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.
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 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 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:-
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.