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Encouraging families to enjoy learning together

Encouraging families to enjoy learning together

Parents, grandparents and carers of young pupils in the Rhondda Fach are being invited to take part in a new project designed to help support children while they are at school.

Rhondda Fach Communities First Cluster is launching the second phase of the groundbreaking Families Enjoying Learning Together (FELT) project this month, in a bid to improve long-term educational success in the Rhondda Fach.

The project is open to parents, grandparents and carers of pupils in Years 2 and Year 3 in Maerdy Primary, Tylorstown Primary, Darran Park Primary, Ferndale Infants, Pontygwaith Primary, Penrhys Primary and YGG Llyn y Forwyn.

Launched this month, the weekly sessions will provide a friendly and supportive environment for learning for both adults and children. All activities will be relevant to the school curriculum but will have an emphasis on making learning fun.

The first hour of the session will give mums, dads, grandparents and carers the opportunity to brush-up on their own skills whilst learning about what their child is doing in school. They can then put their learning into practice in the second hour, when they will be joined by their child for activities.

During these joint sessions, the adults and children will create a ‘story sack’ which will be theirs to take home. Skills that will be developed with the support of Rhondda Cynon Taf Adult Education department include speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Sessions will be held on the following days:

* Darran Park Primary - Mondays from 12.45pm -2.45pm

* Pontygwaith Primary – Tuesdays 9.30am -11.30am

* Tylorstown Primary – Tuesdays 12.45pm -2.45pm

* Penrhys Primary – Wednesdays 9.30am -11.30pm

* Maerdy Primary – Wednesdays 12.45pm -2.45pm

* YGG Llyn y Forwyn - Thursdays 9.30am -11.30pm

* Ferndale Infants – Fridays 9.30am- 11.30am

Cllr Craig Middle, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Social Justice, said: "This innovative approach will have benefits for community members both young and old and clearly demonstrates how Communities First clusters are working for the benefit of residents."

Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: "FELT promotes valuable interaction between pupils and their parents, grandparents or carers in relation to their school work and also provides opportunities for adult learning. Research has shown that student, family and community-focused interventions can contribute to breaking the link between poverty and low educational achievement. If you are a mum, dad, grandparent or carer of a pupil in years 2 or 3 in any of the above schools, please come along and join in."

Sessions will be held over 10 weeks. For further information, please contact your school, call into your local Communities First Office or phone 01443 756256/425495

* Communities First is a Welsh Government community-focussed anti-poverty programme. Since April 2013, the Communities First Programme has been delivered via eight new cluster areas.

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