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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.

cooperation, collaboration, reasoning, reflection, creative thinking, responsibility, resourcefulness, resilience

All our curriculum areas are taught in a progressive and structured way. We believe that the child is central to the whole curriculum. The school is strongly committed to providing a firm foundation in the basic skills particularly Literacy, Numeracy and Computing.

At the same time it seeks to enrich and extend the children’s education by offering a wide variety of exciting experiences above and beyond the children’s basic entitlement. It also values the importance of physical activity in a healthy lifestyle.

Early Years

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which has seven key areas of learning.  The children learn through play and through a variety of carefully assessed child initiated activities.

The areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Key Stages 1 and 2

In KS1 and KS2 the learning is a little more formal and adult initiated but it is still as creative as we can make it.  We follow the National Curriculum and if you click on one of the sample Topic Webs below you can see how we blend this into our topics through years 1 to 6.  

Because we work in three phases (Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6) we have a 2 year rolling programme for our topics so that nothing from the National Curriculum is missed or repeated.


Modern Foreign Languages

All Key Stage Two have a designated weekly lesson in either French

Sports and Games

Children learn the importance of leading a healthy life through the development of sporting skills and also working as a team player. Swimming is taught in Year 3. Please note that if a child is well enough to attend school then we will expect them to participate in P.E. lessons including swimming unless of course they have a broken limb.

Musical and Dramatical Presentations

Carlton has a reputation for providing quality musical experiences for our children, including performing at venues away from school. We have an established choir. Throughout the year children perform dramatic presentations for parents and the community. All children in Years 2 and Year 5 are taught to play a musical instrument.

Collective Worship and R.E.

Assemblies are held regularly to reflect broadly Christian beliefs, consider moral issues and acknowledge and respect other faiths. If any parent wishes to withdraw their child from any religious activities they should discuss alternative arrangements with the head teacher.

Sex Education

Relationship and Sex Education is sensitively taught across school and is introduced gently in Y1.  Lesson content is shared with parents in advance. .

High School Links

We work in partnership with our 2 local High Schools, Rodillian and Royds. Our Key Stage Two children are involved in many joint ventures in preparation for transition.

School Visits

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 1 night residential in the York YHA.  Y5 have a 2 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. Our activities range from various sports to Design Technology and Gardening.