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Elmhurst School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust

Curriculum Intent

At Elmhurst School we believe in the concept of lifelong independent learning and the notion that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all.  We believe in high quality teaching and learning experiences which promote excellence and enjoyment across the curriculum enabling all pupils to become successful learners.  We focus on the child as a whole, ensuring that children's social and emotional needs are also catered for to ensure that children are well prepared for their next stage in education and for life in modern Britain.  


At Elmhurst, we ensure the learning journey of all our pupils is underpinned by our school values of Aspire, Create and Think as well as the Great Learner's Trust drivers of 'Meta-Cognition, Oracy and Wellbeing'.  Throughout our curriculum, we offer a range of high quality learning experiences, which draw on real-life experience and result in authentic and meaningful outcomes.  Our curriculum encourages curiosity, independence and develops a thirst for learning; it is diverse, current, relevant and immerses pupils in current events happening in the world today.  We want to inspire our pupils to understand how the small differences they make, make an impact and we do this by developing our pupils' self-esteem and confidence.


Our curriculum has been carefully considered and mapped out to ensure that there is progression of skills and breadth of coverage.  Children are encouraged from our youngest years to develop a sense of awe and wonder; through our Hygge/Wanderlust approach which starts in our Early Years Foundation Stage and continues into Key Stage 1 and beyond.  We provide creative and stimulating opportunities to enable all pupils to reach their full potential and to encourage our pupils to become enquiring and independent learners.  By building on what our pupils already know we develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. 


We provide a highly inclusive learning environment whereby all pupils are valued and enjoy their education.  We foster equality and ensure that our curriculum addresses disadvantage and aspires to support all pupils to achieve.   Children leave our school with the confidence and skills to be successful, life-long learners.

Page last updated: 09/09/21