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Curriculum Intent

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.

Whole School Curriculum Overview Year A 2020-2021

Whole School Curriculum Overview Year B 2021-2022

Curriculum Implementation

We highly value our wider curriculum, covering all other aspects of the National Curriculum. This wider curriculum is organised into learning experiences with cross-curricular learning where meaningful links can be made with other subjects. The length of each learning experience depends upon the identified learning and outcomes. Reading is used continuously to discover and explore. The same quality of work is expected across all subjects, leading to higher standards and outcomes.

All learning experiences will have a hook to excite and engage the children and to give a purpose for learning so that it is meaningful and relevant. Where possible, learning will be supported and enriched by field study, visits, workshops, role-play and practical resources. Opportunities for links with outdoor learning are utilised when possible.

Progression of knowledge, skills and understanding is carefully planned, reviewed and adapted to ensure that children’s learning builds effectively over time.

Pupil progress is measured through ongoing assessment and through key assessment points during the year. 

In implementing our curriculum, we are committed to the following key statements:

  • Planning is sequential with lessons built through a series of steps that build upon prior knowledge
  • Progression statements for each subject ensure that pupils are able to build upon prior knowledge and skills
  • Children develop vocabulary and knowledge in the subjects they learn
  • Lessons reflect the needs of all pupils with appropriate levels of challenge including the more-able and those with SEND
  • Children ‘s memory skills are improved so that they can recall key facts in a learning experience
  • The broad curriculum offers extra activities that inspire and motivate children

Curriculum Impact

The impact of the school’s curriculum can be seen through the outcomes of all groups of pupils and the work they produce.

We expect that:

  • All children will make good progress from their individual starting points academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically.
  • Children will take pride in all that they do, motivated to do their best and with confidence in their own abilities
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that children attain highly and are fully prepared for secondary school.
  • Children have good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Children listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others.
  • Children demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they meet challenge.
  • Children demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role in wider society

Please see class pages for yearly plans.

Follow this link to The National Curriculum
Follow this link to the EYFS Framework