05th February 2014 12:10am
Canolfan Peniarth is to send one of its most popular education resources out to a Welsh school in Patagonia to support a primary teacher from Wales who is about to travel to the country to teach for the next ten months.
Sioned Wyn Jones is a teacher at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tonyrefail in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and has been fortunate to receive a secondment teaching post in Patagonia for the most of 2014. Tonyrefail school has invested in Canolfan Peniarthâ€™s systematic synthetic phonic reading scheme, Tric a Chlic. The Tric a Chlic scheme is a resource for the Foundation Phase that supports the learning of the sound and formation of each letter in the Welsh alphabet, and encourages expression and fluency when reading in the early years. To support Sioned Jones with her plans to teach children at Ysgol yr Hendre in Patagonia, Canolfan Peniarth has agreed to send a free copy of the resource out to the school, in the hope that the children of Trelew will be able to take advantage of this unique scheme in the same way as children in Wales.
Ysgol yr Hendre was established in 2006 as a bilingual, Welsh and Spanish school in Trelew. There are approximately one hundred pupils in the school, with Sioned Jones responsible for developing pupils from year 1, 4 and 5â€™s Welsh language skills over the next year.
At 25 years old, Sioned has been a teacher for three years and is looking forward to the experience ahead of her. She said â€œIâ€™m originally from the small village of Llanberis in Snowdonia, and have been interested in the history of Patagonia since I was a child. There is an opportunity for a teacher from Wales to travel to Patagonia every year, and when I saw the advertisement for the post, I didnâ€™t have to think twice before applying, and I am very fortunate to have been offered the opportunityâ€.
Mr Gwydion Wynne, the Director of Canolfan Peniarth said, â€œWe are delighted that Sioned has been in touch with us to talk about her plans, and we are pleased to extend our support to her and Ysgol yr Hendre in Patagonia, in the hope that this will provide further opportunities for our resources in future, while also providing us with an opportunity to generate new ideas for resources in partnership with the School. Sioned has agreed to send us news snippets, pictures, and video clips of her time at the school, and we will be placing these on our online news pages so that everyone can read about her.â€
Sioned will finish at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tonyrefail on 14th February, and will travel to Patagonia the following week. She will return to Wales on the 20th December. In the meantime, you can follow her adventures on our website.
Listen to a clip of Sioned talking on Radio Cymruâ€™s Post Cyntaf programme on 6 Chwefror 2014, where she explains a bit about the Tric a Chlic scheme and her journey to Patagonia.
29th January 2014 12:09am
In the last week, Canolfan Peniarth has published two pocket guide booklets titled Can Canllaw.
The booklets are resources that offer guidance to students and pupils on how to write an essay in Welsh. Quite simply the guidebooks explore the hundred most common mistakes when writing in Welsh. They are convenient and useful guidelines on how to plan, structure and check the content of essays, together with sections showing common mistakes and exercises. Both booklets are suitable for students at GCSE level, in Further Education or Higher Education.
Dr Mererid Hopwood from University of Wales Trinity Saint David was the author of the guides. Originally, both guides were developed to compliment the Academic Skills module that is part of the Cynllun Aur - Going for Gold provision within the Associate Facultyat the University. However, the content is seen as relevant to students who study in Schools, Colleges and Universities across Wales, which is the reason behind professionally publishing both guides.
They are sold for Â£1.99 each and available to order directly from Canolfan Peniarthâ€™s online website."
Back in December 2013, before Christmas, Canolfan Peniarth published a booklet on terms related to the Additional Needs subject area.
From Apraxia to Gypsey Travellers and Visual Impairment, there is a concise explanation of these terms and many more within the field of Additional Needs within the covers of this book. This is an extremely useful publication for students studying courses in the field of children and young peopleâ€™s education as well as for newly qualified teachers.
The author, Nanna Ryder, is a lecturer within the South West Wales Centre for Teacher Education at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Nanna Ryder said, â€œThe aim of the booklet is to provide an introduction to some of the most common terms and phrases used in everyday Additional Needs in our schools. As it is such an extensive field, it would be impossible to include everything, so there are further references to books and websites that would help broaden the understanding of specific areas.â€
The book is available to purchase directly from Canolfan Peniarthâ€™s online shop for Â£9.99."
Following receiving funding from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaetholrecently, Canolfan Peniarth has published a DVD and booklet under the title Chwarae Allan â€“ Dysgu Mas (Play outside â€“ learning outside), for adults that work with young children.
The content of the booklet and DVD offer ideas on how to intensify the learning potential of children in the outdoors as they interact with the natural world. The content also derives from research with younger children in the Foundation Phase in a variety of circumstances, for example, beach, forest, and from the schoolyard.
The authors of this unique resource are Angela Rees and Ann-Marie Gealy who both lecture within the School of Early Childhood at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. This is the third publication that Canolfan Peniarth has worked in partnership with staff from the School of Early Childhood following Y Plentyn Bach; Cyflwyniad i astudiaethau plentyndod cynnar, (The Little Child â€“ An introduction to early childhood studies) and Y Cyfnod Sylfaen 3 â€“ 7 oed, and Y Cyfnod Sylfaen 3 â€“ 7 oed: Athroniaeth, Ymchwil ac Ymarfer, (The Foundation Phase 3 â€“ 7 years: Philosophy, Research and Practice) that were authored by Dr. Sian Wyn Siencyn, the Head of School. All authors have had the opportunity to visit a number of foreign countries recently, namely Denmark, Sweden and Reggio Emilia in Italy where there are a number of examples of good practice in the outdoors. Their experiences have assisted in the investigation for authoring these volumes.
The booklet and DVD are available to purchase directly from Canolfan Peniarth'sonline shop for Â£12.99."