The second of our three day “tour” of Wales as part of the Improving Boys’ Literacy in Wales conference and workshop series. In the first of these posts, while in Cardiff, we explained that the Basic Skills Cymru launched a new campaign in autumn 2008 under the umbrella title of Read a Million Words Together in Wales.
Today we were joined by colleagues from Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys.
A special thanks to Sarah Evans for coodinating today’s event superbly! Also, thanks goes to Rhys Huws, a teacher of 30 years, headteacher of 15, for translating the Welsh into English for us during the day.
Well done, as well , to those colleagues who rose to the challenge of becoming lost sould trapped on the edge of time, at the pirate ship in Myst IV, where “the sun has been torn from the sky”.
One of the most enjoyable times spent standing, peering out across those milky acid-like waters, was with a great groups of lads, from Year 7, 9 and 10, at Mounton House in Monmouthshire.
In the words of Estyn, the office of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales, Mounton House is a residential/day special school maintained by Monmouthshire County Council for boys aged 11 to 16 who, because of their emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties, have statements of special educational needs. It has 58 places and is situated in Pwllmeyric just outside Chepstow.
What a superb establishment.They had a super sense of humour, and really responded well to the challenges of virtual worlds. There were more than a few who surprised themselves that day.
Below, I include a few recordings of some of the lads reading extracts of their descriptive narrative and, in some cases, commenting on the effect that the experience had on their writing.
The comment that the sun had been ripped from the sky, reminded me of Sungazer.net, a site designed to advise on safe ways of studying the sun. Handle with care, but…
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