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4 Purposes

The four purposes are the starting point and aspiration for Penmaes curriculum design. Ultimately, the aim of a our curriculum is to support our pupils to become:

●    ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
●    enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
●    ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
●    healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society

All our pupils will be supported to develop as: ambitious, capable learners who:
●    set themselves high standards and seek and enjoy challenge
●    are building up a body of knowledge and have the skills to connect and apply that knowledge in different contexts
●    are questioning and enjoy solving problems
●    can communicate effectively in different forms and settings, using both Welsh and English
●    can explain the ideas and concepts they are learning about
●    can use number effectively in different contexts
●    understand how to interpret data and apply mathematical concepts
●    use digital technologies creatively to communicate, find and analyse information
●    undertake research and evaluate critically what they find

and are ready to learn throughout their lives
enterprising, creative contributors who:

●    connect and apply their knowledge and skills to create ideas and products
●    think creatively to reframe and solve problems
●    identify and grasp opportunities
●    take measured risks
●    lead and play different roles in teams effectively and responsibly
●    express ideas and emotions through different media
●    give of their energy and skills so that other people will benefit

and are ready to play a full part in life and work
ethical, informed citizens who:

●    find, evaluate and use evidence in forming views
●    engage with contemporary issues based upon their knowledge and values
●    understand and exercise their human and democratic responsibilities and rights
●    understand and consider the impact of their actions when making choices and acting
●    are knowledgeable about their culture, community, society and the world, now and in the past
●    respect the needs and rights of others, as a member of a diverse society
●    show their commitment to the sustainability of the planet

and are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world
healthy, confident individuals who:

●    have secure values and are establishing their spiritual and ethical beliefs
●    are building their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy
●    apply knowledge about the impact of diet and exercise on physical and mental health in their daily lives
●    know how to find the information and support to keep safe and well
●    take part in physical activity
●    take measured decisions about lifestyle and manage risk
●    have the confidence to participate in performance
●    form positive relationships based upon trust and mutual respect
●    face and overcome challenge
●    have the skills and knowledge to manage everyday life as independently as they can
and are ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

In developing our vision for our curriculum, we focused on what the four purposes mean for our pupils and how their curriculum will support our pupils to realise them. Our vision – and the four purposes more broadly – are guiding the process of curriculum and assessment design. This includes developing our approach to curriculum design decisions across the whole school.

We have developed our vision to support their learners to realise the four purposes, pupil voice where applicable is central to this. The input of pupils is an important consideration throughout our design process.

We have used a Cardiff based illustrator to design us 4 purpose characters to support pupils in realising them. The 4 characters we have designed can be seen in the presentation included. Pupil voice is important to us as a school and it is the pupil’s who selected the names for the characters. As a school we have also developed a set of pupil friendly 4 purpose statements and these can be identified below.

4 Purposes at Penmaes Presentation - Link 

Curriculum for Wales Video - Link 

Progression & Assessment - Link 

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