At Castle Hill Academy, we follow the New National Curriculum. We teach a broad and balanced curriculum with an aim to deepen children’s subject knowledge and move them on to “mastery level”. We strongly believe in the development of key skills that are embedded into all areas of the curriculum. In addition, teachers plan interesting and purposeful learning opportunities that are challenging to all pupils.
Our curriculum strives to develop reflective and independent learners and the use of success criteria in all lessons, as well as targets in reading, writing and maths, allows children to reflect on their learning and recognise what they need to do next to move on in their learning journey. This is also supported by daily personalised marking and feedback from class teachers.
Our school values, along with British Values, are at the heart of our curriculum and are taught through our PSHE and Philosophy 4 Children sessions as well as being embedded into other curriculum areas.
Curriculum and Teaching
At Castle Hill Academy we want all children to develop into confident and competent mathematical thinkers and to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge in a range of situations. Our aim is that all children develop a positive and confident attitude to mathematics, enjoy mathematics and reach their full potential as mathematicians.
In addition to the daily maths lessons we have daily Morning Maths Meetings from years 1- 6. This allows children to practise key skills and number fact recall.
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and the New National Curriculum for Mathematics is used as the basis for implementing the statutory requirements of the programmes of study for mathematics.
Planning is based on the teaching programme in the New National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance.
Please Click HERE to view the New Maths National Curriculum
At Castle Hill Academy books are most commonly used as the starting point for our learning journey in Literacy. Teachers choose exciting books that provoke deep thinking and leave children on the edge of their seats as well as books that lend themselves to a range of writing, drama and speaking and listening opportunities. At Castle Hill Academy, we value speaking and listening. If pupils have something to say, they’ll have something valuable to write about too. Children also need to develop good listening skills to help access new learning and build relationships with others.
If reading is our starting point, the next stage is concerned with mastering the skills of spelling, handwriting and grammar. Teachers model and imitate the writing that they have read and offer plenty of opportunities for pupils to rehearse the skills introduced. As children move through the school, they accumulate an increasing number of skills.
Reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics. The Read Write Inc programme is used in the EYFS, KS1 and in our Oak and Acorn Centres. Children in Year 3, who may need additional support with reading, are invited to join our daily phonics sessions.
In KS1, the reading scheme used in Read Write Inc with Big Cat banded books to supplement banded books from a variety of schemes used for home reading. Children change their books daily and reading records are expected to be signed by parents every night.
In KS2, children have a variety of fiction and non-fiction books that they read as whole class novels. Children choose their own books that interest them and again are expected to read every night at home and have their reading records signed.
We believe so strongly in our quality first teaching that all children must remain in their classroom for the entire morning. We have set aside our afternoons for interventions for children who require additional learning or behaviour support. At Castle Hill we use interventions such as, Catch-up Numeracy and Read Write Inc. We also have our own school counsellor and behaviour mentors.
Castle Hill Academy, Dunley Drive, New Addington, Croydon, CR0 0RJ
Tel No: 01689 843148
Fax No: 01689 844040