Ysgol Treganna a Than yr Eos, Cardiff – Day 2

| March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments 

A glorious second day with Ysgol Treganna a Than yr Eos.

What a cracking bunch! Staff, children, visiting colleagues, all a delight to “travel” with.

Thank you, one and all, for a thoroughly enjoyable two days. Diolch yn fawr!

We look forward to following your adventures, and journeys, in the months to come…

In our travels, we have had a quite a lot of opportunity to “wander in the world of words” in many different languages. One of the richest, most expressive, poetic, and dancing of all these languages has to be Welsh. It has been good to look back through this site, and see the wonderful opportunities we have had to work alongside, and learn from, some incredible Welsh-speaking teachers, and pupils,over the last few years.The children today were a joy to spend time with. They took off and flew, in whatever language they used, and created some wonderful scenes, images and experiences, through word play and humour.
As someone who grew up within a very short distance of this incredible language, (and most of the independent television stations were broadcast from across the short stretch over the River Severn, to just South of Bristol where I grew up, I am saddened to say that I have very little, if any, understanding of the wonders of Welsh. Sarah, as one who was born and raised in Cardiff, is equally at a loss in the language, and feels even more saddened that she has missed out on a rich experience, on her doorstep. We shared some great moments in the sessions today, being washed in wondrous Welsh and a wealth of words.
There was, at one point, a fear that Welsh was a language that was fading, and that the number of people who lived the language was dwindling. The tide has turned. Welsh is not only a language, with a rich past and heritage. It is also a living, breathing, thriving and developing language, that is increasingly blossoming and growing in its use across Wales. The children today could bring any language alive. The huge culture of the Eisteddfod is strong around this area and the school takes great, and justified, pride in entering some stunning dance, signing, musicians and more, in to the events, and with superb successes. It is easy to see why. The children today showed great style with their use of language, and ease with role play. Excellent stuff.

Very kindly, Rebeca James, Year 3 teacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch, in Cardiff, recorded her thoughts on our two days:

Fel athrawes i ddosbarth ble mae nifer yn profi anhawsterau ysgrifennu, mae’r hyfforddiant yma wedi bod yn werthfawr iawn. Mae’r syniadau a gynigiwyd yn gweddu i ddychymyg pob plentyn, ond byddant yn allweddol i’r disgyblion sy’n ffeindio tasgau ysgrifennu’n anodd.

Er na fydden i byth yn awgrymu bod angen defnyddio offer a meddalwedd TGCh i gael plant i gyflwyno gwaith ysgrifenedig, bydden i yn dadlau fod angen sbardun gweledol fel hyn ar ambell un. Mae’r adnoddau a gyflwynwyd heddiw, er enghraifft MYST, Gadwin, Wordle a Tagxedo yn mynd i weddu i a helpu dysgwyr gweledol, clywedol a chinesthetig.

Cyflwynwyd y meddalwedd ar y diwrnod cyntaf, ac er mor ddiddorol a defnyddiol yw’r adnoddau, byddai wedi bod yn anodd i fynd ati i gynllunio gwersi i fy nosbarth yn syth. Roeddwn yn ffodus iawn felly i gael y cyfle ar yr ail ddiwrnod i arsylwi a chwarae rhan yng ngwersi go iawn, gan ddefnyddio’r adnoddau.

Mae gennym ni fel athrawon tuedd i ofyn cwestiynau, derbyn atebion, a symud ymlaen i’r cwestiwn neu ateb nesaf yn eithaf cyflym. Mae ein hamser yn brin, a rydym yn ymwybodol bod angen cadw cyflymder a chyflawni sawl sgil. Modelodd Tim ffyrdd y gallwn gadw’r symudiad i fynd, a rhoi digon o amser i’r plant i feddwl a datblygu syniadau. Mae gennym ofn distawrwydd fel athrawon. Rydym yn poeni mewn cyfnodau o dawelwch nad oes unrhyw beth yn digwydd. Dydy hyn ddim yn wir – neu ddim bob amser beth bynnag. Roedd y disgyblion yn meddwl am syniadau, ystyried syniadau eraill, ac yn adeiladu arnynt.

Wedi’r cyfnod yma o drafod a meddwl, aethant ati – pob disgybl – i ysgrifennu darnau creadigol estynedig. Ar ben hynny, darllenodd y plant eu gwaith ar goedd o flaen y dosbarth. Hyd yn oed y disgyblion hynny na fyddent erioed wedi meddwl gwneud cyn heddiw. Gallai ddim aros i ddychwelyd i’m hysgol, a chynnal gwersi iaith fel hyn.

Does gen i ddim amheuaeth y bydd y gwersi yma yn ymestyn fy nisgyblion mwyaf hyderus, atgyfnerthu‘r disgyblion canolig, ac ysbrydoli yr ysgrifenwyr amharod yn gyntaf i eisiau ysgrifennu, ond yn bwysicach na hynny, i lwyddo.

Diolchaf i Tim a Sarah am eu holl gwaith, ac am yr ysbrydoliaeth gallaf basio mlaen i’r disgyblion.

As the teacher of a class that has a number of reluctant writers, this training has been invaluable. The ideas presented will appeal to the imagination of all children, but will be of particular significance to those who struggle in writing tasks.

Though I would never subscribe to the idea that children should always have IT software or visual stimulus to produce written work, I would argue that a few need this. The resources introduced today, for example MYST, Gadwin, Wordle and Tagxedo will appeal to and assist visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners.

The resources were shown on the first day, and no matter how interesting and useful I found them, it would have been quite difficult to go plan lessons straight away. It was enormously helpful then to have the opportunity to observe and take part in actual lessons, using the resources.

We teachers have a tendency to ask a question, accept the answer, and move on to the next question or answer quickly. Time is short, and we are aware of the need to keep pace and cover several skills.

Tim modeled ways in which we can keep up the pace and move things along, whilst giving the pupils enough time to think and develop their ideas.

We’re afraid of silence too. We can consider periods of quiet to mean there’s nothing happening. This isn’t true – or not always anyway. The pupils were thinking about their ideas, considering others’ ideas, and building on them.

After this period of reflection and discussion, the pupils – every pupil – started to compose extended pieces of creative writing. On top of this, they took turns to read aloud their pieces, including those pupils who wouldn’t have dreamed of doing so before today. I can’t wait to get back to school to give literacy lessons like this.

I have no doubt these lessons will stretch my more able and confident pupils, develop my middle ability, and inspire my reluctant pupils to write, and more importantly, to succeed.

I’d like to thank Tim and Sarah for all their work, and for the inspiration I can pass on to my pupils.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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