3 March 2017


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Friday 10th Turtle Assembly from 9.05am
Friday 17th Penguin Assembly from 9.05am

Snow Leopards Assembly 2.15pm

Non-School Uniform Day for Mother’s Day (see Friends section below)

Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd Each child will have the opportunity to purchase a Mother’s Day gift for £2
Tuesday 21st Caterpillars and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am
Owls and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am
Thursday 23rd Foxes and Parents EYFS walk 9am – 10am

Reception classes Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 24th Polar Bear Assembly from 9.05am

Year 1 Mother’s Day Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Comic Relief Day – non uniform day – wear something red for a coin donation

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 – more information in Friends section below
For those wishing to book summer holidays, the last day of the school year is Thursday 20th July as the 21st is an Inset Day.


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year




 Polar Bear






Stomach bug/slapped cheek

We have had several cases of a sickness bug going round particularly in Owls class.  We are doing all we can to minimise the spread of any germs throughout the school including reminding children to wash their hands after visiting the toilet.

We have also had 2 cases of Slapped Cheek in Reception. By the time the Slapped Cheek rash appears most children are no longer infectious.  More information on Slapped Cheek can be found on the NHS Choices website.


  Reading award Active award Sunshine award Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Thomas G Harry & Alicia Sophia Alicia
 Polar Bear Penelope Oliver & Tilly Alfie Blerton
Snow Leopard Carmen Sarah & Cara Lily Sarah
Sea Horse Daniel Liberty & Teddie Liberty Eva
Star Fish James T Ceres & Jack C James Scarlett
Turtle Freya Alex & Yasemin Felicity Alfie
Fox Harrison Laceigh & Jack Gabriel Noah
Caterpillar Harry K James C & Ronin Ronin Ayo
Owl Alexa Alexia & Callie Lois Amelia
Bonus card winners this week – Polar Bear class


What a fantastic Book week!

The children and adults have had a fantastic week, which has celebrated the joy of being able to read and enjoy books.  Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for the cosy reads and for supporting our book fair. For every book you have bought the school receives a donation towards new books for the school. The grand total is being counted and will be announced next week. The reading workshops were received well by the parents who attended.  If you were unable to attend but would like the PowerPoint slides, these will be available on our website soon!  A huge thank you to Miss Stanley, our English Leader who organised the week and although was unable to be in to enjoy some of the events, made it a fun week for us all.

Our dressing up day winners
 Penguin Elicia – Mary Poppins
Polar Bear Noah – Dirty Bertie
Snow Leopard Jacob – Saucepan Man
Sea Horse Dylan – Pirate
Star Fish Jessica – Alice in Wonderland
Turtle Kayden – Mr Grumpy
Caterpillar Amelia – Fantastic Mr Fox
Fox Evie F – White Rabbit
Owl Thomas – Big Bad Wolf


We have had a splendid Book Week and enjoyed all the different characters in school on Thursday. Thank you for your hard work with your child’s costume. They all looked amazing!

The winner of the Book Quiz was Lesley in Caterpillar Class. Mrs Drage read 2 books over the holidays. If you are interested in the answers they are printed at the end of the newsletter.

What we’ve been up to………

EYFS We have really enjoyed hearing the story George Saves the World by Lunchtime! George is a super recycler and has helped us to look at and sort our rubbish more carefully. In Literacy we even wrote some thank you letters to him to show how much we appreciated all the information he gave to us and how he is now helping us to save the world too! In Maths we have been looking at different junk boxes and thought about what 3D shapes they were. We even sorted them into those that were the same and tried hard to remember their tricky names!

Year 1 had a fantastic week continuing their learning about plants. At the start of the week the children planted cress, and created a cress diary. They looked at the feature of a diary and wrote their diaries throughout the week to document the changes in the plant. We enjoyed a Drama workshop, exploring Roald Dahl’s story The Enormous Crocodile. The children acted out the story and learnt about all the different characters in the book. In Maths this week the children have learnt about halving and quartering. They started by looking at how we can divide a shape into equal parts to find these fractions and then worked on finding a fraction of a quantity.

Year 2 have loved celebrating Book Week! We loved finding out the teachers’ favourite stories in assembly on Monday and were able to listen to some of them in the afternoon. Our reading workshop this week transported us into the story of the ‘Enormous Crocodile’ and we became brilliant story readers. We are very much looking forward to the end of the week when we get to take part with some storytelling.

In ICT we have become researchers! We have explored what a hyperlink is and have followed different ones to access a variety of websites all about nocturnal animals. We have all become nocturnal animal enthusiasts over the last 2 weeks and have now been able to start writing down all of the facts we have learnt. We received another letter from Andy Smith which started us thinking about how we could improve simple sentences by adding adjectives, conjunctions and exciting sentence openers. Our writing by the end of the week was super! In maths we have moved onto looking at fractions of amounts, we have looked at halves, quarters and thirds.
John Lawson’s Circus

This circus is coming to Ashford in March.  We have once again arranged to sell tickets on their behalf.  Parents buying tickets through the school will benefit from reduced price tickets and the school will receive a donation of £2 for every ticket sold.

The performances we are selling tickets for are for:

Thursday 9th March 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Friday 10th March 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Saturday 11th March 2pm and 5pm

Sunday 12th March 11.30am and 2.30pm

Each ticket costs £7 from the school so you make a saving on ticket prices too.


We still have the tickets in the office if you would like to purchase any.


Friends of Downs View

Can we say a huge thank you for supporting our school non- school uniform day which raised £200.92, £20 of which was donated from a lovely Nanny to a little girl in our school. We are so grateful to each and every penny given to us no matter how small. We have a wish list of items the school would like our help in purchasing, including workshops like the one this week for Book Week, subsidising trips, gifts at Easter and medals for year 2s at the end of the year.  We set ourselves targets and the fund raising events are planned to meet these.  Please keep an eye on the fundraising tree on the playground as it will be growing new leaves etc. soon!

Meet the Friends Social get together:  March 7th at 8pm at the Conningbrook.

Please add this date to your diary I have spare seats in my car if you need a lift so email us and I will contact you. This is a social event where you can come along to have a chat, find out what we are planning next and share any ideas you may have.   We will be putting your hands to good use whilst we have your company as we will be getting the children’s Easter surprise ready!

We will show you how to help us but again if you wish to just sit and natter that’s fine with us!

Each and every person is good at something so please don’t think we don’t need you.

Really looking forward to meeting you all.

As you know Downs View is celebrating its 40th year and as part of these celebrations we have asked children to draw a picture of themselves, these have been put together to produce a tea towel for each year group. We have received the proofs of the tea towels which we are really pleased with. Hopefully they will be on sale at a cost of £5 each from us in the playground once they arrive. We will let you know as soon as they are available.

Next up is Non School uniform day with a difference on Friday 17th, could each child bring a small gift for a female for Mother’s Day. On March 20th, 21st, 22nd each child will have the opportunity to purchase one of the gifts back for £2; each gift will be labelled and personally wrapped by ourselves.

We have comic relief on Friday 24th March; children can wear non-school uniform with something red if possible for a coin donation. This donation will go to the Comic Relief charity.

On April 20th we will be holding our Spring Fair after school where by the children can come and join in with crafting, win a large soft toy and lots of other activities including a cake competition where the children can make a cake or some buns of their choice, decorate them & then they will be for sale at the fete. We also welcome parents beautifully made cakes. It’s always nice to try something that someone else has lovingly made. More details will follow.

If you wish to get in touch with any of us then you can e mail us on friendsofdownsviewschool@gmail.com or failing that we have our very own post box in the school shelter, it’s GREEN but sadly the lettering has disappeared but once it’s warm I will renew it.

Our box was donated by a local firm.

Have a great British wet weekend.

Thank you once again for your support for our children’s school.

Mandy, Maureen & Francesca


Book Quiz answers


  1. What lives under the bridge in the Three Billy Goats Gruff?


  1. What does the second pig build his house out of in the Three Little Pigs?


  1. Who does the Wolf pretend to be in Little Red riding Hood?


  1. Who tricks the Gingerbread man by offering to carry him across the river?


  1. What does Jack exchange for the magic beans in Jack and the Beanstalk?


  1. What is the Witch’s house made from in Hansel and Gretel?

Gingerbread, cakes and sweets

  1. What food can Goldilocks not resist in Goldilocks and the Three Bears?


  1. What does Cinderella leave behind in her rush to leave the ball?

Glass slipper

  1. What fruit does the wicked queen poison in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?


  1. What is the second animal the mouse meets in the Gruffalo?


  1. Where does Harry Potter go to school?


  1. Who is Horrid Henry’s brother?

Perfect Peter

  1. Who is the fearsome teacher in Matilda?

Mrs Wormwood

  1. Can you guess how many books Mrs Drage from the school office read during the summer holidays?