All stars! Pupils create trail

January 26 2021

RAINBOW stars have appeared in windows across North Common to lift people’s spirits during lockdown.

Some pupils from St Barnabas Primary with a rainbow star

Children at St Barnabas primary school have been busy fashioning colourful stars out of paper, card, woven wool and have even made stained-glass effects.

The stars have been positioned in the windows of more than 50 homes, as well as St Barnabas church, Pandamonium nursery and on the parish noticeboard.

The school has produced a trail map for pupils to follow to find the stars while walking in the area for their daily exercise.

Children at home have been making the stars as part of their home learning, while their classmates with keyworker parents have been spending time on their designs at school.

Deputy headteacher Sally Cornelius said the project was designed to keep strong links between the children in school, where around 30 per cent of the usual numbers are attending, and those at home.

She said: “In the first lockdown a lot of the children were inspired by the rainbows in people’s windows.

More stars on display

“We wanted to do something similar this time and settled on rainbow stars. We’re encouraging the children to take photos of their favourite stars while they’re out and about and share them with the rest of their class online.

“It’s a way of keeping the children at home in touch with their friends in school and they can practise their map-reading skills at the same time.

“The children have been fantastic at adapting to lockdown and are doing some brilliant work at home and at school. We’re really proud of them.”

The school hasn’t yet decided on an end date for the star trail: they may well remain on display until the children can be reunited together back at school.