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St Nicholas Curriculum

St Nicholas Recovery Curriculum – September 2020


Due to COVID-19, St Nicholas School will be implementing a recovery curriculum to ensure pupils are re-engaged with the school community.

At St Nicholas school the Governors and staff team are committed to providing a curriculum which meets every child’s needs. We value each child as an individual and aim to develop their potential by meeting their individual needs, developing their skills and knowledge and independence ready for adulthood.

As a school we have adopted the Recovery curriculum through the guidance and influence of Barry Carpenter, CBE, Professor of Mental Health in Education, Oxford Brookes University and Matthew Carpenter, Principal, Baxter College, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. 

The 5 losses, of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom, can trigger anxiety, trauma and bereavement in any child. To aid this return to school for pupils our aims are to enable our students to continue to develop their emotional resilience; developing their self-regulation and learning how to learn in a school environment once again, through

  • Playfulness, care, routine and fun
  • Teaching self-regulation and developing co-regulation must precede any ‘academic’ focus.
  • Child focused before subject focused
  • Curriculum to focus on rebuilding relationships, connections and developing emotional/ mental health?
  • Notice and value new skills or experiences learnt during Lockdown

Each class teacher has planned a range of opportunities to ensure the recovery curriculum is pupil centred and will adapt resources planning and strategies to meet every child’s needs.

As a school we plan to celebrate our return to the school community at the end of Term 1, the way in which this will be shared with parents and carers is dependent on the ever evolving COVID-19 situation.

We will be holding parent return to school consultations via our Gsuite to enable us to further strengthen our relationships with parents and carers and also learn about the pupils developments through the partial closure of the school.

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