The Curriculum for Wales is due to be rolled out from September 2022, with primary schools being the first to switch to the new curriculum.
The curriculum is being reformed in order to raise standards, reduce the attainment gap between students, and equip young people to lead ‘fulfilling personal, civic and professional lives’ in modern society.
It aims to prepare children to thrive in a future where digital skills, adaptability and creativity are crucial, and that is rooted in Welsh values and culture.
The new Curriculum for Wales will be followed by children from the ages of three to 16. There won’t be a separate curriculum for primary and secondary schools; rather, it will be a continuum across all stages.
The new Curriculum for Wales has been developed to fulfil four key purposes. It aims to produce children who are, or will become:
The Curriculum for Wales will have six areas of learning.
3. Health and wellbeing: this covers the physical, psychological, emotional and social aspects of life, helping students make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing and learn how to manage social influences. It will include PE.
4. Science and technology incorporating biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and design and technology.
5. Mathematics and numeracy: in the early years, this will involve learning through play. In later stages, it will include working both independently and collaboratively with others.
6. Languages, literacy and communication: this will include Welsh and English, literature and international languages. Welsh language teaching will still be compulsory (as an additional language for children who don’t use Welsh as their first language.
In addition, literacy, numeracy and digital skills will be embedded throughout all curriculum areas.