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3. Humanities

Through the teaching of History we want children to develop a chronological awareness, with an understanding about the past and its influence on life today. We will also show how our actions today will mould future events; and as a consequence show the importance of these actions. Pupils also develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of their local environment and the history of Wales. Children will have opportunities to experience history at first hand through visits to Museums, Coal Mines, Celtic Forts and London, to name just a few. Historical evidence is often open to interpretation based on cultural differences and the validity of sources. Children will be made aware of this; and are encouraged to question and investigate their findings independently using reference books and ICT. Our History curriculum covers the Celts, Life in 19th Century Britain, The Second World War and The Tudors.

 

Children explore the visual language of art in a wide variety of materials and methods, using their own experience, memory and imagination. They are encouraged to talk about their work and that of others and explore the history of art and artists. Art is for enjoyment, self-expression and esteem and to foster a sense of purpose and achievement. They will develop their ICT skills by researching work of other artists and using computer software to produce artwork.

 

Geography is taught to help children understand their environment and how it relates to the wider world. Geography is about place – the interaction of people and the environment.

 

By studying Geography children can begin to respond to questions such as:

 

  • What is a place like?
  • What has made this place like it is?
  • How does this place differ to other places?
  • How is this place changing?

 

They will be given the opportunity to:

 

  • Develop and use appropriate geographical skills and vocabulary
  • Describe and compare places, features and offer explanations for what they observe
  • Become aware of places beyond their own local area
  • To acquire and apply a widening range of geographical skills
  • To investigate and identify changing and contrasting geographical patterns and how they relate to physical and human processes
  • To observe, describe and explain how features, patterns and processes are linked to geographical issues.
  • Work independently in pairs, groups or alone to find information using the reference library and the internet

 

There is an act of worship every day in school. On Fridays we gather together for an achievement assembly and present pupils with certificates. We often have visitors from the community in to speak to the children during assembly. Assemblies are broadly Christian in character. We are, however, committed to the principles of respect and tolerance for all religions and a range of cultural and religious beliefs may be studied as part of topic work. If any parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from assembly or Religious Education teaching please see the Head Teacher.

 

From an early age children are taught about their bodies through the Science curriculum. As children progress through the school the information they have access to becomes more detailed, if it is appropriate to their stage of learning. The school health nurses give an informative talk to pupils during Years 5 and 6 about puberty. If any parent has any concerns regarding sex education they are welcome to see the Head Teacher.

 

All children are taught music. At Foundation Phase level music is integrated throughout the day through rhymes and songs. Children are also given opportunities to play untuned percussion instruments learning to use beat and rhythm.

 

At KS2 children build on these foundations, and are given opportunities to use both tuned and untuned instruments to accompany music written by other composers whilst creating their own compositions. They are encouraged to listen to and appraise a large variety of music from around the world.

 

Singing, in particular, is encouraged for all children and we have a peripatetic singing teacher who visits all ages of the school throughout the school year. Our school choir perform, not only for the school and during concerts, but in the local community and competitions. We offer peripatetic instrumental lessons for Key Stage 2 children on recorder, brass and woodwind instruments.

 

In 2016 the Parti Unsain came first at the National Urdd Eisteddfod, returning in 2017 to claim third place in a highly competitive catergory. Our Recorder group gained a very creditable second place this year.

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