Elvetham Heath Primary School Curriculum Statement
The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners, ready for their next stage of education, and for life. At Elvetham Heath Primary School, our curriculum extends beyond the academic aspects of the National Curriculum - a range of enrichment and extra-curricular experiences are planned in order to enable the children to develop interests and talents. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’; what the children learn from the school’s values and ethos, the way they are treated and expected to behave.
Our Character Education and Growth Mindset approach permeates all subjects, wider school activities and is at the heart of our school. Our core virtues of Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Honesty and Kindness are all fundamental to the children’s personal development.
We believe that the curriculum at Elvetham Heath Primary School stimulates, motivates and challenges our pupils to achieve and be their very best. We aim to develop resilient and thoughtful learners who are proud of themselves, recognise their achievements and are supportive of others’ success
Our curriculum provides children with inspiring and engaging learning opportunities, which are appropriate and engaging for our pupils and local context, both in and beyond the classroom. We use resources to support learning and bring learning to life in real-life contexts, with opportunities to celebrate our successes, achievements and differences. By adding depth to the curriculum with engaging and memorable experiences, we strive to create learners who are aspirational, motivated, engaged and take responsibility for their learning journey.
Our Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This learning challenges children and encourages them to develop into learners and thinkers who are full of curiosity about the world around them. Within our exciting, happy and secure learning environments, children have opportunities to explore, enquire and to take risks through practical, hands-on learning activities.
Children from Year 1 to Year 6 follow the Primary National Curriculum. Subjects are studied in discrete lessons to allow for specific skills and knowledge to be developed. Appropriate links and opportunities are made to ensure that pupils can apply their understanding in different situations and to provide the time in the curriculum to allow for some topics to be studied in greater depth. As such, our curriculum design is based firmly on the principles of enabling the children to become stimulated and mindful learners. Our outdoor environments and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds continue to be developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas.
In year group teams, staff plan learning opportunities which are broad and balanced and build on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points and developmental needs. Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through work viewings, performance and events involving other schools.
Our school curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to revisit and build upon areas of knowledge and skills over time. Progression in subjects is planned to ensure that children develop a greater understanding of the subjects being taught and teachers make explicit links between learning that has come before and is planned to come at a later point. A variety of assessment opportunities are used to enable teachers to review what concepts, knowledge and understanding children have gained and to inform future teaching.
We ensure that the pupils have a voice and contribute to their learning. We take on ideas and suggestions from the children, and classroom learning walls reflect the ongoing learning journey. The School Council also share ideas from their classes and decide which projects are their priority, reporting back to their classes at their meetings. This promotes inclusion, responsibility and democracy.
The Elvetham Heath Primary School vision states that our learning community is positive and supportive and we apply this ethos to planning and delivering our curriculum.