The Curriculum at Eldon
At Eldon we know that our children will enter a world of work that is ever changing and increasingly complex. Our aim is to ensure that throughout their time at Eldon, children become resilient, independent thinkers, who have the knowledge, the skills and the confidence to pursue, and succeed in, whatever path they choose.
By the end of year six learners will leave Eldon with strong subject knowledge across all curriculum disciplines. They will be able to express their preferences and their possible future ambitions in terms of personal subject interests and strengths. Children from Eldon will know how to keep themselves healthy and safe as they go out into the community and on into the wider world. They will leave Eldon ready to compete academically and socially with their peers across the country.
Eldon serves a large and very diverse community. To achieve our ambitions our curriculum must be ambitious, knowledge rich and carefully constructed to meet the specific needs of our children. The curriculum at Eldon must ensure that children are able to express themselves effectively and creatively in spoken and written English. Therefore all of our schemes of work have a strong focus on improving the range of vocabulary and sentence structures that children know and use within exciting and stimulating contexts. These contexts will always include high quality, relevant texts which support them to gain a love of books, language and reading. Regular, exciting and enriching first hand experiences will both support curriculum knowledge, and provide other essential contexts for language development from our nursery class upwards.
The curriculum provides many opportunities for children to know and understand how and why young people may be drawn into gangs, youth violence and unhealthy relationships. Through exploring and discussing ‘difficult issues’ in a safe place our children will learn how to make the choices that will ensure they avoid dangerous and risky behaviour. Our children will have many opportunities to celebrate the social and cultural diversity of the school community whilst reinforcing the importance of British values. The curriculum must give children the cultural capital to move into secondary schooling confident about their path to success in modern Britain.
Our ambitious, knowledge rich and carefully planned curriculum will ensure that knowledge learnt is deep and built upon over the years. The ability to learn and the challenges and opportunities that entails are taught to our children through our ‘Eldon Learning skills’ framework which is delivered as an integrated part of the curriculum.
At Eldon we have rigorous approach to the teaching of phonics and reading. We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme to teach phonics. Alongside phonics children receive a ‘Daily Supported Reading’ approach until they are fluent readers. Once children are fluent they learn how to use and apply a range of skills such as inference.
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