Why swimming lessons are so important for school children

This year we have been very lucky to have a few nice blocks of hot and sunny weather. There have even been a few heatwaves where the temperatures have reached in to the low thirties! This weather can make people flock to the beach or pools in desperate need of a dip but sometimes people also choose to venture to lakes and rivers. This can be dangerous especially if you are not a strong swimmer.

It is very important that all children are given the opportunity to learn how to swim from a young age. It is a life skill and one that they may well need a number of times throughout their life. Not only can it help to keep them safe when in the water but also possibly help them save someone else.

Often schools only take the older pupils such as years five and six swimming, so until they are around 10 they may have little or no experience in the water. Some schools have started to see how important it is for all pupils to be given the opportunity and therefore has started taking the whole school swimming for a set number of weeks usually through the summer.

Giving these children the opportunity to get confident in the water and to learning to swim small distances can be a lifesaving skill. 

What will school life be like in September

Many schools are now on the countdown to the last few days of school. The government have announced that they are hoping that from 19th July all social distancing rules will be scrapped and that includes school bubbles. From September, when children return things will hopefully be more like normal. Although each school will be able to decide how exactly they operate, it is likely that children from other bubbles will be able to play together again. It may be that assemblies can resume in the hall, with al years taking part and even Christmas plays may be able to resume this year.

Some children may embrace the changes whereas others may find it a little too much or even worry about the lifting of restrictions.

Teachers and parents all over the country just want their child to be able to resume their education as much as possible and enjoy their time at school. As restrictions have been in place for a long time now, it may take a bit of adjusting back and you could find that there is a noticeable change in your child’s behaviour whilst they adapt to the changes. All you can do is offer support and make sure that you reassure them of any changes that may be taking place.

Shopping trips to the city

As lockdown restrictions start to be lifted and many more shops are now allowing you to try clothes on, shopping trips can resume. Although you will need to do them with your household bubble or with up to five other friends, shopping can be a great way to spend the day. You do need to be careful that you do not spend too much money when going on a shopping trip which is why it is always a good idea to set yourself a budget first before you go.

You can also break the day up a bit by going out for lunch or even for drinks and cocktails or mocktails!

Often the best places to go on a shopping trip are the cities as these have the most choice of shops. If you are into your designer clothing and accessories then you may want to head to one of the designer outlets such as the ones at Cheshire Oaks, Cannock or Bicester Village. These retail parks often have a mix of designer, high street and boutique stores so there really is something for everyone.

If you do not want to buy clothes then you could instead shop for accessories as accessories really can completely change the look of an outfit.

Should children be made to catch up on their education?

Over the last 12 months many children have missed out on a huge chunk of their education. There have been times when the schools have been shut completely and parents or carers have had to try and home school their children. Some parents did this religiously and others really struggled and found that they couldn’t get the children to concentrate and complete the tasks that were set for them. Most of the children will have fallen behind to some degree due to these missed lessons. The UK is hopefully over the worse of the restrictions and we are hoping that after the summer holidays schools will be able to relax the bubbles and social distancing rules. The government and education authority are now looking at ways in which they can help those students who have fallen behind and also there are a few different ideas being batted around, nothing has been confirmed as of yet. There were talks of cutting down the 6 week summer holiday, but the fact that this hasn’t been announced yet, looks like it is unlikely to happen. The other options may include extending the school day for everyone by 30 mins or running optional class from 8am until 6pm.

Shops have reopened but still shopping is not the same

Many of the high street and independent shops have now reopened to the public again and although you can now go in and browse, not many have reopened the changing rooms. Unlike before where none of the changing rooms were open, lost of shops are making their own judgement on whether to open them up or not. If they are opening them up then they are giving them a very quick wipe over the handles etc before allowing the next person it, so queues are likely.

Shoppers are expressing their disappointment at how the shopping experience that they used to get simply does not seem to be the same anymore. Lots of shoppers say they feel like they are being watched and that there is a lot of pressure to buy something that they have tried on or touched. It can be hard to concentrate on shopping when you are also trying to ensure that you are socially distancing from others and be sure that you are adhering to all the rules.

Unfortunately many of the high street stores and independent retails have not survived the pandemic and have closed their doors for the final time. This is a sad sight to see and many other retails are struggling to make their money back.

Sales are on in lots of places, but not being able to try items on it still putting a lot of shoppers off. It is very hard for some people to go and pick something up and know if it will fit them, especially when sizes vary so much from shop to shop. Someone can quite easily be a lady’s size 10 in one shop and a 12 or 14 in another. This makes it virtually impossible to be sure if something is going to fit you and look ok without purchasing it and taking it home.

Working it a shop is not an easy task at the moment either. They are trying to get back to some sort of normal and let shoppers have an enjoyable experience but there are so many rules and regulations in place that it seems impossible to do so. Many are reporting that some members of the public are being quite rude when they are having to enforce rules regarding trying on clothes etc. and that the whole job role has completely changed from what it sued to be a few years ago.