Curriculum for Wales : Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr Summary
From September 2022, Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr will be delivering the new Curriculum for Wales 2022 on a statutory basis to Year 7 learners, with a view to extending this provision, year on year, to years 8 – 11. This will, of course, involve an ongoing process of sustained improvement. It is a process that will include (see diagram to the right):
As emphasised by the Welsh Government, as a school we fully recognise that this curriculum will not be presented in its perfect, finished form, as aiming for “perfection” is a consistent process of planning, development and refinement. However, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr has a strong and direct vision to safeguard exciting, rich and challenging knowledge, skills and experiences for our learners based on the best teaching, learning and assessment for learning during their educational journey.
Since opening in 1984, the foundational ethos of Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr has been that learners are at the centre of all our school’s activity, processes and organisation and the design of Curriculum for Wales 2022 reinforces this approach. Our aim is to maintain a centre of excellence for teaching and learning, to create ambitious, capable learners; creative and enterprising individuals; ethical, informed citizens; and healthy, confident young people. We believe that it is by investing in and developing these purposes that we can contribute to creating the whole person, who can develop into a mature and productive member of their local society and country. Developing our learners’ awareness of and pride in their HABITAT (Habitat) and The Story of Wales is central to our provision and key to broadening our learners’ horizons in their appreciation of global traditions, cultures and languages.
ALL learners have one opportunity and that opportunity must count.
Through consistent and diligent collaboration with our stakeholders (practitioners, learners, parents, carers, governors and the wider community); PARTNERISM, our local education consortium; and the Ggrandson Family Cluster schools, an agreed vision was developed of the actions that would underpin the design of our curriculum; actions that are now bearing fruit as we move towards realising our Curriculum and our learning continuum from one Progression Phase to the next.
As a Welsh Government Innovative school – a Curriculum Lead School for the Humanities and a Lead School for Professional Learning – Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr has been fortunate to be at the heart of the Welsh Government’s plan to map out and develop Graham Donaldson’s vision of delivering a Curriculum for Wales 2022.
From the outset, the school has been progressive in experimenting with and piloting an alternative Curriculum for Years 7-9 across our AoLE. The outcome of this work is that we are now able to move towards the confident delivery of Curriculum for Wales to Year 7 learners across the 6 Areas of Learning and Experience in September 2022.
Furthermore, our aim is to pilot Curriculum for Wales to Yr 8 in September 2022 and to Yr 9 in September 2023 BEFORE it is made statutory in 2023/2024.
- AOL: Health and Wellbeing
- AOL: Languages, Literacy and Communication
- AOL: Mathematics and Numeracy
- AOL: Humanities
- AOL: Expressive Arts
- AOL: Science and Technology
- Physical Health and Well-being
- Holistic Health and Wellbeing
- Nutritional Health and Well-being
- Languages connect us
- Understanding languages is key to understanding the world around us
- Expressing ourselves through
- languages is key to communicating
- Literature ignites the imagination and inspires creativity
- The number system is used to represent and compare the relationships between numbers and sizes.
- Algebra uses symbol systems to express the structure of mathematical relationships.
- Geometry focuses on relationships relating to shape, space and position, and measurement focuses on quantification of phenomena in the physical world.
- Statistics represent data, probabilities model odds, and both support informed conclusions and decisions
- Enquiry, exploration and research inspire curiosity about the world: its past, present and future.
- Human events and experiences are complex and varied, and are interpreted and represented in different ways.
- Our natural world is diverse and dynamic, influenced by human processes and actions.
- Human societies are complex and diverse, and are guided by people’s actions and beliefs.
- Informed, self-aware citizens address the challenges and opportunities facing humanity, and are able to take meaningful and ethical action.
- Exploring Expressive Arts deepens our artistic knowledge and contributes to our understanding of identities, cultures and relationships.
- Response and reflection, both as an artist and an audience, is an essential part of learning about and through Expressive Arts.
- Creative work combines knowledge and skills using the senses, inspiration and imagination.
- Being curious and looking for solutions is essential to understanding and predicting phenomena.
- Design and engineering thinking offers technical and creative ways to meet society’s needs and demands. The world around us is full of living things that depend on each other to survive.
- Matter, and the way it behaves, defines our universe and forms our lives.
- Forces and energy offer the basis for understanding our universe.
- Computer science creates the basis for our digital world.