Personal Development

At our academy, our core values place the personal development of pupils at the heart of all that we do. Our aim is to ensure that all of our children feel a sense of belonging and they are happy & safe, develop healthy relationships with others based on mutual respect, to be able to persevere and support themselves and others, celebrate diversity and promote self awareness and an understanding of others, so they can achieve their ambitions. We want to give the children of our community the best start in their personal, academic and working life.

Thrive

The Thrive Approach is a dynamic, developmental and trauma-sensitive approach to meeting the emotional and social needs of children.

The Thrive Approach draws on child development, attachment theory and neuroscience. Through engaging and interactive activities it reinforces new learned behaviours.

If you would like to know more about how this approach benefits our children please have a look at our specific Thrive page.

PLEDGEs

We believe that all our children should be able to experience a range of experiences throughout each year of their primary education. Within our academy we have developed our whole academy pledge system. Many of the pledges can be achieved from taking part in whole school or class based activities any that are not planned as part of our school offer can be easily achieved within our local area.

Aspirational Avenue

At the heart of our academy we have ‘Aspirational Avenue’ where pictures of role models hang on the walls. Each person has been picked to reflect key values. From William Wilberforce, to Ru Paul and Sir Captain Tom Moore our children are never short of inspirational figureheads.

Jigsaw

What is Jigsaw and how does it work?
Jigsaw is a whole-school approach and embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development. Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.

It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week. All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. To learn more about Jigsaw, click on the link: https://www.estcourtprimary.org.uk/curriculum-overview/subjects/jigsaw/

Oracy

We are part of Voice 21 and firmly believe that all our children should not be disadvantaged by their background. The development of Oracy in our school ensures that our children become effective speakers and listeners. This enables children to have a better understanding of themselves, each other and the world around them. For more information please click on the link below.

School Council

Our academy council is democratically voted for each year. As part of their council meetings so far this year they have discussed; School Rules, random acts of kindness, breaktimes and lunchtimes, our local environment and fundraising.