Our Curriculum and Ethos
Happy, Kind and Inspired.
At Ellesmere Primary School we understand that learning only happens when children feel safe and happy. Therefore, we teach our children about the importance of personal wellbeing and ways in which they can promote and support their own, and others’, wellbeing.
Being kind is one of our Golden Rules and is a personal value that is vital to building strong, vibrant communities. We teach our children the importance of kindness and encourage children to demonstrate this value regularly.
In addition to the National Curriculum, we have identified a range of skills and learning experiences that our children need, and which will help them to develop as citizens of Britain both now and in the future. Our PSHE curriculum focuses on developing the children’s values of Truth, Love, Peace, Right Conduct and Non-Violence, all of which underpin the British values which are also taught.
At Ellesmere Primary School, we believe the role of a school is to inspire young people to be ambitious and independent learners who are passionate about the world around them; to be creative and understand the importance of creativity; and to, “be the change they want to see in the world.”
Helping all of our children to be happy, kind and inspired is at the heart of all that we do.
We are proud to deliver creative and stimulating learning, which engages children of all backgrounds and abilities. We became part of North West Academies Trust in September 2016 and continue to build on improvements made in every area of the school. Learning at Ellesmere is broad and balanced and fulfils all National Curriculum requirements. Children regularly enjoy curriculum-related days out; are taught phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds‘ and reading on a daily basis and undertake key-skills sessions to practice mental maths, handwriting and spelling.
Our thriving nursery and reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework which supports children to develop their skills in the 7 areas of learning – communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; expressive arts and design. There is keen focus on creating opportunities for child initiated learning alongside more adult led, guided learning sessions.
Learning takes place in single year classes and children are encouraged to work in partnership with their teacher. In addition to building pupils’ academic knowledge, we focus on a wide range of practical skills, which enable them to become skilled independent learners.
Each term we publish a curriculum outline which explains what each class will be covering, and gives information on homework tasks. Should you have any questions about what your child is learning please contact his or her teacher. Further details are on the homepage of each class.