On this page you will find our adapted curriculum for the next phase of our school as we welcome back all pupils to school. We are calling this our recovery curriculum, which acknowledges that there have been big losses to children as they have stayed at home, both last year and at the start of 2021. The focus for Regent Farm will be to ensure that pupils are ready to learn and as such well-being needs will be prioritised. The act of recovery is as much an emotional and social one as it is academic, and our ability to recognise and plan for this will be at the heart of our learners’ eventual success.
Currently children in school have been impacted by two lockdowns which have prevented face to face learning for many. This may be on top of periods of isolations and the personal impact of this terrible disease.
Fundamental to a successful return to school for children is to ensure that they feel supported by their teachers, parents and peers as they transition back into school. Upon a child’s return to school our first focus will always be their wellbeing and happiness. Children need to feel safe and confident to learn effectively and at Regent Farm this will always be our priority.
Each child will require differing amounts of support upon their return and we aim to ensure that the pastoral support on offer will be effective and can help all pupils to engage successfully in their learning and fully integrate back into the whole school experience. Children have also not seen their friends, classmates and teachers for some time so our aim is to provide a framework within school to support these relationships.
We will do this through:
Academic Recovery Curriculum
As a school, we need to accept that it will not be possible to cover every National Curriculum objective to the same depth as usual, or meet every expected standard for the current year given the level of disruption to schooling this year (on top of the disruption last year). During the most recent lockdown and loss of face to face education, our home learning offer mirrored the objectives taught in school exactly; whether this was a core subject, such as reading or maths, or a topic area with foundation subject objectives such as history and DT. Therefore, our focus in not simply re-teaching the work done during lockdown; we need to identify missed objectives and misconceptions for each child. The time we have in school is not infinite, therefore we will need to work swiftly to identify those children who need catch up support in specific areas, we will also need to prioritise need.
At Regent Farm, we will categorise the national curriculum objectives in different ways, thinking about:
- Those taught pre-lockdown
- Areas of learning which may need a 'light touch' because the learning objective was previously taught in Autumn or will be revisited before the end of the Summer term.
- The learning objective must be covered by can be condensed into less time than usual since it is consolidated/built upon next year. e.g. 2 units condensed/linked into one or 2 weeks condensed into one week e.g. shape.
- Learning objectives which must be covered fully since the content is not repeated in other year groups or is a key building block to the next steps.
By maintaining a clear focus on a smaller number of priority areas of learning we will ensure children have the best opportunities to acquire deep, embedded learning that they will be able to build on as they move forward.
We will overcome the impact of lost learning time through: