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  • The Curriculum at Ysgol Pen Coch

    At Ysgol Pen Coch we strive to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that is individualised and meaningful to all our pupils. 

    The WG new curriculum is currently being finalised following the publishing of Dr Donaldsons 'Successful Futures' report that outlines the purposes and aims of developing pupils who continue to learn beyond their years at school. Links to the 'Successful Futures' document and Welsh Government website can be found below.

    Our Curriculum:

    • Language, Literacy and Communication (Including LNF - Literacy)
    • Mathematics and Numeracy (including LNF - Numeracy)
    • Digital Competence Framework (with links to ICT and computing)
    • Using My Body
    • Performing Arts
    • Just Being Me
    • Experiential Learning
    • Play and Being with Others
  • Enrichment Curriculum

    In its recent Successful Futures report  the Welsh Assembly has challenged schools to use the curriculum imaginatively to help children become:

    1. ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
    2. enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
    3. ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world, ready to be citizens of Wales and the world
    4. healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society

    At Ysgol Pen Coch we have been freed up to deliver a truly specialist curriculum to meet the practical learning needs of our children.  Our new afternoon sessions will provide enrichment activities with greater focus on life skills, social skills, body awareness and becoming engaged in the world around.

    How it works for us :

    • Morning sessions will retain their focus on language and communication, mathematical development, personal and social development, digital competence and Welsh. These areas will still permeate across the whole curriculum throughout the day but in addition :
    • Afternoon sessions will focus on  five curriculum enrichment areas: Using My Body (PE and gross motor skills), Performing Arts (communication and play), Just Being Me (sensory and self awareness), Hands On (experiential learning) and Play and Being Wit Others (social skills and play).
    • Your child’s class will experience each of the enrichment areas, one afternoon per week. 
    • Each teacher is responsible for one of the curriculum areas and will plan to ensure that your child has the right experiences within that area.
    • Learning will still be guided by annual targets and termly IEPs.
    • You can still request specific therapies apart from the afternoon activities.
    • We will still use home school diaries for day to day communication.

     What this will mean for your child:

    • greater access to therapeutic and individualised activities
    • afternoon sessions that are more focused on his/her needs and actual ability level
    • more time in activities away from tables and chairs in the classroom
    • communication with and from school will be clearer as your child will have only one class teacher with lead responsibility for him/her
    • recognition and development pupil's personal strengths, interests and skills
    • help pupils become increasingly self-aware and better able to self-regulate their personal barriers to learning
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  • Mathematics and Numeracy

    We currently use two main schemes to support the development of Mathematics and Numeracy across the curriculum in school. These schemes along with the new curriculum and targets allow staff to develop activities that promote the development of key skills in this area.

    Teachers also incorporate elements of other schemes into their teaching that appeal to the needs and interest of pupils.

    Boo Zoo

    Learning mathematics and numeracy skills through stories and activities.


    A multi-sensory tool which promotes number skills through practical activities.


  • Useful Apps for Maths and Numeracy

    • Realtickles
    • PintNumbers
    • Shape Up! Lite
    • Can You Count?
    • Count on me
    • Shapes
    • 123 Draw & Colour
    • 123 Zoo
    • My First Numbers
    • Kids Match
    • ColsNumsMG
    • Sums
    • Maths age 3-5
    • Maths age 4-6
    • BasicSkillsPRE
    • Caboose Exp
    • KidsPatterns
    • Beebot
    • Doodle Maths
    • Kidslearning123
    • Telling the Time
    • Robo Maths Number line Galaxy Lite
    • Robo Maths Fractions Lite
    • AB Maths Lite
  • Languages, Literacy and Communication

    Oxford Reading Tree

    Speech and Language Therapy

    POPAT (Programme of Phonic Awareness And Training)


    PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)

    Nexus Fine Motor

  • Useful App

    please find below a link that takes you to a webpage dedicated to finding the most appropriate apps for working with all types of learners. You are able to search by topic/category. It gives you a list for each topic/category plus a description of the app.

  • Maths


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  • Hands On

    Your child will spend these afternoons with lots of hands on experiences.  Different activities will be scheduled across the year, with cookery, gardening, science and Forest School at school, and lots of trips shopping, to parks, to interesting places.

    Activities to include:

    Forest Schools, shopping, Creative Arts project, cooking, swimming, community visits, gardening, parks, Flint Castle

  • Just Being Me

    This afternoon concentrates on health and wellbeing, with sensory activities to help your child relax, focus and develop their personal and body awareness and artistic talents.The activities will relate directly to the pupils attainment levels in PSE and Art.

    Activities to include:

    reflexology, story massage, TACPAC (tactile communication), vibroacoustic therapy, Art therapy, virtual reality, neurofeedback

  •  Performing Arts

    This is the time for your child to develop their communication skills by trying them out in all sorts of wonderful ways - acting, singing, miming, role play, mirror play or playing a musical instrument.  There will be chances for art/craft making props such as masks.

    These sessions will enable us to include parts of history and religious studies into our work as we'll be inspired by Christmas, Easter and Harvest, St David's Day and Eisteddfod. The activities will relate directly to the pupils attainment levels in History, Music  and RE.

    Activities to include:

    acting and role play, drama, Sing and Sign Choir, playing instruments, Skoog and Soundbeam, art

  • Playing and Being With Others

    Playing is a hugely important part of everyone’s life.  It is, simply, fun.  But actually play is how people, and especially children, are designed to learn.  We learn best when we are enjoying ourselves.  We want to do those fun activities again and again.  We try out all sorts of things we could never do for real, find out about how the world works, tell stories, children get to be in control and safely practice life like situations. 

    When we play with others we learn about turn taking, sharing, other people’s feelings, waiting, giving and taking.  So play is the “work” for this afternoon.Activities undertaken during these sessions will relate to pupils attainment levels in Design &Technology and PSE.

    Activities to include:

    DIR Floortime (structured play), Incredible Years programme, Wii, Building Club (Lego based therapy), Venture Into Play

  • Using My Body

    During this afternoon your child will take part in activities that build whole body skills, strength and co-ordination - these are called gross motor skills.  These will be delivered on both a group and an individual basis according to need.Activities in these sessions will relate directly to pupils attainment levels in PE.

    Activities to include:

    gym, Sherborne movement, dance, riding, ball skills, boccia, rebound therapy, athletics, physiotherapy, swimming