The Castle Curriculum
We aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, covering the national curriculum. In addition:
English, Maths & Mastery
English and Maths programmes of study will be taught both as individual subjects (discreetly) and combined with other subjects so that ‘mastery’ of these subjects is achieved through opportunities to apply the skills taught throughout the wider curriculum.
Science, and many of the foundation subjects are taught through Enquiry. Each Enquiry has a lead subject. If there are real links, that enhance the learning in subjects, subjects are combined through the Enquiry. All other subjects are taught separately each term. Some subjects are always taught separately, including an international language at Key Stage 2.
In addition, as Castle serves a predominantly white British community. We aim for all children to learn about difference and diversity throughout our whole curriculum.
As well as equipping our pupils with the skills and knowledge of the national curriculum, we aim to develop children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural awareness (SMSC).
We also aim to support parents in equipping their child(ren) with the skills every child needs to successfully navigate the next stages of their education, and to be members of their local communities and wider-society.
This is achieved through PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Relationships Education, and through assemblies and extra-curricular activities.
We include a focus on the British values:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught across the curriculum and experienced implicitly through our relationships, our pedagogy and our celebration of diversity and the promotion of equalities and inclusion. We do not see these values as uniquely British so they are not always taught explicitly as such.
These values are taught alongside our own three school values and linked to universal human values such as kindness, fairness, trust, responsibility, honesty and a sense of community and citizenship.
In addition, we are committed to making the following four aspects of learning a continual focus across the curriculum:
- Developing children’s oracy
- Reading for pleasure
- An understanding of healthy lifestyles
- Equality & Diversity
We aim to develop a talk-rich curriculum and make the teaching of oracy explicit. Children will experience a wide-range of contexts for speaking across the curriculum.
Oral language is the most important communication tool and fundamental to children’s success in education and beyond. Research also shows that engaging in high-quality classroom talk has a range of emotional and social benefits for children.
Reading for pleasure
We aim to foster an enjoyment of reading with all children through of our curriculum. To ensure children enjoy reading in different ways (individually, 1-2-1, paired, group, class and whole-school) and different texts (fiction, non-fiction books, comics, magazines, websites e-books and on screens), both at school and at home.
Alongside oracy, reading attainment is instrumental to future educational success.
Evidence suggests positive attitudes to reading as more important to a child’s education success than socio-economic status (OECD 2002). Children who choose to read for pleasure at 11 years old are more likely to achieve higher educational outcomes at 16 years old.
We aim for children to be aware of the impact of their own and others’ behaviour and choices for themselves, for wider-society and on the natural world.
We want children to be able to make informed choices around activity (including screen-time), exercise, diet, life-style and the understand the impact of these choices.
We want them to make ‘safer’ choices at home, using technology and in their community. We want children to be progressively learn about their own well-being and how this links to their choices.
Children will learn about climate change and how our individual and collective actions impact on the natural world. We aim for children to reflect on their actions/choices and their impact on the environment.
Equality and Diversity
We aim for children to learn about equality - everyone having the same chances to do what they can. Some people may need extra help to get the same chances
We want our children to learn about diversity and value different kinds of people and their beliefs. For example, men and women, young and old people, people of different races, different religions and beliefs, or disabled and non-disabled people.