29 June 2018

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Saturday 30th Kennington Summer Fayre 12 noon until 4pm

12.00pm Performance from the maypole dancers from year 2 with Kennington Academy children

12.45pm The Downs View choir  (Choir to arrive at 12.15 please)

It’s not too late to help out on our stall. Please call the office or just turn up!

Monday 2nd Inset Day – no children in school
4th, 5th & 6th ·      Some year 2 classes over to Kennington for lunch, see below for class days
Wednesday 4th ·      Kent School Uniform (KMAC) sale of uniform on the playground from 2.30pm

·      Year 2 -Walk on Wednesday, parents able to visit new teachers at Kennington Academy 3.15pm-3.45pm.

·      Menu change for Caterlink to recognise American Independence Day – see below

Friday 6th Fox assembly
Thursday 12th ·      School nurse team in to test Reception hearing and vision

·      3pm Reception and Year 1 families invited to meet their new teachers

·      5pm – Parents meeting for current Reception parents about Year 1

·      6pm – Parents meeting for current year 1 parents about Year 2

Friday 13th Turtle assembly
Monday 16th 6pm-Year 2 film premiere at Kennington Academy – details to follow
Tuesday 17th ·      Reports sent home today

·      School nurse team in to test Reception hearing and vision

Friday 20th ·       Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in July invited 9.05am

·      School nurse team in to test Reception hearing and vision

Monday 23rd 1.30pm Year 2 Leavers’ assembly
Tuesday 24th ·      Menu change Fish & chips will be served instead of normal menu


Saturday 11thAugust  Deadline for ordering uniform from KMAC if you require it to be ready/delivered by 4th September



Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year



 59.5 days


Polar Bear






There have been several cases of head lice in school.  It is important that you check your child’s hair regularly to help prevent them spreading to other children.   If you find head lice, your local chemist or family doctor can advise on treatment and which lotion to use.

If your child has head lice you will also need to examine the heads of all other members of the household.  If head lice are found they should also be treated at the same time.


  Reading award Active award Star of the week Star table Feet on Friday and WOW
Penguin Annabelle Selena & Jacob Yademin Harry Arthur
Polar Bear Liberty Sienna & Alfie Carson Joshua Alfie
Snow Leopard Bryson Gracie-May & JJ Mia Albert Rayna
Dolphin Isabelle Logan & Sara Grayson Zachary Zachary
Star Fish Cruz Sophia G & Joshua Sofia Etty Teddy
Turtle Rubie Leo & Mason Henry Ellie Henry
Fox Tessa Charlie-May & John Luke Harley Sophie
Squirrel Millie Matthew & Julia Blake Blake Jack
Owl Anabel Tommy & Kyle Jessica Anabel Beau
Bonus Coin Winner Of The Week – Turtle class


Year 2 visits to Kennington Academy


Dinner arrangements, children moving on to Kennington in September – transition.  These dates are the days each class will go over. Wednesday 4th July Penguin class KJA lunch visit- 12.00-1.00pm
Thursday 5th July Polar Bear class KJA lunch visit- 12.00-1.00pm
Friday 6th July Snow Leopard class KJA lunch visit- 12.00-1.00pm
Friday 29th June All children moving on to Kennington will also spend the whole day there, same dinner arrangement applies


Downs View’s got talent

It was great to see a whole range of different talents shared in our Downs View’s got talent show on Tuesday.  A huge congratulations to Poppy in Squirrels, Noah in Foxes, Isla in Owls, Morgan, Franky and Harrison, Amber and Daisy in Dolphins, Sammy and Daisy in Starfish , James T in Snow Leopards, Sophie in Polar Bears and Harvey in Penguins. The talents ranged from dog training to Spanish dancing which amazed us all!


 What we’ve been up to……

In EYFS we have been learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly, which fits in with our topic of the term, transition and moving on. In literacy we have written the sequence of events in the butterfly lifecycle, using our time connectives, i.e. first, then, next, finally. In maths we have been creating our own repeating patterns as we noticed that butterflies have symmetrical patterns on their wings.  In R.E. we have continued to think about development and change and considered people’s feelings and learnt how to behave in different situations. In circle time we have thought about how to change our outdoor leaning environment to suit the needs of caterpillars and butterflies. Are your gardens the right environment for butterflies? Please research on the internet with a grown up to find out about the types of different butterflies.  Bring in what you have found.


Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed reading the story Chicken Licken this week. We have been able to adapt it by creating our own character and changing the problem. We have used story tables to plan our versions and then write up our story.

In Science we looked at our families and shared baby pictures of ourselves which were very cute. We looked at the chronological order and the different stages of life and how they are different. In Music we performed our Moana songs to Reception. This was a lot of fun and the younger children enjoyed joining in.

In PE we played Tom and Jerry and had to move in different ways. We pretended to be Jerry the mouse by dodging away from the Tom the cat.


In Year 2 we have explored the Enormous Crocodile story. We have used drama to retell the story and have started to think up our own tricks that the Enormous Crocodile could play to catch some children for his dinner! In Maths we have continued to learn about time and have told time to 15 and 5 minute intervals. We had such fun on our Science day! We labelled the parts of trees and plants, thinking about the purpose of each part to support plant growth. We have planted seeds in different conditions and will monitor the growth depending on how much sunlight and water they receive. We are really enjoying taking part in the small steps workshops and are trying to be safe whilst crossing the roads!

Farewell to Mrs Thapnoi and Mrs Drage

I am sorry to to tell that Mrs Thapnoi a Midday Supervisor will be leaving us today. Mrs Drage our Business Manager has also resigned and will leave us on 17thJuly. This will be a huge loss to the school.  I am sure you will join me in thanking them for their hard work and dedication to the school and wish them well for their new adventures.


A parent suggestion

A couple of parents have suggested the idea of parents making monetary donations to each class rather than buying gifts for key adults at the end of the year.  Staff do not expect presents- thank you is always enough, however if you would prefer to make a donation to the class or school you are very welcome to and can do this to the Friends or direct into the school bank account.  A message can be written alongside this and we would inform you of what the money will be spent on.  We hope to set up a Just Giving page will be set up as soon as possible which will make this process easier.


Sports day

Please click on the link below to see an outline of the key events of our recent sports day.



CATs collaborative choir

On Monday the year 2 choir sung at the St Mary’s Ashford Church.  The children were part of a large choir which consisted of 6 other schools. The children were amazing and a real credit to the school.  Thank you to all parents who supported the event.  The next performance with the full choir is at Kennington Fayre tomorrow at 12.45pm. Please come and support us.


Holiday Club – Down’s View and Kennington After School Club

There will be a Tropical Paradise Holiday Club ran in the school mobile from Wednesday 25thJuly to Friday 27thJuly and then the following week Monday 30thJuly to Friday 3rdAugust.  It will open at 8am until 6pm and is for children aged 4-11 years.

It is £20 per day or £10 per half day.  Please contact the club co-ordinator on 07724 198112

Leaflets have been sent home in book bags.


Downs View Infant School Parent and Toddler Group

Monday Afternoons Term Time In Puppies Room 1:15 – 2.45pm

£1.00 per family All welcome!

Come and join us for lots of fun, a healthy snack and a sing along

Mini Beast Theme – bug craft each week and ….

9th July –      Bug hunt

16th July –     Bug ball (party)


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