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Primary Department
Penarth & Barry Campus

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Primary Department

In the Primary Department at Ysgol y Deri we support our learners in becoming ready to learn.  We foster a safe, nurturing and warm environment to help our pupils thrive with a staff team who promote playfulness, curiosity, acceptance and empathy.  


We start with the fundamentals of school life; teaching routine and structure, supporting the development of our pupils’ physical, emotional and sensory needs, and beginning our pupils’ journey with functional communication.  Pupils are encouraged to develop attention and focus, and a curiosity about the world around them. We believe in multisensory learning, and we often come home messy after an active day of learning! 


Pupil-centred practice is at the heart of our department, and we encourage pupils to take risks, express their likes and dislikes, and develop knowledge and skills that are of interest to them; all of this with a view that our pupils become: 

  •  Ambitious, capable learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives. 

  • Enterprising, creative contributors who are ready to play a full part in life and work. 

  • Ethical, informed citizens who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world. 

Primary Leaders


Siân Davey

Head of Primary

Penarth, Barry & Hafan

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Caroline Williams

Assistant Head

Penarth & Barry


Stuart Masterton

Primary Lead

Penarth & Barry


Beth Lye

Primary Lead

Penarth & Barry

Communication with Parents


Communication with parents/carers is central to the provision we offer our pupils. Teachers and the staff teams have regular communication with parents via class Class DOJO, where you will receive daily updates via class stories and be able to message the staff team or members of the Primary Leadership Team. Class teachers will provide parents/carers with information on how to access ClassDojo. We also hold termly events such as Coffee Mornings, ‘Stay and Play’ Sessions and Lessons Live where you can meet other parents and the teams who are central to your child’s development.   



Through a thematic curriculum we offer a wide range of cross-curricular learning experiences across the 6 areas of learning in line with the New Curriculum:  

  • Language and Communication 

  • Mathematics and Numeracy 

  • Humanities  

  • Expressive Arts 

  • Science and Technology  

  • Health and Wellbeing 


As a department we work closely with multidisciplinary teams (e.g. SALT, OT) and ensure communication and regulation strategies are fully embedded within the curriculum.  

Pupils also have access to a wide range of specialist opportunities including Forest Schools, Sensory Studio and Touch Therapy, to name a few.   

Primary Teacher's Responsible for Areas of Learning and Experience  


Food and Drink

Eating a healthy balanced diet and hydration is key to ensuring our pupils are ready to learn. As part of the daily routine classes offer breakfast and snack promoting healthy options. We request a small, weekly contribution towards this provision.



Pupils are welcome to bring a lunch box into school or have school dinners.  Please notify the class team if you would like your child to receive a hot meal which is prepared on site.

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