Jersey's schools are preparing to re-open to Years 6, 10 and 12 on Monday 8 June.

ITV News was invited to D'Auvergne School to see what schools will look like when they re-open.

D'Auvergne is one of many island schools to have remained open throughout lockdown to care for key workers' children. They have already had time to re-adjust to the new normal, which includes physically distanced classrooms, classes split into bubbles, one-way systems in the corridors and stringent hygiene measures.

The Headteacher at D'Auvergne, Sam Cooper, says the children have adapted very well to the new learning environment.

Sam Cooper, Headteacher at D'Auvergne School says children have adapted brilliantly.

The children first of all, have committed themselves brilliantly to the learning, whether they've been in school or indeed at home. School has been different, it looks different, it feels different. We've had much smaller classes and the children haven't necessarily had the same teacher all of the time. What I can say is that they've had a great time whilst in school.

Sam Cooper, Headteacher D'Auvergne School

In anticipation of the return of a full Year 6, which will nearly double the number of children currently in attendance, the school's main hall has been converted to a class room to allow for physical distancing.

What we've had to do is consider where those Year 6s are going to go, because clearly we can't put 27 children in a classroom, so what we've done is we've split the children into bubbles of children, who will be staying in that bubble all day, every day between Monday and the rest of the term.

Sam Cooper, Headteacher D'Auvergne School

Children will be given coloured wrist bands, which will determine which rooms they can be in, even which loos they can use, in order to minimise any possibility of cross-contamination.

Children we spoke to said they had got used to the new safety measures, but that school is not quite what it used to be.

Oliver Gardner, a Year 3 pupil, told us how the games they play have had to change.

Oliver Gardner (Year 3) says games have had to change.

We have to play like hide and seek, or for 'it'. We have to go like 'it' and we don't touch them. We just say 'it'.

Oliver Gardner
Georgia McCormick (Year 5) has enjoyed the new working environment.

Georgia McCormick, who is in Year 5 has enjoyed working in smaller classes, and having less children around.

There's less children, also I find it like more chilled, and nice and calm.

Georgia McCormick

For Luis Serra having less friends to play with has been the biggest challenge.

Luis Serra (Year 3) has missed not having more friends to play with.

It's like you don't have all your friends here but if you do have a friend or two it's actually quite good, but it's quite hard without all your friends there, and there's not many people to choose to play with and stuff like that.

Luis Serra

The return of the rest of D'Auvergne's Year 6 pupils will bring the number of students at the school up to more than 90, out of a total of 493, provided those who can, do return.

Mr Cooper is urging any parents with concerns to trust in the safety measures in place, and send their children back wherever possible.

It's a measured approach, given the data and the evidence available at the moment, but we certainly feel it's a safe environment and the children are far better off being in school for the next six of seven weeks, emotionally and academically than they are being at home. The benefits of being in school far outweigh them staying at home.

Sam Cooper, Headteacher at D'Auvergne School