Our Curriculum

The Curriculum at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn

The curriculum concentrates on literacy, numeracy, interpersonal and work training skills through a broad range of specialist subjects appropriate to the needs of all pupils but which also conforms to the aims of the National Curriculum including a foreign language for Key Stage 3. Pupils in the 6th Form and Ty’r Ysgol follow a more independently based programme of Work Experience, College placements and work aimed towards external accreditation in various vocational areas.

The School aims to offer a modified, relevant, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum encompassing the National Curriculum, which ensures entitlement and embraces a variety of teaching situations. Our staff are experienced in applying a range of autism-specific approaches in the classroom as appropriate for individual pupils including TEACCH, PECS, Social Stories™, Makaton, schedules and visual supports.

Primary

In our Foundation Phase provision for pupils from 3 to 7 years of age, the emphasis is on the development of skills through a play based curriculum which incorporates well planned and structured activities.

For pupils between the ages of 7 and 11 years the curriculum is based on the Curriculum for Wales and seeks to embed learning within authentic contexts across the both the compulsory curriculum aspects of (RVE), (RSE), Welsh and English and the 6 areas of learning and experience (AoLEs);

  • Languages, Literacy and Communication
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Science and Technology
  • Expressive Arts
  • Health and Well-being
  • Humanities

Our Curriculum Rationale outlines the vision and values that underpin our curriculum at Plas Brondyffryn and explains how the Four Purposes are promoted throughout.

The purpose of every school and setting’s curriculum is to support our children and young people to be:

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

 

Work across the Primary department is organised within termly whole-school themes and follows a rolling four year cycle to ensure breadth of coverage within the curriculum. 

The topic plans for each theme can be found via the link below and are updated to reflect current teaching and learning. There is an ongoing emphasis on developing the communication skills of all pupils and differentiated support is provided using recognised ASC teaching strategies.

Topic Plans/Maps

Cycle 2 (2022/2023)

Cycle 2 Autumn Coch/Oren/Gwyrdd/Melyn To Infinity & Beyond

Cycle 2 Autumn Gwyrdd/Melyn/Glas To Infinity & Beyond

Cycle 2 Spring Coch/Oren/Gwyrdd/Melyn Traditional Tales

Cycle 2 Spring Gwyrdd/Melyn/Glas Traditional Tails

Cycle 2 Summer Coch/Oren/Gwyrdd/Melyn Animals

Cycle 2 Summer Gwyrdd/Melyn/Glas Animals

Cycle 3 (2023/2024)

Cycle 3 Autumn Coch/Oren/Gwyrdd/Melyn Food

Cycle 3 Autumn Gwyrdd/Melyn/Glas Food

Cycle 3 Spring Coch/Oren/Gwyrdd/Melyn New Life

Cycle 3 Spring Gwyrdd/Melyn/Glas New Life

Cycle 3 Summer Coch/Oren/Gwyrdd/Melyn We Are The Champions

Cycle 3 Summer Gwyrdd/Melyn/Glas We Are The Champions

 

Key Stage 3, 4 and Post-16 – Ty’r Ysgol

At KS3 pupils follow the National Curriculum differentiated by their class teacher to support the needs of pupils with moderate/severe learning difficulties. At KS3 pupils work towards achieving Asdan ‘New Horizons’.

At KS4 & Post 16 Pupils continue to follow the National Curriculum with greater emphasis on developing independent life skills this is linked to the 14-19 Learning Pathways with themes/topics supported by Equals ‘Moving On’ scheme of work and the Asdan Award Scheme. At the end KS4 pupils achieve Asdan’s ‘Transition Challenge’ and Post 16 pupils work on modules for ‘Towards Independence’

Key Stage 3, 4 and Post-16 – Park Street

At KS 3 and 4 pupils follow the National Curriculum and are taught by specialist teachers in the core subjects. Pupils work towards external accreditation including:

  • Entry Levels
  • GCSE's
  • Prince's Trust Xl
  • Vocational courses

The Post 16 pupils have a varied curriculum benefiting from the school's links with establishments such as Denbigh High School, Denbigh Community College and Pengwern College, where pupils are able to integrate and attend accredited courses. All pupils continue their work towards further achievements in ASDAN and Prince's Trust Xl.

Welsh

Although we are an English medium school, we are committed to promoting the Welsh language as an integrated part of school life. The majority of our pupils come from homes where English is the first language; however, as a school within Wales, the school will promote an ethos where Welsh culture and heritage is supported and celebrated.

Sex Education and Health

The school has adopted the Personal and Social Education Framework that was published by the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills in 2000 and again in 2008. This was approved by the Welsh Assembly Government for use in schools, and prepares a curriculum that satisfies the requirements of teaching Sex Education in the four Key Stages.

Sport and Games

The school gives every pupil the opportunity to take part in sport. We encourage links with clubs e.g. swimming. The school is a member of the North Wales Association for People with Learning Disabilities. Students take part in the Urdd Eisteddfod Folk Dancing sessions and other competitions as well as the sports they participate in as part of the National Curriculum. Some students take part in the Annual Welsh Games each year, which is a three-day residential event alternating each year between Cardiff and Bangor.

We strongly believe that giving children the opportunity to take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities enriches their education thus playing a vital role in their development, such as visits to local community facilities, Outdoor Pursuits Centres, Welsh Language Centre. Pupils accessing the residential site undertake many activities in the evenings including bowling, swimming, skiing, snorkelling, etc.

Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn aims to help pupils:

  • Develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills;
  • Acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment in a fast changing world;
  • To use language and number effectively;
  • To have respect for religious and moral values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life;
  • Understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations;
  • To appreciate human achievement and aspirations.