Curriculum Intent

Elliston is an enquiry driven school; we believe that learning is much more than just retaining knowledge and we recognise that our role is to develop learners for the 21stCentury. Ourchildren are very well prepared for the next stages in their education as we aim to give them a secure grounding in basic skills,including reading, writing, spelling, grammar, secure mathematical understanding and confidence in the use of ICT. We firmly believe in furnishing our young people with a set of learning tools, attitudes and habits that they will be able to use throughouttheirlives,evenwhenfacedwithunfamiliarchallenges.Webelievein delivering a curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of OUR children and serves to challenge them to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally. Above all, we strongly believe our work in developing independent thinkers and learners ensures excellence throughout all curriculumareas.

Developing Critical Thinkers and Learners

Critical thinking is a key focus ensuring children develop skills of learning which will stand them in good stead for any situation in our academy and beyond.

There is an emphasis on quality across the curriculum. ‘Fewer things in better quality’ is a focus in classrooms and allows us to develop a depth of learning

The theory behind ‘Austin’s Butterfly’ is our mantra when it comes to improving performance; Pupils support each other with clear and precise guidance for improvement through Critique.

We believe in developing a ‘mastery of learning’ approach so every child is challengedandsupportedtoasecurefoundationofunderstanding.Strategiesare used to ensure they are given a chance to practise and perfect performance; Rubrics, Critique and

Collaboration arekey.

We recognise children grasp learning in different ways and at different speeds and our practice reflects this.

We also ensure they are respectful and tolerant members of society, by developing an understanding of different beliefs and cultures; this is reflected in our spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum and is supported by the Academy Drivers.

Curriculum Content

As an academy, Elliston Primary is not legally required to follow the newNational Curriculum introduced in September 2014. However, we have chosen to devise a skills based curriculum in line with the skills promoted in both, theNational
Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework as this suits the needs of our pupils.

Project Based Learning

We have a whole school themed approach to the curriculum, which is driven by enquiry questions, specific to each cohort. We ensure that all learning is purposeful and aimed at a real audience. In this respect, children organise and deliver end of term projects and/or performances which aim to include parents and the wider community. Every cohort uses a Power of Reading book as the stimulusforeachtheme,alongwithafocuspieceofartwork,drawingsupportand guidance from sources such as Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum and Awesome Art. ‘I-Compute’ supports the teaching of Computing ensuring high standards in explicitComputinglessonsaswellaswhenITisusedtoenhancelearninginother curriculumareas.

In addition  to  this  the  school  follows  the  East  Riding  Agreed  Syllabus  for ReligiousEducation.

Curriculum Planning

Learning teams work together to plan the curriculum for the term, ensuringthat there are fun and exciting ‘hooks’ to generate questions to lead learning. There are a range of real life, hands on experiences or visits out of school to reinforce learning in the classroom. The timing of each topic, and the length of time each topic lasts for, is driven by the needs of thechildren.

Curriculum Monitoring

Areas of the Curriculum are monitored by teams of staff. They use a variety of Curriculum Monitoring processes to ensure coverage, progression and high standards in their areas. Standards attained in the core subjects are demanded in cross curricular work.

Details of individual National Curriculum subjects for each academic year group can be found at:

National Curriculum Planning

Parents and members of the public can find out more about the curriculum here:

2019-2020 Learning Maps

Theme 1 - Megastructures

2018-2019 Learning Maps

Theme 3 – Jurassic World

Theme 2 – Winter Wonderland

Theme 1 – Cracking Ideas

2017-2018 Learning Maps

Theme 3 – Lets Go Wild!

Theme 2 – The Big Freeze

Theme 1 – On a Mission!

2016-2017 Learning Maps

Theme 4 – Here, There and Everywhere

Theme 3 – Heroes and Villians

Theme 2 – Treasure Seekers

Details of individual National Curriculum subjects for each academic year group can be found at:

We have recently upgraded some of our home reading books throughout the school. We now have a larger range of books that are colourful, stimulating and interesting for both you and your child to read and enjoy.

Due to this we are starting a new home reading scheme called ‘Reading Stars.’ We have now organised our books into ‘book bands’ which allows us to group books by different publishers into the same reading level. This will be shown on the books by an identification strip in the appropriate colour.

Every child will now bring home a reading record book which we would like you to write in every time that you have listened to your child read. At the front of this book you will find your child’s current reading target.

Please talk to your child about this target when they read to you. Children in Year 5 and 6 may prefer to read to themselves, but we would still like you to discuss their reading with them to check that they have understood the book. Staff will also complete this book when they have listened to your child read. This may be individual reading or in a guided group.

The children will record on a chart in class when they have read at home. All children will be provided with a plastic book bag to begin with, unless they already have a school book bag. However, if the plastic book bag is lost, you will need to purchase a new one from the school office. Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school every day, even if they haven’t read as staff will need to check the reading records and complete them when they have listened to your child read. Please encourage your child to read to you every day. Anything that involves reading can be recorded in their book. For example: comics, magazines, game instructions, or recipes.

We are aiming to make the children more independent and responsible for their reading by allowing them to change their own books. Children will be supported with this to start with, particularly in KS1. If you find that your child hasn’t changed their book then please let the teacher know.

If you have any questions or feedback, please speak to your class teacher or leave a message for me at the office and I will look into it.

Thank you again for your continuing support in developing reading at Elliston Academy.

Mrs Patterson


Phonics is taught through the Letters and Sounds synthetic phonics system. Across EYFS and KS1, children are grouped into phase appropriate groups to ensure targeted teaching and learning that maximises progress.

Alongside phase 6 in Year Two, the new National Curriculum documents (September 2013) for Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation are also followed within phonics sessions. Although the vast majority of children will leave Key Stage 1 having progressed up to phase 6, children in Key Stage 2 who have gaps in their phonics knowledge are supported by a phonics intervention group until their understanding is secure.

Phonics is assessed and monitored to enable progression through the phases. In Year One, all pupils are tested through the Phonics Screening Test in June. Results are recorded and used for assessment purposes.

Any Year One pupils who do not meet the required pass rate for the test re-take the test when they are in Year Two.

Mathematics Policy

ITC Curriculum


Our Year 6 computer club spent there free time after school, producing coding lessons for the rest of the school and maybe others.

The club was tasked with the challenge to create something that would help in class for other year groups, specifically to do with coding knowledge.  They settled on the idea of recording short tutorial videos that would play before each lesson.

Coding is something Elliston really excels in. In every year group, coding lessons produce some amazing learning.

Even our youngest pupils are introduced to laptop learning early to familiarise themselves with how computing works.

Something happened in the clubs second session. A couple of the pupils asked if these videos could be put on Youtube, so maybe other schools and pupils could benefit. This group on there own wanted to represent Elliston to the rest of the world to show their outstanding learning.

Computer Club

A new lesson will be produced to help anyone who wants it.

The class wanted to make sure that both versions of Scratch (1.4 and 2/online) have videos made for them.

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Promoting British Values at Elliston Primary Academy.

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. In our school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


We listen to child and parent voice. Children and parents are regularly consulted regarding aspects of our school. Our Pupil Council team are appointed by vote and recommendation and they make suggestions, walk the school and share ideas on behalf of all children (including; the re-design of the Year 6 common room, use of learning equipment to support learning and have worked co-operatively with children from other primary schools.) They regularly lead assemblies. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.

The Rule of Law:

We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. We have whole school ‘Diamond Rules’ and classes may set their own class rules. They are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.

Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe, caring and supportive environment. From our youngest pupils we encourage our children to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and SMSC lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, plan do and review, how they record work, selection of lunches or participation in our developing extra-curricular clubs- pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect:

Our school ethos and behaviour policy stems from Core Values such as ‘Respect’ and ‘Teamwork’, and children are encouraged in this by caring, sharing and listening to others. Adults help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through activities aimed at developing our young pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Class work involves discussions and activities to celebrate our diverse community of different faiths and different cultural heritage. Using age appropriate language we aim to educate our children about prejudices and prejudice-based issues by learning in about these issues in RE and SMSC. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning. Children have the opportunity to dress up in clothes and try foods from different cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events which this year has included our Olympic Opening Ceremony.

We aim thatall learnerswillstriveto achieve their potential through developing:

  • Spirituality = be caring, empathetic and open to learn newthings
  • Teamwork = be willing to share knowledge, skills andexperiences
  • Risk Taking = be prepared to have ago
  • Independence = be confident, safe and happyindividuals
  • Vision = be creative, imaginative andresourceful
  • Endeavour = be the best that you canbe

At Elliston we believe that it’s not just what you learn but how you learn; children need to become learners for life to reach their full potential.