From 8th March 2021
Following a long period away from school we recognised that our community needed time to settle back into a new normal. To support this process, we carefully planned a curriculum which focused on identifying any gaps in knowledge and supporting our pupils to make rapid progress at whatever level they are working at.
'Healthy Hearts and Minds' was the tile of our recovery theme and allowed the children time to reconnect with their friends, feel safe in school whilst the teacher's carefully managed their transition back to the curriculum.
Key drivers were chosen for each core subject area:
Maths- Number, place value, calculation, rapid recall and KS2 fractions.
English- sentence, reading fluency, phonic knowledge.
Lessons followed a simplified version of the schools chosen pedagogy and supports a blended learning approach.
Assess Teach/model Explore/discover Prove it
Objectives were taken from the National Curriculum but focused on the key foundational knowledge pupils need to have before leaving their previous year. Gaps were identified using Pixl assessments and RWI assessments. The schools foundational knowledge document provided a break down of objectives to support staff delivering to pupils with greater gaps or special educational needs. This enabled teachers to track pupils more closely and show small steps.
Pixl was used as a resource for teachers to use to teach to the gaps so that catch up could be rapid. Other resources were also be used from high quality sources such as White Rose maths, 5 phase English approach and resources linked to long term curriculum overview (DT, history association etc)
We recognised that pupils may not have spent long periods of time learning in the past months and there was key skills which needed to be addressed quickly, therefore we had a revised timetable in place. This will allow short focused lessons for core subjects whilst providing an alternative health and wellbeing curriculum based on 3 key books across school and selected PSCHE objectives.
EYFS and KS1 time table will included:
2x phonics lessons per day- 1 lesson- RWI lesson structure- Setting where necessary and possible, 1 lesson focused on blending and segmenting.
Maths -2 lessons per day- 1 lesson pre learning task + direct teaching of number. 1 lesson focused on consolidation, quick recall and prove it type activities. 2 weeks number, 2 weeks operations and 2 weeks calculation. Pupils were exposed to counting activities every day.
English consisted of – 1 HW + SP lessons per day, 1 reading group session initially focusing on fluency. 1 sentence and punctuation lesson, 1 application of writing skills lesson linked to Health and wellbeing topic book focused lesson per week. Daily wider reading session.
Health and wellbeing has been carefully considered. Transition was carefully managed. For the first 3 weeks each class had designated health and wellbeing time based on the PSCHE and relationships education objectives. These objectives were identified to support pupils coming back to school, creating a team ethos, build friendships, support developing good learning behaviours and re uniting the community with the school values. RE lessons also supported the child’s sense of belonging and managing feelings and change.
Key Stage 2
Spelling, grammar, punctuation
Yr3&4 – phonics lesson per day focusing on revision of speed sounds , digraphs, tri graphs, blending and segmenting, reading fluency.
English All year groups-
Daily handwriting, spelling and grammar. Reading group focusing on fluency initially and then moving through progression skills- See google drive doc.
Daily sentence lesson. This was followed up with writing activities in other subjects. Each class must provide 1 piece of independent writing which demonstrates skills taught in sentence, punctuation and grammar lessons being applied each week.
Maths - 2 lessons per day- 1 lesson pre learning task + direct teaching of number. 1 lesson focused on consolidation, quick recall and prove it type activities. Number and 4 operations was a priority, followed by calculation, fractions. Pupils will be exposed to time tables daily.
Wellbeing and topic will mirror EYFS and KS1 differentiated accordingly.
Safeguarding Curriculum- The safeguarding curriculum will be focused on pupil’s health and wellbeing and working closely with parents to ensure that pupils are happy and safe. Pupils will be encouraged to understand how to keep safe in the current climate. Topics will be identified from gathering information through parent meetings, surveys and pupil lessons, 1-1 and group sessions will be planned accordingly. Families will be supported by the schools health and wellbeing team. ICT lessons will continue to teach and reinforce safe internet use. Staff will continue to follow the same safeguarding procedures and safeguarding training will take place for all staff in September as normal. The safeguarding policy is updated in line with KCSI updates.