Curriculum
NC 2014
 
 
At Wilmington Primary School, pupils are offered a broad and balanced curriculum.  Key Numeracy and Literacy skills are taught daily and all year groups enjoy a variety of weekly sport activities. The remainder of the weekly timetable is taken up with topic work, which enhances the key skills of the remaining core subjects. Topic work is based on a central theme and each topic lasts for half a term. Children are given an over view of the topic they are studying and contribute to the planning and development of the topic. They are increasingly given responsibility for their own learning.  School trips enhance topic work. Years 3 to 6 are taught a modern foreign language.  We are fortunate to have the services of specialist teachers from Dartford Boys' Grammar School to support the teaching of Japanese and Chinese.  
 
The Reception Class follow the Foundation Stage curriculum, which is made up of 6 areas of learning, emphasis being given to a child's personal, social and emotional development. They are taught key communication, language and mathematical skills and are helped to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world through physical and creative activities. These skills are the building blocks necessary for a pupil to access the curriculum in year 1.
 
We ensure that all pupils are able to access the full curriculum by the delivery of subjects through a wide range of teaching styles, which cater for individual learning preferences and pupils with learning difficulties are supported by Learning Support Assistants. Technology is used to support learning needs.  Pupils are given the opportunity to extend their personal skills through school clubs, peripatetic teaching and school trips. Skills and achievements gained outside of school are celebrated and shared in weekly assemblies.
 
ICT is used to enhance both teaching and learning in the school. ICT skills are taught through all subject areas and support pupil learning within the classroom. 
The school has a well-equipped ICT suite as well as computers in each classroom. 
 
 
Literacy/Phonics
We aim to develop pupil’s abilities within an integrated programme of speaking & listening limked to reading & writing for a purpose. Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced and creative approach to the teaching  across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.
 
Daily phonics teaching is delivered through the Jolly Phonics programme in Key Stage One. This is a high quality phonics programme, with a multi sensory approach, helping children to understand the relationship between reading and spelling from an early age.  In Key Stage Two children continue to build on this knowledge through a phonics based spelling programme, which considers word roots and specific letter strings.
 
Class stories and a depth of reading comprehension through the Acclerated Reader programme are priorities in the development of  the curriculum.
 
Numeracy
 
The aims of the new curriculum are embedded in daily maths teaching through mental warm ups and training in mathematical fluency.  Problem solving is another integrated feature in the school curriculum increasing in complexity and becoming more broad as children continue through the school.  Children are also encouraged to reason mathematically, as their confidence with calculations, concept and numbers develops. 
 
 
Re Curriculum 
 
Our school RE curriculum is based on the Kent LEA’s Agreed Syllabus and it meets all the requirements set out in that document. It reflects the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teachings and practices of the other principle religions represented in Great Britain .
 At Key Stage 1 the main focus of study is Christianity. Pupils also study aspects of Hinduism.
 At Key Stage 2 the main focus of study is Christianity. Pupils also study aspects of Judaism and Islam.
 Sikhism is introduced at a subsidiary level in Year 6 to provide a “bridging unit” for transition to Year 7.
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