Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 31 January 2017 (Issue 161)

31 January 2017 • Issue 161




New curriculum for Wales Blog!  

The Digital Competence Framework: FAQs

You’ve asked more questions, here are the answers!


Launch of bi-lingual The Daily Mile website – sign up now!

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and the Minister for Public Health are issuing a joint letter to all primary schools encouraging them to sign up to the new bi-lingual Daily Mile website.  Press release


New £13m ALN School opened

A new 100 place school for pupils with additional learning needs (ALN) has been officially opened by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies.

Estyn Annual Remit  2017/18

Estyn Annual Remit 2017/18 issued by the Cabinet Secretary for Education.

National Digital Learning Awards 2017

Each week we will be showcasing the award winning and highly commended entries from last year on Hwb until entries open for 2017 in February.

Dynamic video experiences on Hwb

Office 365 Video is now available for your school though Hwb! Upload, share and play back video securely within your school.  Teachers can take advantage of this exciting development to “flip” their classroom and allow learners to stream a host of teacher-uploaded videos on any Internet enabled device. 

Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list – Nominations Now Open!

The Education and Public Services Group are inviting nominations for the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list.  If you know of any deserving people who work in the Education, Local Government, Communities, Tackling Poverty, Housing and Regeneration sectors who have demonstrated exceptional achievement or service, then please submit your nomination by 1 March 2017.


'Hidden' CSE workshops with Barnardo's Cymru 2017 - Sign up now!

Barnardo's Cymru is running a second series of free, regional training events on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) with the Welsh Government on the online 'Hidden' education resource. 

Penarth HwbMeet – 15 February 2017

Find out how Hwb can support your teaching this year. Book your place now!

resources and competitions

The Commonwealth Science Class series – NEW Resources  

The British Council have developed a series of resources, in partnership with The Royal Society, to enhance science learning in schools.

This fourth resource in the Commonwealth Science Class series investigates the topic of global food security and is packed with activity ideas to help your students explore this subject further. 

Why not watch the following video with your class?

Creating Patterns SEN Activity

In this activity, pupils look for patterns, complete sequences and create their own patterns. There is an opportunity to develop their understanding of algorithms by making instructions for others to recreate their patterns (KS2).

National Storytelling Week

This week is National Storytelling Week – why not try out the audio books on Hwb with your class? 

Urdd Science Project Competition

Closing date 1 March 2017

Why not encourage individuals or groups within your school to compete in Eisteddfod yr Urdd’s Science Project competition? The prize is a gift voucher to be spent by the winning group or individual’s school on any relevant STEM resources.



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