Polar Bear Class Autumn 2020

September 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been lovely welcoming everyone back to Polar bear class after such a long time and getting to know the children who have joined us this term.  The children are settling in well and re-establishing their friendships and making friends with their new classmates and the adults in the class.  We are beginning to establish our class routines and look forward to a busy and very positive Autumn term. 

 

We have lots of exciting things planned for the year ahead and we are looking forward to lots of fun and learning. However, we recognise a return to school for some children may prove to be challenging for them after being away from school for so long and that they may have had anxieties about returning. We will be implementing for this term a “Recovery Curriculum” which acknowledges that there have been big losses for children as they have stayed at home, and they may have experienced anxiety, trauma and bereavement following loss of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom. These losses can trigger anxiety in any child. We are aware that some of our families have experienced this with their children. We know that an anxious child is not in a place to learn effectively. So with this in mind, we have thought about how to support your child’s ability to learn, to help children come back into school life and acknowledge the experiences the children have had. We want children to be happy, feel safe and be able to be engaged in their learning.

 

Alongside the Recovery Curriculum we will be working on the theme ‘This is me’. We will also focus on learning phonics and developing language and communication skills, with an emphasis on listening, speaking, signing and using PODD books and high tech communication devices.  We will spend time on individual physical development and expression, including dance  and PE sessions taught by specialist teachers.  There will be a strong emphasis on personal, social and emotional development. We will be reading stories, cooking, gardening, using rhymes, playing games and singing songs with links to our topic and the Recovery Curriculum. 

 

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.  We look forward to discussing your child’s progress at their PSP (Personal Support Plans), which now replace IEPs,  and Annual Review meetings.

 

With Best Wishes,

Lilia (class teacher) and

Moira, Charlotte, Mila and Desi