Wilson Primary School, Wilson Road, Reading RG30 2RW
Wilson Primary School
Tel: 0118 937 5573
Our Creative Curriculum
At Wilson we have a Creative Curriculum that allows us to bring to life all the key areas of the National Curriculum. Our Creative Curriculum links key skills in learning across all the subjects and allows our children to dig deep into areas of personal interest as well as covering all the statutory areas of learning.

Through topics such as ‘Fairgrounds’ and ‘Chocolate’ children are encouraged to become historians, scientists, engineers and geographers. They are able to apply the skills they learn across the entire curriculum which improves motivation and enables them to make connections and add context to all they learn. We know this approach to teaching and learning is exciting for the children and it ensures that their curriculum diet is rich, broad and well balanced but most importantly it inspires thinking which has a real impact on the progress they make with their learning.

To support this type of learning our children are also taught thinking skills through ‘Philosophy 4 Children’ which enables them to access ‘mastery’ level learning through debate and reasoning exercises.

Our Vison is to ‘Inspire Young Minds’ and we are proud that our curriculum allows our skilled staff to do just that.
How our curriculum works
To make our curriculum fully creative we ensure that skills are blended across lessons. In order to do this and to utilise the skills the teaching staff have within subject specialisms we group each of the curriculum subjects into teams. This embeds cross curricular links within planning, teaching and assessment throughout the year groups.  The teams are responsible for the development and provision for each of the subjects in their group and throughout the year they will monitor, deliver training on and champion their subjects whenever possible.

Every year each team will organise a theme week where they focus on key subject skills and bringing the curriculum to life! We had Health Week in July (Creative Team), Victorian Time Travellers in October (Knowledge and Understanding Team) and we are looking forward to Story Telling week in March (Communication Team).
2017 Curriculum Map for each Year Group



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Topic Overviews so far this Year


We aim to inspire the children throughthe subject of English so that our children at Wilson develop a love of
communication, reading and writing and develop skills to take with them throughout their school career and
beyond into adult life.

Communication forms an integral part of not only our English Curriculum but all aspects of the curriculum. The
children have the opportunities to develop their spoken language by developing speaking and listening skills
through role-play and drama activities, presenting their learning, paired talk, class assemblies and productions as
well as other wider curriculum areas. Our School Council helps develop children’s confidence and
communication skills as council members represent younger members of Wilson Primary and discuss views, ideas
and concerns with different members of the school community.


At Wilson we use the Read Write Inc. (RWI) phonic scheme to teach a systematic synthetic phonic programme
throughout EYFS and KS1. Children are grouped by their phonic knowledge to ensure that the phonic focus
clearly matches the children’s learning needs.


Reading is a fundamental skill and an early priority for us is to ensure that children can read and also understand
and enjoy a wide range of reading materials. Books have been graded following the Book Band System and
reading book colours range from Pink to Pearl. Books are taken home regularly so that parents can support
children with their reading at home. Reading checklists identify key features at each book band colour to
support both children and parents with these key skills at each stage. We have a variety of books from different
publishers which have been graded using our reading scheme.Each class is named after a popular, age
appropriate author to help children become ever more book aware. We also have an author of the term where
children can borrow and read books by the selected author. This helps motivate children to read and feel
confident about their reading at Wilson Primary.


Learning the skills which enable the children to express themselves in writing is a priority in all year groups.
Children learn how to write a range of texts from EYFS to KS1 and then KS2. We help children develop their
spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation throughout each key stage, building on from previous skills.


We have been privileged to be able to participate in Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing (T4W) project over the last
three years and this has formed a major part of our English curriculum. Talk for Writing is powerful because it
enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it
and then writing their own version. Children learn texts / extracts from texts from memory to create a bank of
known stories or non-fiction texts. This is known as the imitation stage. Work is then done on adapting these
stories / extracts through a process called innovation. Children work on adapting the pattern of the text and
children are encouraged to ‘magpie’ ideas. Sentence work and word choice is carefully investigated and
children have the time to experiment with the effects of both. The final stage, the invention stage, leads the
children to apply all the skills they have learnt through the text to more independently planned writing using a
toolkit (guide to writing) that has been developed throughout the unit. Texts are used to engage children in
sustained and stimulated writing which children tell us they love!

Spoken language, communication, reading and writing are of high importance and we expect children to be able
to demonstrate and apply the skills they have learnt in all areas of the curriculum.

Religious Education

We are proud to celebrate the cultural and religious diversity of ourcommunity. The RE curriculum is taught through a well-constructed locally agreed syllabus for Reading which reflects the faiths of children who attend our school. The Pan-Berkshire syllabus requires Christianity to be taught in every year group, with other faiths represented each year. The school uses a scheme of work which has been based on the syllabus and children are encouraged to express and share their opinions, recording these in a variety of methods

The children have opportunities to learn about and from different religions.

Christianity is taught in every year group, with the festivals of Christmas and Easter focused on each year, developing the learning in a progressive way.

Alongside this in Key Stage 1, Judaism must be taught as a minimum requirement whilst in Key Stage 2, Hinduism and Sikhism are expected to be taught.

As well as these faiths of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism, there is flexibility for schools for optional modules to study faiths in their community.

Wilson has selected to teach some aspects of Islam at both Key Stages 1 and 2 to provide a broad and balanced understanding of faith in our lives. Children are encouraged to compare their own beliefs with those friends from different communities and share how it impacts on their lives.

The curriculum is taught weekly with a new focus each term. Each year group will learn about and from two different religions, and there is opportunity to compare and contrast between the two faiths. Enrichment opportunities are provided through visitors from faith groups or visits to different places of worship. The children really enjoy exploring and finding out about different faiths and cultures, and it enables them to appreciate their relationships within the wider community.


PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) helps children and young people acquire the understanding, knowledge and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It helps children to apply and use the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.

At Wilson, we have a yearly cycle of values which underpin our vision, curriculum and SMSC theme.  Each month we focus of a different value, for example, respect, co-operation or courage.The children are rewarded value badges when they demonstrate these values at school. Through these values, we hope to encourage children, staff and parents to think about what kind of people we are, who we want to be in school and the community. The new value for each month is introduced in assembly and then explored during lessons and time spent in school.

Wilson promotes SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development)through our curriculum, values and vision. The school council and classes have been thinking about which displays meet the SMSC themes and represent these using the pictures for each area below every display. 


Wilson Primary School believe that Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has
been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.
It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial
literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation
for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of
mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly
complex problems over time.

Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and
developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication,
including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Maths Curriculum has been divided into 6 sections.

Number - including Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and Fractions (
including Decimals (Year 4, 5 & 6) and Percentages (Year 5 & 6).

Ratio and Proportion
Geometry - including Position and Direction.
By the time the children are at the end of Year 3 they must be able to use a formal written method for all
operations and the differentiated outcomes throughout the years will be the size of the numbers the children
are using.

New methods for calculations:
Addition - column method.
Subtraction - column method.
Multiplication - Short multiplication moving to Long multiplication.
Division - Short division moving to Long division.

Mental Maths
Practise is key! It is imperative to keep key maths fundamentals, such as times tables and number bonds, "on
the boil" through varied and repeated practice in order that children can solve progressively complex
At Wilson Primary we firmly believe that mental maths skills are vital and this play an important role in our

Problem Solving

There is a renewed emphasis on problem solving. There is a particular emphasis on multi-step problems
and lots of emphasis on money and time. Classes will take part in problem solving activities, where they will
get the chance to use and apply the knowledge that they have gained in Numeracy, to solve a problem. They
will also need to use their reasoning skills to explain how they have found the solutions to their problems.
Children are exposed to a variety of ICT to further embed or motivate learning - such as providing an interesting
real life hook to a lesson or to allow time to reinforce a concept.

Whole school theme days and weeks
At times during the year there will be Whole school theme weeks or days linked to numeracy and other areas of
the curriculum. These weeks are used to excite and engage pupils and develop further a cross curricular
approach where skills can be adopted across a range of subject areas.


The computing curriculum supports all areas of learning at Wilson Primary.

Interactive whiteboards and visualisers are used in each classroom and children have access to a range of digital equipment including netbooks, fizzbooks, tablets and iPads.  We have other equipment such as Digi-blues (Video cameras), electronic microscopes and Beebots to support teaching and learning.

The computing curriculum is taught with clear progression throughout the school.
Children learn how to program, debug and design sprites and games using Scratch.

They also learn about collecting and presenting information in a variety of ways as well as edit photographs on software such as Picasa.

We are also very lucky to have our own school blog (wilsonblog.net). Each class has their own page where the children can post and comment. The children have individual logins which allows them to do this at home. There are also opportunities to explore pages such as News, Author of the term and Sport.

Parents can visit the ‘Watch and Learn’ blog for more information linked to teaching methods used in school.

We teach a range of computing skills that support the children’s current learning and provide them with the proficiency to embrace the technological challenges of the future as well as remembering to stay safe on the internet. Where ever possible we try to use computing as an integral part of the children’s learning experience.


Science at Wilson provides opportunities for children to develop a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge of the world around them.

With scientific enquiry at the heart of the curriculum, the foundations of scientific knowledge and concepts for biology, chemistry and physics are taught alongside the processes and methods of science investigation.

Children are encouraged to develop their curiosity by asking and answering questions through practical experiences, research and investigation.


At Wilson Primary School,  the History curriculum is taught mainly through a skills based topic approach.

Through our History curriculum the children are given the opportunity to develop a sense of chronology. They are taught about different times in the past and how they differ from the present; what these differences have made and reasons why people did what they did. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life.

We view History not only as simple facts and dates but also encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way! History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers.
We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts from Reading Museum and wherever possible arranging
field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the area or bringing in specialists for in-school workshops.
Please use your child's year Key Stage page to find out what they are learning about!


At Wilson Primary School, children explore a range of geographical skills through the skills based curriculum. Children are given the opportunity to learn about our local area and places around the world and gain a deeper understanding of how the human and physical landscape have affected the world before and how they continue to affect the world we live in now.

These are some of the exciting topics:
Foundation Stage:
80 days around the world
Wacky Weather

Year 1:
Mega Structures
Jurassic Forest

Year 2:
Dungeons and Dragons- Castles
World Kitchen
Seaside Rescue

Year 3:
Is it right to fight? - World War Two
Tomb Raiders - Ancient Egyptians
Bookworms - The local area

Year 4:
Vikings and Anglo-Saxons
Fair trade- Mayans
The banquet- Tudors

Year 5:
Raging Rivers
Grand Designs- Ancient Greece
Extreme Environments- Volcanoes

Year 6:
The Stone Age

The Arts

At Wilson Primary School, we pride ourselves on delivering a stimulating and creative curriculum that inspires children to achieve well through the Arts. We have received the Gold Arts Mark in recognition of the Arts opportunities we offer to all children.

Art and Design
We encourage the children to explore colour, form, texture and pattern within their work and use a variety of materials tools and techniques. Learning about the workof real artists gives children an understanding of different lives, histories and cultures.
Art and design opportunities are embedded across the curriculum and skills are also developed during our special arts weeks.
We value our children’s art work and believe it is vital that they see their work displayed and celebrated. Our displays reflect the creative curriculum at Wilson and the hard work the children put into developing their art and design skills.

Performing, listening, conducting, creating, discussing, evaluating and composing are just some of the things children get up to when being musicians at Wilson. During music sessions, we develop our understanding of key aspects of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Through lessons with Berkshire Maestros, children in years 4 and 5 apply their musical knowledge by learning to play an instrument.
At Wilson, we love to sing and we have regular opportunities to sing as part of a group and sometimes even on our own. Singing assemblies are a great time to celebrate through song and our choir and Glee clubs provide us with a change to sing to an audience.

Although taught mainly in PE sessions, dance is a way to bring other areas of the curriculum alive. Dance is a creative way to represent scientific and geographical processes such as the journey of the river or how the heart works. It can also be used as a medium through which character’s thoughts and feelings in a story can be explored. Through our dance curriculum, children perform dances using a range of movement sequences and learn to critically evaluate their work and the work of others.

Performing and celebrating the Arts
We give our pupils many opportunities to share their love of and achievements in the arts with the school and wider community: dance festivals, carol concerts, art exhibitions, and theatre performances, assembles, showcases.

Design and Technology
Design and Technology prepares our children at Wilson to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Through DT, children work independently and as a member of a team to develop their own ideas, products and systems. They learn to evaluate and make improvements to their designs and are encouraged to be great innovators.

Physical Education

Physical Education is an integral part of the curriculum at Wilson. The schoolpromotes sport, fitness and healthy life styles throughout all year groups.

We focus on delivering high quality PE lessons that inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.

Foundation Stage: Within the prime area of Physical Development, the children take part in activities focusing on gross and fine motor skills.  Staff promote being active and making healthy lifestyle choices through fun and diverse learning opportunities.

Key Stage One: Years 1 and 2 take part in two lessons a week, including: dance, gymnastics, multi-skills, games and athletics. They learn the basic skills that they will need to play a range of games and have experiences of a range of equipment.

We will teach the strategies necessary for development of cooperation, challenge and competitiveness.

Key Stage Two: The curriculum in KS2 builds upon and further develops the skills taught in KS1. Children will continue to develop and practise skills, adapting them to different situations and games and evaluate their performance. The enjoyable lessons taught in KS2, will develop children’s communication, collaboration and competitive attitude in all areas of sport. Games lessons cover a wide range of sports including: hockey, netball, tag rugby, badminton, cricket, rounders and volleyball. Children will also take part in outdoor and adventurous activities that will challenge them both individually and within a team.


We love to try out new sports and activities:

We are very lucky to have many sports clubs that our talented staff lead. Coaches and other professionals in specific sports are present in the school throughout the year, taking different clubs and teaching the children specific skills.

We have a street dance club that like to groove in the mornings and perform at special school events such as the Summer Fayre.

Karate workshops run in the mornings - these lessons are very popular.

We are lucky enough to have football clubs for yr1-yr6 with trained coaches.

The KS1 Fun, Fitness and Food afterschool club has been very successful, promoting health in a fun way.

Our Tag rugby, football, Frisbee and Cross Country teams have represented the school at various events and competitions.
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