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We’re back to school – again!

Posted on 08th of April 2021

As school has reopened and pupils have settled back into the classroom again, Mrs Webster, Headteacher at Pilgrims School, explains how Pilgrims adapted to deliver a full and rich curriculum while pupils were learning from home and how the school has ensured that children were provided with a happy and welcoming environment on their return.

After learning from home for the second time in the space of a year, we have made it a priority to ensure that everyone settled back in comfortably and enjoyed being back in their school environment.

The children have transitioned between learning from home and learning in the classroom in such a positive manner. And, of course, they have been so excited to meet up with friends again, some of whom they hadn’t seen since Christmas.

Positive minds both inside and outside the classroom

Since welcoming back all our little people, our main focus has been ensuring the children feel happy and safe. We have focused on reducing anxiety and ensuring both children and parents are aware of how the school has adapted and is operating safely.

As a school, we also work closely with the Making Me charity and we will be holding a special Children’s Mental Health Week early in the summer term. The week will provide the children with lots of opportunities to express their feelings – whether through stories, pictures or games – telling us what they can do, what they like to do most and also what they would like to learn to do next. Something for grow-ups to think about too!

Pilgrims pupils outside

One of our school values is ‘curiosity’ and outdoor learning is a valuable tool for the children at Pilgrims, especially as the weather improves.

As part of their summer term topic, ‘Stick Together’, our Year 1 children will be spending their entire first day back at school on the field! They will discover what creatures live in our pond, learn to identify the plants and trees around them, take part in team-building games , create dens using whatever they can find in the woods and lots more.

Outdoor learning not only enables pupils to be curious, but it also encourages imagination and creativity, which in turn enables the children to flourish.

I hope that the children all have a lovely, well-deserved Easter break and we look forward to seeing them again in the summer term.

If you want to find out more about our school, head to our Open Day page to see how we engage and inspire each child to unearth their individual interests and talents at Pilgrims.