Children at Ysgol Bryngwran had a chance to learn more about the National Eisteddfod this week, when the festival’s education pack was launched at the school.
With the Eisteddfod held at Bodedern from 4-12 August, the children heard more about the Eisteddfod’s work, in a special lesson which is part of the pack created for KS2 pupils.
The first task was to look at photos of the Eisteddfod and think of adjectives to describe them, as the attractive pack was showcased for the first time. The pack includes a series of targeted lessons for year 3,4,5 and 6 pupils, homework and group tasks, and can be used either with mixed age groups or to target specific ages. The tasks develop literacy, numeracy and digital skills, and also support the aims of the Language Charter, promoting the use of Welsh in schools.
Dafydd Idriswyn Roberts, member of the Eisteddfod Executive and Language Charter champion in Anglesey said, “It was great to visit Ysgol Bryngwran to launch the pack this week. The children enjoyed learning about the Eisteddfod and are very much looking forward to visiting in a few weeks.
“We are delighted the Eisteddfod has developed this pack. It is colourful and attractive, and the lessons are well-structured and targeted. This not only weaves the Eisteddfod into literacy and numeracy work as well as the digital framework, but also strengthens the aims of the Language Charter in the classroom. And what better way to do this than by learning about our national festival, held on the doorstep here in Anglesey this year?
“I hope the children enjoy learning about the Eisteddfod, and that this pack will encourage them to come to Bodedern at the beginning of August, as there will be hundreds of family activities across the Maes.“
The pack was produced by the Eisteddfod, and according to chief executive, Elfed Roberts, “We have been keen to present information to children in a more structured way for a while, and we are grateful to the Welsh Government for their support to enable us to deliver this project, and produce an attractive pack which will be a very useful resource in the classroom.
“This is a pack which can be developed and used in the future. The content can be adapted easily to reflect different areas as we visit other parts of Wales. Our thanks to Hanna Huws from Menter Iaith Môn for all her work preparing the lessons, and I’m sure the activities will inspire children across years 3-6.”
The pack and education and family booklet have been distributed to every primary school on Anglesey. All the resources are also available on the Eisteddfod website, https://eisteddfod.cymru/addysg. Schools can also order posters, banners and stickers online, https://eisteddfod.cymru/addysg-nwyddau or by contacting the office.
For more information about the Eisteddfod and to buy tickets, go online or ring 0845 4090 900.