Teaching and Learning

The Academy follows the Early Years Curriculum for Nursery and Reception and the National Curriculum for children in Year 1 to Year 6.

At Estcourt our curriculum is designed to be exciting, to engage children in their learning. Children are encouraged to talk and discuss their ideas and thinking. Thinking skills and problem solving are embedded in the curriculum, 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.

Learning is carefully planned to match the needs of every individual. 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.

Children are taught in mixed-ability groupings where we offer a balance of child- initiated and adult-led learning, guided group work and appropriate individualised support.

We work hard to enhance learning through enrichment opportunities including taking children on visits, residentials and inviting visitors into school.

Year 4 and 5 children have a chance to play a musical instrument through access to the Hull Music Service. If children have a talent for playing a musical instrument then they may be chosen to have lessons in smaller groups in years 5 and 6.

Educational visits, art, drama, musical and enterprise activities are regular features of our curriculum.These activities enhance our curriculum and, although usually quite costly, we place these experiences at the heart of our curriculum.

We now provide the opportunity for all of our Year 5 children to visit London to see the amazing sights that form our capital city and experience a London west end show.

We are dedicated to giving the children a broad experience of the arts.  Children are given many opportunities to experience a variety of different art techniques often supported by local or community artists. Performance is high profile in the school and children sing popular, classical and brand new songs.  All of these skills are drawn upon in our 'Play in a Day' in conjunction with our local charity Park Street.  The Academy is fortunate to have been the first pilot Academy to take part in 'Play in a Day' and our children have the most amazing experience.  From creating and dressing up in period costumes, sets, props, choreography, working as a team, creating backstage crews we draw upon the skills of all of our children.