The National Curriculum for Wales (KS2)
The curriculum refers to the range of subjects we teach our children, and also, to the development of different ‘Skills’ (Thinking, Communication, ICT and Number).
All children follow a curriculum based on the National Curriculum for Wales, which include eleven subject areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Information
Communication Technology, Design Technology, Geography, History, Art and Craft, Music, Physical Education and Welsh as a second language. Religious
Education is also compulsory.
The curriculum provided at the school is broad and balanced and targets all aspects of learning. Pupils participate in a range of activities carefully matched to their levels of ability and maturity.
All policies and schemes of work are available for parents to see.
Children in the schools of Wales are entitled to a curriculum that reflects their own sense of identity and place. The term ‘Cwricwlwm Cymreig’ is used to identify those aspects of the curriculum that are unique to Wales. This ‘Welsh dimension’ of the curriculum is developed through a Welsh ethos within the school, through the selection of appropriate subject content and through the
learning of Welsh. Bilingual approaches are used across the curriculum to develop the children’s understanding of Welsh in different subject areas and school settings.
It is compulsory that Welsh is taught as a second language throughout the school.
It may help you to know that generally each group will be covering the National Curriculum levels as listed below, but of course each child will be allowed to
progress according to his/her particular needs. Children will sometimes be taught as a whole class, sometimes in small groups, sometimes individually. The children’s work will be regularly assessed by the Class Teachers. All Class Teachers use INCERTS which is a computerised system that allows all pupils to be assessed in all subjects, continuously. This then aids teachers to be able to plan the next step in each child’s programme of learning.
Children between 3 and 7 years of age are not governed by the National Curriculum. They follow the ‘Foundation Phase’ Curriculum requirements. It is the aim of Foundation Phase Teachers, to ensure each child becomes actively involved in their learning, as well as, independent and responsible learners.
The areas of learning are:
– Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
– Mathematical Development
– Knowledge and Understanding of the World
– Personal and Social Development, Cultural Diversity and Well-being
– Creative Development
– Physical Development
– Welsh Language Development
Foundation Phase (Outcomes 1 to 6)
Nursery working outcomes 2 or 3
This is the beginning of the Foundation Phase, children will generally be working at Outcome 1 or 2
Reception working outcomes 3 or 4
Children will be generally working at Outcome 2 or 3
Year 1 working at outcomes 4 or 5
Children will be generally working at Outcome 3 or 4
Year 2 working at outcomes 5 or 6
Children will be generally working at Outcome 4 or 5 – with some children working towards Outcome 6
Key Stage 2 (Levels 3-4)
Key Stage 2 (Levels 3-5+)
Year 3 (7-8 year olds)
This is the beginning of Key Stage 2 and children will generally be working at Level 3.
Year 4 (8-9 year olds)
Children will be generally working at Level 3 and towards Level 4.
Year 5 (9-10 year olds)
Children will be working at approximately Level 4 or above.
Year 6 (10-11 year olds)
It is hoped that most children will have reached Level 4 and may be working towards Level 5 at the end of this Key Stage.
Assessment Recording and Reporting
Grange uses a computerised assessment system called INCERTS. The system is used across the school.
All pupils’ individual progress in all areas of learning and subjects is inputted onto the system on a weekly basis. Staff use the system to plan learning activities and lessons as well as assess pupils’ achievements.
Staff also use the system to set individual targets for pupils in language, mathematics and science at Key Stage 2. Children’s progress is tracked and monitored termly against targets. The system helps to identify pupil under achievement as well as over achievement.
As required by law the school undertakes an Entry Assessment of all Nursery pupils during the Autumn Term. This baseline information provided the school with data. All staff are involved in setting long term targets for individual pupils at the beginning of the year. Targets are tracked and monitored during the course of the year.
At the end of the year staff evaluate progress made by each pupil against the initial target set.
During the summer term teachers administer NFER standardised assessments with children in Year 1 to Year 6 and National Tests for Year 2 to Year 6 pupils.
Supporting Pupils with Additional Needs
Meeting pupils’ additional needs is firmly at the heart of our practice. Pupils with additional needs are entitled to early identification and support. This is achieved through organisation of teaching and learning in the classroom,
reinforcement with parental support or through involvement where applicable of other agencies from the local authority’s access on inclusion service. The school offers a range of literacy and numeracy interventions to ensure pupils reach their full potential. Our Additional Learning needs Co-ordinator (ALNco) ensures the best possible provision is provided for the children. Registers
are kept of children identified as having additional learning needs in line with the Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of special needs. Pupils’ progress is monitored by the ALNCo in consultation with the class teachers, parents and any additional agencies involved. Every effort is made to review the progress of pupils on the additional learning needs register with
parents three times a year.
Disability and Accessibility
We have a policy for accessibility which outlines the school’s approach to ensuring that pupils and adults with disabilities have equal access to the schools facilities.
Welsh is part of the National Curriculum and is taught throughout the school – Nursery to Year 6. It is now a statutory requirement for Welsh to be assessed at the end of Key Stage 2 ( Year 6 ) to test the children’s ability in Oracy, Reading and Writing.
Collective Worship and R.E.
It is compulsory for Religious Education to be taught
throughout the school. The school is not affiliated to a
specific denomination and every child is expected to
attend a daily act of collective worship.
A child may be excluded from collective worship on
sectarian grounds following a request form he parent
with whom alternative provision will be discussed.
The curriculum is enriched with visitors to the school and out of school visits.
The school has many highlights. These include a Harvest Service, Christmas Concerts, St David’s Day, Easter Bonnet parades, Class Assemblies, Sports Day and an end year Leavers’ Assembly.
Children are encouraged to participate in fund raising charitable events extra curricular activities. The school provides a range of extra-curricular activities. Those children who take advantage of these opportunities benefit considerably in many aspects of their overall development. It is entirely due the commitment, care and concern of both teaching and support staff these activities take place. Some of the extra- curricular activities include:
– Sports Clubs ( rugby, football, netball, cricket, gym, table tennis)
Physical Education and Games
Physical Education is a strong feature of our school. As well as being carried out on a regular basis as part of the school’s curriculum we have several extra-curricular sporting clubs. Pupils are
encouraged to participate in all areas of P.E. and games, and swimming sessions at various times throughout the year are compulsory for junior aged pupils. All pupils are expected to change for P.E. lessons. All jewellery must be removed for P.E. and sport activities.
Specialist Music Provision:
– Y4 to Y6 learn to read formal musical notation.
– the Specialist Teacher leads weekly sessions where emphasis is placed on the vocal aspect of music.
– Opportunities are provided for children who wish to learn to play a more specialised musical instrument such as flute, clarinet, violin or cello.
– pupils with hearing impairment participate in all the above musical sessions
A number of musical events are organised every year where the children are given the opportunity to share their musical talents with their peers and parents using the wonderfully equipped stage in our spacious hall. Special celebrations take place at Harvest, St. David’s Day, Easter and Christmas. A whole school production is held in December and a range of class and special assemblies are organised throughout the year.
Enriching the Curriculum
– Educational visits to a wide range of venues are arranged for all classes each term linked to their curriculum areas of study providing excellent first hand experiences on which to build learning.
– Guests invited into the school enhance the delivery of the curriculum sharing their knowledge and expertise in a variety of ways.
– Our Community Police Officer provides us with carefully planned information sessions for all our pupils on Road Safety, Cycling Proficiency, Stranger Danger, Bullying and Drug Education (for older pupils).
– Representatives from a number of local religious organisations contribute to our daily assemblies.
– Drama groups are employed to work with the children and provide performances linked to the Personal and Social Education areas of study.
– Our parents and Governors share their talents with our school on a regular basis.
– There are many ‘Friends of Grange’ who contribute their expertise and time on a voluntary basis enriching the lives of the children at our school.