Welsh - Second Language
Key Stage 3
We usually have an intake of four classes of learners with differing abilities. The pupils are streamed at the end of the first year according to their ability. Regarding second language instruction we follow a scheme of work written in-house based on various resources such as the course Taith Iaith, Iaw, Camau Cŵl, S4Click bite-size, HWB etc. The work is divided according to topics, thus in year seven – personal details, the weather, time, school; in year eight – holidays, interests, pets, money, the area; in year nine – me myself and my friends, sports, the media, the environment, technology. We also deliver Welsh culture lessons on important national Welsh days, such as Santes Dwynwen and St. David’s Day.
Key Stage 4
Everyone studies to GCSE level. A big emphasis is given on speaking skills in KS4 as our wider objective for our students is to become as fluent as possible. This will enhance their opportunities further in life. The new GCSE course will be delivered from September 2017 onwards for the new year 10 students. It will be a non-tier examination based course.
Key Stage 5
Students are achieving outstanding results in A levels, studying on the Caereinion Campusas part of Trisgol.
We make a great contribution to the school Eisteddfod and work closely with the sixth form to ensure its success. The Department is also very active with the Urdd; there are annual trips to Alton Towers, Disneyland Paris and Glan-llyn. The Welsh Department also organises teams to compete in the Urdd’s sporting competitions. The school competes in eisteddfods and the Department is responsible for training recital parties, and individual dialogue. We also support local eisteddfods such as Eisteddfod Powys, and encourage pupils to compete in the literary sections as well as on stage.
We are currently working with Big Ideas Wales, funded by The Welsh Assembly Government to arrange entrepreneurial workshops for year 9 and 10 students which promotes the use of the Welsh language in the workplace. This is also interwoven with the Welsh Baccalaureate course.
The department also works closely with Menter Iaith Maldwyn which supports the school in running Welsh language based events and allows funding which enables Welsh celebrities such as Ed Holden / Mr. Phormula to visit and perform.
The Department has 5 rooms that have data projectors/ interactive boards. Films, television, music, computers etc are used when appropriate as a means of attracting pupils to the language. Every member of the department has either a tablet computer or a laptop and the department also has a set of laptops to develop the pupils' ICT skills, combined with language tasks.