The curriculum - what and how subjects are taught - is undergoing a radical overhaul in Wales to prepare today's children for thriving in the future digital age. There’s a lot of information available online about the Curriculum for Wales 2022. The Welsh Government pages provide overviews on the Areas of Learning Experiences, Assessment Proposals and frameworks related to its delivery. Education Minister Kirsty Williams answers parents' questions.
4 Main Purposes
There are 4 purposes that will be at the heart of our new curriculum. They will be the starting point for all decisions on the content and experiences developed as part of the curriculum 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.
Key elements of the curriculum
The new curriculum will include:
- 6 Areas of Learning and Experience
- 3 cross curriculum responsibilities: literacy, numeracy and digital competence
- Progression reference points
- Achievement outcomes which describe expected achievements at each progression reference point.
The curriculum will be organised into 6 Areas of Learning and Experience:
- Expressive arts
- Health and well-being
- Humanities (including RE )
- Languages, literacy and communication (including Welsh, and modern foreign languages)
- Mathematics and numeracy
- Science and technology (including computer science).
Why it's changing
Now more than ever, young people need to be adaptable to change, capable of learning new skills throughout life and equipped to cope with new life scenarios.
Advances in technology and globalisation have transformed the way we live and work. These changes have profound implications for what, and how, children and young people need to learn. After all, tablets and smart phones didn’t even exist when the last curriculum was introduced in 1993.
Schools and teachers need more flexibility to respond to this environment, using a new curriculum which will promote high achievement and engage the interest of all children and young people to help them reach their potential.
The new curriculum will bring this about by making learning more experience-based, the assessment of progress more developmental, and by giving teachers the flexibility to deliver in more creative ways that suit the learners they teach.
When will it happen?
Schools will have some flexibility in determining how and when they begin first teaching the new curriculum. Our ambition is that by September 2020 we will start to implement the areas of learning into our curriculum delivery / timetable and that by September 2021 Ysgol Maes Hyfryd will be using the new curriculum to underpin teaching and learning and continue to develop our practice year on year.
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