What We Teach

Subjects

The subjects we teach are divided into two stages over the years 11-16

KEY STAGE 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9 (Ages 11-13)

We teach the complete range of compulsory subjects and courses in order to comply with the National Curriculum.  Our major aim is to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of our pupils to form a sound basis for studies within KS4 and beyond.

Core Subjects

  • English (and drama)
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Foundation Subjects

Art

Design and Technology

Food and Textiles

Technology

French

Geography

History

Information Technology

Music

PE

Personal and Social Education

Religious Education

Welsh

 

 

KEY STAGE 4 – Years 10 and 11 (Ages 14-16)

All pupils continue to study the complete range of subjects required by the National Curriculum. They also choose further courses of study to develop their own interests and abilities.

Core Subjects

  • English and English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Double Certificate Science
  • Careers
  • Religious Education
  • P.E. (Statutory non-examination)
  • Personal & Social Education (incorporating Preparation for Working Life)
  • Welsh

Choices - Optional subjects drawn from:

Arts: Art, Music, Media Studies, Drama

Humanities: History, Geography, Religious Studies

Design and Technology: Food Technology, Child Development, Resistant Materials

Prince’s Trust

ICT, Business Studies

French, Welsh

P.E.

C.O.P.E.

 

 

Welsh Baccalaureate

This qualification was introduced into our school curriculum in September 2011, and is studied by KS4 students.  It is an overarching qualification based on the core curriculum, followed by all students and Options chosen to meet their individual needs.  The Welsh Baccalaureate aims to achieve a broader, more balanced curriculum for 14-19 year olds, helping students to develop knowledge and skills that higher education institutions and employers want them to have when they leave school.  The Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma is offered in Ysgol Bryn Alyn at Foundation (Level 1) and Intermediate (Level 2).

14 - 19 College

A variety of extended choices are offered in conjunction with Coleg Cambria and other providers.  In Year 11, pupils also have the opportunity to take the British Safety Council’s Health and Safety at Work Level 1 certificate.

Teaching Methods

A variety of groupings are used, but setting is the most frequently employed method. 

A variety of teaching styles are utilised, dependent on the subject, age and ability of the pupils, including teacher- led activities, individual and group work. The importance and use of personal research is continually underlined.

Additional Needs

Children who have learning or emotional / behavioural difficulties have an 'Additional Need'. This may also include pupils who have physical and/or sensory difficulties. The school aims to meet the needs of all pupils with Special Educational Needs, either throughout or at any time during their school career. Such pupils are given the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced education including the National Curriculum. Normally the needs of most pupils will be met in mainstream lessons, but occasionally pupils may be withdrawn to receive support. The knowledge, views and experience of parents are always sought so that there is the greatest possible degree of partnership between parents, children and the school. This support may extend to appropriate access arrangements for GCSEs and other assessments.  The school staff also work closely with outside agencies to maximise the support available. Extra support for some pupils is provided by classroom assistants, in line with the statutory Individual Education Plans.