Our curriculum at Castleward Spencer Academy is based on developing growth mindsets and building on knowledge, so is named the GROW curriculum. It will challenge and stimulate our children into asking searching questions, shape their learning and enable them to develop into independent critical thinkers and learners. The curriculum is based around  new and challenging texts. This allows for vocabulary to be developed and a love of books and literature to be developed at an early age. The delivery of the curriculum will have a strong emphasis on talk, active learning and building on prior knowledge. The school design will enable the curriculum to be taught in a collaborative way making use of the internal spaces that promote shared learning experiences.  

Building resilience is crucial in ensuring that our children are lifelong learners and have a positive mental health and well-being. Children will be helped to develop their growth-mindset through reflection time, believing that with hard work and determination, anything can be achieved. 

Varied enrichment opportunities will be provided to all children to consistently enhance their learning experiences and at least one visit or visitor will be used to bring learning to life each half term. Our curriculum offers opportunities to inspire creativity, curiosity and build aspirations. It is extremely important to us that the curriculum unlocks potential in all of children and allows them to flourish. 

Developing the holistic child is of upmost importance and, with this in mind, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which encompasses academic subjects, sport, music and spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. 

Children will learn a modern foreign language, and this will be enhanced through the use of texts that represent different countries and culture. 

 Through our links with Derby University we will look at opportunities to invite students from different cultures to spend a week in a classroom so that children can learn first-hand about different places and ways of living. 

In Reception, children will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with a focus on learning through purposeful play, phonics, books and literacy. Extensive use will be made of outdoor learning with opportunities to develop reading, writing and numeracy skills woven through all activities. 

The curriculum will be full of ‘WOW’ moments so that learning is real, exciting, fun and challenging. We will use Class Dojo to make meaningful communications home and to share personal achievements. 

We aim to put community at the heart of our school and of our teaching and learning by encouraging involvement with the locality to add an extra dimension to our children’s learning. The regeneration project and all the stakeholders involved will have part to play in redefining the area and building the community.