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Recovery Curriculum

Recovery Curriculum 2021


What has happened so far?

Since March 2020 our children have missed a whole Summer Term and half of the Spring Term of learning in school. Some children have also been isolating at home or recovering from a positive case of COVID -19. This is an unprecedented amount of time to be away from school. During this time we have provided a thorough, interesting and well-resourced remote education with which many children have engaged. Teachers have diligently responded to children’s work and have kept a record of what children have a achieved.


Our focus for the rest of this academic year will be:

  • Basic skills
  • Transition
  • Physical exercise to improve general health and well – being


How will we do this?

In order to address the needs of the children when they return, teachers will:

  • plan and carry out well thought out diagnostic assessments within the first few weeks
  • allocate more time to maths and English
  • planning across all subjects will be adapted to ensure progress will be made
  • the curriculum will be slimmed down in places in order to enable us to continue with a broad and balanced curriculum while focusing on the skills and knowledge which are needed in order for children to continue making progress in subsequent years

We are fully aware that the experiences the children have had will all be very different and we must adapt our curriculum to meet the full range of needs.


An emphasis on physical exercise

When the children retuned in September 2021 we spent extra curriculum time focusing on the mental well-being of our pupils through carefully planned lessons, thoughtfully chosen children’s literature and we allocated plenty of time for children to share their experiences from being at home and the work and projects they successfully completed. We spent more time on our PSHE curriculum and were pleased to see our children settled quickly back into school and were keen to be back in the classroom.

This time we will be emphasising the physical well-being of our children. The DFE clearly explains the impact of physical exercise on children’s physical health and mental well-being which we believe is even more important at this time:

All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system.

Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.


How are we revising the curriculum?

Subject leaders have updated all of their subject overviews which have all been shared with teachers. In most case the following code has been used:

GREEN – Essential – These are progressive skills, which are built upon each year.

YELLOW – Could be achieved in a shorter amount of time.

RED – Skills can be included in other curriculum areas or are not essential for future progress of skills.


Subject leaders are then sharing with teachers revised over view documents, supporting teachers with planning and ensuring we maintain a broad curriculum as much as possible. Below each leader has also provided an overview of how the curriculum will be changed for this academic year due to the partial school closure.


Please open the document below to see more detail about individual subjects.


Recovery Curriculum Spring 2021