Koala Class Autumn Term 2020

September 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been lovely welcoming everyone back to Koala 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 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 so we will help them to settle back into school life using the following 5 ‘levers of recovery’

Lever 1 – Relationships

Many of the relationships that were thriving, such as with friends, teachers, supporting adults may need to be invested in and restored. This may be challenging pupils, some will be transitioning into a class with a new teacher too, so we will support them.

Lever 2- Community

We recognise that your child’s curriculum will have been based at home for a long time. We will listen to what has happened in this time, understand the needs of our community and engage them in the transitioning of learning back into school.

Lever 3 – Transparent Curriculum

Our children may well feel they have lost time with their learning at school and we want to show them that we understand this and that we will help them to become confident learners at school.

Lever 4 – Metacognition

In different environments, children will have been learning in different ways and may have developed different styles of learning. We will acknowledge and build on this.

Lever 5 – Space, to be, to rediscover self and to find their voice on learning in this issue.

We don’t want our students to be or feel in a disadvantage.  We are making sure that we are providing opportunities to explore, grow and learn alongside our academic expectations at the right pace for one and each of them.

 

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, special yoga and PE sessions taught by specialist teachers.  In combination 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 have replaced IEPs,  and Annual Review meetings.

 

With Best Wishes,

Dorota (class teacher) and

Jennifer, Sylwia, Debbie and Silvia