New Curriculum model
In its recent Successful Futures report the Welsh Assembly has challenged schools to use the curriculum imaginatively to help children become:
- 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, ready to be citizens of Wales and the world
- healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society
At Ysgol Pencoch all staff are involved in the new curriculum for which there are six areas of learning and experience:-
- Expressive Arts
- The expressive arts provide opportunities to explore thinking, refine, and communicate ideas, engaging thinking, imagination and senses creatively. They also promote exploration of issues of personal and cultural identity.The Expressive Arts Area of Learning and Experience will span art, drama, music, dance, film and digital media.
- The Humanities area of learning and experience helps pupils to learn about people, place, time and belief. It gives them an understanding of themselves and other people, their own locality, Wales and the world in a range of times, places and circumstances.
- Mathematics and Numeracy
- The Mathematics and Numeracy area of learning and experience is concerned with developing a good, lasting understanding of mathematical concepts and the confidence to use and apply numerical skills in everyday life. It includes experiences that enable pupils to develop their broader numeracy and financial skills by exploring relationships in quantities, space and data, and to apply them to real-life situations.
Mathematics helps pupils to make sense of the world around them and to manage their lives. It gives them skills they need to interpret and analyse information, solve problems and make informed decisions.
- Health and Well Being
- Our pupils need to experience social, emotional and physical well-being to thrive and engage successfully with their education. The Health and Well-being area of learning and experience will help them to build the knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to develop positive and appropriate relationships, deal with the difficult issues and decisions they will face and learn to live independently.
- Language, Literacy and Communication
- This area of learning and experience provides the building blocks for different forms of communication, literacy and learning about language, and also opportunities to develop competence in different languages.
Being able to listen attentively and communicate effectively are crucial to learning and living. Developing and expressing ideas through speech is important to both thinking and learning.
- The teaching and learning of Welsh is a priority for the Welsh Government.
- Science and Technology
- Science and Technology are closely linked, each depending upon the other. Science involves acquiring knowledge through observation and experimentation, and technology applies scientific knowledge in practical ways. This area of learning and experience encourages curiosity about the natural, physical world and universe through investigating, understanding, and explaining.
The Science and Technology area of learning and experience draws on physics, chemistry and biology, engineering, design technology, graphics and computer science.
Staff have each joined one of the above areas.
There are also three cross-curriculum responsibilities – literacy, numeracy and digital competence and where appropriate, both a Welsh dimension and an international perspective will be included.
At Ysgol Pen Coch we have been freed up to deliver a truly specialist curriculum to meet the practical learning needs of our children. Our new afternoon sessions will provide enrichment activities with greater focus on life skills, social skills, body awareness and becoming engaged in the world around.
How it will work:
- morning sessions will retain their focus on language and communication, mathematical development, personal and social development, digital competence and Welsh
- afternoon sessions will focus on five curriculum enrichment areas (outlined on the other side of this leaflet) - your child’s class will experience each of the enrichment areas, one afternoon per week
- each teacher is responsible for one of the enrichment areas and will plan to ensure that your child has the right experiences within that area
- learning will still be guided by annual targets and termly IEPs
- you can still request specific therapies apart from the afternoon activities
- we will still use home school diaries for day to day communication
What this will mean for your child:
- greater access to therapeutic and individualised activities
- afternoon sessions that are more focused on his/her needs
- more time in activities away from tables and chairs in the classroom
- communication with and from school will be clearer as your child will have only one class teacher with lead responsibility for him/her