Recovery Curriculum Plan

The Rationale for our Recovery Curriculum

Nobody quite knows how adversely affected our children will have been by the Coronavirus pandemic and the closure of schools. Using Barry and Matthew Carpenter’s Think PieceA Recovery Curriculum: Loss and life for our children and schools post-pandemic – we have been thinking about what the curriculum needs to look like for our children returning to school in September 2020 to address both their academic and pastoral needs.

From the start of the autumn term, we will be implementing a recovery curriculum, which acknowledges that the losses experienced by our pupils will have had an impact on their mental health and well-being as well as their education.

To help us support our whole school community, our ‘Recovery Curriculum’ will focus on four key areas:

Building positive relationships with others

  • Supporting children to rebuild relationships and relearn how to interact with their peers, including playing, sharing, turn-taking and speaking and listening.
  • Supporting children in rebuilding relationships with adults, including teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, lunchtime staff and parents and family members.
  • Supporting staff in rebuilding relationships with each other, pupils and their parents/carers.
  • Supporting pupils to re-engage in acts of worship, prayer, reflection and their faith in God.

Managing feelings and behaviour

  • Supporting children, parents/carers and staff to understand their emotions and feelings, so that they can begin to process the experiences they have had during the pandemic.
  • Supporting pupils to relearn positive behaviors, which they may have forgotten from being outside of the school environment.
  • Supporting pupils to engage with self-regulation strategies to help them feel safe and calm.
  • Supporting children to understand the world we live in now: what is different and what we can learn from our experiences.

Enjoying and achieving

  • Supporting children to return to “the norm” by providing usual routines and structures.
  • Supporting children’s learning by identifying gaps in skills and knowledge that have arisen due to school closure and adapting the curriculum to address these.
  • Supporting children in engaging positively with school-life through enjoyable and fun learning activities.

Physical health and wellbeing

  • Supporting children in rediscovering the physical and mental benefits of sports and games and give them opportunities to experience space and being outdoors again.
  • Supporting children in learning new routines in infection control, such as social distancing, hand-washing and respiratory hygiene.

What will this look like?

  • Prayer and daily class worship focussing on life after lockdown.
  • An adapted daily timetable to enable a focus on wellbeing, as well as the key skills of phonics, reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and maths throughout the autumn term.
  • A 2-week focus at the start of the school year on PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) followed by an adapted PSHE curriculum throughout the autumn term to meet children’s emotional needs.
  • Daily opportunities for re-focussing activities e.g. brain gym, speaking and listening games, turn-taking etc.
  • An increase in outdoor learning using the extensive school grounds.
  • Regular physical activity through PE lessons and structured activities at break times.

More detailed information can be found in the school ‘s Recovery Curriculum Plan below.

Recovery Curriculum Plan

Year Group Recovery Curriculum Plans for the Autumn Term

Autumn 1:

Autumn 2:

Ocean Centre 

In addition to the provision stated in each child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), children in Atlantic class will follow the Year 1 plan and children in Pacific class will follow the Year 4 plan. This will be adapted as necessary for each individual child and their needs.