Angela Davies

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ANGELA DAVIES


Angela Davies has thirty years experience in the Primary sector of education in the United Kingdom. She is an Early Years Specialist and has taught using the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum since its implementation in 1989.

Angela is also a Music and Drama specialist and an accomplished singer and pianist.

Having taught in Wales, which is a country at the forefront of Bilingual Education, Angela has spent many years teaching Welsh as a second language to English-speaking pupils. Language development in young children is of prime importance and during her many years of experience Angela has been able to observe and develop the most successful methods in which to nurture a child’s linguistic abilities –

"…through a mixture of games, stories, songs, chants and rhymes, together with structured and free play activities. Young children’s minds are very open and flexible and when learning a language, they learn quite naturally through play and being introduced to vocabulary related to their interests and everyday lives and surroundings. It is important to make learning fun! Little children are very discerning! They can assess your mood and can feel if you’re enjoying yourself and will respond accordingly! They learn much more when they are encouraged on every small step they make towards the acquisition of the new language….but learning a language takes time and confidence. Often, children will not utter a single word. This is nothing to worry about – they are soaking up the language silently and in their own time. Suddenly, they can surprise everyone by uttering words and phrases that they were not confident to say before!"

As a Music specialist Angela considers song and rhyme to be very important aids in learning a language –

"…music is a natural part of each individual, whatever race or nationality. Few children can sit still when listening to a piece of Dance Music or fail to respond to the rhythm felt in a rhyme or a piece of poetry. The rhythm and repetition of songs and rhymes help them to memorise words and phrases and build images in their heads."