News from the School

RAPS School Closure Update #2

easter eggs
The children have been making easter eggs in school.

Hello everyone, we hope you’re all still saying safe during this pandemic lockdown and everyone is well and happy.

Even though we’re officially in the Easter holidays, we still have staff and children of key workers going into school for childcare. To make the most of it the staff put out a weekly schedule of activities for the children in school to try and keep things as varied and exciting as possible.

To give you an idea, the day starts at around 8.30 when the children will perform some daily exercise, this could be Joe Wicks Live , different activities in the hall or if the weather is as glorious as it has been, outdoor activies such as run a mile. After this the children are brought back in at about 9.15 and split into groups to do some educational activities such as maths, english or a reading topic. From 11 the children will go around school and perform various tasks such as gardening and allotment tasks, litter picking, go on the fitness trail, or continue the fabulous chalk drawings on the yard. They’ll break for lunch at 12.15.

The children watering plants and gardening around the school grounds
The children watering plants and gardening around the school grounds.

After lunch the children work on various fun projects. Next week for example we have in place, making sculptures, flower arranging into vases, making bird feeders and kites, and making delicious chocolate biscuit balls.

With this in mind lets take a look at some of the things that have been going on within school:

To spread some much needed Easter Springtime cheer in the local community the children have been picking our beautiful daffodils from the school grounds and them leaving them on peoples doorsteps. They have already been met with many thanks.

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The children picking some beautiful daffodils from the school grounds to leave on peoples doorsteps.

One of the highlights of the week must have been the things the chidren performed around the Olympic games. This included flag making and thinking about the values and ethos of the games. This was followed up by an actual Olympic Games between the children. There was even a podium!

olympics podium
Bronze, silver and gold on the RAPS Olympics podium.

#rapsathome carries on . Please keep sending us videos, pictures and stories of what the children are doing at home during this time by using the hashtag #rapsathome on your twitter posts. Some great examples of this are below, we appreicate all that we get.

We’ve been reading many stories about how wildlife has become more emboldened during our current lockdown and we’re pleased to announce at RAPS that we have our very own wood pigeon nesting in the juniors yard where normally there would be footballs flying all over the place. Bless her.

woodpigeon nesting
Our wood pigeon on his/hers nest.

You may also have noticed on our twitter feed or the school website that Mr Williams is taking the time to read the younger children a story on a daily basis. Its nice to see a friendly face.

Staff have also carried on adding things for the children on Google Classrooms and Mr Bolton has even done a Class Hangouts Meet where he teachers a lesson over a video conference. We’ll be looking to roll this out more.

Thats all from us now, please be sure to send us any links of fun activities you may find and please check both Twitter and Google Classroom on a daily basis.

Stay safe!