Curriculum at Ty Gwyn Education for Years 7, 8 and 9
From September 2022, learners in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be working on and from the new Curriculum for Wales
Ty Gwyn Education Centre teaching staff have worked with specialist staff from Central South Consortium and consulted with parents, carers and our Management Committee to develop a new curriculum, over a series of INSET days and workshops.
This curriculum will be based around the six areas of learning experience:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Languages, literacy and communication*
- Maths and Numeracy
- Expressive Arts
- Science and Technology
*Ty Gwyn does not offer teaching in Modern Foreign Languages
Ty Gwyn will continue to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, with a further level of focus on the Health and Wellbeing AoLE. This includes additional planned whole school physical activities on a weekly basis and a continued strengthening of our trauma informed work on emotional and social development and support for better mental health. The development of literacy, numeracy and digital skills are a priority for learners at Ty Gwyn, across all areas of learning to ensure barriers to learning are reduced.
Ty Gwyn has ensured the planned curriculum will facilitate the delivery of the 4 purposes of the new curriculum and ensure children and young people become:
- Ambitious, capable learners
- Enterprising and creative contributors
- Ethical and informed citizens
- Healthy, confident individuals
The curriculum will also feature cross cutting themes:
- Relationships and Sexuality
- Careers and the World of Work
- Human Rights
- Religion, values and ethics
The new curriculum is progressive across the year and as a small, specialist provision, our highly differentiated teaching means teachers are always aware of where learners are achieving and where more support or challenge is needed. All learners access interventions where required in literacy or numeracy.
Each AoLE has progression steps within and a range of monitoring and assessment activities are undertaken and recorded during the year so there is clarity for all about where learners are and their next steps. Assessment activities include baseline testing as learners join us, formative marking (this includes the next steps for the learner), on going verbal feedback and dialogue with learners about next steps and summative marking/moderation at key points during the year against the progression steps.
The content, knowledge and skills within the new AoLEs will be reviewed throughout the year by teaching staff, supported by CSC Improvement Partners and specialists to ensure appropriate progression and coverage is within. Ty Gwyn undertakes half termly self evaluation activities, observing teaching, reviewing books and speaking to learners using both senior staff and peer to peer work to ensure engagement is positive and pace and progression (relative to the needs of our learners) is evident. This evaluative information is regularly shared with the Management Committee of Ty Gwyn Education Centre.
Spring term 2 topic Castles and Culture
Summer term 1 topic Coast and Country
Learners in KS4 (Y10 and 11) study a range of GCSE and vocational qualifications:
GCSE English Language*
GCSE English Literature (this may not be offered every year due to our small numbers)
GCSE History (this may not be offered every year due to our small numbers)
GCSE Art and Design
GCSE Applied Science*
Agored Cymru Level 2 PSE (Personal and Social Education)**
Agored Cymru Level 2 Wales, Europe and the World**
Agored Cymru Level 2 Work Related Education**
WJEC Level 1 and 2 Hospitality and Catering
WJEC Level 1 and 2 Sport
WJEC Level 1 and 2 Construction
BTEC SWEET (Personal and Social education)
* this includes Entry Level qualifications where appropriate to a learner's needs and abilities
**these are delivered on a rotation to Y10 and 11