During lockdown, we wanted to maintain our school community and stay in touch and to help us do this we changed our parent portal on the website into our Wellbeing Virtual Retreat. We added in extra fun activities into this area to keep children occupied whilst at home, with sports challenges, musical moments and craft ideas. Over time, pupils from all year groups sent in new sport challenge videos, recipes and cooking demonstrations and musical videos. We shared ideas of activities our pupils were doing at home such as bug hunts, artwork, baking and gardening to help keep their body and minds healthy and active.

Each day Mrs Stiles filmed a daily virtual assembly, complete with a joke, word, fact and thunk of the day.

Wednesdays were “Wear House Colours Wednesday” where pupils, their families and staff were invited to wear their house colours and we loved seeing all of the pictures each week. Mrs Young also filmed a House Assembly and launched a weekly house challenge in order to earn house points for their house. These challenges included design a house emblem, a house quiz put together by the Y6 House Captains, and a “do something kind” challenge.

As we were not able to do our 5K fun run, we asked our pupils to do a 5K walk, run or cycle at home, and our Sports Day was replaced by a Multi-Site Sports Decathlon Challenge, where pupils both at home and also those who had returned to school took part in a programme of 10 activities. Each participant earned points for their house, as in a real Sports Day – this year the winners were Aire!

The year always ends with a Rewards Day for our pupils and this year was no different except it was virtual! We put together a selection of videos from magic shows, a Joe Wicks style fitness challenge from the RHS staff, cookery demonstrations, musical activities, story times finishing with a school disco with DJ Mrs Young!