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Our School Curriculum - inspiring ambition!

Our vision is to provide an education of excellence that will inspire ambition and creativity in a safe and supportive learning environment in which adults and children can strive for success.


To achieve our vision the curriculum and school life at Penyrenglyn Primary is underpinned with universal positive human values.

            HELP       COOPERATION        KINDNESS       RESPECT      FRIENDSHIP


Our School Curriculum has been designed in consultation with staff, parents, governors, children and other local schools. It has been designed in accordance with the requirements of the new Curriculum for Wales which was implemented from September 2022.


It supports the Curriculum for Wales' FOUR CORE PURPOSES

All children and young people will be:

  • Ambitious, capable learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
  • Enterprising, creative contributors who are ready to play a full part in life and work.
  • Ethical, informed citizens who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.
  • Healthy, confident individuals who are ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society

Our pupils have added one more at Penyrenglyn!

  • kind, trustworthy friends ready to help and support others

It provides a broad and balance curriculum in six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs): 

  • Expressive Arts 
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Science & Technology
  • Humanities 
  • Mathematics
  • Language, Literacy, Communication (including Welsh and International Languages)





 Our school curriculum gives children the opportunity to develop their key skills across all AoLEs:

  • Literacy skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Digital skills


As well as the integral skills of:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Critical thinking & problem-solving
  • Planning and organising
  • Personal effectiveness, e.g. resilience, independence



   Our children will also learn about:

   - Diversity & inclusion

   - Rights of the Child

   - International, national and local perspectives

  -  Career and work-related experiences


Click here for our LONG TERM CURRICULUM PLAN which shows how we have planned for the 27 What Matters Statements required by the Curriculum for Wales.




As a school, we are ensuring our school curriculum supports our commitment to: 


Equality and Inclusion

Penyrenglyn Community Primary School promotes equality and inclusion positively in all aspects of school life and is firmly committed to addressing prejudice, discrimination and harassment concerning race, gender, disability, sexuality and age. The school aims to achieve equality and equity for all including those with Additional Learning Needs.

The Welsh Language

Penyrenglyn Community Primary School is committed to making a positive contribution to the development of the Welsh language and will:

  • treat the Welsh language no less favourably than English,
  • encourage Welsh speakers to take advantage of the services they have the right to receive from us in Welsh, and
  • provide training and support for all staff to encourage them to use the Welsh language.

As an English medium school learning will take place in Welsh and English from the early years onwards.

Homework Arrangements

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 to meet the needs of the pupils.


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



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. National test results and pupils’ progress is also reported at the end of Year 2,3,4,5 and 6.


Religion, Values & Ethics (RVE) 

RVE plays 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 and non-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.



The school arranges a daily act of worship of a broadly Christian nature as required by law; assemblies can include a hymn/song, religious/moral stories and/or reflection time/prayer. Assembly themes are also linked to the school’s values. 


Relationships and Sexulaity Education (RSE)

RSE is taught through the delivery of Health and Wellbeing. Our RSE 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. 

Please click here HERE to read our RSE policy and see more details of our RSE curriculum.


Drug Education

Drug Education is taught through the delivery of Health and Wellbeing. 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:


  • Dance
  • Netball
  • Cooking
  • Art & Craft
  • Sports Club
  • Multi-skills
  • Rugby
  • 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.