Curriculum for Wales guidance was published by Welsh Government in January 2020 for roll out from September 2022. In short, it aims to help each school develop its own curriculum, enabling their learners to develop towards the four purposes of education – the starting point and aspiration for every child and young person in Wales.
The principles set out in the four purposes of Curriculum for Wales are already central to everything we do at Bryn. We endeavour to ensure we meet all of our pupils’ various and evolving needs in a way that will equip them to succeed in leading fulfilling lives as valued members of society. We regularly listen to our learners’ views on the academic, social, emotional and physical aspects of their learning experiences and continually look for ways to put their views into practice.
Curriculum for Wales requires schools create a curriculum that covers six Areas of Learning:
- Languages, Literacy and Communication
- Maths and Numeracy
- Science and Technology
- Expressive Arts
- Health and Well-being
Our approach to Curriculum for Wales is summarised below.
Curriculum for Wales at Bryn Celynnog
Nurturing Success: At Bryn Celynnog we endeavour to meet each and every student’s evolving academic, social and emotional needs, while cultivating their individual talents, in order to equip them to succeed and thrive in school and as valued members of society.
We have designed a rich and varied curriculum which will provide our students with experiences, skills, knowledge and understanding aimed at igniting passions, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and equipping them to flourish in school and beyond. It is our intent to nurture our learners to succeed in becoming:
- 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
Cross Curricular Priorities
The Areas of Learning are underpinned by the cross curricular priorities: Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competence. We have long been committed to prioritising skills development in order to provide every pupil with the tools they need to succeed in 21st century society. We feel it is important that pupils are presented with real life, problem solving situations in order for them to develop their literacy, numeracy, reasoning and ICT skills in ways that are relevant to their lives.
These three crucial, transferrable skills form the basis for learning across our current curriculum, and will remain as the basis of our new curriculum. Over the past ten years we have done extensive and successful work in the area of skills development, as evidenced in our results at all Key Stages, which show significant year on year improvement. Our approaches have been highlighted as excellent practice and as such we have been asked to share our them with schools across the region.
In addition, each student’s learning journey will incorporate valuable opportunities to broaden their consideration of local, national and international contexts, and to develop their understanding of relationships, human rights, diversity, and careers and work-related experiences.
Should you have any queries relating to Bryn Celynnog’s approach to Curriculum for Wales, please direct them to Laura Glennon, Assistant Headteacher: firstname.lastname@example.org