The Street, Elmsett, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 6PA
In the light of Jesus, we learn to shine
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.
Over the past year we have been re-writing and developing our new curriculum. This is based around 3 Big Ideas for each subject which underpin the teaching and learning throughout our curriculum. We are very excited about the opportunities this brings to our pupils.
It is our aim to provide a curriculum offer that:
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Principles Underpinning the Curriculum in MAT Schools
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3 Big Ideas: Inspiration, Experimentation & Expression
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.
Design and Technology
3 Big Ideas: Design Make Evaluate
The Design and Technology (D&T) 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. Again, the children build on skills and knowledge they have developed in previous years.
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.
3 Big Ideas: Fluency, Problem Solving & Reasoning
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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3 Bug Ideas: Faith, Understanding & Acceptance
We offer children the opportunity to learn ABOUT and FROM the world’s religions with a main focus on Christianity.
We believe that learning about Christianity alongside a variety of other faiths builds tolerance and understanding in our young people.
At Elmsett we follow the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury Diocese Emmanuel Project.
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Themes for 2023
Autumn Term 1: Compassion / Courage / Respect
Autumn Term 2: Truthfulness / Wisdom / Service
3 Big Ideas: Programming, Design & Online Safety
Class Teachers teach ICT in weekly lessons which enables 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, Power-point 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
Computing Intent, Implementation & Impact Statement
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3 Big Ideas: Appreciation, Improvisation & Performance
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. 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, 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.
In the Autumn term YR, Y1 and Yr 3 Perform a Nativity Play. In the Summer Term our Y5-Y6 Perform a musical production which all pupils are able to take part in.
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3 Big Ideas: Questioning, Investigating & Explaining
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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At Elmsett we teach phonics using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme. This is a highly structured, systematic approach to teaching phonics and helps our children to read very quickly. This scheme is used in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and can be continued into KS2 where needed.
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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 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, and Egyptians, whereas more specific Geography objectives will be covered in particular Geography units, such as Trade and Economics.
3 Big Ideas: Location, Comparison & Change
Our Geography curriculum is designed to equip pupils with knowledge, skills 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 and locate countries, oceans and continents. They will make comparisons between different areas of the world and note changes while learning to explain why change happens. Within these contexts they will also learn about looking after our planet for the future.
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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3 Big Ideas: Chronology, Civilisation & Change
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). We also build in cross-curricular opportunities. Our long and medium plans map out the skills and the knowledge pupils will acquire 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.
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3 Big Ideas: Collaboration, Challenge & Performance
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 GOLD 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.
See our PE skills progression document HERE
See our Long Term Cycle A PE Plan HERE
See our Long Term Cycle B PE Plan HERE
Elmsett School aims to ensure that all pupils by the end of Year 6 are able to:
Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25 meters.
Use a range of strokes effectively.
Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations.
To this end our pupils begin swimming lessons in Year 3 and these continue until Year 6 where necessary. We swim at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure facility in Hadleigh, Suffolk.
For the school year ending July 2023 the following swimming achievements were recorded:
82% of pupils could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m.
73% of pupils could use a range of strokes.
91% of pupils could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
3 Big Ideas: Health and Well-being, Relationships & Citizenship
We offer children the opportunity to develop the qualities and attributes they need to be healthy, independent and active participants in society.
3 Big Ideas: Curiosity, Understanding & Fluency
Our Class Teachers teach French. We offer children the exciting opportunity to take part in French lessons from Years 1 to 6.
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.
3 Big Ideas: Engage, Imitate and Create
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.
During 2022 - 23 we will be implementing the Accelerated Reader program which enables pupils to take on online quiz after each book they read. This tracks reading progress, flags up when children are finding books too challenging and develops reading comprehension skills.
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. Adaptive learning 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 and adapting our teaching to suit the child's needs.