ERW Curriculum Team 05/11/2020
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Recent school support:
We have begun working with Bishopston Primary School in Swansea to deepen and strengthen understanding of Curriculum for Wales. We have explored the principles and purposes of Curriculum for Wales in relation to the importance of the four purposes, collaboration and development of a whole school approach. To date, we have worked with all staff, building upon the school’s vision and principles for Curriculum for Wales in preparation to begin the process for developing a vision for the Health and Well-being AoLE.
Working with the Humanities Departments at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron, Bro Teifi and Penweddig the ERW Curriculum Team are supporting their development and engagement with Curriculum for Wales. Participating schools were guided by ERW officers to align their curriculum design with the requirements of the recently published Welsh Assembly Government’s guidelines - ‘The Journey to 2022’.
Schools were encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of the conceptual model of the curriculum driven by the four purposes. With all faculty members attending the meetings this allowed the departments to begin the process of working together across traditional subject boundaries to co-construct a shared vision for their area of learning.
A great morning was had in Monkton Priory School supporting them with pedagogy and their journey to Curriculum for Wales.
The whole school attended a virtual launch of the 'ERW Principles for Excellence (PFE)' programme with a focus on PP11, building positive relationships. The PFE is an online professional learning programme designed to provide teachers with the skills to develop their understanding of the 12 pedagogical principles outlined in Curriculum for Wales.
Staff also explored the vision and principles of the Mathematics and Numeracy area of learning and experience in Curriculum for Wales and considered ways to enable their learners to develop a positive and resilient attitude towards mathematics and numeracy.
The ERW curriculum team look forward to supporting the school in the future.
Question of the week:
Where do I start with progression?
It is important to build a whole school understanding of what progression looks like in Curriculum for Wales and over time to develop an understanding of this in relation to the areas of learning and experience. The Welsh Government will continue to develop guidance on this aspect of curriculum design to help you further but in the meantime the following steps may be useful:
- Familiarise yourself with the expectations for schools outlined in ‘The journey to 2022’ https://hwb.gov.wales/api/storage/cbe5e2c9-16cf-4eb7-87a1-c1a64fc598d8/the-journey-to-2022.pdf and the Curriculum for Wales guidance document https://hwb.gov.wales/curriculum-for-wales/supporting-learner-progression-assessment-guidance/
- Begin to develop a common language for the concept of progression in Curriculum for Wales in your school and consider how it differs from your current model. Take the time to understand the six principles underpinning the policy on assessment. https://hwb.gov.wales/curriculum-for-wales/supporting-learner-progression-assessment-guidance/
- Think about how you will manage the change – in particular how will you align assessment with deep and meaningful learning?
- Progression starts with the four purposes and as such all progression needs to begin and end there. What will this look like in your design?
Remember the ‘don’ts’
- move too quickly towards implementation
- use superficial approaches or evidence four purposes coverage
- retrofit current practice to meet the demands of the Curriculum for Wales
- attempt to match up every description of learning to existing plans and then plan content to fit perceived gaps
- invest in ‘off the shelf’ ready-made curriculum and assessment offers
- view curriculum design as a ‘once and done’ event
- assess directly to descriptions of learning.
Please contact us if you would like a facilitated ‘introduction to progression’ workshop.
Into Film Cymru
Are you looking for ways to integrate learning through and with film into your curriculum provision as part of Curriculum for Wales 2022 developments?
Into Film Cymru can help. We are offering:
- Free all-staff presentations on film’s role within the curriculum
- Guidance and support on how to find resources and films to help deliver your themes and topics
- Activities and ideas linked to short films to celebrate key calendar dates
- Wales-specific resources on culture, history and heritage
- Free film-related workshops
- Training opportunities in film literacy and filmmaking.
Contact us to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
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