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What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum here.

In our Reception class, the children decide on their topics and the learning is led by their own interests.  Miss Phenton plans activities and learning around the children's ideas and listens to their suggestions about the outdoor environment and role-play area. 


The learning is structured carefully through play activities and teacher input and Miss Phenton uses the Development Matters schedule to carefully assess the children's progress towards their Early Learning Goals.


Children from Reception upwards are involved in daily phonics sessions.  At Willaston we follow the Letters and Sounds systematic phonics teaching which allows children to progress through Phases 1 to 6.  Children are regularly assessed on their phonic ability to ensure challenge in the sounds and blends they are learning.  The children continue with their phonics learning into KS2 if necessary.  Investment in extra staffing in the morning  enables all classes to have teaching assistants to full support learning in core subjects.


No particular reading scheme is followed by the school.  Several reading schemes are book banded allowing the children to access a variety of reading materials to maintain interest and motivation.  children are benchmarked at least once a half term and move on to the next colour band when ready.


Children in Years 1 to 6 follow the statutory learning outlined in the National Curriculum.  At Willaston we have developed a Key Skills curriculum based on Chris Quigley's Milestones which sits alongside the National Curriculum.  We have been greatly involved in Shirley Clarke research over the years and pre-planning is embedded across the school giving pupils further ownership of the learning journey.  before a new topic starts, the children share prior knowledge with their class teacher.  They are then given the key skills that are to be covered and the topic outline and the children ask questions and suggest what they would like to learn about that topic.  The children's questions and suggestions then form the basis of the teacher's planning for that learning.  By planning their learning in such a way the children develop a great sense of ownership and a thirst for new learning.


Over the last year at Willaston we have planned a lot of cross curricular work through our topic linked to a high quality class text.  Writing opportunities in particular are identified through the chosen text and then linked across curriculum areas.  We have found this has had a significant impact on our pupils as they more readily see the links between subjects and purpose for their learning.

You can find information on our chosen class texts for this term in the table below.


Please take a look at the individual class pages for a detailed overview of this term's learning.




The topics for this academic year are as follows:

  Autumn Spring Summer

Marvellous Me

People Who Help Us

Space 'Whatever Next'



Whole School media topic

Willaston World Wide

Year 1


'The Naughty Bus'

Weird Weather

'Percy the Park Keeper'

Whole School media topic

Willaston World Wide

Year 2

Medieval Madness and Cool Castles

'The Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight'

Minibeasts and animals

'Insect Detectives'

Whole School media topic

Willaston World Wide


Year 3

Stone Age and Iron Age

'Stig of The Dump'

'How to wash a Wooly Mammoth'

Romans vs Greeks

'Romans on the Rampage'

Whole School media topic

Willaston World Wide

Year 4

Raiders and Traders



'The Great Kapok Tree'

Whole School media topic

Willaston World Wide

Year 5

Legendary Liverpool




Whole School media topic

Willaston World Wide

Year 6

The Great War

'The Trenches'

'War Horse'

What a Disaster

'The Marvels'


Whole School media topic

Willaston World Wide


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