Headteachers and principals have praised staff, families and pupils as children returned to the classroom across the region this week.
After 10 weeks of learning at home it was time for new routines in the classroom as primary school children from Norfolk and Waveney adapted to changes.
With almost half of Norfolk’s primary schools reopening on Monday, June 1 a phased return has seen pupils in reception, year one and year six and some nursery classes resuming sessions.Pupils were hailed as superheroes as they welcomed Hulk on the return to the classroom at The Howard Junior School in King’s Lynn. Picture: The Howard Junior School
This is expected to increase to around 90pc by next week at schools in Norfolk.
One way systems, social distancing and staggered times at the start and end of the day are among a raft of changes to the normal school day, with children grouped into ‘bubbles’ for separate classes as they sit at separate desks.Pupils returned to the classroom with new measures in place at The Howard Junior School in King’s Lynn. Picture: The Howard Junior School
School leaders expressed pride as they hailed the children for adapting to these changes, and the “very supportive” parents for their backing, as communities rally together to adhere to the government guidelines.
At the end of the first week back, a special visitor surprised pupils at The Howard Junior School.
Gregory Hill, executive headteacher of the King’s Lynn school, said: “We had The Hulk in today (Friday) to say thank you to pupils for being superheroes coming back to school, from a superhero!
“Our staff, parents and pupils have fully participated in all our safety measures – hand washing stations and routines, temperature checks, social distancing – we’ve settled in everyone so well and made having fun a priority.
“We’re also ensuring our year six pupils are ready for secondary school. Our e-learning has been excellent being Norfolk’s only fully digital school already, so our pupils haven’t got behind in their learning.”