STAFF at a Weaverham primary school have been ensuring pupils are having fun with their families during lockdown.

Since Weaverham Forest Primary and Nursery School closed in March, deputy headteacher Melissa Rayner has been hosting a weekly family online quiz which has proved to be a big hit with school pupils and their parents.

“It’s been a really lovely way of keeping the school community together and having a bit of fun,” she said.

“We’re really missing our pupils, and it’s a nice way that we can all keep in touch and enjoy some time together outside of learning at home.

“We do it in the middle of the week at 3.30pm as a bit of light relief and it’s become a bit of a highlight for us and for the families at home.

“We’ve had a really lovely response from lots of families saying how much they’re enjoying it.”

As well as hosting the quiz Mrs Rayner is also running bingo games with the help of headteacher David Erne who takes the role of bingo caller.

“We leave bingo cards by the school gate for families to collect if passing while taking their allocated daily exercise,” explained Mrs Rayner.

“We have a proper bingo counter and use all the catch phrases, it’s very funny. It’s certainly been a bit of a learning curve, I can’t say I’m in my comfort zone. Put me in front of a classroom of 30 children and I’m in my element, but I’m definitely not destined for a career on social media!

“But it’s just been a lot of fun really, and that’s the main reason for us doing this, to keep our wonderful school community connected while we can’t all be together and to provide a bit of entertainment.”