Welsh/Cymraeg

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Y tîm – The Team
Andrea Hughes Paula Jones Joanne Easter-Thomas
Pennaeth yr Adran Gymraeg
Head of Welsh Department
Dirprwy Pennaeth Adran
Deputy Head of Welsh
Athrawes Gymraeg rhan amser
Part-time Welsh Teacher
Pennaeth Llys Caradog
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Amy Evans Tracey Wynne
 Athrawes Gymraeg
Welsh Teacher
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Part-time Welsh Teacher
Pennaeth Llys Llywelyn
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Pam ydyn ni’n astudio Cymraeg? – Why do we study Welsh?

The reason we study Welsh is that we are setting the foundations for becoming bilingual, and therefore have twice the choice for gaining employment, in Wales, in the future.

The Welsh Language Act of 1993 has had a huge impact on Welsh and the demand for Welsh speakers.

Welsh is increasingly used as a business language in Wales, especially in the public sector, and the Act requires business and companies in Wales to produce a Welsh language policy for providing their services bilingually. As a result, employers are looking for prospective employees with Welsh language skills.

Employers in Wales place great importance on bilingual skills. Future Skills Wales has completed a survey of Bilingual Skills Needs of Employers in the Private Sector which

clearly shows that there is a demand for bilingual skills across employment sectors in

Wales. Research has revealed that there is a shortage of people with bi-lingual skills for the following occupations:

  • Police
  • Careers Advice
  • Social Work
  • Graphic Design
  • Nursing – especially Mental Health
  • Broadcasting Technology
  • Speech/Language Therapists
  • Finance
  • Physiotherapy Administration
  • Management & Administrative roles
  • Dentistry
  • Catering & the Tourism industry
  • Radiography
  • Business Management
  • Teaching especially CDT, Maths & Physics
  • Local Government – especially
  • Technology, Finance & Environmental Health

Cyfnod Allweddol 3 (KS3)

In Key Stage 3, pupils study 3 hours of Welsh a fortnight. Pupils study a variety of topics covering the skills of Oracy, Reading and Writing.  Pupils are assessed termly in all skill areas. Pupils’ progress is recorded and tracked on the front of their vocabulary books. Pupils cover a variety of interesting topics, including, themselves, way of life, leisure time, socialising, holiday time and the Welsh language. These help pupils to reflect and build on prior knowledge and skills gained in primary school.Each year, the school holds an Eisteddfod to celebrate Dydd Gŵyl Dewi (St David’s day). KS3 pupils take part in the School Eisteddfod by participating in ‘on stage’ and /or ‘off stage’ competitions. This is an enormously successful event and a joy to see our students enjoying and celebrating the Welsh language and culture.

Since 2012, students start the GCSE Welsh course in Year 9. This enables all pupils to attain a full course qualification by the time they reach the end of year 11.

Cyfnod Allweddol 4 (KS4)At Key Stage 4, all students receive 2 hours of Welsh a fortnight. During this time, they study and are entered for a full GCSE. The work that is delivered at Key Stage 4 is a consolidation of the language elements and skills used regularly by students in Key Stage 3. Students will build and develop the topics studied at KS3 and also cover a variety of new and contemporary topics.The course is divided into 4 units –Units 1 and 2, covered in Year 9 and 10, and Unit 3 and 4 will be completed in Year 11.Unit 1 and 2 gain the short course qualification. Unit 1 is an external exam, and unit 2 consists of two controlled oral assessments.Unit 3 and 4 gain the full course qualification. Unit 4 is an external exam, and unit 3 is an external oral group exam.
Cyfnod Allweddol 5 (KS5)AS and A2 allow a smooth transition from GCSE to AS and AS to A2.  This enables students to use familiar language and situations confidently.  They begin to develop language in a more analytic sense by way of the grammar content. Students study literature, poetry, language and conversational skills. Students also complete a project based piece of coursework.