Our children follow a broad and balanced curriculum in accordance with the requirements of national guidelines. Maths and English are taught discretely, while the other subjects are either taught in blocks or as part of a purposeful learning topic.
Learning topics consist of different subjects being linked together to answer a question. Example : Raging Rivers (Geography, Art) or The Time Tunnel (History, DT, Dance). English may be linked to the learning project each term i.e. children may write an information text about Victorian food or write instructions for baking bread. For each project undertaken the children will be expected to carry out a home learning project linked to their learning in school. At the end of the learning project the children’s work will be displayed or presented in an exhibition which parents/carers are invited to view.
On occasions throughout the year the whole school participates in enrichment weeks. During these weeks the children access the curriculum through a particular theme i.e. Managing Money, Black History Week or Anti-Bullying Week.
Continuous assessment of children’s learning enables the school to monitor individual progress, highlight areas for development and inform teachers with regards to future planning.
Welsh is taught as a class lesson throughout the School, generally on a daily basis. Pupils are often given instructions in Welsh and are encouraged to use Welsh independently in their everyday work and play. This is encouraged by the school’s use of Helpur Heddiw, where children, from Reception onwards, become ‘teacher’ and support their peers in their use of Welsh throughout each day. They learn Welsh songs, prayers, games and about Welsh heritage. Pupils in Key Stage 2 are also assessed on their acquisition of skills in communicating in Welsh.
ICT will be taught across the curriculum and wherever possible and appropriate, integrated into other subjects. There may be a need for stand-alone ICT sessions to teach skills that can then be applied in the cross-curricular sessions. Children may be taught ICT skills using Chromebooks or iPads. We wish our pupils to further develop '21st century skills' and allow them to learn, communicate, collaborate, organise and share their work online. To help with this vision the school has introduced Google Apps for Education which has been developed specifically for 21st century learning. We willprovide a Google Apps environment which will encompass a number of tools such as email,document creation and homework through Google Classroom.
Our school has a homework/learning policy and we expect parents to support their children in completing their homework. Homework is designed to reinforce, consolidate and extend learning which has been undertaken in school, as well as develop independent study skills.
All children take books home regularly to read with their parents. We know that children of all ages benefit enormously from someone taking an interest in their reading, asking questions, making suggestions, or simply sharing a book with them.