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School Aims

The general aim of the school is to provide quality of education within a framework of quality of life.  This may be achieved through Educational Aims and School Aims.

 

  • Develop a sound knowledge of the Catholic faith by helping to produce responsible individuals able to care for themselves and get on with others different from themselves, recognising that each has different individual needs.
  • We aim to develop good relationships with the Governing Body, St Francis and St Clare’s Parishes, the local community, home and support services, in order to meet the children’s needs and educational requirements.
  • Develop religious and moral values, a respect for oneself and others, which informs everyday life and relationships, promoting appreciation of other races, friendliness, politeness, as well as a respect for ones own property, the property of others and the school environment.
  • We wish to give the children the confidence and the ability to question and apply themselves to situations, to tackle and solve problems with flexibility and openness of mind to meet challenges, make judgements and encourage them to reach their full potential in all they do.
  • We wish to give children a sense of enjoyment and pride in their achievements, a positive self image, respect and dignity and real aspirations to achieve their goals.
  • Encourage pupils to appreciate human achievements and aspirations in order to inspire their lives and encourage high aspirations in themselves.
  • Develop the child’s knowledge, skills and understanding across all areas of the curriculum.
  • Evaluate our work and aims at regular intervals adapting them as necessary to identify the training needs of all staff.
  • Help each child to know and understand the world in which they live, with special reference to Wales, Welsh culture and language.
  • Maintain and further develop links with Mary Immaculate High School.

 

Educational Aims

  • To recognise the uniqueness of each child created in the likeness and image of God and to help him/her to develop his/her fullest potential
  • To develop respect for religious and moral values
  • To make each child an independent learner, actively and purposefully participating in his/her own learning.
  • To provide a stimulating environment in which each child is given a variety of means to communicate.
  • To develop the skills of literacy and numeracy so that they can be used effectively in further work and craft.
  • To enrich the child's aesthetic and linguistic experience through story, poetry, music, drama, art and craft.
  • To encourage the children to be aware of and to enquire about their environment and to be aware of the geographical, historical and social development that have shaped their community and to use this to develop all learning processes.
  • To train the children to develop scientific and study skills through topic work, the use of resource material and the library.
  • To develop lively, enquiring minds capable of logical and sequential thought.
  • To develop relationships between children, teachers, parents and the community and use them to further the school's educational effectiveness.
  • To equip the children with 'life skills' such as respect, care for others (persons, property and opinion), sensitivity and critical awareness in order that they might become caring responsible citizens.
  • To provide each child's physical and manipulative development through drama, dance, movement, physical education and craft.
  • To help pupils to understand the dynamism of the world in which they live and the interdependence of all living and non-living things.
  • To capitalise on the talents of every member of staff and encourage professional development.
  • To carefully monitor progress in order to detect learning difficulties as soon as possible and to provide for those who are specially gifted as well as the under achievers.
  • To establish an environment within which teaching and support staff, governors, advisers, parents, future parents and friends of the school can work with each other for the successful achievement of these aims.

 

School Curriculum

We provide our pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, which seeks to educate the whole child in addition to academic and practical education. The curriculum is organised according to pupil needs with teaching styles that develop a positive attitude to learning, the understanding of concepts and the acquisition of knowledge and key skills.  Pupils will need this to enable them to cope in a rapidly changing society and economy.  Through the curriculum we promote equality of opportunity so that all children have equal access to opportunities which enable them to fulfil their potential whatever their gender, ethnic origin, ability or social circumstances. The curriculum is regularly reviewed, evaluated and monitored so that the children receive an education which is up-to-date and relevant. The curriculum includes the Foundation Phase, the National Curriculum and the Religious Education Programme for RC Schools.  Some subjects (for example the Core Subjects) are taught discretely while the Foundation Subjects are taught through Contexts for learning (topic based/ research projects.)

 

Religious Education

Religious Education is provided through positive Catholic teaching. The Religious Education programme ‘Here I Am’ is used throughout the school. The programme is presented as a series of topics which draw on the children’s experience to present the teachings of the Church in a way which they can understand. Religious Education lessons are enriched with teaching about the liturgical year, with special emphasis on the feast days and seasons of the Church.

Religious Education is the foundation of all our teaching and learning and as such permeates the school curriculum and the whole life of the school.

 

English/ Language, Literacy & Communication

The English curriculum consists of speaking and listening (including drama), reading and writing (including spelling, grammar and handwriting.) Our aim is for children to become enthusiastic and fluent readers, to be able to express themselves in a number of different writing styles for different purposes, to be able to speak confidently to a range of audiences and to listen with concentration.

 

Mathematics/ Matematical Development

Our aim is for our children to feel confident in Mathematics and to be able to apply their knowledge and skills in solving problems which are related to real life situations. We place emphasis on mental mathematics and encourage the children to work out problems in their head before using a pen/ paper method. The children engage in activities of a practical and investigative nature throughout the school. These structured mathematical investigations give the pupils opportunities to develop problem solving skills. Mathematics is taught during maths lessons as well as through other subject areas.

 

Science/ Knowledge & Understanding of the World

In the study of Science, children learn to make sense of the world in which we live. We encourage children to question and learn through structured investigations. Our aim is to help our children to develop scientific skills, knowledge and understanding through a range of practical investigations. 

 

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

The importance of ICT in real life is reflected in its growing importance in the school curriculum. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils acquire the confidence and ability to use ICT and to this end children have opportunities to access computers. ICT skills are taught in ICT lessons and children are provided with regular opportunities to practice these skills and develop their knowledge by using ICT in other subject areas. The school is linked to the Internet and under careful supervision children can explore the World Wide Web.

 

Welsh/ Welsh Language Development

Welsh is taught as a second language to all classes throughout the school. Our aim is to help our children to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the language through structured teaching activities, incidental opportunities, song, prayer and through the curriculum. Also all opportunities are taken to encourage the children to become aware of the rich culture and heritage of Wales through Cwricwlwm Cymreig.

 

Music/ Creative Development

We aim to provide first hand musical experiences that area sufficiently absorbing and challenging to engage pupils in order that they should experience and develop their skills in composing, performing and appraising music. Also junior children wish to, they may have the opportunity to learn to play brass or woodwind instruments.

 

Physical Education/ Physical Development

Our aim is to foster positive attitudes towards PE and to promote the skills of co-operation, team work and fair play.  Pupils engage in athletic, games, gymnastics and dance activities. Extra curricular clubs enrich the pupils’ experiences.

 

History/ Knowledge & Understanding of the World

We seek to develop a sense of time, an understanding of change and continuity, the workings of cause and effect through developing a curiosity about events in the past and comparing and contrasting past and present by learning about the history of Wales and Britain, local history and the history of other countries as well as key events and personalities.

 

Geography/ Knowledge & Understanding of the World

Our aim is to encourage the children to explore the relationship between the earth and its peoples and to develop a sense of identity and a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

 

Art/ Creative Development

We aim for our children to develop the confidence and ability to express themselves creatively and imaginatively through a range and variety of activities. Art is taught as a subject in its own right and through other subjects in the curriculum.

 

Design Technology/ Creative Development

Pupils are given the opportunity to develop and apply knowledge and skills to designing and making good quality products that are fit for their intended purpose.

 

Personal, Social and Health Education

The personal and social well being and the health of all our children is essential to their development in every aspect of school life. Children learn about keeping themselves safe, about personal hygiene, healthy eating, exercise and taking care of each other and the property of others. Emphasis is placed on developing a sense of personal responsibility and independence. PSHE is taught as a subject in its own right and through other subjects in the curriculum and during many other opportunities throughout the school day. The Governors have decided that Sex Education will not be taught at present in the context of the PSHE curriculum framework. However, further consultation with the other partner schools in the Mary Immaculate Cluster will be ongoing to ensure a consistent approach.

 

Homework

Homework is an important part of a child’s education. Homework is the best practical expression of the link between home and school. Although the type of homework and time allocated varies and increases as the children progress through the school. Homework can be given for a variety of reasons:-

  • to reinforce/ extend work which has been introduced in school
  • to complete unfinished work
  • to prepare for a test
  • to research a topic

 

The value and success of homework depends upon both the school and home fulfilling their own distinctive roles. The school needs to ensure that homework is given/ marked promptly and contact parents if a child does not complete his/ her homework. Parents need to support/ assist their child with the work set, make sure that the work is returned to work on time and inform the school if homework has not been completed.