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Curriculum

Foundation Phase

There are 7 areas of learning in the Foundation Phase:

  • Language, Literacy and Communication
  • Mathematical Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Personal, Social, Wellbeing and Cultural Diversity
  • Creative Development
  • Physical Development
  • Welsh Language Development

Religious Education is also a statutory requirement.

 

At Darrenlas we provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum that encourages them to become independent learners. We provide a wide range of activities to help your child learn and develop skills through play, focused tasks, enhanced and continuous provision whilst giving the children the opportunity to work as an individual, in pairs, groups and as a whole class. These activities are available both indoors and outdoors wherever possible, whatever the weather!

 

The Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competency Frameworks underpin all of our planning. Collaborative learning and communication skills are developed through the use of randomised groupings. Pupils are encouraged to develop a growth mindset by being given specific opportunities to celebrate the learning process through “Fantastic Failures” and to evaluate their own learning and identify areas to develop in collaboration with their teachers.

Whilst the main language of instruction is English, pupils in the Foundation Phase are encouraged to speak Welsh to their peers and other adults whenever possible. There is a comprehensive development and progression programme in place for Welsh language development, and a ‘Helpwr Heddiw’ is employed in each classroom. We give pupils the opportunity to experience Welsh culture and heritage wherever possible.

 

Key Stage 2

The Key Stage 2 curriculum comprises of 12 subjects. These are mathematics, English, science, Welsh second language, Information Communication Technology (ICT), history, geography, music, personal and social education (PSE), religious education (R.E), art and design and technology.

 

Teachers in key stage 2 deliver lessons using a largely skills-driven approach, and all activities are underpinned by the key skills of literacy, numeracy, ICT, problem solving and thinking. The LNF and DCF are incorporated throughout our curriculum. Subjects are linked through cross curriculum themes (Cornerstones), and pupils themselves are encouraged to identify areas they wish to know more about. Children have the opportunity to apply learnt skills independently through the use enhanced provision in the form of Mission Challenges.

A variety of teaching methods are employed to encourage pupils to become independent learners, and children are given opportunities to study through a range of whole class, groups, paired and individual activities. Collaborative learning and communication skills are developed through the use of randomised groupings.

 

Pupils are encouraged to develop a growth mindset by being given specific opportunities to celebrate the learning process through “Fantastic Failures” and to evaluate their own learning and identify areas to develop in collaboration with their teachers.

Although the main language of instruction is English, pupils at Key Stage 2 are encouraged to speak Welsh to their peers and other adults whenever possible. There is a comprehensive development and progression programme in place for Welsh language development, and a ‘Helpwr Heddiw’ is employed in each classroom. The Criw Cymreig encourage the use of incidental welsh throughout the school. We give pupils the opportunity to experience Welsh culture and heritage wherever possible.

 

Successful Futures

In preparation for the new Successful Futures curriculum we have begun to explore the Four Core Purposes and Twelve Pedagogical Principles. Teachers carry out action research to use these principles to adapt our curriculum to the needs of our children and wider community. Please follow this link to learn more about the new curriculum

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