Mathematics and Numeracy

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This Area centres on the discipline of mathematics, including the traditional components of arithmetic, mathematics and statistics together with logic

Number

Place Value

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Numerical Reasoning/ Problem Solving/ Logic

Databases

Data Handling/ Statistics

Money

Money

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The Mathematics and Numeracy Area of Learning and Experience is concerned with developing a good, lasting understanding of mathematical concepts and the confidence to use and apply numerical skills in everyday life.  It includes experiences that enable children to develop their broader numeracy and financial skills by exploring relationships in quantities, space and data, and to apply them to real-life situations. Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them and to manage their lives. It gives them skills they need to interpret and analyse information, solve problems and make informed decisions. It provides strong support for the development of wider skills, particularly critical thinking and problem solving, planning and organisation, and creativity and innovation. It enables people to communicate ideas in a concise, unambiguous and rigorous way, using numbers and symbols.

 

Cradoc's Curriculum

New Curriculum

Cradoc is proud to be a Curriculum Pioneer School. 

We are working with other schools across Wales to develop the new curriculum to be published in 2018, which is planned to become statutory in 2021.  As a Pioneer School we meet regularly with other Pioneer Schools to discuss progress to date, undertake research and trial activities and plans.  We anticipate that the trialling of activities and plans will increase as developments progress.

We are working towards changing our curriculum to bring what we currently teach in line with Professor Donaldson’s Successful Futures.  We focus our teaching under 6 main areas of learning and experience.  Within these areas of learning and experience, the subjects and disciplines remain important but are not watertight compartments but rather a means of organising day-to-day activities taking place creatively at school.

As a school, we work on a topic based approach, where many of the areas of learning and experience are woven together to help children make sense of their activities in a holistic way with a focus on real life situations. The six areas of learning and experience are set out below.  Each area links to another page which helps to develop the curriculum further.  This is currently a work in progress and we thank you for your patiencewhilst these are constructed.

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The six areas of learning and experience are supported by three “Cross-curricular Responsibilities”.  These consist of a range of competences and skills which are foundations for almost all learning and aim to enable pupils to participate successfully and confidently in the modern world.  They are grouped into three responsibility areas as follows:

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Priority has already been given to literacy and numeracy within the curriculum through the Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF), which is now embedded well across our work.  Digital competence is a new cross curricular responsibility.  We have been working hard to improve skills and investing in appropriate technology to help us to improve in this area, and eagerly await the publication of the new digital competence framework in the Summer term.

We are mindful that the history, culture and language of Wales enable our children to develop their identity and place within the world and encourage them to understand their rights under the UNCRC.  As such we try to ensure that children experience both an international perspective and a Welsh dimension across the curriculum.

Digital Competence

At Cradoc we want our children to be confident, competent learners, who use ICT as a tool in the digital world.  We teach ICT as a subject in its own right and as a cross-curricular competence (digital competence).  We teach our children to stay safe when using technology.

We have identified that ICT is an area that we need to work on to improve across our school.

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Science and Technology

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The Science and technology Area of Learning and Experience will draw on physics, chemistry and biology, engineering, design technology (food, textiles, resistant materials), craft, design, graphics and computer science.

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Graphics

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Science and technology are closely linked, each depending upon the other.  Science involves acquiring knowledge through observation and experimentation, and technology applies scientific knowledge in practical ways.  This Area of Learning and Experience capitalises on pupil’s curiosity about our natural, physical world and universe though investigating, understanding, and explaining.  They learn to generate and test ideas, gather evidence, make observations, carry out practical investigations, and communicate with others. They also learn how through computer science, the horizons of what is possible can be extended beyond our current imagination. Pupils learn how technology is used to design products that improve the quality of human life and to apply their scientific and other knowledge to practical purposes and challenges. We provide pupils with rich opportunities to develop technological skills, knowledge, understanding and attributes through designing and developing products and systems.  The pupils explore the impact of technology on society and the environment.