Recovery curriculum

On this page you will find our adapted curriculum for the next phase of our school as we welcome back all pupils in September. We are calling this our recovery curriculum, which acknowledges that there have been big losses to children as they have stayed at home. The focus for schools in the autumn will be upon ensuring that pupils are ready to learn, and as such social and emotional learning will be prioritised. The act of recovery is at least as much an emotional and social one as it is academic, and our ability to recognise and plan for this will be at the heart of our learners’ eventual success.

 

The concept of well-being

 

The concept of well-being will be addressed throughout term 1 and will be learnt alongside the other key concepts for each class.

 

During the first 2 weeks, staff at Brook Community Primary School will be assessing the well-being of children using Leuven Scales. These results will be co-ordinated by our SENCo who will put together a well-being package for any children.

 

Our new Nurture Room will be used to support children who need well-being interventions and is a safe space for children to use to share their worries or anxieties.

 

Senior Leaders are accessing CPD in topics such as Grief and Loss and Anxiety. This knowledge will be cascaded to the rest of the staff and used to support children as they return to school in September.

 

Routines

 

All staff recognise that children will find it hard to fit back into the school routines and will be supporting children with this. The layouts of the classrooms are different and staff will spend the first few days explaining this and some of the new rules we need to have in school.

 

Philosophy For Children

 

Staff at Brook Community Primary are being trained in Philosophy For Children. In these uncertain times, all staff will use a philosophical approach to help children makes sense of the world and help answer questions about the world around us. This approach enhances thinking and communication skills and boosts confidence and self-esteem.

 

Learning Outside the Classroom

 

We are very lucky to have lots of outdoor space at Brook and all classes will be making the most of this. Children will be able to access forest school, be taught by specialised coaches for PE, and teachers will be maximising the opportunities for taking learning outside of the classroom. Not only is the risk of transmission lower outside, the mental health benefits for all children is huge.