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Perthshire primary staff sing for kids at virtual assembly as schools get creative with online learning

A Perthshire primary school has recorded a virtual assembly with staff singing along to a hit song by Bruno Mars as schools across Perth and Kinross mover their teaching online.

Rattray Primary released a video on Friday morning of the staff singing along to Count On Me by the pop star as part of a virtual Easter Assembly.

The Perthshire school is the latest education centre to use innovative ways to connect with their children as they move to online learning.

The teachers chose the Bruno Mars track as it is one of the children’s favourites.

Joanna Robertson, interim head teacher at Rattray Primary, said: “They are a fantastic school team and a great community and everyone has really pulled together.

“Parents have really made an effort to get their kids online and teachers have been really creative.”

The sing along follows school and nursery staff at Inch View Primary School who recorded their own video to the Friends theme tune, I’ll Be There for You by The Rembrandts.

Schools across the local authority have been taking their lessons online since they were forced to close on March 20 is response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Bertha Park High School in Perth launched its virtual school on  March 23 and pupils now follow a bespoke timetable and “attend” classes using their computer or iPad on Mondays to Wednesday.

The school also held a virtual whole-school assembly on March 30, which was broadcast live through its YouTube channel.

Staff at Kinross High School have created more than 200 virtual classrooms, which has allowed teachers to continue delivering lessons from their homes.

History pupils at Blairgowrie High School learned about The Battle of the Atlantic via a virtual tour of the Western Approaches Underground Bunker in Liverpool.

Sheena Devlin, executive director of education and children’s services, said: “As term ends it is only right to pay tribute to the staff and children and young people who have found creative ways to continue learning and keep connected.

“These are just some of the brilliant examples of how our schools have reacted to what are very challenging circumstances.”

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