Apologies that I failed to blog yesterday; with budget setting, meetings and power cuts the day disappeared. I woke this morning and realised I’d missed the boat!
Earlier today the year 6 pupils, their teaching team and I had a very lovely zoom meeting. It was so really good to see you all and to hear snippets of the things you’ve been doing in lockdown. Baking, caring for animals, walking, cycling, music and art all featured in the feedback. Some of us are already looking forward to next week’s virtual gathering. The children listened attentively to the flattering and sensitive feedback their teaching team gave.
Our Year 6 know the value of using primary sources when researching recent history. I pointed out that they as adults they will be able to speak to Primary School children and give first hand experience of living through the 2020 Lockdown. I hoped that the experience of staying at home in lockdown had given them time to reflect, to think and to appreciate. I read them the following poem by WH Davies,
What is life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
Zoom tomorrow with all the other classes, looking forward to seeing you all.