Downlands Community School Home Learning

Year 5 and 6

This is our ‘Home Learning’ offer for pupils and parents. We hope that this allows pupils to have some form of structure during an enforced period of home learning, during the school term time.


Recommended structure

This is a copy of the first week’s timetable for years five and six.  Apologies if the format is not very clear.  You and your child will have access on Showbie to a much clearer version.

The class code for Showbie ‘Home learning’ is NU5Q3.  Your child should already be signed up to the class, but the code is here just in case.  

Parents are welcome to join the ‘Parents’ group on Showbie which will give you access to communication with Y5/6 teachers and each other.  Important information about home learning will be posted there (such as timetables).


In order to join the ‘Parents’ group, you must create an account on

  1. Choose to sign up for free.
  2. Choose ‘Parent’
  3. Enter your username and password.
  4. Enter the code DRGFM to join the group.


Please see the recommended timetable below.  Areas in bold are strongly suggested and the rest of the timetable is at parents’ discretion.


On this week’s timetable, it may look on the surface as if mainly Maths and English are being set, however, we are trying to cover as much of the curriculum as possible by offering cross-curricular activities.  Additionally, our timetable will change weekly and where we have science slotted in at a certain time this week, the same slot next week may be history or geography.

E-Tutoring from Class Teacher*

  • Your class teacher will send daily class messages to guide the learning using Showbie. (Please refer to technical guidance below regarding access to this). They may reference other online learning sites that are familiar to pupils such as White Rose Maths, TTRS, EPIC and BBC Bitesize. However, they will also recommend many non-screen activities.

Showbie can also be used for mutual, bespoke feedback.

  • You can also contact your class teacher via the school office, who will forward any emails to teachers on a daily basis, using a clear subject header: Message for INSERT CLASS TEACHER NAME.


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

  • There is guidance available (Initial starter pack) to help parents get started with Showbie. However, it is apparent that many of you are using this already.
  • 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).
  • In the event of not being able to receive information from school or ongoing technical problems that might prevent the E-Tutoring described above, please email the school office (



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 your class teacher will be appropriate to 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.

Actions to take now

  1. Please email the school office if you have experienced technical difficulties in the first two weeks of home learning.
  2. Continue to maintain an area where your child could work. Put up the recommended structure above so that they get used to the expectation of home learning.
  3. Please get in touch with the school if you have a lack of internet and/or smartphone, tablet or PC in your house. If necessary, we will provide extra paper-based resources.
  4. Find suitable reading books, encyclopedias, dictionaries and non-fiction books which could be used as part of home learning.

Click here for Home Learning apps and websites 

If your child uses Lexia for reading interventions their log in details should be in their green book or home learning pack.

Use for the teacher email.

This is not a monitored email, please use if you need further help.


Downlands School
College Rd
Blandford Camp
Dorset DT11 8BG

Tel: 01258 453348

Dandelions Pre-School

Tel: 01258 489914

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