Our Literacy curriculum includes Oracy,Reading and Writing. All skills are considered to be of equal importance and opportunities are given to develop these skills in a variety of ways. In partnership with parents we help your child to develop a love of reading and all children bring home a reading diary. In the Early Years we begin to teach Phonics – a method of learning letter sounds.
We use a lively and enthusiastic approach to this core subject with an emphasis on practical activities. Children are encouraged to develop a good mathematical language. The school uses many resources alongside the Abacus, Collins and Heinemann schemes. Computers are used as part of the maths curriculum and the children have lots of opportunities to develop their mental maths and investigative work, to solve problems.
Our science work builds on the children’s natural curiosity about the world. Learners are encouraged to explore their environment and find out why things happen. By presenting the children with discovery and investigative situations we develop the skills of: planning, observation and reflection – as well as developing co-operation and perseverance.
We value our children’s creativity and we provide a balanced Art curriculum which includes a lot of practical work.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology, the emphasis is on designing, making and evaluating, using a variety of materials. The children model with construction kits and use a range of tools to enable them to realise the importance of technology in everyday life.
Children will develop their knowledge and understanding through studying:
• their local environment
• a contrasting area in this country
• a contrasting area in another country
We aim to adopt a practical approach by using a variety of resources and we include fieldwork whenever possible.
The children will be taught about events and actions in the past, extending to the time before they were born. They will be taught about changes in the way people live and work. In KS2 the children study key historical periods and local history.
We are proud of our achievements in Information Technology and we have the NAACE award for IT. Our children are competent and confident users of IT and we are very well resourced at The Twyn School and all pupils have access to:
laptops and tablets
Our pupils are therefore able to develop excellent IT skills.
Our music provision is excellent and children are confident and capable in the three areas of performing, composing and appraising. Children are able to reach their musical potential and we can offer further support from a splendid peripatetic service. A small charge is requested from parents who wish their child to learn a musical instrument. All children undertaking these lessons must consider it a three year course that will continue until the end of Y6. The school service offers woodwind, brass, cello, guitar and violin. Lessons are available for KS2 pupils.
Religious Education and Collective worship
RE is provided in school as part of the basic curriculum under the guidelines of the 1988 Education Reform Act and in accordance with the statutory requirements. The school is multicultural in approach with an emphasis on Christianity. The programmes of study, attainments and assessments are approved locally by the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE).
Collective worship in school is conducted through a daily act of worship. A 'Celebration Assembly' takes place every Friday morning in KS2 where we award our 'Stars of the Week' and present certificates and other achievements. parents who wish to exercise their rights, under the 1988 Education Reform Act, to withdraw their child wholly, or in part, from RE and daily assemblies should contact the Head teacher in writing, to make arrangements.
We are very proud of our development in Welsh language and we support the Welsh cultural life across the curriculum. It is a compulsory subject for all pupils in accordance with the Welsh Assembly guidelines. All the staff and pupils use ‘incidental Welsh’ and everyone is encouraged to ‘have a go’ and be confident in their use of spoken Welsh. We participate in our annual St David’s’ Day Eisteddfod celebrations as well as learning about the history and culture of Wales.
Physical Education is a statutory requirement and an important part of establishing healthy lifestyles. Every pupil is expected to participate in PE lessons and parents are requested to inform the school if their child is not fit enough to participate in these lessons.
The Twyn School is a ‘HealthySchool’ and we are actively involved in the Physical Education and School Sports initiative (PESS). This ensures continuity and progression within PE and supports transition at KS2 to KS3.
Our school has a gym and three hall spaces. We also have the use of the playing fields opposite the school. In addition we have a range of outdoor equipment for use at break times.
We have many sport clubs running throughout the year. Information for these clubs is listed in extra curricular section of this website. Swimming lessons and an outdoor residential experience is provided for all pupils during their KS2.
Our school programme of Sex Education is agreed by the Governing Body. It is linked with areas of the National Curriculum and our Personal and Social Education programme. The main emphasis is on social relationships and does reflect the physical changes and needs of pupils as they develop over the key stages. Upon request parents may view the policy and discuss the teaching materials. Parents may withdraw their child, should they wish, from Sex Education.