To provide a broad balanced and varied curriculum for all children. We endeavour to promote and foster self confidence, self discipline, self expression and self esteem in each child. But this can only be achieved by seeking the full cooperation and support of parents and in so doing, create a structured partnership between the home and school.
The National Curriculum drives the educational ambition of every school but essentially we hope to create a happy and loving environment where all children are encouraged to achieve high standards of behaviour and work. We also endeavour to nurture and encourage pupils who show talents in other directions whether they be musical, artistic, dramatic or sporting.
Throughout the year, each Year Group undertake topics in which to deliver the Curriculum.
Autumn Term - The Bear Hunt
Spring Term - Space
Summer Term - Castles
Autumn Term - Living in Rhyl and Castles
Spring Term - Up, Up & Away and Springtime
Summer Term - The Beach and the Olympics
Autumn Term - 'Ourselves'
Spring Term - 'Growing' and 'Light and Dark'
Summer Term - 'The World Around Us'
Autumn Term - Dinosaurs
Spring Term - Space
Summer Term - The Seaside
Autumn Term - Healthy Me
Spring Term - Buildings and Materials
Summer Term - Light and Dark
Autumn Term - Flight
Spring Term - Hot and Cold
Summer Term - Explorers
Autumn Term - Sustainable Earth
Spring Term - Mountains
Summer Term - The Earth in Space
Autumn Term - World War Two
Spring Term - Inventions
Summer Term - River Clwyd and the River Nile
One of our main focus' in Ysgol Bryn Hedydd is
Children learn, practise, develop and refine a range of skills in our school. Some of these skills are specific to certain subjects; others are universal key skills and support learning in all subjects. These key skills underpin learning throughout the school. We aim to equip children with these key skills so that they can be as successful as possible in the future.
There are six key skills set out in the National Curriculum:
This includes listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Application of number
Mental calculation skills, and learning how to apply these skills to solving number problems.
Using new technology to find analyse, interpret and present information. It also involves the skills necessary to use technology appropriately and successfully.
Working with others
The ability to work well with others as a team member or team leader. When children are offered the opportunity to work with others, they learn to consider the views of others and to develop the social skills of co-operation and mutual understanding.
Improving own learning and performance
Children evaluating their own performance, and understanding what they need to do next in order to improve
Learning how to apply common techniques to solve problems in a variety of contexts and situations in any aspect of life.
These skills form the basis of success in all aspects of school life and are vital to life-long learning
Alongside these key skills, we follow the National Curriculum guidelines
English Language underpins and pervades all aspects of education and it is vitally important that each child has the opportunity to acquire skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, i.e. to communicate well and to be receptive to others who communicate.
All teachers are aware that Reading is the key to learning and here in Bryn Hedydd. Throughout the school, we follow a dedicated reading time, 'Amser Darllen' when reading takes place. This happens in each class, from 11.55a.m- 12.15p.m. This occurs in various ways, a teacher reading a class book, children reading individually, group reading or sometimes paired reading.
We encourage parents to read with the children as often as possible. Children will regularly take reading books home and where possible parents should give support by:
a) listening and reading with the children
b) indicating in the “home diary” progress made
Children have access to a variety of books in school through the well stocked central library and through the structured reading schemes in operation.
Indeed over the past few years we have expanded our range of reading materials. But remember that your local library has a wealth of reading materials accessible to all.
The new National Curriculum came into place with the emphasis more on the child improving their own learning and become less reliant on the teacher. With this new switch to improving pupils thinking and skill development the curriculum and how we teach our children will dramatically change over the next few years. Literacy work will become much more cross curricular and linked to almost all other subjects in the curriculum.
Children must still acquire basic number skills through tables, counting, knowledge of number bonds, place value, setting, and shape. We use a variety of resources and texts to support our teaching, thereby affording a strong element of continuity and progression. Above all, we aim to deliver mathematics in a meaningful, relevant and interesting manner.
One of the three core subjects within the National Curriculum, Science has acquired a higher profile in recent years. Children are encouraged from an early age to become aware of the world around them and are given the opportunity to experiment in a practical and structured way. Through this “hands on” experience they address the problem, ask questions, hypothesise, predict and interpret their results.
(Geography, History, RE)
The aim is to give children an awareness of the world in which they live, through studying their immediate environment and by gaining an appreciation of the world at large.
Geographical skills, as outlined in the National Curriculum, can certainly be applied through local “field studies” and classes are each taken on a strict rota system to local places of interest. To further enhance their geographical skills the children need access to a variety of resources and materials: atlases, globes, videos, post cards, maps both local and international, compasses and software packages etc.
The junior children are taken on annual outdoor pursuits study visits to Pentrellyncymer Outdoor Education Centre, Nant B H and Glan Llyn Outdoor Education centres.
The aim is to provide children with an appreciation of their past. Present day culture is based on past events and we endeavour to give children a clearer understanding of the World in which they live through a variety of study visits, external speakers and in-house provision.
At Key Stage 1
Pupils are given opportunities to develop an awareness of:
a) the past and of the ways in which it is different from the present
b) changes in their own lives, families, localities, events, personalities
At Key Stage 2
Pupils are taught about important developments in the history of Wales and Britain in selected periods. Studies are made of local history, personalities, key events – all developed within a chronological framework.
RE – RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
The law stipulates that RE must be taught in accordance with principles and policies determined by the LEA. RE must be provided for all pupils who are in attendance at the school. However, parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons if they wish to do so.
Parents considering this are asked to inform the Headteacher in writing. It is the only area of the school curriculum in which this right applies.
Our RE teaching reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian and Christianity has influenced British History and Culture. Proper account however, is taken of the beliefs and practices of other principal religions represented in this country. This is reflected in our approach to the teaching of RE through the six dimensions listed in the Revised Agreed Syllabus for RE which are stories and events, celebrations, lifestyles, beliefs, questions/concerns/issues and community.
ACT OF WORSHIP
This is quite distinct from RE. There has to be an act of “collective worship” which can take place at any time during the normal school day, parents again have the right to withdraw their child from acts of worship but not school notices.
In Bryn Hedydd we have a daily act of worship for infants and juniors, when there is truly a “collective worship” for all. In an attempt to add variety there are occasions when local clergy are invited to participate in our services and likewise children are involved at different times of the year. Parents are invited to these “special services” and their involvement is much welcomed.
Welsh is taught as a second language in Bryn Hedydd and is introduced informally and incidentally from an early age. Familiarity with everyday terminology becomes a common pattern in all classes with a natural progression indicated from year to year. Underlying this informality, is a structured plan incorporating speaking, reading and writing of the Welsh Language.
The Welsh Language is very much part of the Welsh Culture and heritage of Wales. Therefore the language is incorporated into collective worship, musical events, and children actively encouraged to participate in the “Urdd Movement”. Groups of children are escorted to the residential Welsh Language Centre at Glan Llyn, Bala and we regularly send pupils from year 6 to Ysgol Glan Clwyd for their secondary education. (See headteacher for details)
Music is an essential part of any school and here in Bryn Hedydd we encourage enjoyment of Music through performing and listening. The three major categories of Music are:
In performing pupils are encouraged to sing/play a range of Music controlling pitch, dynamics, rhythm and phrasing. Composing helps pupils to develop and refine Musical ideas thus producing simple compositions using basic musical elements. By appraising a variety of Music both of their own and others’ pupils gain an appreciation of style and content.
In school we offer all children the opportunity to join the school choir. We also have the support of peripatetic violin, cello and woodwind teachers who visit school weekly and give tuition to a limited number of junior pupils.
The scheme “Sounds of Music”, a very popular and comprehensive whole school scheme, will hopefully continue to develop and extend the high standards throughout the school.
One of our visions for the future is to start both a school orchestra and rock band. Could you help?
ART (CRAFT AND DESIGN)
Like History and Music, art forms part of our culture and heritage. Art is a developing medium and pupils can express their skills and feeling through this subject.
The National Curriculum highlights three areas of development:
In the first instance children compare their own work with that of others, thus providing an awareness and an understanding of different methods used to create various art forms. Secondly, the pupils can use a range of materials and tools to achieve a variety of outcomes and apply their developing understanding of visual art. Thirdly, through observation and investigation, the children select and record images and ideas further enhancing their understanding and knowledge of creative art.
Therefore the school reflects and displays a commitment to the visual arts by displaying various sources of art and we invite and openly encourage any parent who is able to offer their skills in this department, to give support and assistance whenever possible.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTERS
Each class and each child is given access to the computer/laptop/ ipad on a daily basis. Our aim is to allow children to become competent users of IT equipment and software and to effectively communicate and handle information.
Ultimately the children will use IT in all subject areas where they will select information and address its value in supporting their day to day work. For example, in maths and language children can enhance their presentation and use software to compliment existing schemes. In art, computers offer the opportunity to expand the individual’s design and graphical skills. Word processing provides an opportunity to create stories/poems, magazines. In Design and Technology children explore the processes of planning and design.
Pupils in Ysgol Bryn Hedydd are afforded the opportunity in their work to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, economic, environmental, historical and linguistic characteristics of Wales as laid down in the National Curriculum.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION
There will be a programme of curriculum activities mostly integrated into other areas of school
life, and provide opportunities for pupils’ personal and social development as well as preventative /diagnostic and remedial activities. The programme aims, for example:-
- To develop in the child a sensitivity to the needs of others, resulting in social interest and the wish and ability to co-operate with others;
- To assist pupils in the development and understanding of themselves and of their developing abilities, interests, achievements and opportunities
- To develop personal confidence in the child’s ability to have purposeful goals in life, to overcome normal obstacles and problems and to arrive at solutions which can be achieved independently.
The child should be a happy and well balanced individual, and be able to exercise self control. He/she should find enjoyment in a variety of aspects of school work, gain satisfaction from achievements and begin to realise that he/she can play an important part in his/her own development.