At Estcourt we endeavour to ensure our early learners develop into life-long learners. We strive to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment where curiosity is welcomed, enquiry is encouraged and learning is fostered.
We believe that people learn best in different ways. At Estcourt we provide a rich and varied learning environment that allows learners to develop their skills and abilities to their full potential.
The teaching of the basic skills of English and Maths is of paramount importance but our curriculum provides extensive opportunities to apply these skills through exciting Topics.
In Foundation and Key Stage 1, these are taught over varying periods of time to take into account the changing interests of our youngest learners.
In Key Stage 2, topics are generally taught across a term and are based on what the children find interesting. Topics are launched with a special themed day or activity and all work is presented in individual topic books to allow the children to customise their learning.
A variety of methods are used to encourage learning and enjoyment; children are encouraged to work collaboratively as well as independently with an emphasis on discussion, debate and explanation. Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and to use their skills to problem solve.
ICT is used to promote independent learning and to support developing skills. Different programmes are used to support literacy and Numeracy, and all learners are encouraged to develop their own research skills. The school has its own School Blog which pupils are encouraged to use both at home and in school.
The school uses the 5 Rs to promote positive learning attitudes – Resilience, Relationships, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and risk-taking. By harnessing these qualities, our pupils are able to face challenge and solve problems and take control of their own learning.
Reading is the foundation of all our learning and we aim to develop fluent, independent and confident readers who become enthusiastic and reflective as a result of their reading.
First steps: the teaching of phonics takes place in all Foundation and Key Stage 1 classes and continues into Key Stage 2 to support developing reading and spelling skills. The school uses a variety of approaches in order to make Phonics fun!
- Letters and Sounds
- Jolly Phonics
- Phonics Bug
Children learn their letters and corresponding sounds through fun games and the use of ‘signifiers’ – actions to help them remember each individual sound.
The school uses the following reading schemes:
- Bug Club
- Oxford Reading Tree
These books cover both fiction and non-fiction and are available both in book form and on-line, allowing access at home for shared reading within the family. The teaching of reading takes place in small groups within the class, allowing for discussion and debate, as well as in whole class reading lessons, when a longer text is read over a period of time, allowing both discussion and enjoyment. Some of our children will receive one to one reading sessions if they need extra support to develop their reading skills.
All children are take books home daily to encourage reading at home, and they can also access Bug Club through the internet. Our expectation is a minimum of four times each week and we supply activities to do alongside the reading.
For our full curriculum maps, please download your copy of the documents below