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.

Research and Theory

6 Big Ideas to underpin an RE curriculum:

Barbara Wintersgill

  • Continuity, change and diversity.

Religion is all around us- they are all different but represent us and our cultural choices- buildings, festivals, people etc.

  • Words and beyond.

Exploring and explaining what is meant by religious action, behaviour and commitment- through words and creative expression.

  • A good life.

Religions offer their followers a vision of the good life, this includes sometimes, rules and principles for behaviour, ethics and visions of goodness.

  • Making sense of life’s experiences.

The experiences that lead to religiousness of spirituality can vary for everyone- they can be solitary, part of a community, but can hold a distinct power.

  • Influence, community, culture and power.

Religion visibly has power- over individuals, in communities, in national and cultural life, religious festivals etc. All these kinds of power might be questioned.

  • The big picture.

Religions often use narratives to express beliefs- and to express a view of the world and the place of humanity within it.

Chartered College of Teaching

Continuous Professional Development is crucial in ensuring that staff have the underpinning knowledge, understanding and expertise to shape our school curriculum to meet the needs of our children. Our membership of the Chartered College of Teaching ensures that our teachers are working in the most effective, informed way to provide the best possible education for children and young people now and in the future. Their mission is to raise the quality of education by supporting teachers in 3 key ways; connect, inform and inspire.

• Be the connection to the wider profession
• Be the voice of the profession

• Be the conduit to a more evidence-informed profession
• Provide access to professional knowledge and intellectual challenge

• Focus on teaching and learning
• Offer accreditation and pathways

As a member of the Chartered College we are able to access the monthly journal, ' Impact'.

Impact is the termly journal of the Chartered College. It connects research findings to classroom practice, with a focus on the interests and voices of teachers and educators. It supports the teaching community by promoting discussion around evidence within the classroom, and enabling teachers to share and reflect on their own use of research.

Each peer-reviewed issue is themed around a critical topic for practitioners with a guest editor who is a specialist in the field. Issues feature a wide range of original research articles and expert perspectives from teachers, schools leaders and academics. Impact is produced in print and online, with extra features available online.

Issue 1 - Assessment

Issue 2 - Science of Learning

Issue 3 - Developing Effective Learners

Issue 4 - Designing a Curriculum

The Profession is the Chartered College’s flagship publication for student teachers and NQTs to support you through the early stages of your teaching career.

The first issue, The Profession 2018/2019, is guest edited by Professor Samantha Twiselton and includes over 30 articles on behaviour, SEND, assessment, engaging with research and choosing your school, from authors such Daisy Christodolou, Ross McGill, David Weston and Rob Coe.

All student teacher and NQT members of the Chartered College receive a copy of The Profession and all members can access the full issue online.

Growth Mindset

Primary Maths Mastery Guide

Growth Mindset in Maths


We follow a number of practitioners on twitter to support and develop our knowledge and understanding in order to develop our curriculum;
































We follow the work of Huntington Research School and the Institute for Effective Education.

We also use TED talks to inspire, to support and challenge our thought process...

September 18 - Ken Robinson

We know that when learning, children are willing to take a chance and have a go, and we encourage our children to not be afraid of being wrong. We believe that if you are not prepared to be wrong, then you will never come up with anything original. Our approach to our curriculum ensures that our children don’t lose their creative capacity; we don’t stigmatise mistakes. We ensure that we value what everyone is good at because this will inspire lifelong learning. We see every child and their creative capacities for the richness they are and the hope that they are. We strive to educate their whole being so that our children can face their future and make something of it. Picasso said that all children are born artists. We aim to encourage them to remain an artist as they grow up.