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'They have shown incredible resilience' Surrey headteacher reflects on return to the classroom

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'They have shown incredible resilience' Surrey headteacher reflects on return to the classroom

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 10:45am 16th June 2020.

A Surrey headteacher has spoken about what school life is like now with social distancing. two weeks after certain year groups were welcomed back. 

On 2 June reception, year one and year six pupils could go back to school. 

Eagle Radio spoke to Amanda Pedder from Loseley Fields Primary School in Godalming about what the 'new normal' is like for her school. 

Back to school Loseley Fields Primary School in Godalming

In line with government guidance, Loseley Fields have introduced staggered drop-offs, new-look classrooms and protective bubbles for their 140 returned students.

The bubbles mean children stay with the same classmates and teacher while remaining socially distant from those who are not in their bubble. 

Amanda told Eagle Radio so far her students have coped really well: 

"It's lovely to hear them from their classrooms laughing and enjoying learning again. 

"Children are incredibly resilient, they have adapted and learnt the new way of being very easily actually. 

"In fact, a lot of them say they really like the intimacy of the bubble because there are fewer students. 

"At the moment we haven't picked up on any levels of anxiety with the children.

“Children feel things very acutely, and the impact of lockdown will be felt by all of them in one way or another; our school is a safe place for these emotions to come to the fore and, in time, heal." 

Classroom bubbles are limited to up to 15 children with one teacher meaning that until government guidance is updated Loseley Fields like many schools will be unable to welcome back the rest of their year groups. 

Amanda says it is important to make the children who are still homeschooling feel included: 

"We've experimented with operating live zoom lessons for example where we hearing children read who are at home. 

"We've also got a PE specialist who has been recording very funny PE sessions that he broadcasts on our school learning platform as way of trying to keep the children at home connected with us who are back at school. 

"That's really important that the children at home don't feel that they've been forgotten,"