Back to school boredom was banished at a Lynn primary school when youngsters started the first day of term with the wow factor.
Pupils were greeted with decorated rooms and themed dress ups at Gaywood Community Primary School, where a busy first day back on Thursday sparked learning from offset.
Headteacher Paul Shanks said: “We wanted to start the new school year with the wow factor. We wanted the children to come in and say ‘wow’ and immediately start asking questions and getting into learning from the start.”
Pupils in Year One walked into their classroom to find a giant Mr Tickle, with arms trailing around the classroom and out of the door, along with a host of Mr Men cushions.
Children in Year Two got their learning theme of toys off to a flying start, with teachers dressing up as Buzz Lightyear and Jess from Toy Story, as well as delving into a giant toy chest.
A Stig of the Dump theme was brought to life for Year Threes with vines growing in the classroom and a forage around the school, while Year Fours stepped back in time by dressing up as Tudors.
Year Five children became evacuees for the day, taking cover under air raid shelters when a siren went off, with a story about bombings in Gaywood from a wartime copy of the Lynn News.
Finally, children in Year Six questioned ‘what is art?’when their classroom was turned into an art gallery.
Mr Shanks said the day was a fantastic success.
He said: “The impact has been huge. Normally the children start back and it takes a few days to settle in and get back to learning, but they were learning by 9am on the first day back. The buzz around here was amazing and the children were excited to be back at school.
“It’s the first time we have done something like this on the first day back, but we’ll definitely be doing it again.”
Mr Shanks praised staff for coming into school during the holidays to get the classrooms ready, and parents for getting the children dressed up in costumes for the day.