The Street, Elmsett, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 6PA
Growth with Progress
At Elmsett School we aim to develop well-rounded children, where learning experiences are constructed through a rich and varied curriculum offer. We have used the National Curriculums (EYFS and NC2014) as a spring board to generate ideas for which topics, knowledge and skills will be covered within each year group.
It is our aim to provide a curriculum offer that:
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Art and Design are considered to be an integral part of the Arts curriculum at Elmsett –we provide exciting, high-quality learning opportunities for our children which sit firmly at the centre of everything we do. They bring cohesion to learning experiences from across the curriculum, enabling children to make sense of their experiences and to express how they feel about them
At Elmsett we provide children with a wide variety of Art and Design activities. Each year the children build on the skills that they have learnt in the previous year. Our Arts Curriculum enables the children to find out about the work of different artists as well as developing their own artistic skills. Pupils have the opportunity to experiment with a range of mediums such as: sculpture, sewing, sketch pencils, charcoal, watercolours, oil pastels, acrylic paint and Batik.
The DT curriculum at Elmsett enables the children to gain knowledge and understanding of materials, structures, controls and mechanisms. It also provides them with opportunities to develop their designing, enquiry, scientific and mathematical skills.
We like to celebrate the children’s artwork by displaying it within the classrooms and school hall as well as encouraging pupils to take part in regional art shows/competitions such as the Hadleigh Show.
At Elmsett School, we recognise that Mathematics is both a key skill within school, and also a vital life skill. It helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics. We believe that by fostering resilience and a love of challenge and enquiry, children will develop an enthusiasm and love of maths that they will carry forward with them. We seek to dispel the myth that some people can ‘do’ maths while others ‘can’t’ and instil in the children a ‘can do’ attitude of growth and development.
We aim to:
The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Elmsett we have the expectation that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, timely intervention and continuous assessment of children’s grasp of concepts and readiness to move on, will determine the decisions about when to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered opportunities to deepen their understanding and knowledge before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including additional practice, before moving on. By continuously using both class and self-marking, our aim is that misconceptions are addressed in the lesson before they are allowed to take hold and embed themselves into the children’s thought process.
We are currently in the process of applying the fundamentals of a ‘Maths Mastery’ way of teaching throughout the school to further develop the children’s fluent understanding of mathematical skills as well as ensuring that they can apply this knowledge into more abstract problem solving situations.
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Mrs Chisholm leads the teaching of RE in school. We offer children the opportunity to learn about and from the world’s religions with a main focus on Christianity.
At Elmsett Church of England Primary School, our principle aim of Religious Education, is to promote religious literacy, through our vision statement, school ethos, Christian Values, class teaching and collective worship. It is vital that the children learn about and from world faiths, their beliefs, values and traditions, developing their own knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live, including British Values. They are encouraged to ask questions about the world, reflecting on their own and others beliefs and behaviors, also considering the impact on their own personal thoughts, feelings and behaviour towards other individuals, societies, communities and cultures.
At Elmsett school, we follow the Emmanuel Project, which is a carefully designed cycle of lessons for each subject which allows for progression and depth. Each child is given a knowledge organizer before a unit commences, recapping what they already know and what they will be expected to learn, including vocabulary. A pre assessment of what they already know is carried out before the unit is taught, which is then used to inform teaching and again at the end of the unit to test learning. Through the disciplines of theology, philosophy and human sciences, children are asked challenging questions which enable them to apply their learning in a philosophical and open manner. The units are usually taught through weekly lessons but there is flexibility to teach in a block. Knowledge is continually assessed throughout the unit through quizzes, questioning and written work, helping the child to embed concepts. All teaching styles are used to enable children of all abilities to access the learning, drama, stories, pictures, written, visual and oral discussions. Where possible we enhance learning through trips and visitors.
CPD is vital to successful implementation, ensuring all staff have expert subject knowledge, having complete understanding of the expectations and end points for all world faiths being taught. CPD is through staff meetings, informal chats and courses. The Emmanuel Project also contains subject specific knowledge resources and all staff know they can draw on the expertise of the diocesan education team.
Impact – know more, do more.
The impact of our religious education teaching is that the children have greater knowledge and understanding of themselves, their communities, the wider world and their place within it.
There are agreed end points for each world faith, with planned levels of learning that the children will be expected to know and be assessed against. The children will be encouraged to take active roles in their learning, discussing, asking and answering questions, developing curious minds and thinkers, thus helping them to embed knowledge into their long term memories. Knowledge and understanding is assessed through questioning and continuous assessment, throughout their learning, which is then used for future planning and ensuring attainment and progression. The Religious Education subject lead closely monitors the impact of RE across the school, through learning walks, lesson observations and staff meetings ensuring everyone can access the resources, has a good understanding of the subject specific knowledge and is using a variety of teaching approaches, allowing inclusivity for all and progression throughout the school.
Religious Educations has an impact on each child’s personal development, helping them develop a clearer idea of who they are. Learning from each world faith, influences the way they behave, think about others, the world around them and how they treat others. Throughout their learning, the children are allowed time to reflect on their experiences, encouraging them to think about how and why other people behave and act as they do and how this may impact on their own lives.
Mrs Hooper is our ICT subject lead and teaches the skills aspect of the curriculum in weekly lessons and class teachers enable pupils to use these skills to develop other aspects of their learning. The school is well-equipped with interactive whiteboards in each classroom and a laptop trolley/ sets of ipads which provides individual computer/internet access.
We work hard to ensure that all pupils are able to use technology to support their learning and that they understand how to keep themselves safe when using a range of technological devices. E-safety is an essential part of the Computing curriculum.
Computing is far more than word-processing at Elmsett Primary School and our pupils move onto secondary education with advanced skills. The children become adept at using a range of Microsoft programmes including Word, Powerpoint and Excel; they also have the opportunity to learn programming skills, using higher-order thinking processes to solve problems when controlling how a piece of code behaves, and experimenting with data-logging and control.
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Music is an important part of our school tradition at Elmsett and we aim to foster an enjoyment of different styles of music, as well as a critical ear and an ability to express ourselves creatively.
Music is taught as a whole class subject in accordance with National Curriculum requirements. In Foundation and Key stage one this is taught by the class teacher, while in Key stage 2 children are taught ukulele by a visiting tutor. As part of this they learn to play, to compose, to improvise and to read musical notation including tab and staff notation. They are given regular opportunities to perform to each other and to parents.
Music history is taught by the music coordinator as part of daily assemblies. These also provide children with opportunities to hear and discuss good quality recorded music from different eras and genres.
Singing forms a core part of our daily collective worship and we have weekly singing practice for all pupils from Foundation upwards. This provides pupils with opportunities to develop a love of singing and to improve their singing technique. We also have a popular singing club which provides pupils with an opportunity to excel at singing and to perform in public.
In addition to this, peripatetic music teachers provide individual tuition for pupils on guitar, bass, piano and ukulele. Pupils who learn a musical instrument out of school are also encouraged to share their talents with an audience whenever possible (concerts, assemblies, musical celebration events).
Opportunities to develop and perform are valued. We take part in wider musical activities organised by Hadleigh High School. These take the form of instrument or singing days and regular showcases at which primary pupils are encouraged to perform. The High School also organises an annual singing competition at which Elmsett pupils always excel!
In the Autumn term YR and Y1, and Years 2 and 3 perform Christmas musicals and in the Summer Term our Y4-Y6 do a musical production which all pupils are able to take part in. In addition to this we host regular musical talent shows for parents, involving groups and individuals and take part in Elmsett Brass Band Concerts at Christmas and in the Summer term.
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Science lessons provide the perfect opportunity to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity and interest in the world. Through practical exploration, children develop their understanding and knowledge of 'how', 'why', and 'what' from Foundation upwards. At Elmsett, we encourage pupils to ask questions and discuss scientific issues that may affect their own lives. We help pupils to make sense of an ever-changing world.
A hands-on approach to teaching science is adopted throughout the school. Children first ask questions and discuss them before suggesting ways to find out answers. These include using secondary sources such as books and the internet, as well as conducting their own investigations. Throughout the school, children are taught to work scientifically, making observations, selecting appropriate equipment and using it safely, collecting data, measuring and checking results, making comparisons and communicating results and findings. Children are encouraged to use correct scientific vocabulary and to draw conclusions from their findings. They use labelled drawings, tables, graphs and charts to present findings. As they progress through the school, they are encouraged to write up their investigations in greater detail, using increasingly scientific vocabulary.
Children learn about weather and the seasons, materials and their properties, forces, and the natural world including plants, humans and other animals, their habitats, diet, health and fitness. They also learn about great scientists throughout history and how their discoveries have shaped our world.
Pupils at Elmsett enjoy science and demonstrate enquiring spirits and critical thinking.
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We cover both the Geography and History objectives of the National Curriculum through termly or half termly Topics, ensuring that we build cross - curriculum links into our planning to tie this learning together. It is implemented either through a Topic approach alongside Design & Technology, History and Art etc. or taught as a separate unit, depending on the objectives to be covered that half term. For example, locating the countries of the world will be taught as part of Topics that cover historic cultures from across the world, such as the Mayans, Greeks, Egyptians or Shang Dynasty, whereas more specific Geography objectives will be covered in particular Geography units, such as Trade and Economics.
Our Geography curriculum is designed to equip pupils with the knowledge and understanding about diverse places, people and resources within natural and human environments. Pupils will develop their geographical skills in order to carry out effective enquiries.
Our Implementation for our Geography Curriculum:
Pupils are given opportunities to lead their own lines of geographic enquiries and record their findings in a variety of ways. As well as completing work inside the classroom, field work is a key part of our Geography Curriculum and allows pupils to apply their geographical skills in real-life settings.
In Key Stage 1, pupils investigate their local area and begin to learn about the wider world.
In Key Stage 2, pupils investigate their local area and a contrasting area, finding out about the environment and the people who live there.
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Our History Curriculum aims to give children the hands on experiences and enquiry skills to develop key knowledge about past events and the impact on Britain and the rest of the world.
Our History lessons are based on a specific historic theme (e.g. Crime and Punishment), historic culture (e.g. the Romans) or a major event (e.g. World War 1). Each unit of work is introduced as a Topic approach with a link to cross - curricular opportunities. Our long term and medium term plans map out the skills and themes covered each term for each year group. These plans define what will be taught in line with the ‘National Curriculum’. However, we believe that there should always be scope for development based on the children’s enquiries and what they would like to investigate further.
Please refer to the long term plans for a breakdown of each classes Topics throughout the year.
Class teachers deliver the Geography and History Curriculum throughout the year.
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As a small school we try to take as many opportunities as possible to engage in a variety of different activities.
The National Curriculum for Physical Education details a clear 'Purpose of Study' and 'Subject Content' for KS1 and KS2. Our whole PE skills progression chart combined with our yearly Curriculum Overview not only details the journey children will go on in this subject but also the high expectations we set, and the opportunities we provide in: gymnastics, dance and games. We place a strong emphasis on 'healthy lifestyles' and general fitness.
We hold the School Games Silver Award and as part of this we ensure that our pupils have opportunities to participate in a wide range of opportunities both within and beyond the school day. All pupils are members of School Teams and participate in intra-school sports competitions in a range of sports. They also compete against other schools demonstrating high levels of performance at both local and regional levels.
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Mrs Chisholm leads the teaching of PSHE in school. We offer children the opportunity to develop the qualities and attributes they need to be healthy, independent and active participants in society.
Our intent for PSHE:
At Elmsett School, our teaching of PSHE is underpinned by the School’s aims, ethos, Christian Vision and safeguarding. The children cover units on British Values, Global Citizenship, Human Rights, Personal Safety, Anti- bullying, Health, Relationships and Sex education, Money issues, Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco, Emotional wellbeing and Mental Health.
We believe that learning in PSHE gives the children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to have a greater understand of themselves and others, their own cultures and those of others, thus enabling them to be more tolerant and understanding.
Implementation of PSHE
The children are taught either in weekly sessions or in a block by their class teachers.
There are three core themes which are:
The progression throughout the school, takes into account the development of the pupil’s understanding of the overarching concepts and development of essential skills
As we acknowledge children’s different learning styles, our children learn through active participation in drama, stories, song, video clips, discussion, interactive teaching, making and many more creative ways which extend and embed the PSHE skills and concepts.
Impact of PSHE
Our PSHE curriculum will ensure all pupils develop the key skills, as set out by the PSHE Programme of Study. It enables the school to safeguard pupils, support their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
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Mrs Hooper leads the teaching of French in school. We offer children the exciting opportunity to take part in French lessons from Years 1 to 6.
Our intent for MFL:
At Elmsett School we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of
making substantial progress in one language. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future. We believe that learning another language gives children a new
and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
Implementation for MFL
Children develop their love of language learning and develop skills throughout their time in school.
In KS2, children are taught in weekly sessions by Mrs Hooper, with class teachers reinforcing their learning outside of lessons. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of songs and stories in French throughout their time at the school.
Our school follows the Primary Languages Network scheme of work, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children. Details of topics covered in each year group can be found on the French curriculum area of our school website. Since
primary languages became statutory in the primary curriculum recently, children at Elmsett school have been advancing through this scheme of work. As we acknowledge children’s different learning styles, our children learn through active
participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.
Impact of MFL
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:
understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
-The National Curriculum in England: Key stages 1 and 2 Framework Document. September 2013
Key Stage One
Year 1 and Year 2 weekly lessons over a half term. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of songs and stories in French throughout their time at the school. We sometimes do the register, date and weather in French in our classes too.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 have weekly French lessons where we aim to develop a love of languages and an understanding of other cultures alongside language development.
In Year 3 we focus on learning to introduce themselves, ask questions and respond appropriately. They listen and respond to French and learn the days of the week, colours, numbers to twenty and the French alphabet. Their focus is on aiming to
have a short dialogue confidently in French with some opportunities to begin writing in French.
Year 4 develop more skills in responding to classroom instructions and classroom objects. With a greater emphasis on beginning to write simple French sentences, they also begin to describe family members and places in a town. Children begin to
develop dictionary skills in Year 5 and 6
With a focus on writing grammatically correct sentences, Year 5 and 6 will learn about saying how they feel, school subjects and giving opinions, foods, weather and clothing. Our older children will also begin to learn more about using verbs in French.
Mrs Hooper is subject leader for French.
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At Elmsett School we recognise that reading and writing are key skills for pupils to develop for their future life and employment. Each week we have a cycle of focussed spelling, grammar and handwriting lessons, as well as exploring a variety of texts and offering varied opportunities for writing. We also seek to create a love of reading and a creative outlet in writing.
Reading at Elmsett
Reading begins in the Foundation Stage through sharing books with simple or no text so that the children can learn how to tell a story using images. There is an emphasis on children learning to decode through daily phonics teaching and developing their sight vocabulary for common exception words. Children progress through the reading bands accordingly with each book level introducing new reading and comprehension skills. In addition to the Stage books, Key stage 2 pupils read Treetops books which provide a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, with focussed comprehension questions to be completed at school or at home. These also provide parents with examples of questions they can ask their child when hearing them read, as the development of reading is a vital partnership between home and school.
Reading strategies are established through individual reading (with teacher, teaching assistant or adult helper) and Guided Reading sessions in groups with their class teacher/teaching assistants. Guided Reading provides an opportunity for the teacher to teach reading in relation to the differentiated needs of pupil groups and to introduce a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts, which are often beyond the level that children are reading independently. It also provides pupils with strategies for retrieving information from a text and for answering comprehension questions in their classwork and in test situations, with adults modelling the different types of answer.
Writing at Elmsett
Pupils are provided with frequent and varied opportunities to write. Sequences of English lessons typically begin by using high quality texts so that the children can learn from different authors and styles of writing, copying both their structure and style. Texts are broken down so that pupils understand the mechanics of the writing, the grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and sentence structure. This is followed by shared and modelled writing with the teacher, which helps to nurture the children’s fluency and creativity. The children then apply their skills in independent pieces of writing which are finally edited and improved by the individual child as well as receiving some input from their peers. Children are taught to edit their writing for grammar, punctuation, spelling and style.
Speaking and Listening at Elmsett
Pupils are provided with varied opportunities to speak and listen to each other, developing their confidence, reasoning and vocabulary. They may be asked to retell a known story, to debate a hot topic, or to give a talk on a chosen subject. When exploring a text, pupils may be asked to sequence events, retell or dramatise the story, predict the outcome or give opinions on the book. When writing, younger pupils are encouraged to verbalise what they want to write so that they understand the patterns of sentences and the function of questions and commands.
Progress in English
The large majority of pupils progress through the curriculum content at the same pace. Pupils are grouped by ability for most English lessons. Differentiation is achieved through additional support and by encouraging children’s individual flair and fluency.
Interventions focus on gaps in knowledge and may involve additional reading, spelling or writing practice, according to a child’s needs. At Elmsett we believe in Quality First Teaching, treating every child as an individual and meeting their individual needs.