P4C and the new Welsh curriculum
The new Curriculum for Wales will be rolled out to schools in 2022. It aims to equip the young people of 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.
The new curriculum places strong emphasis on areas which are at the heart of SAPERE P4C, including
- connecting, questioning and evaluating ideas and concepts
- communicating confidently, articulately and effectively
- thinking creatively and working collaboratively
- building students' mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy
- respecting the needs and rights of others, as a member of a diverse society
There is a growing interest in P4C in Wales, with a number of schools already practising SAPERE P4C at Bronze and Silver levels. Here, teachers from some of those schools tell us how P4C is transforming their schools and why they think P4C is a perfect fit for developing the kind of curriculum envisioned by the Welsh Government.
Fochriw Primary School, Bargoed, Caerphilly
‘P4C is an exciting pedagogical approach that enthuses our learners at Fochriw. It helps us engage with the Curriculum for Wales, promoting the four purposes and engagement with nearly all of the 12 pedagogical principles.’
Miss Johns, P4C Lead and Year 5/6 teacher, Fochriw Primary School
Fochriw Primary School is a small village school in a former coal-mining community in Caerphilly, South Wales. It has around 100 students in four mixed-aged classes: a third of pupils are eligible for free school meals, significantly above the Welsh average of 18%. The school adopted a P4C approach in 2016 and was received the SAPERE P4C Bronze Award in November 2018, the first school in Caerphilly to do so.
Head teacher Sharon Pascoe is a passionate advocate for P4C. She says: ‘P4C allows a focus on the overall four purposes of the curriculum...It allows for the development of the pedagogical principles identified in ‘Successful Futures,’ (Donaldson 2015). In particular, it creates authentic contexts for learning.'
She adds: ‘P4C encourages collaboration. Through a particular enquiry approach, P4C can support social and emotional development and positive relationships. It can connect learning across Areas of Learning and Experience and not compartmentalise children’s knowledge and understanding. As children choose what they want to enquire about, they are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning...P4C provides regular opportunities to practise literacy across the curriculum...Through the 4Cs (critical, creative, collaborative and caring thinking), P4C promotes problem solving and creative and critical thinking and opportunities for assessment for learning.’
Read the full Fochriw P4C case study. You can also read more about why Fochriw is a P4C school on their website.
Glyncollen Primary School, Morriston, Swansea
St Robert's Catholic Primary School, Aberkenfig, Bridgend