Curriculum Intent Statement
At Castle View Primary School we provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners, with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. We aim to ensure that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain. When planning our wider curriculum, we take into account our children, family and community needs to ensure our children receive a broad curriculum that enhances their experiences, keeps them safe and takes into account their interests and what matters to them. Family and community involvement is important to us.
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, flexible cross curricular planning, informed by the children’s interests and needs ensures that all seven areas of learning and development are planned for. An emphasis is also placed on fostering children’s characteristics of effective learning – playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.
Our school curriculum from Y1-6 centres around exciting topic themes. Each topic theme has one or two lead subjects and also includes a number of other subject areas from the National Curriculum, which link to the topic. This ensures that the curriculum has breadth and depth with clear progression. Some subjects are taught discretely and use other schemes of work. These include: Religious Education, which follows the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus; French which follows the Rigolo scheme; PE taught through the Lancashire PE scheme of work and Music which is delivered through the Charanga program.
We deliver a mastery approach to Maths with an emphasis on developing fluency and reasoning skills. In English, we provide a curriculum that engages children with high quality and challenging texts whilst ensuring children are confident and proficient in the key skills of reading and writing. We use Read Write Inc for Phonics in Reception and Key Stage 1 and we follow the Ruth Miskin Literacy and Language texts in Key Stage 2.
Castle View Primary School provides a highly inclusive environment where learners enjoy their education and are encouraged to take responsibility and build independence. Our planning ensures we provide children with memorable visits through curriculum enhancements in and out of school. We review our curriculum to ensure it is creative and engaging, accessible whilst challenging. We believe that enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour.
Castle View Primary School follows a Values system to teach and encourage children to become successful learners and citizens. We pride ourselves on the personal and social support we can provide for our children, whilst challenging children to work hard and be proud of their work, preparing them for their next stage in learning.
These can be found on the website home page, please search for Class Overviews.
We focus on one value per half term. All values are recognised, discussed and rewarded throughout school, throughout the school year.
The values are: pride, respect, honesty, responsibility, self belief, perseverance, friendship, optimism, curiosity, forgiveness, courage and tolerance.
Year Group Topics
Families can see each class’s topics for the year in the ‘Curriculum Overview’ on their class webpage. Each topic involves a number of subject areas from the National Curriculum, which link to the topic. Each topic also includes a number of ‘experiences’ (including visitors in school, and visits going out of school) which are planned to enrich the curriculum and extend learning.
Subject areas which don’t fit within a topic are occasionally taught discretely, sometimes alongside a topic and sometimes in a ‘block’, for example a Science Week.
Teachers use the National Curriculum, and and several subject-specific schemes to inform their plans for teaching and learning. The DfE’s National Curriculum ‘Framework Document’ for Key Stage 1 and 2 is available online here.
The Framework details the key skills children learn in each ‘core subject’ (English, maths, science) and each ‘foundation subject’ (art & design; computing; design and technology; languages; geography; history; music; physical education, and religious education). Children are also taught PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).
You can find out about the topics your child is learning about by taking a look at the class ‘curriculum newsletters’ on their class webpage, under the ‘classes’ tab.
If you would like to know more, please speak to your child’s teacher.