Castle Hill Infant and Junior Schools recognise every child as equal, unique and valuable. The potential of every child will be nurtured, in order to develop their self-esteem and enable them to build strong, positive relationships with other people. They will be engaged in purposeful learning activities; inspired by real world experiences and immersive topics, which allow full access to outdoor learning; and have the opportunity to experience real achievement academically, socially and emotionally.
‘Nurture, engage, inspire, achieve’
At Castle Hill, we begin every topic with a ‘Stunning Start’, to hook and engage our children as they embark on a new learning journey. Stunning Starts inspire our pupils to be inquisitive, learn new skills and discover more about the world around them. Previous ‘Stunning Starts’ have included live jousting on our school field, a circus coming to Castle Hill, Abra Ca David demonstrating the magic of Science and returning to our school flooded with plastic!
Every topic we teach has a purpose and ends with a ‘Fabulous Finish’ where our children share their outcomes and display their learning with pride to our school community. Our ‘Fabulous Finishes’ always end our topics with a buzz: a circus production, a medieval banquet, history exhibition, science fair and an eco-show, to name just a few. These experiences prepare our children for the opportunities and responsibilities later in life; promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of our children.
‘Mini-hooks’ are planned within year groups throughout each term to continue to inspire and engage pupils with experiences more specific to their year group’s learning, these could include visitors, trips or focused learning days or activities.
Please see individual subject pages for more information about what and how we teach each subject across Castle Hill, including how we heighten learning opportunities through Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning. Further information can also be found on Our Year Group pages where you will discover Curriculum Maps which provide an overview about what your child will learn each term. We encourage you to share these maps at home with your child to discuss their learning with them.