As a diverse and multi-cultural school community, we believe our children possess unique talents, skills and qualities. As such, they have the right to succeed, the right to recognise their own greatness and the right to develop who they are in a respectful and nurturing environment. Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our values with a love of learning being the foundation of everything we do, so that we really are ‘aspiring to be the best we can be!’.
At Elm Park Primary School we provide children with a creative and innovative curriculum that embeds solid basic skills as a priority. Technology plays a pivotal role in teaching and learning across the curriculum. Our personalised approach to the curriculum promotes self-challenge and independence in learning, as well as inclusion for all, whilst developing key life skills so that our children can become confident, independent and understanding individuals, who are well prepared for life as global citizens.
The school’s curriculum promotes and sustains a thirst for knowledge and understanding and also a love of learning. It is planned and organised on a half termly basis. English and Mathematics are taught on a daily basis for approximately one hour each. Where possible this is through a cross-curricular approach linked to the theme currently being studied by the children. Other curriculum areas such as Art, Science, Technology, Computing, History and Geography are taught through a thematic approach. PE and Religious Education are also taught at least once a week. All children experience Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) through a taught curriculum and through fortnightly planned ‘Learning & Life Skills’ and Philosophy 4 Children sessions.
Our curriculum has been designed to ensure enriched learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. The curriculum is mapped out by all teachers, leaders and senior leadership.
From their different starting points, all children will make good progress academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that children attain highly and are fully prepared for the next stage of their education.
They will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others. They will take pride in all that they do, always aspiring to be the best they can be. They will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge. They will develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities. They will be kind, respectful and honest, demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role within their local community and as global citizens. They will go out into the world, inspired to make a difference to their lives and the lives of others.