3 November 2017


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Dates for your diary
Monday 6th ·      Year 2 local walk, please have warm coat and wellies in school today

·      Maths Workshop for parents  2pm

·      Choir Club starts 3pm – 4pm

·      Speech Therapy Support – Sally Luffrum from Speech and Language will be visiting on Monday 6th during the parent and toddler group (1.15 – 2.45pm). If anyone has any speech and language concerns or would like more information on this subject, please come along to the drop in.

·      Admission process opens for Year 2 going to Year 3 and new Reception children September 2018 (see below)

Friday 10th Maths Workshop for parents 2pm

Dolphin class assembly, 9.05am

Thursday 16th Parents meeting about Maths Mastery 2 sessions 2.15pm and 5.00pm
Friday 17th Snow Leopard assembly, 9.05am

Non Uniform Day – Children in Need

Friday 24th ·      Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in November invited 9.05am

·      Non uniform day for Christmas Fayre (more details to follow)

·      Friends Pamper evening

Monday 27th Coffee Morning – Puppies between 9am & 10am
Friday 1st ·      Polar Bear class assembly, 9.05am

·      Friends Christmas Fayre

Friday 8th Turtle class assembly, 9.05am
Tuesday 12th Year 2 Christmas productions 9.15am and 2.00pm
Wednesday 13th Year R Christmas productions 9.15am and 2.15pm
Thursday 14th Year 1 Christmas productions 9.15am and 2.00pm
Friday 15th Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in December are invited 9.05am


Play areas for our children

Please can we remind parents that the play areas outside of the class rooms have been set up for learning therefore could parents ensure that their children do not play with or touch this equipment during drop off and collection times.

Admissions from Year 2 to Year 3 and Reception

The Admission process for year 2’s moving on to year 3 and for new Reception children opens on Monday 6th November. KCC encourage parents to apply online at www.kent.gov.uk/ola. All parents of children currently in year 2 will need to apply for a year 3 place for Kennington Academy to secure a place. An information booklet can be viewed on the KCC website www.kent.gov.uk/schooladmissions. If you need support with this or do not have the internet, Sam or Helen in the office will be happy to help you.


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 Star of the week Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Alex Daniel & Skye Harvey Catalina
Polar Bear Sienna Teddie & Takunda Bledion Madison
Snow Leopard Mayzee Skye & James W Bryson Lily
Dolphin Frazer Sara & Charlie Harrison Ryan
Star Fish Benjamin James M & Sophie Luke Sofia
Turtle Amelia Sophie & Andy Ellie Franky
Fox Alfie Bradley & Kacey-Marie Tomas Shane
Squirrel Mickey Primrose & Kingsley Chelsea Jack
Owl Evie Oliver & Julia Amira Evie
Bonus Coin of the week winners-  Snow Leopards


What we’ve been up to………

In EYFS we have begun our treasure tale topic by reading the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We thought carefully about the characters within the story and plotted on a story mountain what happened at the beginning of the story, the middle and the end. We even had a try at writing labels for the things that we had drawn by writing the initial sounds we could hear i.e. g for goat. In maths we made two bridges and compared the quantity of goats that were on each bridge by using the vocabulary more, less, fewer and the same. We have also been thinking about the qualities needed to work as part of a team.

Year 1 had an exciting start to the week as we explored Bonfire Night in the forest area. The children tasted hot chocolate, marshmallows and hot dogs and thought about their senses to describe the experience. We received a letter from Joseph Coelho asking us to write alliterative poetry linked to our bonfire experience.

In Art we have started looking at Faberge eggs and designed our own one to create during the rest of the term.

We have visited India this week in Year 2! Wow Workshops came in and transformed Penguin’s class. We explored 5 different aspects of India: a temple, market place, restaurant, endangered animals and an estate agents to see where would be great to visit in India. We were set the challenge of writing a piece to persuade others to visit India. We wrote some amazing sentences and have sent these off to the estate agents. We think we may inspire others to visit! In Maths we have started to learn about various forms of measure and have measured using metres, centimetres, grams and kilograms. In Computing we have started to explore various online games, thinking carefully about the algorithms behind the games. In Religioius Education we have learnt the story of Rama and Sita and its importance to people in India when celebrating Diwali.

This week year 2 took part in a Boogie Bounce workshop. Each child had a mini trampoline and bounced, danced and laughed to songs such as ‘Ghost busters’ and ‘Gangnam stlye’. They did so much bouncing and worked every part of their body so much so that they were worn out by the end but absolutely loved it! Boogie Bounce will be back next week for Reception and Year 1 pupils on Wednesday to have their turn. Keep an eye out on the website for photos!

Items required

If you have any of the following which you no longer require at home we would be grateful for them in school. Please bring them to the office or give them to your child’s class teacher.

All types of animal figures – farm, forest, jungle, desert, savannah, sea, sand, wild, insects, dinosaurs

childrens camping chairs

toy (small) kitchen metal pots, pans, kettle (for role play campfire)

sand toys – diggers, tractors, buckets, sand moulds

kitchen utensils

plastic jugs, measuring cylinders, plastic watering cans, funnels

microwave​, kettle, toaster (doesn’t have to work)

small fishing nets

bath toys – ducks, foam letters

plain material/bedding green, red, blue, black

children’s plastic table and chairs

children’s Ikea Mummat chairs

ANYTHING related to our topics – (games, figures, dress up, puzzles, toys, sift toys, bedding, books)

goldilocks and the three bears

three little pigs

secret garden


wild animals


under the sea


going on a bear hunt



Pantomime – Rapunzel – Ashford Theatre – Sunday 21st January 11.30am

As many of you may be aware Miss Anderson (TA in Polar Bears and Choir leader) has starred in the Ashford Theatre Panto for many years now.  Last year many families and staff went to see her and was absolutely amazing!  This year we have arranged to have one performance just for Downs View families. This will be on Sunday 21st January at 11.30am.  Tickets will be priced at £10 for adults and £6 for children (15 and under).  If you are interested please watch out for a parent mail soon with more details on how to book.  They will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Downs View Parent & Toddler group

Monday afternoons (term time only) 1.15 – 2.45pm, in Puppies room. £1 per family.  This group is for anyone with a baby, toddler or pre-schooler. Sessions include an afternoon of socialising and playing, healthy snack and a sing-a-long. All welcome!

Speech Therapy Support

Sally Luffrum from Speech and Language will be visiting on Monday 6th November during the parent and toddler group (1.15 – 2.45pm). If anyone has any speech and language concerns or would like more information on this subject, please come along to the drop in on Monday.

Coffee Mornings

Coffee mornings will now take place on a termly basis. A visitor from the local community will attend each session to offer information and advice. Our next Coffee Morning will take place on: Monday 27th November, 9-10am, in Puppies.

Come along for a brew, biscuit and chat. We look forward to seeing you all!