A Stimulating Curriculum
The child is central to our curriculum. Our aim is to nurture all our pupil’s positive attitudes to learning that will enable them to become independent learners. Through this they will be able to adapt to new ideas and methods, using a wide range of skills taught. We believe in making full use of the children’s interests and provide rich first hand experiences that will act as a basis to develop their skills. In preparing for the 21st Century, today’s learner needs to be able to adapt and refine skills taught to a variety of contexts and situations.
The school curriculum follows the requirements of the National Curriculum 2008. The new Literacy Numeracy framework has also been developed to be incorporated into the National Curriculum.
Early Years and Years 1 & 2 implement the principles of the Foundation Phase. Through this approach, learning is based around structured play, including time being spent outdoors. This approach follows the principles of early education that have been developed so successfully in Scandinavian countries for many years. The school will report to Year 2 parents on outcomes of attainment in English, Mathematics and Science. There are also statutory assessments for Year 2 pupils that take place in May of each year. These are in Reading, Numerical Processes and Numerical Reasoning. The outcomes of these assessments will be sent to parents when the results have been returned to the school.
Pupils in Years 3 to 6 follow a themed approach to deliver the curriculum. Many of the National Curriculum subjects are taught within a theme including RE, Literacy and Numeracy. Literacy and Numeracy are taught as separate subjects during morning sessions and are applied as skills during the teaching of the Foundation Subjects in the afternoon sessions. Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning through this approach, through choosing which skills can best be developed through the activities undertaken. The work is as practical as possible allowing pupils to develop their Key Skills, which include Communication, Number, ICT and Thinking. There is a strong emphasis on pupils working independently, developing problem solving skills, and also working with others. A variety of teaching styles are used to maximise the effectiveness of this approach. Therefore there will be opportunities for children to work in groups to develop their talking skills, but there will also be whole class and individual learning opportunities.
The school has wi-fi capability. This has enabled the school to develop its technology capacity to use a range of approaches in the use of ICT skills. There is an ICT suite that can be accessed by all classes. However there is also the opportunity to take ICT into the classroom, using a range of hardware, including laptops, I pads, and other mobile devices. This approach enables all learners to develop a range of skills that are needed for the 21st century.
evidence to identify what areas a pupil needs support in, or aspects of teaching to be developed. We are in the process of developing portfolios to provide evidence of the work children achieve. At the end of Foundation Phase (Year 2) pupils are assessed in Literacy, Numeracy and Personal and Social Wellbeing. At the end of Year 6, Pupils are assessed in English, Maths, Science and Welsh, against National Curriculum levels. Individual targets for improvement are drawn up from the information taken from these assessments. Our online package “INCERTS” allows staff to record pupil progress in terms of acquisition of skills in the Core Subject areas. These are passed on to the next teacher to inform them of pupil attainment and achievement as pupil’s progress through the school.