Parents go back to school to help kids
PARENTS in the Amman Valley are taking classes themselves so they can help their children with their school work.
Ysgol Blaenau, in Ammanford, is giving parents the chance to brush up on their numeracy.
The aim of the weekly classes is to give parents the knowledge they need to help their children with homework and other school projects.
They are held every Tuesday at the school between 9.10am and 11.20am with Carmarthenshire Council officer Beverly Williams.
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Head teacher Elfed Wood said: "It has been so far so good, we had seven or eight parents at the first class so that is quite a good number to start with."
Mr Wood said the classes will help the pupils as well as the parents.
"It gives them an insight into what kind of mathematics is used in schools.
"So by coming to sessions like this it gives them an idea of how we teach and will help them to assist their children with homework and projects.
"It is there as well to develop the numeracy skills of the parents. They will be able to develop their own personal mathematical skills here."
Mr Wood said the most important thing was the children's education. "These classes coincide with the new numeracy framework coming out which is being introduced by the Welsh Government," he added.
He said the classes are very informal to make it enjoyable for the parents taking part.
Lisa Morgan, one of those who attended the first session, said the class will be a big help to both her and her six-year-old son, Thomas.
"I thought it was definitely beneficial. I have a little boy who is six and he is struggling with maths," she said.
"It was really good help. I am glad to have gone and will definitely be going again."
Ms Morgan said the class has helped her to understand how maths is taught in schools today and it now means she will be able to give her son better help with his homework. "This is the best thing they have brought to the school and any other classes they bring in I will be going to them," she added.