist or visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice.

There have recently been a couple of cases of head lice identified in school. While lice are nothing more than a nuisance, it is important that children are checked regularly and at least on a weekly basis so that any head lice can be dealt with quickly and before they can be allowed to spread.

Please follow the simple routine below to ensure that you are doing all you can to keep head lice outbreaks to a minimum.



As you may be aware our budget is very tight this year and therefore we are looking for ways to build funds for the school.  If you have connections with any company that can offer sponsorship or has grants for schools, please inform the office.


What we’ve been up to……


This week in EYFS we have been continuing our learning about our class animals. We learnt to ask questions and even recorded these on the talking postcards (a bit like dictaphones!). Once we had recorded the questions we learnt how to use the internet safely to find out the answers to our questions. In Maths we have been using different counting rhymes to support our counting out of objects and recognition of number. We also had an opportunity to go and explore the woodland area (Don’t forget After Dark Club on a Friday after school in the Woodland Area flyers to be given out soon or find one on the woodland area gate). We have also been amazing at listening to and following the instructions and rules for lunch time. We have all tried really hard to eat our dinner and some have even tried new foods!

A little help now needed!  As you are aware the corridor is very, very busy with children and parents daily and it can sometimes be difficult for them to find their pegs and become independent at hanging up their coat and getting things out of their bags! An adult from each class is always on the door and in the corridor to help so please try and encourage your child to come in independently and wave to you at the door. We have stickers ready for those that can manage it!

See diary dates for details of our Phonics Workshops, further details will be sent via Parent Mail on Monday.


In Year 1 we have enjoyed reading Finding Nemo this week and learning about different settings. We’ve explored different adjectives to use to describe the settings. In Maths we have been practising counting up to 10 forwards and backwards starting with 0 and ensuring we represent the number correctly. In Design and Technology we have designed our own under the sea costume ready to create over the next few weeks. During computing we have learnt what an algorithm is and had a go at giving our partner positional directions to follow.

This week in Year 2 we have had fun learning about the story Gregory The Terrible Eater, we even wrote our own opening to the story. In Maths we have estimated where numbers to 30 would be on a blank number line, using the mid-point to help us be accurate. We have had a great time designing, making and evaluating our own fruit salad that we made in D&T, they were so tasty! In RE we have thought about the word ‘belonging’ and what we like about our new classes.


Open afternoons for year 1 and 2 parent/carers

Thank you to all parent/carers who joined the children in their classrooms for either a biscuit or a smoothie!  We hope you enjoyed it and had an opportunity to look at your child’s classroom and meet the adults in the class.  Each class raised some money which they will be using for more exciting learning resources/opportunities for your children.


Open days for parents of children starting in September 2018

We have the following open days arranged for children starting Reception in September 2018.  If you would like to come on one of these days please contact the school office to book your place.  Once again we are co-ordinating our open days with our linked school Kennington Junior Academy and will be having some of our tours starting at Kennington.  If you know of anyone who has a child who will be school age next year please pass on our open day dates to them.

19th Oct 9.15 starting at DVI

30th Oct 1.30pm starting at KA

6th Nov 9.15am starting at DVI

20th Nov  6pm starting at KA

28th Nov 1.30pm starting at DVI

10th Jan 9.15 KJS starting at KA


Traffic lights

Some parents have made us aware of drivers not stopping when the traffic lights are on red at the bottom of the road by the Post Office.  We know a lot of our parents use this crossing so we are asking you to take extra care whilst using this crossing.

Changes to the dinner menu

5th Thursday October American themed day with the following menu

Beef Burger in a Bun


Homemade Vegetable Burger

in a bun

Side Dishes

Homemade Potato Wedges


Crisp Mixed Salad


Tomato Ketchup

Dessert Chocolate & Beetroot Brownie served with Lightly Whipped Cream or Selection Fresh Fruit


Bonfire Night theme 2nd October


Hot Dogs

Quorn Hot Dogs

With Wedges

Jacket Potato with Fillings

Baked Beans


Sticky Toffee Apple Crumble

With Custard