Children’s thoughts on lockdown
I’ve seen quite a bit in the media about how adults have been coping since 23rd March. I’ve also seen adults talking about how they think children are coping or not coping. I thought it would be good to ask some of the primary age children in Jubilee Kids about their experience of lockdown.
Harry (6), Titus (8) and Isaac (10)
To start with it was exciting but a bit strange. When daddy came home from work he had to get changed in the garage and mum had to clean all his things with a special spray. This is because he works in a hospital, which was a bit scary to start with, when we were hearing about all the ill people with corona, but he has not got ill and that is good as we have been praying for him.
Some of our favourite things during lockdown have been doing more arts, science, and lots of baking. We’ve also been playing in the woods lots more and doing bike rides. We really enjoyed making wooden shields and an erupting Mount Fuji volcano, wood block printing and making delicious tempura as part of a project on Japan, that we decided to do as a family.
We have found loads of new parks and walks. Not being able to see our friends isn’t nice and we have done some zoom quizzes, but it isn’t as good. We miss Ignite and Blaze but Xplosion TV is lots of fun, especially when Daddy had to jump into the cold water and mummy played the bad joke game, although Harry didn’t want to be spat at so didn’t play.
I have really missed going to school and being able to hug my friends and grandparents. I’ve been part of a virtual orchestra and played the Star Wars theme on my clarinet. I have also enjoyed helping Daddy on a Sunday with worship. I’ve had to do schoolwork at home, but I would rather be doing it at school. I have enjoyed being able to go in the paddling pool a lot.
Life in lockdown has been different. There have been some good bits and bad bits. The goods bits are I’ve been able to spend more time with my family, I’ve been able to play more games and I’ve played in the garden a lot, as well as being able to see things in the garden grow. We’ve been eating the strawberries and raspberries from the garden, and a broad bean I grew! The bad bits are I haven’t been able to see friends and do the sport and clubs I usually do. It’s been fun to do things at home that I wouldn’t normally have time to do, like making posters and finding out about different people like Martin Luther King. I’m really pleased with some of my creative writing, like my ‘Mankotta’ world inspired by Narnia. Recently I’ve been able to play tennis and have tennis lessons which is brilliant.
Through lockdown I have been a bit bored, but I have also had more time with my family and pets. I have been able to go on calls and socially distanced walks with my friends. I do miss school and am sad that I didn’t get to do all the special year 6 things like SATs and leaving assembly, but my teacher has been setting up lots of calls and activities for me to do. The weather has been good, so we’ve had lots of BBQs, played in our paddling pool, and even gone swimming in the river. We’ve been on lots of walks and bike rides to new places too. At home, I’ve had extra time to do things I enjoy like sewing and baking. So on the whole it has been a good time.
My feelings about lockdown are kind of mixed. I hate having to social distance and I don’t like zoom calls. Mostly I like it though because it’s good being at home. I get my schoolwork done more quickly so I get to have free time and I like having extra time with my pets.
And a final word from one of the children: ‘Mostly it’s been fun, but now that Mum is giving up we don’t do so much interesting stuff!’ I’m sure there are many parents who understand Mum’s position!
Thank you children for all your contributions. It’s been great to hear from you