Welsh is a compulsory subject in Key Stages 3 and 4.
AS and A level Welsh are also available for students to follow at Sixth Form as part of the Cynon Valley Consortium of Schools.
The Welsh department prides itself on innovative teaching and learning experiences for all, where students can enjoy learning experiences which develop a confident and natural use of the Welsh language.
During all key stages pupils have the opportunity to participate in many extra curricular activities such as residential courses at Llangrannog and Glanllyn, as well as theatre visits and trips to Welsh cultural establishments such as St Fagans. Students are involved in activities led by the Urdd, including a ‘Clŵb Cymraeg’ and participate in school Eisteddfods and regular ‘Shwmae’ days which further promote their use of Welsh around the school.
Every effort is made to ensure that students develop their Welsh language skills both in the classroom and throughout their daily activities around the school. Welsh can be heard amongst staff and students on daily basis and is a natural part of school life.
A brief description of KS3 course
At KS 3 students have the opportunity to develop their oral, writing and reading skills throughout topics such as:
- Fi Fy hun
- Teledu a Ffim
The KS3 course is very structured and gives students the opportunity to work in pairs, groups and individually. Students participate in a range of language games to develop sentence patterns and key vocabulary.
Students are assessed on a half termly basis and complete ‘core tasks’ for each unit of work which assesses their extended writing skills. Assessments alternate between oracy and reading and writing tasks and are differentiated for all abilities.
A brief description of KS4 course
There are 2 units of study for full course students and 1 unit of study for short course students. Topics to be studied include; Ardal, Fi Fy Hun, Y Penwythnos, Gwyliau, Technoleg a’r Amgylchedd.
Internal Controlled Assessment 25% overall
Individual presentation = 10%
Role play situation = 10%
Written Task = (5%)
External assessment – 75% overall
Oral examination – 25% (Full Course Only)
Reading and Writing Papers 50%
(2 paper for Full Course, 1 Paper for Short Course)
Key Areas of Development
1.To develop skills by using the language for effective and purposeful communication.
2. To read and understand a variety of materials, and respond to them, expressing opinions on the content through the medium of Welsh.
3. Residential courses available to further candidates' skills.
The Welsh GCSE Course is to be reviewed in 2016, with an new specification due to be implemented in September, 20017