2020 Recovery Curriculum Rationale
Our Recovery Curriculum acknowledges that children will have had very different experiences during school closure. However, the common threads running through all are the loss of routine, structure, friendship and opportunity. After a long period of isolation, returning to a ‘normal’ school day may well be difficult for some.
The process of re-engagement with learning will begin with rebuilding relationships. Children will need help to re-establish friendships, reconnect with staff and work with others. As part of PSHE, the Jigsaw Recovery units will provide opportunities for children to explore the concepts of belonging and feeling safe at school, reconnecting with friends, managing worries and fears, as well as being positive and looking forward to learning. Classes will also discuss and document their many and varied experiences during lockdown and create a time capsule to be buried in the school grounds.
Our curriculum intent will be re-set together with high expectations of behaviour for learning. Using subject specific long-term knowledge maps that define the substantive content to be taught, teachers will gather information about each pupil’s understanding of concepts and, where ideas and language do not recur, plan explicitly to address gaps in learning. In this way aspects of the curriculum that are sequential or integral to future learning are not jeopardised. However, this will not mean that new learning stops. In most cases, year groups are likely to use a model that interleaves the teaching of new material with the spaced revisiting of previous learning in order to meet the Government’s ambition of all children being on track by summer 2020.
The Government’s coronavirus catch-up funding will be allocated to ensure those with the most need receive additional support. Guidance from the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) will inform our decisions to ensure best practice, with impact rigorously measured and evaluated.
Building on the success of Google Classroom, blended and remote learning will continue to be developed. For some children, revisiting concepts and consolidating learning may be addressed through tailored assignments set for home learning. In the event of a class, group or small number of pupils needing to self-isolate, or a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we expect to have the capacity to move to remote education almost immediately.