What is Siarter Iaith?
Siarter Iaith means Language Charter in Welsh. The aim of the Siarter Iaith is to promote and increase the use of Welsh by children in a whole school context. It aims to promote a strong Welsh ethos and provide a range of actives that enable children to enjoy learning Welsh. There are three levels to the Siarter Iaith—Bronze, Silver and Gold. As a school we are currently working towards the Bronze award. There are ten targets we need to address:
Targed 1 - Establishing a visual Welsh ethos
Targed 2 - The advantages of learning Welsh
Targed 3 - Incidental Welsh in the classroom
Targed 4 - Incidental Welsh outside of the classroom
Targed 5 - Welsh in assemblies
Targed 6 - Apps and websites to enhance enjoyment of learning
Targed 7 - Enrichment Activities
Targed 8 - Developing Reading
Targed 9 - Welsh across the curriculum
Targed 10 - A positive attitude
Our Criw Cymraeg
Key to the development of the Siarter Iaith within the school is our Criw Cymraeg. This is a pupil group made up of representatives from Dosbarth Blodau, Seren, Afon and Mynydd. The children apply for the position and then applicants are chosen by class teachers. The Criw Cymraeg pick children and staff to win the Ser yr Wythnos (Star of the Week) every week. These are members of our school community who have been using lots of Welsh. They also pick the Ymadrodd yr Wythnos or the Sentence of the Week. This is a language pattern that everyone if the school tries to use. The Criw Cymraeg meet weekly and complete activities that help the school progress towards the Siarter Iaith Bronze award. Our progress on these targets can be found on the display as you come into the school hall. We are hoping to keep you up to date with this through Dojo and the school website.