The Curriculum at Oystermouth

A New Curriculum for Wales

The Four Purposes

The Four purposes will be at the heart of our new curriculum.  They will be the starting point for all decisions on the content and experiences developed as part of the curriculum.

The purpose of the New Curriculum at Oystermouth Primary School is to support our children and young people to be:



  • Ambitious and capable learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives
    This means they believe in themselves and what they can do. They want to learn and do better. They have the skills to learn.


  • Enterprising and creative contributors who are ready to play a full part in life and work
    This means they can be creative and think of new ideas. They can solve problems and they can use this in their work.


  • Ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the world
    This means they understand their rights and responsibilities. They take part in their community and they care about the world.


  • Healthy and confident individuals who are ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society
    This means they have healthy minds and bodies. They feel good about themselves and what they believe in.


To help the children across the school to understand what the Four Purposes mean, we asked the KS2 children to design characters to represent each of the purposes. The winning entries from each class were then used to create the Oyster family.

Click on the links below to see what the four purposes mean for our learners at Oystermouth Primary School.






The New Curriculum will include:

  • 6 Areas of Learning and Experience from 3 to 16.
  • Progression reference points at ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16.
  • Achievement outcomes which describe expected achievements at each progression reference point.
  • 3 Cross Curriculum Responsibilities: Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competence.

Areas of Learning and Experience

The New Curriculum will be organised into six ‘Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE’s). These replace the subject areas which were used previously.

Click the links below to read a Curriculum for Wales guides for Parents and Children and Young People


Click on the links below to see our New Curriculum Journey at Oystermouth.




At Oystermouth Primary School, we are continuing to develop our EPIC (Everybody Planning in Class) planning so the children have direct input into what they are learning in class. They share what they already know about the topic, what they would like to learn more about and what skills they would like to develop during the theme.  Each class has an EPIC board in class where ideas are displayed and added to as the topic progresses.


Reception EPIC Planning – What makes Wales wonderful?


Year 1 EPIC Planning – What makes Wales wonderful?


Year 2 EPIC Planning – What makes Wales wonderful?


Year 3 EPIC Planning – Why is nature so special?

Year 4 EPIC Planning – What makes Wales wonderful?

Year 6 EPIC Planning – Why is nature so special?

At Oystermouth, we use Immersion Days at the start of a Topic to engross the children in the learning and provide a range of hands on experiences to help the children to explore for themselves. This leads into the children completing their EPIC planning for the rest of the topic, identifying things they want to do.

Celebration days are used at the end of a topic to give the children the opportunity to consolidate their learning.


Year 6 – What makes Wales wonderful? (Life in the Stone Age)

As part of their EPIC planning, Year 6 decided they wanted to find out about prehistoric Wales. Their topic ended with a day spent living like Stone Age people, making weapons, coins and discovering interesting information they didn’t know already.


As part of our Immersion Day for ‘Why is Nature so special?’ the children explored the outdoors to find signs of nature in our school environment, made mini beasts and plants using craft materials and by cutting out shapes and enjoyed directing the bee bot around the mini beast trail.







The children enjoyed our Immersion Day for our topic ‘Why is Nature so special?’ and explored the outdoors, carried out research online and played top trumps.