What is it?
The Teisht Vunneydagh is Manx children's first formal contact with Manx Gaelic if they are not at the Manx medium primary school, Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, and is aimed at Key Stage 2 study (years 4, 5, and 6 of primary school).
Primary school children are taught Manx for 30 minutes every week through games, music, and other engaging activities. The KS2 curriculum covers basic words and phrases for subjects like pets, friends, hobbies, countries, numbers, and colours.
Why opt-in for Manx at Key Stage 2?
Evidence points overwhelmingly to the benefits of learning a second language from a young age. Learning the national language of the Isle of Man complements these benefits by giving children an immediate context for their national history and geography. For example. most place names in the Isle of Man come from Manx Gaelic, and studying Manx helps children connect the dots, discover new things about their home, and discover shared culture with surrounding countries like Ireland and Scotland.
Are there resources available online to help with studying at Key Stage 2?
Resources relevant to those studying at Key Stage 2 are available from these pages.