Hello to everyone in the academy community,
We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy and that the children have had a productive week at home.
Just a reminder that packed lunches are still being prepared for children eligible for a free school meal and whose parents have requested them, and they can be collected from the main entrance between 11.00am and 12.00pm daily. We are looking into the possibility of food vouchers, but we will inform you when we have news of these.
If you have any Pastoral or Welfare enquires then members of the Pastoral team will be available to take your phone calls between 11am and 1pm daily. The Pastoral team will be based at Dormanstown Primary Academy Tel: 01642 483696. We will hopefully be able to point you in the right direction for support or offer you advice. We are sure the children will have been busy with their work packs that were sent home. We will also update the BLOG weekly with useful additional activities to keep the children supported with their home learning. These may include tasks for you to try, with links to videos, websites and help guides.
We have been working with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation over the last year in the academy with a variety of art projects. A website has been set up with creative activities for the children to undertake at home and share on their gallery: Tees Valley Creative Learning Partnership
SPARK Education are showing a daily video about local landmarks to promote our Cultural Capital – an informative quick watch with some additional activities: https://sparkteesvalley.com/home-school-resources/
Science and Geography…
National Geographic Kids is full of fun learning. This link will take you to a series of science quizzes, including questions about animals, space and dinosaurs!
Why not make a Fact File about something new you have learnt and share it? https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/play-and-win/games/
Remember the Joe Wicks PE lesson at 9am each morning: https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html
Read, Write, Inc. lessons to participate in and popular poems read out online daily:
Additional phonics activities are available via
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Remember to keep up with your reading. Read a book together, share a story and talk about one of your favourites. It would be lovely to share, so why not record yourselves reading to each other in your household?
Spend time together talking about stories.
Renaissance UK are allowing access to lots of digital books online; a great way to keep up with your reading:
David Walliams is reading a free audio story each day. Click below to listen:
Struggling to get your child to do maths? White Rose Maths are doing daily lessons – take a look!
All the children from Year 2 upwards have a Time Tables Rockstars login, but did you know the SAME login details will also get you onto NUMBOTS, which focuses on your addition and subtraction skills? Give it a try!
Simple, fun activities for children up to 5 years old can be found at:
CEOP are producing resources each fortnight for parents to use at home with their children to reinforce the importance of online safety:
Teacher’s Pet are producing weekly work packs for children. Set up a free account for a month to access and download their resources:
The Link mental health services have set up a service to support children who are anxious or struggling to cope with the daily changes. The telephone line which will be manned by one of their therapeutic practitioners between 2pm and 4pm every day. If you would like to access this support then please call 01642 505580 and select option 3 during these times and you will be transferred straight through.
Don’t forget our other links via the Home Learning Resources on the website as well as the Useful Contacts within the Local Authority on the Coronavirus page. Keep checking for further updates via Facebook, text messages and Marvellous Me.
Please continue to stay safe and remember all the self-isolation and social distancing advice