Author: Oona Gilbertson

Welcome back


We always start the year with a staff snap and this year we enjoyed coffee in our beautiful wild fower meadow that we planted during lockdown – its our thankyou to the NHS and thank you to staff for supporting those families throughout lockdown.

Good luck to everyone as they return to school

Goodbye and Good Luck to y6


What a year to remember 2020

Here are our Leavers with their hoodies!

Celebrating with our last Forest school afternoon

   How many y6s can you spot?

Transition this year took place via zoom and web based drone videos!

Our fabulous tea party presentation of ‘The Great realisation’ by Tom Foolery – the older pupils dramatised the poem showing great memory, co-ordination and team work, with evocative music by Lucas Gilbertson. We shared our memories, hopes and aspirations…..

The poem: The Great Realisation of 2020



Ice cream for those moving on including the significant y2s who will be Juniors in September!

Have a great time y6 being grown up and remember to take our values and our positive aspirations with you!


Enjoy a wonderful Summer everyone and we plan to see you ALL in September!


Sports day – Yes we can and we will do it!


Celebrating sport is so important for the body and mind especially when you’ve been at home alot. Here are Y3-6 having a socially distanced and competitive afternoon of sport -not quite the usual but still good fun and full of sporting team spirit!

 Well done Pevril who won on the day! A big thanks for Mrs Gaywood who showed great determination to run all the Covid friendly events so effectively!


Reflections of Covid (part one)


The youngest children were asked to create a time capsule back in May and to actually bury it in their gardens to be found in future years – to create a memory of 2020. The older pupils wrote about how Covid had effected them and their family’s lives during the Spring this year. We put this together for the Parish magazine in June.

Spring 2020 our lives changed – will it be forever?

At the start when we shut it was scary as no one knew who was going to save us from the virus. Are we going to survive? I had such mixed feelings

At the beginning home schooling was ok but then my brother needed more help and I had to work by myself, it was stressful. My parents worried about money and about homeschooling as were were all at different key stages  and they were working too. We used work that the teachers had put on the website for us. We also had Seesaw which is an online platform for sharing photos and videos of us doing keep fit or showing things we had made – as well as work.

For me it was ok because there was lots to do on the farm and I learnt new skills – I can’t help thinking about people who don’t have a garden to play in. I was worried about not seeing my Gran and Grandad – and the rest of my family. I was worried about my parents because I didn’t think they would get paid.

We heard the Prime Minister alot saying ‘stay home save lives!’ so we had to do that which meant we couldn’t see our friends. I was worried incase we got the virus when my Mum went shopping but she has been ok.


I liked being with my family and spending time playing games and being in the garden too.  I spent more time helping on the farm – I enjoyed using the machinery and doing jobs. Luckily i could go to school because my parents were key workers. We did online work and it was strange. I enjoyed being at home and being with my family – we did have some up and down moments! It was hard for my dad as he always had lots of important meetings and so he had to work all day even though he was at home. My Dad was furloughed and we are wondering when he might ever be at work again.

It was starting to get boring being at home but the best bit was zooming y6. Each week the Y6 lead their own baking zoom and we all made the things at home – we taught each other, it was my favourite thing in lockdown.


The news of school reopening for more children filled us with joy – the thought of normal life again. I was so excited about seeing my friends again.

I was worried about what games we might play at school and how we would manage to socially distance. It turns out that its ok – we all have our own pens and can’t share equipment and it feels different because we can’t work together on things or sit in groups – we all have our own desk. There are lines on the floor for lining up and lunch and breaks are at different times, the bubbles don’t mix. You wash your hands a lot and don’t get too close to others but really other than that its amazing!


In September we are going to new schools – it should be easier to socially distance because it’s a bigger school. There won’t be any assemblies or big gatherings and we might have to stay in the class all day.

Written by Y6 pupils 2020

What is in the News – how does it effect us all.


There was more going on than just getting back to school……..we tried throughout Covid to ensure we’d posted resources onto the class pages that covered current affairs such as;

The benefit of lockdown to animals and wildlife – how did we feel about the quiet?


Refugee Week

The children considered how it might feel to arrive in a new place  – we used some great resources which helped us to talk about empathy and sympathy and the children were able to watch videos through the eyes of a child. It was interesting to listen to the children exploring the idea that lockdown has prevented us from seeing our friends and family and that perhaps this helps us understand better how lonely it would be if you don’t have friends to talk to.

Written by a year one child ……..Dear God, Thank you for our lovely family. Please look after refugees and people that have had to leave their homes.  Amen

Black Lives Matter


Not only did we receive this excellent resource to share across the school. We were also sent a host of material that meant staff could show the children how many other people were concerned about this across the globe.

We discussed the meaning of significant words such as justice, racism, equality, rights and the effects of working together to raise important issues .  We reminded children that we’d learnt about significant women during the Autumn and that this current action was related to the work of Rosa Parks. The children also considered why we have statues and what they say about our history. There was plenty to discuss and we encouraged the children to realise that they too have a part to play in creating a safe place for others to live.

Re opening for more families – at last


What a lot of regulations and measures and hoops but here were are back to teaching in school – whilst also continuing to set work and keep in touch with everyone at home too! Yes quite a challenge but the returning children were super and quickly settled into life with the new normal.

 sitting well apart ….. and working more independently

 The new scooters were a real hit!

Thanks to the lunch staff for ordering these in March!

Lots of visitors commented on our fabulous hand Steriloc sanitizer which kept the staff germ free – a massive thankyou for the generous donation.


We kept up with mindfulness activities, lots of outdoor learning, keep fit and of course hand washing!

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.