NORTH WALES (RUTHIN) - What does Donaldson Look like in Y3&4


Target GroupY3/Y4 Teachers, SMT, FP Leaders


19 June 2018
Price: £ 216.00
Venue: Ruthin Castle Hotel, Castle Street, Ruthin, LL152NU
Time: 9.00am for a 9.30 start
Cost of course is £180 plus VAT

 In his ‘Successful Futures’ Report the ethos, principles and pedagogy of the current Foundation Phase was identified as a significant strength of current educational practice in Wales. It was recommended that schools build on successful ‘Foundation’ practice into the middle and later years of primary education and beyond. How this works in practice needs to be carefully managed to ensure that transition issues are removed and progression is ensured.
Course Sessions
Session 1 - What is Donaldson actually saying?
What are the key words/messages/principles/findings from Professor Graham Donaldson’s
‘Successful Futures’ Report?
This session includes a simplified version of the report which will help schools to familiarise themselves with, plan and deliver the new curriculum effectively

Session 2 - The Year 3 and 4 classrooms
What will they look like in practice? What refinements need to be made? What curriculum ‘areas’ do we need to put into these classrooms? How do we promote independent learning here? How do we take the aspects of a successful Foundation Phase into these classrooms and yet ensure progression?
This session includes practical ideas/examples of age appropriate tasks/challenges linked to everyday KS2 topics and ideas for routines to allow them to be completed

Session 3 - Bridging the Gap
Ensuring that the children from Year 2-3 move smoothly and without barriers is a key aspect of the new curriculum. This needs to be considered carefully and well planned for. There are many, many practical ideas and examples given here that will aid this.
This session includes an exemplar transition plan that schools can implement into their own practice

Session 4 - What exactly are we supposed to be building on?
What does a successful Foundation Phase look like? What are the key words of successful practice and excellence? How do we take some of these elements of the Foundation Phase into Years 3 and 4?
This session includes many ideas/examples of how the strengths of a successful Foundation Phase can be incorporated into Years 3 and 4 to allow for consistency while still maintaining progression.

Course Provider: Cath Delve

Cath Delve has 26 years of teaching experience in three very different primary schools. She has been a senior leader in all three schools, a deputy head teacher in two and an acting head teacher in one. She has provided training and presented to many audiences on a wide range of topics all over Wales. She has been writing and presenting courses for the last 10 years on subjects such as: outdoor learning, pupil voice and well-being, raising the attainment of boys, progression in continuous provision, planning and the curriculum, being an effective Foundation Phase leader, literacy, numeracy, creativity, assessment, raising standards through display, transition, developing the role of the teaching assistant and the exemplary delivery of the Foundation Phase. She is very interested in and has completed a lot of work on, children’s well-being and engagement and how they have an impact on standards and life-long learning.


Some of her initiatives such as ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘Messy Monday’ have been implemented and used by schools all over Wales and into England.

In addition to working for Collective Learning as a course provider she is also an independent consultant working alongside schools all over Wales providing help, support and guidance on the successful delivery of the Foundation Phase. She is passionate about the Foundation Phase but only if it is delivered properly. She is married to a very patient man and has three very busy, individual teenagers!