Our Approach to the Curriculum

At the heart of Castle Park's curriculum will be high expectations and academic rigour ensuring children are taught the core curriculum skills in Maths and English, which they need in order to be ready for secondary school by the time they reach Year 6.

Maths will be taught every day in a systematic manner, focusing on fluency, problem solving and reasoning. Maths will be taught as a discrete subject to ensure rigour, however Maths application across the wider curriculum will allow pupils to understand the subject in everyday contexts.

In order to make the English curriculum meaningful, it will be developed through a themed approach to provide a context. This will allow the skills in phonics, reading, comprehension, grammar, writing, speaking and listening to be applied in many different contexts and subject areas such as science, religious education, history, geography and technology. Thus preparing pupils fully for each stage of their education.

At Castle Park, we recognise the rich and powerful learning which must take place beyond the classroom walls and taking our learning outdoors will allow pupils to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in many curriculum areas by learning in situ. We are very fortunate to live in such a richly diverse and beautiful part of the country, so we are able to develop the pupil's learning by taking them outside school to visit local businesses and other places of interest.

We are developing a curriculum which celebrates the diversity and knowledge of our local area as well as a curriculum that allows for national and global study projects so that children build a sense of understanding about the wider world and a sense of belonging to different communities.

The curriculum will also reflect our ethos and values which aim to develop our children to have a strong sense of respect, honesty, tolerance and politeness.

In order for our children to attain successfully, it is vital that the curriculum also addresses emotional health and well -being and that children learn to manage their emotions whilst understanding the characteristics of effective learners. This will be an integral part of the role modelling provided by all adults in the school and the partnerships we build with families. Children will have daily opportunities to reflect on their learning and feelings. Our PSHE curriculum will also explicitly explore emotional health.

We want our curriculum to give the children the opportunity to be creative, independent, determined learners with a real love for wanting to work hard and improve in all aspects of their education.