Curriculum

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.

At the Academy we offer a wide range of experiences for our children and parents across the year including:

  • Weekly music sessions from external provider
  • Weekly sports coaching from external provider
  • Performing Arts
  • Swimming sessions
  • 101 experiences
  • Academy trips including: The Deep, Williams' Den, Raywell residential, Pete Rigg residential
  • A play in a day
  • Parental workshops
  • Stay and Play, Friday Phonics
  • Weekly Assemblies from external providers: RSPCA, Veterans, Creative Briefs
  • Visits from Local Artists - Jerome Whittingham and Art John.
  • Media Suite - opportunity to produce a range of videos

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.

The teaching of the basic skills of English and Maths is always 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 - we embrace the children leading their own learning. Topics are launched with a special themed day or activity and all work is presented in individual topic books.

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, reflecting on the 5R's 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 Academyl has its own School Blog which pupils are encouraged to use both at home and in school and all learners have individual Bug Club passwords to access a wide range of interactive texts and follow up resources from home.

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.

PSHE:

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. At Estcourt we recognise this as a crucial part of the curriculum. Our children are taught PSHE through the Jigsaw scheme weekly.

Reading:

Reading is the foundation of all our learning right from nursery through to Year 6 and we immerse our children in a wealth of books, aiming 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!

Including:

  • Letters and Sounds
  • Phonics Bug
  • Buried treasure

Children learn their letters and corresponding sounds through fun games and the use of ‘signifiers’ – actions to help them remember each individual sound.

Reading Scheme: Estcourt follows the Delta reading scheme.

In addition the Academy 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 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.