At Holy Cross we have put the child’s well-being at the centre of our thinking. We understand that the children will have had different experiences during the lockdown. 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 many 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 worked to support children with their transition back into school. It is a way for schools to help children come back into school life, acknowledging the experiences that they have had. We want off 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, children will have been learning in different ways and may have developed new 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 this group of learners are not disadvantaged against their peers, providing opportunity and exploration alongside the intensity of our expectations.
Our teaching staff as well as Mrs Gallagher our Learning Mentor are fully prepared to support our children throught these processes.
We are aware that not all children will pick up the Curriculum at exactly the same point. 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 each year groups approach 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 there full potential.
Our recovery curriculum for:
RE and Collective Worship