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Curriculum Wales

Topic based approaches/Pupil voice on learning Concepts/real life experiences/all learning underpinned by the 4 core purposes

What is Changing?

The biggest change is a new curriculum for schools and funded non-maintained settings in Wales from September 2022. It will affect all schools except independent schools. The curriculum has been made in Wales but shaped from the best ideas and experts from around the world.


There will also be changes to improve how we assess children and young people in education, support children with additional learning needs and teacher and practitioner training and accountability. These improvements will complement the new curriculum.


What will happen?

The new curriculum will be taught in all schools and funded non-maintained settings up to Year 7 from September 2022. It will then roll out year by year until it includes Year 11 by 2026.

New pupil assessment arrangements will be introduced alongside the new curriculum. These will help learners and parents understand how they are performing and what they need to do next. The curriculum focuses on each child's complete learning journey, from 3 to 16. All assessment data will be gathered and stay with each child right the way through their school career from step 1 through to step 5. In Trealaw Primary we will be using the Taith 360 system that will provide accurate assessment data that will support a seamless continuity into Key Stage 3. 


The Principles of Progression - A successful curriculum supported by effective teaching and learning will enable learners to make meaningful progress.


  • Increasing effectiveness- Taith 360's pupil on a page collects learner voice and displays it side-by-side with each learner's next steps.
  • Increasing breadth and depth of knowledge - By tracking both coverage of, and progression within, each of the descriptions of learning. Taith360's planning tool helps plan successive topics and lessons that build on previous teaching. 
  • Making connections and transferring learning into new contexts. - Taith 360 provides the ability to plan and assess every description of learning from all areas. Cross curricular planning within the system helps to organise learning into themes as well as focussing on specific learning in each area. 
  • Deepening understanding of the ideas and disciplines within the Areas - Taith360 builds a portfolio of evidence for every pupil, demonstrating their increasing skills and understanding across the curriculum. View evidence against an individual description of learning and on individual pupil overviews. 
  • Refinement and growing sophistication in the use and application of skills - Taith 360 allows the access to edit historical plans for a teacher's class to build on previous leanring an link to previously covered topics. 


Key elements of the curriculum for wales


Four Purposes

‚ÄčThe four purposes of the curriculum are the shared vision and aspiration for every child and young person. They guide and direct everything we do at Trealaw Primary School. In supporting the development of the four purposes, we set high expectations for all – to raise standards, tackle the attainment gap, and ensures our curriculum supports lifelong learning.

The four purposes are at the heart of our new curriculum. They are the starting point for all decisions on the content and experiences developed as part of the curriculum to support our children and young people to become:


  • Ambitious, capable learners ready to learn throughout their lives

  • Enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work

  • Ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world

  • Healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.


The new curriculum will include:

  • 6 Areas of Learning and Experience from 3 to 16

  • 3 Cross curriculum responsibilities: literacy, numeracy and digital competence

  • Progression reference points at ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16

  • Achievement outcomes which describe expected achievements at each progression reference point.


The curriculum is organised into 6 Areas of Learning and Experience and within these there are 27 statements of 'What Matters'. At Trealaw Primary School we have built our curriculum design around these statements.

  • Expressive arts

  • Health and well-being

  • Humanities (including RE which should remain compulsory to age 16)

  • Languages, literacy and communication (including Welsh, which should remain compulsory to age 16, and modern foreign languages)

  • Mathematics and numeracy

  • Science and technology (including computer science)

The cross-curricular skills of literacy, numeracy and digital competence are mandatory aspects of the new curriculum. 


At Trealaw Primary School throughout all teaching and learning we will also teach and develop our pupils with Welsh language skills to support the Welsh Government's target of 1 million Welsh Speakers by 2050. 


Recruit, Recover and Raise Standards Grant allocation

Professional learning grant action plan report to support the new curriculum for Wales 2022

Four core purpose poster

Cymraeg campus siarter Iaith welsh language charter Seren and Sparc whole school assembly

Trealaw Primary Teaching and learning plan

We follow the National Curriculum for Wales and implement teaching the National programme of study for Literacy and Numeracy skills across the curriculum. Currently we are integrating the new Digital Competency Framework into all areas of teaching. The 'Cornerstones' Curriculum is used to teach Foundation subjects and coverage of literacy and numeracy skills is monitored through 'Building Blocks'. The 'Rising Stars' ICT scheme of work is delivered in units where appropriate through the curriculum. Each day your child is taught the following


Registration time

8.50 - 9.00 am

Nursery provision 

9:00 - 12:00 pm Activities to promote LLC, MD and PSD


Foundation phase Reception - Year 2

9:00 - 9:20 am Activities/interventions

9:20 - 10:20 am Literacy 

10:25 - 10:40 am Assembly

11.00 - 12.05 pm Numeracy

12.05 - 1.15 pm Lunch

1.15 - 3.15 pm Foundation subjects taught through topics


Key Stage 2 Year 3 - Year 6

9:00 - 9:20 am Activities/Interventions

9.20 - 10.20 am Literacy 

10.25 - 10.40 am Assembly

11.00 - 12.05 pm Numeracy

12.05 - 1.00 pm Lunch

1.00 - 1.20 pm Reading carousel

1.20 - 3.15 pm Foundation subjects taught through topics 


Science, PE and Welsh second language are taught discretely please see staff timetables