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Giving pupils the power to learn

Ysgol Y Foryd supports pupils’ progress and development as independent learners by using assessment for learning strategies. Staff teach the pupils to face challenges and use mistakes as learning opportunities. They are given constructive feedback to help them to understand what they need to do to improve their work. Pupils contribute to lesson planning with ideas of what they would like to learn, and how they can achieve this. They are independent in their learning and can identify what they need to do in order to improve their work. Read more >

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Harnessing pupil enthusiasm

Staff at Trinant Primary School collaborated with pupils on what they would like to learn. Together they co-constructed their own learning journey. This process ensured that learning didn’t become predicable and static. The school used grants to fund real-life experiences, ranging from crime scene investigations to critically reviewing theatre performances. These activities instantly engaged pupils and helped to develop a culture of enquiry, innovation and exploration. Pupils’ enthusiasm is harnessed and this motivates them to be successful. Read more >

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Making learning experiential

Staff at Ewloe Green Primary School are making learning come alive by catering for all types of learners through practical methods. This has boosted pupils’ confidence and engaged those who have previously been reluctant to participate. The school focuses on six areas of learning throughout the year, which link with the new curriculum in Wales. Making learning experiential has given pupils the opportunity to voice their opinions on how they learn. Read more >

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Developing strong personal values at school

Pupils at Coed Eva Primary School are encouraged to take part in pupil participation groups, which has helped them to develop strong personal values. By taking on a wide range of responsibilities, pupils have enhanced their leadership skills. The scheme has had a positive impact on standards of behaviour and wellbeing, and has improved teaching and learning. Pupils remain motivated and engaged as they have a say in what and how they learn. Read more >

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Creating strategies to develop pupils’ independence

Staff at Coed Eva Primary School have taken part in research to create strategies based on pupils’ attitudes to learning. The strategies were created to develop pupils’ confidence, independence and ability to overcome challenges in their learning. The school promotes a culture of inquiry and discovery by developing characters with relevant stories. These characters give pupils the opportunity to develop their independent learning skills, and reflect on how they can use the characters’ learning traits in their lessons. Read more >

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Tracking progress to support pupils’ additional learning needs

Ysgol Esgob Morgan has a pupil centred-approach to additional learning needs. Staff track pupil progress in detail to identify learners who require additional support. An intervention package allows staff to see which pupils need to be added to, or removed from the intervention programme. This approach ensures that all staff are empowered to support pupils who have additional learning needs. Standards have increased, and the majority of pupils made progress in spelling, reading and maths. Read more >

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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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Developing a curriculum that improves pupils' skills and enthusiasm for learning

Ysgol Beca has abandoned traditional lessons and used thematic learning periods in the afternoons to develop numeracy and literacy skills through science and ICT. Teaching has taken place in small groups rather than whole class learning. As a result of good planning, pupils have developed to very high levels and take pride and ownership of their work. Read more >

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Planning a more flexible and adaptable creative curriculum to engage pupils' interest

Pembrey Primary School has changed its approach to teaching by making its curriculum planning more flexible and adaptable in order to suit the interests of the pupils. Six learning zones have been created with resources that support and challenge the development of pupils’ skills. These zones have promoted independent learning through a pupil-led, creative curriculum. Pupils have made strong progress, working skilfully and making important decisions about their learning. Read more >

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Improving pupils’ wellbeing and attitudes to learning through curriculum enrichment

Empowered and inspired by the new curriculum, Maes yr Haul Primary School has introduced lunchtime and after-school clubs to extend the range of opportunities for pupils, encouraging them to try new activities to improve wellbeing. These include learning about growing plants in the gardening club and developing thinking skills in the coding club. As a result pupils’ standards have improved and staff confidence and expertise have developed. Read more >

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