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Premier League Premier Stars!

We have been really lucky this term to be involved with the Premier League Primary Stars Programme . 

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

Available to every primary school in England and Wales, it inspires girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.

For Castle Carrock, this has involved Carlisle United Community Sports Trust coming in to work with Class 4 here at school, and running a lunchtime Girls’ football club for all of Key Stage 2. Carl and his team have worked with Class 4 in maths and PSHE (personal, social, health education) where we have explored what it takes to be a good team, and the values of resilience.

We have also had the chance to take part in the poetry competition, which was centred around the theme of ‘diversity’ and to read poetry written by previous Premier Leage Star groups.

The whole school has really benefited from this partnership and it has been fantastic for the older children to explore our own school values of respect, kindness and perseverance in the real world!

Weather Warnings!



Brrrr! Chilly weather is forecast over the next few days and we are looking at snow and ice weather warnings.

If we decide to close the school we will:

  • contact you by text as close to 8 o’clock as possible.
  • put the message on Twitter, Facebook and the website
  • Notify BBC Radio Cumbria.

Decisions to close the school are never taken lightly and based on the safety of staff and pupils. When weather conditions mean that a number of staff and pupils cannot make it in then we will close the school. The bus drivers may also contact parents if they have difficulty getting through.

Mini Code Club!

Code Club is a popular part of our school – allowing children the chance to experiment with coding and problem solving. It is open to any child in Key Stage 2 (years 3 and up) – and takes place on a Monday after school – 3:30- 4:30, children are welcome to go on to after school club after this time. This year our Code Clubbers have led a ‘Mini Code Club’ for children from Class 1 who have wanted to try out some of the activities. Using programs such as ‘Scratch’  and the Hour of Code website!

Year 6 Transitions!

Last year we started a project with Great Corby and Warwick Bridge schools where we run joint projects for the Year 6 children.  This was so successful that this years Year 6 also wanted to be part of something similar. We therefore invited Great Corby and Warwick Bridge schools to Castle Carrock for a morning of coding and computing!


This allows our children to meet some fellow Year 6 pupils before they move onto secondary school – and to experience some different challenges and teaching. We also managed to do the ‘Hour of Code’! Great fun!


School Development Plan 2018 – 2019 (Part 1)

As we settle in to a new school year we always take time to review the successes of last year and explore what we could do better in the year to come. Alongside usual school improvement areas such as attainment of pupils and maintaining our high behaviour expectations we have a different things each year that we, as a school community of staff and governors have highlighted.

One area we are working on this year is handwriting. 

Why handwriting? Well – believe it or not, handwriting has to be a certain standard by the end of Key Stage 2 for the children to be deemed as ‘secondary ready’ – namely they should be able to ‘maintain legibility when writing at speed’.  In addition the national curriculum states that pupils should be taught to ‘use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined’.

What will we be doing?  We have agreed on a standard scheme to use in order to ensure that we all teach handwriting in the same manner and that we all have high expectations of handwriting from the children. We will be using the widely-recognised ‘PenPals‘ from Cambridge Education.

Information for Parents can be found here.

How you can help: Take a look at the information above (which is split into each year group) – this gives you some idea as to what the teacher will cover and the expectations for your child. This way when they are writing at home you can gently encourage the joins and letter formation that we will be working on. Of course, please don’t out your child off writing – sometimes it is better to be thinking creatively and get ideas down and then worry about handwriting later! We always love to see any extra work done at home as well!