Welsh Medium Schools Day 2- Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, Cowbridge, Wales

| September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments 

The second day, 27th of September will be held at Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, Cowbridge with a group of  28 children and staff from each of the cluster schools. And, oh!, what experimental fun we had! More to follow on the digital and analogue inventiveness from this group of creative children and adults.

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 and English

It is interesting to consider how language can have an impact on the way we think. This is discussed in the following article “Is it true that the language I speak shapes my thoughts?” from The Linguistic Society of America site.

Thank you to Dylan Evans, Headteacher, of Ysgol Iolo Morganwg for organising two superb days with the staff and students from all of the schools.

Thank you, too, to the visiting children and staff, from across the cluster. You really took off and flew today. We will put up some more “write up” later. The film of your day will take a bit longer to edit, but it WILL be up here when it is done. 😀

Another treat today was the arrival of Tom Cox, teacher and inventor of ‘Thinking Dice’.

Tom has recently been given a years contract at the university of Wales Trinity Saint David., where he has three MA students over from Canada studying to be teachers.Tom, and his three students played a really big part in today’s fun, filming, writing, and, of course, questioning using the dice.

Tom is also a great proponent of greenscreening. Tom took off with the method a while back, so enjoyed the fun we had today.

Ysgol Iolo Morganwg is a Welsh Medium Primary School located on the outskirts of the market town of Cowbridge serving the entire rural Vale. Pupils are taught through the medium of Welsh with English being introduced in Year 3.

As a school, they create an environment where pupils can develop educationally, culturally, socially, spiritually and physically to the best of their ability.  To this end they endeavour to inspire the children by basing their education on the language, religion, culture and heritage of Wales and create a strong awareness of Welshness and encourage each child to take pride in the Welsh language.

The school is located on the outskirts of the market town of Cowbridge but it serves the entire rural Vale.  Pupils come from an area extending from Bridgend in the west to the outskirts of Cardiff and Barry in the east.  It includes the ancient towns of Llantwit Major and Cowbridge, large villages such as St Athan and Rhoose, and a whole host of small villages and settlements which are scattered throughout the Vale of Glamorgan.

The school was opened in 1979, following a period as a unit in the local English-medium school.  Over the years, the school has gradually grown as more and more parents have seen the value of Welsh-medium education. A substantial increase was seen in the number of non-Welsh speaking parents who send their children to the school as they saw the benefits of bilingualism.

Ysgol Iolo Morganwg also welcomed Henry Winkler aka ‘The Fonz’ to visit their school! They spoke highly of how Henry was due to stay for two hours, yet stayed for over four, and had time for everyone.

We have to say a huge thank you to everyone today for having so much tme for us and our slightly unpredictable experiments with words, sound and vision. Well done all.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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