DENBIGHSHIRE pupils learned about agriculture and mathematics.
Children from Ysgol Pentrecelyn recently hosted Lord Newborough for a visit, as part of a project recently launched by Young Enterprise.
The innovative project involves Welsh middle school children in developing an agriculture-based financial education manual tailored to their needs.
The handbook is developed with the support of David Evans of SARN Associates, an organization that develops strong links between business, education and communities.
David said: “The resource we are creating combines agriculture, a subject children are passionate about, with numeracy in a way that brings learning to real life.
“The workbook, titled ‘Tractor’, will be filled with characters, illustrations, stories and challenges that reflect the local community.
“Once completed, it will be translated into Welsh, making it an accessible resource for English and Welsh speakers in primary schools across Wales.”
Andrew Evans, Director of Ysgol Pentrecelyn, added: “We are delighted to partner with David Evans and his team on this unique project.
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“The pandemic caused severe disruption to our children’s learning when schools were forced to close and we have worked hard to address this since the restrictions were lifted.
“The majority of our kids come from families that live or work on farms, so a workbook that blends learning math with farming is perfect for our needs.
“When we saw the opportunity to work with David, we jumped at the chance, thanks to the support of Young Enterprise.”
Viv Couche, Head of Philanthropy for Young Enterprise, the leading financial and entrepreneurial education charity in England and Wales, said: “I first met the children at Ysgol Pentrecelyn a year and I was struck by their enthusiasm for agriculture and their future career aspirations.
“Thanks to the support of Lord Newborough of the Rhug Estate, the Earl Fitzwilliam Charitable Trust and other supporters, we have been able to launch a project which will benefit 7,500 young Welsh people over the coming year.
David Evans works with the children of Ysgol Pentrecelyn to create the workbook, and then our team at Young Enterprise will quality mark it, before it is then translated and copies made for wider distribution.
“Thanks to our supporters, we will be offering workshops to primary schools across Wales during the autumn term, to introduce this unique resource and help learners in rural Welsh communities begin to benefit from it.”
Lord Newborough, whose support from Young Enterprise got the project off the ground, said: “I really enjoyed meeting all the children of Ysgol Pentrecelyn, they were impressive in their knowledge of farming issues.
“As someone with a passion for sustainability, I am excited to help equip our future generation of farmers to be prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
“I look forward to welcoming the children of Ysgol Pentrecelyn to visit Rhug Estate to learn more about farming and our responsibility to care for the land where we live and work. ”