A New Curriculum for Wales
The four purposes of the curriculum according to Professor Graham
Donaldson’s Report, ‘Successful Futures’, lie at the heart of our curriculum.
We endeavour to ensure that the education being provided is broad and
balanced. It is believed that the education will promote the spiritual, moral,
cultural, intellectual and physical development of every child at the school. We
will also ensure that the curriculum is appropriate for each child, broad and
balanced. Priority is given to using all the school’s funding to extend
educational resources for the children who currently attend the school. This
element is elaborated upon in our policies on Equal Opportunity, Special
Educational Needs and Racism.
Children under seven years of age do not come under the National
Curriculum, instead, a curriculum is provided for them that promotes
development and understanding in six areas:
- Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
- Personal and Social Development
- Mathematical Development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Creative Development.
Key Stages 2 and 3
The National Curriculum will be presented in the form of thematic and
subject-based activities. The thematic work is based on the six Areas of
Learning and Experience contained in Professor Donaldson’s ‘Successful
National Curriculum Subjects
Core Subjects: Welsh, English, Mathematics and Science;
Non-core Subjects: History, Geography,Art,Technology, Information
Technology, Physical Education and Music, French (occasionally in KS2, and
weekly in KS3).
The school has a policy to promote the pupils’ basic skills - Literacy,
Numeracy and ICT – across the curriculum.
Key stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Every pupil will follow courses in Welsh (Language/Literature); English
(Language/Literature); Mathematics and Mathematics - Numeracy; Science;
Welsh Baccalaureate qualification and will choose other subjects from the
fields of Technology, Humanities, Creative and Expressive Arts and Foreign
Language. They will also receive Physical Education lessons.
The Personal Education Core
will be introduced at various
times during Key Stages 3 and 4
and will include Religious and
Moral Education, Careers
Experience, Study Skills, Health
Education, Sex Education,
Sustainable Development and