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The New Curriculum in Wales


You may know by now that following the recommendations set out in Professor Graham Donaldson's report 'Successful Futures', the curriculum in Wales is changing. This is a summary of the changes that we are making to the curriculum her at Roath Park:


Our new curriculum has 4 core purposes. We want our children to leave our school in Year 6 as:

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; and

 Healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.


We have to ensure that our children are literate, numerate and digitally competent.


Finally we have to ensure that all of our children make progress in EVERY aspect of their learning and that our curriculum is as holistic as possible. We therefore have 6 Areas of Learning and Experience:

  • Humanities - History, Geography and RE
  • Expressive Arts
  • Science and Technology
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Language, Literacy and Communication and
  • Mathematical Development.

National Tests 2017 will take place between
3rd and 10th May 2017.


Children in Years 2 to 9 now take national tests in reading and numeracy each summer. It is really important that your child is in school to take the tests. 



The reading tests are made up of short questions based on two or more texts. Some of the questions check how well the text has been understood, others aim to find out if children are able to make judgements about what they are reading.



There are two numeracy tests - one on numeracy procedural - children knowing about their number facts and working out simple problems and numeracy reasoning - this is where they have to use and apply their numeracy skills to solve a range of mathematical problems.


There are some sample test papers below for you to look at - please do not make this an onerous task for the children!


Click below to find out more about the National Tests:

Welsh Government National Tests : Reading Tests















We have recently purchased a new online numeracy programme called

RMeasimaths. Maths is a skill that can be developed both in school and at home, and can easily be made fun and engaging, even a part of everyday play. With RM Easimaths, parents and carers can support their children in activities and exercises that are consistent with how they learn in class and with the built-in support materials, parents and children can work through challenges together.


RMeasimaths is an online solution so it’s available wherever you have an internet connection. It has a colourful, user-friendly interface and a cast of fun characters with unique personalities that children can identify with. So not only is it simple to use, it doesn’t even feel like the children are learning.


The children have been provided with a username and password to access their own personal account set at their current attainment level. The children can log on to RMeasimaths via computer, laptop, iPad or android tablet. If using a tablet the app can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play.


For any further details please contact Mr Edwards

Big Maths Methods for Key Stage 2


I have created some 'Show Me' tutorials to help the children develop their understanding of the Big Maths methods. Each video goes through the steps needed from Clic test level 2 to 5. 


Please click on the links to see the tutorials. 


Big Maths Addition Methods


Big Maths Subtraction Methods


Big Maths Multiplication Methods


Big Maths Division Methods



Reading and Numeracy test results - animated guide for parents/carers

This short animation talks parents/carers through the National Reading and Numeracy Test reports.

Get your child thinking about maths!


Try this website:


It's brilliant!

From the 5th January, 2016, the ICT suite will be open for one hour after school every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week for families to use together. We have internet access and a range of learning activities on our website - Children - Kids Zone. Come on in and work together in the warm!!
Keep up to date with  education and learning in Wales. Visit the Learning Wales website - it is excellent!

Year 4 introduction to maths lesson - simple division

Still image for this video

Homework policy 2016-17