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
2nd July 2020 Guidance for full reopening of School - September 2020 The guidance for the full reopening of school as of of September 2020 has been published this morning. As you can imagine, we are now trawling through the detail. What I can confirm so far, based upon the key messages received,is that school will re open for all children on Tuesday 8th September. In line with government guidance, we will employ a staggered approach to the start and end of the day. As you will appreciate, we will be unable to ensure that siblings can start/finish school at the same time. We will communicate details to families as soon as possible to ensure you have maximum time to plan for the different start and finish times. More detail to follow asap. Thank you for all your lovely messages of support. It's been lovely to see how the school community continues to pull together through these uncertain and unprecedented times. Nichola Russell

Welcome to our Philosophy for Children Page

It has been confirmed that our bid to NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) to take part in a 3 year programme evaluating the impact of Philosophy for Children(P4C) on raising standards in Reading, Maths and Social Skills has been successful. The project will lead to P4C Gold accreditation for our school.

The EEF has commissioned the research with results being shared with DfE in a report to be published in 2019/20.

We are pleased to be involved with the project as so much of the pedagogy of P4C fits with the culture and ethos of our Church school and curriculum. Training sessions for 25 staff have taken place in the Spring and Summer term with Development days due to take place during the Autumn term.

Mrs Hayley Lee will be leading the project for us with opportunity for other staff to be trained to Advanced P4C level.

To gain more information about P4C and SAPERE, follow the link;

Linking RE and P4C

Our RE Theme day focussed on linking Philosophy for Children


RE Theme: Which stories are special and why?

Title: ‘What is as story?’

Type: Philosophical Exercise

RE Theme: How should we care for the world and for others, and why does it matter?

Type: Philosophical Enquiry

RE Theme: How do religions help people live through good times and bad?

Title: ‘The Power of Prayer’

Type: Philosophical Enquiry
Method:Story-based enquiry

Stimulus Story: The unanswered prayer

YEAR 5/6

RE Theme: Why is there suffering? Are there any good solutions?

Title: War Child

Type: Philosophical Enquiry

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Spirited Poetry

Spirited Poetry links perfectly with our P4C curriculum. Both ask the big questions of life, darkness or celebrates the verve of living. It asks awkward questions, dreams impossible dreams and yells angry thoughts. It sometimes rests easy and sometimes it agitates. The themes covered within the book are : Where is God? Life's like ..., I wonder ..., Faith.

The link below features additional poems that can be used to inspire.