Welcome to Planet Castor!
Planet Castor is much more than a teaching and learning resource:
it isa creative visual representation of learning journeys that ensuresall stages of every learning intention are meaningful to every learner—all delivered through the familiar Powerpoint program.
Planet Castor is passionate about supporting teachers in this process and improving the consistency with which learning is presented.
Our signature planning canvases are the vehicle for teaching outstanding lessons in a simple, learner-friendly manner. They enable learning journeys to be efficiently brought to life during the planning, delivery and reflection stages of every lesson.
- A simple, innovative set of canvases that will present learners with all the elements needed to ensure that they shine in front of their excelling teacher.
- A consistent interface that displays lesson outcome, success criteria, engaging hooks, differentiated learning challenges and a set of questions that will challenge misconceptions.
Our approach does not replace the abundance of great materials
Meet Mr Castor
Having taught in a spectrum of British and international schools for over two decades, I am firm in the belief that education is the best profession on Planet Earth. Children show awe and wonder towards learning daily, and this is what still really excites me.
Along my journey, I have worked with some amazing educators who have questioned my own pedagogy. Yet my approach and philosophy are a direct result of my own students, who have
I have a wonderful wife and two amazing children. My wife is also a teacher who delivers from the heart, and her support, encouragement
While teaching is extremely rewarding, we all know just how demanding it can also be. We teach our students to be lifelong learners. This also applies to those delivering that message. The ever-changing initiatives and expectations in teaching can come thick and fast; and, in these busy times, managing our time effectively is of paramount importance.
I believe that conscientious teachers never really switch off and are always on the lookout for resources with which to enhance their students’ learning journeys. For many years I lacked the means to store and display such inspirations in a way that would
Meet Mr Pollux
With a long background in IT and training experience that spans several sectors, I was inspired to become a primary school teacher by a passionate and long-serving teacher: my wife. During my teacher training, I was also fortunate to meet and work alongside another inspiring teacher,
I have been married to a teacher for over ten years, and I thought I knew a lot about the profession. I was wrong. It wasn’t until I actually walked into my own classroom that I fully understood the pressures and demands that are put on today’s teachers. There are generally twenty-eight reasons why we endure these pressures each day, and we are responsible for the education and well-being of each of those reasons
It was during my teacher training that Mr. Castor and I formed Planet Castor, with the vision of creating something that could not only facilitate the creation of meaningful learning journeys but also give back what all teachers need: time. Now facilitating learning in my own classroom, I believe that Planet Castor has been invaluable in ensuring that my students have memorable and engaging learning journeys—journeys that can now be saved, reflected on and improved upon for future learning while ensuring that I find that all-important balance between life and work.
Meet Planet Castor’s A team!
It is our job to help them both bring the journey of Planet Castor to life. We come from all corners of the world and represent the one thing that we all have in common: diversity.
Once you get to know us better, as you navigate around all four toolkits, you may like to consider using us in future teaching and learning resources that you create. Planet Castor’s Toolkits contain a wide range of graphics files of us all. You are welcome to use these designs in your learning journeys, so long as logos are not altered in any way and that we are always used for educational purposes.
This is only the beginning of Planet Castor’s journey. Mr Castor and Mr Pollux are looking forward to releasing many more designs of us all shining in different learning contexts.
And these future designs will be made available to all educators who have joined our growing community.