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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 >

Improving oracy skills using challenging texts

Tywyn Primary School has improved the standard of oracy skills across the whole school by using challenging texts to develop pupils’ spoken and performance skills. Staff have had training provided in speech and language therapy to identify groups for early intervention. Pupils analyse poetry and are encouraged to understand the characters and the underlying themes. As a result, pupils’ self-esteem has improved considerably and they are now more confident when performing for different audiences and purposes. 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 pupil outcomes and wellbeing through a creative curriculum

Ysgol Cefn Coch has planned a curriculum that encompasses art, drama, music, film and digital media in order to engage pupils and enable success. Regular opportunities are provided for learners to create weekly radio programmes, in addition to television programmes and films on the school’s channel. The school has ensured that the work is relevant to the needs of today and develops competencies that will enable pupils to face challenges confidently in their future lives. Read more >

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Enhancing pupils’ entrepreneurial skills and improving standards

Craigfelen Primary School has developed a culture of collaboration and exploration for its pupils through the success of enterprises, such as a café and a local credit union. This has created an environment of learning opportunities and integrated the school into the community. Working with partners such as the Welsh Government, Gower College and University Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), workshops for teachers have provided opportunities for more innovation. Read more >

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Nurturing pupils’ learning journeys drives resilience and celebrates originality

Ysgol Llanfairpwllgwyngyll has sustained its high standards by focusing on pupils’ educational journey, rather than the the finished work. This has resulted in pupils becoming more independent and resilient and boosted creativity. Read more >

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Developing pupils’ skills and enthusiasm towards learning by creative planning and teaching

Rhosybol Primary School has developed pupils’ skills and independence within key stage 2 by planning and teaching more creatively. Pupils were divided into groups in line with their ability to complete tasks throughout the week. Assessment and monitoring of progression included pupil-led filming in the form of a ‘vlog’. Read more >

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Highly effective planning and monitoring

Well-planned indoor and outdoor activities are used to improve pupils’ core skills at Martine’s Childcare nursery. Teachers record pupil progression on hand-held devices instantaneously identifying opportunities for developing children’s skills. Literacy and numeracy skills are developed through interesting problem solving activities and fun themed tasks. Read more >

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Pupil voice shapes the curriculum

Glan Usk Primary School have led curriculum innovation, professional learning and reflective practice. This has resulted in confident pupils who lead their own learning effectively. Classrooms include a Learning Wall for each pupil, highlighting the children’s planning, skills and lesson ideas. Each pupil has a significant voice in shaping the curriculum and their contributions are valued. Read more >

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