Bishopsteignton Primary School reactions to Lockdown

Reflections on the first Lockdown in 2020, from  pupils at Bishopsteignton Primary School.

Reflections from Year 1 and 2 pupils in Adventurers Bubble

Reception Year artwork in Lockdown, Layla
Bishopsteignton Primary School Reception Year artwork in Lockdown, Layla

Firstly what do you know about the Corona virus? What did it mean for you?

Year 1 boy: It’s like a big storm that makes us stay 2 meters or 1 meters away from each other.

How did you feel about Lockdown and the Corona Virus? Were you scared, sad, worried, or happy to be at home?

Year 1 boy: I like how school is different because I really like having our own playtime space.

Year 1 boy: I felt scared because you couldn’t touch people. Now I feel better because I am with my friends at school.

How did you feel about being away from school? What did you miss about school?

Year 1 boy: I liked staying away from school to play Lego but I did miss my friends. I am back at school now.

Year 1 girl: I missed my friends.

What was good about being at home?

Year 1 boy: I got to play with my brother a lot more and I got to go in the pool for longer.

Year 1 boy: I got to play more and have TV. When I was at home quite a lot and I got to go on my bike a lot.

What did you do at home when you were away from school? Did you do the school learning? Did your mum, dad , brother or sister help you with your learning?

Year 1 boy: Yes and sometimes it was mummy and sometimes it was daddy. Some of it was really hard and mummy didn’t really understand it but we got it all done in the morning to then play in the afternoon.

Sophie's game, Bishopsteignton Primary School. Lockdown
Sophie’s game, Bishopsteignton Primary School. Lockdown

What is it like being back to school? Has anything changed? What is different ? Do you like it? What do you miss?

Year 1 girl: It is good because I get to see my friends. We can have choosing at the end of the day and have our own Lego.

Year 1 boy: We had lots of different teachers to start with. We could go on the fields in the afternoon. Now we have the same teacher and almost all of the year 1s are back. But not the year 2s.

What do you think school will be like after the holidays?

Year 1 boy: It will be different because everyone will come back and I will be a Year 2. We will do harder challenges and move onto AR books.

Year 1 boy: I think it might be a little bit harder because we go up a year.

Year 2 boy: It will be really nice to see my friends again and we enjoyed our playtimes and chasing.

How did you feel about being away from school? Did your feelings change the longer you were away from school?

Year 2 boy: Lovely to get a sleep in. I got to go to places like the beach when I would normally have to be at school. I loved riding my bike from Dawlish to Teignmouth.

Year 1 girl: I liked being with my family but I was missing my friends. I am happy to be in school now.

What did you do when you were at home? Did you go out? What did you see when you were out? What do you remember most about your walks?

Year 1 boy: I was playing Harry Potter Lego and I did some of my learning. I did my learning with Mummy because Daddy had to go to his work every day or do work at home on his computer. I went to the beach but there was too many people so we went back home and I was too tired to go in the paddling pool.

Year 1 boy: Daddy and I went to Haldon on the hard blue trail and the easy blue trail.

What do you remember most about being at home?

Year 1 Boy: Doing my school work and playing some football in the afternoon. Sometimes I went out in the mornings if it wasn’t raining on my bike or go kart.

Year 1 boy: I went into the hot tub and played with my Ninjago Lego.

Did you bake?

Year 1 girl: I baked cupcakes with icing and sweets! I made my own flapjacks and ate some at school for my packed lunch.

Year 1 boy: I made some banana cake and different flavour flapjacks. Next week we will make a cherry and raisin flapjack and I am looking forward to that!

Cinnamon buns made in lockdown
Cinnamon buns made in lockdown

Did you make things?

Year 1 boy: We made a little windmill for father’s day. We made it out of tissue paper and lollipop sticks. We put a screw inside and stuck it to the windmill. It spun around. We made sure that it was safe.

Year 2 boy: We made some origami. The bird was too hard, we all tried it but we did make a dinosaur and a shark

Did you do any gardening?

Year 1 girl: I planted some runner beans, some tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries and sunflowers. I have eaten some of the strawberries and the rest are still growing.

Did you read? What did you read?

Year 1 boy: At home we read orange books and school books and I have 5 golden stars on my Online reading books. I liked reading about fossils.

Year 2 boy: I read a new Captain Underpants book that I just got. It was really funny.

Bishopsteignton Primary School Lockdown Artwork
Bishopsteignton Primary School Lockdown Artwork

Did you watch films? What films did you see?

Year 1 girl: Yes we watched Peter Rabbit. Mr McGreggor tried to eat Peter Rabbit but Peter Rabbit escaped!

Did you play games? Board games or screen games? Which ones?

Year 1 boy: I played Guess Who with my brother and my Mummy and Daddy.

Year 2 boy: I played so many that I can’t even remember them!

During the Lockdown, did you clap for the NHS?

Year 1 boy: So mummy got a saucepan and a spoon, we hit the spoon on the saucepan to make lots of sound!

Year 1 girl: I clapped with my cousins.

Year 1 boy: We heard the ambulances put on their sirens and lots of people clapping and whistling and singing. I liked hearing it.

Did you paint rainbows or put teddies in the window?

Year 1 girl: A rainbow for my brother and myself. And for my family.

Year 2 boy: I made some rainbows for the street because we were just being nice and left them for them.

Year 1 boy: We made stripes, meteors and rainbows and put them in our sitting room windows for people to see.

Year 1 boy: So, we made some rainbows and stuck them on the gate for everyone to see when they drove past our house.

Did you celebrate VE day?

Year 1 boy: We went up to the top and someone had sewn a giant airplane.

Poster girl Caroline with her knitted spitfire
Poster girl Caroline with her knitted spitfire

 

Reflections from Year R, 1 and 2 pupils in Investigators Bubble

The first questions are about school and learning.

Firstly what do you know about the Corona virus? What did it mean for you?

Year 1 boy: If people get it they have to go to hospital. Its best you stay indoors because it is safer. When you go out you have to stay 2m away from each other and wear a face mask. I couldn’t go to the park because of Corona virus.  I couldn’t go in shops, me and my brother couldn’t but my mum could.

How did you feel about Lockdown and the Corona Virus? Were you scared, sad, worried, or happy to be at home?

Year 1 boy: It made me feel bored and sad. I couldn’t go out or go to my favourite places like tiakwondo. I felt sad because I couldn’t go to school. I missed school. I missed my friends.

How did you feel about being away from school? What did you miss about school?

Year 1 boy: I felt bored. I missed my friends. I missed maths, I like maths.

What was good about being at home?

Year 1 boy: I could play on my tablet and x-box 360. I went on my roller blades.

What is it like being back to school? Has anything changed? What is different ? Do you like it?

Year 1 boy: It’s good to be back. A couple of things have changed like the rules. We have to stay 2m away from each other, we can’t do the fun stuff I miss being close to my friends. I’m sat at a table 2m away from everyone else. I sit at the back. I have a good view. The classroom can only hold a few and now there is no more room in our class for everyone else. I do like it I’m away from my brother.

What do you miss? What do you think school will be like after the holidays?

I miss my friend. We had fun but he’s now in another class because of Corona virus.

What do you know about the Corona virus? What did it mean for you?

Year 2 boy: People can’t be together and I’m really sad about that. We have to be 2m apart and not touch each other. We can’t touch things from other bubbles like loads of stuff. Its ok I see a couple of friends. We’ve now started going to the park. They shut down the parks so you couldn’t touch stuff! I can now see my Grandma and Grandad they came to my house. Grandma got her foot stuck in a rabbit hole!

How did you feel about Lockdown and the Corona Virus? Were you scared, sad, worried, or happy to be at home?

Year 2 boy: Lockdown was good as I stayed at home! It didn’t worry me. I knew I would be safe.

How did you feel about being away from school? What did you miss about school?

Year 2 boy: It was ok but it was more than 100 days.  I missed doing maths. Maths is my favourite subject. I missed a few friends.

What was good about being at home?

Year 2 boy: We got to have fun. I did some gardening. I grew broccoli , peas, turnips, carrots, two types of peas and gooseberries, pumpkins and artichokes. I played sometimes. Helping my mum cook. I made a cake! It was so good!

Lockdown cake
Lockdown cake

What did you do at home when you were away from school? Did you do the school learning?

Year 2 boy: I did some learning at home with my dad. I liked doing the maths.

Did your mum, dad , brother or sister help you with your learning? What is it like being back to school? Has anything changed? What is different ? Do you like it?

Year 2 boy:It is fun being back at school. It’s a bit different but fun! We learn we play with our friends.

You can’t touch your friends. We have to stay away from other classes.  I like being back at school.

What do you miss? What do you think school will be like after the holidays?

Year 2 boy: I miss my friends that didn’t come back to school. It will be better after the holidays because it will be the same.

The first questions are about school and learning.

Firstly what do you know about the Corona virus? What did it mean for you?

Year 1 girl: You have to stay 2m apart, if you don’t you could get the virus. You have to listen to what the government say. The government is at the top and the boss, if you don’t listen you may get it so you should just listen in the first place.  You can’t touch people. If you go in shops you can’t touch things, you have to wear a mask. In the shops there are 2m signs on the floor . Someone put them down to remember 2 metres. I am really sad about the corona virus, you can’t go outside and it makes you feel sad especially when you have visitors. I wish Corona was over so I could have sleep overs and movies.

How did you feel about Lockdown and the Corona Virus? Were you scared, sad, worried, or happy to be at home?

I felt sad and scared. I didn’t know what to do, but now I know.

How did you feel about being away from school? What did you miss about school?

I was really missing maths because I adore it so much. I missed playing with all our friends. The blue crates on the playground aren’t nice because we now can’t play with all our friends. ( The blue crates show where we can play) We used to be able to.

What was good about being at home?

You could do lots of stuff at home, like playing with your pets and playing with things. We now need to stay 2ms apart.

What did you do at home when you were away from school? Did you do the school learning?

I did some home learning. I did it with my mum. If mummy was working I would do it with daddy. I did some times tables at home.

What is it like being back to school? Has anything changed? What is different ? Do you like it?

It’s really nice to be back at school. It feels nice to be back you can play with your friends and do really fun stuff.

What do you miss? What do you think school will be like after the holidays?

I miss being with friends I like.  I think Corona virus will be over in September.

 

The first questions are about school and learning.

Firstly what do you know about the Corona virus? What did it mean for you?

Year 2 girl: You have to keep your distance. You can easily get it as its spreading all around the world. You have to stay indoors so you don’t catch it. Some people are worried about it.

I feel ok as long as you keep your distance. You wear a mask so you don’t get the virus.

How did you feel about Lockdown and the Corona Virus? Were you scared, sad, worried, or happy to be at home?

I felt ok with being at home because it kept you safer than being out.  This helps the old people.

Mummy listened to Boris Johnson. She told us we could only stay in one bubble. Granny couldn’t come round as we had to social distance.

How did you feel about being away from school? What did you miss about school? What was good about being at home?

I missed my friends a little. It was ok being at home as long as we could get out for a walk or go in the garden.

What did you do at home when you were away from school? Did you do the school learning? Did your mum, dad , brother or sister help you with your learning?

I did some school work at home. When mummy was at work I did it with daddy.  At home I played a lot. I went for walks. I played in the garden on my swings

What is it like being back to school? Has anything changed? What is different ? Do you like it?

It’s alright being back at school. We are back at school learning lots.  It’s different as things have been moved around. Our tables and sitting areas have moved, and there aren’t many people in here. The Explorers are in here and they aren’t normally here! I like it because it’s been moved in a safe way.

What do you miss? What do you think school will be like after the holidays?

I miss my family, I don’t get to see them much. I don’t know as it will be a new class for me. I think it will be spaced out and we will sit on chairs.

How did you feel about being away from school? Did your feelings change the longer you were away from school?

Year one boy: Not very comfortable and sad. I missed my friends.

Year one girl: I felt sad and lonely, because I had nothing to do.

Year one boy: Sad and bored because I didn’t have anyone to play with , I couldn’t go to the park. Not one was open.

Year one: I was happy because I had the best showers. I kept getting dirty, I was covered in sand!

Reception boy: I stayed on a farm and everyday I cleaned up the horse poo.

Year two girl: I slept with mummy. Sometimes I  felt nervous about being away from school.

Reception girl: I missed school. I had no friends to play with except my brother.

What did you do when you were at home?

Things that the children did at home: puzzles, clay, camped in the garden (4 children)

I played with my train track and tiny animals. Played on the swings. Drawing.

I went fishing.

Litter pick drawing
Litter pick drawing

 

Did you go out? What did you see when you were out? What do you remember most about your walks?

Lots of children went for walks. I missed my favourite water park. There were no cars on the road and no people.  No traffic noises. The cars were parked up. There was only allowed one person shopping per family. There were no children allowed in the shops.

We went on a walk me and my mum we saw 2 whippets, 4 puppies.

Did you bake?

About half children cooked: cupcakes, pancakes, cake, lemonade, jam tarts, lemon cakes, lemon drizzle cake, carrot cake cookies,

Lockdown rolls
Lockdown rolls

 

Reflections from children in Years 5 and 6

Child in Y6:

I started lockdown at home being bored and I have nothing to do but then my Mum got a job and sent us back to school and it was really different. It has been really fun because I never knew the people in my class very well but I know them quite well now. I remember that time when my sister and teacher had to go into a bramble bush and retrieve the ball; then it went in there again and we couldn’t get it back out again. Every day before we lost the ball we used to play dodgeball or volleyball. Everyone’s folders are full with work and art work. It has been nice having only a small number of people in the class because not many people talk at once.

Y6 girl:

During this global pandemic, lots has changed: not being able to see my friends as much, not being able to travel, I’m surprised that I haven’t  burst yet 🙂 We have continued to go to school, but, at the very start of lockdown, we were homeschooled then the school opened for certain people, and that’s when we started school again. It was different at first and I wasn’t so sure, but then I got used to the rules and it has been loads of fun. We played loads of dodgeball and volleyball and we got the ball stuck in the hedge numerous times. We found new things to talk about every day. And there was always that one person in the class who always sang songs from children’s shows. Even on the rainy days we would always find something to do. One week we had a full on art week and we all ended up drawing characters from cartoons. And on those Monday mornings, when we were all so tired, we would somehow find a way to make it through the day:)

Y6 child:

In lockdown, it has been strange: not being able to go to public places like Newton Abbot, being stuck inside, my hands burned and dry. One of the memories I had was me singing childhood songs, like 64 Zoo Lane and Peppa Pig. School was the same, though we did get more outside time!  It was social distancing with lessons, break and HOMETIME!!!!! The only thing that was frustrating was that I was the only boy, for most of the time, in my bubble – though it was fun!  I would probably do lockdown again ( but with more boys! )

 

Y5 child:

During lockdown (2020), I have learnt many new skills that I wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t been stuck in my house. One of my favorite memories is when I started gymnastics in my back garden, all of my memories came flashing back from years ago when I did gymnastics at a proper gymnastics club surrounded by people. When it was my sister’s birthday she got an air roll that people use in gymnastics to kick their legs over. After practicing for a long time, I managed to master a front and back walkover and a back bend.This was my favourite home memory.

 

Reflection sent in by a Y5 child who has not been in school:

My lockdown reflection.

In this experience I have, for one, found lots of new songs that I like (the songs that are underlined are ones that I really like,) Lewis Capaldi songs that I like: Tough, Leaving my love behind, Mercy, Forever, Hollywood, Let it roll and Rush e.c.t. Other songs that I like: In my head by Peter Manos.

Things that I have got into: Paddle Boarding, Drums, I want to play guitar e.t.c.

People that I miss: My old friends from my other (old) school. My family. My friends and people that I know here like my teachers :), other adults like my parents’ friends (kind of :D).

Anyway, I think I am actually most proud of some of my artwork! And my friends work as well! I found it really fun.