Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
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‘Together we grow: Together we give’. Ezekiel 47:2

We are a school community and we are a family. We learn together, we support each other, we give our time, our kindness, our love and our compassion to those around us in our school and wider community. We help each other to be ourselves and to be proud of it and to grow in to the unique individuals we are, and as a result, we grow into the respectful and accepting community we all value so much- we are there for each other on each step of our journey.

Welcome to our British Values Page

Learning to read so we can read to learn and gain pleasure is at the heart of all areas of the curriculum. Early reading is therefore our first, foremost and central priority in school so all children are readers. Books are enjoyed and used across all curriculum areas as highly valued hooks, tools and a way of escaping in to other worlds, times, places and situations.


Year 1

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Year 3

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Year 4

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Year 6

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WW1 Centenary

Remembrance 2018

100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. In 2018 The Royal British Legion is leading the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

As a school we will be joining the Nation in saying ' THANK YOU'.

Forest School

Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 5

Learning Journey - Remembrance Day: 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI

  • To develop a deeper understanding of Remembrance Day, including how this affects our society today.
  • To empathise with the plight of the soldiers, who served in The Great War through exploration of a range of media such as photographs, films, war diaries and accounts written during and after the war.
  • To localise understanding by researching the war profile of a past resident of the Sandal Parish exploring the impact on his life and those around him.
  • To explore the war poetry of John McCrae and Wilfred Owen, developing insight into the experiences of soldiers at the time.
  • To respond creatively though art and poetry, as we develop our wider knowledge and understanding of these events.
  • To make comparisons between our class text, One Boy’s War and Dulce et Decorum Est depicting the horrors of warfare, and through this recognising the many versions of truth that can be represented in literature.
  • To acknowledge the contributions of the many ethnicities of people, who fought in The Great War in defence of our country and how this impacts on our society today.



In order to prepare for composing our class poem, dedicated to those who lost their lives during The Great War of 1914-1918, we explored the poems of Wilfred Owen (Dulce et Decorum Est), John McCrae (In Flanders’ Fields) and our class text, One Boy’s War by Lynne Huggins-Cooper. Following this, we then created our own tribute to these brave individuals, who gave their lives so that we could remain free. In addition, we also produced our own unique poppies, using a range of media, in honour of specific servicemen, whose names are inscribed upon St Helen’s church memorial. Finally, we researched a local hero of Manygates Park, Lieutenant Joseph Senior, 45 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, who died of his wounds aged 24 on 9th May 1917.

Remembrance by 5JS

Remember Our Names

Year 4

KS1 Forest School

Year 6

In Year 6, we commemorated Remembrance Day by exploring the poetry of Wilfred Owen. We acted it out and studied the vivid use of language. It helped us to understand the life of a soldier in WW1 and we used Once Upon a Picture to deepen our empathy of the sacrifices made by men, women and animals in the war. Here is some of our art work and ideas.

Last week, 6SH learnt the poem Dulce Et Decorum Est by heart. They were so amazing that we filmed it!

A portrait of poet and soldier Wilfred Owen, who was killed in action in 1918, has been drawn in the sand in Folkestone.

As the tide turned, the sea washed the image away.

The event was part of a tribute - Pages of the Sea - by film director Danny Boyle, to the fallen soldiers of World War One.

100 years ago the guns fell silent on the world’s first truly global war. We believe it is time to think about all of those who lived through this tragic and remarkable time - and who put Britain on the path to becoming what it is today.

Arts and culture were impacted by the experiences of a generation of poets, artists and composers. We still enjoy the works of Wilfred Owen, Gustav Holst, J R. R. Tolkien and many more.

The First World War affected the youngest of civilians. Children across Britain rallied to do their bit by working in war factories, turning their schools fields into allotments to help provide food or as boy scouts and girl guides taking up extra responsibilites working as coast guards or helping the MI5.

Pioneers in WW1 were driven to innovate. If you’ve ever used a teabag or worn a wristwatch you can thank the necessity during the war for making them commonplace.

In our Friday Class Assembly, 4SR read “For Every Child”, a book which explains the rights of children everywhere.The children discussed these rights, including the right to be safe, the right to an education and the right to a home.As a class, we raised some very interesting points, including the fact that sometimes people live in very different homes, with different types of families and that sometimes people were forced to leave their homes for reasons including war.

We used the text, 'We are all born free', which is a book all about the Universal Declaration of Human rights for children. We used this book to discuss our behaviours and responsibilities in school and to form our class charter.

A Tale Unfolds

Staff and children use this fantastic resource to explore the political system in Britain. It is used as part of an enrichment programme or as part of English/Topic lessons and offers the children opportunities to debate, question and challenge one another about key issues affecting society.

Wonder - Year 6

Year 6 used a book called Wonder from our Cross Curricular Library to explore their uniqueness and how they are proud to embrace and show respect for each other’s differences.

British Values and Computing

Also whilst using the text 'Wonder', our children explored key themes and ideas linked to tolerance, respect, rights and responsibilities. Children used their computing skills to create word clouds of key words linked to our learning.

Sandal Castle Primary School Magna Carta

September 18 - Revisit

Magna Carta- children wrote this Magna Carta after taking part in a democratic vote for the most important values to our school. As we begin the new academic year, we remind ourselves of the underpinning values of our school.

July 2018

Our children in year 2 wrote letters and made cards to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. During our final week of the school year, the children were all delighted to receive individual letters sent with Duke and Duchess of Sussex's warmest thanks and very best wishes.

July 2018

Children who attend our local cub/scout troop and who are members of our school community had a great day visiting Westminster. The trip started with fun on the tube and a trip on the London Eye. lunch in the park and an afternoon stroll to No 10. Horse guards parade followed then an ice cream in Trafalgar Square. A great start to the day!

This was followed by a visit to Westminster which started with the children watching live debates in the houses of Lords and Commons. What followed was a debating workshop where it was debated “should homework be banned?”

Tea in pizza express and train home.

The Royal Wedding

We used the BBC newsround site to follow the Royal Wedding news;

At Sandal Castle Primary School we celebrate differences and diversity.


Two Minute Silence - 10 th November 2017

Each year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we observe a 2 minute silence. Armistice day on the 11th November marks the end of the First World War and is a day to remember and honour those who have paid the price for our freedom.

As a school, we held our 2 minute silence on the 10th November.

During the week, we recognised the importance of Armistice day during assemblies and within the depth of our cross curricular work.

Peter Barras, Local Honorary Organiser informed school on the 24th November that our children and families had raised the fantastic total of £649.50. A wonderful achievement!

The gallery below evidences the fantastic work that has taken place;

Forest School Celebrate Remembrance

Year 6 Homework

Anti Bullying Week

All children in school signed this Anti Bullying Oath because we all care, respect and value one another.

We celebrated World Peace Day - Here is some of the information we shared


Religious Education and British Values

From September 2014, school inspection in England explores and judges the contribution schools make to actively promoting British values. RE can make a key educational contribution to pupils’ explorations of British values, and excellent teaching of RE can enable pupils to learn to think for themselves about them.

Questions about whether social and moral values are best described as ‘British values’ or seen as more universal human values will continue to be debated (not least in the RE classroom!), but for the purposes of teachers of RE, the subject offers opportunities to build an accurate knowledge-base about religions and beliefs in relation to values. This in turn supports children and young people so that they are able to move beyond attitudes of tolerance towards increasing respect, so that they can celebrate diversity.

Values education and moral development are a part of a school’s holistic mission to contribute to the well-being of each pupil and of all people within our communities. The RE curriculum focuses learning in some of these areas, but pupils’ moral development is a whole-school issue.

Mutual tolerance

Schools do not accept intolerant attitudes to members of the community: attitudes which reject other people on the basis of race, faith, gender, sexual orientation or age are rightly challenged. A baseline for a fair community is that each person’s right to ‘be themselves’ is to be accepted by all. Tolerance may not be enough: RE can challenge children and young people to be increasingly respectful and to celebrate diversity, but tolerance is a starting point. It is much better than intolerance.

Respectful attitudes

In the RE curriculum, attention focuses on developing mutual respect between those of different faiths and beliefs, promoting an understanding of what a society gains from diversity. Pupils will learn about diversity in religions and worldviews, and will be challenged to respect other persons who see the world differently to themselves. Recognition and celebration of human diversity in many forms can flourish where pupils understand different faiths and beliefs, and are challenged to be broad-minded and open-hearted.


In RE, pupils learn the significance of each person’s ideas and experiences through methods of discussion. In debating the fundamental questions of life, pupils learn to respect a range of perspectives. This contributes to learning about democracy, examining the idea that we all share a responsibility to use our voice and influence for the well-being of others.

The rule of law

In RE, pupils examine different examples of codes for human life, including commandments, rules or precepts offered by different religious communities. They learn to appreciate how individuals choose between good and evil, right and wrong, and they learn to apply these ideas to their own communities. They learn that fairness requires that the law apply equally to all, irrespective – for example – of a person’s status or wealth. They have the opportunity to examine the idea that the ‘rule of law’ focuses specifically on the relationship between citizens (or subjects) and the state, and to how far this reflects or runs counter to wider moral codes and precepts.

Individual liberty

In RE, pupils consider questions about identity, belonging and diversity, learning what it means to live a life free from constraints. They study examples of pioneers of human freedom, including those from within different religions, so that they can examine tensions between the value of a stable society and the value of change for human development.

Wakefield Rotary Club Stamp Design Competition

Before the Summer Holidays, we handed out a leaflet asking the children if they would like to be involved in the Rotary Club Christmas Stamp Design Competition. We are excited to say that James in 6MF has won this competition against other children in schools across the district. His design (as seen below) is of a Robin in the library at Wakefield One. The design has been sent to Graphic design and should soon be going to print. The stamps go on sale in November. James' stamp will be advertised on the 'Big Screen' at Trinity Walk and in the Wakefield Express. Congratulations James!

Fine examples of Individual Liberty

Have a look at this fantastic homework by Carys in 6LW

DFE Guidance

We have all been looking at Democracy - He's a snippet from Year 6!

Year 4 have been debating about the House of Commons

Have a look at this video, helping us understand the important history of the Magna Carta

A story about the Magna Carta

Magnus Carter

Democracy Day Letter

School Magna Carta ballot form

Sandal Castle Primary School Magna Carta