7 December 2018

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Christmas performances – Please don’t forget to send in your child’s Christmas performance clothes. Any questions regarding this please speak to your class teacher or teaching assistant. These must be in by Monday 10th at the latest.


Thank you for requesting tickets through our Parent mail app. Any tickets you have requested have been allocated. Tickets will not be issued for this event as your names will be ticked off at the door against a register of those who have requested seats.


Additional tickets are available for some performances; a separate Parent mail will be sent out to each year group detailing this. Any requests need to be made via the office and will be allocated on a 1stcome, 1st serve basis.

Monday 10th 9.15am and 2pm Year 2 Christmas productions – parents/carers welcome, 2 tickets per family.

Sorry no crèche available- younger siblings are welcome but will  have to sit on laps

Wednesday 12th 9.15am and 2.15pm Reception Christmas productions – parents/carers welcome. 2 tickets per family. Sorry no crèche available- younger siblings are welcome but will  have to sit on laps


·      Christmas Lunch

Friday 14th 9.15am and 2pm Year 1 Christmas productions– parents/carers welcome

Sorry no crèche available- younger siblings are welcome but will  have to sit on laps

Monday 17th Birthday assembly/Christmas service  – St Mary’s Church

9.15am-9.a Reception  Year 1 9.45-10.10am   Year 2 10.15- 10.40am

Wednesday 19th Staff training day- Children not in school
Children return to school on Thursday 3rd January




Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school this week Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year
95.83% 57 Snow Leopard


  Reading award Star of the week Active Award Star Table  

Feet on Friday


Penguin Cruz Charlie C  







Polar Bear Ella Ellie  







Snow Leopard Lois Daisy N  








Dolphin Zishun Dylan  








Star Fish Charlie-May Bertie  








Turtle Arthur Max  








Fox Joselyn Harriet  








Squirrel Luca Kye  




Emily H-W


Owl Chloey Izabelle  




Jessica P  

Jessica P



Art Award This is a special award given out 3 times .The art work will be displayed in our gallery outside of Puppies.
Penguin Teddy

 Evie E-D

Polar Bear Sonja


Snow Leopard Nita


Dolphin Stephanie


Star Fish Tomas


Turtle Gethin


Fox Olivia


Squirrel Harvey

Emily H

Owl Erin

Isabelle W



Bonus Coin Winner of the Week – Owls
Punctuality Pup – Fox

What we have been learning …..


This week in EYFS we have been learning the Christmas story. We used the costumes to help act it out and then drew and wrote about our favourite part. Within our writing we tried hard to write the sounds that we could hear within the words we needed. In Maths we have been helping Santa work out how many presents he needed to deliver by combining the amounts of presents wrapped by two elves to find the total. In PSED we have started to think about how different cultures celebrate Christmas. We compared how houses are decorated and what different people eat for Christmas dinner. We have also been continuing practising our Christmas concert and we are all very excited to share it with you next week.

Year 1

This week in Year 1 we were alarmed to find that the Grinch has stolen the characters from our favourite festive stories! The children were most upset about this so set about creating missing posters for the characters so that we could solve the mystery and find them. We were impressed by all the adjectives they used to describe their characters appearance as well as personality. In Maths we had started to break teen numbers down into tens and ones. For example; 10 and 6 makes 16. We have been very busy during phonics and guided reading this week practising our blending and comprehension skills and applying these through a variety of games and activities. Wehave particularly liked the Disney themed ones! Our Nativity is coming along really well. If your child has brought words home this week, please help them to practise reading them in a loud, clear voice. We look forward to sharing it with you next week!

Year 2

What a festive week we have had in Year 2! We have loved decorating our classrooms. We have started off December reading the story of the Polar Express. We have used drama to retell the story and have written in the present tense pretending to be within the story. We have used lots of descriptive language such as adjectives, similes and adverbs. We have even based our guided reading on Polar Express this week and have thought about key parts, such as why the boy could still hear the bell but adults could not. In Maths we have used arrays to show multiplication equations and have shown the commutative law for multiplication. We have been busy practising our Christmas show and cannot wait to show you on Monday!

Year 2 parents

As we are an Infant School, once your child finishes in year 2 they will move on to Kennington Academy or another school.  There is an admission process which parents need to go through to secure a place for year 3 which involves completing an application form on line and submitting this by January.  You can apply from 5thNovemberuntil 15thJanuary 2019. .  Please see below for the last date of our joint tours – you need to call Kennington to book a place.

Date Time Tour begins at:
Friday 4th January 1.30pm Kennington Academy


 Christmas Fayre- 3.15pm-4.30pm

We hope to see you tonight at our Christmas Fayre where the Friends have organised lots of exciting things for your children to do and there will be stalls for you to do some Christmas shopping or win some amazing prizes.   

Governors update

We have a strong Governing body who are volunteers to challenge and support the strategic direction of the school. The chair has summarised the latest actions made by the Governing body which you can access via the following link:  http://www.downs-view.kent.sch.uk/governors/

We currently have another vacancy for a new Governor. This is an exciting role where you can be involved in the strategic leadership of the school.  There are 6 meetings per year – one per term for 2 hours as well as opportunities to monitor school priorities through visits or via email. You may have a range of skills which you can you bring but the most important skill is having a passion for wanting the best education possible for the children of Downs View. If you are interested, or would like to know more please let the office know by telephone or via email on

office@downs-view.kent.sch.uk.  You are welcome to come along to attend as an observer at the next board meeting, which is on Thursday 24thJanuary at 4.30pm – 6.30pm at Downs View.