All the way through the school, children have a big say in what they learn - right from the very start of planning for a topic! So, it’s the children who come up with the initial ideas for a topic and the teachers talk through with them how areas of the curriculum might fit in. Two important elements of topic work are the ‘stunning starters’ when teachers plan to enthuse the children from the very beginning and all topics try to build towards something very special at the end. The topics can also head off in unexpected directions if this is where the children’s interests lead… All the way through each topic and through the year, teachers make sure all the essential reading, writing and maths are top priority.
Each topic is planned using the progression sheets below which show the skills the children will learn throughout their half term. Each lesson will have three differentiated learning outcomes which correspond to the approximate levels of children in each year group and ensure each child’s ability is catered for. The progression across the school will be monitored to make sure each year group is challenging their children.
Writing is magical and this is something at the very heart of learning literacy at Callington Primary School. From the Early Years, children develop a love of learning through systematic and fun phonics lessons enabling them to have the best possible start in life. The school's storytelling culture enables children to immerse themselves in language and develop excellent speaking and listening skills. Children learn spelling and grammar rules through engaging and challenging task and learn to play with language and words. Learning is inspirational, engaging and enables children to write for a range of purposes and audiences.
Check out our Literacy zones for links to games and websites to enthuse and help you with your literacy skills.
In a drive to encourage the children to read more at home, Callington Primary School are running a Reading Karate challenge.The children will be rewarded with ‘Karate Reading Belts’ in the form of silicone wrist bands. To gain a band they will need to read 15 times. For a 'read' to count towards a band your child needs to share a book with an adult for at least 10 minutes. This could be their school reading book, library book, book from home or a comic. An adult must sign their reading record book and only one read per day counts (so there is a maximum of seven reads per week). Older, confident readers may read to themselves but must still have their reading record signed by an adult. We recommend a period of a minimum of 10 minutes for a signature in their reading record. Class teachers will ask for your child's reading record every Friday to total and record the number of reads for each child. As they gain more signatures, they will progress through the coloured belts. These will be presented in assembly each Thursday. The children can wear their most recent belt to school to show their reading prowess! If your child happens to lose their Reading Karate band, a replacement can be bought. Please pass 50p in a named envelope to your child’s TA. We hope that this will be an exciting way of encouraging the children to read at home every day.
If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask your child's class teacher.
This year we are introducing a new spelling challenge. In the afternoons, the children will work their way through different spelling levels. The whole school will start on Blue level 1 which begins with High Frequency words such as ‘the’ and ‘on’. The levels progress through the spellings expected to be known by every year group including silent letters, homophones and adding suffixes and prefixes. If they spell 100% of the words correctly for the level they are on, they will move onto the next level and so on. This is an individual challenge which will help to focus the children on their spellings by highlighting areas of weakness. We hope it will also encourage the children to push themselves to learn common spellings which they can then apply into their learning.
Please ask your child about their progress within this challenge and encourage them to practise tricky spellings at home.
At Callington Primary School numeracy is brought to life. Through interactive, hands on and dynamic teaching, children learn important mathematical skills and apply these in a range of fun, topic driven contexts. Learning is exciting, adds challenge and encourages children to strive to do their best. Recent maths lessons have seen children calculating the perimeter of spaceships, problem solving with potions and plotting escape routes for World War Two soldiers. Children question, solve, develop thinking skills but most of all enjoy.
Check out our Maths zones for links to games and websites to enthuse and help you with your maths skills.
We are excited to now be part of Mathletics an online resource where children can complete assigned mathematical tasks as well as have the freedom to complete games, challenges and quick fire maths games with those in their class, school or even someone from around the world.
At the moment, the resource is being used by children in Years 3, 4 and 5 and each child has been given their own unique username and password. Please ask your child’s teacher for more information.
Mathletics can be used on a computer, laptop, android phone or Ipad (download th free APP through your App store)
See their website for more details: http://uk.mathletics.com
We look forward to celebrating with the children as they achieve their goals and progress in the mathematical skills.
Here is a link to the resources our French teacher, Mrs Hutton-Potts, has created herself and uses in class.
Sex and Relationship Education
This is taught in the context of Science and PHSE throughout the school.
In Years 5 and 6, there is a specific module addressing puberty, adolescence and Sex Education. Parents are informed in advance of these modules of work and are welcome to come into school to view films and discuss the scheme with staff. They also maintain the right to withdraw their children from these lessons if they wish. Our aim is to ensure that children have had the opportunity to discuss this subject in order to meet their adolescence with understanding and self-confidence.