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Elmhurst School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust

Curriculum Intent

"The children in EY at Elmhurst are getting a fantastic start to their education. The settings are all calm, children are purposefully engaged, settled and happy and there was a real buzz for learning... was a joy to see an environment that so well planned and resourced."

(Lorraine Greco, Headteacher at Bedgrove Juniour School, January 2022)

Curriculum Intent


At Elmhurst School, we believe that language is the key to success for all of our children. Interactions are valued and relationships build upon the uniqueness of every child. Our nature based learning is holistic. It provides them with the stepping stones to academic accomplishment. Our Hygge approach encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and behaviours meaning that every child leaves Reception as a well-rounded individual, ready for the next stage of their education.


At Elmhurst, we are committed to the values and principles that underpin the Early Years Foundation Stage and Every Child Matters, including the four key principles. 


  • A unique child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling environments 
  • Learning and development


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

Page last updated 19/07/2022