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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum:

At Castle View Primary School, our focus is on shaping the future by laying the groundwork for a love of learning and exploration. We aim to nurture independent and caring thinkers who excel in various fields like science, history, art, and sports.

Our motto, ‘exceeding expectations, raising aspirations…’, underpins everything we do, both inside and outside the classrooms. We strive to offer all our pupils’ diverse opportunities to learn and grow, from classroom activities to outdoor adventures like residentials and visits to our Forest School. Regardless of their background, we want every child to aim high and develop into proficient readers, confident mathematicians, and individuals with a strong sense of purpose.

Our curriculum is designed to help pupils and staff thrive and exceed expectations, with educational outings and guest speakers bringing learning to life and offering glimpses into the past and future.

At our school, we aim to equip pupils with the skills and confidence to succeed in a rapidly changing world while promoting values of tolerance and respect. We celebrate differences, ensure everyone has a chance to shine, and believe that even small steps can make a big impact.

Our curriculum provides a clear pathway for learning and progression from early years to year 6, focusing on developing children’s skills and knowledge.

We create ample opportunities for pupils to apply what they learn in various contexts, supporting their growth and development.

If you’re interested, the Department for Education outlines the national curriculum for further information.


Through timetabled sessions we teach Reading skills via a DFE approved synthetic, systematic phonics programme ‘Read, Write, Inc’.

Our Approach To Teaching Phonics

Expectations Of Phonics Progression

Read Write Inc What To Teach When.

1. About Read Write Inc. Phonics

Read, Write Inc parent guide:

How to help your child sound out the phonemes purely:

Reading skills are taught in both our Reading and Writing model, but explicitly through the phonics programme and  in Guided Reading sessions which take place daily from Year 2 onwards

Skills Progression English Reading

We use Accelerated Reader to help children choose books within the band they are working with.  This helps them to be independent readers and choose books that inspire them.

Welcome To Our Accelerated Reader Programme

Reading unlocks the key to learning – we believe that reading for pleasure is so important to inspire a love of reading.  Here are just a few ways we teach reading and inspire reading for pleasure:

Cosy Quarter

100 Books To Read Before You Leave Primary School


Castle View Primary follow the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach to support the teaching of writing. High quality model texts are used which illustrate the features of the different writing genres. We use this to support and scaffold writers to become more independent over time.  Understanding vocabulary is at the heart of all text study.  We aim to ensure all text is 98% decodable to ensure pupils develop their understanding of the text and the authors intention.  Grammatical and punctuation features are studied throughout.

Writing Long Term Overview

At Castle View Primary School and Nursery we have chosen to use the White Rose Maths curriculum to ensure our children have a secure understanding of maths concepts and become fluent mathematicians.


At Castle View Primary and Nursery School we use the Association of Science and Education scheme of learning to enable our children to gain knowledge and understanding of the methods and processes in science. Over time they will learn about the impact of science on the world

Science Subject On A Page

Castle View Science Curriculum Roadmap

At Castle View Primary and Nursery School we use the Teaching Computing curriculum scheme of learning as this gives a structured approach to the teaching of computing, enabling children to develop and progress their knowledge and skills over time. Within each year group, online safety is taught so that children know how to keep themselves safe in the digital world.

Computing Subject One Page

Computing Curriculum Roadmap 24

At Castle View we use the Oddizzi scheme of learning to ensure pupils are inspired by the curiosity and fascination about the world and our people.

Geography Subject On A Page

Geography Curriculum Roadmap

At Castle View Primary and Nursery School we have chosen to deliver our Art using the Access Art Primary Curriculum. Please see the Access Primary Art Curriculum guide to see how this ensures we bring breadth and richness to the teaching and learning in Art

Art And Design Subject On A Page

Art & Design Curriculum Roadmap


At Castle View our Design and Technology curriculum aims at developing children’s creative, technical and practical expertise.

Subject On A Page DT


At Castle View Primary and Nursery School we use the Sing Up scheme to bring music to life for our children.  Our aim is for every child to learn an instrument and to have a love and appreciation of music.

Music On One Page

Music Curriculum Roadmap

At Castle View Primary and Nursery School we use the Complete P.E. curriculum scheme of learning to develop children’s ability to succeed and excel.  Our ultimate aim is for children to have good physical confidence to support their health and fitness

Subject On One Page PE

PE Curriculum Roadmap

At Castle View we use the Derbyshire’s Agreed RE syllabus to enable children to learn about Christian values and beliefs, as well as those of other cultures and religions.

Subject On One Page PE

RE Curriculum Roadmap

At Castle View Primary School we deliver both Personal, Social and Health Education alongside positive Relationships and Sex Education.  Please see our overviews and content for greater clarity.

Please note that you can disapply your child from Relationship and Sex Education learning, unless this is part of other areas of the national curriculum.

We believe that an open culture of respect and understanding helps our children understand the world in which they live and how to stay safe and healthy.

PSHE Subject One Page

PSHE Curriculum Roadmap

At Castle View Primary School we use the Lingotot programme to teach our pupils Spanish.

Spanish Subject On One Page

Castle View Spanish Curriculum Roadmap

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