Ysgol Penglais School – Curriculum
‘Courage, Strength, Heart’
A New Curriculum for Wales 2022
This is an exciting time for the young people of Wales. The Welsh Assembly Government has published a new Curriculum for Wales. This new curriculum will enthuse learners from 3 to 16, giving them the foundations they need to succeed in a changing world. The first teaching of all year groups from primary school to Year 7 will begin in September 2022 and the new curriculum will roll out year-on-year from this point.
Elements of the new Curriculum for Wales
The Four Purposes
The four purposes will be at the heart of the new curriculum. Decisions on the content and experiences developed as part of the curriculum will support our children and young people to be:
- 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.
The new curriculum will include:
- six Areas of Learning and Experience from 3 to 16
- three cross curriculum responsibilities: literacy, numeracy and digital competence
- progression reference points at ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16
- achievement outcomes which describe expected achievements at each progression reference point.
The curriculum will be organised into six Areas of Learning and Experience:
- Expressive arts
- Health and well-being
- Humanities (including RE which should remain compulsory to age 16)
- Languages, literacy and communication (including Welsh, which should remain compulsory to age 16, and modern foreign languages)
- Mathematics and numeracy
- Science and technology (including computer science).
Designing and developing the new Penglais curriculum
We view the new curriculum for Wales as an opportunity to review and develop our curriculum at Penglais. More recently the Curriculum and Assessment Research Group have been analysing and understanding the final documentation from the Welsh Assembly, evaluating our current provision at Key Stage 3 and researching models of curriculum and assessment. The group have also worked on writing curriculum principles that identify ‘The Penglais Way’ and these have been scrutinised, evaluated and refined by all sectors of the school community.
From September 2020, all members of the Curriculum & Assessment Research Group will be carrying out more practice-based research. This research will involve planning, delivering and evaluating a way of teaching, learning and assessment, that builds on our now strong pedagogical approach, is rooted in our new Penglais curriculum principles, but explores a new or different way to deliver learning and assessment as enabled by the new curriculum framework.
Timeline of our progress towards the new Penglais curriculum
Introduce, develop and embed improvements to pedagogy to support new curriculum developments at Penglais, with a focus on Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction
Teachers at Penglais appointed to the Curriculum and Assessment Research Group to research curriculum and assessment models, review current curriculum in year 7, 8 & 9 and write curriculum principles for Penglais School
January 2020: Final curriculum and assessment arrangements available from the Welsh Assembly Government
April 2020: Full implementation of National Approach to Professional Learning
July 2020: Penglais Curriculum Principles evaluated and in place
September 2020: Teachers at Penglais collaborate in departments, faculties and areas of learning and experience to plan, trial and evaluate possible content, approaches to teaching, learning and assessment with identified classes
July 2021: Complete draft Year 7 programmes of learning for September
September 2021:Year 7 programmes of learning in place and evaluated
September 2022: All maintained schools and settings using the new curriculum and assessment arrangements
Curriculum Summary link: https://penglais.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Currculum-Summary-2023-V2.docx
Links to information about the new Curriculum for Wales 2022
Guide for children, young people and families
A new curriculum in Wales: easy read
Education is changing website
Curriculum for Wales Guidance
Donaldson Report: Successful Futures
A new curriculum for Wales
Education in Wales is changing