Curriculum Intent

  • At Caton Primary School, our vision is to create a curriculum that is relevant and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  • We promote a positive attitude towards learning so that our curious young people enjoy coming to school and acquire a firm foundation for future learning.
  • We want to help each child develop resilience, independence, responsibility and emotional intelligence.
  • We foster high expectations of behaviour for learning, endeavour and achievement.
  • By working with our village and families, we will create an aspirational school community in which everyone is valued and successes are celebrated.

Aims

  • Create caring, confident and curious children.
  • Offer opportunities that will expand horizons.
  • Motivate and challenge our children to achieve academic success.
  • Enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.
  • Partner with families to create an aspirational school community.
  • Appreciate the uniqueness of each child and recognise their potential.
  • Support, guide and inspire through excellent teaching practices.
  • Show our children what they can achieve.
  • Guide children in understanding the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all.
  • Celebrate and promote individual talents, interests and achievements.
  • Promote understanding of diversity and global awareness.

We demonstrate our commitment to the above through our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 ‘Caton Passports’. These outline our school’s unique curriculum which embraces so much more than the National Curriculum requirements and fulfils our mission statement. It includes statements such as: I can tie my shoelaces; I know my date of birth and address; I have visited an art gallery; I have been on a hike; I have represented the school at a sporting event; I have performed to an audience; and I have raised money for charity.

Success in all aspects of the broad curriculum is celebrated at our weekly celebration assembly. Certificates are presented for Super Citizens, Wonderful Workers and Golden Pen awards. During these assemblies, we also invite children to share some of their personal achievements that link to the wider curriculum, such as swimming certificates and musical achievements.

We also hold an annual awards ceremony for sustained achievement in all aspects of the curriculum from Maths to Citizenship and the Performing Arts.

Phonics and Reading

Phonics

In Early Years and Key Stage One, we teach the ‘Red Rose Letters and Sounds‘ phonics programme. This programme has been carefully selected due to the careful planning of systematic, synthetic phonics. In Reception, the children are taught the initial letter sounds that enable them to unlock the world of reading. Once the children have mastered the initial sounds, they move on to alternative spellings for each sound.

For example, for the sound ‘ay’, children will initially be taught the spelling ‘ai’ (as in rain). Once they can read, spell and write words containing this spelling, they will move on to ‘ay’ (as in play), ‘a-e’ (as in cake) and ‘ei’ (as in reindeer). To allow children to

Reading

The reading schemes used in school include: Songbirds, Oxford Reading Tree (Floppy’s Phonics) and Fireflies. A variety of texts are chosen according to reading ability in order to encourage a broad range of reading and to link with the stage that pupils are at in their phonics.

Our whole-school library is well stocked with fiction and non-fiction books, comics, reference texts and narratives with increasingly complex plots. When our pupils move beyond phonics, they are encouraged to select, scan and return their own books to the library. 

Reading diaries are used to record books read and also as a means of communication between parents and teacher to help support the reading process.

We always have a quality class novel on the go, which we read daily to our children, and we hold a big annual celebration of reading on World Book Day. 

Early Years

Here at Caton, we believe wholeheartedly that children learn best when they are allowed to pursue their own interests and discover the world around them through a combination of free play, guided play and adult led activities. Our EYFS curriculum has been developed to ensure that students cement a solid foundation for the rest of their learning journey at Caton Primary. It is divided into six broad themes and is largely skills based in order to give flexibility to adapt to the needs and interests of the children.

EYFS Caton curriculum

If you would like to know more about the government curriculum for Early Years, follow the links below:

Statutory Framework for EYFS 2021

Development Matters 2021

Years 1 to 6

Curriculum rolling programme

In 2022/23, we are following Cycle B.

We provide all pupils with as many opportunities as possible to share their learning through:

  • A termly subject-themed Mastermind competition. Round One tests knowledge learnt in class and Round Two tests additional knowledge researched and learnt.
  • Learning assemblies
  • Learning exhibitions
  • Music concerts. Year 3 and 4 all learn to play the ukulele in Cycle A and the keyboard in Cycle B through the Lancashire Music Service. At the end of term’s learning, they perform for parents.
  • Corresponding termly with pupils from the primary school in Socx as part of our Modern Foreign Languages.

The carousel below shows images taken from all of these exciting curriculum events.

RSHE

Please find information regarding the new content of the Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum. We are following the advice from the PSHE Association and The Association of Science Education collaboration. Appendix 1

Swimming

All pupils in Key Stage 2 swim in the Autumn term. Once they can swim 25 metres competently, they progress to learning lifesaving and other water skills.

PE and school sport

At Caton, we are passionate about using physical education and school sport as a way to nurture our children’s mental and physical health and wellbeing. Through school sports and PE lessons, we teach children a variety of basic physical and gameplay skills that enable them to grow into physically literate and emotionally resilient young people. We are lucky to have on our school grounds, a forested area, running track, full size sports hall, large sports field and two climbing and play equipment areas. We participate in sporting events organised by the Lune Valley Cluster and pride ourselves on our teamwork, determination and fair play.

 

Educational Visits

Educational visits form a very important part of our curriculum. In Key Stage 1, day trips complement the children’s learning in science, RE, history and geography. In Key Stage 2, in addition to day trips to venues such as the slavery museum in Liverpool, we have a suite of residential visits including: Borwick Hall Outdoor Adventure (Year 3 /4); London (Year 5); and France (Year 6). We believe that these trips equip our pupils with life skills such as resilience, teamwork and independence, as well as developing their cultural capital and, of course, making memories for life.

Support for parents and carers

We support our parents through an open-door policy. Over the year, parents are invited in for our open days, weekly assemblies and other special events. Moreover, each year we hold support sessions that aim to give advice on how to teach areas such as reading, phonics, arithmetic and writing, as well as proving opportunities for questions to be answered.