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Post-Easter Recovery

Ruth Merttens By Ruth Merttens

Children’s wellbeing must again be a priority for the start of summer term. See NEW Blocks for English and Maths.

Many children have not had a good time through Lockdown. They found it hard returning to school in March. Plus, the break for the Easter holidays may not help. Many will almost certainly have experienced loneliness, frustration, fear, anxiety and anger. They need an introduction back into class, one that enables them to find a good space in which to be, so that their learning can resume pace.
A week spent on wellbeing, is not time wasted – it is a week well spent and will lead to improved outcomes down the line
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English
A block of work designed to allow children to express themselves in a safe way – paper sculpture, painting, modelling, composition, movement, music and drama. We use poems and stories to stimulate work specifically planned to enhance children’s wellbeing, to improve confidence and extend their mental space for learning.
Summer Blocks: Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5 | Year 6
Spring Blocks:
Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5 | Year 6

Maths
A one-week unit focussed on key skills and fun maths, including paper sculpture, painting, modelling, drama, movement and music. Children practise tables and number facts and reinforce understanding of mathematical ideas in an unthreatening context, expressing feelings through art and music. They can then move on to resume the usual curriculum.
Summer Blocks: Year 1 | Year 2| Year 3 | Year 4 |Year 5 | Year 6
Spring Blocks:
Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5 | Year 6

Why are we doing this?

But at my back I always hear
Time’s winged chariot hurrying near…

Although teachers always feel time-pressure to move along, if ever there was an occasion when all our instincts should be saying ‘slow down’, this is it! Children need and deserve some time to get used to being back, to process what they have been through and to consolidate their learning. The brightest child in the country, as well as the most average, will benefit from a chance to express themselves through art, movement, drama and music. The fact that they are also getting back in the zone of their English and Maths learning is a welcome plus factor. But the main aim is and should be their recovery towards stronger mental health and readiness to learn.