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Ysgol Merllyn School visit Hay Festival

Ysgol Merllyn School in Flintshire successfully applied to visit Hay Festival in May 2016.

44 pupils from Merllyn School

After successfully applying to the Go and See Fund, Ysgol Merllyn School took 44 pupils aged 9-11 to the Hay Festival to attend the pre-festival activities aimed specifically at Key stage 2.

The children, who are from an area of significant deprivation, were able visit workshops such as the Shakespeare workshop and a female science show. They listened to inspirational talks from CBBC presenters and watched some of the fringe activities, dance workshops and public speaking.

Ysgol Merllyn School at Hay Festival
Photo by Amy Kerridge

A new literary experience

The aim was for the children to have a literary experience beyond what could be offered at school and the exposure to the Shakespeare workshop gave them an appreciation of literature far outside the school curriculum.

After the trip, the teachers were then able to plan learning based on the authors and used the How To Train Your Dragon Series of books to plan creative writing. Reading is essential and to love reading is what we want for all our children.

What the children said:

"I enjoyed meeting authors like Sam and Mark and the one who wrote How to train your dragon. I am glad I had the opportunity to see all different types of books, thank you" - Sophie, aged 10

"I can remember when we had arrived at the start we got on the huge HAY sign and one of the teachers took a photograph of us. We met lots of authors like Sarah Lean, Sam and Mark, and also Cressida Cowell. I really enjoyed it" - Macy aged 10

"I really enjoyed the Hay Festival because the ice cream tasted AMAZING! Also, I saw the science show and I learnt a few things! One of the things I learnt was a cat can run faster than Usain Bolt, but they can't keep the speed up for as long as he can." Ella, aged 10

Ysgol Merllyn School visit Hay Festival
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