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Our Whole School Curriculum Vision and Intent

High aspirations and social intelligence underpinned by Christian values for every child are at the heart of St Elphin’s school.

Our curriculum is broadly traditional but reflective of our growing multi- cultural community.  Through a vocabulary rich curriculum, engaging teaching and strong school family partnerships, we work hard to ensure that St Elphin’s is the best possible primary school experience for every child who comes here. ​

We believe that every child should develop a deep love of learning which we harness through a carefully and creatively constructed curriculum.

In our school, we all work together to provide a consistent approach to the teaching of all subjects, ensuring that knowledge and concepts are built on and regularly reviewed and revisited as children progress through the school.

 In addition we provide a wide range of experiential learning which allows children to embed and apply core skills as well as explore their interests and capabilities across a range of contexts.

We welcome our responsibility to instil a strong moral code into every child’s character and use Christian values to mould them into becoming the person they were created to be so that they can make a lifelong positive contribution in the world around them.

At St Elphin’s we work hard to ensure that every child has the best possible primary school experience leaving us with all the necessary components for the next stage of successful education and a heart full of special memories from their time with us.

Our curriculum content and design

The curriculum at St Elphin’s is exciting and inspires children to nurture a passion for learning. It is designed to meet statutory requirements by delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, National Curriculum and locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education. It also provides a broad and balanced holistic education that supports the needs of all our pupils, giving them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives. Our curriculum ensures that:

  • Learning is meaningful and purposeful, providing children with opportunities to actively engage in their own development and progress.
  • It draws on academic success, creativity and problem solving, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and social skill development as key components.
  • It is based on analysis of how it can benefit the needs of our children in our communities.
  • It takes account of our duties outlined in the Equality Act 2010 (See equality policy and objectives).
  • It meets the needs of children with SEND by providing an inclusive learning environment (See SEND policy). 
  • Through the teaching and exploration of Christian and British values, the curriculum supports our children in developing attitudes and qualities which will enable them to become confident, caring, respectful and responsible citizens.
  • Children develop a positive 'can do' approach that enables them not to set fixed limits on their learning potential. 
  • Children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community e.g. School trips, sporting events, projects linked to the arts, residential visits and through visiting speakers.

Further details about the National Curriculum can be found at:


Christian Values based education

As a Church of England Primary School, we are a Christian Values based learning community. Each half-term the children unpack and explore a particular Christian Value which is also linked to one of the fundamental British Values. This approach is hugely important in supporting the children’s social, spiritual, emotional and cultural development and in our aim of ensuring they are fully prepared to become responsible citizens in modern Britain.

As a Church School, we place great emphasis on the teaching of RE. We follow the Blackburn Diocese scheme of work and work closely with the Diocese to ensure the curriculum provision reflects current thinking at both local and national level. We also draw on the National Understanding Christianity Programme to enhance teaching and learning.

Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception classes) curriculum

The Foundation Stage Framework and Development Matters are the basis of our Nursery and Reception curriculum. In Reception, we give children plenty of opportunities to explore the world around them as well as read, write and apply their mathematical understanding.  Further details about the Framework can be found here:


Curriculum organisation

Each half-term’s learning is based around a topic into which all the different subjects are interwoven. These topics are designed to inspire the children in their learning. Each topic begins with a ‘launch’ activity to engage their interest and ascertain prior knowledge. They end with a ‘lock’ activity. These include a variety of activities but are an opportunity for the children to share their new learning with others, often including parents/carers.

Usually a particular subject will ‘lead’ the topic e.g Science, History, Geography, RE, Art and Design, DT or Music. This is to ensure we have fully explored the connections between and within subjects, as well as maximising opportunities for children to broaden their skills and knowledge as well as apply taught skills in a range of contexts. The curriculum is planned, starting with the children's current knowledge and skills, so that good progress can be made and evidenced.

Each term there are a range of visits and visitors planned to enrich learning and create lasting memories via real experiences. We incorporate whole school special days and celebrations in addition to whole school project weeks, linked to a range of subject areas, which involve experiences that we believe benefit the children in developing their understanding of the world in which they live.  This also provides an opportunity to invite visitors to school to share their experiences and skills with the children and gives a great platform on which to celebrate difference.

Pupil Leadership

Children are given many opportunities to develop leadership skills.  These skills are developed through responsibilities given in their class such as classroom monitor roles, leading worship and through membership of the School, Eco or Sports Council.

Further details about specific aspects of our curriculum can be found by clicking on the individual subject statements tab or by opening the Long term or half-term curriculum overviews.

Parents and prospective parents are welcome to contact the Deputy Headteacher to discuss any aspect of the school's curriculum.

Curriculum Impact

By the time our children leave St Elphin's we want them to:

  • have narrowed the gap in the key areas of language acquisition and reading.
  • have made excellent progress in knowledge and understanding of key skills in English and Maths.
  • be prepared for the next stage of their journey and equipped for life
  • be able to make a lifelong positive contribution to the world because they live by a strong moral, values driven code for life
  • know more, remember more and apply it to a range of contexts
  • be inspired to want more from life and committed to learning in order to get it.
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