Teaching and Learning
In progress steps 1 and 2, the teachers plan thematically and use the pupil voice to determine their themes. Here, the focus is on developing independent and inquisitive learners with a variety of activities inside and outside the classroom. There is a focus on ensuring a homely and stimulating learning environment that engages pupils' interest and curiosity and develops their skills, knowledge and understanding. Within the continuous provision there are a number of different learning areas that are adapted and enriched according to the topic under discussion and the theme e.g. the digital den or the little finger area. Pupils work independently, with the teacher as part of the focus group or with the learning support assistants in order to thrive. In years 1 and 2 we present classroom challenges where pupils have the opportunity to work independently to face and overcome challenges and solve problems.
In progress step 3, teachers also plan thematically with a focus on developing pupils 'cross-curricular skills'. There is a focus on the 6 Areas of Learning and Experience whilst planning, with regular opportunities to gather the views and voice of the pupils. In class, the pupils will have the opportunity to work independently when completing class challenges or as part of focus groups with teachers or assistants. Classes include specific learning areas as part of ongoing provision that challenges and encourages pupils to work independently and be inquisitive e.g. The research island or the numeracy region.
The Humanities, Expressive Arts and Health and Wellbeing lessons are included in the timetables for Years 7 and 8 pupils at Ysgol Caer Elen. Similarly, Health and Well-being is an area of learning and experience placed on Years 9 and 10 timetables. Areas of Learning and Experience are collaborating on exciting units in Progress Step 4 to ensure the highest quality of education which includes relevant and innovative work. There is a focus on integrating cross-curricular responsibilities across the curriculum as well as offering rich experiences inside and outside the classroom.
The School prides itself on being able to offer pupils a wide range of exciting GCSE subjects. We have a team of hard-working and experienced teachers who work tirelessly to provide the best learning experiences for the pupils. The School prepares and supports pupils through the process of selecting option subjects for Year 10. There are assemblies and presentations, open evenings and parents' evenings as well as a informative KS4 Course Handbook to ensure that pupils are confident in choosing the subjects that are suitable for them.