Recovery Curriculum and Recovery of the Curriculum
All of our children and community have been affected by the global pandemic. The majority of our children have been out of school for almost six months, and this time away from school and friends will have affected them all in some way. Outwood is responding to the needs of our school community through both a Recovery Curriculum and a Recovery of the Curriculum.
At the heart of our approach to learning is the belief that children learn best when they are happy. We pride ourselves in the effectiveness of our pastoral care, which is underpinned by the Acorn values of our school. We are ensuring that there are more times and opportunities across the week for children to share their experiences and feelings alongside establishing routines to support the children. Each week classes will take part in Circles, where children have the chance to explore and share ideas. PSHE lessons are enhanced to ensure that there are many opportunities to re-build friendships and relationships. Wellbeing activities focus on having fun, sharing and enjoying being together again. Positive mental and physical health is central to our wellbeing programme. Whenever possible we learn outdoors, including forest school, smile for a mile, outdoor PE and a new initative "creating our own garden areas". Our Senior Leadership Team supports any children and families who need a little extra help. This may include support for families whose circumstances have changed due to job losses, bereavement or other circumstances. This is also further supported by the work of the SENDCo and external agencies who carry out programmes of work to support our children’s mental, emotional and social wellbeing.
Recovery of the curriculum
Its purpose is to embed any adjustments to the curriculum through our Acorn values. Our children’s experiences of the pandemic vary greatly. Some have loved learning and playing at home, whilst others have suffered losses which have made them feel anxious or sad. Children in our school come from a diverse range of home backgrounds; some have been affected more adversely by the pandemic than others. On the children’s return to school, we will assess their experiences and needs, so that we can adjust levels of support on an individual basis, dependent on need. We will ensure that we have a transparent curriculum where all our children know how together we will address the gaps that have arisen through their time away from school. Outwood will approach learning in differents ways to help reskill and rebuild the confidence of our children as learners. Finally, at Outwood, we will make certain that the children are not disadvantaged against their peers, providing opportunity and exploration alongside driving high expectations.