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The Curriculum

The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum planned in accordance with the National Curriculum which teaches all children key skills, concepts and attitudes and develops their knowledge and understanding across all curriculum areas. Good quality teaching and learning and high expectations ensure our standards of achievement continue to rise.

 

Children in Foundation Phase are provided with a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play – a fundamental part of early learning.

 

 

 

 

 

The school uses the Foundation Phase Curriculum to plan learning opportunities in the following areas:

  • personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity
  • language, literacy and communication skills
  • mathematical development
  • Welsh language development
  • knowledge and understanding of the world
  • physical development
  • creative development

 

 

 

In Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) we teach the following subjects:

Mathematics

English

Science

Geography

History

Design and Technology (DT)

Art

Music

Physical Education (PE)

Religious Education (RE)

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

 

At Penyrenglyn we consider Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) to be an essential core subject which helps your child enjoy learning and achieve success.

 

Homework Arrangements

Each pupil is issued with a homework book in September.

Homework is given weekly and may include:

  • reading
  • maths
  • multiplication tables
  • spelling
  • Welsh
  • topic related tasks for example making a model, research

 

All homework needs to be returned for marking on time, so it can be marked before the next homework is issued. Homework is differentiated and challenging to meet the needs of the pupils.

 

Please let your child’s teacher know if they are finding their homework too hard or easy.

 

Assessment

Each child’s progress is tracked each term to ensure action can be taken at the earliest opportunity if they need additional support or need more challenge. During the autumn and spring terms you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and discuss their progress, and then at the end of the summer term you will receive an annual report which will summarise their progress during that year. Teacher Assessment results are reported to parents/carers in accordance with government regulations at the end of Year 2 and Year 6. National test results and pupils’ progress is also reported at the end of Year 2,3,4,5 and 6.

 

Religious Education (RE) and Assemblies

 

RE and assemblies play an important role in contributing to the aims of the school. The RCT locally agreed syllabus is statutory and encourages children to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of religious beliefs and cultures. It encourages pupils to develop a growing sense of their own identity as well as valuing and respecting the diversity in society. In addition, the school arranges a daily act of worship of a broadly Christian nature as required by law; assemblies include a hymn/song, religious/moral stories and reflection time/prayer. Assembly themes are based on the school’s values. Parents may request in writing for their child to be excused wholly or partly from assembly or RE.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

SRE is taught through the delivery of Science, PSHE and some aspects of RE. Our SRE policy and curriculum enable pupils to acquire an understanding of their physical, emotional and moral development. Younger children learn about how they grow, friendships, keeping safe, families and feelings. As they get older, they learn about similarities and differences between people, stereotypes, keeping healthy, personal hygiene, and dealing with emotions. The topic of periods is introduced in Year 5 with support from the school nurse. The topic of puberty is introduced in Year 6 with support from our school nurse. Parents are legally entitled to withdraw their child from the SRE programme.

 

Drug Education

Drug Education is taught through the delivery of the Science National Curriculum and PSHE. Our Drug Education Policy aims to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of drugs and medicines. It aims to encourage pupils to make informed decisions and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Younger pupils will learn about medicines and as they get older they will learn about the harmful effects of drug use sometimes with lessons led by the local beat police officer.

 

Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Penyrenglyn Primary School is committed to all pupils having equal access to the curriculum and receiving the best possible education by providing differentiated lessons that meet individual needs. Pupil with ALN are those who require additional learning support because they are struggling to learn in comparison with their peers. They have difficulty in learning because they:

  • have special educational needs;
  • have a disability;
  • have medical needs;
  • have gaps in their knowledge or skills due to prolonged absences from the education system
  • have difficult family circumstances e.g. due to bereavement;
  • have inconsistent access to education e.g. traveller pupils;
  • have a first language which is not English or Welsh
  • are looked after by the local authority
  • are underachieving due to care responsibilities e.g. young carers;
  • are more able and talented pupils with different needs

 

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Under the Education Act 1996 (section 312) and the SEN Code of Practice for Wales (2002), a child has a learning difficulty if:

  • he/she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of his/her age; or
  • he/she has a disability which either prevents or hinders him/her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of his/her age in schools within the area of the LA.

The term Special Educational Needs is broad and covers not just learning difficulties in Mathematics or English; it also includes pupils with communication difficulties, sensory and physical needs, and those with behavioural, emotional or social problems. We have an inclusive approach and we work in partnership with outside agencies, staff, children and parents to ensure high quality provision supports pupils with special educational needs.

 

The majority of special needs/ALN teaching takes place within the classroom yet some pupils may be identified as requiring small group teaching in literacy and numeracy. The termly tracking of your child’s progress enables us to identify and facilitate early intervention if necessary.

 

Some children may require an Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) to address their special educational needs/additional learning needs. Our Additional Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo) oversees the management, implementation and review of these plans. Please do not hesitate in contacting the school if you have any concerns regarding your child.

 

The school has high regard for the duty placed on it by the Disability Discrimination Act and endeavors to:

  • promote equality of opportunity between disabled people and other people
  • eliminate discrimination that is unlawful under the Disability Discrimination Act
  • eliminate harassment of disabled people that is related to their disability
  • promote positive attitudes towards disabled people
  • encourage participation by disabled people in public life
  • take steps to meet disabled people’s needs, even if this requires more

favourable treatment

 

A copy of the school’s Equality Scheme can be obtained from the Headteacher.

 

Charging Policy

When an educational visit is arranged for your child you will be asked to make a contribution of a specified amount towards the cost of the trip or visitors. Under the 1988 Education Act any such contribution can only be voluntary and no child will be excluded for financial reasons However, if we receive insufficient funds then we may have to cancel the event. A charge will be made for the loss of school books or for irreparable damage to them. A charge can also be made for willful damage to school property, such as broken windows or equipment. Some after school clubs may require charging too. A copy of the school’s Charging Policy is available upon request.

 

Other School Activities

Our provision of extra-curricular activities is growing and our current clubs and activities include:

 

  • Instrumental tuition – violin
  • Tip Tops Fitness
  • Football
  • Multi-skills
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Judo
  • Music
  • Penguins Club
  • ICT/Homework club
  • Craft club
  • Inter-school sporting competitions

 

Our breakfast club is FREE is open to all pupils. Children need to arrive no earlier than 8am and no later than 8:30am.

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