Hello to Everyone in our Academy Community,

What a busy week we have had in the academy. The children in school have been working on activities linked to a Harry Potter theme, and they have produced some amazing banners and flags to decorate our front railings to celebrate VE day. The red, white and blue colours really brightens up these difficult times!

We hope you enjoyed your VE day picnic; it was lovely to see your smiling faces again.

We have also seen lots of you have been completing work at home this week and engaging in a wide range of activities. Watch out for next week’s activities that will be published on Monday via our Facebook page with links to where they are located on the year group page on the website. If anyone has any difficulty locating these, please contact the academy.  There will be another academy challenge for everyone to try!

Also, don’t forget daily reading and regularly logging into Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rockstars.

Wonderful Community Support

We would like to say a huge thank you to Councillors Ceri Cawley and Alec Brown for providing the funding for the VE Day picnics and for the amazing Ladies of Steel for supporting with the making and delivering of them.  We know that this provided a wonderful community spirit and reminded the children of this important commemoration.

We also need to thank the Redcar and Marske/New Marske Coronavirus support group who provided the funding for the 3rd weekend of packed lunches this next weekend.

A very special THANK YOU to Chris and Debbie Powlay for co-ordinating all these wonderful lunches for our children….finding the funding, sourcing the food, making the lunches, organising the deliveries….it is an enormous task, and you are doing so much for the Dormanstown Community. 

Please post your VE Day picnics on the Ladies of Steel Facebook page, and they will give a prize for the best ‘VE Day Family photo’. We would also love to see your photos too to share on our Face Book page.


This is an informative book to support adults and children during this time and reflects on how people are feeling at this time and moving forwards after it. Click here.

Many people liked our April calendar from the Action for Happiness website, and they have published a Meaningful May one. It is a set of daily actions to respond to this crisis with a sense of purpose and meaning. We should all remember their quote:

“Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can”.

Online Safety Resources

CEOP have updated their resources for each year group to support Online Safety. During increasing use of various devices, these are a very useful resource: please click to access the relevant age group.

4-5yrs – click here

5-7yrs – click here

8-10yrs – click here

11-13yrs – click here

Free Road Safety Resources      

Road Safety UK have produced some free resources to support parents and children with finding out how to stay safe.  It could be an invaluable resources to work on with your children at this time to reinforce this essential life skill. Click here

Speech and Language Therapy Support

During these difficult times, the team has been unable to see children and their families face to face to offer advice and support. They are continuing to offer regular phone calls with advice and resources where needed.  While things are a bit different they have been able to work on and develop their social media presence and have launched the  ‘South Tees NHS Children and Young People’s SALT Service’ page on Facebook.  They also have associated YouTube and Twitter pages.

On our page there is a range of support, advice and resources.  There is also a weekly theme including general advice, key words and understanding routine so far.  Our aim is to cover as many areas of SALT as possible.  They have also done a weekly sing and sign song and a weekly story.  They have included lots of videos with demonstrations and practical advice as well as some information sheets to support children’s communication.

If your child has been receiving SALT support, please take a look.

Save the Children Corona Comic

An informative text to further support the children: click here to access.

Times Tables Rockstars…

Our league tables have stayed the same as last week. Many children are gaining more coins, so keep playing and let’s see if anyone can get on the leader board. Well done to everyone who is working hard on Rockstars.

Most coins:
Year 2  Olly B
Year 3  Reilly C-W
Year 4 Josie K
Year 5 Shilo
Year 6 Leon K

Leon K
Max T
Leon B
Nate L

Spelling Shed…

Some new names on the board this week – well done to all!

Class League:
1st: 1T –  130 038 308

2nd: 5S – 42 272 260

3rd: Mrs Seddon’s English class – 41 327 483

Home Learning Points:
1st: Paige (Y1) – 163 054 114

2nd: Leon H (Y6) – 89 391 378

3rd Lydia (Y1) – 77 157 610

Correct Answers:
1st: Paige (Y1) – 5970

2nd: Olly (Y2) – 2717

3rd: Leon (Y6) – 2476

Games Played:
1st: Paige (Y6) – 666

2nd: Leo (Y5) – 414

3rd: Olly (Y2) – 385

BBC Bitesize…

Don’t forget for those who would like some more activities to do they can access 3 lessons a day on BBC Bitesize using the link below. Choose your child’s year group and try some fantastic learning activities. Every Friday there are fun maths challenges and look out for the wellbeing lessons.

Click here


Miss Norton has set more challenges and work on the Sumdog website. Children should have their log ins.

Click here to get to the website to access the maths activities.

We hope that you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend (and that it doesn’t get too cold!)

Don’t forget to view Mr Long’s Virtual Assembly through Facebook; it is always the highlight of our week.

Take care and stay safe.

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