As some children begin returning to school, we felt it was important for you to be aware of the approach that we are taking as a school. With that in mind, we have provided a summary below of both our approach and the thinking behind it.
We hope that you feel this approach will support your child’s well-being as they begin their re-engagement with learning at school. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.
A Recovery Curriculum: Loss and Life for
our Children and Schools Post Pandemic
The Observatory School have put the child’s well-being at the centre of our thinking. We acknowledge that the children will have had different experiences during this time. However, the common thread running through all is the loss of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom. These losses can trigger anxiety in any child. Some of you may have experienced this with your own children.
We know that an anxious child is not in a place to learn effectively. So with this in mind, the school community has thought about the most effective way to support your child’s ability to learn. This approach will encompass and support the academic expectations for your child.
WHAT IS IT?
Professor Barry Carpenter has developed the Recovery Curriculum, as a response to the losses described above. It is a way for schools to help children come back into school life, acknowledging the experiences the children have had. We want children to be happy, feel safe and able to be engaged in their learning. We have decided that a way to achieve this for the children is to acknowledge the importance of helping them lever back into school life using the following 5 Levers.
Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE is Professor of Mental Health in Education at Oxford Brookes University. He has visited The Observatory School and delivered inspiring CPD to our staff.
Below is a link to his podcast on the Recovery Curriculum.