Design and Technology is an inspirational and practical subject that is becoming increasingly technical, incorporating mathematics, science and computing with creativity.

At Elmhurst, Design and Technology link directly to the topics being taught allowing the children to have a proper sense of purpose; learning always becomes more meaningful when set in a tangible context.  In our ever-changing technological world, it is important that children understand the importance of designing and making purposeful, functional and innovative products that are appealing and authentic.

We encourage our children to be collaborative workers and critical thinkers, whilst exploring different techniques and developing essential skills in manipulating and securing various materials including paper, wood, fabrics and electrical components. From making free standing structures and hand puppets in Year One to moon buggies and burglar alarms further up the school,  our pupils are always engaged in designing and creating high quality products with a wide range of materials and specialist equipment.

The new curriculum has also placed a greater emphasis on food and nutrition. As a healthy eating school, we are proud that our children have the many opportunities access this through cross curricular lessons, as well as through specifically planned D&T units. The units are designed to encourage the children to think about balanced diets, their nutritional intake and also apply their learning at home to create various culinary delights, whether it’s making a fresh fruit salad, a healthy pizza or a mouth-watering rice dish.

We are always looking to further enrich our Design and Technology curriculum and often have workshops and consultants come in and get involved with our staff and pupils on various projects. We welcome experts with specialist knowledge and skills, including architects, designers and artists, to come work with us to educate and inspire our pupils.

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"What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It is the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds." Steve Jobs

Computing is about more than just computers. It gives users the opportunity to be creative and to draw links from maths, science, art and design technology. Our Computing delivery enables pupils to learn how digital systems work and how to change content through programming. Pupils are encouraged to develop their computational thinking skills through planning, testing and de-bugging systems. We want to fully equip our pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding to be digitally literate and technologically capable in their future workplace.​
At the start of each term and throughout each Computing unit, teachers deliver key e-safety messages to their class. This helps our pupils to become more informed online users. They are better equipped to deal with incidents (should they arise) they understand what is acceptable and non-acceptable online behaviour and know who their trusted adults are in the home and at school. 

Safer Internet Day 2020

We believe that the internet should be a place of opportunities for children and young people, where they can create, engage and share freely and positively. Follow the tips below to help maintain positive online experiences.

Pupil tips

    • Always keep your personal information safe online
    • If someone is treating you or your friends unkindly online, or not respecting you for who you are, you can use the block and report buttons to take positive action to stop it, and make sure you tell someone too.
    • If you are ever unsure about something you see online, or anything makes you feel worried, upset or confused then ask an adult that you trust for some help and advice
    • Above all, remember to have fun and enjoy the many benefits the internet brings!

Parent tips

    • Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology. Find out how they like to represent and express themselves online, and how being online makes them feel. Listening to your child will give you the best possible idea of how you can support them.
    • ​There are lots of tools to help you manage the devices used by your family. For example, knowing how to activate and use parental controls can help protect your child from seeing inappropriate content online
    • Just as we tell young people to talk about what they are unsure of, make sure you do too! Chances are that you’ll find other parents or carers who are trying to figure out how to make the internet work for their family! You can also ask your child's teacher for further guidance.

Source: https://www.saferinternetday.org/

Keep your eyes peeled for Elmhurst pupils sharing their thoughts on what a safe internet looks like.


'Online Safety Advice for Parents
Below are some useful links that offer further guidance for parents on how to promote e-safety at home for all of the family.

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The artist's world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.

- Paul Strand

Art is a form of expression where the child's sense of individuality is nurtured and trained. At Elmhurst we encourage the children to translate what they see around them and capture their interpretations using a host of different mediums. Children enjoy the exploration of all the dimensions that Art has to offer across the school curriculum, including drawing, painting, collage, printing, textiles, sculpture and digital art.

Every year Elmhurst has an ‘Art Day’ to develop the children’s creative skills over a whole day to produce a fantastic range of topic based work from nursery to Year 6. Some of our youngest children (reception, year 1 and year 2) enjoy experimenting in Art Club every week, ran by our Art co-ordinator Mrs Nessa. We are also proud to participate in the annual Newham Art Exhibition, where we celebrate and display our art achievements from across the school.

One thing our Year 6 children look forward to each year is the residential Art trip abroad. The Art trip is a chance for 18 selected children to experience and live the artistry of different countries from past to present. The purpose of the trip is to help the children improve their art skills further and give them the opportunity to enjoy the landmarks and monuments of the city. In addition, they develop their cultural awareness and improve their language skills. On returning to school, the participating children work closely with our art consultant Andrew Mutter, to create amazing pieces of work based on their trip, which are then showcased at a grand exhibition at the end of the year. So far we have visited Paris, Barcelona, Rome and Amsterdam.

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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

Mr Purdie, Miss Vann, Miss Tidmarsh and Miss Read welcome you to Year 6!

We have an exciting year ahead with lots of interesting topics to study, as well as opportunities for the children to go on amazing trips to Fairplay House and of course our annual art trip, which will be taking place in beautiful Venice again this year.

During the Autumn term we will be experimenting with electricity, learning about the slave trade and also designing and marketing our own brands of tea! 

Year 6 Revision Timetable 2020

Year 6 Parents Booster Meeting 2020


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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5! Miss Robinson, the Year Head, is excited to be working with her team which includes Miss Ahmad, Mr Aspden, Mr Creighton, Miss Ford and support staff.

Year 5 is a year full of new opportunities from poetry retreats to learning how to swim. As they are growing up, a Puberty Talk will take place. We also want to encourage reading for pleasure by having a whole afternoon a week dedicated to this.

Below are some of the many exciting things pupils will be learning in the Autumn Term.

Mathematics: Pupils will be focusing on number and the four operations using Maths No Problem.

Literacy: Pupils will explore the Chinese culture and traditions and write an adventure story about Mai-Ling, a young girl who has to slay a dragon!

Science: Pupils will be deepening their understanding of states of matter and hey will be investigating the rate of dissolving.

History: Pupils will delve into the civilization of the Ancient Egyptians.

D&T: Linking the unit to the ancient Egyptians in history, pupils will me making their own papyrus paper and drawing their own Egyptian profile portraits.




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Year 4

Our teachers are Miss Rehman (our Head of Year), Miss Weaver, Mr Ellerby, Mr Furness and Miss White. We have lots of amazing topics this year with some trips to enhance our children's learning. 

In science this term, we are learning about living things and their habitats, looking closely at how to create classification diagrams. We visited London Zoo to see some of the amazing creatures in their created habitats. The Year group loved seeing the lions and tigers close up as well going through the monkey enclosure. 

We have lots more exciting trips to come​. If you would like to offer your support for any of our trips, please let us know.

In maths we are all working from the Maths No Problem textbooks, which is a great and helpful scheme to make sure that our children's knowledge in mathematics is strong, firm and fixed!

In Literacy, we have ensured all children are taking part in the Book Blog challenge, with some children already close to receiving certificates for their dedicated reading.

We have Ursula, an artist working with Year 4 to help create a lovely mosaic in the school. The children and staff are incredibly excited about this! Look out for photos our children's wonderful design ideas.

We have also been fortunate to have had 12 University students (from all over the world currently studying at University College London), teach the children about air pollution. Children did some great collaborative work on the causes of air pollution and actions we can take to prevent it. The students left tubes around the school to check the level of air pollution directly affecting us. We can't wait for them to return in the summer to tell us the results!

Keep checking this page for more year 4 updates.

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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3


Our teachers are Mrs Ali, Miss Anjum, Miss Khatun and Mr Sheppard. We are delighted to be working with your children this year and aim to help them settle in to the new key stage with ease.

We have an exciting term planned in Year 3 and will be updating this page regularly to let you know what we have been learning.

Upcoming Trips

  • Newham library
  • Science Museum

Year 3 Homework

Reading – Reading is one of the most important life skills. At Elmhurst, we are committed to developing these skills by encouraging children to develop the love of reading. Therefore, we encourage parents to listen, read and share books as much as possible at home.  Reading diaries will be sent home to record any reading that your child is doing. Please make sure you check this.

Spellings – All children have a weekly spelling test, please help them practise this.

Maths – Children will receive a Time Tables Rockstars account. This is an online resource to support your child to practise and become more fluent in their times tables. The expectation is that by the end of Year 3 children should know their 3,4 and 8 times tables as well as their 2,5 and 10 times tables that they have learnt in Year 2.

We are a dedicated team and are here to support your child to achieve to the best of their abilities. If you have any concerns or queries throughout the year, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us.


Year 3 team.

Our motto:

"Good, better, best 
Never let it rest;
Until good is better
And better is best."


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Welcome to Reception!

Dear Parents,

Please take a look at our slide show "A day in early years". This is a peep into some of the provision we offer our children in early years. As you will see and hear, our children at Elmhurst enjoy learning and love their school!

This year, our teachers are -Mrs Patel, Miss Shaw, Miss Plunkett and Miss Vadher.

In Reception we understand how early year's education plays a vital role in children's overall development and learning and so we help children to develop their curiosity and knowledge in a fun way through play based activities.  It is through play that children learn to develop skills, such as language, emotional, creativity, social and intellectual.It is from here that they practise new ideas, take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others.

We value play and strive to inspire children with enthusiasm and a love of learning by creating a high quality, rich, stimulating and enabling learning environment that will capture pupil's attention and lead to independent exploration.  We are very lucky to have such amazing outdoor provision where children learn to play with each other, develop their friendships and take responsibility for setting up and tidying at the end of every day. We are very proud of our children and amazed by all that they have achieved so far. We believe that they can only get better.

We appreciate the input that parents have in their children's learning and we are trying to extend opportunities for this to occur within school. We have lots of upcoming events, so be sure to check them out!
In Reception we love reading and listening to stories. We are working really hard to learn all our sounds to help us read. Every Thursday morning we have a parents reading morning for 20 minutes. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible into our classes to read with us! We also have a phonic workshop for parents starting soon after the October half term .We will update our page with dates once events are confirmed and also upload pictures so you can see what we are getting up to. 

​We look very much forward to working with you and are excited about the year ahead!



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Welcome to Elmhurst Nursery

Dear Parents,

Please take a look at our slide show "A day in early years". This is a peep into some of the provision we offer our children in early years. As you will see and hear, our children at Elmhurst enjoy learning and love their school!


Our Nursery teachers are Mrs Hollway, Miss Cowley and Miss Hills.

The Early Years Curriculum is built in 4 basic themes: a unique child, positive relationships, learning and development and enabling environments.

In the Nursery we treasure relationships with parents and families.

We plan for and assess teaching, learning and development closely, keeping our children's' interests in mind.

Our Nursery environment has a beautiful landscaped garden and excellent provision/resources that all children find inspiring and exciting.

But above all we passionately believe that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.

And most of all, enjoy their time at Nursery.


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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Our teachers are Mrs Ahmed (Head of year), Miss O’Toole, Mr Khan, Miss Charalambous and Miss Kalim. 

This year is an extremely important one, as at the end of the year we will be completing the KS1 SATS. Children will complete tests in reading, maths (reasoning and arithmetic) and SPAG (spelling and grammar). To prepare children we ask for them to read regularly at home and ensure that they have understood what they have read. We also ask that they regularly practise spellings and key skills in maths such as times tables and number bonds to prepare them for the tests.

Our curriculum is very varied and children enjoy many new experiences in Year 2.


We want to foster a love of reading in year 2. Each teacher has carefully hand-picked books for their reading corners that they believe their pupils will enjoy. These include short texts, longer texts, poems, picture books and non fiction texts. We have re-designed our reading corners to make them a more comfortable, inviting and calming space to read. 

Everyday, we have fruit and story time whereby teachers read their chosen class book to their pupils while they nibble on a healthy snack. This is our favourite part of the day! Pupils giggle, empathise and question character actors during this interactive session. 

Every pupil in year two has the opportunity to join their class reading challenge. Each teacher has chosen 30 quality texts and if pupils can read them all by the end of the year, they will receive a special certificate and prize in assembly. They will have a chance to change their special challenge book weekly and will be expected to answer questions about the story to show that they have understood it. 


Number fluency is a skill that we want to develop in year two so that our pupils can confidently and efficiently answer addition and subtraction questions. Each week, our pupils focus on a number and learn the number facts associated with that number, for example when looking at the number 5, they would learn that 1+4=5, 2+3=5, 3+2=5 etc. We use the MathTappers app 'Find Sums' on our school iPads, which helps pupils to visualise parts of a number and encourages them to remember their number bonds. In year two, we will be focusing on number bonds from 5 - 20. Each week, pupils will learn and be tested on number bonds for the number they are focusing on in class that week.


Parent Reading Sessions - We welcome parents into our classrooms to read with us during Parent Reading from 9 o'clock until 9:20 on Thursday mornings. Reading regularly with your children helps to develop their love of reading! We look forward to seeing you there!

Homework – This is given out on Fridays and usually consists of 1 literacy, 1 maths and 1 spelling based activity. In addition, pupils are encouraged to complete their reading diary over the weekend to comment on the books they are reading at home. Homework is due in on Mondays.       


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Year 1

Welcome to Year One

We are a hard working team who focus on learning whilst having fun!

This year's Year 1 teachers are Mrs Nessa (1N), Miss Clube (1C), Mrs Khankhara (1K) and Miss Shah (1S).

We are committed and passionate about children's learning and development. Year 1 is the beginning of more focused, written work and although it's always hard for the children's transition from Reception, we believe that with hard work, patience and dedication we can make that transition easier. We are very proud of our children and amazed by all that they have achieved so far. We believe that they can only get better.

We appreciate the input that parents have in their children's learning and we are trying to extend opportunities for this to occur within school. We have lots of upcoming events, so be sure to check them out!

In Year One we love reading and listening to stories. We are working really hard to learn all our sounds to help us read. Our year group try to make sure that we read every night to help our reading develop. Come into our classrooms and have a look at our favourite story displays.

Every Thursday morning we have a parents reading morning for 20 minutes. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible into our classes to read with us!

Things to look forward to this Autumn term

We have a very exciting first term in Year 1.

We will be the very first year group in the whole school to perform assembly in November. Our special assembly this year will be all about Diwali. We are very excited to learn about this fantastic celebration full of colour, song and dance. Please make sure to come and see our performance when dates are released.

We love Share Days in Year 1, where parents are invited to join in with lots of enjoyable, creative and educational activities with their children. Our first will be a Castle Share Day for History. This is an excellent opportunity for parents and teachers to work together to inspire our children to learn whilst having fun!

Finally, we love trips in Year 1! They are an invaluable experience to learn outside the classroom and apply our knowledge in real life contexts. There are lots of wonderful trips coming up in this term which link to our learning in school.  We shall be visiting the Tower of London for History, different places of worship for RE and the theatre to develop our love of stories. We are also are planning to visit Paradise Wildlife Park to see their fascinating animals for Science!

We will update our page with dates once events are confirmed and also upload pictures so you can see what we are getting up to.

Until then, please see our picture gallery to check out all the brilliant things that Year 1 got up to last year. There is so much to look forward to!



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