There are many ways in which you can encourage and support your child to practise their Welsh outside school.
We hope that the following information will help you to access suitable resources to support your child and allay any concerns you may have regarding the opportunities your child has to develop their language skills at this time.
Where to begin?
General guidance for parents and carers who are eager to support and develop the Welsh language skills of their children outside school can be found by selecting the link below.
You might also find this video clip for parents and carers of Welsh medium learners who do not speak Welsh at home helpful too. It's from Professor Enlli Thomas from Bangor University.
If you'd like to know more about Professor Thomas's studies regarding ways of using, retaining and re-energising language skills, selected reading is available here:
Seren and Sbarc
These are the official mascots of Welsh Government's Welsh Language Charter Initiative. Click on the button below to discover more about the Language Charter and the adventures of Seren and Sbarc. Various printable activity sheets are also available through the button.
Seren and Sbarc have dedicated social media accounts too so you can follow them on various platforms such as Twitter (@SerenaSbarc).
Language Charter Awards
All Welsh medium primary schools in our area promote the work of the Welsh Language Charter. As a result, you might well see these playful characters on materials shared by your child's school.
Central South Consortium has a Welsh Language Charter Officer who supports all Welsh medium primary schools in our region. Have a look at CSC's official Welsh Language Charter Twitter account - @SiarterIaithCCD
Other schools in the area often tweet about Language Charter activity too so keep an eye on them. A full list of schools in the area is available at the end of this presentation.
Every day ...
... is an opportunity to practise speaking Welsh but you'll probably see increased activity to celebrate certain occasions such as Diwrnod Cenedlaethol Barddoniaeth (National Poetry Day), Diwrnod y Llyfr (World Book Day), Diwrnod T. Llew Jones (T. Llew Jones Day), Diwrnod Santes Dwynwen (St. Dwynwen's Day), Dydd Miwsig Cymru (Welsh Music Day) and Dydd Gŵyl Dewi (St. David's Day), of course!
Each area of Wales has its own Menter Iaith (Welsh Language Initiative). The Mentrau are funded by Welsh Government to provide local opportunities for children and young people to practise their Welsh outside school. Currently, their activities are provided on-line. This means that some, if not all, activities are available to children who live outside the immediate locality so it's worth looking what the other Mentrau are providing too. Links to our local ones can be found here.
Keep an eye on the Twitter and Instagram pages of the Mentrau Iaith too for the most recent information and opportunities.
Something for everyone
Many other organisations are also eager to help parents to support their children. They've created a range of engaging activities to encourage children to enjoy using their Welsh in informal situations - just for the fun of it!
A variety of suggestions for children in the Foundation Phase (below Year 3) can be found here:
And for children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 - 6), look here:
Something to read?
Booktrust Cymru provides a wealth of resources to promote reading for children - including activity packages which parents / carers and young children can enjoy together. Take a look at what's on offer here ...
The Urdd produces two free digital magazines in Welsh which are suitable for children ...
Cip is a lively bi-monthly magazine for 7-12 year old readers ...
Bore da is a monthly magazine for Key Stage 2 Welsh learners and it's full of interesting articles and stories.
You can register to receive copies delivered directly your inbox here:
A quarterly on-line newspaper specifically for children in Welsh medium schools. It's full of facts, contemporary articles and a variety of activities. Current and previous editions are available here:
What about you?
You may want to try to learn Welsh. You might have learnt Welsh at school and are interested in revisiting the language.
If you are considering your own Welsh language journey, here are some useful sources of information that might help you. Whatever your level, there are options for you.
Click on the underlined blue text in section below to discover more about the opportunities available to help you on your own bilingual journey.
The National Centre for Learning Welsh provides a suite of language learning options at five different levels: Entry, Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Proficiency. The centre offers locally available language learning classes through 11 centres nationally. Learn Welsh provides courses in Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan with a successful shift to more online provision in recent times. Click on the link for local information and promotions. Find your new course.
Have a go at some of their informal 10 minute Mini Lessons for beginners. Enjoy!
Should you be interested in Welsh in the Workplace taster sessions, there are a range of options including online taster courses offered free of charge . These are bespoke workplace Welsh courses developed for sectors including education, health, social care, tourism and retail.
No rules no fuss!
SaySomethingInWelsh is a free online course that focuses on helping people learn to speak and understand Welsh. It avoids complicated grammar rules and reading / writing. It is available via website and App platforms.
Encouraging your children to speak Welsh socially will help them develop their confidence and fluency.
Know some Welsh but lack confidence? There's a whole range of technological tools to support language development and accuracy. Here are a few!
Online spelling and grammar checker. Type or paste text into the box and it will instantly check your work. Click the link to give it a try!
This software package which checks Welsh spelling and grammar has been released as a free download thanks to a partnership between Bangor University and the Welsh Government. Click the link to give it a try!
Y Termiadur Addysg
Sponsored by the the Welsh Government, this resource provides standardised terminology for the field of education. These are the terms to be used in resources of all kinds for teachers and students as well as in Welsh medium exams. Click below to give it a go!
English <> Welsh Dictionary
Don't forget about the impressive Ap Geiriaduron dictionary app. Once downloaded onto your device, you do not need a web link to use this comprehensive English >< Welsh dictionary.
The app will give access to a wealth of information in your pocket. It includes the general dictionary Cysgair as well as the standard terminology dictionaries for Welsh schools and further education colleges. See the link below!
We all question ourselves about the Treiglad Meddal, Treiglad Trwynol a'r Treiglad Llaes sometimes. This app can help you! More information is available through the link below ...
To bach (^)?
If a vowel requires a 'to bach' (^), this software is available free of charge and makes placing a circumflex accent in Welsh words very easy. By using the Alt Gr key it is possible to place a 'to bach (^)' on all the Welsh vowels â, ê, î, ô, û, ŵ and ŷ. Follow the link for more information ...
And finally ...
Remember that Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office are available in Welsh. Check them out here ...
Looking for further information?
Staff at your child's school are very eager to support you on your bilingual journey. Speak to them ... They're waiting to help.
Here's a list of the region's Welsh medium primary schools according to local authority
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Calon Y Cymoedd
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Cynwyd Sant
Ysgol Y Ferch O'r Sger
Ysgol Bro Eirwg
Ysgol Glan Ceubal
Ysgol Glan Morfa
Ysgol Gwaelod y Garth
Ysgol Gymraeg Coed y Gof
Ysgol Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd
Ysgol Gymraeg Nant Caerau
Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Hamadryad
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pen-y-Groes
Ysgol Mynydd Bychan
Ysgol Pen y Pîl
Ysgol Y Berllan Deg
Ysgol Y Wern
Ysgol Gymraeg Rhyd-Y-Grug
Ysgol Santes Tudful
Ysgol Garth Olwg
Y.G.G Llyn y Forwyn
Ysgol Gymraeg Abercynon
Ysgol Gymraeg Bodringallt
Ysgol Gymraeg Evan James
Ysgol Gymraeg Tonyrefail
Ysgol Gynradd Dolau
Ysgol Gynradd Heol-y-Celyn
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ynyswen
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg
Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant
Ysgol Gymraeg Gwaun y Nant
Ysgol Gymraeg Sant Baruc
Ysgol Gymraeg Sant Curig
Ysgol Iolo Morgannwg