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Our New Curriculum

Our New Curriculum


This is an exciting time for the young people of Wales. A brand new curriculum is being implemented and is designed to equip our young people with lifelong skills and provide them with the foundations they need to succeed in an ever-changing world. 


It will develop their ability to learn new skills and apply their subject knowledge more positively and creatively helping them to adapt as the world changes. 

They will also develop a deeper understanding of how to thrive in an increasingly digital world. A new digital competence framework is now further developing how digital skills are introduced across the curriculum, preparing young people for the opportunities and risks that an online world presents.

Meanwhile teachers will have more freedom to teach in ways they feel will have the best outcomes for their learners.


The central focus of assessment arrangements will be to ensure learners understand how they are performing and what they need to do next. A personal, child centered approach will ensure that each learner receives the support that they need in order to make progress and thrive. A new Code of Practice will also better serve our pupils with Additional Needs. 


The purpose of the New Curriculum is to support our children and young people to achieve 4 Core Purposes, which are:

  • 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)
  • Languages, literacy and communication (including Welsh)
  • Mathematics and numeracy
  • Science and technology


It will also include three Cross-Curricular Responsibilities: 

  • Literacy 
  • Numeracy
  • Digital Competence


The New Curriculum Arrangements gives more flexibility for schools to design their own curriculum in order to meet the specific needs of pupils and their wider community. 


At Ysgol Rhos Helyg, we want to design a bespoke curriculum that has the views of our learners and families at its heart. 


In the coming months you will be able to have your say on what and how your children learn in school as we move forward together on the journey of implementing our new curriculum.