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Don't burst my bubble

‘Don’t bust my bubble’ is a new campaign in Cornwall to help younger children understand the meaning of social distancing. 

With schools extending their offer to early years, reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils from Monday (June 1st) and with lockdown measures easing, it’s important that children of all ages are able to understand what this means for how they interact with teachers and their friends.

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The campaign has been designed by Together for Families at Cornwall Council and resources will be sent to all schools, including a lesson plan developed by Gweres Tus Yownk, which teachers can use to explain about personal bubbles.

Cabinet member for children, health and wellbeing councillor Sally Hawken said: “Everyone is aware that life is different now and although this may be just another phase of the pandemic, we need to make sure children understand what social distancing is.

“We have to strike a balance between helping children understand why these measures are in place and that it isn’t their fault; these measures are to keep everyone safe.  A concept of a bubble is easy to understand, and the graphics are friendly and approachable.

“Because each school is different, the bubble concept could be used for an individual pupil or it could include a small number of other children. The important thing is that children don’t burst it.”

Schools across Cornwall have modified working practices, teaching spaces, timetables and conducted thorough risk assessments to ensure it is safe for them to extend their offer.  Each school is doing something different and parents are urged to contact their head teacher for more information or to discuss any issues or concerns.

The Department for Education have been issuing regular guidance and the Education team at Cornwall Council have been supporting schools to prepare for this.

Some of the advice includes:

  • sitting children at desks that are far apart
  • ensuring everyone queues and eats further apart than normal
  • visiting the toilet one after the other
  • putting guidelines on the floor in corridors
  • avoiding unnecessary staff gatherings

Sally continued: “Schools are going to look very different places to the one these children left in March, but I know teachers have been going above and beyond to help children prepare.  This has been a real team effort with schools, academies, teachers, staff and Together for Families, working hard to support each other.”

If you are a teacher and would like to request more informaiton please email tffcommunications@cornwall.gov.uk