Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
At Elmgrove we are committed to the principle that learning a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) is appropriate for all children, whatever their ability or special needs.
Most of our pupils are already bilingual or multilingual – we aim to equip them with strategies for language learning that they can use in their time with us and in the future.
Our main objective in the teaching of MFL is to encourage all children to develop a positive attitude towards languages learning, to promote the early development of linguistic competence and to prepare our pupils for secondary language learning and beyond.
French teaching takes place in each year group in Key Stage 2 and aims to develop knowledge about the language and a bank of vocabulary and phrases, language learning skills and an ability to use and apply those to new contexts plus for children to develop intercultural knowledge. Lessons are taken by a specialist French teacher and are presented in a varied and stimulating way. Central to learning are speaking and listening skills and some written work is used to reinforce and extend learning.
Art and Design and Technology
At Elmgrove, Art and DT is an integral part of our teaching where there is an emphasis on the skills taught. Each class is named after an artist and all children have the opportunity to learn in depth about them. This allows them to have a wide range of knowledge about different artists and artistic styles by the time they reach Year 6. Individual classes take responsibility for display boards in the halls and corridors around the school where the work of the children is celebrated, valued and displayed over the course of the year. Year groups are responsible for planning, reviewing and adapting these plans to keep the curriculum themes engaging and relevant for pupils.
Art is a practical and creative subject. Through their active participation, pupils learn to explore their imagination, generate ideas, acquire skills and apply judgement. They learn about the materials and techniques used, whilst exploring the world of art, craft and design, recognising the achievements of artists, designers and craftspeople from many different times and cultures. At Elmgrove we want our pupils to be creative, engaged and to have the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. They should be critical thinkers and develop a deeper understanding of the subject as well as art forms that have shaped our history and culture today.
The Design and Technology curriculum is geared towards enabling students to be able to talk about their ideas, select appropriate tools and materials, assemble and join components appropriately and safely and evaluate their finished items.
History and Geography
At Elmgrove we are committed to teaching a well-rounded, engaging and accessible curriculum. Children enjoy learning history and geography, whereby exciting cross curricular links to other subjects are made. Children have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate key skills and learning through lessons that inspire and engage them as well as through special enrichment activities such as Greek day for Year 3 and Anglo-Saxon day in Year 5.
At Elmgrove students learn about the environment and community, life and impact of significant historical figures and different civilisations. They learn to ask deep, thought-provoking questions which will guide and allow for inquiry based learning to take place. The curriculum reflects the diversity of our students and their background, allowing them to investigate their own communities. Geographical skills such as: use of maps and coordinates, atlas work, observations about the weather, climate and outdoor field work drive children’s sense of curiosity.
At Elmgrove the RE curriculum aims to develop our children’s experiences and understanding while respecting and welcoming diversity. Children are posed with questions about meaning and purpose in life, belief, reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. We learn to mutually respect each other's beliefs and understandings.
One objective in the teaching of RE is to encourage all children to develop a moral compass and become well-rounded individuals where they understand they have choices in life and respect that different people make different choices. Elmgrove is proud to be a Silver Award Rights Respecting School where children understand their rights taught through everyday activities, lessons and integration into the RE curriculum.
RE teaching takes place in each year group and facilitates discussion, education and activities based around experiences children may have already had or are likely to experience in their young lives. At the same time it helps to prepare them for life beyond Elmgrove equipped with the tools they need to be a well-rounded citizen.
At Elmgrove our main objective is to offer children the access to a computing curriculum which develops their skills 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.
The computing medium term planning for each year group covers all the strands of the National Curriculum in a balanced, progressive and stimulating way. Children access termly online safety lessons to prepare them to become discerning users of different online software. Computing lessons can be delivered in classroom, where pupils have access to an interactive whiteboard, laptops, iPads and programmable toys.
In February every year, Elmgrove participates in Safer Internet Day to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and the wider community. Children in all year groups access a variety of activities and take part in assemblies which are designed to empower them to take control of their digital lives.