A copy of our intended expenditure for catch-up funding can be found here.
As Mayhill welcomes back all children, we know many families will be looking to us to help their child progress academically, socially, physically and emotionally after what may have been quite a stressful period away from school. This short summary outlines some of the main strategies in place:
1. Well-being and enrichment
All children will have missed out on socialising with their friends and this will have affected some more than others. We can’t expect our children to return joyfully, and many of the relationships that were thriving, may need to be invested in and restored. During school time, we will be utilising opportunities in the curriculum for children to work collaboratively, initially having longer periods of play and social time, and making the most of the field and good weather to take learning outside. We will plan our lessons so there is less time looking at a screen and make their learning as practical as possible, especially for foundation subjects.
A sense of belonging is important too so we will take time as a class to listen to each other and lead activities that bring the class together as one. We will reassure your child that any missed learning is recoverable and make sure they feel a sense of pride in their own learning. As soon as we are allowed, we aim to open up as many different enrichment clubs as we can facilitate so that there is more time for children to play and be active together in an informal environment. Our class teachers and ELSA are both on hand to lead discussions on wellbeing and work with you on responding to any concerns.
2. Adapted curriculum content
Given the disruptions to last year, we will start by revisiting prior learning so they can practice applying it consistently, confidently, independently and in a variety of ways. This will be really important for pupils who have missed out on adult support at home whilst also giving time for other children to demonstrate and consolidate their learning. Throughout this time, we will be quietly assessing your child so that we can plan for any obvious gaps in their learning after Easter.
In the summer term, our focus will be on supporting your child to show security and understanding on what we call the 'most essential objectives' from this academic year. Children will complete end of year assessments towards the end of the academic year so that we can review the strengths and gaps across each child and across the class and of course we will share this information with you at parents' evening and in their end of year report.
3. Quality first teaching and Interventions
To support your child, there is nothing more important that high quality teaching input at the point of delivery. All national research points to this being the single most important factor in supporting children and your input here is vital too. Before they return, it would help us if you are able to summarise their home learning experience, including the softer skills such as levels of independence, likes and dislikes and anything they found particularly challenging.
When they do return, we are lucky to have excellent teachers here and they will continue to teach, assess and support your child to feel confident in whatever stage of learning they are at. For pupils with SEN, individual learning plans and EHCPs will continue to be a high priority and we will want to discuss these with you to ensure they are accurate representations for the summer term.
During the summer term, it is inevitable that some children will benefit from additional interventions outside of their English and Maths lessons but we are committed to ensuring they still receive a broad curriculum offer and will endeavour to balance these out.
4. Helping parents to help your child
We want to work with you to help your child flourish in the second half of this year by listening to you and understanding the needs of your child. We will start by collecting your responses and then following up your comments and reflections with you personally. We will pause homework until after Easter as it is likely your child will be tired after a full day and we would love them to make more use of time after school to socialise.
During the summer term, we will try to help guide you on what areas of learning you could help provide additional support with, all based around the 'most essential objectives'. Parents evening will take place later in Summer 1 so that we have a point at which we can reflect on their progress together and discuss strategies for the remainder of the summer term.