In September 2020 we prepared for the return to school after national lockdown had closed schools across the country. We recognised that returning to school after lock-down would be complex and that many children would have experienced a great sense of loss. At Mersey Drive we created a holistic recovery curriculum in recognition of these experiences. The intention of the Recovery Curriculum was to provide opportunities to rebuild relationships and a sense of community, space to re-establish a sense of self and routine, and to relearn behaviour for learning skills.
Our Recovery Curriculum is designed to recognise children’s recent life experiences as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and to provide opportunities for:
- Establishing new routines
- Re-building relationships and interpersonal skills
- Processing potential emotional trauma and building resilience
- Create a sense of belonging and community
- Addressing the children’s variations of learning during lockdown
- Providing appropriate learning experiences that support creativity and critical thinking
Our Curriculum is based on the PERMA model:
The recovery curriculum is based around a three-wave model:
Wave 1 (Universal)
Designed for all pupils to complete, taking into account the SEMH and learning needs of all the children.
Wave 2 (Targeted)
Specific, targeted and time limited support designed for pupils struggling to engage and/or demonstrating signs of anxiety. Wave 2 is a more intensive supportive curriculum.
Wave 3 (Specialist)
Highly individualised targeted provision designed for pupils requiring a more specialist tailored curriculum linking to SEMH needs. This is very specific to the individual, and will be individually focused, time limited and evaluated
96% of parents report that their child has re-engaged with their learning when returning to school. 96% of parents felt their child had reconnected with their class at Mersey Drive on return to school 100% of staff felt the children’s return to school had been positive as supported by the Recovery Curriculum.