We offer an exciting curriculum which inspires all of our children and staff to achieve their full potential. We foster and encourage children to be highly motivated, have a thirst for knowledge, a love of learning and most importantly to have confidence in themselves and in what they can achieve.
We are committed to ensuring all our children have the opportunity to develop the skills and range as outlined in the Welsh Government’s Foundation Phase and National Curriculum, the Literacy and Numeracy Framework and the Digital Competence Framework. We ignite a passion for learning, create conditions to thrive, and celebrate successes.
Successful Futures - Independent Review of Curriculum & Assessment Arrangements in Wales
The review highlights many key recommendations, including four purposes of the curriculum in Wales which should develop children as:
•Ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
•Enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
•Ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
•Healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society
Involving pupils in planning is a key element which is established throughout the school. Each class hold an immersion day where the children are immersed in new exciting and creative experiences related to their next theme. The pupils are encouraged to think about what they would like to learn and the teachers share the skills they intend to cover with the pupils. The pupils are then involved in the planning process and suggest ideas for the context of their learning. The ideas are recorded on a large mind map and displayed on class learning walls.
The principles of our curriculum and organisation of the school day ensure that the requirements of the Foundation Phase and Curriculum 2008 are satisfied, and that all children receive a broad and balanced education.
Pupils will be taught in a variety of settings through a range of teaching strategies – whole class, small group, pairs, individual, etc.
In our school, Foundation Phase refers to the curriculum in all classes from Nursery to Year 2. Foundation Phase practice places great emphasis on the holistic development of children and the development of skills across the curriculum building on previous learning experiences and knowledge. By providing a broad, rich and exciting curriculum using a variety of approaches we develop children as individuals, recognising their level of maturity and interests.
The areas of learning are:
- Personal and Social Development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity
- Language, Literacy and Communication
- Mathematical Development
- Welsh Language Development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
The Foundation Phase is a crucial time for developing lifelong learning skills. Children will learn how to observe, listen, respond and develop as individuals and as members of a caring community.
Key Stage Two
In our school, Key Stage Two refers to the curriculum in all classes from Year 3 to Year 6. All children follow the Curriculum 2008 subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, PSE, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art, PE, Religious Education and Welsh as a Second Language. This builds upon the skills and knowledge developed in the Foundation Phase.
Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF)
The LNF sets out the skills that the children are expected to develop throughout their time in school, from ages 5 to 14. The LNF is split into components for Literacy and Numeracy. The Literacy strands are: oracy across the curriculum; reading across the curriculum and writing across the curriculum. The Numeracy strands are developing numerical reasoning; using number skills; using measuring skills and using data skills. In addition to the LNF, teachers provide opportunities for children to develop their Thinking Skills and Digital Competence across the curriculum.
English is the main language of communication, teaching, learning and assessment at Crindau Primary School. However, the school is committed to promoting the aims and aspirations of the Welsh Government in developing Bilingualism.
In our school both English and Welsh will be functional languages. We will promote oracy, reading and writing in both English and Welsh Second Language in informal and structured situations. Welsh will be seen and heard around the school, during school assemblies and concerts, signage and display, lessons and indoor and outdoor activities.
As a school, we therefore aim to:
•Foster positive attitudes in all learners towards bilingualism
•Provide opportunities for all children to hear and use Welsh in all areas of their learning
•Motivate the children to use Welsh naturally, spontaneously and with confidence
Pupils at Crindau Primary are taught skills and dispositions that will act as important capacities to them as learners across the curriculum, in school and beyond. These Learner Capacities are considered to be fundamental as they enable and empower learners to lead their own learning. Our aim is to teach children ‘what to do when they don’t know what to do.’ We explicitly teach learners strategies to get out of ‘I’m stuck’ situations. Being stuck must be celebrated and harnessed as an opportunity to build each individual’s learning capacity.
We teach children the ‘language of learning’ that accompanies these learner capacities. Talk about learning, use specific language and make it visible in the room and to enable children to talk knowledgeably about their progress.
Religious Education will be provided as part of the basic curriculum under the guidelines of the 1988 Education Reform Act and in accordance with the statutory requirements. The approach will be multicultural with a strong emphasis on Christianity. The programmes of study, attainment targets and assessment are approved locally by SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education).
Daily collective worship in school is conducted through allocated assemblies, class reflections and a weekly Praise Assembly. Any parent who wishes to exercise their right under the 1988 Education Reform Act to withdraw their child from assemblies or RE lessons are asked to contact the Headteacher in writing.
Physical Education is a statutory requirement and an essential component in establishing a basis for a healthy lifestyle. We aim to provide as many sporting experiences for our children as possible. All staff are committed to encouraging children to take an active part in the outdoor play, games and PE activities provided. Games, swimming and PE form part of the Curriculum requirements for all children at Crindau Primary School, except those permanently excused on health grounds. Such cases must be supported by a medical note from your doctor. All children will have the opportunity to participate in residential outdoor pursuit activities during their time at the school. A list of suitable PE clothing is provided under uniform requirements.
At Crindau Primary School we believe that homework is an opportunity for children to consolidate and refine learning that has been taught in school. We recognise that ‘home time’ is an important part of ‘family time’, and as such, homework tasks are not compulsory. Pupils will never be criticised for not completing it. Completion of homework will be encouraged and celebrated in school. We also believe that after other activities such as, attending local clubs, spending time with their family and friends is vital in becoming a healthy, confident individual.
It can be difficult to get the right balance between homework, clubs and a social life. Children need time to relax and do nothing once in a while!
Sex and Relationships Education
The school’s programme of sex and relationships education as agreed by the Governing Body is linked with areas of Foundation Phase curriculum and Curriculum 2008. The main emphasis is on relationships and will reflect the needs of pupils as they develop over the Key Stages. The school nurse will offer puberty talks in Year 6 giving pupils the chance to discuss sensitive issues in an informal setting. Parents will be notified when this is to take place and may exercise their right to withdraw their child on request.
Assessment, Recording and Reporting
All children starting in Nursery and Reception participate in a baseline assessment. All children who join the school will participate in an on entry assessment. Teacher assessment is undertaken throughout the year and at the end of Year 2 and Year 6, results are reported nationally.
The purposes of our assessment procedures are to:
•Assist pupils to know where they are in terms of strengths and areas for development and what action needs to be taken to further progress.
•Inform teachers, parents and governors of pupils’ progress including pupil self-assessment and peer assessment.
A range of assessment techniques are employed which we value as a tool for learning. Detailed records are kept so that as a school we can measure and monitor our effectiveness.
Parent consultations are of paramount importance in maintaining regular dialogue with parents. Opportunities will be given to meet teachers during the Autumn and Spring Terms with an annual report being sent out at the end of the Summer Term when a further consultation may be organised if requested.