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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.  The new building has capacity for discrete year groups of 30 pupils. However, if necessary pupils can be placed in combined mixed year groups. 

 

Children are often effectively taught in changing, cross-class groups, but during the COVID19 pandemic this is unlikely as it would be contrary to WG guidance, meaning increasing exposure by crossing class bubbles.

 

Normally, a skills driven curriculum is taught through a series of structured activities designed to promote pupils’ development.  The current curriculum includes, not only the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for Wales, Foundation Phase and Literacy & Numeracy Framework, but also the range of extra-curricular activities organised by the school to enrich the experience of the children.  We also promote ‘Christian Values for Life’ throughout our curriculum and caring school ethos.

The school is also designing its new curriculum in line with the 4 purposes and 6 Areas of Learning ready for 2025:

Expressive Arts

Health & Wellbeing

Humanities

Languages, Literacy & Communication

Maths & Numeracy

Science & Technology

 

The school also covers the mandatory curriculum elements:

  • Religion, values and ethics

  • Relationships and sexuality education (RSE)

  • Welsh

  • Cross-Curricular core skills literacy, numeracy and digital competence

 

A topic approach that enables skills to be developed across the curriculum is used in each key stage.  The 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 school loosely uses ‘Cornerstones’ topics where the philosophy is to engage (Child-Centred Jump In Days), develop, innovate and express.

Pupils are given the opportunity to acquire, develop, practise, apply and refine skills through group, paired and individual tasks in a variety of contexts across the curriculum.

 

The other key skills developed across all curriculum areas are

 

  • Creativity and innovation

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving

  • Personal effectiveness

  • Planning and organising

  • Cross-curricular application skills

 

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.

 

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 for Wales on Hwb or read the Let's get started  parent information booklet.

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.

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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 Hwb.

 

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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Anturiaethau'r derail

Anturiaethau'r derail

The dragon's adventures

Gwaith Cartref Cymraeg

Gwaith Cartref Cymraeg

Welsh homework

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Gwaith Cartref Cymraeg

Welsh homework

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Gwaith Cartref Cymraeg

Welsh homework

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Gwaith Cartref Cymraeg

Welsh homework

Bingo Cymraeg

Bingo Cymraeg

Welsh bingo

Bocs Criw Cymraeg

Bocs Criw Cymraeg

Criw Cymraeg's Box

Chwarae gêmau Cymraeg

Chwarae gêmau Cymraeg

Playing Welsh games

Blwch Trysor

Blwch Trysor

Treasure Box

Darllen llyfrau Cymraeg

Darllen llyfrau Cymraeg

Reading Welsh books

Llyfrau Gymraeg

Llyfrau Gymraeg

Welsh books

Chwarae gêmau Cymraeg

Chwarae gêmau Cymraeg

Playing Welsh games

Darllen llyfrau Cymraeg

Darllen llyfrau Cymraeg

Reading Welsh books

Darllen y Beibl Cymraeg

Darllen y Beibl Cymraeg

Reading the Welsh Bible

Chwarae Pentre Bach

Chwarae Pentre Bach

Playing Pentre Bach

Chwarae Pentre Bach

Chwarae Pentre Bach

Playing Pentre Bach

Chwarae gêmau Cymraeg

Chwarae gêmau Cymraeg

Playing Welsh games

Darllen llyfrau Cymraeg

Darllen llyfrau Cymraeg

Reading Welsh books

Siarter iaith

Siarter iaith

Welsh language charter display filling up!

Chwarae gêmau Cymraeg

Chwarae gêmau Cymraeg

Playing Welsh games

Chwarae gêmau Cymraeg

Chwarae gêmau Cymraeg

Playing Welsh games

Siarter iaith

Siarter iaith

Welsh language charter display

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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.

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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 Hwb

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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Ysgrifennu gweddiau

Ysgrifennu gweddiau

Writing prayers in the Prayer Garden

Damhegion Iesu

Damhegion Iesu

The Sower and the Seed

Ein polin heddwch

Ein polin heddwch

Our peace pole

Yr Hwch a'r Hadau

Yr Hwch a'r Hadau

The Sower and the Seed

Goleuo'r gannwyll

Goleuo'r gannwyll

Lighting the candle

Christingle in Dosbarth Derwen

Christingle in Dosbarth Derwen

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Canon Evans

Ash Wednesday Service

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Croesi ar ein blaenau

Crosses on our heads

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Canon Evans

Ash Wednesday Service

Canon Evans

Canon Evans

Ash Wednesday Service

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Croesi ar ein blaenau

Crosses on our heads

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Croesi ar ein blaenau

Crosses on our foreheads

Dweud ein gweddiau

Dweud ein gweddiau

Saying our prayers

Mad for Mosaics

Goleuo'r gannwyll

Goleuo'r gannwyll

Lighting the candle