First News - - YOUR NEWS - by Aleena Khan, Chilton Pri­mary School, Ox­ford­shire

I have fin­ished Year 6 and it has been frus­trat­ing to have missed out on the fi­nal few months of pri­mary school. Be­lieve it or not, I am dis­ap­pointed to have missed my SATS too! How­ever, re­cently I asked my­self: “Have there been any pos­i­tives about liv­ing in lock­down?” Sur­pris­ingly, a fair few came to mind! I got to grips with tech­nol­ogy like never be­fore! Whether it was learn­ing on lap­tops, us­ing Zoom, an­swer­ing emails or ap­proach­ing my teach­ers for help vir­tu­ally, I re­alised learn­ing from a dis­tance is pos­si­ble! We have the great power to

IT is im­pos­si­ble to deny that the past few months have been chal­leng­ing for chil­dren who have had to miss months of school life. adapt – who knew an app could teach you frac­tions? We even made a cheese­cake with my teacher on Zoom!

Lock­down showed me just how im­por­tant friend­ships are. I en­joyed com­ing up with cre­ative ways to con­nect and even sent hand-writ­ten let­ters to cheer my friends up! So­cially dis­tant pic­nics in the gar­den are not just pos­si­ble, but en­joy­able!

As a fam­ily, we shared so many meals to­gether. Some­times we had three meals a day to­gether and I was amazed at how much there was to talk about!

Liv­ing in lock­down showed me the im­por­tance of fit­ness and well­be­ing. I aimed to do at least 10,000 steps a day, reg­u­lar runs in the open air and short bursts of ex­er­cise with my fam­ily.

His­tory will re­mem­ber us as peo­ple who made a dif­fer­ence dur­ing a global cri­sis.

All young peo­ple in this coun­try have done their bit and should feel proud. I cer­tainly do.


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