Learning & Our School Curriculum
Everything we do and all the activities and experiences that our pupils undertake, in total, is called our curriculum.
It's right that because no two schools are the same and every child has their own unique needs and aspirations, no two schools have the same curriculum. Until now, schools had to teach the National Curriculum which was written and distributed by the Welsh Government; this is the case in most countries. However 2022 will see the statutory introduction of a new framework for learning in Wales which gives each school express permission to design a bespoke curriculum for the needs of each child and the context of the school setting, all within a new national framework called 'A Currciulum for Wales.
This framework, for the first time, has a guiding 'purpose' - in fact there will be four purposes and these will drive all learning & teaching. WHAT children learn will change from school to school but will consist of six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs) as well as cross-curricular themes of literacy, numeracy and digital competency.
At The Dell we are moving quickly towards planning and teaching through the new curriculum framework because we've always wanted to do the best for our pupils. We believe the opportunities under these new arrangements are exciting and inspiring but also are in line with the curriculm we've tried to provide for some time. Learning themes across each year group will change over time (when you're preparing children for an ever-changing tomorrow, you have to constantly review and tweak WHAT and HOW you are teaching them).
Four Purposes of Learning (You can click any of the images below to see examples of our learning in this area)
Six Areas of Learning & Experience
Termly Learning Themes at The Dell
Our termly themes are based on 'core texts' which each year group work on as the core of their learning in literacy. These texts are chosen for their level of challenge and provide a balance of genres and writing styles across the school. The learning themes are reflective of themes and sub-themes within these core texts and allow coverage of the Areas of Learning & Experience as well as the cross curricular themes.