There are a number of options available for your children to start learning through the medium of Welsh, and there is a lot of support for parents who don’t speak the language themselves.
Between 60% and 75% of the world’s population is bilingual. People who only speak one language are in the minority.
There are lots of advantages with evidence of better results and children who speak two languages being more versatile and creative in their thinking.
Further information about nursery and childcare provision in Welsh can be obtained by contacting your local Family Information Service.
The Welsh Government also runs a campaign that helps support parents in their choices.
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A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Our Live in Wales, Learn in Welsh? campaign offers parents advice and information so they are fully informed when making a decision on whether or not to send their child to a Welsh-medium or bilingual school.
“The campaign, which has been running since 2013, includes local events, a Facebook page with hints and tips for parents.”
Here are some frequently asked questions, with answers supplied by the education department at Powys council:
Will learning Welsh affect my child’s English?
No! In fact, it may even help your child’s English. By learning two languages at the same time, children become aware of how languages work in general. Recent results suggest that children who receive a bilingual education do better in subjects across the curriculum – including English!
Research shows that being able to speak and use two languages improves a child’s ability to use and learn language in general.
Don’t children become confused?
Not at all. When learning any language, young children mix and experiment with words – this doesn’t mean that they’re confused, it’s part and parcel of learning.
Will my child learn two languages only half as well as one?
No, quite the opposite – there’s almost no limit to a child’s ability to learn languages.
In most European countries, young children can speak two or three languages. Usually, one language helps the other, and it becomes easier for the child to learn more languages later on.
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How do I support my child if I don’t speak Welsh?
You don’t need to be able to speak Welsh to send your child to a Welsh-medium playgroup or school. In many areas of Wales, including Powys, the vast majority of children in Welsh-medium or bilingual nursery groups and schools come from non-Welsh-speaking homes. As a parent, the biggest help you can give your child is to encourage and praise them.
You can also help their progress by urging them to attend Welsh-medium activities and to watch Welsh-medium television programmes, and by providing them with Welsh-language books, tapes, CDs, videos and DVDs.
How can I help with homework?
Your child’s teacher will be more than happy to help you with your child’s homework. However, research has shown that children who have to translate a task for their parents get a better understanding of the subject, as the process of translation actually reinforces the subject in the child’s mind.
* Help and support is available from the Welsh Government’s campaign at www.facebook.com/Choicedewis and a Cymraeg app for children is available on iTunes.
Information is also available on the Cymraeg website
Welcome to Year 6
Welcome to the Year 6 section of the website. For all of our pupils this is the final year of Key Stage 2 and indeed St. Brides Major Primary School. It will undoubtedly be a very busy year as the children prepare for transition to secondary school. In Year 6 we like to focus on developing the skill of independence, not only in Numeracy and Literacy but in all areas of the curriculum and for life. The aim is to develop childrens' creative thinking through topics which allow them to access a wide variety of learning styles.
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Spellings will be tested every Monday.
Homework will be sent home and uploaded onto the school website every Thursday and children will have until Monday to complete it.
Homework will consist of spellings to learn, reading books and maths to be completed in the new homework books.
PE days - Fridays (outdoor) Thursday (indoors)
Please help your child by going over the Big Maths Beat That and CLIC tests each week.
It will help them raise their scores and levels in maths calculations.
For more Big Maths help please visit You tube, where Gabalfa Primary have a series of help videos on Big Maths calculations that are clear and easy to follow! Enjoy! Here are a few examples.
Coin Multiplication - an explanation
An explanation of how we use the Big Maths concept of 'Coin Multiplication' across Key Stage 1 & 2. If you want to see an advanced way of it being applied, then please find the 'Years 5 & 6 methods' playlist and click on the long division video.
Big Maths Subtraction Step 30
I can solve any 3d - 2d
Big Maths Division Step 18
I can combine 2 or more tables facts to solve division
Big Maths Level 4 CLIC decimal multiplication
Using partitioning to multiply decimals.