A New Normal At School {The Ordinary Moments}

Welcome back to another week of the Ordinary Moments. If you haven’t joined in before this is a weekly linky that launches every Sunday morning and is open until midnight on the following Saturday. It’s a linky that celebrates any ordinary moments in your life – or the not so ordinary some weeks too. Basically – anything goes. I’ll be sharing and commenting on the posts that are linked up during the week and there’s a badge at the bottom of the post if you’d like to add it to yours too.

This week the children went back to school. It was something I was looking forward to and that the children were both really excited about. After five and a half months at home it was about time for a change of scenery and getting back into a good routine.

Little Man has moved up to the Juniors and loves being able to go into school with his sister now. LP also loves having her little brother at the same campus. They spent two years at different campuses and we were all counting down to this year where everything got a little bit easier and much nicer for the children too.

School is much the same as they are used to. They have their friends, familiar teachers and all the lessons that they’ve come to know and love. But, there are differences too.

They can’t take their own possessions with them to school – no backpacks or reading books – and just take a water bottle, snack and hand sanitiser. They have break times and lunch times just with the children from their year groups and there are no assemblies or after school clubs.

Lunches are mainly eaten in their classrooms and they get to have lunch in the hall once a week. It’s a lot of change but I’ve come to realise children are so resilient and our two often just go along with whatever is asked of them. They’ve been absolutely fine going back.

I’m now looking forward to next week, a full week of our new routine and the start of the children’s swimming lessons too. This coming week will be a good dose of the new normal and something I’m sure the children will happily go along with too.

I’m so glad that the children are back at school. It’s one of their favourite places, it makes them happy and they always have so much to tell us after every day. It’s so nice that they’ve been able to go back and are enjoying it too.

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. All the schools seem to be so different. Ours can only take essentials and they keep their stuff with them at all times in class (no use of cloakroom), they can take in fountain pen for those that prefer that to the school pens but other than that just PE kit, water, snack and lunch if not having in school. Homework pack comes home each day along with their bag daily. Our do have morning club and after school clubs are back on. But no school swimming (and no out of school swimming lessons at the moment, as they usually go to a nearby private school which isn’t having external lessons. As you say, the kids just learn what the new is and get on with it.

    Glad its gone well with Troy moving up.

  2. I’m glad they are both happy to be back. I think a lot of schools are taking the virus very seriously and making safe environments for our children.

  3. It’s a shame they can’t see each other at playtimes etc to really feel the benefit of being on the same site but it must make life so much easier for you to be only dropping off in one place again! I’ve got one more year of split school runs (though only one more year after that of Chloe being at primary anyway!)

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