Castles Curriculum

Our castle system links, in the first instance, to our reward system in school, where children in each castle earn points for hard work, effort, progress, behaviour, citizenship and for many many other reasons. Each week a winning castle is announced as part of our weekly celebration assembly and each half term the winning castle is rewarded with a non-uniform day.

We take great pride in the inclusive nature of our school and feel our castle system works really well as an opportunity for shared mixed age learning. From this, we have developed a system of castle time across each half term, where there are opportunities for children of all ages to share thoughts, ideas and emotions linked to a wide variety of topics. This forms the main part of our taught PSHCE curriculum, where staff cover a range of important issues and themes using SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials. We also cover other topics, such as charity days (Jeans for Genes, Comic Relief, WFF Earth Hour, Unicef Xmas Jumper Day etc)  and sessions that focus on our core school values through mixed-age castle sessions.
The SEAL themes are as follows;
Autumn 1 - New Beginnings
Autumn 2 - Getting on and Falling Out (including Anti-bullying Week)
Spring 1 - Going for Goals
Spring 2 - Good to be Me
Summer 1 - Relationships
Summer 2 - Changes
There are also times when we feel that SEAL themes are best approached in age-specific class sessions, where age-appropriate materials linking to these themes are best used. In addition to this, our Health Relationships and Sex education curriculum (including materials from Expect Respect, Health for Life, NSPCC and Operation Encompass) is delivered in age-specific classes. 
We endeavour to deliver our wide-ranging themes through open and honest sessions where all involved understand that mutual respect is expected and highly valued.
Below is an example of what our castles sessions cover.