At Castleward Spencer Academy, we are committed to providing a curriculum which is broad and balanced, and provides our children with a wide range of opportunities to gain essential knowledge, skills and understanding. Our aim is for all children to develop a love of learning, achieve their full potential and become independent life-long learners. We aim high, striving for every child to achieve more than they thought possible. We believe that education should take place in a fully inclusive environment with equal opportunities for all where children feel safe to try new things.


Our Curriculum Drivers

Reading – We firmly believe that if children can read well and read widely, they will be best placed to achieve in all areas of the curriculum.  By the time pupils leave Castleward, they will be able to read with accuracy and fluency, to analyse what they have read and developed an enjoyment of reading for pleasure.

Knowledge – Knowledge is like glue that sticks information as well as learning together. When we have prior knowledge about a topic, we understand it better. The more children know, the more children learn. Topics are personalised to meet the needs of the pupils who attend the school, ensuring that they have opportunities to apply prior knowledge to new learning experiences and develop reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Communication – Pupils learn how to confidently share their ideas, feelings and understanding of new vocabulary in order to effectively communicate with others. They become effective speakers and listeners, empowering them to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them. Being able to effectively communicate allows pupils to develop and deepen their subject knowledge and understanding by having a wide range of opportunities to talk in the classroom. The skills needed to do this are taught, modelled, scaffolded and structured where necessary to enable them to learn the skills needed to communicate effectively.


Visions & Values

The word GROW summarises our values at Castleward Spencer Academy.  School life is driven and shaped through the teaching and modelling of these core values:

  • Great communication skill
  • Resilient, confident learners ready to take risks
  • Opportunity to be curious and independent
  • Working together with kindness to enjoy and achieve








Wider Curriculum


Long Term Plans


Knowledge Organisers





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