By Sarah Beresford
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With the new term coming, I thought back over the last few months, and personally I feel we've learnt a lot about the teachers and the schools our children are taught in. I for one appreciate much more the skills that are required to be a teacher -it's not easy!
Though, the pandemic has been a challenge for schools (and parents also!), I've heard some amazing stories about how local schools have helped their pupils during the pandemic.
And not just by teaching classes remotely, but videoing stories and story time, engaging pupils in outdoor activities remotely. Activities range from fun challenges such as jumping over toilet rolls or obstacles in the house to keep our nippers fit, to virtual campovers, dressing up competitions, to inviting famous sports stars to drop in remote school learning sessions.
At Witham Hall Year 6 were joined live from Kenya by Olympic gold medal winner Crista Cullen MBE for a Geography lesson. Having watched a video that Crista had pre-recorded in front of the Ewaso river, in the Namunyak Conservancy in the heart of Samburuland, the children engaged in a live discussion with a real expert and learnt a lot about the unique tribes on the African continent.
As nature became ever more important, with the children needing to be outside more, schools such as St Mary and St John's Primary School North Luffenham, and Edith Weston Primary school saw teachers encouraging learning about pollination, building dens, building bug hotels, and learning about bees through creating bee homes. And I'm sure there are many other examples of this in Rutland and Stamford schools. It seems, no matter what, and in such tricky times, everyone is pulling together to make 2020 memorable for reasons other than the pandemic.