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Our Royal Ball


We had a very regal day dressed in our finery, the children completed lots of topic related, fun activities (sent home in a pack). All the children put in so much effort with their costumes and their behaviour- we had lots of fun! 

Photos from the royal ball

Our trip to Hever Castle and Gardens

Ashdown Forest visit on Friday 7th June! 9.30am-2.30pm


We will having our first visit to Ashdown Forest on Friday. Below is some information regarding what the children need to wear, take and do to be prepared. 


Children will need to come dressed comfortably and appropriately for the weather on the day. Clothes may get muddy /messy during the visit, so a spare change of clothing is advisable.

• Sturdy footwear is essential. No plimsolls or sandals, but closed toe shoes and/or walking boots. Wellingtons can be very uncomfortable on long walks and feet can get very chilly without thick socks.

• In order to minimise the risk of tick bites, children must wear long trousers/leggings tucked into socks and long sleeved tops. Information on Lyme Disease can be found via: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Lymedisease/Pages/Introduction.aspx  

• A plastic bag is needed to sit on for picnics. • In the summer, children will need sun hats, sun cream and extra water to take out on site. No shorts please.

• A packed lunch with plenty of water (no glass bottles please) and packed in a small rucksack, which allows hands free to do the work.



The Ashdown Forest Centre is one mile from Wych Cross, directly opposite the Ashdown Park Hotel. From Forest Row Village, travel in a southerly direction along the A22, turn left at the traffic lights at Wych Cross (where the garden centre is) and proceed down this road, where you will find the centre on the left hand side. From the school please allow approx 25/30 minutes travelling time.


*If you cannot get your child to the forest, please inform the office and we will endeavor to fit your child on the school bus (places extremely limited) 

Summer term!
The Summer term is finally here! It has been a whirlwind so far, I feel like I have been part of Opal Class since September! Thank you to the children and parents for making me feel so welcome. I am enjoying being part of your learning journey at Dormansland!

This term is going to be packed full of new learning experiences and hopefully some lovely weather to enable lots of outdoor learning too. Mrs Cooke




At the start of our school day, I like to begin as we mean to go on. The children are expected to self register; put their name into the correct basket- hot dinners or packed lunches. The children are then directed to put water bottles into the designated blue water tray and yellow reading records and books into the yellow book tray ready for me to sign at lunch time.


We start our day with 'busy book' challenges- these are simple yet thought provoking morning questions to awaken the children's learning brains.


A rough guide to our day:


Register and dress our weather monkey

Busy Books

Guided Reading: carousel of literacy/reading based activities and group readers






Lunch time

Topic/foundation learning

Child initiated choosing activities

Reflection time and story time

Show and tell of home learning

Home time

Summer Term-1 Turrets and Tiaras - Overview

This term in Opal class we will be exploring a range of magnificent homes, focusing on castles; especially local ones. We will be looking at the features of castles and how these features protect those habituating inside. This then leads us to think about who would usually reside in a castle; in the past and at present. We aim to round off Summer term 1 with a trip to a local castle.


Maths Mastery: we will be focusing on Multiplication and division- this will begin with counting in tens, followed by making and adding equal groups, arrays and sharing. The children will tackle these small steps through practical and written methods; beginning with fluency and moving through problem solving and reasoning. I will be 'parroting' the phrases 'how do you know?' 'show me' 'prove it' and 'why?' 

Home learning in Opal Class

Thank you so much for you continued support regarding daily reading and returning reading records to school daily. Even if you haven't read or written in the reading records please encourage the children to hand them in daily. We have increased from 10/30 reading records being submitted a day to an amazing 28/30!! This is fantastic! It is important the children know we have good home/school links.


In preparation for Year 2, I will be sending home 5 words a week (year 1 common exception words) which I would like the children to learn to read, recognise and spell. I will send home 5 words every Monday in a spelling book, the children will then have a spelling quiz the following Monday, results will be in the book so you can celebrate your child's efforts with them.

This is preparation for Year 2 and not something I want the children to worry about. Remember in our class as long as we try our best that is what matters!



Thank you for your support parents and carers, it really is appreciated.


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Some learning from Spring 1

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