Art and Design
Children are introduced to a variety of technics of working with textiles and many different forms of creative expression. You will see these in the many displays around the school.
Design and Technology
Design and technology is practised in the Early Years by free access to a range of interlocking kits, materials and recycled materials. Skills are taught to enable children to make the model that they are visualising. In Key Stage 1 and 2, Design and Technology is generally linked to topics that the children are learning. A progressive range of skills are learned as a child goes through the school alongside opportunities to design, make and evaluate their projects. The teaching of design and technology links in with other subjects such as Art and Science.
We follow the National Curriculum programmes of study and where possible use the local environment e.g. the local market, local dykes and the bird sanctuary at Dungeness.
The school regularly has ‘The Ancient Romans and Greeks’ to facilitate learning with hands on experiences of living in the eras. School visits have been to the Kent Museum of Life to learn about Tudors and World War 2 experiences.
Modern Foreign Languages
At East Stour School, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the pupils and are keen to promote the learning of a modern foreign language (French) to all Key Stage 2 pupils.
Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between French and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
Personal Health and Social Education (PSHE)
PHSE is central to our school ethos, underpinning all that we do across the curriculum as well as being taught as an isolated subject within the timetable. Children engage in R-Time activities to enable them to be positive role models in class and the school community and weekly circle time encourages all children to have a voice and be heard.
As part of a research project, with effect from January 2016, the school will be piloting a programme called ‘Positive Action’. This will be across the whole school; speak to your children in January about the exciting changes they will see in the PSHE curriculum.
At East Stour we are working hard to build upon and enhance our PE and sports provision for all. We have invested in coaching for all teachers to ensure good PE practise. In addition there are three members of staff who, alongside their main school roles, are offering more and more opportunities for pupils to take part in extra-curricular sporting activities. Having already achieved bronze award from Sainsbury’s Sports for Schools we will be applying for silver next year.
Religious, Spiritual & Moral Education
Religious Education at East Stour Primary School adheres to the Kent agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2011) and is planned through a program called Discovery RE, which uses an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning.
At East Stour, Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new emphasis each year, thus developing the children’s learning in a progressive way. We encourage children to use and develop their skills in RE and to participate in critical thinking. We aim to ensure that the RE curriculum is challenging, dynamic and relevant to pupils of all ages and faiths. RE helps children to develop their own beliefs and values, while gaining an understanding of their place in local communities and the wider world.
During the Foundation Stage, RE is taught through topics based upon children’s own lives and their own experiences.
In Key Stage 1, the study of Christianity is introduced and aspects of Judaism and Islam are taught.
Throughout Key Stage 2, the study of Christianity is developed and religious beliefs within Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam are explored further.
Each year group has a focus on Christianity and one other world religion.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of RE but this must be agreed with the Headteacher before doing so.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
Through their science lessons children cover the subject of reproduction in more general terms. RSE is also covered in Personal, Social, Health Education lessons. Years 5 and 6 receive a tailored presentation about puberty. Parents are invited to view the material prior to showing to their child and you have the right to withdraw your child from these lessons if you wish.