Ysgol y Ferch o’r Sgêr and Ysgol Cwm Garw, Bridgend

| November 27, 2007 | 1 Comment 

Another first for me again today. Working in Welsh and English at Ysgol y Ferch o’r Sgêr , and Ysgol Cwm Garw, Bridgend, Wales. What an enchanting day!

I feel very honoured to work so closely with the Welsh Medium schools. They are not just preserving an ancient language. Rather, creating a future, rich in heritage, yes, but also vibrant, progressive, developing and full of movement towards an expressive future.

One group, knowing that I am a massive fan of the drawings of Heath Robinson, were really keen to share their whacky inventions and descriptions. What silly ideas, and “I LOVE silly ideas!”

Today, we worked in an unusual manner, in that I conducted most of the exploration and lessons in English, but the children wrote their ideas and results in Welsh.

These are just some of the ideas they had today as to WHY Mr Walker (Mr Cerdded) has holes:

I ysgrifennu ar gwaith pobol eraill.

To write on other people’s work. Anwen

I dal llawer o sbectol.

To hold lots of pairs of glasses. Lowri

I dal llawer o penciliau.

To hold lots of pencils. Elinor

Mae e yn cael llawer o ffroenau.

He has lots of nostrils. Emyr

I am going to update this post with some of the audio and …bloomin’ ‘enry, I’ve done it! (I know. I should get out more often but being able to add audio will make such a difference as I can share some of our results in the future with more ease.)
Here is the first bit of audio. It may have taken me all evening to work out how to upload and share in a “stand-alone” player but I think it is worth it!

The harp playing is by Ffion, in year 6 of Ysgol y Ferch o’r Sgêr with some expressive dual language writing from one of her classmates.

More to follow…

Meanwhile, thank you to all of the staff and children involved in a magical day today.

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A bit of magic with harp

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and another…

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How about a recording of a class interviewing the first Welsh Atrus?

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Writing, with style, in one language is hard. In two, difficult. To translate between two languages “on the fly”, remarkable.

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Sophie

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Garin

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Molly

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Dylan B 2

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Kaiesha

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Luke

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Morgane-Alice

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Shannon

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I wish it really was ME playing the harp, but well done Ffion and the children of Ysgol y Ferch o’r Sgêr , and Ysgol Cwm Garw. Thank you.

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  1. Sarah Gwen says:

    Wel, am fore! Wedi joio a dysgu cymaint wrth weld Tim yn addysgu fel meistr y dosbarth ym Ml.6. Disgyblion hyfryd i weithio gyda a MYST yn profi ei hun fel adnodd arbennig iawn unwaith eto. Dim siw na miw wrth i Tim cyflwyno MYST iddynt – nifer ohonynt wedi methu stopio sgwennu yn bell ar ol i ni orffen! Ffantastig Tim!

    Well, what a morning! Enjoyed and learnt so much from watching Tim the master of the class teach in Yr.6. Delightful pupils with MYST once again proving itself to be a very special classroom resource. There wasn’t a sound as Tim introduced MYST for the first time – many of the pupils were unable to stop writing! Fantastic Tim!

    P.S. Mr Walker as a ‘tail warmer for mice’ = best idea yet!

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