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  • Susan Chapman
    Aberystwyth University
  • Rosy Ellis
    Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Gary Beauchamp
    Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Lisa Sheriff
    Wrexham Glyndŵr University
  • David Stacey
    University of Wales, Trinity St David
  • Jane Waters-Davies
    University of Wales, Trinity St David
  • Adam Lewis
    Ysgol Gymunedol Plascrug
  • Catherine Jones
    University of South Wales
  • Merris Griffiths
    Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Sammy Chapman
    Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Rachel Wallis
    Open University
  • Elizabeth Sheen
    Wrexham Glyndŵr University
  • Thomas Crick
    Swansea University
  • Helen Lewis
    Swansea University
  • Graham French
  • Stephen Atherton
    Aberystwyth University
In the new Curriculum for Wales (Cwricwlwm i Gymru) which is phasing in from September 2022, the concept of ‘cynefin’ (‘the place where we feel we belong’) is core to developing children’s understandings of place and identity. While cynefin has long been considered in a wider cultural and heritage context in Wales, it is not yet clearly understood in education, and is rarely explored from the pupil perspective. Drawing on data gathered from four primary schools in Wales (n=67 children, aged 7-10), using the method of photo elicitation to scaffold talk, this article explores children’s understandings of what cynefin means to them. Themes of people, place, activity, and emotions/feelings emerged, which interconnected in multiple, non-linear, and unique ways, indicating the importance of nuance in primary-level curricula design.


  • cynefin, place, children
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1214-1228
Number of pages15
JournalEducation 3-13
Issue number8
Early online date26 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2023
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