At Elmgrove Primary and Nursery we aim to provide a stimulating school environment to ensure that all children achieve their maximum potential. However, the National Curriculum does not cover all areas, and we aim to ensure that children have as wide a range of experience as possible at school. We endeavour to teach to the highest standards in ways that match each child’s own aptitude and ability. That means offering a curriculum which is broad, balanced and right for each child. Children are taught using a variety of methods, which include whole class teaching, group work and individual work. Teachers choose the most appropriate method depending on the nature of the subject and the needs of the children; we believe that each child should be properly equipped with the basic tools of learning in particular in English and numeracy. These are given a very high priority by teachers and are soundly taught.
Children’s personal qualities are equally important, and we aim to help children to develop a sense of consideration and self-confidence so that they value themselves and their abilities and make a full contribution to the life of the school.
All classes from year 1 to year 6 follow the National Curriculum which includes the subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Geography, History, Music, Art, Design and Technology, Physical Education and Religious Education. The approach we take is largely through topics or themes, so that the work the children do in different ‘subjects’ is related, although additional work is often planned in Mathematics and English; more so as your child gets older. A topic usually covers a term or a half-term. Teachers work together to plan the work that the children will do, so that we can ensure that children are offered more challenge as they progress through the school.
Classes in the Nursery and Reception are in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which covers the 7 areas of learning and development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design. These areas are broken down into Early Years Outcomes which lead on to the Early Learning Goals. These areas of learning and development are taught manly in units and sometimes as part of a cross-curricular topic.
The curriculum is enhanced through educational visits, visitors, workshops and outside speakers. French is taught in Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 and currently Year 4 have swimming lessons. At present Year 5 and 6 pupils have an opportunity to go on a residential school journey to an activity centre.
Children’s progress is regularly monitored and evaluated by the teachers to ensure continuity throughout the school. You will receive a mid-year and end of year report about your child’ progress and attainment.
Parents support the curriculum in many ways. We welcome and need parental help on educational visits, in the classroom to support practical work, for group reading and to walk students to their swimming lessons. We also need parental help to ensure home learning is completed on time. Every year group undertakes a number of visits each year which will enrich the curriculum and support learning.
At Elmgrove Primary School and Nursery we also offer a wider curriculum of whole school events which ALL of our children participate in.
Black History Month
No Pens Day
Road Safety Week
Mental Health Week
World Book Day/Book Week
Meet the Teacher day
Walk to School Week
Take One Picture
More information about the Primary National Curriculum can be found on the Department for Education website.
If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please contact the school office.