We have reached the end of another extraordinary year. We thought the March – July 2020 lockdown had presented its challenges, but the year 2021 wanted to live long in the memories too.
School re-opened for all pupils back in September 2020, and everyone got used to the new way of keeping class bubbles apart. Staggered start and finish times, designated access points (including new gates being installed), lunches eaten in classrooms, virtual assemblies, and lots more protocols aiming to keep everyone safe.
We did have to close some of our class bubbles for periods of time when a positive case of Covid-19 was identified.
We reached the Christmas holidays and found ourselves in Tier 4 (the highest) looking forward to 2021 in the hope that things would begin to return to normal.
Unfortunately, another national lockdown was declared by the Government and, apart from our Rainbow Club of key workers’ children and others, everyone suddenly had to prepare themselves for remote learning for the next nine weeks. By this time, we had become used to using Google Classroom for our homework tasks, so it meant that the remote learning experience was far for interactive than had been possible during the spring and summer of 2020. Daily class gatherings on Google Meet gave everyone a chance to be together, virtually, and teachers were able to explain tasks and answer questions. Pupils were able to complete work and submit it for their teachers and teaching assistants to see and to offer feedback.
Once back in school on March 8th, everyone got back to the routine of working in their class bubbles again.
We had some fantastic activities and events – including the Captain Tom Moore 100 Challenge and SpArts Week.
In Summer Term 2, we provided the opportunity for all pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 to have a night away at the Chellington Centre. Despite a rise in confirmed Covid-19 cases as the term progressed, it was amazing that, despite class bubble closures, no class missed out on their trip to Chellington.
Year 1 children learned songs and lines for their wonderful video production of Little Red Riding Hood, which can be seen elsewhere on our website.
Year 6 pupils were able to have a Leavers’ Fun Day and pizza picnic and their Leavers’ Party became four separate class parties. The annual Year 6 vs Staff Football Match returned after last year’s absence with a goal-fest ending (we think) 12-10 to the staff. The match was broadcast live to the rest of the school on Google Meet and the Year 6 pupils received their Leavers’ Yearbooks after the match.
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