Dragons duo Aaron Jarvis and James Benjamin recently spent time at Ysgol Bro Allta in Ystrad Mynach to help launch the new WRU Digital Classroom resource.
More than 30 primary schools in the Dragons region – from over 250 across Wales - have signed up to the initiative which uses rugby themes to inspire confidence in pupils in all areas of learning.
Jarvis and Benjamin joined Year 5 and 6 pupils to look at the project which uses a series of multi-layered ‘rich tasks’ written by primary school teachers – in Welsh first – with the purposes of the Welsh Government’s new curriculum at the forefront.
As part of the resource, classes can watch video clips of Wales players enlisting the pupils on various tasks including designing a new rugby shirt, creating a healthy eating plan and managing a stadium for a day.
At Ysgol Bro Allta they have devoted a member the teaching staff, Mr Morgan Griffiths, to deliver the programme on a full-time basis throughout the school.
Head teacher Mrs Delyth Williams said: “After attending the headteacher conference back in April, I was extremely excited to see the opportunity for rugby to become a game which is inclusive for all.
“This programme provides opportunities to develop the six areas of learning throughout the school. The programme has been planned carefully to consider the Four Core Principles of Learning and as a school we believe that we will benefit from the decision of giving Mr Griffiths the opportunity to access all areas of the curriculum and to provide memorable experiences to our pupils.”
Primary schools can still sign up to be part of Dosbarth Digidol WRU – go to signup.wrudigitalclassroom.co.uk for more information.