Coronavirus blog 2

Time is moving very slowly as events are travelling at breakneck speed. When I wrote the first blog, I suggested that parents made use of the outdoors so that children could explore nature: of course, we are now expected to stay indoors as much as possible with limited exercise in a day.

We have had our first week in school since the closures. It has seemed so strange to have the spaces of school housing so few children and strange to shrink back from each interaction to maintain that safe distance…

I think it is true to say that no one can guess what is on the horizon. Who would have thought that the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and the Prime Minister should both contract the virus in the same week?

It perhaps isn’t strange that this time away from school has led to all sorts of creativity and innovation. We now have a school Facebook page and a YouTube channel. If you go onto YouTube and look up Conisbrough Ivanhoe Primary Academy, you will see a range of videos uploaded by staff for the amusement of children – and one (the most brilliant) created by a child. Please look and see.

We hope to move to a voucher system for Free School Meals after Easter, so if anyone is entitled to FSM but isn’t claiming them (some people don’t bother because infants get free meals anyway, but these are not FSM) get in touch with the office. I guess that some people may now be on benefits that weren’t before, so contact us if you think you have an entitlement and we can help. Currently, we are providing grab bags during the school term.

I hope that everyone is managing – it has been lovely to see so many pictures on Twitter and Facebook of children making use of their time.

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2 thoughts on “Coronavirus blog 2

  1. This is such a worrying time for everyone but I suppose some positives are coming out of it. I get to teach my wonderful little boy, I get lots of time to be creative with him, to bake with him, do the garden with him and eat together 3 times a day. Just trying to think of the positives right now and hopefully, soon, this will all be a distant memory. Stay safe everyone. Cian and I will look at your YouTube channel.

  2. Yes – we have to take positives out of this. Lisa and I went to a wood that is local to us – one that we’d never been to before, but within walking distance. It is beautiful. I went back with Lisa and Reuben (Jude stayed at home baking a cake with his big sister, Stella) because they had some trees that were just brilliant for a three-year-old to climb (might put a pic on twitter). So we climbed and walked in an almost empty wood. But I could see bluebells that are just about to come out – masses of them – and blackberry plants…so in the course of this lockdown, the woods will change and we will see the change with them – and that will be precious. Especially if I can get Jude in them. Stella and I also went for a run in them – which we will also be doing a lot!

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