Ysgol Mynydd Isa
Learning together - Succeeding together - Believing in all
Tymor y Hydref/ Autumn Term 2022
Cwricwlwm i Gymru/ Curriculum for Wales
See our journey so far this term...
The curriculum is at the heart of a school’s purpose and our curriculum at Ysgol Mynydd Isa reflects our core values:
Moving Forward with Respect, whilst Caring, being Happy and Together.
Moving Forward - encouraging resilience through challenge
Respect - Valuing self, others and the community
Caring - Nurturing self-esteem in a safe environment
Happy - Taking on every challenge with a smile
Together - Supporting all in an inclusive learning community
At Ysgol Mynydd Isa we use a thematic approach with an emphasis on cross-curricular links. This enables our children to apply their literacy, numeracy and digital skills, extending their vocabulary, knowledge and understanding, in a range of contexts.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure a child’s development across the Four Purposes: Ambitious, capable learners; Ethical, informed
citizens; Healthy, confident individuals and Enterprising, creative contributors.
Across all Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs),the application of numeracy, literacy and digital competency is robustly planned
for. Teachers plan and deliver learning objectives pitched appropriately to the learners needs. Lessons have success criteria to ensure the learners are aware of the particular skills they are looking to develop within that lesson.
In addition to literacy, numeracy and digital competence, teachers plan for opportunities to address relationships and sexuality education in line with the new CfW. Our curriculum addresses negative stereotyping through investigating similarities and differences, and promoting acceptance, diversity, citizenship and human rights.
The cultural and historical importance of our location in Wales is reflected in our curriculum. Learning across the AoLEs develops and celebrates the pupils’ and staff’s Welsh language skills, and
there are daily opportunites to reinforce these through incidental Welsh around the school.
Our curriculum vision is embedded within our Non-negotiables, an agreed set of skills, knowledge and experiences that we believe all children should have when they leave our school at the end of Year 6.
Progression within our Curriculum
In order to ensure that the skills and knowledge taught build sequentially with logical planned progression, staff will work cross phase using a small steps mastery approach to pinpoint progression within the descriptions of learning at each Progression step of each AoLE. This work will start in the Summer Term 2022 and continue into the next academic year.
Assessment within our Curriculum
‘Assessment is an integral part of the learning process, with practitioners working with learners to help identify their strengths, areas for development and next steps in learning.’
Teachers set targets alongside pupils. These targets enable pupils to understand their next steps, and enable them to recognise what and when they are achieving well. Older pupils have specific Target Time each week. This enables them to focus on their next steps in learning.
Pupil Progress Meetings between the Senior Management Team and teaching staff take place three times a year. This allows discussion of each pupils’ general development including their health and well-being. Targeted support for individual pupils is discussed and agreed.
Standardised Tests in Spelling, Reading and Maths are used to further support our understanding of individual pupils’ progression and needs.
Pupil Voice in our Curriculum
At Ysgol Mynydd Isa, we ensure Pupil Voice is meaningful and valued. Pupil School councillors, Eco-councillors, Digital wizards and members of the Criw Cymraeg share and make decisions that direct our curriculum and learning.
All pupils have an input at the start of topics to ensure the teaching and learning reflects their interests and needs.
Foundation Phase Home Learning Activities
Please click on the class below to see their activity grids.