Life in the classroom continues uninterrupted for the small group of pupils at Sheffield’s Westbourne School whose parents are pandemic key workers.

An average of around eight children per day are still in attendance at the Broomhill independent school.

And although lessons may not be as formally structured as they were before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two teachers who are on site with the children every day provide a consistent and varied range of educational and fun activities.

Daily exercises with the hugely popular Joe Wicks PE live stream have been supplemented by visits from Adam Day, a fitness instructor and personal trainer from The University of Sheffield’s Goodwin gym.

Yoga sessions are also proving to be both extremely popular and also very relaxing.

After that, virtual lessons, following each year group’s timetable, are worked on in the Westbourne Junior School ICT suite – which is now the hub for class work indoors.

The children have also been able to take advantage of activities in the Westbourne outdoor learning area, the Forest School.

“Taking into account the challenges our students are facing just now, they are doing well and have really settled into the routine established each day,” said teacher Scott Watson.

“Friendship groups have established and it has been great to see our pupils of all ages coming together in and out of the classroom to play and learn.

“We are, of course, observing social distancing guidelines every day for now, as ever, the health and safety of our pupils is always our top priority.

“Just like the children who are learning from home, the pupils who are in school, ranged from Pre-School to Year 8, continued to access their learning via Google Classrooms and Google Meet tutorials from their teachers.

“And with a range of subjects that includes phonics, literacy, maths, science, music, Spanish, archaeology studies and Forest School activities we are pleased to be able to say that our Key Worker children are receiving the very best support and learning opportunities at this most challenging of times.”


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