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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The Curriculum

At Castle Cary Primary School, we provide a creative curriculum which offers children many opportunities to reach their full potential through an extensive range of activities. These may be based on learning within the classroom, the outdoor environment, learning within our local community and we really value the learning experiences children can gain from external visits and visitors. We offer a curriculum which understands that all areas of learning are interconnected and that alongside children developing essential literacy, numeracy, computing and scientific skills, they also have opportunities to express themselves through play, talk, song, drama, dance, art, design and crafts. We also ensure and value the importance of creating opportunities for children to develop physically, spiritually and morally.

Maths

Maths is enjoyed across the school. Don’t expect to see them sitting down and copying sums from a blackboard though, Maths happens in lots of exciting, and innovative ways.

We place a very high value on learning core number skills such as knowledge of place value and times-tables. These skills are applied in many different ways, including practical activities such as cooking and outdoor learning. Don’t be surprised to see our Year 1s and 2s outside jumping, running, drawing with chalk and smiling and laughing as they learn Maths!

We have adopted a mastery approach to maths across the school this year.  Each term will focus on a specific topic taught through a variety of strategies and contexts. This will enable children to gain a deep rooted understadning of an area of maths before moving onto the next topic.

Typically, this will start with place value, addition and subraction for the first term, before moving onto mulitplication and division inthe second term.  When these aspects are mastered, children will have the necessary skills to tackle other areas of maths in equal depth. 

English

We LOVE to read! We have a stunning library which is a diverse space used for all sorts of different activities; you will never see our library empty! Children have the chance to take home two library books, come into the library before and after school and participate in break time library clubs.

The teaching of phonics is about recognising the sounds of our language and is a principle method for teaching children to read and spell. Our pupils learn this in class, through daily teaching following the Letters and Sounds Framework, which is then reinforced through everything they read and write during the day (systematic synthetic phonics).  We have a wide range of  resources including the online phonics bug software. We believe teaching phonics does not just stop when children reach Year 3. Children are continually assessed in their phonics and children in Key Stage 2 receive regular discrete teaching of both phonics and spellings. Early reading follows the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

For children in Year 2 - Year 6, we use the Accelerated Reader programme to support the development of reading fluency and comprehension.  Children are challenged to read and understand books at the right level for them and as such, we have recently added significantly to our library reading stock.

With the aim to provide a positive and creative environment within which all children can learn and develop their writing, we incorporate talk for writing strategies to develop children’s understanding of writing structures, providing them with the tools and building blocks needed to become confident and successful writers.

Computing

Computors plays a part in all of our lives, and we aim to give the children at our school every opportunity to access new technologies which enhances their learning. ICT is interwoven in to the children’s learning continuously, and it provides them with ideas and formats that could only be dreamt about twenty years ago! In addition to the great learning that happens, we place very high value on teaching the children the importance of keeping themselves safe when online. These ‘esafety’ lessons are taught in every year across the school through ICT lessons, discrete teaching and regular assemblies.  We also endeavour to keep parents up to date with the latest issues through priding them with relevant information: 

To aid this process each class has an iPad which they have access to all of the time, as well as a class set of 30 iPads, 32 netbooks, and 32 laptops which provide access to learning software, online resources, and the internet which is accessed via our state of the art WIFI network.

The nature of ICT means that we are continuously looking at how we can improve the outcomes for the children at the school. We aim to keep up to date with changes in technology, and ways in which it moves forward. 

RE

We follow the agreed 2016 Somerset syllabus for RE:

Somerset SACRE website

 

For more information please see:

http://amv.somerset.gov.uk/

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

We firmly believe that the unique child learns through actively engaging with other people and their environment. The characteristics of effective learning, drive learning and development across all areas. How children learn and what children learn are all important factors of a child’s development and are interconnected. The Development Matters in the EYFS is outlined below so allow you to see what we will be aiming for during the important first year of your child’s school career.

How children learn:

What children learn:

Playing and exploring

  • finding out and exploring
  • playing with what they know
  • being willing to have a go

Active learning

  • being involved and concentrating
  • enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  • keeping trying

Creating and thinking critically

  • having their own ideas
  • making links
  • choosing ways to do things

 

Prime areas of learning and developing

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development (Making relationships; Self-confidence & awareness; Managing feelings & behaviour)
  • Communication and Language (Listening & attention; Understanding; Speaking)
  • Physical development (Moving & handling; Health and self-care)

Specific areas of learning and development

  • Mathematics (Numbers; Shape, space & measures)
  • Literacy (Reading; Writing)
  • Understanding the world (People & communities; The world; Technology)
  • Expressive arts and design (Exploring & using media & materials; Being imaginative)