Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy - one of the NEW PIONEER SCHOOLS for the future Curriculum in Wales:
As a result of our school to school work on Language and Literacy we have recently been announced as one of the 25 new Pioneer Schools for the new Curriculum. As a Pioneer School we will be working closely with other schools at a National and Regional level through the Pioneer Network, focusing specifically on the Area of Learning and Experience for 'Languages, Literacy and Communication'. This will be an excellent opportunity for staff, pupils and stakeholders to be a direct part of shaping, planning and developing the New Curriculum for Wales.
You can find out more about the Pioneer Schools and the new Curriculum through the links below, including Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy's response to being a new Pioneer School on the 'Curriculum for Wales BLOG':
Through the BLOG you can hear Headteacher, Miss Elan Davies presenting developments relating to the new curriculum:
- Beginning the journey as a Curriculum Pioneer School, January 2017 - click here
- Presenting the school’s work and the work of the Languages, Literacy and Communication Pioneers at the launch of ‘Education Wales – Our National Mission’, September 2017. Read the documents here:
- The development of ‘What Matters Statements’ for Languages, Literacy and Communcation, January 2018 - click here
Other useful documents/links:
- ‘Curriculum for Wales’ Blog – more information here
Developments at the school:
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy leading the way with: ‘Let’s Think in English’
As part of our work as a Pioneer School for Languages, Literacy and Communication for Curriculum for Wales we are working on an exciting project with King’s College London. The aim of the project is to develop pupils’ critical thinking skills through oracy and literature. The feedback from our pupils has been excellent. You may have heard some of them, and members of staff discussing the project on ‘Radio Cymru’.
We have now begun on the second part of the project working with our primary feeder schools to develop ‘Let’s Think’ with years 5 abd 6 too. We are delighted to be the first school and now cluster in Wales to develop the project. Our aim is to bridge the teaching and learning strategies used into Welsh and MFL lessons as well as within Literacy Learning across the curriculum.
Global Futures Languages Project:
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy is working with our Cluster Primaries and GWE to develop a Languages prosiect in the Primary as part of the national Global Futures Strategy. This is what Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education had to say about the project:
“Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy is working collaboratively with a cluster of primary schools in their catchment area on a common project. The aim of the project is to develop a common language scheme (primary-secondary) in preparation for the Language, Literacy and Communication Area of Learning and Experience coming in the new curriculum. The objectives are to develop and plan effective learning experiences for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, which will support language learning (focus on identity, developing language to communicate, knowledge of grammar and cross-linguistic skills).”