Doncaster school children and their teacher share their excitement about returning to school - one child says “I just can't wait to see our classroom again”

The pupils at Canon Popham Primary School are thrilled to be back in the classroom after a turbulent few months as they look forward to ditching Zoom for in person lessons.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 10:22 am

Natasha Clemitshaw is the Year Five teacher at Canon Popham C of E Primary Academy.

She is delighted to be returning to a full class on Monday, March 8.

Natasha said: “We have missed their happy faces and the joy that working with children face to face brings.

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“We all miss the things we once took for granted such as whole school assemblies, sitting in the hall, eating together, mixing with other classes at breaks and singing.”Natasha will be welcoming back her pupils with a fun day of activities and has planned an exciting science day on Tuesday, March 9.

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Her students are also excited to get back to the classroom.

Eddie Hughes, aged 10, said: "I've missed my friends.

Welcome back packs set up by teacher Natasha Clemitshaw.

“It has been hard to see them on Zoom but not being able to talk to them.“I am very excited to see my friends because we've got so many things to tell each other."

Nine year old Scarlett Harris agrees, she said: "I'm happy to be back in school.“I can't wait to see my friends.

“I understand learning way more in school.

“Mrs C can explain things better face to face."

Teacher Natasha Clemitshaw is going the extra mile to welcome back her pupils.

The past academic year has not been easy on anyone in the education system.

Natasha said: “This year has had its challenges including working in bubbles.

“We are so proud of their resilience and hard work.

“At first, I was worried about how the online teaching would go, but they rose to the challenge 100 per cent every day.”

Natasha says that her pupils adapted well to learning at home but she is excited to ditch Zoom for in person lessons.

Theo McDermott-Knight, aged 10, said: “I'm definitely happy and really excited to be back in school.“Seeing friends, playing with friends, being on the school field and learning at school- I just can't wait to see our classroom again.”

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