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.
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.