25 November 2016


Christmas performance ticket request forms to be returned

Year R Wonderful Writers Workshop – form to be returned

School Christmas lunch – If you child does not normally have a school dinner on a Monday and would like to join in with the Christmas lunch then please contact the school office before Friday 9th Dec

Year 1& 2 Missed Flu Immunisation letters to be returned

8.30 Club money for term 2 to be paid

Year 2 children apply for Year 3 place before Monday 16th January

Wednesday 30th Flu nasal immunisation for Year 1 & 2 (see below)
Friday 2nd Penguin assembly

Non School Uniform – in return for small gift (see below from Friends)

Friday 9th Christmas Fair in hall 3.15pm – 5pm
Monday 5th Winter themed week
Wednesday 7th Year R Wonderful Writers Workshop 2.20pm (see below)
Friday 9th Starfish assembly
Monday 12th Winter exhibition in hall – parents invited
Tuesday 13th Year R Christmas production 9.15am and 2.15pm
Wednesday 14th Year 2 Christmas production 9.15am and 1.45pm
Thursday 15th Year 1 Christmas production 9.15am and 2.15pm
Friday 16th Birthday assembly – parent/carers of children with Birthdays in December are invited
Monday 19th Christmas Lunch day

Christmas Jumper/T-Shirt/outfit day – Non- school uniform

Wednesday 21st Last day of school
Tuesday 3rd Inset day – no children in school
Wednesday 4th Children return to school


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year
96.6% 45.5 Fox 99.32% 97.19%


Children in Need

You helped raise a massive £471 for Children in Need – thank you all so much.

Flu Vaccination Year 1 & 2

If your child missed the flu immunisation you will have received a letter from the Immunisation team giving details of the session on the 30th November. If you wish your child to be immunised please sign the letter and return to the school office.


  Reading award Active award Sunshine award Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Sinead Yiqing & Elsie Harry Hannah
 Polar Bear Gilead Rebecca & Eli Lauren Aarav
 Snow Leopard Tianna Carmen & Amber Frank Tia
 Sea Horse Oliver F-H Takunda & Ayiri Oliver F-H Henry Zoe
 Star Fish James Mayzee & Charley Alex Jessie
 Turtle Tristan Sarah & Daniel Jonathan Poppy
 Fox Ileana Christine & Gabriel Noah Arthur
 Caterpillar Charlie C Etty & Lola Charlie Etty
 Owl Charlie B Lois & Charlie F Isabelle Callie
Bonus card winners this week – Owls


What we’ve been up to………..

This week in EYFS we have been exploring the story of the Gruffalo. We found out that he is a little partial to a bowl of woodland soup so we decided to make him some as we thought he was probably lonely after the other animals in the forest kept running away from him. We managed to follow the instructions to make delicious soup and there was even enough for us all to try some! We also helped the Gruffalo weigh with scales the vegetables so that he could find out which was the heaviest and which was the lightest. If you are feeling brave over the weekend perhaps try using the scales to make a cake! Thank you for coming in to Book Look and the Maths workshops- it has been great to see you!
This week in Year One the children have been working on using numbers to 20. The children first counted numbers to twenty and worked on writing these as numerals and words. The children worked on looking at more than one number and compared them using the terminology of more and fewer, most and fewest. In English the children received a letter from Mrs Fossil asking for them to write a persuasive leaflet to get more people to visit the Natural History Museum.

This week in Year Two the children have been writing a Divali non-fiction book to be shown to the children in Reception on how to make a diva lamp. The children first focused on the features of a non- fiction book and then wrote their very own contents page, introduction, flow chart, diagram and glossary. In Maths this week the children have focused on multiplication in lots of 2’s 5’s and 10’s. In Science the children have looked at the life cycle of chickens and worked out what is inside an egg and how this helps a chick grow in the egg.


Year R – Wonderful Writers Workshop

Parents of children in year R are invited to attend a Wonderful Writers Workshop on Wednesday 7th December at 2.20pm. In this workshop we will be exploring how Reception children develop in their writing ability, how we teach writing at school and giving you ways in which to make writing fun at home. There will be opportunities to speak to your child’s class teacher too! You will have received a letter in book bags about this which needs to be returned to school if you can come along.

We are sorry but on this occasion it is just for adults we can’t cater for younger siblings.


Maths Workshops

Thank you to all parents who attended the Maths workshops this week. It was great to see so many of you learning alongside your children and working through some of the challenges. We have had very positive feedback and will happily put on another later in the year.

Friends of Downs View

We would firstly like to thank those of you that could make our recent ‘Think Tank Social’ at The Rose! It was a great evening and we achieved quite a bit with regards to organisation of the Christmas Fair and there is still a lot happening in the background.

We now have a full team on the PTA as named committee members but we are always looking for more help! We recently sent out and email to anyone email address who has offered to help! If you were expecting an email and haven’t received one we send our deepest apologies and would ask that you drop us a quick email to friendsofdownsview@gmail.com.

Mandy Dunkerley is the Chair and is Nanny to Alexander in Starfish class and Teddy Seahorse class
Maureen Thomas is our Treasurer and is Mummy to Zoe in Seahorse class,
Francesca Fox is the new Secretary and also Mummy to Oliver in Seahorse class and Grayson in Owl class.

You will often find us in the playground so do feel free to stop us and have a chat we are always available and open to any offers of help or fundraising ideas!

NON SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY WILL BE 2ND DECEMBER all we ask is that Year R and Year 1 parents donate a Tombola Prize for a child a small toy, book etc.  Year 2 donate an adult Tombola Prize such as Chocolate, Luxury Biscuits etc., all donations will gratefully received.  If you work for a Company who can offer a Raffle Prize that would also be really amazing.  We are very excited and want to make sure the Christmas Fair is fun filled for all!

We are looking for Volunteers for the Christmas fair so if you can help in any way we would massively appreciate it.  Wrapping lucky dip present is in school hours, helping with stalls on the day in just half hour time slots so that you can still enjoy the Christmas Fair fun as a parent too!!  We are also keen to find a few more paid stall holders so if you have a business or know someone who would be interested in a stall please do pass our details over or get in touch!  We look forward to talking to you all and hearing from you at friendsofdownsview@gmail.com

Best regards

Application for Primary (Year R) and Junior (Year 3) School places

The application process is now open for children due to start primary and junior school in September 2017.

You must apply for a primary school place if:

  • your child is due to start primary or infant school (reception year)
  • your child is at infant school (year 2) and is due to start junior school (year 3)

You can:

  • apply online at kent.gov.uk/OLAVisit kent.gov.uk/OLA
  • apply by post using the following form (found online or available from schools)
    Primary Common Application Form (RCAF)
    Junior Common Application Form (JCAF)

If you need advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email primaryadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

The process closes on 16 January 2017.

Please be reassured that all year 2 children are guaranteed a place at Kennington Academy but this process is still essential as it is a separate school.

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