At Catcott we have a unique set of values and these form the basis of the curriculum that we have created to provide the children of the the Polden Villages with a great education.
We believe in 3 core values: Independence, Resilience and Thinking. Our curriculum is built around these values and we aim to develop learners who excel in all three areas.
Independence is the ability to think, act and pursue a course of action, in which the learner is responsible for their own behaviours and emotions, is self-reflective and is confident to face new challenges.
We believe that independence is a vitally important learning skill because it provides learners with the ability to make the most of the opportunities they are provided with and access their learning in the most appropriate way for them.
Resilience is the ability to understand when you are at risk of making a mistake, know what to do to seek help and learn from experience so you can continue to learn effectively in the future.
We believe that resilience is a vitally important learning skill because it provides learners with the ability to reflect on and learn from successes and mistakes made during previous learning opportunities without feeling negative.
We believe that thinking skills are vitally important learning skills because they provides learners with the ability to engage with learning opportunities in different ways.
Thinking skills are grouped into the following hierarchy:
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.