Curriculum for Wales
We developed our school vision in consultation with stakeholders. The school held an INSET day with staff and governors to consider a revised vision to help us realise the four purposes of the Curriculum for Wales (CfW). Our revised school vision was launched in September 2022 and underpins all areas of school life.
As part of curriculum design we used questionnaires to consult with parents and governors to consider what all pupils should know and be able to do, and which values they should develop during their time at the school. Pupils were also involved in the process, outlining activities and learning experiences that are important to them. As a result of this we have created a list of essential activities to complete before we leave Goetre Primary.
Our curriculum values the importance of developing pupils’ cross-curricular skills – literacy, numeracy and digital competencies. Included in our curriculum we also recognise and value the cross cutting themes – Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), Human Rights (UNCRC), Diversity, Careers and Work Related Experiences (CWRE) as well as local, national and international contexts. Our curriculum aligns to the mandatory requirements of teaching Welsh, English and Religion, Values and Ethics (RVE).
Our school curriculum is broad and balanced and includes learning opportunities within and across all of the Areas of Learning and Experience (AOLEs). Each AOLE has a number of ‘Statements of What Matters’. These outline what should be taught – KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES. Our school curriculum is suitable for all learners and will enable them to realise the four purposes. It takes account of and responds to the unique opportunities and challenges that present themselves to individuals and groups of learners in our school.
We are developing a shared understanding of progression. Our school curriculum is underpinned by the mandatory principles of progression. These describe what it means for learners to progress. We recognise that pupils make progress at different pace and benefit from individualised learning that is planned around their needs. We value the importance of ongoing formative and summative assessments that inform our planning, curriculum design and tracking of pupils’ progress.
Children will follow a curriculum to develop spoken and written Welsh. Opportunities to develop and promote Curriculum Cymreig are given to children throughout the school and can be found in a variety of subject areas; a history project for example.