Castle Wood School

Transforming the lives of pupils through learning, innovation, inclusion and partnerships

Outstanding teaching is characterised by lively creative and imaginative learning (Ofsted 2015). Parents are well supported by the school and partnership working between home and school is very strong (Ofsted 2015). Pupils individual needs are met very effectively by diligent staff and exciting activities (Ofsted 2015). Senior leaders and governors have created a positive learning climate enabling pupils to thrive (Ofsted 2015). Pupils are enthusiastic learners (Ofsted 2015). Lessons are typified by a wide range of creative stimulating and interesting activities for pupils (Ofsted 2015). Parents are well supported by the school, and partnership working between home and school is very strong Parents hold the school in high regard (Ofsted 2015).

Development of play

At Castle Wood school we believe all children need active learning through hands-on, play-based activities. With the backing of research and the input of thoughtful practitioners we have been developing an approach that’s referred to as ‘continuous provision’, where children have access throughout their day to many practical activities and resources to support them with their learning.


Continuous provision can enable all children to explore recent learning, practice new skills, and follow their own interests. Practitioners are able to ‘enhance’ the continuous provision offered to the children through adding additional resources and making more explicit links to practitioner directed sessions. This combination of continuous and enhanced provision gives practitioners a framework within which they can set their adult-led activities, being sure that children have plenty of opportunities to practice and improve their skills, knowledge and confidence in independent learning.


Observing children within the areas of continuous provision is a crucial part of the practitioner’s role and the findings from these observations will have an impact on what is planned for children’s next steps. Through observations practitioners will be able to identify the strengths and needs of children, their behaviour, interests and patterns of learning and development.


Provision in each classroom has been developed to help the children become independent learners. Resources are available and organised into areas, ie ‘book area, creative area, mark making area, role play etc. Children can learn in an area and revisit it throughout the day knowing the same resources are there and therefore build upon their skills.


Our continuous provision is enhanced throughout the year with extra resources.