Ysgol Gronant celebrating success
Pictured: Pupils Mason, Tyler, Mia and Emily along with headteacher Dawn Bayliss, Claire Homard - Chief Officer for Education and Youth, Cllr Ian Roberts - Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Teaching Assistant Alison Owen, Vicky Barlow - Senior Management for School Improvement and Foundation Phase teacher Rachel Watson work on maths together
The Foundation Phase provision of a Flintshire primary school has recently been recognised as good practice by Gwe (School Effectiveness and Improvement Service for North Wales).
Ysgol Gronant is federated with Ysgol Trelogan in the Point of Ayr Federation and all staff work collaboratively to provide learning experiences that are engaging and challenging for the young learners.
The Foundation Phase teacher, Mrs Watson, has developed a fantastic Foundation Phase area which engages and challenges the pupils who are aged from 3 to 7 years old.
Head teacher, Dawn Bayliss, said:
“Every member of staff is fully committed to embedding the Foundation Phase pedagogy. The passion they have for our children has resulted in our learning environment being engaging and vibrant.
“The children are encouraged to be independent learners and thrive due to the opportunities they are given. All of our children achieved their Foundation Phase indicator in Mathematical Development and Personal and Social Development last year.
“Mrs Watson has embraced the introduction of new technologies and has created her own green screen areas and Seesaw sound booths for children to record and self-assess their achievements independently. She is now working with Ysgol Trelogan to share the good practice that she has developed.”
Ysgol Gronant is inviting everyone including prospective future pupils and their parents and guardians to an open afternoon on Thursday, 31 January between 2pm and 4:30pm. You will have the chance to see the Foundation Phase area as well as the rest of the school and its fantastic facilities. It will also give you the opportunity to talk to staff and current pupils and see what opportunities the school has to offer.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said:
“This large Foundation Phase space has been created with so many different areas for pupils to learn and have fun, including painting, role-play and even a recording booth with a green screen – it is really excellent.
“It unleashes their curiosity and allows imaginations to grow and their creativity to blossom.”
Chief Officer for Education & Youth, Claire Homard, said:
“Giving young children the very best start to their educational journey and exciting them about learning from their earliest days at school is fundamental to future academic success. The pupils at Ysgol Gronant are getting the very best learning opportunities while they are in Foundation Phase and this will enable them to thrive and achieve their potential in the future.”
Pupils Millie, Theo and Scarlett
Pupils Emily and Alex