THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The teaching of the National Curriculum is a legal requirement in all state schools.
We have an Early Years Nursery classroom ages 3-4 years currently part time 9.00-11.30am and afternoon session of 1.30-3pm.
Garnteg Primary School teaches the Foundation Phase . aged 3 – 7 years and Key stage 2 of the National Curriculum and involve children at 7 – 11 years at KS2.
Those children entering school at age 4 fall outside National Curriculum requirements, but will be introduced to the skills and knowledge within an appropriate early years curriculum. This allows for a smooth transition into Foundation Phase.
The subjects of the New Curriculum from 2008 to the present day are as follows:
Foundation Phase 3-7 yrs
Key areas of learning
• Language & Communication
• Mathematical Development
• Physical Development
• Knowledge & Understanding of the world
• Creative Development
• Welsh Development
• Personal & Social Well Being & Cultural Diversity
KS2 7-11 Yr 3, 4, 5, 6
Core Subjects Foundation Subjects
Science Design Technology
Welsh Second Language Information Technology
Religious Education, whilst not included as a New Curriculum subject, is a statutory requirement for all children unless parents request otherwise.
Welsh Second Language is taught throughout Nursery to Year 6. It is taught incidentally and through a structured teaching programme based on themes. Currently, the school has the support of an ‘Athrawon Bro’ for one hour every three weeks.
The New Curriculum has provided schools with a progressive framework of skills and knowledge to be taught. Within its structure, the school has the freedom to choose the most appropriate methods in which to deliver it. In Garnteg we match the delivery of the curriculum to the needs of the children and the content of the lesson. The methods used will be class, small group, and individual.
Our endeavour is to provide our children with a curriculum appropriate to their needs now and in the future, enriched with worthwhile experiences and opportunities.
Garnteg Primary School uses a thematic planning approach through the Early Years, Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2. Topic mind-maps highlight curriculum coverage. They highlight discrete areas of teaching, e.g. Mathematics.
• For the Foundation Phase, teachers use an Umbrella Topic for the term, e.g. I am … You are/Pirates and Princesses.
• They then create mind-maps for the seven key areas of learning: Language and Communication, Mathematical Development, Physical
Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development, Welsh Development, Personal and Social Well Being
and Cultural Diversity on a ½ termly basis
• In addition, weekly plans highlight differentiated activities, assessment opportunities and resources. Planning is also linked
to the School Improvement Plan
• For Key Stage Two, teachers create mind-maps for the curriculum subjects of: English, Mathematics, Science, Welsh, History,
Geography, RE, Music, Art, PE, DT and PSE.
• For Key Stage Two, overview plans for subjects detail main objectives, differentiated activities, assessment opportunities and
resources. They also show linkage to the School Improvement Plan.
• Weekly planning grids highlight the main learning outcomes for each session and are completed by teachers during the weekly
planning and preparation time.
• When mind-maps in the Foundation Phase and KS2 have been created, teachers highlight the skills that the children will be
taught on the Skills grid. This ensures skills coverage.
• An Additional Learning Needs identification sheet accompanies planning grids and highlights how those children with additional
learning needs are supported.
• A Thinking skills lesson is taught weekly in each year group.
Children are continuously assessed throughout their time at school by the teaching staff. At the end of Foundation Phase and KS2, 7 and 11 years respectively, children are assessed and this information is submitted to the LEA and then to the Welsh Assembly.
At Foundation Phase the teacher assesses the children in their skills in communication ie: oracy reading, writing, mathematics and Personal and Social and Welsh development.
At KS2, teacher assessment takes place in English, Mathematics Science and Welsh.
The results of the teacher assessments will be included in your child’s school report and discussed at Parent Consultations in the Summer Term.
Pupils in Nursery and Reception are given a base line assessment as they enter school. Year 1 children undergo standardised testing in Mathematics each year, whilst Year 2 to year 5 children under take annual tests in reading, spelling and mathematics. In year 4 complete a non-verbal reasoning test.
These tests offer the school diagnostic information from which future learning can be planned.
All parents are offered a twice annual consultation of 10 minutes duration with the class teacher. These take place in the autumn and summer terms. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of these sessions. In the autumn and spring terms your child’s exercise books will be available for you to browse through, and in the summer term their ‘Record of Achievement’ will also be available. Following the summer term report, we ask that you fill in a comment form on your perception of your child’s progress for that year. This will form part of their Record Of Achievement.
If at any time you should have a concern or a query, regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to speak with the class teacher, Deputy or the Head Teacher.
Formal written reports are sent home by pupil post in the summer term.
Mixed Year Groups – Garnteg Primary School
Information to parents split year groups 2014-15
Garnteg primary school has always operated split year group classes as well as single age classes. From time to time questions arise about split year group arrangements. The statutory foundation phase split classes have been operating in most schools throughout Wales and the UK from the beginning of Foundation Phase where learners are taught their skills appropriate to their stage of development. At Key Stage 2 however, there remains a minority of queries, the following provides information to parents on split classes.
Click to download: Mixed Year Groups 2014-2015