The Curriculum at Clase Primary School
English is the medium in which all curriculum subjects are taught. Welsh is taught as a second language and is known as Welsh Second Language.
Our children receive a broad and balanced curriculum with the emphasis placed on how children learn. The school ethos is core to how we teach. We plan the curriculum so that there is continuity, progression and challenge whilst ensuring creativity and the inclusion of every child.
The new curriculum in Wales
In response to the publication of ‘Successful Futures’ in 2015, Clase Primary is working towards the development of the new curriculum in Wales. We have been adapting our provision to make sure that we are working towards the important purposes and principles in the report.
The purposes of the curriculum in Wales should be that children and young people develop 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.
The new curriculum in Wales will have six Areas of Learning and Experience:
Health and well-being
Languages, literacy and communication
Mathematics and numeracy
Science and technology.
These areas of learning aim to promote and underpin continuity and progression.
Weaving across the six Areas of Learning and Experience will be the three Cross Curriculum Responsibilities:
In Clase we organise our curriculum into themes and topics, this enables our children to learn in the Areas of Learning and Experience and to apply their literacy, numeracy and digital competence skills.
This approach is used across the whole school and we aim to develop the ‘whole person’ so pupils embody the Four Purposes (listed above).
Foundation Phase provision begins when our children are 3 years old with entry into the nursery and continues until our children leave Year 2. We encourage children to develop reading, communication and mathematical skills from the very beginning. Much of this early learning is achieved through first hand experiences and carefully structured play. We encourage children to develop an enquiring mind and take increasing responsibility for their own learning. In Year 2 the styles of teaching begin to prepare pupils for learning Key Stage 2.
The areas of learning in the Foundation Phase are:
Personal and Social Development
Well Being and Cultural Diversity
Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
Welsh Language Development
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
The outdoor environment is a very important part of the Foundation Phase curriculum. The Nursery has its own specially equipped outdoor area. We make extensive use of our covered area for outdoor learning in the Reception. Year 1 and Year 2 classes make good use of all the Foundation Phase gardens.
We teach children phonics throughout the Foundation Phase using the multisensory approach ‘Letters and Sounds’. This provides a solid foundation for successful reading and writing.
The teacher and teaching assistants will keep ongoing records for children’s experiences and assessment of their learning needs will be ongoing throughout the school year. Wherever possible we encourage children to think about what has been learned and what is the next step they need to take to help them learn more.
At Clase Primary School, in Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2, we manage classes so that the pupils have every opportunity to develop and grow in their learning and therefore we have classes with mixed age groups.
In mixed age classes older pupils peer mentor the younger ones and younger pupils bring to the class more enthusiasm and energy. It helps to create friendship bonds across the years and children develop faster from watching older children.
We have also found that mixed age grouping is of great benefit for both the younger and older groups. There’s a sense of inspiration and motivation in the classroom of mixed age grouping. This creates a learning friendly and motivating atmosphere for our children.
We want our children to understand and to be proud of their own culture, language and heritage. Welsh is taught as a second language with the emphasis on conversational fluency in preparation for further development in the secondary school. Planned use of the Welsh language ensures Welsh is used throughout the day.
An interest in Welsh culture is developed throughout the school through the learning of Welsh songs, poems and hymns.
Pupils are given opportunities where appropriate, to develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the cultural, economic, environmental, historical and linguistic characteristics of Wales.
We are very proud that we have achieved the Bronze Siarter iaith award in the Summer term 2018.
An act of collective worship takes place daily. Pupils, teachers, headteacher, clergy and friends of the school lead the worship. ‘Seren yr Wythnos’ (Star of the week) assemblies are held regularly to celebrate pupils’ achievements.
Parents/carers are invited to join us for special occasions and celebrations. Vicar Anthony, Kevin Davies and other members of the clergy team visit the school on a regular basis. From time to time children may visit local places of worship. If you wish your child to be withdrawn from Religious Education, please speak to the head teacher so that alternative arrangements can be made.
We believe that children, whatever their background, ability or religion, will find themselves able to benefit from the experience of Religious Education. We believe that RE encourages a reflective approach to living, knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices and a development of personal skills in forming reasoned opinions, based on evidence and argument.
Religious Education makes a strong contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils. Through the teaching of RE we hope to give the children a sound basis of Christianity and other faiths.
If you would like more information about the curriculum please look at the school prospectus on this website. School Documents