The loan of a large marquee has given the extra space needed for Ramsbury pupils to return to school this term. Headteacher, Joanna Price, said, “We are extremely grateful to Ian Smith who has lent us (and put up) the marquee, meaning we can invite every class in for 2 days, giving them a vital opportunity to come into school, reconnect with their peers and spend some time with their teachers for next year.”
Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 have been attending school since they were welcomed back on 1st June. Together with 46 keyworker children, numbers have been around the 100 mark most days – so every classroom and space was in use to ensure children remain in their ‘bubbles’. Now the loan of the marquee has created the extra space for the remaining children to return.
This week, it has been the turn of Year 2 and Year 3, coming in for 2 days per class – and the two bubbles of children have been enjoying fun and games in the marquee and on the school field.
HLTA and PE lead, Miss Miles commented, “It has been so lovely seeing all their smiles and happy faces again.”
The pupils have been excited to see their friends and have been engaged in many outdoor learning activities. Favourite activities have included making a bug hotel, weaving, searching for fossils, treasure hunts, playing Splat and gymnastics.
Joanna Price, Headteacher, explained, “It has been a lot of work for all of the staff and the school community. Like all schools, we have had to be hugely adaptable and reactive. I am tremendously proud of all of my staff, who are all in school now, staying within their bubbles and taking on a variety of new roles, including face-to-face and online teaching.
Those children still at home continue to be set work and interact with their class and teachers live and virtually, via Google Classroom – which has been a phenomenal success from the staff, children’s and parents’ perspectives.
But nothing quite makes up for learning together with your friends in school and doing activities together, so Ramsbury are delighted they can offer that opportunity to everyone before the end of this exceptionally strange school year. “