The vision of Curriculum for Wales is embodied in the four purposes, which outline the ambition and aspiration for all children and young people in Wales 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 learning activities and experiences in schools should enable learners to progress towards these four purposes.
The arts-based approach of Cerdd Iaith provides multiple opportunities for young learners to develop the characteristics of the four purposes, not only within Languages, Literacy and Communication, but also across other Areas of Learning and Experience.
“Learning and experience in this Area aims to enable learners to communicate effectively using Welsh, English and international languages. It aims to encourage learners to transfer what they have learned about how languages work in one language to the learning and using of other languages. This multilingual and plurilingual approach is intended to ignite learners’ curiosity and enthusiasm and provide them with a firm foundation for a lifelong interest in the languages of Wales and the languages of the world; and thus to make them ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives.”
“In this Area, languages are seen as a key to social cohesion, which can promote better local, national and global understanding. The aim is to encourage learners to engage critically with languages and literature in order to help them develop not only their own sense of identity, but also an understanding of the relationship between their own cultures and communities and those of other people. This understanding can be deepened as learners are afforded opportunities to learn multiple languages. This linguistic knowledge and these skills are needed to participate confidently and empathetically in society, which contributes to developing learners as ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world.”
Curriculum for Wales, Languages, Literacy and Communication Area of Learning and Experience
The Curriculum for Wales guidance aims to help each school design their own curriculum that supports its learners to develop towards the four purposes: the starting point and aspiration for every child and young person in Wales.