The New Curriculum for Wales
On 30th June 2015, the Minister for Education and Skills announced that the Welsh Government would accept, in full, all of the recommendations set out in Successful Futures, Professor Graham Donaldson’s review of the curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales.
The new curriculum will have more emphasis on equipping young people for life. It will build their ability to learn new skills and apply their subject knowledge more positively and creatively.
The purpose of the new curriculum is to support our children and young people to be:
· 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.
It will have six ‘Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE).
· 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.
The new curriculum will also include three cross-curricular responsibilities: literacy, numeracy and digital competence.
How you can help at home?
We can help our children by showing them how we use literacy and numeracy in everyday life.
Let your child see you reading and writing for a purpose:
Write shopping lists together.
Read letters from the school together.
Read letters together e.g. from the council.
Help your child to write or e-mail thank you letters, invitations or birthday cards.
Talk about each page of the school reading book.
Pocket money spending, all ages.
Child bank statements
Determine what can be bought within a given budget
Plan and track money and savings by keeping accurate records
Make comparisons between prices and understand which is best value for money
Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using bank accounts
Starting in foundation phase, seasons and o’clock times
Tell the time on any clock
Cooking is a great way to practice numeracy!
· Let your child see the recipe – or estimate what is needed.
Weighing out the ingredients
You probably use times tables every day. When you are working things out (like the price of 3 packets), make sure the child understands that you are using tables.