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Key messages about the Dawnay COVID-19 Recovery curriculum

Dawnay Recovery curriculum levers

This Autumn term we are using the school’s established PRIDE values as the basis to build our recovery curriculum levers

Lever 1: Relationships – we can’t expect our students to return joyfully, and many of the relationships that were thriving, may need to be invested in and restored. We need to plan for this to happen, not assume that it will. Reach out to greet them, use the relationships we build to cushion the discomfort of returning.

Lever 2: Community – we must recognise that curriculum will have been based in the community for a long period of time. We need to listen to what has happened in this time, understand the needs of our community and engage them in the transitioning of learning back into school.

Lever 3: Transparent Curriculum – all of our students will feel like they have lost time in learning and we must show them how we are addressing these gaps, consulting and co-constructing with our students to heal this sense of loss.

Lever 4: Metacognition – in different environments, students will have been learning in different ways. It is vital that we make the skills for learning in a school environment explicit to our students to reskill and rebuild their confidence as learners.

Lever 5: Space – to be, to rediscover self, and to find their voice on learning in this issue. It is only natural that we all work at an incredible pace to make sure all learners are not disadvantaged against their peers, providing opportunity and exploration alongside the intensity of our expectations.

The Dawnay Recovery curriculum plan

As we welcome the children back into school this September, our principle aim is to ensure the safety and protect the wellbeing of everyone at school so that learning can continue to be productive and fun.  We are aware that every child will have had a different experience of being in lockdown during Covid-19 and will need support as they settle back into school life.   We have factored this into our plans for the term ahead and, in keeping with Government guidelines, have produce a detailed ‘recovery curriculum’ for the Autumn term based on the following three priorities:

  1. RESET for SAFETY - Plenty of time will be set aside at the beginning of the term to explain the rules and routines that are in place for keeping everyone at school safe during Covid -19.  There will be on-going reminders every day so that we can ensure a safe learning environment is maintained.
  2. RECOVER for WELLBEING - To begin with, we will focus on the children’s social and emotional wellbeing.  Support will be tailored to meet the needs of each individual so that all children are happy, confident and ready to learn. 
  3. REBUILD for LEARNING - Teachers have worked hard to identify gaps in the children’s learning due to loss of teaching in the Summer term and have carefully mapped out detailed plans for addressing these gaps throughout the Autumn term.  In addition, teachers will carry out various ‘child-friendly’ assessments during the first few weeks back – many of which will take the form of fun quizzes, discussions and games - to ascertain where each child is in terms of their learning journey and how ready they are to progress to the next stage.