It’s almost time to go back to school after the COVID-19 lockdown, and naturally it’s going to be a period of trepidation for many people – parents, children and teachers (and in fact, all school staff) alike. Many schools are carrying out a recovery curriculum on the return to school, and if you’re asking the question – what is a recovery curriculum? Then to simplify things – it’s a relationship based approach to getting children ready for learning again. We really cannot underestimate how children have been affected during the past 6 months. Social isolation, boredom, the removal of routines and seeing people they love – we won’t know for a long time what the longer term effects will be, but we can focus on the here and now.
Fostering positive relationships is vital for the emotional wellbeing of children – and staff. The best approach – as with most things in life – is to talk. Talking helps with healing. And there will definitely be a fair amount of healing to be done. Acknowledging families different experiences during lockdown is a good way to get started, and we hope that our recovery curriculum resources help with that. Our memory jar activity is especially helpful and provides children with the space to either write or draw something positive that happened to them during lockdown.
An important thing to remember is that many children may not fully understand what has been happening for the past few months. Our editable post lockdown return to school powerpoint has been written with children in mind, and clearly explains in sensitive language.
A pupil wellbeing questionnaire is also a great way of finding out how children are feeling too – from which you can start conversations around thoughts and feelings.
Children’s ability to focus and concentrate may be affected after so long out of school, so we’ve designed some post lockdown speaking and listening games that are accessible to all.
If you prefer to catch some of the September sun before it goes away, and you have the space, our outdoor social distancing games are a good way to re-engage pupils and have fun! All good things.
Since sharing equipment is going to be trickier – we’ve designed a wellbeing toolkit that contains everything each child needs to get back into the swing of things at school, with coping devices.
For something nice and easy that you can give children to do on the first day of term – and then keep working through – our wellbeing activity booklet contains everything you need to help with a recovery curriculum. We also have a slightly shorter mini wellbeing booklet too.
These are just a small selection of our recovery curriculum resources – and we will continue to produce more as we get more requests!