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:
Our Broad and Balanced Curriculum
As a 'Maintained School' we are legally bound to follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales. This document contains all the specific details of what we must teach to our children. The document also leaves a lot for each school to determine both in how it goes about structuring the way it delivers the teaching and in a lot of cases exactly what content should be taught.
An example of this would be in the History curriculum, where for Key Stage 1 children it states that we should teaching children about:
the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]
The National Curriculum leaves it up to each school to determine exactly which significant individuals are going to be learned about. This gives us a huge amount of scope to develop a localised curriculum which is relevant to the likes and interests of our young people, as well as being pertinent to the locality in which they live.
We are working hard this year to ensure that our curriculum is the best that it can be and that our children have some amazing learning experiences which they take away with them.
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. Our Year 5 children learn all about Kenya, 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!
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.