The report, about a new five-year plan aimed at raising poor literacy standards in Welsh schools, which has just been published, included some familiar faces for us.
We were lucky to work alongside the folk of Cwm Garw School, developing ways of bringing words alive, in Welsh and English. It was a joyous visit and one that broke new ground for us – recording some wondrous writing in both languages.
You can hear some of the children’s superb reading of their descriptive narrative, with harp accompaniment, HERE.
Assembly Education Minister, Mr Leighton Andrews, visited the school today, to launch the National Literacy Framework.
The Minister was treated to a year 5/6 lesson using the Myst computer game and follow up descriptive writing work on iPads. The BBC, ITV, S4C and Real Radio covered the event which went very well and helped to emphasise the Ministers message regarding the importance of reading and writing.
The National Literacy Programme sets out what the Welsh government will do to improve results and change the way literacy is thought about in schools.
Mr Andrews told BBC Wales: “The National Literacy Programme will introduce greater consistency and clarity into the way we track pupils’ progress while also providing the support, challenge and accountability needed in our schools.”
“What we must do is ensure that all learners benefit from excellent teaching of literacy and develop the skills that are so vital to their future success”
Well done Cym Garw, & great to see you still exploring possibilities so inventively, 5 years after our first steps together.