As a cluster we wanted to work collaboratively on the new Curriculum for Wales to ensure the best outcomes and equity for all primary pupils in Ebbw Vale. We wanted to develop a shared understanding of progression and to ensure pupils have the skills they need to access the curriculum and to prepare all pupils for next phase of learning. Therefore we decided to develop shared progression frameworks for the cross cutting skills; literacy, numeracy and digital. We use these as a basis to plan for progression and systematic development of skills.
Our school council have developed 4 characters based around the four core purposes, to help the children in our school focus their learning around them. The purpose of the new curriculum is to support our children and young people to be:
Ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
Creative contributors, enterprising, 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
Wales is changing the school curriculum to improve the education for all learners. The new Curriculum for Wales will give children the ability to learn new skills and apply their subject knowledge more creatively and positively, to the world around them locally and nationally. In an ever-changing digital world, we want to give them the skills to thrive, understand and grow.
At EFLC Primary Phase we are delighted to have started the process of change in our school ready for the curriculum to start in September 2022. This year we have been working together with the children, parents, together as teachers and the community to develop a curriculum for our school that is best for your child.
We want our children to be good citizens and help them grow and be healthy in the complexities of today’s and tomorrow’s world. We are giving them a voice in school and regularly involve them in planning their own learning and be part of leadership groups in school. We will work hard every day to equip them ready for the fast changing world, and make learning experiences meaningful which suit their needs so they can reach their full potential.
The central focus of assessment arrangements will be to ensure learners understand how they are performing and what they need to do next. There will be a renewed emphasis on assessment for learning as an essential and integral feature of learning and teaching. Your child will work alongside their teacher to understand how well they’re doing. We will also work with you so we can help move your child forward. Progress reference points an help learners, teachers, parents and carers to understand if appropriate progress is being made.
In the Primary Phase, we will set out expectations for learners in each area of learning relating broadly to ages 5,8 and 11.