24 March 2017


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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
Monday 1st May Day Bank Holiday – children not in school
Tuesday 2nd Year R trip to Tyland Barn (more details to follow)
3rd, 4th & 5th & 15th & 16th School Nurses testing Hearing & Vision for Reception classes
Thursday 25th May 6.30pm New Reception parents ( for September) meeting
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

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  Reading award Active award Sunshine award Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Alfie Sinead & Archie George Maddie Thomas
 Polar Bear Gracie Ellie & Noah Riley Alfie
Snow Leopard Maisie Hannah & Frankie Amber Frankie
 Sea Horse Alfie Daniel & Sophie Carson Taunia
 Star Fish James Bella & Charley Skye William
 Turtle Kelly Noah & Maryssa Yasemin Annabelle
 Fox Noah Frankie & Christine Gabriel Jack
Caterpillar Sophia G Lesley & James M Thomas Daisy
Owl Lois Nita & Thomas Scarlett Scarlett
Bonus card winners this week –   Seahorse


Thank you Sainsbury’s – Mother’s Day flowers

We would like to say a big Thank You to Sainsbury’s for donating some lovely flowers to us.  Our children were all given a bunch of flowers to take home to give to a special person. Elsie, Teddie and Sophia came out to see the flowers being delivered. These pictures will hopefully appear in the Kentish Express soon.


Mother’s Day assemblies

These have got off to a great start and if you have attended one, we hope that you enjoyed the amazing singing and sharing of their learning.  If you are celebrating Mother’s Day we hope that you are truly spoilt and that the children are good for you.


Mother’s Day presents

A huge thank you to the Friends for organising a very successful sale, many children enjoyed the opportunity to ‘shop’ at school.  A lot of effort was put in to ensuring that children had time to browse and think about the best present for their Mum/carer, as well as having it gift wrapped so that it will remain a surprise for Sunday.  We hope you enjoy your special gifts!


What we’ve been up to……

This week in EYFS we have been really thinking about our Mum’s! We have been very busy in Literacy but I can’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil the surprise! In Math’s we have been thinking about subtraction and have been recording using a tens frame and the part/part whole method how many chocolates we think our Mum’s are going to eat on Mother’s Day! Some of us were also lucky with the weather and managed to get out on our Community Spring walk. We saw lots of signs of Spring and also managed to identify local landmarks. We would like to thank those of you who gave up your time to come and help with this. We hope you enjoyed the Mother’s Day assembly too!

In Year One this the children have had a great time learning about Jack and the Beanstalk. They started the week by hot seating the characters Jack and Jack’s Mum. The children were really insightful with the questions that they asked each other. The children then used the information about the thoughts and feelings of the characters to write speech that the characters would say to each other. In Maths the children have continued to learn about division, they learnt that we could either group the objects or share the objects to see how many are in each group. This week the children have also becoming their own TV chefs in computing. They wrote an algorithm on how to make a simple salad, and in groups of three, with one child filming, one child speaking and one child making the salad. They had an even better time eating the salad afterwards!

Year 2 had an amazing week this week. Our highlight was our school trip to Wingham Wildlife Park. Before we left in English we explored the park’s website and wrote questions about things we wanted to know more about. When we arrived we were lucky enough to take part in the park’s special animal encounter where we got to feel a snake, hold a bearded dragon and some brave children even got to hold a tarantula! It wasn’t really as scary as we thought in fact it just felt a bit tickly! We were able to meet one of the nocturnal animals we have been learning about, the bat. We crept into a pretend bat cave and got to see them all huddled up hanging from the ceiling in the corner of the cave. We have been learning about food chains in Science this week and we definitely met an animal that could be at the end of one of our food chains. It was a giant crocodile! As we went around the park we talked about the different animals habitats and where they would sit in a food chain. We have written a brilliant recount of this school trip for the rest of our English this week. In Maths we have been continuing to learn more about telling the time. We have become such experts we have now even tackled time problems involving finding times later and earlier than a given time. Our SPAG lessons this week have focused on different suffix endings, for example, ‘ed’ and ‘ing’. We have learnt the rules that need to be applied when adding these different suffixes to root words. We have been busy practising for our Mother’s day assembly which will be held on Monday 27th March at 2.15pm, get the tissues at the ready!


Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to everyone who helped make our book fair last month a success.  By purchasing the books at the fair you have raised a massive £589 worth of free books for the school.  Every child will benefit as each year group are allowed to choose books for their rooms.


School Funding

As you may be aware the Government has made huge cuts to funding schools receive which in turn has an effect on individual schools and unfortunately Downs View is no exception.  We have been cutting back this year in preparation but we are aware that we will need to cut back even further next year, which will mean that fundraising will be even more beneficial for those extras which we continue to do to make learning exceptional at Downs View.  We will keep you updated on any changes which will be made once the budget is set and finalised.


Cash in school – information

We are looking to introduce different ways of minimising the amount of cash that comes into school.  You will be asked to pay for trips/clubs etc. online direct from your bank account into the school account. Whilst we encourage this, there will be alternative ways to pay if this is difficult for you.

Sainsbury’s Voucher update

Thank you for all the vouchers that you have collected. Please keep sending them in as this allows us to order free sports resources which all our children benefit from.


Red Nose Day

Thank you everyone who donated to Red Nose Day, all money collected will go to this worthwhile cause. We collected an amazing £214.39.  We would like to give a special mention to Oscar in Polar Bears who donated £10 from his pocket money and to Catalina in Turtles who has been saving pennies.  Catalina saw the TV advert about children who don’t have clean water to drink and wanted to give her money to children who need it more than she does.  We are always grateful for the generosity shown by our parents and children whenever we have fundraising days – Thank you.

Towers Tiny Tots – 10th Birthday Party

This nursery is celebrating its 10th birthday and having a party on Saturday 22nd April between 12 noon and 3pm.  To help recognise their achievements they want anyone who has been associated with the nursery since 2007 to go along and help celebrate.  You can go anytime between 12 and 3pm but please confirm that you wish to attend by calling 01233 665573 or emailing smithj@towerstinytots.co.uk.