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Foundation Subjects



At Elmgrove, art and design is a visual language which all children have the right to learn. Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables pupils to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.

Design and Technology 

Design technology at Elmgrove gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live, work and play.


At Elmgrove we learn French. Our lessons enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts and to understand and respond both in speech and in writing. It provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.


At Elmgrove our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journey. We intend to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences. We implement this by listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians. Our broad range of music lessons allows all children to find their passion for their chosen instrument.


At Elmgrove our intent is to offer our children access to a computing curriculum which develops their knowledge and empowers them to be active, independent, confident and responsible participants in an ever-changing digital world. We are committed to equip all our pupils with the computing tools they need to develop capabilities in finding, selecting and utilising information, to understand how to use technology safely and responsibly for communication, to use hardware and software creatively and effectively, to apply technical skills and knowledge to their learning in other subject areas.


At Elmgrove, we intend to prepare our children for their future with a “hands –on”, inquiry-based science curriculum that enables them to confidently explore and discover the world around them. We will motivate and actively engage our children, to nurture and grow their curiosity. Core scientific knowledge and skills are taught through direct teaching, experimentation and exploration. Our intent is for all our children to be life-long learners who are: inquisitive, independent thinkers, confident to ask ‘Big Questions’ and who are well-prepared for their future in the ever-changing world.


At Elmgrove the intent of teaching Physical Education is to give children the tools and understanding required to make a positive impact on their own physical health and well-being. We want all children to experience a wide variety of sports and physical skills which will enhance life-long fitness and life choices. PE can challenge and promote self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem-solving. It can teach children to cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team based physical activities. Within dance, it will allow children to explore their personal and spiritual identity.


At Elmgrove our intent, when teaching geography, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.


Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, our children at Elmgrove will understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.


At Elmgrove we are proud to celebrate the diversity of religions within our community. By learning about religion our children will develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and world views in the local, national and wider global community. Religious Education at Elmgrove has a significant role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and aims to promote pupil’s open-mindedness and develop their own sense of identity.


PSHE is at the core of what we do at Elmgrove and enables our children to become kind, respectful, committed and responsible members of society, as well as developing intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. With an ever-changing society, we are able to provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community.