Pupils receive 3 hours of Welsh lessons per fortnight and study a wide range of topics including family and friends, the area, hobbies and interests, modern technology, social media, the environment and healthy eating. Throughout the key stage 3 schemes of work pupils are introduced to a great deal of new vocabulary, sentence patterns and tenses. Pupils are assessed through end of topic tests and level-assessed tasks in reading, writing and oracy, with a focus on speaking and listening skills.
The GCSE specification in Welsh second language will enable candidates to:
- understand and use the language for a variety of purposes and audiences
- develop language learning skills and strategies in order to enable candidates to communicate and interact confidently and spontaneously in relevant situations and specified context
- develop language learning skills and strategies to enable candidates to develop their grasp of Welsh further and develop curiosity about the language
Students will further develop their understanding of spoken and written Welsh and their ability to express themselves through the medium of Welsh. Students will continue to develop their Welsh language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Students will also study a range of topics based around the three broad themes of Youth, Wales and the World and Employment
Topics will include, but not be limited to:
- part time and voluntary work: Duke of Edinburgh award, in school, in the local area, career choices, 6th form, college, work, careers
- bilingualism: signs, polices, image, advantages, organisations that promote the Welsh language, career pathways, benefits, learning Welsh in school, the use of Welsh in schools, adult classes, language centres
- friends, family, the area, holidays, interests, modern technology, healthy lifestyle
The new syllabus comprises 4 units of work, all worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade. There are no controlled assessment or coursework elements.
Unit 1 – Pair/Group speaking – non-examination assessment
(Oracy response to visual stimulus)
Unit 2 – Pair/Group speaking – non examination assessment
(Communicating with others – infographic)
Unit 3 – Reading and Writing examination
(Narrative, specific and instructional)
Unit 4 – Reading and Writing examination
(Descriptive, creative and imaginative)