As a school, we have put the child’s well-being at the centre of our thinking. We acknowledge that the children will have had different experiences during the pandemic. There will also be a huge disparity between the amount of learning that has taken place. However, the common thread running through all is the loss of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom. These losses can trigger anxiety in any child. Some of you may have experienced this with your own children or yourself.
We know that an anxious child is not in a place to learn effectively. We also understand that there will be some children that will be delighted to return to the normal school routine. So with this in mind, we have thought about the most effective ways to support our children’s ability to learn. This approach will encompass and support the academic expectations for your child.
What are our intended outcomes of a recovery curriculum
Supporting mental health & wellbeing
While it is important to look at and monitor the academic achievements of our children in the Autumn term this should not come at the price of mental health & wellbeing. Enjoyment & engagement for the curriculum must still be a top priority for us as a school. Opportunities for staff & children to access mental health & wellbeing support should also be a top priority. Work in class will include discussions around lockdown life and informative lessons on the virus itself from the DfE.
Identifying gaps & setting goals
During the Autumn term teachers can assess children’s gaps through their everyday teaching. At the end of the Autumn term, Nfer tests will provide additional assessment data, identifying further gaps and consequently informing future planning and goal setting.
Subject leaders will be asked to look at what areas of their curriculum were missed during the period of time children were not in school.
Prioritising the curriculum
Once subject leaders have analysed their curriculum they will be able to consider which areas must become a priority & what can be let go. This plan will include information on when & how it will be recovered.
All schools are being provided with a catch-up premium. This has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year
Schools should use the funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.