Castle Primary School offers a broad and balanced, rich and exciting curriculum.
We use the new challenges of National Curriculum 2014 as a foundation for our children's learning, adding depth through a range of exciting themes.
We use the Read Write Inc. programme for a systematic and dynamic approach to teaching phonics, reading and spelling in KS1.
The 'Talk for Writing' approach provides a basis for much of our teaching in Literacy sessions. For non-fiction and most fiction topics, children learn a carefully crafted text by heart, which enables them to become familiar with a range of new vocabulary and sentence structures upon which they can innovate and invent.
Mathematical skills are taught through a variety of methods and mediums, including web-based practice using 'iXL.com', which we also use for our homework in mathematics. Over the years we have explored and learnt from the strengths of a range of approaches to teaching mathematics.
All other national curriculum subjects are taught through our themes, along with Spanish.
Every fortnight, the children experience a whole day of Forest School, where a range of activities and games help build core problem-solving and co-operation skills.
The 'Intent' of our curriculum was devised alongside the community, parents, pupils and staff. More detail can be seen below.