Canolfan Addysg Athrawon De-Orllewin Cymru

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education

09th October 2014 05:06pm

Bringing education in the early years to life through music: Publishing a creative resource for Welsh medium nurseries in Wales

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Canolfan Peniarth, hasbeen working closely with Mudiad Meithrin, a voluntary organisation that is the main provider of Welsh-medium early years care and education in the voluntary sector, to develop a specific resource for the cylchoedd meithrin (Welsh-medium playgroups) and early years practioners.

First Steps; Music in the Foudantion Phase is a music pack that contains a CD of fun songs, music book, and activity cards that offer new and unique creative ideas to creatively promote literacy and numeracy.

Research shows that music can play a key role in an early child’s development. It is said that the unique power of music enables a child to develop communication skills, promotes creativity within, as well as playing a key role in developing their self-expression, which makes it an ideal catalyst for educational purposes and childhood development in particular.

Ms Carys Richards, a member of the authoring team for the First Steps resource pack, who is also a Senior Lecturer in the Education and Training Faculty at University of Wales Trinity Saint David said, “A child learns through direct experiences. A cognitive development depends on provoking the senses through for example, ensuring physical and auditory experiences, as recommended in the First Steps package, which will generate memories and clear pathways in the brain through enjoyable experiences.

Canolfan Peniarth Director, Mr Gwydion Wynne said “The original First Steps resource was published by us in 2012 for the primary education sector, but after discussions with Cam wrth Gam from Mudiad Meithrin, it became clear that there was a shortage of original educational resources for the nursery provision, we decided to modify the original resource for the specific needs of the Welsh nurseries to meet the demand for creative resources”.

This particular development comes after the Education Minister, Huw Lewis, recently announced a public consultation on plans to develop a highly skilled workforce to improve early years education that will also raise the status of childcare staff in nurseries.

Harri Jones, Cam wrth Gam Director at Mudiad Meithrin said, “Cam wrth Gam annually trains two hundred early years practitioners across Wales to a Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. As we train them, it is important that we reinforce the qualification with dedicated resources for our students, to help them become the best possible practitioners. This resource developed by Canolfan Peniarth is an excellent example of a partnership working at its best, as the students have not only been provided by a worthwhile resource, but also Peniarth has provided training on how to use it to its full potential”.

More information on the First Step resource can be found on Canolfan Peniarth website, where there are also examples of good practice video clips.

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09th October 2014 04:44pm

Welsh Language Tutors wanted!

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Canolfan Peniarth is looking for experienced tutors who can provide language training sessions at all levels, to a range of audiences.

These sessions could be courses for beginners in the workplace or advanced level courses as part of undergraduate programmes at the university.

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals who would be able to contribute occasionaly to the exciting work at Canolfan Peniarth. Previous experienceis essential.

If you are interested, please contact us via e-mail; ymholiadau@canolfanpeniarth.org .

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08th October 2014 03:43pm

Language training for primary schools as part of Continuing Professional Development programmes

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As part of Canolfan Peniarth's language training services in education, the language training team have recently held a Continuing Professional Development(CPD) course for NUT Wales members in Bigyn and Halfway primary schools in Llanelli.

These primary schools are schools that teach Welsh as a second language to pupils, and the aim of the training was to improve the standard of the teachers' Welsh language skills through midweek eveningsessions, in order to raise their confidence to use the language in class.

In addition to running the National Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme, Canolfan Peniarth is able to offer language training programmes on a national level, which are tailored specifically for the needs of theclient, as was provided in this case to NUT Wales. For more information on Peniarth's language training services, including CPD programmes for the education sector, contact us through email on hyfforddiantiaith@canolfanpeniarth.org .

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30th September 2014 11:53am

Foundation level language training course for second language primary teachers in Swansea and Neath Porth Talbot

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Are you a teacher, or now of any teachers in the Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot areas, that have some Welsh language knowledge, but would like to develop and improve their language skills in order to teach Welsh correctly and confidently as a second language in the classroom?

If you do, Canolfan Peniarth is providing an opportunity for you to attend a foundation level course in Swansea that will run between January and April 2015.

The course is part of the Welsh Government’s National Sabbatical Scheme. The aim of the course is to create teachers who speak and understand the language and to develop their confidence to use Welsh in a variety of contexts within the school. The course is an intense course and is taught over an 11-week period. It includes opportunities to observe good practice in a variety of schools. Teachers who successfully complete this course receive a Foundation Level Diploma from WJEC.

The course is free of charge, with all training costs including supply costs, travel and subsistence provided by the Welsh Government.

For more information, you can contact Canolfan Peniarth via the following contact details, 01267 676772 / sabothol@canolfanpeniarth.org .

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03rd September 2014 03:03pm

Math y Mwydyn: A new resource to teach children how to form letters and numbers

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Canolfan Peniarth have published a new education resource pack for children who are learning how to form letters of the Welsh alphabet and numbers. The resource includes two books; Math y Mwydyn; Llythrennau o bob Math, andMath y Mwydyn; Rhifau o bob Math.

The books also include guidelines and images on how to hold and use a pencil while forming the letters and numbers.

Along with both books there are posters and a CD-Rom to support the resource, all of which can purched as a complete pack, or individually.

All materials related to this resources can be purchased from our on-line shop. Click here for more information.

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02nd September 2014 12:25pm

New Catalogue!

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With a new term and a new academinc year upon us, we have published a new catalogue for 2014/15.

The new catalogue includes all of Peniarth's products and resources, including our new products, information on our interactive and digital resources, as well as details for the National Sabbatical Scheme's courses within our language training services in education.

For the first time also, we have produced an academic calendar for the year. Copies ofthe calendar and catalogue will be distributed to schools and teachers via some of our partners over the coming weeks. In the mean time, you are welcome to contact the office to receive a copy, or a digital copy can be downloaded from the website.

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01st September 2014 04:47pm

Eisteddfod highlights for Canolfan Peniarth

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After a busy period for Canolfan Peniarthover the last couple of months, launching a new series of books for children and attending conferences for teachers across Wales, the summer events came to an end with a programme of actvities andevents at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli at the beginning of August. At the Eisteddfod, Peniarth had an activities tent for children where there were various sessions including a dance session with S4C's Heini, a singing session with Ffa-la-la, a rap workshop with Mr Phormula, Jewelry workshop, Tric a Chlic introductory session and a story telling session with Mererid Hopwood on Welsh legends.

In addition to activities for children, there was an opportunity to welcome Nia Parry from S4C's Cariad@Iaith programme as part of Peniarth's reception at the Eisteddfod to celebrate the recent developments within our language training services, where there was an opportunity to meet some past atendees of Peniarth'sNational Sabbatical Schemecourses . The reception also providedan insight to Peniarth's plans for the Sabbatical courses over the the next three years. It was a pleasure to welcome Nia Parry to the reception, along with some of our key partners from Schools, Local Education Authoritiesand the Welsh Government, as well as new members of staff that hace recently joined the language training servicesteam at Peniarth.

In addition, a new Catalogue for 2014/15 was launched at the Eisteddfod, which will be distributed to Schools and teachers via our parrtners over the coming weeks. Copies can also be sent out to customersdirectly from our office.

In the mean time, here is a video clip of the Eisteddfod highlights!

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16th June 2014 05:05pm

Launching a new series of books to help children master literacy in Welsh - Mêts Maesllan

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Canolfan Peniarth will be launching a new series of Welsh medium books this week - Mêts Maesllan. The series has been developed to assist children in Key Stage 2 who have specific learning difficulties in mastering literacy in Welsh.

TheMêts Maesllanseries follow the lives and interests of a lively group of friends aged 10 and 11, which are Mim, Ben, Sam, Will and Bob the dog, who all live in the village of Maesllan. The series consists of 32 cross-curricular books in a combination of stories and non-fiction. The books and activities have been graded at 4 levels to develop reading skills, with each level building on the skills acquired in previous levels.

A team of highly experienced language and additional learning needs experts have been authoring the series. Bethan Clement and Marian Thomas have bothpublished several language improvement books and resources, while Nanna Ryder, who is a lecturer in the Faculty of Teacher Education at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, is an expert in the field of Additional Learning Needs and has already published a book on the subject area in the last year Yr ABC i Anghenion Ychwanegol.

Nanna Ryder said, "The series concentrates on phonetic and linguistic patterns, and the books are relatively short between 16 and 28 pages in order to attract the interest of those children who are usually reluctant to read. In addition to the books, we have published a handbook for teachers as well as a variety of interactive activities that coincide with each book, and that focus on various aspects of the Welsh language, for example, spelling patterns, sentence structure, reading comprehension and so on" said Nanna.

This will be the second series of books for primary pupils that Peniarth has published this year, following the popular I wonder Why? series that was launched in February, and Mr Gwydion Wynne, the Director of Canolfan Peniarth said "We expect this new series to be another popular series once again with a number of enquiries and orders already received. The preparation and planning work has been quite significant and we are delighted that the series has now been printed and ready for publication".

The series can be purchased as a complete pack for £79.99, or each book can be purchased separately for £2.99 each. All are available from Peniarth’s online shop.

The launch will be held at the WJEC’s national conference on Additional Learning Needs, at Canolfan Medrus, Aberystwyth at 3pm on Friday June 20th. For more information on the launch, please contact Canolfan Peniarth directly on 01267 676 772.

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09th May 2014 03:55pm

Canolfan Peniarth prepares to tour Wales

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Canolfan Peniarth is preparing for a busy month as it prepares to go on tour across Wales to promote and showcase its products and services, along with launching a new series of books, Mêts Maesllan.

Over recent years, Canolfan Peniarth has developed significantly into various areas, and over the coming weeks will visit a number of events across Wales to provide an opportunity for teachers and parents to learn more about our products and services.

Canolfan Peniarthwas established in 2008, originally as an in-house publishing house for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, producing and publishing Welsh medium and bilingual educational resources. By today, the portfolio has developed to include specialist services in additional to publishing resources and books. Today, Peniarth has the capacity to create and develop a variety of digital resources that includes film, websites, ebooks and apps for mobile devices. In addition to the digital services, Canolfan Peniarth also offer language training servicesin education, including the Welsh Government's National Sabbatical Scheme.

While an extremely popular series of books has already been published by Canolfan Peniarth earlier in the year in the I wonder why? series that includes 6 story books with a Religious Education theme, there will be a new series launched in June, Mêts Maesllan. This new series includes 32 colourful Welsh language reading books in a combination of stories and non-fiction that follow the lives and interests of a lively group of friends. Interactive digital games and worksheets also accompany each book as well as a teacher's handbook. Details on the launch of this series can be seen in the below events diary.

Peniarth has also started planing for 2014/15 publications, with early discussions already underway with some of Wales' renouned authors including Manon Steffan (Blasu,Fel Aderyn, Y Lolfa), Hywel Griffiths (Dirgelwch y Bont, Gwasg Gomer)a Gwenno Davies (Tudur Budr, Gwasg Gomer).

More information will be released on these publications in the summer, but in the mean time, if you would like to hear more about Peniarth's products and services, come and see us at one of the events below;

2014 Summer Events

Date

Activity

Event

Location

23 May

Exhibition stall

Aiming for Excellence Conference

Swansea

26 - 31 May

Exhibition stall

Urdd National Eisteddfod

Bala

4 & 5 June

Exhibition stall

Carmarthenshire Welsh second language Conference

St Clears

6 June

Exhibition stall

WJEC Welsh second language Conference

Aberystwyth

6 June

Language trainingin education workshop

WJEC Welsh second language Conference

Aberystwyth

6 June

Welsh second language education resources

WJEC Welsh second language Conference

Aberystwyth

20 June

Exhibition stall

WJEC Additional Learning Needs Conference

Aberystwyth

20 June

Mêts Maesllan book launch

WJEC Additional Learning Needs Conference

Aberystwyth

30 June

Exhibition stall

WJEC Welsh first language Conference

Llandrindod

7 & 8 July

Exhibition stall

UW:TSD Graduation

Caerfyrddin

2 - 9 August

Exhibition stall

National Eisteddfod, Carmarthenshire

Llanelli

For more information, contact Canolfan Peniarth's headoffice on01267 676 772.

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08th May 2014 04:00pm

A new Welsh second language resource to support teachers

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Canolfan Peniarth has this week published a new resource that will support teachers in delivering Welsh accross the curriculum in schools where Welsh is taught as a second language.

The Welsh for Everyone (Cymraeg i bawb) resource is cross-curriculuar and includes materials related to subjects such as Religious Education, Geography, Art, Music, Welsh & Welsh second language, Drama, Design Technology, Science, History, Maths, Information technology and communication.

The pack includes;

  • 25 cross-curricular cards in full colour

  • an A3 sheet that includes key vocabulary for teachers

  • small cards on a keyring with the phrases used most often in class and empty pages at the end so that teachers can add their own favourite phrases

  • audio files of key vocabulary and phrases

  • guidances notes with ideas for delivering the activities.

While also includingideas and examples of possible activities, Welsh for everyone includes a guide that lists useful phrases for the class, e.g. greetings, commands, target setting and so on, and teachers are encouraged to make use of audio files of the vocabulary and key phrases also, as correct pronunciation and intonation are crucial when introducing Welsh to learners.

Welsh for everyone is available to purchase directly from our online shop for £30, and in addition to the complete pack, the Welsh for everyone pocket keyring cards are available to purchase seperately for £4.99.

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