National Slate Museum 'raps' to a million words

Some of the children putting their rap together with Martin Dawes
Some of the children putting their rap together with Martin Daws

These rap songs were created by children from Ysgol Maesincla, Caernarfon and Ysgol Bro Plennydd, Y Ffor who took part in rap workshops with musician Martin Dawes at the National Slate Museum recently. The project was part of a national scheme to “Read a million words in Wales” (RMWW) an exciting, fun campaign that sets a goal for primary school children, classes and schools to read a million words in a year through innovative interactive projects.

Project co-ordinator Eirian Lewis explained: “RMWW is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government – as part of its ‘Words Talk – Numbers Count’ strategy and aims to promote positive attitudes towards reading and encourage success for everyone - especially reluctant and failing readers. RMWW is not solely about books. Children are asked to notice and count all the words that surround them every day - in school, at home and everywhere else and this project at the museum has been a fantastic opportunity for children to come out of the classroom and realise that they can count words wherever they may be. Martin’s workshops have provided diverse, dynamic and best of all fun ways for the children to increase their word count.

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