The Street, Elmsett, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 6PA

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Elmsett C of E Primary School

Curriculum 2019 - Progression

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:

  • enables children to make great progress
  • provides equal opportunities for all learners
  • engages, motivates and develops curious children
  • creates responsible citizens
  • prepares children for the digital world
  • promotes a healthy lifestyle

Art and Design and Design Technology

Access our Art Skills Progression chart HERE

Access our DT Skills Progression chart HERE

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:

  • Develop a mathematical understanding through systematic direct teaching of appropriate learning objectives;
  • develop a positive attitude towards maths and an awareness of the relevance of maths in the real world;
  • encourage the effective use of maths as a tool in a wide range of activities within school and subsequently adult life;
  • develop an ability in the children to express themselves fluently, to talk about the subject with confidence, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary;
  • develop an ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind;
  • develop an appreciation of creative aspects of maths and awareness of its aesthetic appeal.


The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.

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.

Access maths progression skills HERE.

Religious Education

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. 

 Our intent for RE:

At Elmsett School, our teaching of RE is underpinned by the School’s aims, ethos and Christian Vision, all of which implement our Christian values.

Elmsett school vision statement

As a Christian school we demonstrate and encourage all to believe that everyone is precious; ‘All are precious in his sight. We aim to work together as a team, to achieve excellence in all we do, supporting and respecting everyone and everything in all ways.

The children not only learn about religions but also learn from them. They are encouraged to consider how beliefs and concepts could affect the way they and others might think and act.

We believe that learning about other religions gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, being more tolerant and understanding.

Implementation of RE

The children are taught either in weekly sessions or in a block by their class teachers.

Our school follows the Emmanuel project, devised by the Diocese and other teachers, based on The Suffolk Agreed Syllabus.  There are  6 learning themes for KS1 and 9 for KS2 that must be covered for Christianity. Some of these themes are also taught through Hinduism and Islam, allowing the children to compare religions, noting similarities and differences. Other themes are also taught through Sikhism, Judaism, Buddhism and 1 unit on Humanism. Each unit focuses on a key concept, unpicking the beliefs and allowing the children to explore the ideas through an enquiry model of teaching.

As we acknowledge children’s different learning styles, our children learn through active participation in drama, stories, song, video clips, discussion, interactive teaching walls, scrap book making and many more creative ways which extend and embed RE skills. 

Impact of RE

Our RE curriculum will ensure all pupils develop the key skills, as set out by the Suffolk RE Agreed Syllabus, learning from and about Christianity and other world faiths. The children are encouraged to:

  • To learn about and from religions
  • To develop enquiring minds – asking and answering questions
  • To recognise similarities and difference between religions, developing greater understanding and tolerance

Geography and History

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.

Access geography progression skills HERE.


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.

Access history progression skills HERE.

Physical Education

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.

Access PE progression skills HERE.


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:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the wider world
  • These core themes link to the National Curriculum targets of:
  • Healthy and safe
  • Emotional Health
  • Anti-bullying
  • Citizenship
  • Values – inc diversity and equal opportunities

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.

Access progression skills HERE.