Aims & Values

Our long term plans for each stage of education demonstrate our intent to provide an exciting and varied curriculum, which supports our pupils in becoming valuable British citizens and life-long learners, who are adaptable and open to opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of modern life and the world of work.

In order to achieve this, we encourage pupils to seek and initiate challenge, bounce back after difficulties and be brave. We want our children to be able to meet the changes and challenges in their life ahead. In order to implement this we also have a wide range of curriculum enrichment activities that are relevant for our children:

  • Sport and exercise: we run in house and interschool sporting events; tournaments; school sport leaders; lunch time and after school sports clubs.
  • We value parental engagement at Castledyke through events such as Castledyke Chat, Class Assemblies, Bring a Parent to lunch, Art gallery displays, Christmas productions, Harvest Festival, Parent Reading Champions, Sports Days, to name but a few.
  • Personal safeguarding: living in the Humber Region it is vital that our children learn how to stay safe near water so we have annual talks and presentations about water safety. Internet safety is another regular feature of our curriculum. Access to Annual safeguarding day for children.
  • Being brave! We encourage children to step out of their comfort zone by taking part in Music Festivals, Young Voices, assemblies, class productions, school radio, school council, poetry slams and author visits.
  • Community involvement: Harvest Festival and taking food parcels to the older residents of Barton, donations to the Food Bank; Barton Christmas Fair and carol singing; Friends of Castledyke Christmas and Summer Fairs; Race for Life; fundraising; messy church activities and open the book assemblies.
  • Experiencing the world outside of Barton: residential trips to London, Kingswood and Robin Hoods Bay; annual visit to the pantomime to experience live theatre; educational trips and visits to support the curriculum.
  • Outdoor learning: taking the classroom outdoors is an important part of our curriculum. Whether it be on the school field or at Waters Edge learning can happen in all environements. We encourage healthy living through class cooking activities and the after school cooking club, we host the Get Going programme and Bikeability. Mental health and wellbeing is vital so we employ an inhouse school councillor, teach relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Careers and awareness of opportunities in the world of work: including visits to the fire station; police boat visit; Conoco links; Barton FM and various other guest speakers.
  • Links with our local secondary schools. We take part in gifted and talented English, Maths and Science workshops, a vast amount of sporting events and pupils from the local secondary schools support our children, as part of their enrichment, with reading and times tables.