School Curriculum

Our curriculum policies set expectations for learning and attainment, promote continuity and progression and provide a common basis for understanding among children, staff, parents and governors.

Our curriculum is responsive to the needs of our children and changes in society and through constant monitoring, we ensure that it is broad, balanced, relevant, inclusive and well planned.

We engage our children's learning through a curriculum that develops, stretches and excites their imaginations.

In our school you will see children learning outdoors, through play, in small groups, through sport, music, drama, art and computers; from their teachers and other adults; before school and after school.

This diversity of experience allows every child to enjoy success and sets the foundations for life-long learning.

At the very heart of our curriculum are the core skills of literacy and numeracy.

English

The English language is the most vital form of communication for us all.
It is essential to development and learning as it touches every aspect of the curriculum. Listening is equally essential to all language development, being linked closely with discipline and good classroom management.

The basic skills of writing are constantly taught and re-taught throughout the school. Vocabulary is always being extended, children being encouraged to use new words in a meaningful way. Spelling is an important skill fostered from early stages through school in a variety of ways, both formal and informal.

Parents can do much to foster good reading habits. Reading starts in the comfort and security of Mum or Dads arms on the settee when stories are read, long before they can actually read. Reading should be projected as fun – as a pleasurable experience giving enjoyment – as a means by which we can learn.

We inspire our children to develop skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing. We help them to express themselves imaginatively and communicate effectively. We encourage them to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts.

School Curriculum

Mathematics (Numeracy)

Numeracy is a proficiency which involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures.

Our approach helps our children to problem solve and think in abstract ways.
From their early years children develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion.

Throughout Key Stage 2, children experience an increasing range of mathematical situations in different contexts.

Science

Science extends and develop the pupils’ understanding of the world around them.

We involve them actively in a scientific approach to learning which develops the processes of observation, data collecting, experimentation, classification, interpretation and recording.

Welsh

Although few of our children come from homes where Welsh is the first language, we endeavour to nurture a healthy attitude towards Welsh as a second language and to promote its survival as a living tongue. We use bi-lingual signage and displays and reward the use of incidental Welsh within the school on a daily basis.

We have a thriving Urdd club and have seen an increase in the numbers (and success!) of pupils entering the various Eisteddfodau competitions.

Welsh

Religious Education

Religious Education is taught following the Agreed Syllabus. It promotes spiritual development and contributes to moral and social development and helps in the acquisition of personal values and beliefs, and respect towards those of others.

We meet together regularly for Collective Worship. We also have a visitors’ collective worship every week on both the infant and the junior sites.

All children are expected to take part in Religious Education lessons and a daily act of communal worship, which is of a broadly Christian nature, unless a special care exemption on religious grounds is made in writing to the Headteacher.

Information Technology

We have interactive whiteboards and computers in every classroom and an ICT suite where whole classes have
access to computers.

Our children explore ICT through a range of programs, learning to use it confidently and with purpose to achieve specific outcomes. They become familiar with a range of hardware and software that they to use to support their learning across the curriculum.

Art, Design and Technology

We are fortune to have a dedicated Art, Design and Technology teacher.
Art and design stimulate creativity and imagination providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Our children explore the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, learning about the roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life and in different times and cultures.

They learn to make informed judgements about works of art and their own artwork. For our part, we celebrate their work, displaying it throughout our school to create a colourful and stimulating environment.

History

History fires our children’s interest about the past. They see how it has influenced the present, learning within a chronological framework of significant events and people. It includes the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the societies studied and children gain a better understanding of themselves, both as individuals and as members of society. Use is made of local places of historical interest.

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Geography

Geography encourages children to find out about the natural and human worlds. They develop knowledge of people, places and environments in different and contrasting locations locally, nationally and abroad. Through their studies, our children develop an understanding of maps and a range of investigative and problem solving skills.

This encourages them to think about their own place in the world and their responsibilities to other people and environments.

Music

Music and song are a powerful and unique form of communication that change the way we feel, speak and act. Children are given opportunity to gain delight, enjoyment and satisfaction from music.

Our teaching promotes pupils’ ability to listen to and appreciate a wide variety of music, as well as to make judgements about musical quality. Instrumental Tuition includes Violin, Brass, Woodwind, Flute and Recorder.

PE

Our children take part in a wide range of activities, including dance, gymnastics, games, athletics and swimming. Such activities promote skillfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action.

They also provide opportunities for our pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals, in groups and as a member of a team. All activities offered are of mixed sex groupings and all children are given equal opportunities in the selection of representative teams.

All of our children have the opportunity to take turns to go swimming at Llandrillo Pool from reception class onwards. (See later for related fees.) National Cycling Proficiency instruction is also provided for Year 5 and 6 pupils.

PSHE

Personal, Social and Health Education promotes children’s health, well-being and safety.

It is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and of social and economic communities. It equips them with knowledge, understanding and practical skills to live healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives.

Out of Hours Activities

We also offer a wide range of activities after school and during break-time, including football, Welsh, chess, choir, gardening club, Art, Green Rangers, Cross-Country, Rugby, French, Yoga and Netball.