Our Curriculum


Click on the files at the bottom of the page to download the overview for each year group.

 

In our Reception class, the children decide their own topics and are led by their own interests. Miss Phenton plans activities and learning opportunities around the children's ideas and listens to their suggestions about areas such as the outdoor environment and role-play area.

The learning is structured carefully through play activities and teacher input and Miss Phenton uses the Development Matters schedule to carefully assess the children's progress towards their Early Learning Goals.

 


Children from Reception upwards are involved in phonics sessions four times per week.  At Willaston we follow the Letters and Sounds systematic phonics teaching which allows children to progress through Phases 1 to 6. Children are assessed regularly on their phonic ability to ensure challenge in the sounds and blends they are learning.  The children continue with their phonics learning into KS2 if necessary. Investment in extra staffing in the mornings enables all classes to have teaching assistants to fully support learning in core subjects. 

 

No particular reading scheme is followed by the school.  Several reading schemes are book banded allowing the children to access a variety of reading materials to maintain interest and motivation.  Children are benchmarked at least half termly and move on to the next colour band when they are ready 

 

Children in Years 1-6 follow the statutory learning outlined in the National Curriculum. At Willaston, we have developed a key skills curriculum which sits alongside the National Curriculum. We have been greatly involved in Shirley Clarke research over the years and pre-planning is now embedded across the school. Before a new topic starts, the children share their prior knowledge with their class teacher. They are then given the key skills that are to be covered and the topic outline and the children ask questions and suggest what they would like to learn about that topic. The children's questions and suggestions then form the basis of the teacher's planning for that learning. By planning their learning in such a way the children develop a great sense of ownership and a thirst for new learning.  

 

The individual class pages outline the learning that is going on in the current term.

 

Classes in Years 1-6 follow the National Curriculum in English and Maths and learning in the foundation subjects is based on a cross curricular topic approach.

Weekly homework cover sheets outline the learning that has taken place in English and Maths during the week.

 

The topics for this academic year 2017-2018 are:

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Reception

Marvellous Me

People Who Help Us

Space 

Dinosaurs 

Willaston World Wide - whole school media topic

Willaston World Wide - whole school media topic 

Year 1

Transport - 'The Naughty Bus'

Weird Weather 

'Percy the Park Keeper' 

 Willaston World wide - whole school media topic

Year 2

Medieval Madness and Cool Castles

Minibeasts and Animals

'Insect Detectives' 

 Willaston World Wide - whole school media topic

Year 3

Stone Age and Iron Age

Romans Vs Greeks

'Romans on the Rampage' 

Willaston World Wide - whole school media topic

Year 4

Raiders and Traders

 The Amazing Amazon

'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell

 Willaston World Wide - whole school media topic

Year 5

Legendary Liverpool

 Victorians - 'Cogheart'

 Willaston World Wide - whole school media topic

Year 6

'The Trenches' and 'War Horse'

What a Disaster

'Marvels' by Brian Selznick 

 Willaston World Wide - whole school media topic

 

 

Here you will find the curriculum for each subject organised in year groups from Year 1 to Year 6. This information can also be found at the bottom of each class page for Year 1 to Year 6. 

 

English

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Mathematics

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Science

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

History

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Geography

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Art and Design

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Computing

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Design and Technology

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Music

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Physical Education

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

PHSE LGBT

Year 1

 Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

RE

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

French

N/A

N/A

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6