Wilkinson Primary School Topic Web 2018-19
At Wilkinson we love literacy!
We read with enjoyment and interest. Without the ability to read, the child is devoid of the sheer delight in being able to lose oneself in a book ; the terror of a perilous journey into the unknown; be scared out of one's wits as our hero attempts brave and daring feats; laugh out loud as Boggis and Bunce and Bean stare morosely into the dark hole awaiting clever Mr. Fox; experience wonder of arriving in strange landscapes where Hobbits, wizards and huge spiders lurk; fight good and evil alongside Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts; go through the back of the wardrobe and find oneself in Narnia. Here at Wilkinson, we believe that every child has this right to share our rich diversity of literature. This will give them lifelong pleasure and also lifelong opportunities in life.
We aim to write with skill and stamina across a range of text types. Our children are given the skills to be able to write a letter of complaint to the City Council; to produce a letter of persuasion to Mrs Gibbon, cleverly giving arguments for why longer playtimes would be educationally beneficial; write a story set in a faraway kingdom where pirates, wizards, buried treasure, castles and dark, gloomy woods exist; become journalists and write a newspaper report on the day that Cross Country Champions Run Opposition Off The Field; devise a set of instructions to create a nasty spell that will turn teachers into frogs; prepare an explanation into the workings of an amazing invention. Whatever the written tasks, our pupils will aim to create something powerful and remarkable!
We are developing our spoken language so that we are able to take part in a variety of spoken activities. From debating whether it is right to keep animals in zoos to debating the pros and cons of school uniform; from becoming the character of the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk to speaking in assemblies; from giving a speech as to why you have the skills to become a House Captain to running a School Council Meeting; from giving talks on your favourite pet to explaining how you have carried out a complex mathematical problem. At Wilkinson, we aim to give your child a range of opportunities to develop their ability to speak in a wide range of situations.
To succeed in life children need to be numerate. At Wilkinson Primary School it is our aim that we will provide the children with a high quality Mathematics education so that children will enjoy mathematics, be successful and have a positive attitude towards the subject and therefore make a good start in their journey to becoming numerate. In school we will equip pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools that include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
When teaching in school we give our children a range of Mathematical opportunities and experiences that will help to prepare them with the skills needed in later life, not just in Mathematics lessons but in all subjects so that they understand and appreciate how important Mathematics is.
We use our interactive outdoor environment to engage children in Mathematical practices. We also endeavour to give each topic a real life focus that enables the children to put their Maths work into context and give it meaning. ICT is used to extend children’s learning and engage them in the challenges they are given.
Planning and delivery of the subject is based on programmes of study that cover all areas of Mathematics. In Key Stage One the principal focus is on the understanding of place value, having a fluency in mental methods of calculation and a good recall of number facts. This is done using a range of practical apparatus. The children also gain experience and understanding of shapes and the related vocabulary as well as teaching the children to understand and use a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.
In Key Stage Two children are taught to develop their mental fluency and establish written forms of recording and then, over time, move onto more efficient written methods of calculation. They draw with increasing accuracy using previous knowledge to analyse different shapes and their properties. Children use measuring instruments with a developing accuracy as well as collecting, presenting and analysing data. They apply their geometric and algebraic understanding to solve problems whilst we also make a focus of teaching the children to read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum please contact us.