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  • Canolfan Peniarth has developed a new innovative app for the education sector in Wales that aims to support teachers in developing 5 - 16 year old pupils' literacy skills, and to ensure that they succeed in the Language, Literacy and Communication Area of Learning within the new Curriculum for Wales 2022.

    The Aur am Air app, which assesses the literacy levels of pupils of all ages, primary and secondary, introduces pupils to a variety of games and activities that are carefully designed, specifically to develop their spelling skills in Welsh. The app contains a diagnostic test which is presented to pupils as they open up the app for the first time. Depending on the results of the test, the App tailors the activities and games to ensure that their content is appropriate to the level of ability and skills of the pupil.

    Following receiving funding from the Welsh Government to develop the App, Canolfan Peniarth worked with teachers and language specialists across Wales, additional learning needs specialists in particular, to ensure that the app could also be used to support learners who would sometimes struggle to recognise and learn letter and word sounds in Welsh.

    Nanna Ryder is a Cross Curricular Additional Learning Needs Senior Lecturer with the Athrofa at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and worked closely with Canolfan Peniarth as part of the authoring team for the App. Nanna Ryder said, “After months of planning for the App, I am delighted to see it now available to teachers and pupils. It includes a range of engaging games and activities for pupils of all ages, and ability, and can be used to support work already done in the classroom and also to promote independent learning”.

    The App was recently launched at a special event in Ysgol Bro Teifi - the first purpose-built Welsh Medium all-through School (3 - 18 years) to be built in Wales. Ysgol Bro Teifi worked closely with Peniarth to trial the App with pupils of all ages during the development process.

    Gwydion Wynne, Director of Canolfan Peniarth said “This App is one of the first of its kind available in Welsh, in terms of providing an opportunity for pupils of all ages to develop their literacy skills through games and activities that have been specifically tailored to their level of ability. We are delighted to have received support from the Welsh in Education Resources Branch, within the Welsh Government to develop the App and to have worked with experts across Wales”.

    Aur am Air is the eighth App for Canolfan Peniarth to develop and publish recently for the education sector in Wales and is available free of charge for Android and iOS mobile phones and tablets. For details of all of Peniarth’s Apps along with their other resources, please visit www.peniarth.cymru .

    Developing a new, innovative App to asse…

    26-06-2019
  • Following recent funding from the Welsh Government's Welsh in Education Resources Branch, Canolfan Peniarth has published a new resource which offers pupils opportunities to present information, ideas and opinions through listening, collaborating and discussing, in order to stimulate their oral skills.

    Llun a Thrin is a resource pack containing 30 sets of colourful cards containing images that will give learners the opportunity to interperate what they see, use their imagination and express their opinions. . As well as containing a collection of various images, Llun a Thrin offer teachers ideas for discussion and discussion questions.

    Cerys Gruffydd, Headteacher of Ammanford Primary School, who collaborated with Peniarth to trial the resource with their pupils in the development process, said: “It's always nice to have a new Welsh medium resource, such as Llun a Thrin.  It feeds the literacy skills framework perfectly. Although targeted for developing literacy skills, it offers opportunities to develop thinking skills and group discussion skills. The practical activities can be done under the guidance of a teacher, assistant teacher, or independently, and all the skills that come from it are very valuable ”.

    The resource has been funded by the Welsh Government and authoured by Bethan Clement and Non ap Emlyn, who are very experienced in creating and developing appealing and popular resources for the education sector in Wales. Canolfan Peniarth Director, Mr Gwydion Wynne said, “We are delighted to be able to announce Llun a Thrin, and to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the authors Bethan Clement and Non ap Emlyn once again, following funding from the Welsh Government. The resource looks great, and it is rich in content, providing multiple opportunities to stimulate various discussions with pupils. The feedback from the tiralling stages has been excellent, and we now look forward to seeing the response of pupils and schools in school classrooms across Wales following its publication ”.

    In addition to the print resource, Canolfan Peniarth has developed a range of interactive online activities to support the resource.  These materails are available for free on HWB, the Welsh Government’s digital platform for learning and teaching in Wales.

    Llun a Thrin is available to purchase from Canolfan Peniarth’s website, or from your local bookshop for £14.99. 

    A new resource to develop the imaginatio…

    05-06-2019
  • Canolfan Peniarth, University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s publishing house, is to publish a new story book, Nature’s Nasties by renowned author, Carol Barratt, which has been illustrated by student Ocean Hughes.

    Ocean Hughes is studying BA Illustration at the University’s Swansea College of Art, and specialises in children’s book illustration.  Having made an impact on staff during a work experience period at Canolfan Peniarth, Ocean was commisioned by Peniarth to illustrate a new story book.

    Authoured by Carol Barratt, and translated to Welsh by renowned poet, author and UWTSD lecturer, Professor Mererid Hopwood, Nature’s Nasties and in Welsh, Natur ych a fi, includes ten factual short stories for young children.  Set in the Gower Peninsula the stories feature many fun and playful wildlife characters that will capture children’s imagination.

    Gwydion Wynne, Canolfan Peniarth Director said, “Nature’s Nasties is the second book that Peniarth has published with author Carol Barratt.  Ocean introduced herself to us after meeting Peniarth at the Swansea college of Art’s Design Week. Her style immediately struck us as being a perfect match for Carol’s new book which had arrived with us not long previously. We were extremely pleased with her initial illustration ideas and character designs for the stories, they were above and beyond what we expected.  We sent them on to Carol, and together, decided to give Ocean the commission.  The quality of Ocean’s work is truly fantastic. She brings these fun and factual stories and characters to life.  Every time you read the book, you find something new in the detailed and whimsical illustrations, we are very excited with the whole publication.”

    UWTSD Student, Ocean Hughes always knew she wanted to be an artist from a very young age.  She said “I remember spending hours looking at pictures in books when I was young, trying to get a sense of what it would be like to one day see my own pictures in print.  Looking at the book now. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and extremly proud of the work”.

    Derek Bainton is the Head of School of Graphic and Digital Arts at UWTSD where Ocean is studying for her degree.  He said, “The BA Illustration programme at Swansea College of Art has long-established, strong links with Canolfan Peniarth, with our students and graduates having worked on a number of live, paid commissions in both Welsh and English over the years. This relationship is an immensely valuable one for our students and our academic team. Ocean Hughes' illustrations for Nature's Nasties are wonderfully warm and original and are a perfect match for Carol Barratt's rich narrative non-fiction writing style. Ocean's commitment to this picture book and her wider studies has been exceptional, and we wish both Ocean, Carol and Nature's Nasties every success.”

    Nature’s Nasties will be launched at Swansea College of Art on 6th of December, with a special lecture for students with author Carol Barratt and Professor Mererid Hopwood taking place at 11am and an exhibition of Ocean’s illustration work and designs for the book.

    The books will be available to purchase from local book shops from 1st of December onwards, and from Peniarth’s online shop, www.peniarth.cymru.

    UWTSD student illustrates new story book…

    06-12-2018
  • An educational scheme of work has been created for nursery and early years primary school pupils as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations this summer for S4C’s children’s service Cyw.

    Commissioned by S4C and written and designed by Carmarthen-based educational resources company Canolfan Peniarth, the educational pack is available online at s4c.cymru/cyw for Welsh-language and English-language primary teachers and nursery group leaders throughout Wales.

    The colourful fun-filled pack has been designed in conjunction with the curriculum‘s Early Years Foundation Phase Framework and is packed with original and relevant activities. The S4C Cyw work scheme develops literacy and numeracy skills, encouraging young pupils to work independently and develop creativity. Alongside the scheme of work, activity sheets are available in PDF format online.

    Party packs also been sent to every primary school and nursery group in Wales so that they cancelebrate the birthday.

    S4C Content Commissioner, children’s programmes, Sioned Wyn Roberts said, "We are delighted to be launching this educational Scheme of Work to coincide with the Cyw anniversary celebrations. It is certain to add to the enjoyment of S4C children's programmes for all nursery children and early years pupils speaking or learning to speak Welsh. It is truly the icing on the birthday cake!"

    Director of Canolfan Peniarth, Gwydion Wynne said, “the commission has been an amazing opportunity to work alongside S4C to celebrate one of their flagship characters by authoring fun education Welsh language content for children aged 2-5 in various educational settings across Wales and raising awareness of Cyw within the home.”

    Assistant Headteacher at Ysgol y Dderwen primary school, Carmarthen, Llio Dyfri Jones, who has consulted with the Peniarth Centre in designing this Scheme of Work said, “Cyw has now been prominent on our television screens , computers and tablets in school for a decade, but since this year is such a special birthday, we thought it would be lovely to make Cyw a more central part of class life. This is why we have created a scheme of work incorporating common areas in schools and nursery groups with activities focused around Cyw and friends. We have suggested ideas based on a range of educational experiences and activities to suit children aged 2 to 5 and matched these to the Foundation Phase profile. In addition to the scheme of work, there are ready-made sheets and activities - some including little or no language so that they are suitable for use in schools throughout Wales whatever the language of instruction.”   

    Teacher Kiri Thomas said, “There has been a great deal of excitement in the school since the resource pack arrived - especially as Cyw sent all the children a personal invitation, and because the invitations were sent to their homes it’s also raised awareness of this important celebration amongst parents. The children are very excited - with no prompting they have started to create cards and make decorations, and they are really looking forward to 5th of July.”

    Scheme of Work devised to mark children…

    05-07-2018
  • Canolfan Peniarth has launched a new series of children's story books, which have been authored by renowned authors, including Manon Steffan Ros, who has won several awards for her work.

    The aim of the series, Cymeriadau Difyr: Stryd y Rhifau, is to introduce different aspects of numeracy to children in the Foundation Phase, with each book introducing a number as a character, such as Sara Sero, Alun Un, Deio Dau, and Twm Tri. The series was launched at Penybryn Primary School, in Tywyn on March 23, with Manon Steffan Ros hosting a party with the School's children while introducing them to the stories and the characters.

    Another of the series’ author is Catrin Evans-Thomas, a lecturer at the University's Welsh Language Services Centre. Catrin was also in charge of managing all the work in the development process on behalf of Canolfan Peniarth. Catrin said, "It's great to see the books now published, and we are very grateful to the Welsh Government's Department for Education and Skills, for commissioning the series to us. It has also been an excellent experience for us to work with a designer like Elena D'Cruze Reynolds, who has succeeded in bringing Manon’s stories and characters alive, and making numeracy appealing to Foundation Phase pupils.

    This is the second time for Canolfan Peniarth to work with Manon Steffan Ros on a publication, following the publication of the popular Dau Wyneb drama, back in 2016, and the English adaptation, Two Faces, which are now one of the study dramas listed within the  new GCSE Drama syllabus with WJEC. Gwydion Wynne, Canolfan Peniarth Director, said, "Manon is a natural writer and story teller that can present stories and characters in the most creative and interesting way. It has been a privilege for us at Peniarth to be able to work with her once again, as well as Kiri Thomas and Catrin Evans-Thomas, who are very experienced in publishing educational resources. With already many of the series’ books sold across Wales, we are looking forward to seeing the response to these entertaining and fun characters."

    The series' books are available to buy individually for £2.99 each, or £50 for the whole series, from Canolfan Peniarth's online shop.

    Canolfan Peniarth works with one of Wale…

    26-03-2018

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