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Castle Curriculum

CURRICULUM INTENT

 

At Castle Primary School our intention is to provide a unique curriculum that extends opportunities, raises aspirations, opens children’s eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment, enables them to live happy, healthy and productive lives and inspires them to be passionate and ambitious learners. Our curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

It ensures academic success, the development of creativity and problem solving skills, alongside responsibility and resilience. This is enhanced by our commitment to physical development, well-being and mental health support and the promotion of a positive attitude to learning. Cultural Capital is evident throughout our curriculum together with a diverse range of educational visits, residential trips, visits to the theatre and workshops within school.

We are a reflective, forward thinking school and we intend to continually improve our teaching and learning in light of the latest research and changes to the National Curriculum. Our curriculum has been designed so that all pupils including disadvantaged pupils and those with special needs or disabilities are well-supported with extra support and/or resources deployed where necessary, to gain knowledge and Cultural Capital to assist them to succeed in life. Castle’s curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced to ensure every child has the same opportunities to reach their individual potential. Our school has enthusiastic, innovative staff who provide active, stimulating and challenging lessons, which inspire children’s imaginations, creativity and performance talents.

Teamwork, independence, confidence and responsibility are an essential part of the curriculum enabling our children to make effective contributions to their community and to live a full and active life. We have high expectations not only of academic success but with regard to safeguarding, behaviour and personal attitudes towards learning and cooperating. Children are taught about and how to deal with discrimination, prejudice, equality and bullying.

Our extended curriculum offers children the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities to enhance their learning and recognise their individuality. Our children have access to Forest School sessions, a wide variety of sporting activities and clubs, performance opportunities both in school and at local theatres, alongside yoga and mindfulness and cookery classes.

Our families are key partners in developing children’s knowledge and interests and we welcome their assistance and support.

 

Phonics

Early reading and phonics is taught daily through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. This aims to build on children's speaking and listening skills and to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills through a variety of games and activities.

Reading

Our school reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, which offers a wide range of texts suitable for all ages and abilities. This ensures pupils have every opportunity to access a range of genres, and to ultimately develop a confidence and love of reading for life.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

For children in our Nursery and Reception Class - Aged 3 – 5

 

Early Years at Castle Primary School builds on children's experiences at home. We recognise that children need opportunities to move and to explore within their surroundings using all of their senses, share opportunities to talk with adults/other children and to play with them, engage with new people and situations, and learn new skills.

We use Developmental Matters (non-statutory guidance material) to support implementing the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are: 

• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development

We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

• literacy
• mathematics
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design

The areas of learning are delivered through planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Learning takes place both in the classroom and outdoors. Staff work flexibly, based on the level of development of individual children.

Each half term topics are chosen that will develop skills and understanding in each of the seven areas. Progress is closely monitored by our experienced Early Years staff and recorded in individual pupil profiles and Learning Journeys. At the end of the foundation stage an EYFS profile will be completed for each child and shared with their parents/carers.

Basic number concepts are taught through counting, singing and play. The phonics programme Letters and Sounds is used to develop pre-reading skills and when ready, children are introduced to the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme. For children in Reception, mastery of their ‘key word' list will provide a firm foundation for further development of reading and writing skills. Children borrow books for reading at home and the use of reading diaries maintains good channels of communication between home and school, which is vital in order to re-enforce learning advances made at this age.

 

For further information regarding our curriculum please see curriculum policies on this website or email office@castleprimary.co.uk with your request.

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Castle Primary School and Nursery

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

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Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218
office@castleprimary.co.uk