We believe that the fundamental skills of learning are the most important of all and they are the key to a child’s education and success throughout life.
Carlton Primary School has, at its core, a desire to develop children who are articulate, questioning and curious learners. We believe that by embedding our seven learning skills within a broad and enriched curriculum, alongside the promotion of physical and mental well-being, we will develop rounded individuals who have the fundamental abilities to contribute positively to wider society.
We want our students to have firm foundations in the core subject areas and we will teach these academic areas with rigour and challenge.
Our curriculum is:
- knowledge rich and draws on quality resources that develop cultural capital.
- designed to ensure children have an emotional connection to their learning to help them relate to real life contexts.
- supported by the seven learning skills of: Resilience, Responsible, Creative, Reflective, Collaborative, Reasoning and Resourceful.
- respectful of the need to support the whole child.
- underpinned by ‘The Nine’ golden strands which thread through all of our learning opportunities: Learning Skills, Oracy Skills, Global Citizenship, Independence, Challenge, Cultural Capital, Enrichment, Well-being & SEMH, and Outdoor Learning.
- provided within a supportive culture where lifelong learning is encouraged and everyone is safe to try.
- enriched by visitors into school and visits beyond the classroom to enhance engagement and motivation. We have regular whole school Focus Weeks and these may follow a national calendar or come from a school priority.
- grounded in SMSC and British Values to ensure our children have deep understanding of themselves within a diverse and multicultural society.
Carlton Primary School aims to provide a curriculum that is engaging, balanced and rigorous. While we value the acquisition of key sills in English and Maths, we appreciate that we are educating the whole child and provide a curriculum that allows every child to flourish. This depth of provision may be through exciting topics through which we explore the foundation subjects or it may be through the emphasis we place on Learning Skills, learning in the outdoors, sporting activities or creative expression.
Our high expectations of children start in Early Years Foundation Stage and children are assessed regularly against the Early Learning Goals. Assessment information can then form the basis for specific, targeted provision to ensure the needs of all children are met. Pupils begin phonics in Nursery using the Read, Write, Inc programme and this is maintained through Reception and Key Stage One.
In Key Stage One, alongside their discrete phonics, children will also have specific lessons in reading, writing and maths. These will generally take place in the morning with discrete lessons in History, Geography, are, DT, Computing, RE, PSHE, music and Science taking place in the afternoon. Topic links may be made across these areas if appropriate. Please see some examples below of topic maps.
In Key Stage Two, a similar diet will be provided keeping a curriculum that is balanced and full of rigour. There will be a slight shift in focus in Year Six as children prepare for end of key stage tests.
High School Links
We work in partnership with our two local High Schools, Rodillian and Royds. Our Key Stage Two children are involved in many joint ventures in preparation for transition.
School Visits and Residentials
Outings are organised throughout the year to places of interest both locally and further afield. These trips greatly enhance the learning through first hand experiences. They include a traditional annual visit to watch a theatre Pantomime production.
Our KS2 children all take part in residential activities each year. Y3 have a sleepover in the hall. Y4 have a one night residential in York. Y5 have a two night residential at Herd Farm and Y6 children take part in a residential adventure activity for a week in the North Penines.
Extra Curricular clubs
We provide a vast number of clubs which run on a termly basis. Some of our recent activities include:
- Film Club
- Mad Science
- Healthy Minds