Welsh is taught to all pupils in years 7-11 and is an option subject at Key Stage 5. In years 7 and 8 pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. In year 9 pupils are set according to their ability in the language. In years 10 and 11 pupils have the option to follow a full GCSE course. The results of full course students have been outstanding during recent years. All other pupils in years 10 and 11 have to follow the short course programme of study and most will sit the short course GCSE exam.
All pupils are offered the opportunity to participate in Welsh language activities outside the classroom. Younger pupils enjoy lunchtime 'parties' such as our Parti Nadolig (Christmas party) and reward trips to places like St. Fagans and Cardiff Bay. Years 7 and 8 may also attend residential courses at the Urdd camp in llangrannog. Older pupils attend Welsh medium theatre productions and are occasionally invited to see programmes being recorded for S4C.
|Diane Thomas||Head of Faculty Languages|
|Gabrielle Jones||Leader of Learning|
Years 7 and 8
Pupils cover a variety of topics during years 7-8 such as Ysgol (school) Dathlu (celebrating) and Gwyliau (holidays) and pupils are assessed on their standards in their speaking/listening, writing and reading skills. Lessons are lively with pupils being expected to make a positive contribution to all activities. Other skills such as literacy, thinking skills, communication and working with others are also developed during lessons.
Years 9, 10 and 11 Compulsory
Students follow the WJEC specifications for the Short Course GCSE during years 9, 10 and 11.
Students sit 1 reading/writing paper and 3 controlled assessment tasks. Students are entered either for the “higher” papers which will allow them to achieve A*-C or the “foundation” papers for which they could achieve C-G.
Years 9,10 and 11 Full GCSE Option