Recovery Curriculum - Information for our parents
As you are aware, some of our children returned to school before the end of the summer term and we felt that it was important for you to know of the approach that we are taking in school. We have provided a summary of this and our thinking behind it.
We hope that by adopting this approach, we can support your child both with their education and well-being as they begin their re-engagement back into Crawford Village.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.
Agreed School Recovery Plan – September
At Crawford Village, we have put the child’s well-being at the centre of our thinking. We understand that the children will have had different experiences over the past few months. However, we also understand that all children will need support with school routine and structure, social interaction, friendship and freedom into the wider world. The sudden change to their daily lives could have triggered anxiety in any child, which some of you may have experienced with your own children.
We know that a child will not learn effectively if they are worried or anxious. Therefore, we have thought about the most effective way to support your child’s ability to learn. This approach will encompass and support the academic expectations for every child in our care.
Professors at Oxford Brookes University have developed a Recovery Curriculum to support children with their transition back into school. It is a way for schools to help children come back into school life whilst also acknowledging the experiences that they have had. We want all of our children to be happy, feel safe and able to be engaged in their learning. There are a few stages of recovery that need to be considered in order for this to happen.
The 5 Levers of Recovery
Lever 1: Relationships
We understand that not all children will not return to school joyfully and many of the relationships that were thriving, may need to be invested in and restored. We will plan for this to happen and not just assume that it will. We will reach out to greet all of our pupils and use the relationships we build to support the children when they return.
Lever 2: Community
We realise that your child’s curriculum will have been based at home for a long time. We will listen to what has happened in this time, understand the needs of our community and engage them in the transitioning of learning back into school.
Lever 3: Transparent Curriculum
Our children may feel that they have lost time with their learning at school and we want to show them that we understand this and that we will help them to become confident school learners. We will address any gaps and adapt our school curriculum to allow this to happen.
Lever 4: Metacognition
In different environments, pupils will have been learning in different ways and may have developed new and different styles of learning. It is vital that we acknowledge this.
Lever 5: Space – to rediscover self and to find their voice on learning in this issue.
It is only natural that we will all work at an incredible pace to make sure pupils are not disadvantaged against their peers, providing opportunity and exploration alongside the intensity of our expectations.
It would be naive of us to think that any child will pick up the curriculum at exactly the same point as the day they left us back in March. They have all experienced many different situations that did not follow the usual pattern of a school year.
We will ensure that in September we will familiarise the children with the daily school routine while providing them with opportunities to regain a love of learning. We will personalise the approach of each class so that prior knowledge can be developed and new learning can be built on this firm foundation. We will also consider the needs of each child, focusing on their well-being as well as keeping high expectations to ensure each child reaches their full potential.
Children return on Tuesday 1st September and the week will be spent focusing on pupils’ wellbeing and transition. No formal lessons as such are expected, this time will be used to get to welcome the children and ensure they feel happy and safe at school.
Adaptation of Curriculum
We are aware that some children may have lost learning so we aim to spend the first few weeks identifying gaps in their learning. We have made changes to our weekly timetables so that additional ‘skills’ sessions can be implemented to cover any lost learning from the previous academic year. These will mainly focus on arithmetic and grammar skills and the focus for groups of children will differ depending on misconceptions identified.
Teachers have also created a list of objectives that should have been covered in the summer term for all core subjects. These objectives have been shared and long term plans have been adapted to ensure all lost learning is covered before new objectives are taught.
During afternoon sessions, Teaching Assistants will be used to work with targeted groups of children, where appropriate, to further develop knowledge and skills. All of the activities for these sessions will be practical and fun to promote a love of learning.
For Phonics, all children in Reception – Year 2 will begin with an amended timetable where children will recap on all sounds and complete basic writing activities. During this time, teachers will begin to assess all children so they can begin at a level appropriate to their learning.
All children in Year 3 – Year 6 will take part in four guided reading sessions each week. To begin with, children will focus on reading for stamina as well as discussing and understanding the text.
These amended timetables will be followed from the Monday 7th September. The aim is to return to Pre-Covid timetables by spring term. However, this will be reviewed regularly by the class teachers and the headteacher.
Getting Ready Documents
During the summer holiday if you wish to continue any home learning activities with your child, we have created a ‘Getting Ready’ document for parents. These documents outline key objectives for maths, reading and writing that will help you to prepare your child for their next year group. Please remember that these are based on end of year expectations.