New children are immediately part of the group and involved in class topic related activities in a variety of practical ways according to ability, experience and interest levels. There is an established class routine that the children understand and can follow, but which is flexible to accommodate spontaneous needs.
Play is considered an important learning tool and carefully structured play makes sure your child encounters the learning experience in a fun and exciting way. There is a strong emphasis on the development of communication skills and children are encouraged to talk about what they are doing. The day is planned so that the teaching staff have the opportunity to listen and talk with all the children. Generally a balance of time is spent with the individual, small groups and the whole class during the day.
There is an established atmosphere of active learning in the class and activities are structured to extend the children's knowledge; to help them progress in understanding ideas; to reinforce skills and enable them to acquire new ones. An interesting and colourful classroom environment which is both visually stimulating and reflects the children's learning.
Classroom equipment is effectively organised so that children quickly learn that everything has its place and they are encouraged to tidy away in an independent, reasonable manner each day.
The children have access to fantastic grounds at Llanfechain School. There is a large hard play area and in the summer months the children are able to use the huge grassed areas. In wet weather break is taken indoors. All playtimes are well supervised.
During the school week Foundation Phase children have 22.5 hours taught time and Key Stage 2 children have 23.75 hours taught time. For all children the school day starts at 08.55 and ends at 15.30. It is important that your child is on time as early morning activities such as regular spelling and tables start as children are waiting for the register.