8 March 2019

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Tuesday 12th 3.20-6.30pm Parent Consultation meetings- crèche available for Downs View children only
Friday 15th ·      9.05am Penguin class assembly

·      Comic Relief Day – children can dress up and wear their own clothes to join in the fun! (we are asking families to make their own donations if they want to outside of school)

Monday 18th March- Friday 22nd March Science week – a separate parent mail went out about this.

Friday – children can wear a mask or wear an animal outfit.


Friday 22nd 9.05am Starfish class assembly

CHANGEto information sent out this week on the Science Week parent mail: rather than bringing in a coin donation on this day please can children bring in a suitable gift for the Mother’s day gift sale.  Thank you

25th -28th March ·      Book week/ Book Fair all week – with books for sale – for every book sold the school gets book rewards to spend with Scholastic.

·      A range of activities are planned to encourage children to enjoy reading

Monday 25th March

9am and 2.15pm

Reception Mothers’ day activity – Mums/ another carer (1 per child) are invited to come to make something with your child in the hall. See below for more details

Pm- Mothers’ day gift sale for year 2 children – £2 per gift for Mum/Nan/Auntie in mobile

Tuesday 26th March Mothers’ day gift sale for Reception children -£2 per gift for Mum/Nan/Auntie in Puppies
Wednesday 27thMarch 9am and 2.15pm Year 2 Mothers’ day activity – Mums/ another carer (1 per child) are invited to come to make something with your child in the hall. See below for more details

Pm- Mothers’ day gift sale for year 1 children -£2 per gift for Mum/Nan/Auntie in Puppies

Thursday 28th March 9am

Friday 29th March


Year 1 Mothers’ day activity – Mums/ another carer (1 per child) are invited to come to make something with your child in the hall. See below for more details
Thursday 28th Year 1 trip – Wingham Wildlife Park (a letter was sent out this week).Please send back reply slip by Wednesday 20th March.
Friday 29th 9am Birthday assembly- parents with children who have a birthday in March are invited to attend
Friday 5th April End of term 4


Final Training day 28th June 2019
Every Monday (term time only) Parent and Baby/Toddler group – Puppies room 1.15pm-2.45pm


Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school this week Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year
95.97% 51.5 Penguin



  Reading award Star of the week Active Award Star Table  

Feet on Friday


Penguin Samuel Charlie S  

Charlie C




Charlie C

Polar Bear Ileana Sonja  








Snow Leopard Mia Logan  







Charlie F


Dolphin Amber Amber  


Oliver S







 Star Fish Leila Autumn  








Turtle Beau Juliet  








Fox Maddison Venya  









Squirrel Amelia Charlie  









Owl Jessica H Miko  








Bonus Coin Winner of the Week – Polar Bear
Punctuality Pup – Squirrel

What we have been learning………




This week in EYFS we have been reading the story Billy’s Beetle. In the story Billy lost his pet Beetle and asked for our help to find it again. Billy’s pet dog had left us some clues which we had to read and follow to see if we could help Billy to be reunited with his beetle. The clues helped us to blend to read both three and four letter words and the tricky words that we have been focusing on. In Maths we have been exploring the similarities and differences between 2D shapes. We thought about the properties of these shapes too and went on a shape hunt to see what shapes we could find and check each shapes properties. We have all thoroughly enjoyed our P.E lessons and are becoming more proficient at getting changed. Please consolidate this at home by demonstrating how to turn clothing back the right way as we are quite happy to put it on inside out which makes the buttons impossible! In these P.E lessons we have been exploring different ways of travelling and have learnt how to jump safely.


Year 1


This week in Year One we have enjoyed learning about rhyming using the Kes Gray story “Oi Frog”. We all found it very funny, especially when we found out that lions had to sit on irons! This gave us the idea to make up our own silly rhymes. We had great fun with this and decided that Mrs Kent should sit in a tent! Not too sure how she’d feel about this now the weather has turned cold again! In Maths we have been continuing to partition numbers up to 50 into tens and ones. We have shown this in numerous ways and are now beginning to understand how we can solve problems using this skill. In Art we have enjoyed planning our own Henri Rousseau painting by considering all the layers he uses in his paintings of animals in the jungle. We had a lovely PSHE morning on Tuesday where we thought about the changes that happen to us as humans as we grow up. The children should have come home with a letter to bring in a photo of some family members so that we can continue our learning using our own experiences. Please send the photos in by Monday 11th March. Lastly, thank you to all the parents and carers that came to parents evening this Thursday. It was great to see so many of you there and to be able to share all the wonderful things that your children are getting up to! We look forward to seeing the rest of you on Tuesday evening.


Year 2


In Year 2 we have been inspired by another magical story. We read part of ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. We were disgusted by Granny’s horrible personality so we set to work coming up with our own marvellous medicine to do some terrible things to her! We began exploring descriptive language, bossy verbs and matching these to objects around the house. We wrote command sentences as our recipe including conjunctions to show the reaction Granny would have. In Maths we have continued to explore fractions, identifying unit and non-unit fractions of shape and amounts. We then explored the equivalence of 1/2 and 2/4 of shape and amounts. Our let’s explore day was Computing and we used the internet to safely research a topic. We practised using kidssafesearch.com to copy and paste images. Then we demonstrated our learning by producing Powerpoint presentations. Using PowerPoint we changed the designs, colours, fonts, inserted text and images. We loved our readathon and would like to thank you for bringing in the sponsorship money. We had so much fun dressing up in our world book day costumes!


World Book Day


The children had a great day celebrating World Book Day, hearing a range of different stories and were proud of the character they were dressed up as or the book they brought in.  They enjoyed seeing their friends dressed up as a range of different characters. The children were involved in a range of reading activities throughout the day, including a ‘readathon’; a sponsored read for an hour or more.  If your child was sponsored, please remember to send in the money as soon as you can. Thank you for your support with this. We are looking forward to more exciting book related activities within book week which is a couple of weeks’ time.


Parent Consultation Evenings

Thank you to those parents who attended the Parent consultation evening last night.  It was great to see lots of you leaving school, very happy and being completely ‘wowed’ by your child’s learning.  Remember our open door policy and do make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher at any time if you would like to share their successes at home or discuss their learning in school and at home.

Our second Parent consultation evening is on Tuesday 12thMarch. Please remember to book your time slot with your child’s class teacher if you have not already done this. This will give you an opportunity to look at your child’s books and discuss the comments made on your child’s report.

Some of our Governors will be around again to talk to.  They will be available to support you with sharing your views of the school and Parent view.  We hope you will take a few minutes to take part.

We are offering a Crèche for anyone who finds making arrangements for childcare difficult; this is available for children at Downs View Infant school only.


Parent view

If you did not get the chance to complete the short questionnaire on Parent view last night this can be easily access via the following website https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/. We value your opinions and feedback.  

Mothers’ day activities

This year rather than have an assembly, Mums/Carers are invited to come into school and take part in making something with their child.  Any child whose parent/carer cannot make it will take part in the activity in class with an adult.  All children will bring home their gift to their Mum/carer at the end of the week. There will be a chance for all Mums/ carers to have a little relaxing time during the afternoon as well!


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