The curriculum

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Our curriculum is delivered over four key stages and each stage has a very distinct focus.  However, we appreciate that most of our learners have found learning and being in school a stressful experience.  So we start with developing the social and emotional readiness for learning that all children require to do well in school.

Our learners have often been out of school for large periods of time.  Therefore, we focus on developing their basic skills in-line with their developmental needs and abilities.

It is our intention that our curriculum will offer experiences that mirror, where possible, what their mainstream peers are doing. This includes for example, inter-school sport, school trips and travel abroad, examinations, work-experience, drama productions, work-based experience and school based social experiences. This is important to us as we feel it supports our learners’ to feel more connected with other children and young people and improves opportunities for inclusion.

There is exciting curriculum reform happening in Wales and we are embracing the opportunity to base our curriculum on the four ‘core purposes’, outlined in the ‘Successful Futures’ document.  These include:-

  • 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.

Our curriculum covers the following six areas of learning experiences

  • 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.

We also adopt the following cross-curricular elements in subjects when and where appropriate:-

  • literacy
  • Numeracy
  • digital competence.

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