Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Vision: 

At Brynllywarch Hall School, we believe in a curriculum that develops the whole child as a lifelong learner and facilitates their growth in line with the Four Purposes. Informed by learner input, we commit to a broad and varied curriculum that values all areas of learning equally, whilst prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our learners. Our teaching will apply pedagogical practices to facilitate learning and seek to develop the cross curricular skills of Digital competence, Life skills, Literacy and Numeracy skills across all learning experiences. We believe in high expectations and the curriculum must be appropriately challenging and differentiated for all learners.  

Our curriculum at Brynllywarch is changing, to reflect the needs of children and young people in modern society.  This exciting curriculum reform, outlined in the ‘Successful Futures’ document focuses on the four ‘core purposes’ at the heart of everything we do as follows: 

  • 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.

Our curriculum covers the following six areas of learning experiences

  • Expressive arts.
  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Humanities (including RE which should remain compulsory to age 16).
  • Languages, literacy and communication (including Welsh, which should remain compulsory to age 16, and modern foreign languages).
  • Mathematics and numeracy.
  • Science and technology.

We also adopt the following cross-curricular elements in subjects when and where appropriate:-

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Digital competence.

 We appreciate that many of our learners have had negative experiences in school, and found learning stressful at times, therefore we plan our curriculum focusing on social and emotional readiness within a nurturing environment, that is adapted to meet the needs of all pupils.  Our learners may have been out of school for a significant amount of time, so it is essential that we focus on a gradual transition, developing their basic skills.   

We also aim to offer learning experiences that reflect, where possible, what their mainstream peers are doing.  This includes inter-school sports competitions, school trips and travel abroad, examinations, work experience and school prom.