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Curriculum overview

The curriculumn at Five Elms Primary school, focuses on knowledge, concepts and vocabulary to provide children with a broad and balanced experience in their education at an appropriately challenging level, to inspire all our pupils to achieve their full potential.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught using the Mathematics Mastery programme in Reception through to Year 6. These schemes are based on approaches from Singapore and the new National Curriculum. This allows all pupils not only to be fluent in the fundamentals but to reason and solve problems by applying mathematical skills with increasing sophistication.

English

At Five Elms Primary School our reading curriculum is built towards ensuring that every child can read fluently and with a depth of understanding by the end of KS2.  Our reading curriculum provides children with a range and depth of quality literature and enables those from disadvantaged backgrounds to read as well as non-disadvantaged peers.  A significant part of our entire curricular approach is the promotion of reading for pleasure.

The core writing skills are taught across the curriculum and a focus on grammar, spelling, handwriting and punctuation is embedded across the school. At Five Elms we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing.  We want pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time in primary school. We want them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.  We believe that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time, so we want children to develop independence in being able to identify their own areas for improvement in all pieces of writing, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process. All subject areas provide opportunities for pupils to express their thoughts in a range of written styles. It is important that our children are exposed to a range of exemplar texts, from across different genres and subject areas, to embed ambitious vocabulary choices and secure expectations of writing across the curriculum.

Yearly Curriculum Maps

The curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills of the wider school curriculum.  It is planned effectively, providing continuity and progression. It promotes an enjoyment of learning and a commitment to preparing children of the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

At Five Elms, we seek the highest standards of attainment for all our children. We believe that our curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant in order to meet the needs of all our children. Through our curriculum, we aim to ensure that there is a broad range of learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, that challenge, stimulate, foster creativity, promote thinking and learning and help our children become independent learners.

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