At the time of writing this the lockdown shows no sign of being eased, Borris has just come out of hospital, and the weather for this week looks rubbish. I’ve lost all sense of time, but I think this will be week 6 of clapping on a Thursday for NHS and Key Workers???
Joe Wicks is a distant memory, but now the boys enjoy an hour of the fantastic BBC Bitesized every ‘school day’ from 9 till 10am followed by some online study with Oak National Academy. We try to keep to early nights on weekdays, but last week was a bit messed up due to my ten year old having a new app ‘Heavens Above’, which tells you what wonders might be spotted in the night sky - in real time. I’m sure we were not the only people wrapped in blankets, staring up into space trying to spot Elon Musk’s SpaceX train of 60 starlink satellites last week. Sadly, despite two or three very late nights with neck ache, we only saw about ten to fifteen of them ( spread out, and not very clearly) plus a couple of possible Falcon rockets. Other people in Shepton seemed to get a great view, and we were most jealous of the photos adorning facebook ‘friend’s pages the following day. The late nights, hot days and long walks, made for less than enthusiastic ‘student’s and sometimes homeschool ended up being less structured. One day we just made ‘squishy soap’ with cornflour, washing up liquid and food colouring. Another, I made a ‘Tuck shop’ so the boys could ‘learn maths’ and also pay for their snacks with pocket money - genius! We also invented a probably very unsafe water slide by pointing the hose at the trampoline. Though it thrilled the kids, I was unable to enjoy getting sunburnt whilst listening to my neighbours drilling and sanding DIY project. Instead, I was sure the boys would befall some terrible injury and kept shouting “Be careful- I‘m not taking you to hospital!!!” and the classic “If you break your legs, don’t come running to me !!”
The children, on the whole, are coping quite well- but they are missing their friends. I’m especially worried about my year 6 boy, who will be going up from St.Paul’s Junior School to Whitstone Secondary in September..probably. Not only will he miss out on all the school leavers celebrations, but also those vital transition activities. As an SEN pupil, he would usually get extra help- but it’s vital for all pupils. I know that both head teachers, Mr. Chris Partridge and Mr.Guy Swallow are acutely aware of the problem- and I’ve been told that they’re meeting ( online) to discuss solutions. Remember , they’re still putting themselves and staff at risk every day to educate and protect the children of key workers and the most vulnerable in our community. I’m filled with gratitude for all our teachers, school & nursery staff. Let’s show them some love too ! Follow my socials @mrsbrysonbanks for my lockdown life.
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)