Year 5 and the 'New Normal'
I had the privilege of speaking to almost all of Year 5 a couple of weeks ago. I heard about what you had been learning, and most of all enjoyed getting a glimpse of your families and who you have been during Lockdown.
Today, some of Year 5 are back at school. I thought I would capture a bit about their first day.
The school looks the same from outside. And of course the walls and corridors haven't changed. Or have they?
The first thing you notice when you come in is all the signs every where. It's just like before, but also really different.
The classes have just small numbers of pupils in. One class just has 8 students! When I asked the children if they were happy to be in, there were smiles all around. 'It's better like this," said Isla, grinning broadly. Mrs Hickmott agreed that she loved teaching such a small class.
Elsewhere in school I saw Miss Edwards giving her class of 10 a tour of the one way system. To get around from the school entrance to Barn Owls classroom, you need to go all the way past the Year 6 classes, and then through the hall. There are stripey lines everywhere to remind you how to keep to a safe distance.
My favourite part is hearing everyone (even the Head and Deputy!) going down to the playground for a 'Daily Mile'. When each class goes down for the morning play time, everyone does a lap (or several) of the field. Its a nice way to be able to get exercise safely, with your friends, and also have a catch up chat.
There are some other, non-virus related, changes underway at school too..... what do you think is happening here....?
Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about the half of you that are still at home. Please keep sending in what you are up to. As well as your stories, and maths and spelling practice, we love to see art and craft, AND relaxation!
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Stay well, stay safe. We are thinking of you all.