Elmfield School

Curriculum

Elmfield School for Deaf Children provides a Sign Bilingual Curriculum. We use British Sign Language and English to the deliver the curriculum. A sign bilingual education gives deaf children equal access and entitlement to the language, culture and heritage of deaf and hearing communities. Deaf pupils are potentially members of both the hearing society and the deaf community, and are expected to achieve the same levels of educational attainment, social responsibility, employment and citizenship as their hearing counterparts.  We therefore value both languages and consider that the acquisition of English and British Sign Language is of equal importance.  

We provide a creative curriculum, which prepares children for the world of tomorrow. It is thematically based and connected. It brims with exciting challenges, which motivate children to ask questions and develop a boundless curiosity! 

We believe that children learn best through first hand experiences and we provide these through a wide range of activities including day visits and educational experiences. Whatever approach is adopted, full account is taken of equal opportunities. Whole class, group and individual teaching strategies are used with consideration given to the pupils’ varying abilities. Our work is carefully structured so that each year the children’s knowledge and skills are reinforced and extended. Appropriate strategies are developed for those children who have additional special educational needs. 

We are proud that Elmfield School for Deaf Children caters for children from Nursery age right through to Year 11.  This ensures children are able to receive specialist deaf education for the entirety of their school experience within one school identity.  Many of our children benefit from developing and sustaining their friendships throughout this time and building strong, long-lasting professional relationships with the school staff. Although our primary and secondary schools are on separate sites, we are one school – with an agreed set of values, intent and ambition for our pupils. Several of our staff work across both sites and the children feel the connection and see themselves as one school. 

Please click here to see our Curriculum Intent statement.