9 February 2018

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Thank you for your donations for Non Uniform Day – Princess and Heroes – the Friends raised £202


HALF TERM Monday 12th February until Friday 16th February
Monday 19th INSET Day – no children in school
Tuesday 20th ·      Children return to school

·      Year 1 only – please come dressed in jeans for workshops

Thursday 22nd ·      Sponsored bounce event – a sponsor form came home yesterday.

·      Chinese New Year – Menu change – see below

Friday 23rd Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in February invited 9.05am
Monday 26th Book week starts – there will be a range of reading opportunities for you to come into school and read with your child or their class.  There will a book fair in the hall from Monday – Thursday until 4pm.  More details to follow.
Wednesday 28th Children’s mid-year reports to parents
Thursday 1st World Book day – children and staff can dress up as a book character
Friday 2nd ·      Polar Bear class assembly

·      Non Uniform Day in exchange for a gift for Mother’s Day for the sales

Monday 5th ·      Family Breakfast Week – all adults with children in Breakfast club are invited to come and join their child and have breakfast with Breakfast Club any day this week – your child will send home an invitation after half term.

·      Mother’s Day gift sale Year 2 – 1.45pm

Tuesday 6th ·      Mother’s Day gift sale Year 1 – 1.45pm

·      Parents Evening 3.20pm – 6.20pm (booking forms to follow)

Wednesday 7th Mother’s Day gift sale Year R – 1.45pm
Thursday 8th ·      Parents Evening 3.20pm – 6.20pm (booking forms to follow)

·      Reception Mothers’ Day/Grown-ups assembly

Friday 9th ·      9.05am Starfish class assembly

·      2.15PM Year 1 Mothers’ Day/Grown-ups assembly

Monday 12th 9.05am- Year 2 Mothers’ Day/Grown-ups assembly
Friday 16th Turtle class assembly
Friday 23rd Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in March invited 9.05am
Saturday 24th Invicta Choir event at Towers School – more details to follow – fundraiser for WI and Downs View. Tickets are available via the Friends.
Monday 26th Easter Fun in hall after school with a cake competition
Thursday 29th LAST DAY OF TERM (Easter break)



Weekly school attendance Days missed across the school

this week

Best class attendance for the week Overall attendance for the year










  Reading award Active award Star of the week Feet on Friday Star table
 Penguin Felicity Sarah & Riley Annabelle Catalina Felicity
Polar Bear James Teddie & Sienna Ayiri Nicolas Takunda
Snow Leopard Jack C Albert & Lola Bella J.J. J.J
Dolphin Anna Tristan & Nita Phelan Scarlet Amaad
Star Fish Harry K James M & Ronin Charlie O Jack Charlie
Turtle Oliver B Morgan & Rubie Amelia Oliver B Sophie
Fox Ewan Charlie-May & Gracey Prasoon Harley Autumn
Squirrel Henry Oliver & Matthew Poppy Jack Ashton
Owl Oliver Alfie & Evie Jessica Max Julia
Bonus Coin of the week winners – Polar Bear


Infant Agility Competition

A huge well done to the ten year 2 children who took part in the Infant Agility at Towers School.  They competed against fourteen other schools from the Ashford area and came 5th overall. They tried their best, were good team players and a credit to the school.  Please look on our website under the PE and Sports 2017-2018 tab for more details and their photograph.

Farewell to Mrs Stephens

We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Mrs Stephens who has worked in Turtles class and now supports in our new Sharks class.  She is moving to be a Learning Support Assistant at another local school and we wish her every success. We would like to say a huge thank you for her hard work and commitment to Downs View.  She will be greatly missed by us all.

Items needed for our Forest School area

Some of our wet weather clothing for children is getting rather worn out.  If you have any items of waterproof clothing such as leggings, waterproof coats in ages 5 to 8 that you no longer require we would be grateful for them in school.  We also need wellies, tracksuit bottoms and any odd balls of wool you have.  Please bring any donations to the school office.  Thank you.

Online Safety workshops have been held this week in school in conjunction the national Safer Internet Day which was on 6th February. If you were unable to attend the workshop or would like further guidance on how to keep your child safe when using the Internet or digital devices there is lots of advice and guidance on the following link https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018.  Thank you to all children (and adults) who completed the online safety quiz.  We hope you found this exercise worthwhile. All correctly completed quizzes will be put into a raffle and a winner for each year group will be pulled out after half term in assembly and then be rewarded with an electronic game!

Head lice

There have been several cases of head lice in school and we need your support in helping to control the problem.  Please inspect your child’s head and, if you find head lice, your local chemist or family doctor can advise on treatment and which lotion to use.  If you find 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.

What we’ve been up to…….

This week in EYFS we have been thinking about Chinese New Year. We know we are a little early with our celebrations but Chinese New Year falls during half term so we thought we would fill the children with knowledge so that they have a better understanding for when they hear about it through various media over half term. We have learnt so much about the Chinese traditions and have explored these through cooking Chinese food and tasting it, making our own decorations and even having an amazing talk from Caterlink (our School dinner provider) organised by our own school chefs on Chinese food traditions and how to look after ourselves by eating a healthy well balanced diet. A big thank you to Megan and her team! In Maths we used the scales to weigh different red money envelopes and work out which was the heaviest and which was lightest. We have also been active through our PE lessons by performing some dragon dancing to traditional Chinese music.

We have had a fantastic term and have learnt so much. Thank you for your continued support at home with the homework and for consolidating the words and sounds that we are introducing each week. Remember to look at the half term homework sticker in your child’s monkey book to find out how you can be creative at home this half term!

Also if you are having a clear out and have any unwanted boys pants, socks and school trousers that we could have as spares we would be very grateful!

Year 1 have had an excellent week exploring poetry in English and writing our own Acrostic and shape poems linked to wild animals! We have been learning about similes and trying to add these into our poems. In Music we have listened to pieces of recorded music and thought about which instruments we can hear. We then recreated a wild rumpus with the instruments we could hear. In PSHE we have been learning about Relationships and who are important to us. We have listened carefully to each other’s ideas and thoughts and shared our own opinions about what is kind and fair.

We are really looking forward to the start of our new topic next term, ‘The Secret Garden.’ If all children in year 1 could come dressed in jeans or their own trousers for the first day backthat would be great. Have a lovely half term Year 1!

Year 2 have been journalists, writing newspaper articles about the Great Fire of London. In Maths we have extended our learning about shape and applied this when describing and sorting the properties of 3D shapes. In Computing we have planned, taken and edited photographs of our toys. In PE we have practised our jumping skills and practised jumping with speed.

We need your help! Our outdoor area needs a facelift!. Can you help us by designing a plan for the outdoor area? Please see the blank plan in your child’s school bag! We hope you all have a lovely half term!

Half term activities

For some great ideas for the week, including ideas which are free or of a low cost log on to Kent Teach.com and click on the tab ‘Blog’  –  web address: www.kent-teach.com/blog/

Have a happy and a healthy half term!