Coronavirus: Lonely teacher 'spreads smiles' as Ariel

Teacher tweaks lyrics from Disney's The Little Mermaid to entertain pupils forced to stay at home in coronavirus crisis

Amy Gibbons

Lifting spirits in the coronavirus crisis: Singing teacher Laura Kate Rodgers

At a time of great stress and uncertainty for teachers and pupils alike, it can be difficult to keep spirits high.

But teacher Laura Kate Rodgers has tried to "spread smiles" through her own take on a Disney classic, in which she laments that she has an ample supply of highlighters, rules and pencils – but no class to share them with.

Ms Rodgers, a British teacher based in Singapore, recorded a special version of Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid for her pupils, who are unable to come into school because of the coronavirus crisis.

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The video, which shows Ms Rodgers performing the song to an empty classroom, has amassed 4,000 likes and more than 3,000 shares on Facebook.

Keeping teachers' spirits up

The song is true to the original tune, but Ms Rodgers, a junior school teacher and drama project lead at Dulwich College, Singapore, puts her own spin on some of the lyrics.

She sings: "I've got pencils and rules aplenty, I've got glue sticks and scissors galore.

"You want highlighters? I got 20! But who cares, no big deal, I want more.

"I wanna be where my students are. I wanna see, wanna see them learning."

She adds: "What would I give if I could teach back in my classroom? What would I pay to spend a day back with you all here?

"Bet you at home they're desperate to roam but they're all pestering their parents. Or past caring, sick of staring down at the screen."

She shared the video on Facebook, with the message: "Made a little something for my students...Lots of people are asking me if they can share it, please do if you think it will spread smiles!!!"

The video has received more than 1,600 comments on Facebook, with many praising Ms Rodgers' "wonderful" performance.

Cat Taylor said: "If I could sing I deffo would be doing this for my class hahaha."

Lucy Shaw added: "This is wonderful Miss Rodgers! We loved it! Thank you so much! Encore encore!!!"

And Millie Collins Wright said: "Wow, you are amazing. What a wonderful thing to do. Beautiful."

Told by one user that she should not be in school, Ms Rodgers replied: "I live in Singapore and we aren’t in lockdown.

"We have very strict procedures in place and are doing lots to stay safe."

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Amy Gibbons

Amy Gibbons

Amy Gibbons is a reporter at Tes

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