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Whitby Headteacher Describes "Very Different" School Day

Whitby Headteacher Describes "Very Different" School Day

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:17pm 24th March 2020. (Updated at 12:22pm 24th March 2020)

A Whitby Headteacher has described a "very different" day as schools adjust to being closed to all except children of key workers and those who are vulnerable.

Catherine Matthewman, Headteacher of Airy Hill Primary School spoke to Paddy In The Morning earlier and described how the first day had gone:

"It was very different from any normal school day but we think it went really well. Yesterday we had 10 children in school. We're working with a skeleton staff at school. We've got some of our lovely teaching assistants and myself in school. We had a day where the children accessed their home learning that had been set by their class teachers. Around that we had lots of playful activities.  We made sure we went outside and got lots of fresh air. The children could have a school dinner if they wanted to. And we had some games and fun, trying to keep the children happy, upbeat and trying to keep some normality in this very strange situation".

Mrs Matthewman also said teachers were keeping in touch with children at home:

"Everyday there are new activities which are posted on our school website for each class. And if children would like that marked, or some responses, their parents can email that in and the teacher gets back to them. We also have some people ringing around just making sure everyone's OK. We want our school community to know we are still here for them".

Hear the full interview here:


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