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Introduction

Following the introduction of the new National Curriculum, the team at Elmhurst has worked hard to develop a curriculum which adheres to the National Curriculum but which doesn’t lose the Elmhurst curriculum and the elements that make learning special and unique for our children.

All the classes within a year group work on the same project, sharing resources and ideas and planning shared trips and visitors. We believe that, in order to engage fully with their learning, the curriculum needs to be set in a context which is accessible for our children.

Please follow the links to the curriculum documents which have been agreed upon for each year group.

The History, Geography and RE aspects of the curriculum have been linked together where possible. It is our intention, with our children, to start with the locality and what they know and then move onto Europe and the Wider World as the children progress through the school.

The curriculum plans below show you the content for the current term. 

 

online safety

All children across the school are taught about online safety. Details of these plans can be found on the curriculum jigsaws below and on the curriulum maps above. 

The Council for Child Internet safety has produced a parent's guide : Child Online Safety

 

 

autumn term  2018, including homework tasks

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                                 Year 3                                                                                         Year 4

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                                   Year 5                                                                                        Year 6    

 

BRITISH VALUES AT ELMHURST

We are keen to promote British values at Elmhurst. We have identified the following four key areas:

  • Values of democracy.
  • The rule of law.
  • Individual liberty – our freedom to be individuals within the rule of law.
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths. 

 

For further information and how these areas are linked to our curriculum plans, please click here.

 

PARLIAMENT IN SESSION AT ELMHURST

On Tuesday afternoon we were visited by Roz Birch who works for the Parliament Education Service. She lead a whole school assembly where we learnt about what parliament is, how a democracy works and lots of interesting facts about the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Roz then spent some time with the school council where they were given the opportunity to host a parliament-style debate about whether homework should be banned or not. The children were fantastic and presented their arguments thoughtfully and convincingly. Thank you to Roz for your fantastic visit and to the school council for their amazing debating skills!

 

      

      

 

  • NATIONAL CURRICULUM 2014 - THE MAIN CHANGES

Subject

What’s new?

English

  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling 
  • Handwriting( not currently assessed under the national curriculum) is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy
  • Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating and presenting skills.

Maths

  • Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100(compared to 20 under the current curriculum) and learnnumber bonds to 20 (currently up to 10)
  • Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8)
  • By the age of nine, children will be expected to knowtimes tables up to 12×12 (currently 10×10 by the end of primary school)
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic.

Science

  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms
  • Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time
  • Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system

Design & technology

  • Design and Technology has become more important in the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future
  • More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics
  • In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.

ICT

  • Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs
  • From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data
  • From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet
  • Internet safety – currently only taught from 11-16 – will be taught in primary schools

Languages

  • Currently not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in KS2. Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language

 

Rising Stars has produced a very informative booklet for parents about the National Curriculum. You can download the guide here: RISING STARS