Parents - How can you support your child?



The school has a very supportive and hard working Parent Teacher Association. The Association organises many social events throughout the year in order to raise money for the school.

The money is used to buy extra resources and all the pupils benefit from the support of the PTA and the school appreciates the importance of the Association in the success of the school.

You can follow the PTA's activities on their blog : facebook page : CRhA Gwaelod y Garth PTA or by emailing them on

As parents you play a vital role in teaching your children to read and write. All the activities which you are already doing – talking together, singing songs, telling and reading stories, reciting nursery rhymes, playing games and acting out stories - play a very important role in your children’s language development. When you enjoy these activities together, you are helping your children to increase their vocabulary and knowledge, building memory and listening skills, increasing attention span and helping your child to develop phonological awareness (the awareness of the sounds in words).

Books are enjoyable and reading is fun

One of the most important things you can do to help your children learn to read, is to read together and talk about the story. When children are read to, they soon will discover many important elements of reading:

- Pictures help tell us about the story
- Books can be full of information and provide imaginary worlds to enter
- Print should make sense
- Print is different to pictures
- Words combine to communicate information, ideas and needs.
- Letters represent sounds
- Sounds combine to make words
- Print goes from left to right, front to back and top to bottom. These are building blocks to becoming an independent and lifelong reader!

*Reading little and often is better than trying to read for longer. Ask your children to choose what you read together, even if they pick the same favourites again and again.
Foundation phase framework
To view the Foundation Phase Framework, click on the link below.
How was school today?
For information about discussions with your child about school, click the link below.
  As well as the above document, this short video is also very helpful.

 Beth Spear (Chair)
 Bethan Webb (Vice Chairperson) 
 Sarah Grey (Secretary)
 Sally Evans (Treasurer)
 Sarah Jones (Staff Representative)

Give lots of praise and encouragement.
• Lots of discussion about what is being read improves comprehension skills.
• Reading aloud to children of all ages, even when they become fluent readers develops reading and writing skills.
• Find a comfortable and quiet place to read and share books.
• Stop when children are tired.
• Read at all times of the day, not just at bedtime.
• A range of reading material is important; fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comic, newspaper..
• Join the local library.
• All adults are good reading role models. Reading and rereading of old favourites or a simpler text every now and again develops many skills, repetition aids learning.
Information for Parents
Click on individual classes to see which skills your child will be learning and how you can help reinforce these skills at home.
Click the link below to see the school's information sheet.
Part 2
Pupils from Years 2 - 6 sit the National Literacy and Numeracy Tests around May. Pupils from the English Unit will sit 3 test - English Reading, Procedural and Reasoning Numeracy Tests. The Welsh Unit will also sit a Welsh Reading Test.  The school will prepare your child for these tests but if you would like to support your child, please see 'Top Ten Reading Tips'.
National Literacy and Numeracy Tests
Please click on the link below for further information of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test:
This links will give a guide on the results which every parents and guardian will receive at the end of the school year.
For further information, please contact the school. 
If you would like to see the descriptions of the National Levels in Wales click on the links below:
With technology becoming a big part of children's lives, read the article below to recieve advice and guidence on how to make sure your child uses YouTube safely.