23 November 2018

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Friday 30th
  • 9.05 am Penguin class assembly

Non uniform day for Christmas Fayre

Friday 7th
  • 9.05 am Turtles class assembly
  • Christmas Cake Decorating Competition – details to follow
  • Christmas Fayre – after school until 4.30pm in the hall
Monday 10th

9.15am and 2.15pm Year 2 Christmas productions – parents/carers welcome Parent mail will follow soon to book tickets. 2 tickets per family.
Sorry no crèche available

Wednesday 12th

9.15 and 2.15pm Reception Christmas productions – parents/carers

Christmas Lunch – A parent mail has been sent to confirm if you would like your child to have the Christmas lunch. Please send your reply if your child does not normally have school dinners and would like one on this day. All children who have school dinner will be served Christmas dinner on this day. There is a vegetarian option too.

Friday 14th

9.15 and 2.15pm Year 1 Christmas productions- parents/carers welcome

Monday 17th

Birthday assembly/Christmas service – St Mary’s Church
9.15am-9.40m Reception Year 1 9.45-10.10am Year 2 10.15- 10.40am

Wednesday 19th

Staff training day- Children not in school


Thursday 3rd Children return to school


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the schoolthis week Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year
95.71% 51.5 

Polar Bears




  Reading award Active award Star of the week Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Zoe Riley & Inaaya Jake Sophia G Riley
Polar Bear Ellie Christine & Leo Cody Elizabeth Noah
Snow Leopard Manni Izzy & Jack Scarlet S Scarlet S Daisy N
Dolphin Jack Amber & Henry Adam Jason Primrose
Star Fish Astraea Isabelle & John Astraea Harry Leila
Turtle Gethin Evie & Lewis Kyle Evie Max
Fox Connie Kyra & Gary Maddison Anabel Naomi
Squirrel Eleanor James & Emily M Darcy Emily M James
Owl Perry-Joe Isla & Lenny Willow Lenny Anire
Bonus Coin of the week winners-  Polar BearsPunctuality Pup – Penguin

What we have been learning …..


This week in EYFS we have been exploring the story Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs. Throughout the stories we read the dinosaurs seemed to keep forgetting the rules so in Literacy we wrote our rules to encourage the dinosaurs to do the right thing! In Maths we have been looking at the different coins and

sorted them using our own criteria. We also had our own shops where we could pay for different everyday objects using the correct coins. We have also through our quiet time images thought about what dinosaurs looked like. We have learnt about their eating habits, how big or small they were and how much they weighed!

Year 1

This week in year one we have been exploring another starry story. The children have enjoyed retelling it before being set the challenge to adapt it. They loved coming upwith new ideas of things they would do with their star, although we’re not quite sure it’s possible to play football with a star?! What wonderful imaginations they have! Inmaths we have been practising subtraction by crossing out the amount we are taking

away. We have been encouraging the children to draw the counters and then cross them out to work out the answer. They are really starting to get the hang of this now. We enjoyed finishing our Starry Night art this week by putting a black sillouete over our paintings. They look so effective; make sure you look out for them in the hall soon! The children were also great at evaluating eachother’s work, making sure they said something kind to say as well as giving friendly suggestions for improvement.

Year 2

This week in Year 2 we have continued to be inspired by the story Man on the Moon, a day in the life of Bob. We have written our own version of Alien on the Moon, a day in the life of an alien. We used the story of Bob as the structure of our own story discussing the fun and excitement had by our own creation of an

alien on the moon. In Maths we have started to learn about multiplication, we began recognising and making equal groups then writing the addition and multiplication equations for the representations of equal groups. We have started rehearsing for the Christmas production and are so excited to show it to you soon! Letters for costumes have been given to your child-please speak to your class teacher if you have any questions about this. Thank you to those of you who came to the maths workshops we hope you loved to see your child learn!

Sponsored Walk

Well done to all of the children for taking part in our sponsored walk event this week. All children did so well with a little encouragement. Please send in completed sponsored forms and money; we are busy collating the amounts and will let you know the totals for each class soon. Your support with this is much appreciated and we are looking forward to being able to purchase a wider selection of books for all children.


Year 2 parents

As we are an Infant School, once your child finishes in year 2 they will move on to Kennington Academy or another school. There is an admission process which parents need to go through to secure a place for year 3 which involves completing an application form on line and submitting this by January. You can apply from 5th November until 15th January 2019. We will holding joint prospective parent school tours which begin on Thursday 18th October. Please see below for other dates- you need to call the school office of either school to book a place.



Tour begins at:

Monday 26th November


Downs View

Friday 4th January


Kennington Academy

Family Food Bank

The Family Food Bank would like to thank all the families for their kind donations this harvest. A certificate of thanks is displayed below.

The Friends of Downs View

On Friday 30th November the children are invited to come to school in non-school uniform in exchange for the following for the Christmas Fayre:

Year R & Year 1:

New or unused toy, game or book for children’s tombola

Year 2:

Biscuits, chocolates or toiletries for adult tombola

Help needed – Friday 30th November at 1.30pm

If any parents are free and would like to come and help the ‘Friends’ with wrapping and finishingpreparations for the Christmas Fayre, your help would be much appreciated. Please come to the office at 1.30pm.

Christmas Raffle

Tickets are £1 each and are on sale now. Details on how to obtain these are included on the poster below.

Community News

Bockhanger Library

We are pleased to announce that Bockhanger Library will be relocating to Sure Steps Children’sCentre on the Phoenix Community School site, due to the demolition of the existing building. Thenew site is just a minute’s walk from the current premises.

Bockhanger Library will be closed from Monday 17th December 2018, and will reopen in the new premises on Monday 7th January 2019. The library service will be retained as it is currently in the new location, including some new books and access to public computers. The opening times will remain the same:

Monday 2.00 – 5.00pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10.00am – 1.00pm
Thursday Closed
Friday2.00 – 5.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 1.00pm
Sunday Closed
Please direct any queries to bockhangerlibrary@kent.gov.uk