Over 8,000 primary school pupils have continued to enjoy PE and PSHE sessions during lockdown thanks to the Foundation of Light.
Each week, schools across the north east have been supplied with activity packs and resources to help them continue to deliver curriculum-based sessions to pupils, either in school or virtually online.
One school that has really felt the benefits is Greenland Community Primary School in Durham:
“We’re in the top 10% of the most deprived areas in the UK and we’ve had a lot of vulnerable children accessing education during lockdown,” Anne-Marie Lewis, a teacher from Greenland explained.
“Over the weeks our numbers have increased with more demand on key workers; the resource packs the Foundation have provided have really helped our teachers’ workloads.
“With ready-made curriculum-based activities they have also played their part in supporting our staff’s mental health and well-being, which is also a priority during these strange times.”
Marc Webster from Hadrian Primary School agrees the packs have been a great asset:
“The children have really enjoyed the PE and PSHE packs the Foundation have been supplying.
“They’re an excellent resource and they’ve provided pupils with some really interesting activities to keep them busy.”
Gillas Lane Primary has used the resources to aid blended learning, which they have introduced, using them both in school and publishing them online for parents to access.
Kayleigh Cooper explained: “We are finding the packs really useful. We are putting videos onto our Facebook page to promote it and the other activities onto our website.
“I am texting all parents to let them know that the resources are available. They are a very good balance and the activities are easy enough for parents to do with their children.”
Written By Kate Smith
30 June 2020