At Castle Cary Primary School we value each child as an individual with a unique potential for learning. Our curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. It provides opportunities for children to develop as happy, successful, confident and responsible learners, who strive to be the best they can be. The curriculum ensures that academic success, developing learning skills such as creativity, independence and collaboration. We firmly believe that well-being and mental health are also key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. The curriculum utilises the skills and knowledge and supports the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that our children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.
We have designed a curriculum which is ambitious for all children. We recognise that not only is each child an individual but also each class and each member of staff have unique interests, skills and talents. Our curriculum is designed flexibly to meet the needs of these groups. We strive for children to learn skills alongside knowledge, ensuring that both explicitly are developed. At Castle Cary Primary School we see knowledge and skills as intertwined. We do this by having an emphasis on cross-curricular teaching. We believe that this is important for making the curriculum relevant and meaningful to pupils and for putting knowledge into context.
Curriculum content is grouped into a series of learning experiences. Each experience begins with a hook, designed to engage the children and frame the learning journey through to identified high quality outcomes. During the learning journey, a range of objectives in several curriculum subjects are addressed. This content is sequenced to ensure that components of knowledge lead to conceptual learning. This analysis is supported by strong subject knowledge from staff and aims for both depth of learning and breadth of coverage. Opportunities to practise knowledge and skills are built into the curriculum to secure deep understanding. The length of each learning experience depends upon the identified learning and outcomes. Our learning experiences ensure that we spend greater time going into depth about a subject as opposed to racing through the things that all children should know, ensuring no child is left behind.
Please see class pages for yearly plans.