Our Curriculum

Here at Elmhurst Junior School  we provide a broad and balanced curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

Intent 

At Elmhurst Junior School we want our pupils to engage with a curriculum that takes them on a voyage of discovery where young minds are expanded with a depth and breadth of knowledge through engaging activities and lessons. Our pupils are encouraged to celebrate their uniqueness and how, as a community, they can support and encourage each other to develop the resilience and skills needed to fulfil their potential. 

General principles 

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to: 

• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning 

• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future 

• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge through a coherent and progressive framework 

Purpose 

At Elmhurst we believe that pupils need to understand where their knowledge started; where they are now and where their learning journey is taking them. We expect pupils to develop their love of learning through a curriculum that challenges their ideas and expands their horizons; giving them a strong knowledge foundation for lifelong learning to be built upon.


SMSC/FBV (Fundamental British Values)

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to: 

• Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity 

• Individual liberty – Be free to express views or ideas 

• Tolerance and respect – To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others 

• Spiritual – Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences 

Purpose 

Elmhurst is a community where our values of respect, tolerance, compassion and trust are at the heart of our daily lives. We believe our pupils embody the values that underpin all that is good in a community, where all are welcome, supported and empowered to be the best they can be. 


Well-being 

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to: 

• follow their own interests and be themselves 

• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities 

• Work respectfully in a variety of groups and settings where every individual is recognised for their opinions and contributions to our community. 

Purpose 

At Elmhurst we recognise that we are a community of unique individuals who respect and celebrate each other’s differences. We learn from each other and show tolerance and support to ensure we move forward as a community.

Pupil voice 

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to: 

• make choices about things that are important to them 

• make a positive contribution to the school and local community 

• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues 

Purpose 

At Elmhurst Junior School we know that our curriculum must be based on what pupils already know and what knowledge we need to teach them so that they can fulfil their potential. The children’s voice is at the heart of what our curriculum should be, our pupils are central to how our lessons, activities, learning experiences and assessments are developed. Our school council is the more formalised voice of the children in our care but our community gatherings through assemblies, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) sessions add additional perspectives to how our pupils feel about the provision they experience and their vision for the future.

Pedagogy (method and practice of teaching)

Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that: 

• enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning 

• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity 

• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest 

Purpose 

Pupils at Elmhurst are active in their learning using both our indoor and outdoor learning spaces to experience the curriculum. Pupils are provided with activities that challenge their perceptions about the world and a subject; we enable them to develop the knowledge and skills to find their own solutions to problems and empower them to become resilient learners. The use of elicitation tasks allows us to set the pupils’ learning at a suitable yet challenging level and regular reviews ensures misconceptions are identified, addressed and progress is secured. Our learning experiences are for all and when required we will adapt pedagogical approaches so that all earners can access our Elmhurst Curriculum.

Enrichment 

We will enrich our curriculum by: 

• developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning 

• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences

 • offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors 

Purpose 

At Elmhurst Junior School we are blessed with an outside environment that provides us with a variety of enrichment opportunities. From regular Forest School sessions to gardening and outside re-enactments, pupils have stimulating learning environments for all occasions. Regular visitors and visits, linked with each curriculum area, allows teachers to bring the pupils’ learning to life. Close links with Millfield school also enable us to widen pupils’ horizons from orchestral evenings, experimenting in the science labs to a cultural walk around the sculpture gardens. At Elmhurst we believe our pupils should be immersed in our curriculum in order to experience, understand and retain the knowledge they have gained in a lesson. 

 


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