Curriculum and Professional Learning Lead
Curriculum Reform Gilwern's Story SO Far . . .
In 2015, Professor Donaldson wrote a report called Successful Futures with the aim of developing an inspiring and exciting curriculum for the children and young people of Wales. Gilwern has been involved from the outset of this process as a lead school and is at the forefront of shaping and implementing the changes in the curriculum.
Our learners are embedding their understanding of the Four Purposes of the curriculum
We ensure our leaners are:
*ambitious and capable and 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.
These objectives are achieved through rich, authentic learning experiences. Learning is carefully planned through pupil initiated discussion that is nurtured, shaped and challenged by our innovative and pedagogically informed teachers. The New curriculum has been divided into 6 areas of learning experiences. These are: Expressive Arts, Health and Well-being, Humanities, Languages Literacy and Communication, Mathematics and Numeracy, Science and Technology. It is imperative that our learners are literate, numerate and digitally competent, these cross curricular responsibilities are central to all aspects of learning.
As Professional Learning Pioneers for Languages, Literacy & Communication and Science & Technology Gilwern remains engaged in nationwide action research to develop these areas of learning experience.
We are fostering a culture of change through a shared vision and aims. A clear set of objectives provides clarity for all stakeholders ensuring our learners receive the best education possible. All staff actively seek to develop professionally and this is aligned to the National Professional Teaching and Leadership Standards and the National Assistant Teaching Standards.
Strategic Development for Welsh and Modern Foreign Languages
Our curriculum will enable all learners to gain knowledge and skills in Welsh, English and another international language. The School aims to develop pupils bilingual skills and has a positive and proactive approach to developing all pupils and staff langauge skills. Over time we would expect an increased proportion of the curriculum teaching time to provide opportunities for pupils to work in Welsh or another modern foreign langauge all based around a strong understanding of English.
Gilwern's Engagement Opportunities- Throughout the academic year the school will be offering a wide range of workshops and opportunities to actively support your child's learning journey for example:
- Read Write Inc. Phonic Workshops
- Louby Lou Story Telling
- Online Safety Assemblies with follow up class session
- Emersion Days
- Parent Information Sharing sheet - termly topics
- Twitter and Class Dojo
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