Pori Drwy Stori is a Foundation Phase programme, which presents great opportunities to build links between families, schools and libraries.
Funded by the Welsh Government to support literacy in the Foundation Phase, Pori Drwy Stori launched in October 2012. The programme has been designed and delivered by Book Trust Cymru, with the guidance of teachers, librarians and literacy specialists. Pori Drwy Stori aims to raise standards in literacy and increase engagement of parents and carers through local partnerships. Children entering Reception in maintained schools will be able to participate in the programme.
Pori Drwy Stori will provide materials for schools and families, all of which are available in English and Welsh. The Rhyme Challenge is based around learning and reciting rhymes and early poetry, Booktime provides a free book pack with two picture books to enjoy in class and at home, and My Book gives each child the chance to create their own book to keep, and specially developed Numeracy resources designed to support the requirements of the new National Literacy and Numeracy framework.
Opportunities to work with local schools through Pori Drwy Stori include:
- Holding a rhyme performance in the library to celebrate the children completing The Rhyme Challenge, inviting parents and carers to attend
- Working with schools to arrange the presentation of the children’s free Booktime book packs in a special event at the library, again inviting parents and carers
- Developing a session for schools based on exploring different genres, to give children lots of ideas for creating their own book
- Sending a book list to schools for teachers, or photocopying it to give to parents, recommending other titles linked to Pori Drwy Stori such as poetry and rhymes or other books by the Booktime authors
Please note that: Booktime is changing - look out for updates in September
This term's resources for Librarians
A guidance and information sheet for the additional ten Rhyme Challenge rhymes. Learning rhymes plays an important role in helping children develop skills and confidence with language.
Ten illustrated A4 rhyme sheets; five rhymes in English and five in Welsh.
This term we have an additional ten rhymes for your class to enjoy. Five in English and five in Welsh.
Letter to parents in English and Welsh.
Come and celebrate The Rhyme Challenge with us!
Template poster with English and Welsh text
Rhyme Challenge poster displaying all the rhymes in English and Welsh
Dual language certificate for children who take part in The Rhyme Challenge.
The Rhyme Challenge class certificate
How to use My Weather Watch Calendar
This is a family activity for the autumn half term break. Recording different types of weather will help children to develop their maths skills in the early years.
This booklet includes:
- weather record sheet
- summary sheet
Enjoy clicking through the interactive toolkits to find activities to support your Pori Drwy Stori resources.
These toolkits aim to help you engage children and families with fun lessons as we understand that children progress far better in school when their parents or carers are actively engaged in supporting their learning at home.
Watch this video to find out how the Pori Drwy Stori programme is making a difference both at school and at home.
A booklet filled with tips and information to help you support your child's reading at home.
Find out how the Pori Drwy Stori programme has made a difference in schools across Wales
The Welsh Government's Education Begins at Home group provides information on how you can support your child at home and help their performance in school. Follow the group on Facebook.
Find lots of additional resources, in English and Welsh, on the Bookstart website, including booklists, interactive story books and games.