Ynysddu Primary School is working towards incorporating the four core purposes of the new curriculum and are attempting to ensure that we mould all of our students in to:
- Ambitious, capable learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
- Enterprising, creative contributors who are ready to play a full part in life and work.
- Ethical, informed citizens who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.
- Healthy, confident individuals who are ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
Curriculum content: Areas of Learning and Experience
At Ynysddu we strive to deliver lessons that are in line with the new curriculum and fall in to the following six areas of learning:
· Expressive Arts
· Health and Well-being
· Languages, Literacy and Communication
· Mathematics and Numeracy
· Science and Technology
- In Expressive Arts, it is intended that pupils will develop their creative appreciation and talent, and their artistic and performance skills. They will have opportunities to explore thinking, and refine and communicate ideas through creatively using their imagination and senses.
- The Health and Well-being Area aims to help children and young people to build the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop positive and appropriate relationships, deal with difficult issues and decisions, and learn to live independently. This will focus on sport and physical activity, as well as mental and emotional well-being, and issues regarding relationships.
- The Humanities Area will seek to give pupils an understanding of historical, geographical, political, economic and societal factors, providing opportunities to engage in informed discussions about ethics, beliefs, religion and spirituality. It will draw on existing subjects, history, geography, business and social studies, as well as religious education, which Professor Donaldson recommends should remain a statutory curriculum requirement from Reception year onwards.
- The Languages, Literacy and Communication Area aims to provide the fundamental building blocks for different forms of communication, literacy and learning about language. It will also give opportunities to learn different languages, as well as both Welsh and English. Digital competence will be a central part of this area, in line with it being afforded similar status in the curriculum as literacy and numeracy.
- Through the Mathematics and Numeracy Area, pupils will be expected to develop a good, lasting understanding of mathematical concepts and have the confidence to apply numerical skills in everyday life. It will include developing financial skills and applying them to real-life situations. The Area will centre on the discipline of mathematics, including the traditional components of arithmetic and statistics together with logic, providing a strong link with the skills necessary in science and technology.
- Science and Technology are described respectively as acquiring knowledge through observation and experimentation, and subsequently applying this scientific knowledge in practical ways. Computer science is proposed as a specific component within this Area, taking forward the recommendation from the ICT Steering Group’s report to the Welsh Government that it be introduced into the curriculum.