Downlands Community School Home Learning –

Summer Term FS1(Dandelions)


Good morning to all our Dandelions and parents, this is just a new update on how we can help you and your child at home this Summer term.  

You should all be able to access Tapestry by now and thank you for some of the fantastic feedback and activities your child has been up to in the last few weeks.  If you are still unsure how to access Tapestry please email me and I will sort the problem out for you.  Your children learn best through play and exploring the environment especially at this age so please don’t feel pressured.   

  • The staff will continue to send out daily messages to guide the learning using Tapestry.   They may reference other online learning sites that are familiar to pupils. However, they will also recommend many non-screen activities.  
  • This will be done before 11 am daily Monday to Friday.  (School term time)
  • Tapestry can also be used for mutual, bespoke feedback.


Some of the other learning sites that you might like to explore are:

  • BBC Bitesize F1
  • Talk for writing Home-School booklet
  • Free E-reader
  • DOE Hungry Little Minds
  • BBC Tiny Happy People

Any other concern or information you need please email us on and I will respond as soon as I can.


Updates from the school

  • The school office will forward the weekly school newsletter each Friday using emails. This will contain any updates regarding school opening as well as providing a link to what other children have been learning about. 
  • The headteacher will use his Twitter Account (@DownlandsHead) as much as possible to provide regular contact and updates. He can also be contacted via email (


Technical detail

  • Please get in touch with the school office if you have problems accessing or working Tapestry.
  • Parents should already be signed up to receiving school newsletters and other email communications from the school office, as part of the initial admissions process. If you feel you currently do not receive emails from the office, please get in touch.
  • The front page of the school website has a Twitter Feed which will also be used for communication (@DownlandsSchool and @DownlandsHead).



Our school still remains committed to safeguarding. With three Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Miss Hoare, Mrs Williams and Mrs Goodall, plus the overall Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mr Rielly, who are all still very much on hand to offer support and guidance or direct towards other agencies who might be better able to respond during these difficult times. Please email Mr Rielly with any concerns relating to safeguarding or welfare of children ( Alternatively, the Children’s Advice and Duty Service (01305 228 866) is a central point of contact for anyone worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person who lives in Dorset. 



All activities suggested by our staff will be appropriate for your child’s age group. Some activities may point to simple and safe ‘practical’ activities. Nevertheless, it is intended that all activities should be supervised by a responsible adult.


Click here for Home Learning apps and websites 

Downlands School
College Rd
Blandford Camp
Dorset DT11 8BG

Tel: 01258 453348

Dandelions Pre-School

Tel: 01258 489914

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