Our Curriculum

The Curriculum

As a 3-11 primary school, we cover the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum.

The school adopts a varied approach to curriculum organisation, which includes both specific teaching and topic work, drawing on different areas of learning. Each class has two year groups and teachers use a two year planning cycle to ensure progression and prevent repetition.  This work is planned at an appropriate level for each child.  DSC_0015

Parents are given details of the main areas their child will be covering at the start of each term.

Our curriculum is taught around 4 curriculum drivers:

  • In the newss
  • The Arts
  • Paperless Maths
  • Communication

These key drivers are priorities for our school and we attempt to link all teaching across the curriculum to these key areas.  In addition to this, non-negotiable areas of learning are identified for Reading, Writing, Maths and ICT this ensures a whole school focus on these core areas of learning in each year group.  .

During curricular and extra-curricular time we are committed to providing children with a range of other opportunities.

  • To participate in a range of sporting activities, to receive quality instruction.
  • To explore the outdoor environment.
  • To recognise and develop their own individual talents.
  • To socialise and interact with people from a range of backgrounds / cultures.
  • To participate / observe a range of drama, musical, artistic events.
  • To experiment and explore a range of practical activities within a secure environment.

ICT is used across the curriculum, advice for keeping your child safe online can be found by using the information located at:

Homework is used to reinforce key messages from school and to create a link between learning at home and at school. Find out more here: HOMEWORK

For more information on key subject areas take a look here:




Religious Education

Castle Carrock Primary School is non-denominational, although our teaching is based on Christianity.  It is taught within the classroom as RE and Assemblies are held in accordance with the 1993 Education Act.  The School follows the Cumbria Agreed Syllabus.  Any parents who do not wish their child to be instructed in Religious Education, or to take part in school assemblies, may exercise their rights in writing to withdraw from these parts of the curriculum.  Children withdrawn will be given work to do in another classroom.  This right to withdraw will remain in force until cancelled in writing by the parents.

Persona, Social, Health and Citizenship Education)

PSHC Education is a valuable part of school life! We tackle sensitive issues and endeavour to provide our pupils with a broad and balanced view of life in Modern Britain.

The Cumbria Life Education Bus visits the school every year and all classes have the opportunity to learn about healthy living and how to look after their bodies.  The children take part in regular circle time activities, topics are taught which cover Democracy in action – such as Class 3’s ‘Send our Child to School’ topic. We also use weekly assemblies to explore values, share events and explore our society.

Sex and Relationship Education

The Governors have responsibility for the provision of Sex Education in school. The policy document is available in school should you wish to read further.  We offer specific Sex Education instruction for the oldest children.  This is simply and factually delivered within a caring environment, having consulted with the parents of the children concerned.  Any questions from younger children in this area are answered honestly and at a level suited to their age, maturity and capability.
You can find our policy for SRE here: SRE Policy