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Ballet and language lessons move online as Bishop's Stortford battles coronavirus

Bishop’s Stortford youngsters are enjoying some of their favourite classes online during the coronavirus crisis.

Jessica Lancaster-Pages runs Kidslingo sessions in the town and across Uttlesford and has switched to web French and Spanish tutorials during the pandemic.

Jessica said: “Overnight we changed the model from face-to-face classes to doing everything online via the interactive web platform Zoom.

Jessica Lancaster-Pages (32444763)
Jessica Lancaster-Pages (32444763)

“The impact the Coronavirus is having on children and young families is unprecedented. But I knew that keeping the classes open would be one of the ways in which to offer some stability and normality in this very confusing time.

“Where we can, we have tried to keep children in their friendship groups so they can continue to virtually see their best friends, which we know is really, really important.”

As well as the live classes, there will be additional resources to help parents including educational packs and music, emailed out weekly.

Kidslingo inspires children from birth to age 11 to love languages through interactive learning – via songs, games, Makaton, active story-telling and let’s pretend.

Jessica said: “As things progress, we will continue to build on what we are offering, including content that all children can access via our social media channels.”

Catherine and Paul Segal have moved their pre-school ballet dancing classes in Bishop’s Stortford online.

They said: “It’s a worrying time as the UK deals with the outbreak of the coronavirus but we are remaining very positive. As our families are now required to self-isolate and limit the amount of social contact that they have, our primary focus is to ensure children and families in and around Bishop’s Stortford can still enjoy babyballet, even if they can’t physically come to classes.”

Catherine added: “Our babyballet pupils are aged from six months to six-years-old and most have no idea about the coronavirus and the effect it’s having in the world around them. It’s our responsibility to keep the babyballet world as normal as possible for them. We will be delivering our online classes with as much passion and energy as ever, it’s just that instead of being in a dance studio, we’ll be on a screen in children’s living rooms!”

For more details see https://www.facebook.com/KidslingoUttlesfordBishopsStortford/ and www.babyballet.co.uk

UK stationery brand Staedtler has made its Teachers’ Club resources for youngsters aged four to 11 available to parents online.

Usually reserved for primary schools, it has educational tools, designed specifically for pupils in KS1 and KS2. Register here.

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