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Encouraging creative and physical skills in children

Practitioners at Aberporth Bilingual Playgroup provide fun, stimulating activities that build upon children’s interests and questions. A performance area was introduced to develop children’s language and confidence when talking to others or when singing and using musical instruments. The creative area also provides practitioners with a greater insight into the development and progress of the children’s fine motor skills. They use exciting games to develop specific physical skills like spatial awareness and adjusting speed and direction. Read more >

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Developing Welsh language skills for early years learning

Practitioners at Aberporth Bilingual Playgroup use routine activities to introduce Welsh language and phrases. This helps children develop their understanding and responses progressively. Practitioners use Welsh language songs and read stories to the children in Welsh. The staff are good language models and develop the children’s understanding of Welsh exceptionally well. Most children make excellent progress in understanding and using the Welsh language on a daily basis. 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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Teachers work together to ensure strategies develop learners’ core skills

Ysgol Abercaseg has consistently high standards as a result of continuous self-evaluation activities. The school has developed strong strategies to support their learners, and teachers have worked together to make sure learners’ welfare and well-being are a priority. This has resulted in high standards, developing learners’ core skills and in particular, numeracy. Read more >

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Evolving foundation phase practices at key stage 2 generates a pioneering curriculum

Teaching and learning at key stage 2 builds on foundation phase practices at Ysgol Heulfan. Children thrive through independent discovery and exciting topics, underpinned by strong support for teachers and shared goals across the school. 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 >

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Putting pupil voices at the centre of planning to develop independent learning

Monnow Primary School identified that their curriculum was not engaging pupils, or meeting their needs fully. The school has since addressed these issues and developed a vibrant and innovative skills-based curriculum by valuing pupil voice and its role in curriculum design. 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 >

Learning through play in a real-life context

The creation of a ‘village’ at Cadoxton Primary School encourages children in the foundation phase to develop many skills by providing experiences in a real-life context. Read more >

Video: Standards in literacy and numeracy - Active and experiential learning

Chapter 1 of this active and experiential learning film looks at standards in literacy and numeracy in the foundation phase. To find out more about the good practice we’ve identified, read the full report. Read more >

Video: Pupil voice and independence - Active and experiential learning

Chapter 2 of this active and experiential learning film looks at pupil voice and independence in the foundation phase. To find out more about the good practice we’ve identified, read the full report. Read more >

Video: Provision for literacy and numeracy – Active and experiential learning

Chapter 3 of this active and experiential learning film looks at provision for literacy and numeracy in the foundation phase. To find out more about the good practice we’ve identified, read the full report. Read more >

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