Author: Oona Gilbertson

Our thanks to the NHS and all who support them.


We were all truly grateful for the astounding efforts of the NHS staff – some of whom we got to know more over the period of lockdown and slowly reopening. Without them we’d not have felt so confident about reopening school to more families from the start of June so a BIG THANK YOU!

The staff were delighted by your very generous box of goodies that arrived in a box all linked to the thank you theme – we did pose briefly without social distancing before forming an orderly line! It was a very kind idea and much appreciated.


Forest School, Spanish and Sports during Lockdown


Special thanks to Mrs Jones who set up our own forest school events here in the field – from shelters to fires to natural sculpture and clay work she lead a weekly session right through the Spring time and even managed to squeeze in a final session for the Y6 leavers!

Many of you enjoyed our Spanish tasks on Seesaw – thanks to Mr Rignal for making his own videos and for commenting on all your Spanish work. We were lucky to have Mr Rignal leading some Spanish shopping at school too.


Not only did we enjoy daily keep fit in school – and along with most of the nation lots of Joe Wicks sessions too! We also enjoyed a weekly focus on sports with Mrs Gaywood. She also made her own Youtube videos combining her role working in the Deaf school in Sheffield and signing her keepfit instructions on the clips!

Do look at your seesaw page to see her activities from the Spring and Summer 2020

We also did yoga and funky dance videos on a regular basis – lots of being active!

Learning at home and learning to be at home with family – all the time


We also enjoyed the many photos of home learning – we generally got to see the fun things but we know there was a lot of reading, some writing and lots of maths too! If you look on our class pages we’ve been setting work each week and also there are the weekly sports challenges. We subscribe to First News which has been uploaded every week as well as Picture News which is a great way to keep talking and discussing current topics at home.

Your photos were a source of great encouragement for others to see that they too were allowed to do PE in your PJs and to bake lots as well as get outside into the glorious sunshine!

There were Brownie Challenges, zoom quizzes, Y6 baking online, craft squares and lots of ideas that the PTFA shred to keep everyone very busy. Some of you made heart shaped messages for those in hospital. There were many opportunities to help those around you by just going for a chat across the gate. Well done Eyam Community for getting stuck into helping each other feel safe and part of the village even when we couldn’t go out.


VE Day remembered


We joined the community in a show of gratitude for those who had given up their lives for our freedom in 1945 some 75 years ago.

Victory in Europe Day is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe.


Lockdown at School


Here is what we’ve been up to in school – lots of outdoor activity and keeping fit then on line learning the same as those at home……. with social distancing much of the time and LOTS of hand washing! It was fun (really) and our Key Worker children were lovely to be with – helpful and accepting that it was not school as usual. Staff ran breakfast club and after school club too and as far as possible we made it feel like learning as a family – and most of the time it was sunny too!



We hope our wild flower meadow will be a haven for insects and look pretty too!


It was heavy work sorting out the pond area and turfing ready for the meadow – thank to Mr Brimer who did most of that! We look forward to the results over the Summer term and into next year too we hope.

We planted the apple tree which had been a wonderful gift from Y6 last Summer.   

We also planted vegetable seeds and sunflower seeds – and sowed the wild flower meadow.

Thank you to Mr Brimer, the staff and our Key worker children.


Easter at Eyam


Whether you were at home or at school Easter was a combination of Easter fun in the garden and the school playing field, online egg events run by the PTFA and anticipation that we’d be back to normal quite soon…… little did we know!


Just look at all the fabulous entries for the Egg Challenge!

Well done to Mums and Dads for helping!

There were Treasure Hunts and Brownie zoom quizzes…..



Closed! for the foreseeable future……


Along with the rest of the country Eyam School is closed for most children.

On the day we closed the BBC ran a special report about the village coming together during the crisis……


Its not Easter yet but only children of Key worker families can come to school if they need child care …. what will they be doing?  who is going to teach them? will they get school lunch? will school be open over Easter? when can everyone else come back?

So many questions arose that week as we closed – following the Government guidelines, keeping the Governors updated, answering staff questions and figuring out how to communicate with the children whilst they were at home, finding out what other schools were doing and working out if we had staff to keep the school open and how we could also keep safe at home as well as at work …… it was an extraordinary week.

Terrific team work gets us to the finals


Squirrel class were thrilled to get through to the finals this year – to be held at LMS later in the Spring.

Mrs Gaywood’s skills and drills practise in the Lower Juniors contributes to this high level performance by our oldest pupils. Well done Team Eyam!