A NEW CURRICULUM FOR WALES

A NEW CURRICULUM FOR WALES

A NEW CURRICULUM FOR WALES

The final version of Wales’ new curriculum has been published, but according to the Education Minister for Wales, Kirsty Williams:

“Schools should not rush into trying to plan for this…Schools should take space and time to understand the model of the curriculum.”

The new curriculum will be mandatory (it has to be followed) in 2022, but in the meantime all schools will be expected to start planning for the change, which will be a completely different way of teaching children. The biggest change is likely to be in Secondary Schools, where individual subjects (such as Science, History or Art) will be joined under 6 areas of learning and experience:

  • Maths and numeracy
  • Languages, literacy and communication
  • Health and well-being
  • Humanities
  • Science and technology
  • Expressive arts

This year teachers will receive an extra training day and Kirsty Williams has promised a budget of £39 million to prepare for the new curriculum. However, some teachers and headteachers are concerned that this is not enough money to be able to prepare for all the changes.

Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis left a trail of destruction behind them, with many areas of Wales affected by serious flooding. Storm Ciara caused the high street of Llanrwst in the north to flood, while Pontypridd in the south was under water after Storm Dennis. Almost every area of Wales was affected in some way, with roads being closed and damage caused to homes and businesses. The First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has promised £10 million of Welsh Government money to help pay for the damage, but many people believe that a lot more money than this will be needed.

How can we stop coronavirus spreading?

There are simple rules to follow to help stop any virus from spreading:

  • If you need to cough or sneeze, then catch it in a tissue, bin it and wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet.
  • Wash your hands before eating.
  • Wash your hands after using any shared equipment e.g. sports equipment, keyboards etc.
  • Do not share water bottles, cups etc.
  • Try not to touch eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

Currently, in Wales, the chance of being in contact with the virus is low.

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DATES FOR THE DIARY

Holi Hindu Festival

Read more about this in Issue 7

No Smoking Day

More about this on page 6, see 'Under the Microscope'

St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. The oldest and biggest St Patrick’s day celebration isn’t held in Ireland but in New York! People celebrate by having a huge parade through the streets, with everyone enjoying plenty of food and drink and the colour green is everywhere!

Spring Equinox

Spring is the season between Winter and Summer. Summer is classed as the warmest 3 months, Winter the coldest 3 months and so Spring and Autumn are between the two. Meteorologists (experts in the weather) recognise March, April and May as the Spring in Wales. However, according to astronomers (experts in the earth, stars, sun and planets) the Summer is when there is most daylight, so Summer Solstice on 21st June. Spring Equinox is half-way between Summer and Winter Solstice (21st December).

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (which is observed between Shrove Tuesday and Easter). Another name for this day in Wales is ‘Sul y Meibion’ (Sunday of the Sons). On this day in the past, servants were given a day off to go home to visit their mothers, or their home or ‘mother’ church. A Story and Craft in Issue 7.

Intergenerational Week

Wales Outdoor Learning Week

April Fool’s Day

National Pet Month

Our furry and feathered friends will be seen quite a lot in this issue!
National Pet Month promotes responsible pet ownership. Pets need a lot of attention and care, so if you're a pet owner then you have a duty to look after them responsibly. At Ysgol San Sior, Llandudno, they know how rewarding it is to care for animals. They have an array of creatures, all of them special and with varying needs. Here are some of the animals they care for every day - chameleons, lizards, skinks and geckos, millipedes, grasshoppers and tortoises, frogs, bullfrogs and snails, as well as an array of fowl - chickens and pheasants.
Read more about Ysgol San Siôr on page 6.

Pesach or Passover

Pesach or Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays; it celebrates Moses freeing the children of Israel from Egypt. During the festival people come together to eat a special meal called the ‘Seder’.

Earth Day

The Big Pedal

Why not get on your bike?

Beginning of Ramadan

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast (don’t eat) between dawn and dusk.

Immunisation Week

See 'Discussion Point' on page 6

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DEAL

DEAL

DEAL

March 11 is No smoking Day, in this story Idris and his Mum make a deal. What will the deal be?

March 11 is No smoking Day, in this story Idris and his Mum make a deal. What will the deal be?

March 11 is No smoking Day, in this story Idris and his Mum make a deal. What will the deal be?

'Idris - please put your phone away!' Mum's voice got angrier. Idris took a last glance at the screen and put his mobile down sulkily.
'Your supper - it's stone cold.' Mum put the ketchup on the table with a bang, the cutlery clattered.
'I need to send a message - it's Cai and Pete, we're trying to meet up...' Idris reached for his phone again.
'No!' Mum yelled, and Idris knew

that it was better to leave his mobile on the table. They both ate in silence, the quarrel a dark cloud hovering over the kitchen table, the food tasteless.
The mobile's screen kept on flashing. Mum got up and reached for her lighter and cigarettes.
'Put your plate in the sink!' She went out the back for a cigarette. Idris picked up his mobile again, there were dozens of messages flashing. Cai and Pete had something planned and he hated being left out. It was all his Mum's fault, with her stupid rules
He got up and put his plate in the sink, he looked out to where the smoke from his Mum's

cigarette rose by the back door. He hated seeing his Mum smoking, and how could she dig into him saying that he was addicted to his phone? She was just as bad - glued to her cigarette pack.
He opened the door, and started down the path, his friends would be in the park.
'Where are you off to?' Mum asked, 'Idris wait!'

Idris stopped and faced his Mum 'I'm sorry I shouted at you,' she said quietly, Idris waited, 'but I hate seeing you constantly staring at your phone!'
'Ok,' Idris replied, 'and I hate seeing you constantly smoking!' Mum was silent for a while, they both stood, their backs against the wall.
'Fair enough.' Mum said eventually, 'we'll shake hands on it - it's a deal! I'll try and cut down and stop smoking, if you can ignore your mobile sometimes. It won't be easy, but we can both make an effort.'
'Yep!' Idris smiled, 'I'll give it a try, but please can I go now - Pete and Cai are waiting for me.' He ran off to meet his friends, leaving his phone on the table.

You will need:

  • Soil or compost
  • Cardboard rolls (inside of atoilet-roll or kitchen roll)
  • Tub to hold the rolls (an ice-creamor margarine tub is ideal)
  • Packet of bean seeds
  • Trowel

You will need:

  • Soil or compost
  • Cardboard rolls (inside of atoilet-roll or kitchen roll)
  • Tub to hold the rolls (an ice-creamor margarine tub is ideal)
  • Packet of bean seeds
  • Trowel

You will need:

  • Soil or compost
  • Cardboard rolls (inside of atoilet-roll or kitchen roll)
  • Tub to hold the rolls (an ice-creamor margarine tub is ideal)
  • Packet of bean seeds
  • Trowel

PLANTING A BEANSTALK!

March is the ideal month to plant a beanstalk. How about going for it so you can watch your own beanstalk growing and taste some lovely beans in July?

PLANTING A BEANSTALK!

March is the ideal month to plant a beanstalk. How about going for it so you can watch your own beanstalk growing and taste some lovely beans in July?

PLANTING A BEANSTALK!

March is the ideal month to plant a beanstalk. How about going for it so you can watch your own beanstalk growing and taste some lovely beans in July?

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DOLITTLE

DOLITTLE

DOLITTLE

Have you seen the film?

Dr John Dolittle is a vet and lives a solitary life in his grand manor house. However he is not all alone - he has a host of amazing creatures to keep him company

Welsh influence

The film was shot at various locations across Britain, in June 2018 the production team reached the suspension bridge - Pont Menai which stretches across the Menai straits between Gwynedd and Anglesey.
This is not the only connection, the main character is played by Robert Downey Jr, and he based his .

character on the Welsh Dr William Price, Llantrisant.

Who was William Price?

William Price was born near Caerffili in 1800, and was

apprenticed with a doctor at the age of 13. Price was an eccentric doctor :
• He wore a white druid-like tunic, a green trousers, red waist-coat and on his head he wore a hat made of fox fur - face and limbs intact!
• He didn't follow the medicine of the time, but told his patients to give up meat and eat a vegetarian diet
• He named one of his children Iesu Grist, Welsh for Jesus Christ. When the child died he decided to cremate the body - the first cremation in Wales.

Name: Mael Evans

Job:
Global Premier Soccer Coach in Partnership with FC Bayern Munich

Where: Boston, USA.

Typical Day:
Travel to work for 9 am; pick up a morning coffee from 'Dunkin donuts' - a ritual here! Then on to the Technical Department, structuring training programmes and analysing performances. 4.30 pm - Get ready to be on the field and coach (usually a practice that you designed earlier in the day). 8.30 pm - Travel home.

Best things about the job:
Working in an industry I have had a passion for from a very young age. Also having the opportunity to implement my degree into my work.

Not so good:
Not being able to join in and play; especially when it is –6°C, brrr!

Why did you go into this work?
I graduated in BSc Football Coaching and Performance, and this is my dream job!

Favourite topics at school:
Sports was one as you could probably tell. I played the trumpet, meaning music was something I enjoyed alongside religious studies.

Tips The world of football is smaller than you think. Small details are important. Also be committed don't be afraid of making mistakes.

Thank you Mael, and best wishes for the future!

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What's your opinion?

Children, young people and adults are vaccinated to stop them developing some illnesses. However, there are different opinions on immunisation. What do you think?

I don't want to be immunised - I really hate needles! I don't believe I need to be vaccinated, as most of the dangerous illnesses have almost disappeared from Wales. If an illness does come to my area, I'll stay at home to that I don't get it, and if I do get ill, I can always get medication from the doctor.

I strongly believe in immunisation. If everyone got immunised for a certain illness e.g. measles, then it could be eradicated. It's a terrible illness and can be very dangerous. I think that we in Wales are very lucky to be immunised - we are being protected against many potentially fatal illnesses.

BRAIN TWISTER

HEART PUZZLE

Cut these 20 right angled triangles out and try to arrange
them in a heart shape. The answer is on the back page.

Extra challenge: Is it possible to make a heart shape with less than 20 triangles or with more than 20 triangles? Is there a pattern?

WISE WORDS
FROM AUNTY DOT

WISE WORDS
FROM AUNTY DOT

WISE WORDS
FROM AUNTY DOT

Croak! Croak! It's stupid to Smoke!

Sometimes young people begin to smoke because other people persuade them to start. Aunty Dot believes that it's very stupid to smoke. Here are some of the problems that can be caused by smoking:

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11th of March is No Smoking Day. Smoking can damage health, and it can harm the lung and heart. Cigarettes not only contains the drug nicotine, they also contain many other harmful elements e.g. tar and carbon monoxide.

  • The lung is an important organ being a part of the body's respiratory system.
  • When we inhale we take in air containing oxygen into our body. Inside our lungs the oxygen then enters the bloodstream and another gas, carbon dioxide, is removed from the blood. This is breathed out as we exhale.
  • We take in air through our nose and mouth, the air then

travels to the lung through a pipe called the trachea.

  • As it moves through our mouth and nose the air is warmed and moistened, trapping harmful elements such as dirt or dust, preventing them from entering the lung.
  • Once in the lung the oxygen enters the bloodstream and reaches every part of the body.

Why have so many animals in school?

The school is unique, we have fantastic opportunities and responsibilities. We have to care for the animals each day, feed and spray those that need high humidity.
We love the interaction we have with the animals as not many children get the opportunity to hold these unique animals or feed a chameleon.
Other schools come to us and we show them the animals in zoo workshops and we hope that this may inspire them to also become an eco school. We have to collect eggs every day and to date, our chickens have laid almost 100,000 eggs!

Other advantages?

We learn about animals and delve deeper than just reading about them. We use them as part of class topics and this makes learning fun.

What do you enjoy most?

We love holding and studying them. We enjoy helping the teachers and being given responsibilities. I have a Cuban False Chameleon in my hand and when I look at it I see a crocodile and I wonder at its beauty and wonder what it might be thinking. We have written some amazing poems about the creatures. Some children come to the office to read

to the school dog or to have therapy sessions.

Disadvantages?

We don't always get to hold the animals and it can sometimes cause arguments as to who gets to look after them and feed them. 150 chickens make a lot of poo and you have to do a lot of work cleaning them. Its hard work, but worth it!

Tell me an amazing fact about your favourite animal.

  • Chameleons have a tongue twice the length of their bodies and shoot it out to catch a locust.
  • Dim ond march y môr a chameleon sy'n gallu symud eu dwy lygad i gyfeiriadau gwahanol!
  • Apart from the chameleon, the only other animal that can move its eyes independently of each other is the Sea Horse!
  • The Giant African snail has more teeth than a Great White Shark
  • The Argentinian Horned frog has no throat muscles so uses its eyes to push food down its throat.

What about the environment?

Without bees plants wouldn’t be pollinated. We forgot to mention we have 10 bee hives which is equivalent to half a million bees in our school.

Business wise?

We sell eggs to shops and the hens produce 20,000 eggs a year.
We sell honey in Conwy Honey Fair and we make over £1000 each market.
We make chutney using the apples from our orchard with Mr Jones's secret recipe.
We sell Golden Pheasant eggs on-line.
Year 2 make bee mindful bracelets, inspired by bees, and 10% of profits to Mindful Projects.
We grow exotic plants and sell Australian tree-ferns from our Reflective Garden

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ANIMAL HEROES

ANIMAL HEROES

ANIMAL HEROES

Our furry and feathered friends have played an important role in history and in many cases
have saved the lives of many people. Here are some interesting animal tales:

COAL MINE CANARIES

COAL MINE CANARIES

COAL MINE CANARIES

'Deep underground in a coal mine, one of the biggest dangers is the fact that poisonous gases can collect. Some gases can cause explosions and others (like carbon monoxide) can harm or kill anyone that breathes it. A scientist called John Scott Haldane discovered that birds like canaries are the ideal test for poisonous gases, as their bodies are especially sensitive to them. Miners used to take canaries down the coal mine and keep a close eye on them; if the canary fell ill or died it warned the miners that they needed to evacuate. In 1986 the tradition of using canaries in coal mines came to an end.

WAR PIGEONS

WAR PIGEONS

WAR PIGEONS

Pigeons played a vital role in both the first and second world wars because they were such an effective way of sending messages. Over 100,000 of them were used in the First World War and the vast majority delivered their messages successfully. The advantage that a pigeon has is its amazing ‘homing’ ability, as well as the speed with which it can fly.
During the First World War a famous pigeon named Cher Ami lost an eye and a leg and was shot in the chest but was able to fly on and deliver her message. As a result of this a battalion of American soldiers were able to be rescued. One of the soldiers carved her a little wooden leg and she was put on a ship back to the USA. Cher Ami won several medals for her bravery!

The first animals in space were fruit flies that were aboard the Nazi V2 rocket in 1947. The first monkey in space was Albert II, who reached an altitude of 134km. After this, in 1950, a mouse reached an altitude of 137km. All these animals died during their flights

Probably the most famous animal in space was a dog called Laika. Laika was the first living thing to orbit the earth, on board the Sputnik II in 1957. Unfortunately, Laika also died during her flight.

The first animals to return alive from a space flight were two dogs called Belka and Strelka, a rabbit, 42 mice, 2 rats and fruit flies that were aboard the Sputnik 5 in 1960. Since then all sorts of animals have travelled into space including turtles, fish, jellyfish and spiders!

ST BERNARD RESCUE DOGS

These dogs are famous for their amazing ability to find and rescue people from snow in the area of the St Bernard Pass in the Alps. How about doing some research of your own to find out more about these daring dogs?

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PISTYLL RHAEADR

PISTYLL RHAEADR

PISTYLL RHAEADR

Located in the Berwyn Mountains near Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, this is the highest waterfall in England and Wales. It falls 80m down from Lake Llyncaws, where legend has it, a terrifying serpent lived. This waterfall is one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.

GOLDEN CAPE OF MOLD

GOLDEN CAPE OF MOLD

GOLDEN CAPE OF MOLD

This is literally a piece of Welsh treasure which is around 4,000 years old and made from a single piece of pure gold. It was found in a place called Bryn yr Ellyllon in Mold.

Who wore the cape?

It was first thought that a very important man would have worn such a beautiful and precious object, but upon looking at it more carefully its size would suggest it was worn by a small woman or even a child.

Where is the Gold Cape now?

Unfortunately, the cape hasn’t stayed in Wales, but it is possible to see it in the British Museum in London. There is a replica in Mold Library

SIX NATIONS RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

SIX NATIONS RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

SIX NATIONS RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

With one game left in the championship, Wales sit in fifth position after losing against England. Their chances of winning the championship are now gone, but with their final match against Scotland still to come, Wales will be hoping to finish the competition with a win. We will have to wait a little longer than usual for the final results, as some of the games have been postponed due to the impact of the Coronavirus.

Georgia Davies is a Welsh swimmer who is hoping to be selected for Team GB in this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. This would be her third Olympic Games; however, she needs to be successful in some very difficult trials in April to guarantee her place in the team!

Here is some information about her:

Full name: Georgia Beth Davies

Date of Birth: 11.10.90

Height: 1.75m

Weight: 60kg

Successes:

Bronze medal in World Aquatic Championships in Gwangju 2019.
Two gold, a silver and a bronze medal in the European Championships, Glasgow 2018.
She was a member of Team Wales for the third time in Australia’s Commonwealth Games 2018, winning two bronze medals.
She reached the semi-finals of the 100m Backstroke race in the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.

Fingers crossed that Georgia will be selected for Tokyo 2020! Pob lwc Georgia!

Two issues of Clic-it Cymru will appear on Hwb each term. The next issue will be available on Monday the 4th of May. Remember to contact us by clicitcymru@cynnal.co.uk - we will be delighted to hear your ideas and opinions.

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