National Day of Reflection - Mar 21

Tuesday, 23 March, 2021 (All day)

On  23 March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, there was a  National Day of Reflection to reflect on our collective loss, support those who've been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future. Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind

Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died. Too many lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved.

We  invited children to come to school dressed in yellow on the day. During the day there were  opportunities for children to reflect  and consider the last year. It was done in a sensitive and age appropriate way. Our litteslet leaners enjoyed their sunny yellow theme day and filled it with happy painitngs and activities.

Mrs B wrote to our Y5 and Y6 class.She told them that they are living through extraordinary times and that to coincide with the National day of Reflection we wanted to mark this last year by creating an archive of the voice of our children who have experienced life during a global pandemic.  Their reflections are amazing, thoughtful,  mature and wise. We'd love to share each and every one of them with you and plan to put them together as a book to keep in the school library.  We have just chosen a few snippets to share with you in this newsletter along with some lovely photos of our littlest learners enjoying the day of reflection in their own way. The comparison  in the responses between our 4 year olds and our 11 year olds serve as a great reminder of how our learners grow and continue to flourish despite everything they are living through.

 As this term draws to a close, their thoughts  serve as a pause and a promise of brighter days to come

We  all know that there are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we're facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come.

If you would like to make a donation to Marie Curie you can do so  through parentpay. ‘ National Day of Refection.’