The New Wales School Curriculum
The whole approach to developing young people aged 3 to 16 will change, and Borderbrook Primary School has been preparing vigilantly for the past 3 years to be ready to embrace this exciting new way of teaching. Below is a brief summary of what this will mean for our children, and how it will improve their education.
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 subject knowledge more positively and creatively. As the world changes, they will be more able to adapt positively.
They will also get a deep understanding of how to thrive in an increasingly digital world. A new digital competence framework is now introducing digital skills across the curriculum, preparing them for the opportunities and risks that an online world presents.
Meanwhile teachers will have more freedom to teach in ways they feel will have the best outcomes for their learners.
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.
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
- 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.
It will have 6 ‘Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE).
- 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.
It will also include 3 cross-curricular responsibilities: literacy, numeracy and digital competence.
Assessment is a continuous process and takes place on a daily basis in schools. Progression reference points help learners, teachers, parents and carers to understand if appropriate progress is being made. They will set out expectations for learners in each area of their learning relating broadly to ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16.
For further information, visit the following Welsh Government website: new-school-curriculum-overview
Opportunities are provided for children to experience and explore activities in the seven key areas of child development which lay firm foundations for lifelong learning. Literacy and Numeracy skills are developed in all areas.
Foundation Phase subjects are: Personal and Social Development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity, Language, Literacy and Communication Skills, Mathematical Development, Welsh Language Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Development, and Creative Development.
National Curriculum - Key Stage 2
At Key Stages 2, learners are given opportunities to build on skills they have started to acquire and develop during the Foundation Phase. Learners continue to acquire, develop, practise, apply and refine these skills through group and individual tasks in a variety of contexts across the curriculum. Literacy and Numeracy skills are taught across all areas.
Core curriculum subjects are: English, Maths and Science.
Foundation subjects are: ICT, History, Geography, Art, Physical Education, Music, Personal and Social Education, Welsh as a second language, and Religious Education.
Clearly, during the pandemic, our usual way of working has been disrupted. The following information is what would typically happen in school pre-pandemic. As government restrictions are lifted, we will plan to resume these curriculum enriching activities.
We usually plan visits each term to support our topic work. These have included residential visits to Cardiff, Nant BH and Glan Llyn. We have also been to Dangerpoint, Chester Zoo, The Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Threapwood Christmas Tree Farm, Glyndwr University Music Festival, St. David's Day Parade (Wrexham), Park Hall Farm, St Asaph Cathedral, Harry Potter Studios and many many more.
We hold a World of Work Week as part of our careers and entrepreneurial education. Visitors have included a pilot, a vet, an ecologist, a park ranger, the fire brigade, an engineer, a builder, a farmer, a police man and many others.
The school children benefit from using the mobile library service, provided by Wrexham County Borough Council.
Years 2-6 regularly have swimming lessons at the Maelor School, Penley.
Sporting activities that we have taken part in include Football, Rugby, Athletics, Gymnastics, Dance, Hockey, Tennis, Netball, Forest School, Wellie Wednesday, Hula-Hooping and others.
Breakfast Care: 8:00 – 9:00am every morning
Playgroup Care: 9:00am – 1:00pm every morning
Nursery/Early Entitlement: 1:00pm - 3:15pm am every afternoon
Foundation Phase: 9:00am - 3:15pm
Key Stage 2: 9:00am - 3:15pm
After School Care: 3:15pm - 5:15pm every afternoon as required