Canolfan Peniarth in collaboration with S4C are developing a Cyw education resource to support teachers to introduce the Welsh language to pupils withing Welsh second language schools.

Since the publish of the Welsh Cyw educational resources earlier in the year by Canolfan Peniarth, there has been a call form Welsh second language schools for a similar, bilingual resource to support teachers as they look to develop Welsh language skills within Welsh second language schools.

In March 2016, Canolfan Peniarth published a pack of new and original educational resources created using the colourful characters of S4C’s pre=school service, Cyw. The main aim of the resource is to develop oral skills of children from an early age, and has been designed in response to new assessment methods within the Foundation Phase Framework.

The resource pack includes an A3 flip book for teachers, that includes various colourful scenes from the world of Cyw with lesson plans and ideas for various activities to stimulate discussion in the classroom in order to develop and extend children's vocabulary.  In addition, there are snap and dominos cards available as well as Cyw classroom reward stickers.

Canolfan Peniarth Director, Mr Gwydion said, “The feedback to the original Welsh medium resource has been exceptional. Following discussions with numerous teachers at Welsh second language schools across Wales, we have adapted the resource so that it is available in a bilingual format, and so that we can reach a greater audience and develop Welsh language oral skills of learners in Welsh second language schools.

Catrin Phillips, Welsh Second Language Teaching Advisor with Pembrokeshire County Council said, “There is a minimal range of Welsh second language learning resource within the Foundation Phase.  It is therefore very pleasing to see this attractive resource by Canolfan Peniarth, dedicated to Welsh second language.  Non Welsh speaking practitioners will welcome the language support that is also presented in order to gain their confidence.  Certainly there will be great use of this resource within schools developing Welsh language skills within the Foundation Phase.

S4C Chief Executive Ian Jones is thrilled to see the project growing to include second language Welsh schools; “Introducing Cyw to the classroom was a new step for S4C and I’m very pleased to see the project evolving. The fact that second language Welsh schools have asked to have these resources shows how effective Cyw is in promoting the Welsh language among children from non-Welsh speaking households. There are many resources available already to help non-Welsh speaking families to enjoy Cyw together, but now the character will keep the children company at school too – at the centre of their lives, everyday.”

The bilingual Cyw resource pack will be published in coming weeks, but in the meantime. People attending the Urdd Eisteddfod at Flint this week will be able to call in to Canolfan Peniarth’s stand on the University of Wales tent on Monday 30 June 2016 to view a prototype of the publication.

Monday is Cyw day with Canolfan Peniarth, where children can come along to participate in various activities based on the resource, and at 3:00pm, Cyw presenters and characters will call in to have fun with the children.