Castle Cary Community Primary School

Castle Cary School

I love the surroundings of the school, it really makes it enjoyable to come to school here.

Year 3 Pupil

The teachers are funny and my friends are too!

Year 3 Pupil

Everyone is caring

Year 5 Pupil

I like it at our school because we do lots of work.

Year 2 Pupil

I like that it's about the children's rights and not just the teachers!

Year 6 Pupil

It's safe, fun and you always learn something new.

Year 5 Pupil

I love it at this school, nothing needs to be changed.

Year 3 Pupil

It's a great place to learn/

Year 3 Pupil

Everyone gets treated fairly; the whole school is kind.

Year 4 Pupil

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Enrichment

Enrichment at Castle Cary Primary School

Artsmark:

As a school we provide a creative curriculum, where ‘The Arts’(art, design, music, and drama) are highly valued and provided for all our children through well planned and quality cross-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

All forms of visual art are taught throughout the school. The children have regular opportunities to experience the expressive arts such as singing, music, dance and drama. Concerts, pantomimes and Nativity plays involve all children. Regular visits from theatre groups, artists, musicians and other professionals enhance the arts provision in our school.

We feel that we are ready to apply for the Artsmark Award, to recognise our achievements. Currently we are in the process of gathering evidence and completing the relevant application forms to work towards the Artsmark.

Physical Education/Sport Provision

We aim to encourage, improve and promote not only physical development but social, moral and aesthetic qualities.

At Castle Cary Primary School, we believe that Physical Education contributes significantly to the welfare and lifelong education of our school community and our children. Helping them gain valuable life experience.

We aim to deliver a varied and balanced Curriculum cultivating a safe environment with a progressive, stimulating, and challenging experience.

We aim to encourage, improve and promote not only physical development but social, moral and aesthetic qualities.

Introducing Physical Education in a positive manner, enables intrinsic lifelong enjoyment, and provides the opportunity to pursue and maintain a lasting interest in an active and healthy lifestyle.

Within the structure of the P.E. curriculum all children in Key Stages 1 and 2 are taught basic skills and are involved in competitive games. Many of these are mini versions of recognised adult games. In KS2, formal competitive games are taught to the children including: Football, Netball, Hockey, Dance, Cricket, Rounders, Rugby, Tennis, Basketball, Athletics, Outdoor Adventurous activities, Cross Country and Swimming.

This year Mrs Houghton, who is a specialist PE teacher, has a timetabled day a week devoted to raising the profile and standards of PE across the school. Over the course of the year this will involve specialist teaching for every year group; teacher development through team teaching; coaching for lunchtime supervisors; playground leader training; skills development groups and more able extension teaching. 

Castle Cary Primary School offer competitive games and tournaments against other schools on a regular basis throughout the year.

A few years ago we introduced competitive house team sports and house athletics events which meas that all children get to take part in sporting competition. We believe this encourages children to enjoy, pursue and maintain a lasting interest in an active and healthy lifestyle.  Our parent's loved it too!

Healthy Schools Plus Award

In May 2011, our school was awarded with Healthy Schools Plus Status. The children have a good awareness of how to live a healthy life and enjoy taking an active role in maintaining this ethos within wider community.

Here are some of the things that we do in order to promote a healthy lifestyle in order to prepare children for a healthy life:

  • offering a balanced, tasty hot school lunch
  • providing playtime fruit or vegetables for all children in school
  • encouraging an active lifestyle through a variety of sports clubs both in and after school
  • following Local Authority guidelines for the provision of Sex Education

We have annual Health week where we take a variety of topics to enhance understanding of the machine that is our body

Outdoor Education

We encourage outdoor learning by offering the opportunity to experience outdoor activities in a safe, organised and rewarding environment, we provide various activities which include; team building, orienteering, wood craft, fire making, outdoor cookery and horticulture. We grow our own produce within the School with assistance from the local community, supplementing our school health snacks, as well as making delicious chutney, jams and vegetables to sample as well as sell into the local community. We have recently extended our woodland trail to enhance our outdoor learning space and activities.