Curriculum for Wales: the basics
Tredegar Park Primary is currently working towards the new Curriculum for Wales which will come into effect from September 2022. The curriculum has been reformed at a national level in order to raise standards, reduce the attainment gap between students and equip young people with the skills they need to live in today’s ever changing society.
At Tredegar Park Primary we are making good progress. So far we have:
What about the current ‘Key Stages’?
While Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 will disappear the principles of the Foundation Phase will remain the same but will become a part of one seamless curriculum for children aged 3 to 16 providing more joined up learning.
Progression steps will now be in place at ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16 relating to broad expectations of a child’s progress.
Will the way children learn change?
The way children learn in primary schools will be different. Learning will include skills and experiences, as well as knowledge. Teachers will have more freedom to teach in ways they feel will have the best outcomes for their learners.
What are the Four Purposes?
The new Curriculum for Wales has been developed to fulfil four key purposes and these underpin everything we do in school. We aim to produce children who are:
Ambitious, capable learners
Healthy, confident individuals
Enterprising, creative contributors
Ethical, informed citizens
At Tredegar Park Primary we have created our own Four Purposes characters to help develop pupils’ understanding. Here they are:
Will traditional subjects still be taught?
Subjects will be grouped into six Areas of Learning and Experience but this doesn’t mean an end to traditional subjects. For example, in the Humanities Area of Learning and Experience, History will still be taught but perhaps with broader context by comparing its religious and societal impact to events happening today.
The six Areas of Learning and Experience are:
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This area incorporates art, dance, drama, film and digital media and music.
This incorporates physical health and development, mental health and emotional and social well-being.
This incorporates geography, history, religion, values and ethics, business studies and social sciences.
This incorporates Welsh, English and international languages as well as in literature.
In the early years this will incorporate play (problem solving, exploring ideas, establishing connections and collaborating). In later years it will focus on working both independently and collaboratively.
This incorporates biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and design and technology.
In addition, there is a Literacy and Numeracy Framework and a Digital Competency Framework which will embed literacy, numeracy and digital skills throughout all curriculum areas.
What will happen with assessment?
Children will continue to be assessed and this will focus on ensuring that all pupils understand where they are and what they need to do next in order to progress. The change includes a move to online Personalised Assessments from National Tests.