Curriculum Areas – Foundation Subjects
In History the children are taught to develop a sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. The children are introduced to what is involved in understanding and interpreting the past.
The children are taught to:
- Learn about familiar and famous people and about events from the recent and more distant past in Britain and elsewhere.
- Look for similarities and differences between life today and in the past and use common words associated with the passing of time.
- Talk and write about what happened and why people acted as they did.
- Find out about the past using different sources of information and representations.
In Geography the children are taught to develop knowledge, skills and understanding relating to the children’s own environment and the people who live there, and develop an awareness of the wider world.
The children are taught to:
- Investigate and learn about the physical and human features of their own environment and appreciate how their locality is similar and different from other places.
- Focus on geographical questions like What/Where is it? What is it like? How did it get like this?
- Develop and use geographical enquiry skills, including fieldwork skills, geographical terms, making and using maps, and using photographs.
Design & Technology
In Design & Technology children are involved in practical work that will help them understand the world around them and show them that they can interact with and shape their environment. D&T offers children opportunities to:
- Develop their designing and making skills.
- Develop knowledge and understanding.
- Explore values about and attitudes to the world and how we live and work within it.
- Nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making.
Music is a unique form of communication and helps children understand themselves and relate to others. At Elmbridge there are opportunities for everyone to develop skills and enjoy the creativity of music activities involving performing, composing and listening.
- Children enjoy learning to sing a wide range of songs with confidence.
- Children learn to use a variety of tuned and un-tuned instruments for accompanying and composing.
- The music curriculum teaches children to develop an appreciation of music from a wide variety of cultures, traditions and styles.
- Children have the opportunity to experience live performances from outside agencies whenever possible.
Religious Education (R.E.)
The role of Religious Education (R.E.) plays an integral part in children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus is used to inform the planning of R.E. at Elmbridge. Children learn about the beliefs of the Christian faith and are made aware of other religions.
In Art the children are taught to:
- Explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes and begin to understand and use colours, shape and space, and pattern and texture to represent their own ideas and feelings
- Focus on the work of artists, craftspeople and designers by asking and answering questions like: What is it like? What is it made from? How is it made? What do I think and feel about it?’
In Physical Education children’s knowledge, skills and understanding are developed so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These activities include dance, games and gymnastics. Physical Education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.
In P.E. the children are taught to:
- Use a range of movements and body skills to develop body awareness, co-ordination and physical skills with both large and small apparatus.
- Move interpretatively to music and express themselves in mime and drama.
- Work and play with others in a range of group situations.
- Recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.
- Learn about how their body works and how best to promote its well being.
Personal, Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E.) and Citizenship
Personal, Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E.) and Citizenship enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Children are encouraged to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, they develop their sense of self worth. Children learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
The governors support the teaching of sex education in school as it compliments Personal, Social and Health education. Staff treat this topic sensitively and ensure it is appropriate to the stage the child is at. The factual aspects are generally connected to the Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum and the Science curriculum i.e. the life cycle of animals and feelings & emotions. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from this area of the curriculum.