Staff at Irvinestown Primary School have created a video to encourage children to keep reading during lockdown.

Mrs. Harron, vice-principal and literacy co-ordinator at the school decided that it would be a good idea to make a video to encourage the children to keep reading. Staff members embraced the idea and videoed clips of themselves reading while on holiday from home-schooling.

Many took their books outside to enjoy reading in the sun, while others were accompanied by their children. The upbeat video not only spreads the message to keep reading but also the motto of ‘stay home, stay safe’.

Irvinestown Primary School has been closed for over a month now due to the coronavirus pandemic. Principal Mrs. Read explained how the school has been aiding with the home-schooling process since its closure.

“The children all received substantial packs of work on March 20. Teachers set work from this pack and monitor daily learning online and provide additional learning activities daily on google classroom for all children Year one to Year seven. Parents and children have embraced the whole concept of distance learning and are getting involved in all the activities,” shared Mrs. Read.

“The school prides itself in the excellent relationships at all levels and teachers are in regular contact with the children/parents to deal with technical hitches and any concerns the parents have or to offer advice as required. We are looking forward to brighter days and returning to school when it is safe to do so. In the meantime we understand the safest place to be is at home,” she told this newspaper.