November 20, 2014
by admin

Tongwynlais Pupils Pilot Cadw’s New History Programme

Castell Coch game

Pupils from Tongwynlais Primary School recently visited Castell Coch to take part in Cadw’s newly-launched Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 activities.

The children were guided round the castle by Lady Bute who explained how it was built and what life was like for rich Victorians. They also played a specially-designed interactive Victorian board game to teach them about life in nineteenth-century south Wales.

Pupils playing a game

Cayla Brown, 10, was one of the first to trial the board game. She said: “I liked the game. It is really good for people to play and learn more about history at the same time.”

The game can be downloaded from Cadw’s website.

Cadw have developed high quality free online resources for teachers to tie in with the school curriculum.

Sue Mason, Head of Lifelong Learning for Cadw, said, “These exciting new education activities and resources aim to bring the fascinating stories behind our historic buildings and the characters who lived in them to life as a way of engaging pupils with their local heritage, and to support the teaching of subjects such as history alongside numeracy and literacy skills and the curriculum Cymreig.

“Learning at site gives pupils the chance to be transported back to a period in history making it a living lesson. Authentic experiences aid not just their understanding of a subject but also their retention of information.”

The Meet Lady Bute tour at Castell Coch must be booked in advance. The half day activities cost £90 per group, for up to 30 pupils.

Image credit: Cadw.

November 17, 2014
by admin

How Safe are the Roads in Tongwynlais?

Road Safety Week logo

This week, 17-23 November 2014, is Road Safety Week so we’re asking, “How safe are the roads in Tongwynlais?”

Please let us know if you have any concerns about the safety of roads in the village. We’ll pass this feedback on to the Community and County Councillors.

Brake is a national road safety charity and their Road Safety Week campaign appeals to everyone to look out for each other on roads, because being selfish can lead to tragedy.

The Brake Pledge encourages people to do simple things to protect you and people around you, build happier communities, and help save the planet.

This year’s theme is “Look out for each other” and Brake are asking drivers to, “protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20 in communities, looking longer and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room.”

Road Safety Week poster

As always, you can discuss this issue with the community on Twitter or our Facebook page.

November 14, 2014
by admin

Win a Framed Castell Coch Print by Rhiannon Roberts

Win a Castell Coch print poster

Win a framed Castell Coch print by Cardiff-based artist Rhiannon Roberts. Head over to our Facebook page and follow the instructions to be in with a chance of winning.

Castell Coch print

Rhiannon has a stall in the Cardiff Christmas Market until Tuesday 23rd December. Her unique paintings and Christmas gifts can be viewed on her website.

Cardiff Christmas market

You can follow Rhiannon on Twitter and on Facebook.