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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!

UPDATED DECEMBER 2018

 

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 2

Making Numbers Count!

Another area that the school is currently working on is our Mathematics attainment and progression.

Maths across the school – whilst meeting national progress targets – is one of our most challenging areas. Last year we worked at ensuring our mathematics curriculum progressed appropriately through the classes and that the children were challenged enough in class. We also looked at our  Calculation Policy – which ensured that the children are taught the same methods of calculation throughout the year. Sharing this with parents via the website and in our Parent Maths Sessions has been a key area to work on.

What we are doing:

This year our emphasis is on consistency across the school – consistency with vocabulary, expectations and resources. As such some of the teachers have already attended training looking at the different resources available and how they can be used across school. We are having a whole school maths day at Talkin Tarn – linked with the Carlisle United Community Coaches who will be supporting us with orienteering and direction work. We are continuing to emphasise mental calculation methods – using Times Table Rock Star from Year 2 onwards – and asking our our older children to solve more calculations with mental methods.

What you can do:

Your help is vital for this; the children all have maths targets which detail what they are working on in class. For example in reception it may be about recognising and ordering numbers up to 20 whilst in Year 4 it may be about knowing all of their times tables by heart. Homework as they go through school will also help the children to reinforce learning at home.