Parents with a child in Reception Class wrote about their experience returning to school in June. Read their account of the events below.
Our youngest was very excited about going back to schools and to see her friends. We had to explain that although she was returning back, the school would look the same, but be different to how it normally is.
On the the 1st day back after almost 3 months away, we didn’t get to walk her into her classroom (she is in reception) like we normally do. The children lined up outside the school against the wall 2 meters apart and parents had to stand on the kerb a meter away from them so we are socially distanced from other peoples children. The teacher (who was wearing a face mask) called them in one by one and we waved good bye without stepping into the school. This felt a little strange as we are so used to walking her in, but it gave her a little bit of independence and she went in with a big smile.
We were expecting 15 in the class as that was the government guidance but each bubble in reception was around 5 children. The classroom had been divided in 2 to allow more room. Toilets were allocated and play times staggered so the children didn’t mix. This felt a little strange as I know she loves to see her friends from other classes but it didn’t seem to bother her. The teacher explained that lessons would be different and they wouldn’t get to do all of their normal activities due to the current rules. She had her hot school lunch as normal and ate within her bubble group.
When we picked her up, we waited in line and she came out from the gate, rather from outside the classroom so we never got to step into the school. This made us feel better because it meant that less people were physically inside of the school. She came over happily enough and when I asked how she got on and what she did, she said she had fun and then told me all about her school lunch and the sausages were yummy! (and that she washes her hands a lot), so we knew she had a good day.
Overall, we were very pleased with how it went, we could see what they were doing on tapestry and kept up to date on the school twitter feed and emails. I think it is impossible for children at that age to naturally stay apart at that age but the the smaller groups, staggered start and finish times and use of all the schools entrances meant we had less contact with other children. The most important thing to us was seeing how happy she was being at school again and getting into a rhythm of learning and all though there will be changes again to class size with everyone going back, we think she will still love it.