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Our Curriculum

At St David’s Church in Wales Primary School, the provision of a well-organised and stimulating curriculum, catering for the needs of all, is of paramount importance. Pupils may be placed into combined mixed year groups, but will sometimes be taught in changing, cross-class groups according to their strengths and needs. This team-teaching is a strength of the school, better differentiating work to meet the needs of all pupils.

 

The curriculum includes not only the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and Foundation Phase, but also the range of extra-curricular activities organised by the school to enrich the experience of the children.

 

We ensure our lessons are interactive, exciting and motivating for the children by organising educational visits, practical activities, visits from outside agencies and involvement with the local community. The content of the curriculum is organised into half termly/termly units of work.

 

This exciting, cross-curricular curriculum promotes pupils’ development of key skills including the requirments of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework.
The Cornerstone topics are brought to life by high quality teaching, inspirational learning activities and opportunities to listen and plan for the developing interests and motivations of children. The philosophy is to engage, develop, innovate and express. The children share their work with parents during open days at the end of each topic.

 

Throughout our curriculum, we also promote pupils 'Christian Values for Life' and our caring school ethos.

 

We have high expectations of all our pupils, recognising differing skills and abilities so helping them to prepare for full and responsible lives. 

Find out more about the New Curriculum and how parents can engage in feedback via the link to the left and via https://gov.wales/education-changing

Pupils are given the opportunity to acquire, develop, practice, apply and refine skills through group, paired and individual tasks in a variety of contexts across the curriculum. The four skills developed in the Foundation Phase and through to KS2 are set out as follows:

Thinking



Learners develop their thinking across the curriculum through the process of planning, developing and reflecting.

Communication



Learners develop their communication skills across the curriculum through the skills of oracy, reading, writing and wider communication.

Foundation Phase

At St David’s Primary School we offer an holistic approach to learning which is child centred and designed to encourage each individual to reach his/her full potential.

 

We aim to provide children with activities which will allow them to become confident and independent learners.We operate a topic based approach to teaching and learning, where children are provided with the opportunity to engage in relevant practical experiences in a stimulating learning environment.

 

Through careful planning we ensure children have access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which provides them with the opportunity to develop their skills across the seven areas of learning. These are:

  • Personal, social, well-being and cultural diversity

  • Language literacy and communication

  • Mathematical development

  • Knowledge and understanding of the world

  • Creative development

  • Physical development

  • Welsh development

 

Further information on the Foundation Phase Curriculum can be found in our prospectus and on the Welsh Assembly Goverment Website.

 

Development of the Welsh Language and
Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig

We aim to give learners the opportunities to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, economic, environmental, historical and linguistic characteristics of Wales.

 

Through the Welsh curriculum we aim to give learners the unique opportunity to learn the language of Wales and develop their bilingualism.

 

In addition to weekly Welsh lessons, pupils and staff use the Welsh language as much as possible around the school.

 

Children in Years 5 and 6 also have the opportunity of joining Criw Cwmreig or the Urdd Club .

The school has achieved the Bronze award for Siarter Iaith and is keen for the support of our whole community in securing the Silver one.

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Number



Learners develop their number skills across the curriculum and the areas of learning by using mathematical information, calculating, interpreting, and presenting results.

ICT

 

Learners develop their ICT cross-curricular skills following the Digital Competence Framework and the areas of learning by creating, presenting, finding and developing information and ideas and by using a wide range of equipment and software.

Key Stage 2

KS2 pupils follow the National Curriculum, studying each of the following subject areas:

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Information Communication Technology

  • Geography

  • History

  • Music

  • Art

  • Physical Education

  • Design technology

  • Welsh

  • Religious Education

  • Personal & Social Health Education

 

Further information on the Key Stage 2 Curriculum can be found in our prospectus and on the Welsh Assembly Goverment Website.

Children in Years 2 to 9 now take national tests in reading and numeracy each summer.

 

This leaflet explains what the tests involve and what the test results can tell you about your child’s learning.

They also take online personalised assessments. This link takes you to advice for interpreting the results. Advice for Parents.

 

Religious Education

Whole school worship is held in the school hall for four mornings each week and once a week children participate in class worship.

 

A family service is held every half term and is taken by each class in rotation and parents, relatives and parishioners are welcome to join this act of joyful worship.

 

Religious Education has been integrated as far as possible within the class topic work and special festivals are celebrated in their own right.

 

Religious Education teaching at St David’s is based on the faith and practice of the Church-in-Wales. However, as our children live in a multicultural society, an element of comparative religion, encouraging a respect for other cultures and religions within our society is also built into the teaching.

The Church In Wales logo will take you

to our policies page. Understanding

Christianity is one of the resources

that the school uses in RE lessons.

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