Welcome to our curriculum
At Willington Primary we believe that the key to unlocking learning is a good understanding of basic skills in literacy and numeracy. We aim to ensure that all our pupils develop as readers as quickly as possible and put a great deal of staff resources towards achieving this goal. For example, we split our Year 1 and Year 2 classes into 5 groups three times a week for an hour to ensure they have a sound grasp of phonics and are learning at a pace to suit their needs. We constantly review the progress all pupils are making across literacy and numeracy and use a range of intervention strategies to tackle any underachievement.
Other subjects, including history, geography, art and design technology, are taught through a key skills approach using topics. This means that each class has a selection of topics, each lasting for either half a term or a full term. These topics can be based on a wide range of options, from ‘The Egyptians’ to ‘Mega Machines’. The class teacher uses the topic as a vehicle to teach the children the key skills they need in history, geography etc. – rather than simply knowledge and facts. For example one of our Year 1/2 topics is ‘The Great Fire of London. ’ The learning objectives are not simply to learn facts about the fire but rather to learn the skills that a historian would use, such as ‘using sources of evidence to answer questions’, ‘understanding cause and consequence – why did certain things happen?’ and ‘sequencing events in chronological order’. With this approach we are providing children with a set of skills they can apply across many areas and throughout their lives.
The government initiative to enhance PE provision throughout schools means we receive approximately £8000 a year for the next two years, further details can be found in the Premium Allocations section of our website. The purpose of the funding is to up skill teachers so that following the two year initiative all staff will be able to deliver high quality PE confidently across a range of activities.
To find out further details of our learning please visit Our Classes section of our website.
Our Class Curriculum Overviews will give details of what our pupils will be learning during the term.
Reading and Phonics
At Willington Primary School we use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc. We have provided further information on our approach to reading and phonics on our website.
Homework reinforces what your child is learning in school. It also gives you a chance to become involved in the learning process. Please read our useful Homework information for our pupils and parents.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum Willington Primary School remain committed to:
- A range of teaching and learning styles
- Differentiated learning materials
- Access to ICT and Technology
- Additional in class support
- Additional out of class support
- Many Enrichment and Enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning
- Flexible groupings – including small group support work
- An innovative and supportive curriculum
- The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
- A broad range of extra-curricular activities
- Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
- Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate
Click here to access further detailed information about SEND.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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