Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home, work and at school. At Elkesley Primary School we believe that we need to equip young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.
At Elkesley Primary School children learn how computers and computer systems work, they design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. Alongside this, they use Information Technology and Digital Literacy throughout a range of other curriculum subjects which enables children to be confident, creative and independent learners.
There are laptops and iPads for children’s use. The responsibility we have to educate our children on e-safety is a priority at Elkesley Primary School; teaching the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable children to remain safe when using the internet and related technologies in and beyond the classroom.
All parents and children are issued with a Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement when starting school. Parental consent for web publication of work/photographs and consent for internet use is required of parents in agreeing to support e-safety at Elkesley Primary School.
Design technology enables children to cope with the demands of an ever changing world and to move towards being independent learners. It encourages the development of decision making, perseverance, and an appreciation of the quality of work produced. This discipline requires children to design and make using a wide range of skills. It includes work in construction, graphics, textiles and food.
All children are encouraged to develop an awareness of the past and to consider ways in which it differs from and influences the present. This is achieved by teaching children to think of useful questions and the enquiries they will need to make to try and answer these. History is taught in an engaging way by interacting with a range of sources including books, photographs and artefacts from the past, visiting places of historical interest, listening to stories and using ICT and other media to bring history to life.
All the children are encouraged to develop geographical skills by observing their own surroundings and comparing them with those of others. Children are taught an increasing range of geographical terms, are shown how to make and use maps and how to follow directions. In both Key Stages 1 and 2, Geography is taught through exciting and engaging topics that bring the subject to life and helps children draw comparisons between Geography and other subjects.
All children are encouraged to undertake a wide variety of art-based activities. They learn how to use a wide range of tools, materials and techniques to discover art through exploring with drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, fabric work and a range of modelling, including work with clay.
The children have opportunities to look at, discuss and use the work of other artists to inspire and develop their own ideas, and learn how to evaluate and modify their own work.
We believe all children have a natural artistic ability and we provide the time, materials, stimuli and opportunities to enable them to develop their creativity.
Children listen to and respond to a wide range of music and develop their own compositions.
They work on their own and as part of a team, singing songs and playing instruments, making a group or class performance.
Junior pupils also have the opportunity to learn to play the ukulele with tuition from the Arts Support Service.
All KS2 pupils have primary languages tuition for a lesson each week. Our target language is French and is delivered by a specialist teacher. Children develop an understanding of the skills associated with language acquisition and some conversational skills. They also develop an understanding of world languages.
Through the PE curriculum children are taught a range of skills in the following areas: Gymnastics, games, athletics, dance, swimming, multi-skills, tennis, cricket and outdoor adventurous activities. Children in years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 have swimming lessons provided by Notts County Council at Retford Leisure Centre.
A range of extra-curricular sporting activities is provided throughout the year. Skills are taught for both individual and team sports. Every child has two hours of PE curriculum time.
The school has one hall, outdoor grassed play areas and the use of extensive playing fields.
Our school is actively involved within the Tuxford School Network which provides training and games opportunities to improve the quality of teaching, learning and sporting experiences for the children.
Sport is an extremely important part of the curriculum for all children at Elkesley Primary School. We aim to enable all children to participate in a range of sporting activities, both competitive and non-competitive, so that every child achieves at their highest individual level.
Personal, Social and Health Education
Children are taught a range of skills for Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship throughout their time at Elkesley Primary school.
PSHE and Citizenship deals with real life, social and economic issues which may affect children, young people, their families and communities.
Across key stage 1 and 2 children take part in a weekly circle time where they have the opportunity to discuss and share their opinions relating to a variety of issues. This approach allows children to be in mixed year groups and support the learning of other children.
Through PSHE and circle time we aim to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills children need to manage their lives now and in the future.
As part of the PHSE curriculum the school also strives to raise the importance of local and global issues for children.
Fundraising for charities organising local events demonstrates how the children at Elkesley Primary value and respect others.
Every other year, year 5 and 6 children participate in the DARE programme (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) to help raise their awareness of drugs and develop the skills they need to make positive informed choices for a safe and healthy life.
We use and refer to SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) for the basis of some work.
As part of our Health Education programme, older children (Year 5 and 6 pupils) watch a series of television programmes with their class teacher which concentrates on puberty and personal hygiene. Parents are given the opportunity to view these short films and discuss any issues they raise, before the work takes place. Children can be withdrawn from this element of the course, if parents so wish.
The school is not affiliated to a religious denomination.
Religious Education is given in accordance with the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The school will make the necessary arrangements for parents to exercise their right to the withdrawal of their children from the collective act of worship or Religious Education lessons upon written application to the Head Teacher.