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Catch Up and Recovery 2020-2021

Courage, Compassion, Perseverance and Teamwork

Recovery Curriculum

In July our staff completed a "curriculum deficit summary" to show the subjects and objectives children had missed during lockdown. These were passed on to the next teacher so that they could plan and teach a curriculum aimed at closing those gaps before moving on to the learning for this year. The focus for that will be quality first teaching for all pupils and targeted support for small groups and individuals. 

The main curriculum focus in autumn term is English and Mathematics with a good balance of non- core subjects each week.

English content: phonics in Early Years and Ks1, handwriting and spelling in Ks2, reading comprehension and writing across school. 

Mathematics content: number bonds, number skills and multiplication tables.

Other non-core subjects will be delivered, with summaries of topics/units missed last year. These will also be revisited at the beginning of each new topic. 

Once children settle back in, during the first autumn term, informal assessments will be completed to clarify children's needs/gaps in learning and plan our next steps.

Findings and Next Steps

We found that all children returned to school after both periods of lockdown with large gaps in learning, poor hand writing and presentation skills and lack of stamina; they found it difficult to concentrate and to sustain learning for extended periods. Some previous learning had also been forgotten. Further revision was planned, extra breaks were included each day and expectations increased one step at a time to improve learning stamina.

Summative assessments were carried out at the end of each term and we were pleased with progress. Targetted small group and individual support continued alongside quality first teaching. We returned to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by summer term 2021. 

We will continue to revise objectives from last year at the beginning of each new unit of work and we will reassess children's progress at the end of each term.


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Catch Up Funding

Catch Up funding was used from autumn 2020 to July 2021 to:
- provide Forest Activities to support emotional health and wellbeing.
- increase the level of teaching assistant hours in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 to support with quality first teaching and targeted individual and small group support 
- create smaller classes for English and Mathematics  for five  hours a week in Y6 during aytumn 2020. The class teacher and the deputy head teacher planned together and delivered lessons to two separate groups. 
- provide after school tuition groups in all year groups in autumn 2020.
- purchase online maths and literacy subscriptions for programmes that support learning.
Catch Up funding Autumn 1 2021:
- Additional teaching assistant hours to support children in Year 4
- Additional teacher in school on Wednesdays taking groups of disadvantaged children from Years 2 and 6 to improve thinking skills


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