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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.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Foundation Stage, early learning skills from Development Matters are taught through topics that interest the children.
These topics change at least half termly, but often more frequently. As they come from the children’s interests, the topics cannot be identified in advance, but recent examples include: All about Me, Pirates, Super Heroes, Christmas, The Garden Centre, Space and Sea Life. Within each topic are activities that enable the development of skills which have been identified by the class teacher. These may vary for each different cohort. The children each have a Learning Journey which tracks their learning and development throughout the year.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Keys Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 we follow the National Curriculum but have an ‘integrated curriculum’ which means that rather than teaching children about each subject (such as literacy, history, science) separately, we teach skills and knowledge which overlap, through topics. More information on the schemes of work and individual subjects can be found below. Each class’s topics for the year can be found in the Class Overviews below.
Underpinning the curriculum are the values we teach our children.
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 Overviews below. 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.
In addition to the Class Overviews below, you can find out about the topics your child is learning about each term by taking a look at the class news on their class webpage, under the ‘classes’ tab.
Class Overviews 2021 – 2022
Reception Overview (Under Review)
Reception Yearly Overview 2021 (1) (Under Review)
Further Curriculum Information
If you require additional information about the curriculum please contact the school office.