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In pictures – children enjoy first day back at school with help of tipis

PUBLISHED: 16:32 01 June 2020 | UPDATED: 19:01 01 June 2020

East Bergholt Primary School pupils have been learning outside under canvas, in two large tipis put up to create extra learning space and help social distance  Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

East Bergholt Primary School pupils have been learning outside under canvas, in two large tipis put up to create extra learning space and help social distance Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Charlotte Bond

Children in East Bergholt have been enjoying their first day back at school in the open air, thanks to a local events company who has installed two tipis in the school’s grounds.

East Bergholt Primary School pupils have been learning outside under canvas, in two large tipis put up to create extra learning space and help social distance  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDEast Bergholt Primary School pupils have been learning outside under canvas, in two large tipis put up to create extra learning space and help social distance Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Jenna Ackerley, who runs Events Under Canvas, has donated the tipis to East Bergholt Primary School, to help give something back to her community and help the school prepare for the increased numbers of children.

The primary school is one of many schools across the country which has today welcomed the return of children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 – as the country aims to ease out of the coronavirus lockdown.

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Mrs Mitchell, headteacher of the primary school in East Bergholt, said she was “thrilled” to have Jenna’s offer of the tipis in the school grounds.

Fliss, year 5, during a lesson inside the tipi  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDFliss, year 5, during a lesson inside the tipi Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

She said: “The government guidelines for schools say that we should teach children in the open air as much as possible, so the tipis are ideal for this.

“They are big enough for us to ensure social distancing whilst enabling the children to learn, listen to stories, play and have shade for lunches.

“This has been a difficult time for children and families, the tipis on the field will be a source of excitement and fun which is fantastic!”

Brother and sister Max and Evie love spending time outside in the tipis at East Bergholt Primary School  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDBrother and sister Max and Evie love spending time outside in the tipis at East Bergholt Primary School Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Two of Jenna’s children attend the school and therefore she was aware of the struggles the school faced in trying to get pupils back to the learning environment safely.

The tipis usually cater for around 100 people, but with the recommended two metre restrictions, Jenna says they could fit around 30 people if needed.

She said: “We wanted to support the school and help them create some outdoor space for the children, so that some could have lunch in there, or story time for example.”

Max learning inside the tipi  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDMax learning inside the tipi Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The award-winning events company has been forced to postpone or cancel a number of its summer events as a result of the pandemic, with all staff furloughed.

Many of Jenna’s team either attended East Bergholt Primary School or have a child who goes there, so the company says it has a good connection with the school.

East Bergholt Primary School pupils have been learning outside under canvas, in two large tipis put up to create extra learning space and help social distance  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDEast Bergholt Primary School pupils have been learning outside under canvas, in two large tipis put up to create extra learning space and help social distance Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Siblings Amy and Sam and Evie and Max, from East Bergholt Primary School   Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDSiblings Amy and Sam and Evie and Max, from East Bergholt Primary School Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The Events Under Canvas team, who put up the two tipis at East Bergholt Primary School. Picture: EVENTS UNDER CANVASThe Events Under Canvas team, who put up the two tipis at East Bergholt Primary School. Picture: EVENTS UNDER CANVAS

Fliss, year 5, and James, year 2, enjoy learning outside in the tipis at East Bergholt Primary School  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDFliss, year 5, and James, year 2, enjoy learning outside in the tipis at East Bergholt Primary School Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Evie and Sam in the tipi, put up to create extra learning space and help social distance  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDEvie and Sam in the tipi, put up to create extra learning space and help social distance Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The team from Events Under Canvas put the tipis up at the school grounds in East Bergholt during half term. Picture: EVENTS UNDER CANVASThe team from Events Under Canvas put the tipis up at the school grounds in East Bergholt during half term. Picture: EVENTS UNDER CANVAS

East Bergholt Primary School pupils have been learning outside under canvas in two large tipis put up to create extra learning space and help social distance  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDEast Bergholt Primary School pupils have been learning outside under canvas in two large tipis put up to create extra learning space and help social distance Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Siblings Amy and Sam in the tipis at East Bergholt Primary School   Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDSiblings Amy and Sam in the tipis at East Bergholt Primary School Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The team from Events Under Canvas put the tipis up at the school grounds in East Bergholt during half term. Picture: EVENTS UNDER CANVASThe team from Events Under Canvas put the tipis up at the school grounds in East Bergholt during half term. Picture: EVENTS UNDER CANVAS

Reception pupil Amy learning in the tipi at East Bergholt Primary School  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDReception pupil Amy learning in the tipi at East Bergholt Primary School Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND


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