Saturday, April 11, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown makes for a different sort of 9th birthday

Elijah in Lower Key Stage 2 tells his diary how this year's birthday was different to normal.

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Today is my birthday, I am nine years old.  It was kind of different, because I usually get a cake and ice cream at school, but my school has been closed since Monday.  I usually go out for dinner or go somewhere nice but cannot do this, because things have been shut down due to the Coronavirus.

I celebrated my birthday with my dad, mum and brother. I opened my birthday cards and I got money from my relatives and there was a kid’s pre-paid top up card from mum and dad.

The Go Henry pre-paid card is for children aged between 6 to 18, it teaches independence and the value of money.

Instead of my parents giving me cash, they can transfer the money straight onto the card.
My parents set tasks, chores and spending responsibility, which work towards saving goals for me to complete, to earn extra pocket money. They decide where it can be used in shops, online or cash machines.

My parents get real time notifications to tell them when and where I am using the card and can instantly block and unblock the card if it gets mislaid.

I got washed and did my schoolwork, my teacher set English, Writing and Maths tasks on Seesaw.

I finished all my work and played with my brother, then my family and I played board games like Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders and Ludo.

My mum cooked my favourite meal for my birthday dinner, TACOS! Then I saw lights in the hallway and heard my family singing, Happy Birthday. I had a lemon flavoured cake with nine candles on it. 
It was one of my best birthdays ever, even though I celebrated at home.   

By Elijah – Lower Key Stage 2

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