28 April 2017

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8.30 Club payment now due for this term – please pay directly into school bank account
Monday 1st May Day Bank Holiday – children not in school
Tuesday 2nd Year R trip to Tyland Barn

Book Look – Starfish class only

Thursday 4th End of KS1 Assessment meeting (SATs) – year 2 parents 2.15pm & 6pm
Friday 5th Science exhibition in hall from 3pm (see below)
Monday 8th Snow Leopards class Parent Consultation from 1pm
Wednesday 10th Year 1 trip to Dover Castle – please return permission letter
Friday  12th Owl assembly
3rd, 4th & 5th & 15th & 16th School Nurses testing Hearing & Vision for Reception classes
Friday 19th Seahorse assembly
Thursday 25th Book Look after school

New Reception parents ( for September) meeting from 6pm

Friday 26th Birthday assembly

Non Uniform Day – for a donation of a children’s toy/jigsaw/game/book for the summer fayre

Last day of term

Monday 5th Children return to school
Friday 9th Starfish assembly

Non uniform day for donation of a male gift for Friends Father’s Day gift sale

Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th Father’s Day gift sale


Friday 16th Turtle assembly
Friday 23rd Caterpillar assembly
Tuesday 27th Sports Day from 9.30am weather permitting
Friday 30th Birthday assembly
Friday 7th Fox assembly
Thursday 20th Birthday assembly

Last day of term

Friday 21st Inset Day – no children in school
Future dates
4th & 5th Sept Inset days – no children in school
Wednesday 6th September Year 1 and 2 children return to school



Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year




Polar Bear





  Reading award Active award Sunshine award Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Ellis Numa & Aaron Ella & Archie Archie Sophia
Polar Bear Evie Scarlett & Penelope Riley Ellie
Snow Leopard Amber Samuel & Mia K Emma Mia G-P
Sea Horse Zoe Ayiri & Julia Teddie Alfie
Star Fish Jack Lily & William Lexie James
Turtle Annabelle Chethan & Jazmin Selena Jon Jonathon
Fox Jimmy Sophie & Harry Harry Oliver
Caterpillar James Daisy & Lola Harry, Lola & Benjamin Jessica Erin
Owl Mia Jadon & Phelan Charlie F Sara
Bonus card winners this week –    Snow Leopards


Science Week

Next week is Science Week in school. The children will be taking part in a range of activities and workshops.  The week will end with a Science exhibition in the hall from 3pm.  Please come along to see the work/ activities the children have been involved in.

Sainsbury’s vouchers

This is the last week that Sainsbury’s will be giving out school vouchers.  If you have any hiding in your purses or in your car can you bring them in to school please.

Coats in School

Please can you ensure your child brings a coat to school every day as the weather is still unpredictable.

Reception outdoor area

When you collect your child from Reception classes can we ask that you do not allow your younger children to play with the equipment in the outside play area.  This equipment has tidied away ready for the next day.

What we’ve been up to……

This week in EYFS we have been exploring the story Bog Baby. The children have really enjoyed this story which can be seen by the amazing art work which accompanies the story. I can’t give too much away but if you come to the Science Exhibition on Friday 5th May you will see more! In Literacy we began to think about what a Bog Baby or any living creature needs to survive and we made some amazing posters to highlight these things to others. In Maths we have been continuing consolidating our counting and have been able to count out a given number of objects to put in our Bog Baby ponds.

We were also lucky to have a special visit from Mrs Hodge this week and it was great to share with her our learning and meet baby Eadie!


In Year 1 this week the children have been learning about the Battle of Hastings. At the start of the week we looked at the Bayeux tapestry and decided what the pictures were representing. The children learnt about the Norman invasion and the Battle of Hastings, ordering the events and writing captions. We decided on which person in the battle we would like to become king and why, thinking carefully of their attributes and what would make them a good king. At the end of the week the children had a year one re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings on the field.


In Year 2 it has been a very creative week in English. We have loved exploring a different type of writing through our Alice in Wonderland story. We have been exploring and writing different forms of poetry. We had great fun writing shape poems based on different parts in the story. Our poems took the shape of whatever our poem was about. We had rabbit holes, mad hatters, rabbits and even magical potion bottles. We got really creative when we explored in depth the rhyming aspect of poems. We thought of our own rhyming couplets for different parts of the story and formed verses for our poems. In maths this week we have been re-capping addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers. We have used our partitioning skills to break down the number to help us easily add or take them away. In science we are continuing to look at different habitats. This week we have used the IPads to explore different websites to gather information on the animals that live in a woodland habitat and the different plant life that can survive in this environment.

Blue Badge Holders

We have some parents who have Blue Badges for parking.  We would like to make parents aware that people with a Blue Badge displayed in a car are permitted to park on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours unless there’s a ‘no loading’ sign or it is dangerous.

Coffee Morning at Downs View

We welcome parents, carers and grandparents, including children aged 0-4 years to join us for a regular coffee morning on Tuesdays at 8.50am to 10am, held in Puppies. The children centre and other agencies will be visiting on a regular basis to talk about what’s available for families in the local area.

So why not come along at drop off time and stay for a drink and a catch up!

Courses run by Kent Adult Education at the Ray Allen Centre

First Aid for Families

Would you like to know:

  • The emergency procedure and making an emergency phone call?
  • How to place a casualty into the recovery position?
  • How to use the primary survey?
  • How to recognise and treat choking?
  • How to treat and monitor bleeding, minor bruising and burns?
  • How to practise cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

This course is being held at the Ray Allen Centre on Saturday 6th May from 10am – 3pm

For more information phone 03000 418500.  This is for children aged 7 and over with a adult.


Improve Your English

Would you like to:

Speak, write and read more English?

Make daily life such as talking to doctors, schools, job centres and shop assistants easier?

Get help with daily tasks, such as how to fill in forms?

Build your confidence and make new friends?

This course is being held at the Ray Allen Centre on Saturday 27th April until 6th July.

For more information phone 03000 418500



Would you like to:

  • Learn how to make items from clay/dough etc?
  • Design your own models?
  • Express your creative side in different ways?
  • Make friends and learn a new skill?

This course is being held at the Ray Allen Centre from Thursday 4th May until 18th May from 3.15pm until 5.15pm. For more information phone 03000 418500