Curriculum

In accordance with the requirements of the Education Act 1986, the Education Authority has formed, and intends to review regularly, a written statement of policy regarding the secular curriculum.  The requirements of the National Curriculum will be interpreted in the light of the Authority’s present policies and philosophy.

Quoted below are the introduction and general aims of the statement as seen in the Education Authority’s document:

INTRODUCTION

The aim of an education system is to create situations and provide resources that will enable each child to develop a full personality, to develop and exercise all his or her abilities, to provide for the pupil in accordance with his/her age, ability and aptitude, so that he/she is able to become a responsible member of a bilingual society, able to contribute to that society and benefit from it, and to live in peace and fraternity with fellow men.

There are three inter-related aspects to the general statements, i.e. the need:

  • to enable each child to develop his/her full potential.
  • to ensure that each child is introduced to his/her Welsh heritage.
  • to give an opportunity for each child to develop as a full member of a rapidly changing society.

General Objectives

1.To develop oral, literary and numerical skills in the context of inspiring the child’s enthusiasm, imagination and interest.

2.To increase the child’s knowledge and to develop his/her powers of reasoning in order to assist him/her to adapt to a rapidly changing world which has more sophisticated processes and techniques in particular in relation to information technology.

3.To create in each child the desire to seek further knowledge and experience during his/her life and to develop his powers of mind, his/her moral and spiritual awareness.

4.To assist the child to live and work with others and to develop attitudes which will enable him/her to become a responsible member of the community.

5.To develop sensitivity, aesthetic appreciation and leisure skills in the child.

6.To provide particular attention for each child with special needs, e.g. for the exceptionally able and for those with various disadvantages.

7.To present ideas and concepts by employing lively and dynamic methods which will motivate pupils’ response.

It is necessary for every school to prepare and develop a comprehensive plan based on the Education Authority’s document.  This plan will include details of the education course and the way it is operated in order to ensure that the education given to the pupils meets fully with the aims of the document.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Ysgol Craig y Don has no direct or formal affiliation.

The religious education provided is based on the agreed syllabus.  Suitable arrangements can be made for children whose parents object to them receiving religious instruction or attending religious services.

SEX EDUCATION

Health and sex education is provided as part of a continuing programme throughout the infant and junior years. The governing body has decided that sex education will be provided for all children in a manner appropriate to their age and development as part of a wider teaching programme, which emphasizes the importance of family life and personal relationships. At Foundation Phase and lower Key Stage 2 all the health and sex education is of a very general nature. In upper Key Stage 2, Years 5 and 6, the human reproductive system is taught and linked to Science, Personal, Social and Health Education. Our approach is continually under review to take account of pupils’ differing needs.

Parents/carers have a right to withdraw their child from sex education. Please contact the Headteacher if you wish to discuss this.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

It is the school’s policy to encourage each pupil to fulfil his educational potential regardless of gender, culture, additional needs, social background or disability.  Within this context, the school  is committed to eliminating racial discrimination, promoting equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different racial groups.

WELSH LANGUAGE – STATEMENT OF INTENT

GENERAL AIMS

The Conwy County Borough Council operates a bilingual policy in all its schools.

The aim is to develop the ability of pupils within the county so that they may become confidently bilingual and can be full members of the bilingual society of which they are a part.

All educational establishments within the county should reflect and reinforce the language policy in their administration, their social life and their pastoral arrangements, as well as in their academic provision.  It will be the responsibility of the Authority (in conjunction with the Head and the School Governors) to ensure that competent teachers are available in order that the proportion of time allocated to the teaching of both Welsh and English is in accordance with National Curriculum requirements.

Schools or units where Welsh is the main medium of instruction will be available, within reasonable travelling distance, for all children whose parents desire such provision.  Children in such schools will have regular and frequent instruction in English throughout their time in the Infant and Junior Schools.

SPECIFIC AIMS

A cross-county representation of Conwy headteachers are members of the County Welsh Working Party.  The main aim of the group, with the support of the Athrawon Bro, is to ensure that the provision and support for the development of the Welsh Language meets the needs and requirements of schools.

Nursery Education

Our aim is to ensure, through sensitively structured provision and organisation, that each child receives a firm foundation in Welsh in order to enable him/her, in due course, to attain the aim of full bilingualism.

Infants

Our aim is to build on the Welsh language foundations laid through Nursery Education; to consolidate and develop the mother tongue of children who are Welsh learners; to extend the competence in English of children from Welsh speaking homes.

Juniors

Our aim is to consolidate each child’s capabilities in Welsh and English, both active and receptive so as to progressively develop his/her skills in speaking, reading and writing fluently and confidently in both languages.  (Special provision will be made for Junior late-comers)

ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL)

The School works closely with the EAL service provided by Conwy County Borough Council.

PUPILS WITH ADDITIONAL LEARNING NEEDS

Ysgol Craig y Don has well established arrangements for identifying and providing for individual pupils’ additional learning needs.  It is our policy to assess pupils’ needs as early as possible.  The Code of Practice provides for close monitoring of this provision,  which can be in the form of in-class support, short term withdrawal  for support or simplification of the curriculum to enhance basic studies.

During all stages in the provision for a pupil’s special needs, we seek to work closely with parents, and emphasise the importance of good working relationships between the school and home.

PUPILS WITH DISABILITIES

Our school aims to be an inclusive school.  We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils.  This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for all our children, and this of course includes pupils with disabilities.  We will ensure that pupils with disabilities have the same opportunities as non-disabled pupils to benefit from the education our school provides.

Our Accessibility Plan details the changes required to our buildings and to other aspects of our school, so that we fulfil our legal requirements, and remove barriers to inclusion for all pupils and staff with disabilities.

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