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Gipsy Hill

Elm Wood Primary School is a 2 form entry school based in West Norwood, South London.  In 2008 we hard federated with Kingswood Primary School to form Gipsy Hill Federation, and our school is rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.  Please explore our stories below and view our section links for more information about us.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Elm Wood Primary school and our school website. Elm Wood is a happy place where children thrive, and are inquisitive and confident learners. We have very high expectations of our students, and of our staff. We treat every child as an individual and value the unique personality they bring to our school.

I am delighted to share with you our whole school vision and to provide an additional platform to communicate the successes and opportunities available to your children.

Elm Wood Primary School has been part of Gipsy Hill Federation since 2008, contributing to and benefitting from the wealth of support available.  We believe that an inclusive and engaging curriculum, high expectations and dedicated staff are key to providing children with a safe learning environment, where they are confident to undertake challenges and become independent learners.

"The school provides a friendly, supportive environment where pupils gain confidence and independence quickly." January 2011 Ofsted Report

Elm Wood is part of a thriving, vibrant community where staff and families work together to provide the very best education for children.  We pride ourselves in our ability to uphold high standards and our commitment to the development of every child who is welcomed into our school.

Mrs C Balyney
Headteacher

latest stories
  • Welcome to Goshawk Class - Elm Wood Primary

    January 2018: In Goshawk class, we have been learning all about The Great Fire of London. Did you know that Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt 52 churches after The Great Fire in 1666? We found out lots of interesting facts using the Ipads! We have also been building on our SPaG and have been learning all about Subordinating conjunctions. We used this knowledge when we wrote a report on The Great Fire of London. In R.E, we learnt all about Islam and the different things Muslims practice in their daily lives. We learnt that they use prayer mats to pray on and designed our very own. 20 October 2017: Goshawk class have been learning all about Great Britain. We have been looking at landmarks in London and asking lots of questions about these landmarks. We then used Ipads to research our own questions... Did you know that Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the tower, not the tower or clock itself?  We also have had the chance to learn about famous British people and the different kinds of foods there are all over Great Britain. September 2017:  Goshawk class have made a productive start to the year. In Maths, we have learnt about the value of number, including 10 more and 10 less as well as greater than and less than. We have also built our knowledge on partitioning numbers and solving number sentences in a variety of ways. In our first topic, ‘The Shopping Basket’ we have been learning about using commas in a list, including noun phrases in our writing and we have developed our confidence by retelling the story through drama. Please come to our first class assembly on Wednesday 8th November at 10.30am. Looking  forward to seeing you there!

    19/01/18
    Welcome to Goshawk Class - Elm Wood Primary
  • Welcome to Magpie Class - Elm Wood Primary

    January 2018:  This term Magpie have been Walking with Dinosaurs! We have learned all about their features, what they ate, and what they might have looked like. To help us get a better understanding of these prehistoric creatures we visited the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, and explored the Dinosaur exhibit where we learned lots of amazing information and even saw a life-size T Rex! We also looked at some of the fossils collected by the amazing Mary Anning! 20 October 2017:  This half term in Magpie we have been learning to recognise signs in our bodies when we might be worried or anxious about something. We have been looking at ways of calming our bodies down, and relaxing ourselves. We took slow, deep breaths and practiced Milkshake Breathing to help see this strategy working! September 2017:   Magpie class have made an excellent start to the year and have settled into Year 1 quickly and sensibly. In Maths, we have learnt about the value of number, including 1 more and 1 less. We have also explored greater than and less than. In our first topic, ‘Me, Myself and I,’ we have been talking about ourselves, our families and our bodies, and thinking about how we are the same and how we are different. We also sketched and painted self-portraits, created our own passports, finger paintings and colour wheels. Come and see our work on display in the classroom! 

    19/01/18
    Welcome to Magpie Class - Elm Wood Primary
  • Welcome to Merlin Class - Elm Wood Primary

    January 2018: "This term we are looking at "The World Around Us". We have been on a walk around our local area and spotted many things through our telescopes! We have also read "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" and made tiger masks, by cutting and sticking shapes. Another book we are reading is "On the Way Home", in which a little girl sees an alien spaceship on her way home! We made our own alien spaceships using foil and paper plates, then decorated them. We are looking forward to having a tea party with the Tiger and have written our shopping lists!"   The Magical Merlins have had a busy few first weeks in Reception! As part of our Journeys topic we have been to the dump to find the Bear, packed rucksacks to take on a Bear Hunt and made sensory maps to help the children in The Lion Hunt story find their way home. We love exploring all the areas in our classroom, like the the construction area,  home corner, the maths table, our mark making area and especially our creative corner where we do lots of painting and junk modelling. â€‹So far we have done lots of learning about numbers to 10 and our sound s, a, t, p, i, and n. 

    19/01/18
    Welcome to Merlin Class - Elm Wood Primary
  • Welcome to Siskin Class - Elm Wood Primary

    January 2018: In Siskin Class we have been learning about the Stone Age and how the people of the time lived.  We have learnt how to smudge charcoal and have created our own cave paintings. We have also been practising different types of knots and used them to make our very own Stone Age tools. We have also created some jewellery using different pasta shapes. Did you know that the the Stone Age people made jewellery out of bones? We  started off this year by reflecting on what we would like to learn and improve. In topic, we are learning about Arctic and Antarctic environments and how scientists and explorers research areas that have not been discovered yet. We are excited to get know what  living in Antarctic is like vicariously through a wonderful book, 'Sophie Scott goes South.' In maths, we are learning to do three digit number addition through various different ways and it is fun to find a new way to make the solutions simpler. We also drew icebergs and lovely northern lights. Please come and look at our displays!

    19/01/18
    Welcome to Siskin Class - Elm Wood Primary
  • Welcome to Avocet Class - Elm Wood Primary

    12 January 2018: Our topic this half term is Ancient Greece. We shared our learning in our class assembly - look at our amazing costumes! 20 October 2017:  This week, Year 6 had a super First Aid workshop led by the British Red Cross. We learned all about what to do with specific injuries and how, even if we don't have first aid resources, we can still help. We also had a chance to practice chest compressions and share our own experiences of helping others. As a class, we now feel more confident and knowledge about how to deal with certain injuries. September 2017:  Avocet class have been thinking about their dreams and aspirations. They wrote about what they would like to achieve and improve on in year 6. Linked to the BFG, they then painted their own dream jars. Hopefully they'll come true!!  

    12/01/18
    Welcome to Avocet Class - Elm Wood Primary
  • Welcome to Jay Class - Elm Wood Primary

    12 January 2017: Today in Jay class we tried out some of our mindfulness techniques, we began by completing our ball breathing exercise, which allowed us to concentrate on our deep breathing. We also had lots of fun with our pizza massage, our favourite part was making our hands warm to put the pizza in the oven.  10 November 2017: In Nursery we are learning about healthy food choices and reading the story Oliver's Vegetables. On Thursday we all took part in a big draw session, drawing our favourite vegetables. We each had a big piece of paper and a felt pen and told our friends what we liked best. We had lots of fun talking about our favourite vegetables, and even more fun drawing them. 29 September 2017: During our first few weeks in Nursery we are thinking about our journey. This will include our teachers visiting us at home and our first time being at school. On our first day we had lots of fun making our butterflies for our welcome board. We used a marble run to create paint and glitter marks on our butterflies. We then loved posing for our first day photos and posing with funny faces for Miss Kidd to make some mini me's for us to play with. Throughout the term we will be reading lots of lovely stories about the journeys that we take, such as Rosie's Walk and We're going on a Bear Hunt. We are so excited to learn lots during our first term at Nursery in Jay class.

    12/01/18
    Welcome to Jay Class - Elm Wood Primary
  • Welcome to Redwing Class - Elm Wood Primary

    January 2018: In Redwing class we have been learning all about the Great Fire of London. We painted fire using oil pastels, researched facts about the Great Fire of London and made houses from 1666 out of cards.   December 2017: In Redwing class we have been learning all about Arctic and Antarctica. We made igloos using marshmallows, cotton wool and plastic cups. We also made wonderful paintings using chalk to create Northern lights! Have a look at our amazing artistic work!  Redwing class have made a productive start to the year and have taken no time in settling down into life in Year 2. In Maths, we have learnt about the value of number, including 10 more and 10 less as well as greater than and less than. In our first topic, ‘Journeys’ we have been learning all about noun phrases and time phrases. We will be learning all about London in the following week.. We also painted self-portraits. Come and see our work on display in the classroom! We can’t wait to share our learning with you at our first workshare assembly on Wednesday 8th November at 10.30am.​

    11/01/18
    Welcome to Redwing Class - Elm Wood Primary
  • Elm Wood Autumn Term Update - 17 November 2017

    17/11/17
    Elm Wood Autumn Term Update - 17 November 2017
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