At Peartree Primary School we have thought carefully about how to adapt our curriculum in light of the impact of the pandemic. We have referred to the DfE's 'Guidance for full opening: schools'. The DfE have asked schools to:
Below you will find an outline of the Recovery Curriculum Peartree Primary School has planned for its pupils.
From the Autumn term, we have purchased the 'Back on Track' materials. These materials have been carefully planned to address the maths topics that would have been taught during lockdown, to both cover missed learning, whilst also teaching at age-related expectation.
English - Talk 4 Writing
Teachers will be carefully planning sequences of learning using their T4W texts, adapting them to cover missed learning whilst making sure content is pitched at ARE.
English - reading
All children from Year One upwards have been assessed using 'Star Reader,' an online reading assessment. This will give them a reading age and a ZPD. Class teachers will then analyse data from these tests to identify the skills they need to cover in their daily reading lessons.
Phonics and spelling
At the beginning of term, all staff had training on 'Letters and Sounds' and the use of a new spelling package, 'Essential Spelling.' These will be implemented from the second week back. Teachers will teach the age-related sequence, regularly assessing children and covering any missed learning.
Every Thursday in which there is not a virtual class assembly, classes will have a virtual wellbeing assembly. These assemblies are planned by teachers and will cover any wellbeing issues that arise in conversations with their classes.
As well as teaching their normal PSHE through the 'Jigsaw' materials, teachers have been asked to give children time to talk about lockdown experiences such as loss (e.g. of experiences, school etc), loneliness, missing their friends and family, boredom etc as well as to celebrate the positive experiences they enjoyed.
Science and the foundation subjects
Teachers spent lockdown creating knowledge, skills and vocabulary documents for their subjects. These will inform teachers' planning. Teachers will plan to age-related expectation in all subjects, but will look carefully at the previous year group to cover any relevant missed material.
Memory retrieval activities
Time is built into every class timetable from year two and above for a range of memory retrieval activities, to help to make children's learning stick. These activities will cover a different subject every day and will recap recent learning using a range of games and fun activities.