HERE’S a glimpse of the new normal in our primary school playgrounds.

The photo is from St Benedict’s Junior School in Ealing, which opened its doors for the first time since mid-March.

More than 80% of pupils in reception, years 1 and 6 returned on Monday, followed by nursery children on Tuesday.

A number of measures are in place to provide a safe environment.

These include staggered arrival times at different entrances to the site and placing children in groups, or ‘bubbles’, which stay together for the duration of the school day.

Children and staff are also spending as much time as possible outdoors, making the most of the campus in Montpelier Avenue.

Headmaster Andrew Johnson said: “We are particularly pleased the majority of parents feel reassured by the stringent measures we have in place to keep everyone safe and well.

“It was clear from seeing the children on Monday that they are really glad to be back.”