Children at Acresfield Primary School appreciate the smaller things

Children at Acresfield Primary School appreciate the smaller things

Nursery children at Acresfield Primary School have made a special wish list of the things they hope to do when the coronavirus crisis is over.

The youngsters, who are learning in the safety of  home while the nation tackles the pandemic, have been asked to consider all the things they hold dear during an exercise laid on by teachers.

Each of them have written down what they would love to do once they can move freely again, and it proved that money can’t buy happiness.

Among the things they yearn for were riding in a shopping trolly, going to the beach, seeing a rainbow, visiting the park and going back to school!

They placed their wishes in a jar, ready to be opened once they are reunited again.

Headteacher Mike Dixon said: “It was not a surprise to see some of the things the children are missing most, family, friends and adventures. Hopefully it won’t be too long before they can enjoy these things again.”

The project is part of the school’s drive to provide fun ways for children to learn at home.

Mr Dixon added: “They receive learning tasks, which include reading, maths, spelling, topic and writing, every day and we try to deliver them in as many new and exciting ways as we possibly can.

“All of the staff are working incredibly hard to engage the children remotely with their learning, as well as supporting the children of our critical worker families, who are in school each day, as they support our local community in the fight against Coronavirus.”

“The response from our families has been great, with amazing examples of work being sent in via electronic platforms, photos and video clips.

“Feedback from parents across the school has also been extremely positive, and it is great to see the teamwork between home and school continuing at this challenging time.”

The wish list was one of a number of inspirational challenges designed to keep the children engaged and learning.

Children are getting PE and art skills clips, nursery children have had ‘pen pal’ emails set up, and staff are reading bedtime stories online.

They have created pet shops in their homes, written to friends and made artwork for the Countess of Chester Hospital.

And the youngsters who have seen their trip to The Liverpool World Museum cancelled have instead enjoyed a virtual tour.

When school reopen, all of the children at Acresfield will benefit from being able to use a new all-weather surface, which is currently being installed on the playing field. This will improve the space for the children at break times and enable whole classes to use it during P.E. lessons.

Mr Dixon said “We are looking forward to getting our children back, so they can enjoy this new space. We are sure they are going to love it!”

Acresfield, near Chester Zoo, is one of only 20 schools in the country to win the top £20,000 prize in Aldi’s Kit for School campaign.

The primary, which joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) last year, is benefiting from sharing ideas and best practice with other schools within the trust.’ Mr Dixon says joining NWAT has huge additional benefits for pupils, including sharing resources with the Trust’s other schools such as Delamere Academy, near Northwich, and St Martin’s Academy, Chester, which are both also rated ‘outstanding’.

Steve Docking CEO of NWAT said: “Acresfield is a hugely successful school and continues to ensure, even in these challenging times, that it meets the needs of all its pupils, both those working remotely and those of critical workers, who are still attending each day.”

For more information about Acresfield Primary, email: admin@acresfield.cheshire.sch.uk or tel:  01244 257350.