25 January 2019

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Tuesday 29th Year 2 to watch WI pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk

If you are able to support during the morning please let your child’s teacher know.

Thursday 31st School class photographs
Friday 1st 9.05am Dolphin class assembly
Tuesday 5th 2.15pm Keeping safe on the Internet – workshop for parent/carers to learn with your children
Friday 8th 9.05am Polar Bear class assembly
Friday 15th ·      Birthday assembly

·      End of term 3

Monday 25th Staff training day – Children not in school
Tuesday 26th Children return to school
Thursday 28th Mid- year reports to parents
Friday 1st March 9.05am Snow Leopard class assembly
Monday 4th March Book week – range of activities to encourage children to enjoy reading
Thursday 7th ·      World Book Day – children can dress as their favourite book character or come in their pyjamas.  All children can bring their favourite book to school to enjoy with others.

·      3.20-6.00pm Parent Consultation meetings

Friday 8th 9.05am Turtle class assembly
Tuesday 12th 3.20-6.30pm Parent Consultation meetings
Friday 15th 9.05am Penguin class assembly
Friday 22nd 9.05am Starfish class assembly
25th -28th Book Fair
Friday 29th Birthday assembly
Final Training day 28th June 2019
Every Monday (term time only) Parent and Baby/Toddler group – Puppies room 1.15pm-2.45pm




Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school this week Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year
91.97% 102.5 Turtle




  Reading award Star of the week Active Award Star Table  

Feet on Friday


Penguin Harry K Cruz  




Ayo (James)





Polar Bear Oliver B Ethan  






Amelia M

Snow Leopard Taylor Amber  

Daisy H

Scarlet S





Dolphin Charlie Tommy  








 Star Fish  













Turtle Aleksander Stanley  







Fox Bonnie Connie  







Squirrel Emily H Amelia  







Owl Jacob Leopold  


Jessica P






Bonus Coin Winner of the Week – Snow Leopard
Punctuality Pup – Owl

What we have been learning………


 This week in EYFS we took a trip to Planet Pea. Whilst we were there we used our senses to describe what it looked like, smelt like and the things that we could hear. We wrote this all down on a postcard so watch out for any post coming your way!!!! While we were on planet pea we found lots of strange ideas which were all different shapes and sizes. We decided to compare the lengths of these and used the language longer and shorter. We then used our counting skills to count out green bricks and used the knowledge we had to then make towers longer and shorter than our original tower. In RE we have continued learning about special places and were fortunate enough to visit the local church and learn more about the different features within it.

We have also been more proficient when getting ready for home and outdoor play by zipping up our coats and putting gloves on. Please keep practicing this at home!

Year 1

 This week in Year 1 we have had great fun exploring the book “The Day the Crayons Quit”. The children loved the way the book was written in the format of a letter from each of the crayons to their owner, Duncan. We were then very excited to receive a letter from Duncan asking for his help in convincing the crayons not to quit. We wrote some super persuasion letters to the crayons following this. In maths we have continued to work with numbers up to 20. We have looked at numbers more and less as well as starting to add them together by counting on.

At the beginning of the week we had a lovely morning exploring how it feels to belong to something. This was the beginning of our RE unit where we will explore how different faiths show they belong to their religions. The children were very reflective about their feelings of belonging to their families, the school and different clubs and groups. Next week we are very excited to be exploring the movie Toy Story in English. If you get the chance to watch the film or read about the characters it would be very beneficial as we will be creating riddles for them. We will also have the opportunity to create Buzz Lightyear rockets in ID so if you have any small boxes, milk bottle lids or egg boxes going spare we’d really appreciate them. Have a wonderful weekend.

Year 2

This week in Year 2 we have read the story “One Day on Our Blue Planet… In The Savannah”. We discussed what a day in the life of a lion would be like in the Savannah. We explored other lion facts and have planned our own Non-Fiction texts. Within Maths we have started to learn about statistics and have made and interpreted tally charts, pictograms and bar charts. On our Let’s Explore day we learnt about duration of sound within music, we applied our knowledge to create an African animals composition. In PE we have explored the movements of the kangaroo in the ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and created our own movement patterns thinking about speed, energy, levels and direction of movements. We made sure we danced in unison with each other.

Safer Internet – Parent Workshop

We will be holding an e-safety information sessions on Monday 4thFebruary at 2.15pm. This will give you an opportunity to hear how we teach your child to keep safe on the internet and will give you useful information about how you can do this at home.  Watch out for a parent mail to book your place.  Alternatively you can call the school office to do this.

First Aid in school

 If your child has fallen over in school the graze will be cleaned with water and covered if necessary.  Please be aware that if this happens that you clean it again in the evening and apply cream if appropriate to prevent infection.

Maths workshop slides

 Please be aware that the slides from the Maths workshop led by Mr Horne are available on the school website.  This demonstrates how calculation is taught in school from Reception through to year 2.  You can find this using the following link:



Parking meeting

 The working party met to discuss ways to improve parking outside of both schools.  Discussion points including the need to appoint a crossing patrol officer. If anybody knows anybody who would be willing to do this before and after school, please inform the school office. Once we have an interest we can pursue this with KCC who would fund the position and provide training

If you are dropping off children at our school and Kennington CE Academy, we would like to let you know that Kennington CE Academy open their playground at 8.35am, and children can be dropped off from this time as staff are on duty to keep your children safe.

It is good to see more parents taking care when dropping children off in the mornings.  Sometimes just a couple of extra minutes allows for safer parking and for children to get to class safely.


Christmas fair

 Thank you for a great turnout at the Christmas fair last month, we really appreciate your support in fundraising for your children at Downs View.  We hope you all had fun on the different stalls.

The profit raised was £1,173.60 which was a fantastic amount and will go towards buying new books for the school; these should be with us very soon and will come home in book bags.

Also thank you for your generous donations at the school productions we raised £310.27.

From the Friends of Downs View.


Easter menu

On Wednesday 3rdApril the children will have a special menu- please see below.  If your child isn’t usually a school dinner but you would like them to have it on this day, please let the office know.

25th January 2019

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