In Elm class we study a full range of subjects including Maths, English, Personal Finance, Food Tech, Humanities, Art, Vocational Studies and PSHE. We have a range of academic levels in Elm; some of our students are working towards GCSEs in Maths and English and (soon) in Science. We offer ASDAN qualifications in Maths, English and Personal Finance and Equals courses covering a wide range of topics.
As well as academic subjects, members of Elm have the option of attending the local gym every Wednesday, for those who prefer different ways to keep fit we also offer Just Dance and Cardio Fit in the hall or go for a walk.
Our current topics are ‘Looking Ahead’, examining different financial products we might need in adult life; Biodiversity and Insect Life in Science; Current Affairs; Clay Modelling in Art and Writing CVs in Vocational Studies.

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Topic overviews


PSHE this term will be focusing on the important topic of “Respectful Relationships.” Throughout this topic, students will delve into the fundamentals of relationships, learning to identify features of both positive and negative interactions. The curriculum aims to equip students with essential life skills, such as understanding the impact of relationships on emotional well-being, fostering mutual respect and equality, and challenging harmful stereotypes. Through a variety of interactive activities, including role-playing, discussions, and reflective journaling, we aim to create a nurturing and supportive learning environment where each student can thrive.


This term, Elm class is embarking on an enriching seven-week journey into the world of birds and their habitats. Students will begin by learning about various local bird species and the importance of providing them with safe shelters. They will then gain hands-on experience with woodworking tools and materials, leading them to design and construct their very own birdhouses and feeders. Alongside these practical skills, students will explore the ecological importance of these shelters, deepening their understanding of local wildlife. The term will culminate in an exciting visit to a local nature reserve, where we will engage in bird-watching and other nature-related activities.

Religious studies

This term, Elm will be exploring key figures in Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Designed to engage our diverse classroom needs, including those of our autistic students, the curriculum aims to offer a foundational understanding of the pivotal roles these figures play in their respective faiths. Through an array of engaging activities such as storytelling, role-playing, and visual aids, students will delve into the lives of notable figures like Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, Prophet Muhammad, Ali ibn Abi Talib, Lord Rama, and Lord Krishna. Our aim is to foster an environment of understanding, curiosity, and respect for different religious and cultural perspectives. We look forward to a term filled with insightful discussions and meaningful learning experiences.


This term, Elm are exploring the captivating book “Skellig.”, which is a children’s novel by British author David Almond, published in 1998. The story revolves around a young boy named Michael who discovers a mysterious, angelic creature named Skellig in his garage. As Michael navigates challenges in his own life, including a sick baby sister, he befriends Skellig and helps nurse him back to health. The book delves into themes of friendship, family, and the blurred lines between the natural and supernatural worlds. They’ll start by understanding its genre, author, and plot, then dive into character analysis, theme exploration, and critical discussions. They’ll also refine their writing skills by studying narrative techniques. Through this book and exploring its mystical elements, we are hoping to foster a love for literature and enhance their analytical and creative abilities.


In the upcoming seven-week geography unit, the students with will embark on an engaging journey to explore the fascinating world of human settlements. The curriculum is designed to cater to their unique learning styles, featuring interactive presentations, hands-on activities, and group discussions. From delving into the origins of early human settlements to understanding the nuances that differentiate rural from urban lifestyles, the students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of how communities form and evolve. The unit will also touch upon the environmental impact of these settlements, fostering a sense of awareness and responsibility in our young learners. This program promises a well-rounded, educational experience that combines history, social science, and environmental studies in a format that is both fun and educational.

Food Technology

In this term’s Food Technology, we are placing a strong emphasis on healthy eating. Pupils will explore the fundamentals of nutrition, delve into the food pyramid, and learn the importance of balanced meals. Hands-on cooking sessions will enable students to put theory into practice, creating dishes rich in essential nutrients. The objective is not only to equip students with culinary skills but also to instil an understanding of how food choices impact overall well-being.


Computing this term will be linked to our overall focus of the term ‘Being Healthy.’ Over the course of seven weeks, students will delve into various aspects of computing, from understanding computer components to programming and website design. Each lesson is creatively linked to aspects of physical and mental well-being, culminating in a final project where students design their own health-focused websites. Our goal is to equip students with not only technical skills but also with insights into balanced living.


This term, our maths focus will include key topics aimed at enhancing students’ problem-solving abilities and analytical skills. We will cover ratio and scale, enabling students to interpret comparative quantities. Multiplicative change will be explored, offering insights into exponential growth and decay. The curriculum will also include multiplying and dividing fractions, a cornerstone skill for advanced mathematics. Additionally, we will engage with the Cartesian plane to lay the groundwork for understanding geometric and algebraic relationships. These topics are essential in building a strong mathematical foundation.

Physical Education

In this term’s Physical Education, we will focus on enhancing a range of ball skills and game tactics. Pupils will work on mastering the art of throwing and catching with control and accuracy, along with hitting specific targets. They will also learn to maintain possession of the ball through various passing techniques and dribbling skills. Additionally, the curriculum aims to develop awareness of space, encouraging pupils to utilise it effectively to both support team-mates and challenge the opposition. Fair play and rules will be emphasised throughout the term. Various tactics for both defending and attacking will be explored, along with the importance of teamwork in gaining possession of the ball. Pupils will also have the opportunity to explore fielding techniques. Overall, the focus will be on skill development, tactical understanding, and the promotion of fair play