At Castle Academy we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
The curriculum is underpinned by Astrea’s Core Values (Responsibility and Leadership, Enjoyment and Innovation, Aspiration and Development, Collaboration and Inclusion and Honesty and Integrity) and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and the teaching of French. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning.
Click on a link below to find out what each class is learning on our rolling Cornerstones curriculum programme:
Each class website has a copy of the letter that we send each term to parents explaining more about the learning in each class.
The Astrea Promise.
Through the Promise, every Astrea primary school is formally committing to an education that reaches out beyond the classroom. The Promise means that during their time with us, every child will have the opportunity to experience 30 difference memorable activities and challenges that have been specifically designed to help develop character.
Working their way through bronze, silver and gold activities, pupils will have the opportunity to get involved in a whole range of exciting projects, from growing and eating their own food and climbing a mountain, through to sleeping under the stars and visiting a university. The Promise also includes at least one visit to London and one visit to a foreign country.
To find out more please ask a member of staff.
Outdoor Learning at Castle Academy
Over the course of this academic year the staff and children at Castle Academy will be taking teaching and learning outside. We are working with the Woodland Trust this term and planting our very own woodland trees.
Reading at Castle Academy
We use a range of reading strategies to support your child on their journey to becoming a fluent reader. We use the Oxford Reading Scheme as our core reading scheme but we also encourage the children to choose from our library as well as read books from home.
We also hold a parent reading morning each Tuesday starting at 8.45 am.
Phonics teaching at Castle Academy
We use the Letters and Sounds programme to support our phonics teaching. The link below will give you further information.
Writing at Castle Academy.
We use the Talk 4 Writing strategy across our school as we believe it really supports the children to develop into confident writers. If you would like to find out more about this strategy please follow the link to learn more.
We are also working hard to encourage the children to develop a fluent. legible handwriting style. All children in Years 3, 4 and 5 are currently working towards achieving their handwriting pen licence.
In order to earn a pen licence in Key Stage Two at Castle Academy, the following skills must be demonstrated consistently in all areas of the curriculum.
- Using a correct pencil grip
- Writing on the lines
- Joining letters correctly
- Starting each letter/digit in the correct place
- Keeping letters/digits the same size
- Forming letter/digits with the correct shape
- Leaving appropriate gaps between words
- Ensuring that ascending and descending strokes are the right length.
Please click here to see a copy of standard letter formation at Castle Academy.
Mathematics at Castle Academy
Our daily mathematics lessons incorporate a broad range of activities designed to develop children’s ability to problem solve and apply their knowledge. This involves the children developing confident mental recall of number facts. Please click below to view each Key Stage’s arithmetic progression map.