As children return to school, we felt it was important for parents 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 wellbeing 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.
The three Rs
There are three Rs that sum up a healthy, positive approach to returning to school:
Re-establishing old routines and establishing necessary new ones e.g. frequent hand-washing, helps us feel secure and in control. Learning itself provides security for many. Concentration and focus, being ‘in flow’ and absorbed in new learning can be therapeutic and exciting in equal measure.
Why plough on with the prescribed curriculum if there are unmet needs hampering the learning experience? We want to give children safe and structured opportunities to talk about their lockdown experiences and to deal with the emotions they may have experienced and need to express and understand. The lockdown experience and its impact on children needs processing, and a re-focus on the positive and the things we are grateful for supports a return to the school community and learning. So much good and so many good people shone through the lockdown and focusing on this provides a positive angle on the pandemic.
All of the above, however, needs underpinning by quality relationships between the adults and children, children and children, and adults and adults across the school community. We may need to consciously make more effort than normal with this, re-establishing relationships after absence and with so little time before the summer break.