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Wilmington Primary School

Wilmington Primary School

Core Curriculum

At Wilmington Primary School we believe that all children are entitled to a broad, balanced, creative and coherent curriculum which should prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of their future. We believe learning should be fun, interactive and focused on children’s own personal learning goals. We aim for the academic attainment of our children to be consistently high and in line, if not above, national attainment.

Children at Wilmington Primary school will be equipped with the skills, attributes, and dispositions they need to become well-rounded individuals and life-long learners whilst instilling the love of learning.

Through exciting, dynamic and enquiry based learning our children learn to think for themselves take responsibility for their learning, and be able to demonstrate  the ability to plan and show initiative; persevere and have a commitment to self-improvement.

Learning about working together in teams, taking individual responsibilities, being trusted, being reflective and evaluative is equally as important for us as learning facts and acquiring knowledge. Our curriculum promotes this.

Our Curriculum aims to:

  • Promote and sustain a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning
  • Create a sense of wonder in its pupils
  • Promote inclusion, diversity and community cohesion
  • Keep up with technology
  • Encourage children to work independently and cooperatively
  • Ensure that children are taught to become enterprising
  • Develop emotional intelligence and raise aspirations
  • Help to make children socially responsible
  • Contribute very well to pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development
  • Ensure that all pupils realise their potential
  • Ensure that children achieve high standards across a variety of subjects
  • Ensure that all children are taught the essential knowledge in the subject disciplines


We use a play based interactive approach to deliver the Early Years Curriculum which focuses on the key areas of learning. Our children have a well-equipped classroom and access to outside areas to learn and explore within. Children choose from a range of activities throughout the sessions and also engage in child initiated sessions.
Children also engage in additional reading, phonics, writing and maths in small, adult led groups or with whole class teaching.


Children are taught pure sounds during phonics lessons. Daily phonics teaching is delivered through the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds programme in Key Stage One. These are 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.We transfer the skills they learn in phonics to their reading and writing. For more information on Jolly phonics please click here

Key stage 1 and Key stage 2:

Morning lessons predominately focus on the teaching of essential skills in reading, writing and maths.
All children are encouraged to use these acquired skills across the curriculum to enhance their learning, develop confidence and to demonstrate their understanding.
At Wilmington Primary we promote a love of reading and expose our children to ‘real’ books, not merely the reading schemes we have to support learning. We use Accelerated Reader in Key Stage 2 which promotes a love of reading and enable children to be closely monitored to ensure progress is maintained.

Writing is taught across the curriculum and the teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling is viewed as an essential part of learning. Our children write for ‘real’ purposes and are encouraged to widen their vocabulary; being introduced to new words each day.
We value neat presentation and teach our children to write in a cursive script, when they are ready.

Maths is taught every day and is taught at age appropriate levels. We have a wide range of resources and manipulatives to support the teaching of mathematics and to develop confidence and resilience in our learners.

All foundation subjects are taught following the National Curriculum 2014. Music and P.E. are taught to some year groups by specialist teachers.

National Curriculum 2014 Link

Please click on the links below to access slides from the recent curricular workshops

Overviews of each years teaching plans are on the year group pages.