Elmlea Curriculum

Elmlea Infants’ Curriculum Statement

‘A enriched curriculum with children is at its heart, developing understanding and personal skills for success in the 21st Century.’

The Curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. At Elmlea Infants’ we have developed a creative approach to our Curriculum. We provide an environment in which children develop and acquire skills in engaging and purposeful topic based learning across the school. The curriculum enables children to grow into positive, responsible individuals, who can work and co-operate with others underpinned by our Golden Values.

Values

Our school curriculum promotes high quality learning that challenges and inspires its pupils. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives. The teaching of critical skills equips children with the tools they need to be successful learners allowing learners to participate in positive activities to develop personal and social skills, promote well-being and reduce behaviour that puts them at risk.

Aims

The aims of our school curriculum are: To enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world they live in; To promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning; To teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy, computing and science; Provide a broad and balanced education and meets the needs, aptitudes and interest of pupils so that it promotes high levels of achievement and good behaviour helping to promote a child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; Enable children to make a positive contribution to the school, local and wider community; Create reflective learners who have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development; Build up confidence and motivation to learn through the use of a range of learning and teaching styles; Learn to value others, their views, cultures and beliefs in an inclusive manner; The above is a summative statement which is supported by our overarching Teaching and Learning Policy and subject policies.

Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum offers children a broad, balanced and relevant education, which provides continuity and progression. At Elmlea Infants’ children develop and learn a range of skills that equip them for a continually evolving 21st Century society. The curriculum uses the National Curriculum 2014 objectives which are mapped across each Year group. Teaches use these to plan topics based around their interests and every child’s next steps in their learning journey. These are shared with parents and carers at the beginning of each term in the form of topic webs. Objectives may be grouped together to from cross curricular links or taught explicitly. Regular opportunities are given for children to apply their literacy, numeracy, science and computing skills throughout our curriculum.

Raising Standards

At Elmlea Infants’ we ensure that all children are challenged in their learning by planning tasks according to an individual’s needs. Tasks are differentiated to support this and extension activities provide opportunities for children to apply their skills in different contexts. Topic planning also places on emphasis on allowing children to apply their literacy and math’s skills using the context of the lesson whenever the opportunity arises. Teachers assess children’s progress against each subjects National Curriculum objectives at the end of each unit of study. This is used to monitor progress and attainment in each subject and inform future planning, in order to ensure all children reach their learning potential.

The Enriched Curriculum

All year groups participate in a range of visits per year, which provide a stimulus for their learning as part of the terms topic. Our school is at the heart of the city, which we use to our full potential across the curriculum, providing relevant and meaningful learning opportunities. Visitors from the local community are also used regularly to ensure learning is purposeful and we use the range of skills available. This includes parents and carers who are vitally important in the engagement and feedback processes. Throughout the year curriculum theme weeks provide whole school focused learning experiences and the opportunity for skills development in a specific area, as well as an opportunity to promote school cohesion. In Key Stage 1 topic homework is set two times a year, based on the project being taught in a Year group, and children’s achievements are celebrated in a variety of ways. A wide range of after-school activities also gives the children opportunities to develop a range of skills and interests outside the classroom.

Information about the curriculum is shared in many ways. In years 1 and 2 there is a ‘Meet your new teacher’ evening in the summer term before children move to their new classes, which includes an outline of the curriculum. In the Autumn term there is a curriculum evening to explain how we teach Literacy and Maths and how parents/carers can support their children at home.

Every year we arrange two evening meetings when specific areas of the curriculum are considered. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend these events, as these are opportunities to see, and perhaps try out, the sort of activities their children are currently experiencing. Elmlea Schools' Trustees and the Governors of Elmlea Infant School are committed to providing all children with learning experiences of the highest quality, so that their time spent with us becomes the start of a lifelong learning process. 

View the Elmlea Infant Curriculum in the Policies Section.

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