Curriculum

  • Curriculum Policy

All pupils at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum which: “Promotes their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.”
(Secion 351, Education Act 1996)

 

KS3 Curriculum

 

As a school we are very proud of our involvement over the last three years in developing the new curriculum, Curriculum for Wales. We have been involved in the development of an area of learning of great importance to us as a Bilingual school, ‘Languages, Literacy and Communication’. As a Headteacher, I have been particularly delighted to represent our pupils and local communities on the curriculum’s leadership groups, ensuring a high focus on Welsh, bilingualism and the needs of rural communities. You can follow our journey on the ‘Curriculum for Wales BLOG’.

As a school we are working closely with our primary schools to plan transition activities and learning towards Curriculum 2022, in order to ensure that pupils transition successfully from our 13 feeder primary schools. As we move on to the new curriculum, we are keen to develop natural links between subjects in order to move from our current single subjects at KS3 towards the 6 areas of learning.

 

We currently offer the following subjects at KS3:

Core Subjects: Welsh (First and Second language according to pupils’ language provision), English, Mathematics and Science.

 

Non-core Subjects: History, Geography, Religious Education, French, Art, Design and Technology, Music, Physical Education, Information Technology.

 

In the future these will be adapted to 6 new Areas of Learning:

• Health and Wellbeing
• Languages, Literacy and Communication
• Mathematics and Numeracy
• Science and Technology
• Humanities
• Expressive Arts

 

The curriculum will also focus on developing citizens who demonstrate the 4 Purposes and are:
• Ambitious and capable learners ...
• Enterprising, creative contributors ...
• Confident and healthy individuals ...
• Ethical, informed citizens ...

 

KS4 and KS5 Curriculum:
At KS4 We continue to offer the statutory KS4 Core Subjects along with the Welsh Baccalaureate as well as 3 option choices. At KS4 the KS3 provision is enhanced through new courses such ac Business, Sociology, Food and Nutrition,

 

Child Development alongside college courses through the Conwy 14-16 partnership and Coleg Glynllifon.

 

At A Level we also offer courses in partnership through LINC Conwy.

 

For further information about our curriculum at KS4 (GCSEs) and KS5 (A Level), see our handbooks on the website.

  • Parents’ and carers’ guide to secondary school for children aged 11 to 14 - click here

Information for parents/carers and stakeholders about Curriculum for Wales

A new website has just been launched in order to share information about the new curriculum with parents/carers and other stakeholders. You can find out more through the link below.

For more information - click here


Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy: Preparing for Curriculum for Wales 2022

Recently, a film crew from Welsh Government visited the school to gather the views of pupils, staff, governors and one of our Cluster Primary Heads on our journey towards Curriculum for Wales. You can learn more through the following link to the Curriculum for Wales BLOG - click here (only available in Welsh)


New Website for parents and carers on the changes to Curriculum and Assessment in Wales. Click here to find out more:

A full consultation on the new draft curriculum framework will begin on the 30/4/19. The new curriculum will be in place fully for all pupils up to year 7 from September 2022 and for each year following after that. The new qualifications linked to the revised curriculum and linked assessment will be taught from September 2025 and first sat Summer 2027. More information can be found through the website above, created specially for parents and carers.


Information for parents/carers and stakeholders about Curriculum for Wales

A new website has just been launched in order to share information about the new curriculum with parents/carers and other stakeholders. You can find out more through the link below.

For more information - click here


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).”