Welsh - First Language

Staffing

The Welsh Department of Llanfyllin High School is a hardworking and lively department. Welsh is a core subject which is taught to all school pupils up to GCSE level. Because of the nature of the area the pupils’ standard and experience of the language is varied.

Facilities

The first language classes have two pleasant classrooms on the Welsh corridor, next to each other, which is very convenient and leads to effective collaboration.  Both rooms contain a projector, a tablet and a DVD player.  The Department has a cupboard containing fifteen laptops which foster digital literacy and research skills.

Key Stage 3

Usually within a year there are around thirty pupils. The pupils are streamed at the end of the first year according to ability. We have a distinct scheme of work for the first language classes based on various resources such as Jigso1 and Jigso2, Gweiddi, Berw’r Byd a Hwb  organised according to topics.  In year seven – myself & school, the environment, relationships; in year eight – animal rights, the senses; travel and in year nine – war, odd things and Wales.

Key Stage 4

In years ten and eleven all pupils study Welsh language and some study literature, either at the foundation level or the higher level. The department’s results are good.

Key Stage 5

The numbers that follow the subject into the sixth form are not great but the percentage of Welsh speaking pupils who choose it is high.

Extra Curricular

Visits by national authors and poets are arranged regularly and we make a great contribution to Welsh activities in the school such as  the School Eisteddfod, Owain Glyndwr Day and St. David's Day.  The Department is very active with the Urdd; annual trips to Alton Towers, Disneyland Paris and Glan-llyn and some pupils will go on trips further a field to Patagonia in the Autumn. The Welsh Department also organises teams to compete in the Urdd’s sporting competitions. The school competes successfully in eisteddfodau and the Department is responsible for training recitation groups and individual dialogues. We also support local eisteddfodau like the Powys Eisteddfod, and encourage pupils to compete in the literary sections as well as on stage.  Pupils from the department have been very successful in the Montgomeryshire Society's literary competition every year. There are also close links between the Department and the community, with various speakers visiting lessons and we contribute regularly to the local community newspaper.

Performance

This Department is successful and vibrant with consistently good results.