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  • Writer's pictureLaura Lyles

Lockdown 2020 Memories

So, we here we go once more. Words such as bubbles, social distancing, unprecendented, lockdown, restrictions, stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives, sanitiser and stock piling are now a part of our daily vocabulary. Not to mention seeing Boris Johnson more than we see our friends and family with his updates, which rarely bring positive news during these uncertain times.

We wanted to share some of the fonder memories we made during the first quarantine last year and focus on the positive moments this period of time brought. Our staff and students really knew how to make the best of a bad situation - we hope for many more happier memories to share to, hopefully, raise a smile or two as we go through this once more together. We've done this before, we can do it again!

Whether our students are joining us virtually each day, or onsite, we are here to help. Check out our CV-19 page on our website for some useful social stories to share with your young people. We will continue to update everyone using the usual methods and will endeavour to keep our CV-19 page updated also.

Now, grab a cup of tea and let's look back at the 2020 Lockdown!

Clapping every Thursday to thank our wonderful NHS... our students also made lovely art work to display in their classrooms to show their gratitude.

Rainbows were created and placed in our windows to further share our national pride for our NHS heroes, perhaps we should get the colouring pens and paints out once more and decorate our homes again with rainbows.

Our students who board with us got busy with some DIY in their houses, helping choose the colours they wanted and were enthusiastically hands on painting and decorating their rooms themselves. Not all learning happens in the classroom!

We were blessed with warmer climates in the first lockdown, many students took their learning outside and focused on horticulture at home. Connor took to the garden with his DT recycling projects, choosing to use old yoghurt pots to plant his seeds.

Parents and carers began to find their feet with home learning, finding new and interesting ways to teach. Flo and her family decided to try some wonderful tie dying, creating wonderful T-Shirts for her and her brother to enjoy in the sunshine.

Who could forget Mr T's article published on the Special Needs Jungle on managing the risks, link below to refresh your memories;

Some students got hands on 'Adulting Lessons' - mowing the lawn, life learning at it's finest.

Back in the days when Boris thought singing 'Happy Birthday' twice whilst washing your hands would perhaps be sufficient enough. Warm up those vocal chords, sing again and keep on washing... and wearing your maks... and socially distancing... and all the other strategies we later learned were indeed as important.

Our mobile classrooms were taken away and replaced by this fantastic colourful sensory circuit in the front playground, created by Mr O'Neil's own fair hands.

Anyone else missing the beautiful sunshine of lockdown one?