Welsh Language Charter / Siarter Iaith
The Welsh Government have set out the key strategic priorities for increasing the number of Welsh speakers in Wales to a million by 2050 and have introduced the Welsh Language Charter / Siarter Iaith to help achieve this goal. ‘Cymraeg Campus’ provides a framework which can be used to promote a strong Welsh ethos in schools.
At Crickhowell Community Primary School we are committed to the principles of the Welsh Language Charter / Siarter Iaith and its objective of supporting children and young people to speak Welsh and to encourage the use of Welsh in a variety of situations within the school, outside of the school and in the wider community.
We have achieved Bronze status and are working towards achieving the Silver status.
To obtain the Silver status we must achieve the following 10 targets shown below.
We have appointed a ‘Criw Cymraeg’ at Crickhowell Community Primary School to drive the Welsh Language Charter / Siarter Iaith forward. It is made up of two members from each class / year group from Reception to Year 6 who work enthusiastically to promote the Welsh language. The role of the ‘Criw Cymraeg’ is to encourage and support pupils, staff, parents, family members, governors, friends of the school and visitors to the school to make use of the Welsh language and speak Welsh in the classroom, around the school, in the canteen, outdoor areas and on the school yard during break times.
Each week members of the ‘Criw Cymraeg’ from every class listen out for the pupil who speaks the most Welsh both inside and outside of the classroom. This pupil is then rewarded with the title ‘Siaradwr yr wythnos’ / ‘Speaker of the week’ and presented with a Welsh award during our weekly assembly. Our weekly ‘Siaradwr yr wythnos’ award winners are also shared and celebrated through our school twitter page.
Pattern of the Fortnight / Patrwn yr Pythefnos
The ‘Criw Cymraeg’ present a new language pattern every fortnight ‘Patrwn yr Pythefnos’ which is chosen by ‘Criw Cymraeg’ members during our fortnightly meetings and shared with the whole school during our weekly assembly. The ‘Patrwn yr Pythefnos’ is then added to the weekly school newsletter to encourage parents to support the use of the Welsh language.
Urdd Centenary Celebrations
January 25th 2022 was ‘Cariad @ Urdd Day’. Our whole school participated in the centenary celebrations of the Urdd. We all joined the Birthday Party on Zoom and dressed in the Urdd colours - red, white and green and went outside onto the school yard to sing the song ‘Hei Mistar Urdd’. We broke two Guinness World Record titles for the highest number of videos of people singing ‘Hei Mistar Urdd’ uploaded to Facebook and Twitter between 10.45am and 11.45am.
Useful Welsh Apps and Websites
Please click on the links below to access a selection of useful Welsh apps and websites for both Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2.