Elmfield School

Elmfield School for Deaf Children


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Our Curriculum

Foundation Stage and Primary

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!

Children in Elmfield School are taught in accordance with the Early Learning Goals and the National Curriculum.

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.

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We use British Sign Language and English to the deliver the curriculum. We also consider that the acquisition of English and British Sign Language is of equal importance and develop and assess each child’s skills in both languages.

The children follow a broad and balanced curriculum in accordance with the National Curriculum. We use The Edison Curriculum which includes discrete teaching on Core Learning Skills and Connected Curriculum Units covering themes that change across the school term by term. English, Mathematics and Science receive the majority of the teaching time and PE (please click here to see a copy of the P.E. plan for year 2016-2017), History, Geography, Art, Design & technology, ICT and Music make up the rest of the timetable. Children also study Religious Education each week.

Sex and Relationships Education is covered in the framework of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). The school’s Sex and Relationships Education Policy is available from the school office and parents and carers are invited to view the materials used in teaching the elements of the programme should they so wish.   

Please click here to see a curriculum map for the Early Years.

Please click here to see a curriculum map for year 1/2.

Please click here to see a curriculum map for year 3/4.

Please click here to see a curriculum map for year 5/6.

Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from RE and Collective Worship on religious grounds should they wish to do so. This can be discussed with the headteacher on an individual basis.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the curriculum we are following.


The secondary department offers a broad and balanced curriculum to all students.  Pupils are assessed individually and can have lessons within the Elmfield Department where they are taught by teachers who have the TOD (Teacher of the Deaf) qualification and Fairfield High School as appropriate to the students needs.  Lessons can also be supported by Teaching Assistants (TAs) who provide excellent individual support and Communication Support Workers (CSWs) who provide educational access to English or British Sign Language depending on individual need.

At Key Stage 3 students can study English, Maths, Science, ICT, Humanities (Geography, History and Religious Education) and PSHE (Physical social and Moral Education) in mainstream lessons in Fairfield or with specialist teachers of the deaf in Elmfield School. They have the option of studying British Sign Language, Design Technology, Drama, Dance, Physical Education and Music alongside their hearing peers in Fairfield.

At Key Stage 4 students usually take between 8 and 9 GCSEs or GCSE equivalent courses at the end of Year 11 although we also provide “tailor made” options for individual students as appropriate. Options that are available at key stage 4 are: Core subjects: English Maths, Science and ICT.

Options choices available: British Sign Language, History, Geography, Life Skills through ASDAN, Dance, Computer Science, Photography, Textiles, Art, Film Studies, PE, Music, Engineering , Food Technology, Health and Social Care, Sociology, Law and Drama.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the curriculum we are following.