At Catcott we have a unique set of values, built around four cornerstones. These cornerstones form the bedrock of the work that we do here in providing the children of Catcott with a first rate education.
Being in touch with our environment...
We are surrounded by the beautiful Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills, and we do not want our children to grow up out of touch with this amazing landscape. Each week every class spends at least 1 afternoon following a programme of Outdoor Learning, which seeks to teach them about the countryside they live in. It could be that they take their maths or English outside, but Outdoor Learning is also about identifying particular trees, building dens and lighting fires! It is an exciting and diverse curriculum which really makes our children want to come to school.
Developing global citizens...
Lucky as we are to be surrounded by beautiful countryside, we still want to open the eyes of children to the wider world that is waiting to be discovered. We have links with three international communities. We have been linked to Zululu School, Kenya, for over ten years now and we have reciprocated visits by members of staff and shared work between children. We have also recently added two new international links to our global citizenship agenda: one in China and one in France. Our year 3 children undertake a topic revolving around ancient China. They share e-mails with their Chinese counterparts, and we engage in teacher exchanges. The year 3 children even learn Mandarin! Meanwhile, our Year 6 children undertake a reciprocating residential visit with a school in Gravenchon, Normandy and in the Summer, we host a class of French children. In the meantime the children skype and play games over the internet with their international counterparts.
Creating first rate learners...
We are passionate about giving children excellent opportunities to develop their skills in the basics - Maths, English and Science. Our children have daily maths lessons, writing lessons and guided reading. These lessons help to lay a foundation on which our other subjects are built. Children also have regular science lessons, and one of our topic blocks in each year group is built entirely around science too!
The fourth of our cornerstones is creative topics - these are blocks of interrelated learning, which form the core of a class' learning during a term. Each term each class has one topic, which provides a context for the learning. These topics are built around 3 subjects - History, Geography and Science. The other subjects are carefully linked to the theme for the term.
Our Golden Rules
We stay safe and look after each other.
We are kind and help each other.
We listen to each other.
We respect each other and we respect property.
We have fun.