School Curriculum and Ethos
Our main aim is to provide a pleasant and secure environment, where all the children are encouraged to develop as individuals, as well as acquiring sensitivity to the needs of others. Whilst attention is given to the basic skills, we also try to instil a healthy attitude towards school. ‘How to learn’, is important as well as ‘what is learnt’. The rules of the school which are kept to a minimum, are meant to ensure an orderly society, based on trying to see that each child will fit into that society. Educational needs, should include what the child needs for himself, and what he/she needs as a member of society. Some needs are of the present and others of the future.
The school curriculum, however, needs to be rooted upon educational criteria, which can be translated into appropriate curricula for children of all ages and attitude.
By ensuring ‘what is taught’, and ‘the way it is taught’, we should help children to realise their potential to the fullest extent.
A list of definite aims of the school may therefore be stated, in order that they cover the following areas of capabilities, attitudes and values.
The school will therefore aim:
- To provide a happy environment for the children and to encourage them to become well-mannered and considerate of others and show interest and pride in their school and be responsible members of society.
- To provide a curriculum which is broad in dimension and balanced as specified in the National Curriculum directives.
- To help each child reach their full potential by appreciating a range of individual needs and endeavouring to cater for them.
- To employ a child’s interest whenever possible, as a vehicle to stimulate him or her wanting to master the process of learning, bearing in mind that the prescriptive nature of the curriculum is not conducive to exploiting this aspect fully.
- The ultimate aim is to achieve self-discipline, which must be encouraged and fostered through systems of records, incentives and activities.
- To provide opportunities that will enrich experience and accelerate the aesthetic appreciation of life.
- To help the child take the best values of home and school as a basis of their understanding of and attitudes towards all other environments.
- To emphasise current technological and scientific requirements in school.
- To help the children understand that learning is a life long process.
- To ensure that pupils gain the advantages of Welsh as a second language, and become reasonably fluent in the language, as part of a process extending into the Secondary School.
- To develop a Welsh ethos in a school, nurturing aspects of Welsh culture throughout the curriculum where applicable.