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School offers a flexible approach to learning

When studying a local war hero pupils were encouraged to use their own opinions to shape their history lessons. As the project grew it influenced the class in a new direction. Pupils gained a sense of personal achievement by knowing that their ideas contributed to changes in what they studied. Pupils were given an open approach to class planning, which enabled them to produce their own play on their research findings. Read more >

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Helping learners with their Welsh language skills outside the classroom with additional provision

At learners’ request Dysgu Cymraeg Morgannwg has extended their range of Welsh language courses to help develop skills outside the classroom. These include reading/discussion groups in a variety of areas, held over the summer months with the support of experienced tutors. Read more >

Developing pupils’ skills across the curriculum

Staff at Cwmfelinfach Primary School keenly adapted curriculum provision to focus more clearly on developing pupils’ skills across the curriculum. This has included transferring skills from ICT sessions to cross-curricular work, increasing pupils’ involvement in their local community, and working collaboratively with a nearby school. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation and planning and preparation. Read more >

Innovation through teamwork

Bryn Deva County Primary School develops good practice through internal reflective practice projects, places pupil wellbeing as the number one priority, and selects curriculum themes according to pupils’ needs and interests. A boatbuilding project on the River Dee proved a creative way of improving boys’ literacy. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, planning and preparation, and realising change. Read more >

A skills-based curriculum with more local contexts

Kitchener Primary has adapted its curriculum to focus more on what pupils want to learn, using more local contexts for learning. A flexible timetable is being trialled, to enable the exploration of topics in more depth and to provide further challenge. Regular sessions with parents also help to raise awareness. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, and planning and preparation. Read more >

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Developing children’s social and emotional skills through community links

Children at Banana Moon Day Nursery regularly visit a local residential care home which benefits both parties. The children are able to develop their social and emotional skills and residents eagerly interact with them. Read more >

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Improving family engagement to develop pupil wellbeing within the school community

Lansdowne Primary School has successfully increased its parental engagement through workshops, groups, an open door policy and even a coffee shop. This has helped develop effective relationships with pupils’ families and provides early intervention opportunities when issues arise. Read more >

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Creating dementia awareness through pupil interaction and community outreach

Since 2014, Llanfaes Community Primary School has collaborated with a nearby care home to raise awareness and understanding of dementia amongst its pupils. The school’s aim to create a dementia friendly generation has been recognised nationally by charitable organisations and the Welsh Government. Read more >

Planning for good quality outdoor learning

Strategic leadership at Gogerddan Childcare has embedded outdoor learning in the nursery’s provision. As a result, there have been improvements in children’s confidence and language development. Read more >

Building effective partnerships to improve learning outcomes and wellbeing

Presteigne Primary School has developed effective partnerships with organisations including the town council, local high school and the Alzheimer’s Society. Read more >

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