This is an exciting time for the young people of Wales. A brand new Curriculum for Wales is on its way, designed to enthuse learners aged 3 to 16 and give them the foundations they need to succeed in an ever-changing world. Scroll down and Have Your Say!
The New Curriculum will have more emphasis on equipping young people for life. It will build their ability to learn new skills and apply their knowledge more confidently and creatively. As the world changes, they will be more able to adapt positively. They will also get a deeper understanding of how to thrive in an increasingly digital world, developing digital skills across the curriculum to prepare them for the opportunities and risks that an online world presents.
The purpose of the New Curriculum is to support our children and young people to achieve 4 Core Purposes, which are:
It will have six ‘Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE)’:
It will also include three Cross-Curricular Responsibilities:
The New Curriculum arrangements give more flexibility to schools to design their own curriculum that meets the specific needs of their pupils and their wider community.
At Hawarden Village Church School, we want to design a bespoke curriculum that has the views of our learners and their families at its heart. You may remember that at an earlier stage we asked the school community to work with us to re-envisage our School Vision to reflect the 4 Core Purposes, and together we came up with ‘Happy, Valuing, Caring, School’. More recently, our staff and governors have been working on developing a Curriculum Vision that will support our School Vision.
We believe that our New Curriculum should be:
We will not only teach creatively but for creativity. Children need stimulus to thrive and be creative and our curriculum will allow their natural creativity to flourish.
We believe that learning is a collaborative process between teachers, parents, learners and other stakeholders. Our curriculum will include everyone as all of our children will be treated equitably and given the same opportunities.
Our curriculum will have pupil progression at its heart. We believe that pupils of all abilities should experience success and our curriculum will provide the opportunity to do this. Children have the right to a balanced education that allows them to become successful in life.
Our curriculum will be co-constructed and will allow children to direct their own learning, responding to their interests as they arise. We shall work flexibly, responding to the bigger picture as events happen.
Our curriculum will create learners that value each other, are happy and caring people and enjoy learning whatever their age.
We are currently in the process of asking our pupils what and how they would like to learn, and we are finding out what matters to them.
Have your say!
We recognise that, as parents, you have hopes and aspirations for your child’s time in school and their future, and we would like to harness these to help shape the direction of our New Curriculum. The purpose of this consultation is to identify your thoughts about the big issues your children may need to face in the future, and the skills, knowledge and experiences you think they need to be successful. We shall use this information to support our own ongoing work and that of the children in planning our way forward.
If you would like to contribute, we have put together a short Google form (4 questions) to help us gather your opinions on the key questions relating to the New Curriculum. Simply click on the link to complete: Parent Consultation Form
Remember your opinion counts. Thank you.
Please also see 'Our School / Our Vision and Mission Statement / Our Curriculum Vision'.
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