Our curriculum is underpinned by our values of:
At Carlton Primary Academy, we are committed to providing a curriculum that provides our children with knowledge and skills across all primary subjects, with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning. We do this by ensuring that core learning is embedded throughout our curriculum, providing pupils with opportunities to practise and refine the skills they have been taught across a range of contexts.
Core learning is integral to the expectation of excellence that runs throughout our curriculum, ensuring that we demonstrate high standards to the children, and that they have high expectations of themselves. There is an emphasis on reading and writing throughout our curriculum, with maths being taught discretely, making cross-curricular links where appropriate. We ensure the effectiveness and demonstrate impact of our core learning through rigorous assessment in our cyclical benchmarking model. Anchor texts are used to engage children in their learning across the curriculum, giving all children access to high quality texts to promote a love of reading.
Children at Carlton, leave school with the skills to support them with lifelong learning to ensure they can access wider opportunities in their future lives. Our children will be challenged, in an environment where they feel safe, and where any mistakes are viewed as part of their learning journey to build resilience and grit. Our children are taught how to work in teams, where each team member is valued and has a role to play in order to achieve a collective goal. This enables them to develop excellent communication skills and provides our children with opportunities to explain and discuss their ideas, allowing them to become reflective and considerate learners. This is achieved by providing a curriculum that motivates and inspires children, so that they have a thirst for learning, and an intrinsic desire to achieve their goals. Character development, grit, teamwork and building resilience are key elements of our curriculum offer, and combining this with developing the whole child in a structured approach to teaching well-being and mental health, we believe we are preparing our children for the wider world.
Service beyond ourselves
Our curriculum encompasses fieldwork with the expectation that our children will work within, and be, active members of the community. This is embraced and encouraged by members of our governing body, who work with our staff to plan community projects. In doing this, we are creating future global citizens, who will be equipped for the challenges and opportunities of life, in a fast-changing and interdependent world.
What does our curriculum look like in school?
Our curriculum is planned across a 2 year cycle to allow pupils to work across their phases. Within our curriculum, we have key drivers, which are explored through our Guiding Questions. These drivers are: Geography, History, Art and Design, Design and Technology, and where appropriate Science. Each of the other wider curriculum subjects are taught discretely, making links to the wider curriculum where appropriate, to deepen understanding. We use anchor within each Guiding Question, to link reading and writing where appropriate to develop pupil’s knowledge and embed the skills they have learnt across different areas of the curriculum.
A new Guiding Question is introduced at the beginning of each benchmark cycle (every 8 weeks), and the pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 work towards answering the same question. To do this, each phase uses its own set of Spaced Questions, to develop the pupil’s knowledge and skills, and build on what they have learnt previously. An end product is planned and used to give pupils the opportunity to share the answer to the Guiding Question.
Guiding Questions, supported by Spaced Questions drive our curriulum:
1. How do world leaders shape the countries they rule over?
2. How has the landscape changed in Barnsley over the last 100 years?
At Carlton Primary Academy we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. The geography curriculum is part of a two-year cycle, underpinned by Guiding Questions. The questions used enable children develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Carlton begins with children looking at where they live in Barnsley and then develops with children exploring the UK, within Europe and the wider world. Fieldwork supports each guiding question, to give children first-hand experiences to inspire our pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world.
Life Skills & Service Beyond Ourselves
Children at Carlton, leave school with the skills to support them with lifelong learning to ensure that can access wider opportunities in their future lives. In geography our children will be challenged to make connections and think about perspective in relation to different geographical concepts. They will develop an awareness of environmental issues and work as individuals or as part of the community to share this understanding. Children will have the opportunity to take part in community and fund raising events.
At Carlton Primary Academy, we have a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past, and that of the wider world. We do this through our Guiding Questions across the whole school, which are broken down into spaced questions for each phase. These questions link to our reading and writing through the use of anchor texts and end produce pieces. Through these questions children develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the history of the world, and how previous events and people have impacted how we live today. The history curriculum at Carlton begins with children looking at the history within the community in Barnsley and then develops with children exploring elements of history within the UK, Europe and the wider world.. By giving children the opportunity to explore history beyond ourselves, we hope to broaden children’s understanding of the world and how the past shapes everyone’s lives today.
Life Skills & Service Beyond Ourselves
Children at Carlton, leave school with the skills to support them with lifelong learning to ensure that can access wider opportunities in their future lives. Our goal is for them to be employable members of the community, who will make valuable contributions to society. In history our children will be challenged to make connections from different aspects of the past and think about perspective of how this impacts us today. Children will develop an awareness of how people were affected by the past and how this is similar or different to our experiences today. By taking part in events within the community children will be able to compare their learning with the experiences of others and how history affects people and communities in different ways. By relating this to life skills, children will leave Carlton with the tools to apply their critical thinking to understand how theirs and other people’s choices impact the future of their community and the world around them.
At Carlton Primary Academy, the PE curriculum develops the enjoyment of physical activity and strives to improve the importance of health and well-being amongst our pupils. Our intention is to give children the opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and apply these in competitive situations, with the vision this provides them with lifelong learning skills: Communicating; Focus and Self-Control; Critical Thinking; Resilience.
We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when participating in different sporting activities, learning the importance of health and wellbeing and equipping them with the necessary values and tools to achieve in our academy and beyond. Our pupils record their achievements and evaluate their performances which encourages them to be reflective learners, and builds on their core learning throughout PE lessons. It is our intention to engage pupils in the possibilities of sport to develop a passion for being active, healthy and the confidence to try new things and build resilience and determination with all they do.