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Criw Cymraeg

Criw Cymraeg


Croeso i Ysgol Ponthir. We are the Criw Cymraeg, we help the school to improve their Welsh language skills. We are now aiming to achieve the Cymraeg Campus Silver Award after successfully gaining the Bronze Award last year. To get the Silver Award we have to achieve 10 targets which cover things like assemblies, outdoor activities and any opportunity to improve our use of Welsh.

Cymraeg Campus Bronze Award Targets

Our progress in the Bronze award...


We have achieved the Bronze Award! Da iawn pawb!!



Ymadrodd yr Wythnos/Phrase of the Week


Every week we choose a useful Welsh phrase to use around the school. Each time it is used Criw Cymraeg members add a Tocyn Iaith point to the house team of the pupil. The winning class takes Dewi Ddraig for the week and at the end of each half term the winning house gets a special prize.


So far we have had the following phrases;


Dim problem/No problem

Shw Mae?/How are you? (Informal)

Ga i...?/Can I have...?

Dyma ti/There you go

Beth sy'n bod?/What's wrong?

Hwyl fawr/Goodbye

Ble mae...?/Where is...?

Pob lwc/Good luck

Wyt ti'n hoffi...?/Do you like...?

Beth ydy dy hoff...?/What is your favourite...?


Apps and Website Review


Criw cymraeg reviewed some of our Welsh apps that they use and have written some brief synopsis' of them. They also presented an assembly to the school encouraging other pupils to use the apps to aid their learning of the Welsh language. Please read below for more information.


Ap Geiriaduron

This is a reliable welsh dictionary app that you can ask for welsh words you do not now.


Brawddegau Ail Iaith

This is an app where you can connect different puzzle pieces to create a sentence. There are different topics such as bwyta, ysgol or dillad ect.. It helps improves your punctuation in Welsh and understanding of where in the sentence a word goes. There are levels of difficulty too.


Campau Cosmig

Campau cosmig is a simple to use learning game. You choose out of 6 different type of planets and on each planet there is a different type of game to spelling and sentences to math and sums.

Out of all of the apps we felt that this was the most helpful and the most fun to use.

Fantastic Welsh Apps - Infants and Juniors

Apps & Websites Assembly - Criw Cymraeg

Eisteddfod Ysgol Eglyws Ponthir 2020

This year's Eisteddfod saw a return of the fabulous Caffi Cwtsh where our families joined us for a celebration of Welsh language and culture. 

Mr Lewis joined us as a special guest judge. He just wanted to eat all the Welsh cakes!

This year's bard was Gwen. Gwen wrote a fantastic poem to win the crown. She received a lovely letter and poem from last year's bard, Sophia. Diolch yn fawr!

Eisteddfod Ysgol Eglyws Ponthir 2019


Dw i'n caru Eisteddfod achos mae'n hwyl!


In our Eisteddfod we competed in different competitions including handwriting, creative artwork, modelling, singing, baking, rapping, music, photography and the crowning of the Bard. We had places; first, second and third with two points for third, three points for second and five points for first. 


Many pupils won awards and added points for their house. We have three houses Tŷ Coch, Tŷ Gwyrdd and Tŷ Glas. This year Tŷ Gwyrdd came to victory with 340 points with Tŷ Coch in second with 244 points, closely followed by Tŷ Glas with 213 points.


This year Sophia took the title of the Bard with her winning narrative poem about the creation of the Welsh flag. Ffion was closely behind her in second place and Fraser and Max in third. All our entries this year were greatly appreciated by the Criw Cymraeg and we have some talented pupils who are willing to try hard to achieve success.

Da iawn pawb!




Mascot Competition


We launched a competition for a mascot to represent Criw Cymraeg across the school. Then, we chose the winner from an array of fabulous designs. 


And the winner is....

Toby the Welshcake

The Urdd


Urdd Gobaith Cymru is a National Voluntary Youth Organisation with over 55,000 members between the ages of 8 – 25 yrs old. We provide opportunities through the medium of Welsh for children and young people in Wales to enable them to make positive contributions to their communities. 


The Urdd's aim is to provide opportunities through the medium of Welsh for children and young people in Wales to become fully rounded individuals, developing personal and social skills that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the community.



You can become a member and join for thousands of Urdd activities on offer for Welsh speakers and learners throughout the year!

The Urdd Eisteddfod




The Urdd National Eisteddfod, one of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals that attracts around 90,000 visitors each year, will once again be held during Whitsun week at the end of May. 


The Urdd Eisteddfod is a touring festival and is held in a different location in Wales each year. In 2019 the home of the Urdd Eisteddfod will be Cardiff Bay, in 2020 it will be held in Denbighshire and in 2021 it will be held in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire.


The Urdd Eisteddfod week is the pinnacle of around three years hard work by local volunteers. It attracts a lot of attention from the press including TV, radio and local and national newspapers.


Follow the link below to learn more about this years Eisteddfod in Cardiff and for information on how to get tickets.



Learning Welsh at Home


Begin the bilingual journey!

Below are some useful links on helping your child to continue their Welsh learning journey at home. There is also a link to a list of Apps that may help.


Pob lwc.

Why Learn Welsh?


For more information about the advantages of learning Welsh follow the link below.