Tower Road’s Recovery Curriculum 2020/21
As children return to school this September, we would like to share with you our plans for teaching and learning, and the approach we are taking as a school.
Wellbeing is at the forefront of our minds during the COVID crisis. Every child has had a different experience at home since March, it is therefore vital that we prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils as they return to school.
We will spend a significant period of time talking to the children about personal, social and emotional development, as well as the wellbeing of themselves and those around them. Returning to school may be daunting for many children who may find social engagements and settling back into friendships quite challenging. Initial activities will focus on building up a strong sense of belonging within the class, easing the children back into routines, re-establishing school expectations and spending time discussing worries and concerns.
Across the curriculum, teachers will focus on ‘filling the gaps’ in learning from the previous year and re-establishing good progress – we are calling this our “Recovery Curriculum”. It has been designed with careful thought to support the transition of every child back into school so that they are inspired, engaged and able to make accelerated progress in their learning journey. We are also focused on ensuring the children receive a broad and balanced curriculum and experience the full range of subjects over the year.
For pupils in Reception, teachers are assessing and addressing gaps is early reading and mathematics, particularly ensuring children’s acquisition of phonic knowledge and extending their vocabulary. For pupils in Key Stage 1 or 2, teachers will prioritise identifying gaps in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics), identifying opportunities for children to read regularly and widely, and developing their knowledge and vocabulary.