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Elm Wood Primary School

Our Curriculum

At Elm Wood Primary School we strive to offer a curriculum that is exciting, challenging and enjoyable, using a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. 

We deliver all of the National Curriculum subjects:
Maths, English, Science, Information Technology, P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social & Health  Education),  Forest Schools, French and P.E. using a broad and balanced creative curriculum which encompasses Music, History, Geography, Design Technology and Art.

We have close links with Middleton Technology School, Boarshaw Primary, Alkrington Primary, Ed Start and Manchester City which provides our children with extra opportunities for learning, for example, inter-school competitions in times tables, spellings and sports.

Reading is taught in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2 systematically through guided and shared reading sessions. All teachers and teaching assistants have been trained in these effective and proven approaches to the teaching of reading using Bit Cat Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree and Project X in EYFS and Key Stage 1 and Rising Stars Reading Scheme and Cornerstones Love to Read Schemes in Key Stage 2.

Phonics using Little Wandle, Letters and Sounds revised, is taught daily to all children in EYFS and Key Stage 1. When children complete the phonics scheme, they are then taught using Rising Stars Support for Spelling.

What is a Creative Curriculum?

Our curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our curriculum will be delivered through topics which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.  Sticky Knowledge mats are shared with the children and contain interesting facts and knowledge that children will need to learn and remember in their long term memory.  Knowledge mats for Science, History and Geography can be found in our Subject Policies section.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

It also provides a rigorous assessment skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.