Five-year-old Henry’s social distancing video spreads joy to Richmond school pals

A pint-sized performer put his own spin on spreading the social distancing message – by making a video to explain the rules.

Henry Sangster, five, attends Richmond Methodist Primary School.

His school, like others across the county, closed when the Coronavirus pandemic took hold.

But teamwork from staff meant Richmond Methodist meant the school was able to reopen successfully – and Henry wanted to help spread the safety message.

Henry created his social distancing video to inform his classmates about handwashing, social distancing and not being able to eat lunch in the dining room before he went back to school.

Henry’s parents, Jessica and Ross, said at the tme: “Henry has been home schooling during lockdown. We had received guidance from the school the previous evening about the measures which will be in place for the children returning.

“So we decided to put a video together introducing the guidance to Henry in a fun way.

“It was fun to do and Henry enjoyed making the video for his friends – but it also means that when he goes back he isn’t surprised or worried about the new systems in place.

They added that Henry has coped well with lockdown but is desperate to get back to school to see his friends and teacher – even though it will be in a socially distanced way.

They also said Henry’s school was fantastic during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jessica said: “The school have been brilliant in providing daily lessons for the children, that have been both educational and fun.

“The learning has been really interactive and school have encouraged Henry and his friends to make videos to keep in touch with each other.”

Henry said: “I enjoyed making this video for my friends because I miss school and I am excited to go back and see them and Mrs Swinbank, my teacher.”

Jessica and Ross’s daughter Olivia also makes a small appearance in the clip.

Although Olivia is just two, she loves dressing up in Henry’s uniform and pretending she’s at school.

Headteacher Sharon Stevenson said: “After writing the longest letter I had ever written to parents - to share our plans and new routines for a safe return to school - Henry from our Foundation Stage made the best video ever!

 “In just 53 seconds he showed us how we can be kind and helpful and keep our RMS family safe and well at school.

“We have been so proud of Henry's learning at home and his amazing video made me cry with laughter.

“Definitely one of my lockdown highlights.”