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Elmhurst School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust

Curriculum Implementation

"The classroom and outside environment is amazing and has played a vital role in allowing Lila to develop and learn. 
We spend a lot of time in our allotment, therefore Lila already has awareness of the natural world, but she extends this experience through her school day with the use of the mud kitchen, the wonderful sunflowers that were grown and the awe and wander walks.

It is obvious to us that Lila has plenty of learning opportunities in reception as she is constantly progressing. Her reading was minimal when she first started, with only be able to read her name- now she’s reading simple books to us! She’s able to write simple words now too. 
This is not what we expected when we received Lila’s school place but we are pleasantly surprised and extremely pleased with her progression so far.  Thank you to yourself and all the EYFS family for helping our little girl to develop."

(Reception parent, January 2022)

Curriculum Implementation

At Elmhurst, we adopt the Hygge Wanderlust approach, aimed at providing children with real-life experiences and opportunities to learn through the natural world.

Loose parts, natural resources and nature based learning promotes independent and creative thinking, enabling children to develop their own ideas and learning experiences.

Timetabled Awe and Wander walks encourage children to notice detailed features of their natural environment and promote discussions of how we can become considerate individuals, confident to care for the world around us.


We recognise the importance of developing keen, enthusiastic learners and ensure our planning excites and enthuses pupils. Children are introduced to new learning through a real life experiences or pre-planned hooks.


We understand that all children are unique, have individual interests and learn best in different ways (The Characteristics of Effective Learning). 

The way children engage with others and their environment underpins learning and development, supporting children to become and remain motivated.

These are carefully considered by staff in our Early Years classes to ensure all children reach their full potential and progress across the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Curriculum:


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
  • Communication and Language 
  • Physical Development 
  • Literacy 
  • Maths
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding the World 


Children's learning is led through a balance of discrete, adult-led sessions and carefully planned continuous provision where children have the opportunity to investigate and apply their learning using our stimulating indoor and outdoor environments.  

Page last updated: 20/01/22