School Curriculum

All the staff are involved in the planning and delivery of the National Curriculum. The rich curriculum offered to our pupils ensures that all learning experiences are meaningful, relevant and motivating and meet the specific needs of learners, thus helping to further their all-round development. There is also continuity and progression from year to year.

The focus on Assessment FOR Learning (AfL) ensures that opportunities to identify strengths and areas for development are incorporated into the planning and delivery of the curriculum; this should help to promote inclusion and engagement in education and learning. More formal assessment tests are also used for Assessment of Learning; these help staff in monitoring individual pupil progress over the four years. Teaching groups are organised in a number of ways depending on the subject and lesson content – whole class, group work, independent and pairs.

Every effort is made for all age groups to cover the appropriate areas of the revised statutory orders for National Curriculum subjects, but there is particular focus on Educational Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship as part of the Geography curriculum and Bilingualism. These are priority areas as identified by the Welsh Government. The culture and traditions of Wales are reflected in Y CWRICWLWM CYMREIG, which permeates all aspects of the curriculum. Particular attention is placed on acquiring BASIC SKILLS in Numeracy and Literacy; the school holds awards for its continuing work in this area. Likewise, the development of IT Skills are promoted through the Digital Competence Framework.

CURRICULAR AIMS

The intention of the curriculum is to: –

  • Stimulate the educational, emotional wellbeing and social development of the children so they will be able to realise their maximum potential;
  • Create an awareness of and desire for the spiritual dimensions of life by giving the children knowledge of religions, particularly Christianity;
  • Instil a sense of moral values and to foster an awareness of the needs of others through personal, social and citizenship education;

The school sets out to provide every child with the opportunity of acquiring the following experiences:

  • The development of basic skills in all subjects taught at the school with due consideration for the age, aptitude and ability of each child;
  • The development of language in all its various forms so that it becomes a purposeful and meaningful means of communication. This will include listening, speaking, reading, writing and literacy appreciation;
  • An introduction to the world of science and scientific enquiry;
  • The development of confidence and competence in the use of numbers and measures, in order to become proficient when solving problems in a variety of contexts;
  • The development of technological skills and computer literacy through ICT and the Digital Competence Framework.
  • The ability to apply key skills across the curriculum areas;
  • The development of Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig (aspects of Welsh culture) by raising awareness and appreciation of the child’s local culture, the nation’s physical environment, Welsh language, traditions and heritage.
  • An awareness through the encouragement of self-expression through music, drama, art, crafts, Design Technology and physical education;
  • An awareness of the need for personal, social and health skills through cross curricula approaches ;
  • The need to foster an understanding that our actions in the environment have implications for the future;
  • The encouragement of health and safety practices in the school, home and the community

The organisation within each class will vary depending on the subject being taught. A variety of methods including whole class teaching, group work and individual work are used. The school also contains highly experienced and well trained Teaching Assistants who provide an invaluable support within the school.

Foundation Phase (3 – 7 year olds)

Children may be admitted to the school at the beginning of the term following their third birthday. Entry may be deferred until the child attains statutory school age.

Within the Foundation Phase, children are encouraged to become independent learners as soon as they start school. There are a number of ways in which parents can help the work of the school, especially in the initial stages of a child’s education. They should be able to:

  • Use the toilet
  • Dress themselves
  • Wash their hands before meals
  • Use eating utensils properly
  • Tidy up

We have well-resourced classrooms and staff who are highly trained in the principles of the Foundation Phase. The staff ensure that the children are engaged in practical learning activities to cement their understanding of key concepts. Learning opportunities are planned for both indoors and outdoors, providing real contexts to support the children’s understanding.

Children aged four to seven are entitled to free school milk.

Key Stage 2 Curriculum

The fundamental aim of education is to produce learners who are motivated, independent and are engaged and responsible for their own learning; learners who are able to make full use of new technologies and who will be able to learn and apply new skills effectively throughout their lives, whether in school, the workplace or at home.

At Golden Grove School we follow the National Curriculum:

The school teaches according to the requirements of the National Curriculum. This curriculum focusses on the development of skills, and aims to provide children with a positive attitude to education and a commitment to lifelong learning. Staff deliver a broad and balanced curriculum using a variety of teaching methods to deliver the curriculum to all pupils and to suit a range of learning styles.

The curriculum at Golden Grove School is taught through a thematic approach with classes following a broad theme each term. Great emphasis is placed on the children developing their own ideas through problem solving and critical thinking.

To encourage the development of key literacy and numeracy skills, the school has recently purchased Building Blocks. Building Blocks provides us with exciting and stimulating ‘rich tasks’ that teachers can link to the Foundation Phase Framework and the KS2 Subject Orders.