From Nursery to Year 2, children follow the Foundation Phase. The statutory areas of learning in the Foundation Phase are:
- Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity
- Language, literacy and communication skills
- Mathematical development
- Welsh language evelopment
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development.
From Year 3 to Year 6, children follow the statutory curriculum for Key Stage 2. The subjects for this stage are:
- Physical Education
- Information Communication Technology
- Design and Technology
- Religious Education*
- Personal and Social Education (including Sex and Relationships Education)*
There is also a statutory expectation that learners aged 7 to 14 should be give opportunities in all curriculum subjects to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, economic, environmental, historical and linguistic characteristics of Wales. This is known as Cwricwlem Cymreig.
The National Curriculum for Wales, 2008 is learner focussed, with emphasis on skills development. In each Area of Learning for the Foundation Phase, or in each subject for Key Stage 2, there are statutory skills and range which children must cover.
The Welsh Government have also introduced the Literacy and Numeracy Framework or LNF, which sets out literacy and numeracy skills which children should be using from aged 5 and above. These skills are designed to be cross curricular so that literacy and numeracy skills can be developed in all areas of the curriculum.
At St Thomas Community Primary School, we ensure the statutory elements of the National Curriculum, in as much as the range and skills, are addressed. However, we operate a flexible approach as to how those elements are covered. This allows us to maximise opportunities which arise each year and also enables us to ensure that children play a key role in leading their learning whenever possible.
Parents have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education or Sex and Relationship Education, if they so wish. Please contact us to discuss if this is something you are considering.
If you require any further information in relation to the curriculum we offer, please feel free to contact us.
NB. There is currently a national consultation and review taking place, regarding the National Curriculum and Assessment for Wales. This review is being led by Professor Graham Donaldson.