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  • An educational scheme of work has been created for nursery and early years primary school pupils as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations this summer for S4C’s children’s service Cyw.

    Commissioned by S4C and written and designed by Carmarthen-based educational resources company Canolfan Peniarth, the educational pack is available online at s4c.cymru/cyw for Welsh-language and English-language primary teachers and nursery group leaders throughout Wales.

    The colourful fun-filled pack has been designed in conjunction with the curriculum‘s Early Years Foundation Phase Framework and is packed with original and relevant activities. The S4C Cyw work scheme develops literacy and numeracy skills, encouraging young pupils to work independently and develop creativity. Alongside the scheme of work, activity sheets are available in PDF format online.

    Party packs also been sent to every primary school and nursery group in Wales so that they cancelebrate the birthday.

    S4C Content Commissioner, children’s programmes, Sioned Wyn Roberts said, "We are delighted to be launching this educational Scheme of Work to coincide with the Cyw anniversary celebrations. It is certain to add to the enjoyment of S4C children's programmes for all nursery children and early years pupils speaking or learning to speak Welsh. It is truly the icing on the birthday cake!"

    Director of Canolfan Peniarth, Gwydion Wynne said, “the commission has been an amazing opportunity to work alongside S4C to celebrate one of their flagship characters by authoring fun education Welsh language content for children aged 2-5 in various educational settings across Wales and raising awareness of Cyw within the home.”

    Assistant Headteacher at Ysgol y Dderwen primary school, Carmarthen, Llio Dyfri Jones, who has consulted with the Peniarth Centre in designing this Scheme of Work said, “Cyw has now been prominent on our television screens , computers and tablets in school for a decade, but since this year is such a special birthday, we thought it would be lovely to make Cyw a more central part of class life. This is why we have created a scheme of work incorporating common areas in schools and nursery groups with activities focused around Cyw and friends. We have suggested ideas based on a range of educational experiences and activities to suit children aged 2 to 5 and matched these to the Foundation Phase profile. In addition to the scheme of work, there are ready-made sheets and activities - some including little or no language so that they are suitable for use in schools throughout Wales whatever the language of instruction.”   

    Teacher Kiri Thomas said, “There has been a great deal of excitement in the school since the resource pack arrived - especially as Cyw sent all the children a personal invitation, and because the invitations were sent to their homes it’s also raised awareness of this important celebration amongst parents. The children are very excited - with no prompting they have started to create cards and make decorations, and they are really looking forward to 5th of July.”

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  • Canolfan Peniarth has launched a new series of children's story books, which have been authored by renowned authors, including Manon Steffan Ros, who has won several awards for her work.

    The aim of the series, Cymeriadau Difyr: Stryd y Rhifau, is to introduce different aspects of numeracy to children in the Foundation Phase, with each book introducing a number as a character, such as Sara Sero, Alun Un, Deio Dau, and Twm Tri. The series was launched at Penybryn Primary School, in Tywyn on March 23, with Manon Steffan Ros hosting a party with the School's children while introducing them to the stories and the characters.

    Another of the series’ author is Catrin Evans-Thomas, a lecturer at the University's Welsh Language Services Centre. Catrin was also in charge of managing all the work in the development process on behalf of Canolfan Peniarth. Catrin said, "It's great to see the books now published, and we are very grateful to the Welsh Government's Department for Education and Skills, for commissioning the series to us. It has also been an excellent experience for us to work with a designer like Elena D'Cruze Reynolds, who has succeeded in bringing Manon’s stories and characters alive, and making numeracy appealing to Foundation Phase pupils.

    This is the second time for Canolfan Peniarth to work with Manon Steffan Ros on a publication, following the publication of the popular Dau Wyneb drama, back in 2016, and the English adaptation, Two Faces, which are now one of the study dramas listed within the  new GCSE Drama syllabus with WJEC. Gwydion Wynne, Canolfan Peniarth Director, said, "Manon is a natural writer and story teller that can present stories and characters in the most creative and interesting way. It has been a privilege for us at Peniarth to be able to work with her once again, as well as Kiri Thomas and Catrin Evans-Thomas, who are very experienced in publishing educational resources. With already many of the series’ books sold across Wales, we are looking forward to seeing the response to these entertaining and fun characters."

    The series' books are available to buy individually for £2.99 each, or £50 for the whole series, from Canolfan Peniarth's online shop.

    Canolfan Peniarth works with one of Wale…

    26-03-2018
  • On Tuesday, 21 November 2017, Canolfan Peniarth launched two new history packs at Kidwelly Castle with children from Ysgol y Castell, Kidwelly and the author, Dr Mererid Hopwood.

    The resources have been prepared specifically to help teachers develop learners' knowledge and understanding of everyday life in medieval Wales by looking at famous personalities and castles of the period, and what better place to launch the resource, than in one of the main castles in Wales, Kidwelly Castle.

    Authored by Dr Sioned Vaughan Hughes, Dr Russell Grigg and Dr Mererid Hopwood, the Medieval Castles resource pack discuss why and how the castles were built, with an insight to the everyday lives of the people who lived in them , while the Famous Personalities resource pack focuses on the history of Princess Nest, Princess Gwenllian, Gerlad the Great, Llywelyn the Great, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Owain Glyndŵr.

    Mr Gwydion Wynne, Director of Canolfan Peniarth, said, "Both resource packs are extremely interesting, and are full of stories and interesting facts from the period. Most importantly, however, they will be very valuable resources for schools and children, as they contain so many important and significant facts and stories about Wales and our history in a simple and interesting way for children."

    During the launch, the children of Ysgol y Castell, Kidwelly had the opportunity to learn about the history of Princess Gwenllian and the local Castle, as well as an opportunity to be crowned by Mererid with a unique crown. This was not a royal crown, but the National Eisteddfod Crown which Mererid won at the Meifod Eisteddfod in 2003.

    Both new packages are available to purchase from Canolfan Peniarth’s online shop, or from local bookshops.

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    27-11-2017
  • On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Canolfan Peniarth will be lauinching a children's story book about an interesting character from the Gower, Idwal - the tall tree, by the author Carol Barratt.

    All the stories have been set in the beautiful Gower area, where Idwal, the old crack willow tree, tells his stories to the animals that come and go. Carol Barratt was inspired to write the stories from an old tree that stood by a well at the bottom of her garden on the Gower.

    The author said, "On the trunk of this tree that I called Idwal, there were knots of wood resembling a face, and I was inspired to write these stories to children about nature characters after watching all the animals that would come and go from the bottom of our garden".

    Carol Barratt is an author and an experienced musician who has published over eighty publications for young people, most of them music publications. She is considered as a world leader in the field of music education. Mr Gwydion Wynne said, "It has been a privilege and an honor for us to work with Carol on this special book. She is well-known throughout the world in her field, and we're looking forward to seeing how children will respond to the stories! "

    Idwal has been adapted to Welsh by Mererid Hopwood, and is available in English and Welsh from local bookshops. The book will be launched in the company of Mererid and Carol with pupils from Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Brynymor in Swansea, where children will be able to hear some of Idwal's tall stories, and will have the opportunity to be creative themselves in a creative workshop with Mererid.

    Introducing Idwal - the tall tree with t…

    16-10-2017
  • Canolfan Peniarth have published two story books by Dr Mererid Hopwood, on two famous characters from Wales from the Middle Ages.

    The book on Princess Nest takes a look at the life of the Welsh Princess in the Middle Ages, a very troubled period in Wales, while the book on Hopcyn ap Tomos follows the story of creating the famous Llyfr Coch Hergest.

    Both books are educational story books for Key Stage 2 children, and are part of the series Travelling back to the Middle Ages’, that Peniarth will publish in September.  In addition to these two books, the series will include activity cards, a teachers guide, as well as online resources that will be available on the Welsh Government’s Hwb website.

    More information on the series will be available on Canolfan Peniarth’s website soon; www.peniarth.cymru

     

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