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Pupils, parents and staff at Barnack Primary School praised by head teacher for their lockdown learning

The head of a village primary school has praised staff, parents and pupils for the way they coped with teaching and learning under lockdown.

Colette Firth-Wigglesworth, executive head of Barnack Primary School, said about 130 of the 160 pupils had returned for the final few weeks of term before the summer holidays began this week, but that no time had been wasted between March and July.

“For the two weeks before March 20, when lockdown began, we could see what might happen and so teachers spent some of that time planning for lessons online,” said Mrs Firth-Wigglesworth.

Luke and Imogen Joyner enjoying a lockdown trip down the river - geography and PE rolled into one
Luke and Imogen Joyner enjoying a lockdown trip down the river - geography and PE rolled into one

“Right from the word go we were able to hold daily collective worship online and our families began e-mailing in photos that we could share on our webpage, which became our community.”

Pupils gained penpals in the Outer Hebrides and exchanged news of what they were doing in lockdown; they were read stories, completed their own reading activities, and were given maths lessons through their online classrooms.

“We also had teaching assistants doing one-to-one work with children with special educational needs, and this meant they too made good progress with their learning,” added Mrs Firth-Wigglesworth.

“We sent home lovely craft packs with seeds and paper and glue sticks for children to be creative, and we were also impressed by the creative learning that children and their came up with themselves. These included a pupil who built a dry stone wall with her dad, and another who made a boat trip along the River Nene.”

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