The Infant Department is housed in a separate building but is able to make use of the facilities of the Senior and Junior Sections. The Infant building itself provides a secure, friendly and colourful suite of rooms that enables the children to be independent but safe at all times. Each classroom has areas for ‘carpet time', formal lessons, play and ‘messy' activities. There is a large communal room with added space for activities such as painting, role play, construction and games. The Infant department has its own well-stocked library with a librarian who is experienced in working with young children. Every child visits the library once a week to select a book to take home. In addition, there is a quiet room for individual or group lessons with a specialised learning support teacher.
ICT plays an important part in the curriculum and the department is well equipped. An ICT suite, equipped with a laptop for every child in the class is used to teach ICT skills and support learning in other curriculum areas. Each year group has its own interactive whiteboard. A specialist music teacher holds her lessons in the main music department, using a huge range of instruments and other facilities. Similarly, a specialist Drama teacher delivers lessons in the Roald Dahl Studio, the school's performance space. This well equipped hall, with stage lighting and seating for 200, is also used by the Infant Department for assemblies, parties, theatre visits, concerts and productions. PE and Games also benefit from the shared site: lessons are held in the Sports Hall, Roald Dahl Studio or on the school fields and Games lessons are delivered by specialist teachers.
The Infants have their own delightful play area within the walled garden. There is a soft surfaced area with play train and seating and an informal garden with climbing frame, willow den, apple trees, shrubs and flowers. Play equipment such as balls, ropes, hoops, space hoppers and building bricks are used whenever possible.
The school's situation in Llandaff provides a wealth of opportunities for the children to experience life outside the campus. The Cathedral is regularly visited, as is the High Street as a geography resource. Favourite places in Cardiff include Techniquest, St Fagan's Museum, the New and Sherman Theatres, the National Museum and Art Gallery, Llandaff Fields, the Castle and Cardiff Bay. All of these are within easy visiting distance of the school.
Finally, our parents provide a rich resource for us. In the past few years we have received visits from police, firemen, doctors, nurses, dentists, airline pilots, traffic wardens, cooks, gardeners, authors, actors, TV presenters, ornithologists, zoologists, archaeologists, sportsmen and women, artists, sculptors - the list goes on. Life is certainly never dull at the Cathedral School!