We aim to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that promotes the development of the ‘whole’ child. We take take an approach of active learning using trips and the school environment in both our inside and outside classrooms.
Foundation Phase (Ages 4-7) Infant Class - Reception and Years 1 and 2
The Foundation Phase covers 7 Areas of Learning:
- Mathematical Development
- Language and Communication
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Creative Development
- Physical Development
- Personal and Social Development
- Welsh Development
The 7 Areas of learning cover a wide range of traditional subjects. Certain subjects such as Literacy, Numeracy and IT run through all the 7 Areas. Other subjects are linked to individual areas. For example History, Design and Technology, Geography and Science are covered by Knowledge and Understanding of the World whilst Dance, Music and Art are taught under creative development.
Infant children are taught themeatically. This means that each term all subjects and areas are taught under a single theme e.g. The Olympics, Farms. This helps to place all learning in context.
Key Stage 2 (Ages 7-11) Junior Class - Years 3 - 6
Key Stage 2 children work from the programmes of study for all National Curriculum subjects and RE. The aim is to build on the essential skills of communication, literacy and numeracy and to broaden pupils’ experiences, knowledge, skills and understanding in other areas, such as in Science, Geography, and History etc.
At this stage, some of the curriculum (Science, History, Geography, ICT, Art and D&T for example) is taught through topics whilst English and Mathematics are taught as discreet subjects, in preparation for Secondary School. Learning is through practical activities and increasingly through enquiry, research and independent learning in order to foster self-confidence and to encourage the development of higher skills.
Our School also follows the ‘Skills Framework for 3 to 19-year-olds in Wales’ to help deliver the curriculum. This framework defines the range of skills that learners aged 3-19 should develop, and provides guidance about continuity and progression in developing thinking and ICT.