Our “Rainbow Curriculum” is a personalised response to the needs of the children at Otford Primary School, as a result of Coronavirus. It is built on the principles of Reconnection, Re-igniting and Resilience.
As Professor Barry Carpenter CBE states July 2020;
‘The common thread that runs through the current lived experiences of our children, is loss. This may be loss of routine, structure, freedom, friendships and opportunities. These five losses can trigger the emergence of emotional anxiety, trauma and bereavement in any child. The overall impact cannot be underestimated. All of our learners will need a holistic recovery, some may need a deeper focused recovery intervention programme, personalised to their needs; others may need a deeper longer lasting recovery period, enabling a fuller exploration of the severity of their trauma and emergent attachment issues.’
Although it is important to focus on the recovery of lost knowledge, within this curriculum we place greater importance on the fundamental wellbeing of our children and as a result securing the positive development of the child.
Our Rainbow Curriculum is a relationship-based approach, to reigniting the flame of learning in each child. It is built around five levers, that will support the children through a process of re-engagement, which leads them back to their rightful status as a fully engaged, authentic learner.
Lever 1: Relationships – Many of the relationships that were thriving, may need to be invested in and restored. We have planned for this to happen, not assume that it will. Staff reach out to greet them, using the relationships we build to cushion the discomfort of returning.
Lever 2: Community – the curriculum has been based in the community for a long period of time. Staff listen to what has happened in this time, understand the needs of our community and engage them in the transitioning of learning back into school.
Lever 3: Transparent Curriculum – all of our pupils feel like they have lost time in learning and staff will show them how we are addressing these gaps, consulting and co-constructing with our pupils to heal this sense of loss.
Lever 4: Metacognition – in different environments, pupils will have been learning in different ways. Staff ensure the skills for learning in a school environment explicit to our pupils to reskill and rebuild their confidence as learners.
Lever 5: Space – to be, to rediscover self, and to find their voice on learning in this issue. Staff are working at an incredible pace to make sure this group of learners are not disadvantaged against their peers, providing opportunity and exploration alongside the intensity of our expectations.
All of these are being delivered through our core values of Kindness, Courage and Curiosity.
All of our learners will need a holistic recovery, some may need a focused recovery intervention programme, personalised to their needs; others may need a deeper and longer lasting recovery period, enabling a fuller exploration of the severity of their trauma and emergent attachment issues.
At Otford we believe all pupils should receive a high quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life. By delivering this curriculum we will ensure the children will gain the skills and knowledge they need to equip them for their future learning journey.