The school runs with a guiding set of general and curriculum aims.
Aims and Objectives
‘To ensure that each pupil is received into a welcoming and secure atmosphere, where he or she will be given an equal opportunity to fulfil his or her true potential, academically, physically, aesthetically, socially, psychologically and spiritually’.
We will be an inclusive school by:
- providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of religion, race, ability, culture, gender and age.
- Establishing a good working relationship with all pupils, parents, staff, Governors and the community.
- Be respectful and respected.
- Celebrate, embrace, and value diversity.
- adopting an open door policy.
Challenge to succeed
We will challenge to succeed by:
- Creating a learning and teaching environment that promotes and motivates all.
- Setting aspirational targets.
- Strive to achieve full potential.
- To focus on excellence.
- Enjoy challenge, celebrate and share success.
Create an inspiring Child Centred environment that is/ encourages children to be:
- Happy ●Respected
- Confident and independent ●Stimulated
- Share opinions / experiences ●Positivity
- Continually developing ●Friendly
- Safe and secure ● Sociable
- Meeting individual needs ●Balanced pupils
- Working towards their potential ● Working together
We will celebrate and promote our language and culture by:
- igniting enthusiasm and encouraging respect.
- Creating awareness of the country’s history, its development, housing, food, clothing.
- Promoting recognition of our country- traditional tunes, folk, choral singing, hymns and dance.
- Respecting and promoting its traditions through the eisteddfod, concerts and celebrations.
- Taking part in Urdd activities.
- Enjoying and creating art. Inviting artists, actors and poets to be part of school life.
- Participating in annual celebrations and competitions
CURRICULUM AIMS OF THE SCHOOL:
Our curriculum ensures that all learners in our school areengaged as full members of the school community, accessing the wider curriculum and all school activities. It is a balanced, broad curriculum that seeks to provide the cultural, moral, social and emotional, physical and mental development of pupils and prepare them for opportunities and responsibilities in adult life. All these aspects are inter linked very much like a jigsaw puzzle where pupils are given a variety of opportunities and experiences to promote lifelong learning.
The Foundation Phase
In our school, the Foundation Phase is about enhancing the learning experiences which enable children to be creative, imaginative and to have fun whilst learning. Children have more opportunities to explore the world around them and to understand how things work through engaging in relevant practical activities which are fun and enjoyable and relevant to their developmental ages.
Six areas of Learning
- Creative Development
- Language, literacy and communication skills
- Mathematical development
- Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity.
- Physical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world.
The Foundation Phase has six Areas of Learning, where stimulating structured play activities are woven into the learning experiences. The curriculum is built around these six areas to support and encourage every child’s personal, social, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being and development. Emphasis is placed on developing children’s skills across the Areas of Learning, to provide a suitable and Integrated approach to young children’s learning.
Indoor and outdoor environments that are fun, exciting, stimulating and safe promote children’s development and natural curiosity to explore and learn through first- hand, real-life experiences.
Key Stage 2 (7 to ll years old – Years 3 to 6)
In key stage 2 pupils are given opportunities to build on the experiences gained during the Foundation Phase, and to promote their knowledge and understanding of Wales, their personal and social development and well-being;
The National Curriculum is taught through thematic studies or as individual subjects, ensuring that the skills and knowledge are developed in the most effective way.
The thematic studies and individual subjects are taught within a structured timetable, thus ensuring that adequate time / attention is given to develop all areas of the National Curriculum.
The aim of the school is to ensure that the education provided enhances the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of each pupil and that the nature of the curriculum is varied, broad and balanced. The organisation within the classroom therefore needs to be flexible. The children learn together as a class unit in the care of a designated teacher.
The teachers give consideration to each child’s ability as work prepared is differentiated thus ensuring individual development.
In order to ensure an understanding of the work a variety of teaching methods are used such as individual teaching, pair or group work and class teaching.
The work in the classroom is often reinforced with direct experiences such as visits to historical sites, theatre visits or visits to the school by ‘theatre in education’ companies and guest speakers.
The following subjects are included in the National Curriculum in Key Stage 2:Welsh, English, mathematics, science, design and technology, information and communication technology, history, geography, art and design, music and physical education.
Skills across the curriculum
All aspects of the curriculum are carefully planned to ensure that the following key skills from the Skills Framework are given prominence.