We have been thinking about what a curriculum might look like for children in this next phase of school and have used some guidance from educational research to help us with this. We will be implementing for this period and into next term a “recovery curriculum” which acknowledges that there have been big losses to children as they have stayed at home and that these losses can contribute to pupil’s mental health with anxiety, trauma and bereavement playing a large role. Children will perhaps have experienced these aspects all at once and in a sudden and unplanned fashion which can leave children feeling vulnerable. Equally whether we have intended to or not, children will be have been exposed to adults who are anxious and may not be acting in their normal way or maintaining the normal routines which they are used to.
As some children begin returning to school, we felt it was important for you to be aware of the approach that we are taking as a school. With that in mind, we have provided a summary below of both our approach and the thinking behind it. We hope that you feel this approach will support your child’s well-being as they begin their re-engagement with learning at school.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.
Comber Grove Primary School have put our children’s well-being at the centre of our thinking. We acknowledge that the children will have had different experiences during this time. However, the common thread running through all is the loss of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom. These losses can trigger anxiety in any child. Some of you may have experienced this with your own children.
We know that an anxious child is not in a place to learn effectively. So with this in mind, the school community has thought about the most effective way to support your child’s ability to learn. This approach will encompass and support the academic expectations for your child.
What is it?
We have been inspired by Professor Barry Carpenter, who has developed a Recovery Curriculum, as a response to the losses described above. It is a way for schools to help children come back into school life, acknowledging the experiences the children have had. We want children to be happy, feel safe and able to be engaged in their learning. We have decided that a way to achieve this for the children is to acknowledge the importance of helping them lever back into school life by focusing on the following areas:
We will deliver this RECOVERY CURRICULUM, enabling mental health recovery through: Mindfulness, PSHE, Literacy and Creative Arts.