Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Welsh

Mrs J Brown (Head of MFL and Welsh)

Key Stage 3

Year 7

First half term

Bridging unit of work to build and develop work done in Key Stage 2 – opinions, personal details, past tense.

October half-term to February half-term

School – lessons, opinions, teachers, uniform, school dinners, trips, clubs.

February half-term to May half-term

Family and home – members of family, descriptions, names, opinions, celebrations, home, last weekend.

May half-term onwards

Hobbies – names, details, Where? When? Who with? times, opinions, last weekend


Throughout each unit of work pupils will receive regular homework, including core homework. Pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit of work.

Throughout each unit of work pupils will receive regular homework, including core homework. Pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit of work.

Year 8

First half term

Sports – Names of sports, details, Where? When? With whom? Teams, favourite teams and players, last weekend.

October half-term to February half-term

Shopping and fashion – key vocabulary, favourite/least favourite shops, opinions with extended reasons, last weekend, next weekend.

February half-term to May half-term

T.V. and films – kinds of programmes and films, S4C, favourite programmes and reasons, last weekend.

May half-term onwards

Holidays – Looking forward to holidays, counties, kinds of holidays, reasons for going, preferences, details of holidays, Where? When? Why? With whom? Weather.


Throughout each unit of work pupils will receive regular homework, including core homework. Pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit of work.

Throughout each unit of work pupils will receive regular homework, including core homework. Pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit of work.

Year 9

First half term

Sports – Names of sports, details, Where? When? With whom? Teams, favourite teams and players, last weekend.

October half-term to February half-term

Shopping and fashion – key vocabulary, favourite/least favourite shops, opinions with extended reasons, last weekend, next weekend.

February half-term to May half-term

T.V. and films – kinds of programmes and films, S4C, favourite programmes and reasons, last weekend.

May half-term onwards

Holidays – Looking forward to holidays, counties, kinds of holidays, reasons for going, preferences, details of holidays, Where? When? Why? With whom? Weather.


Throughout each unit of work pupils will receive regular homework, including core homework. Pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit of work.

Throughout each unit of work pupils will receive regular homework, including core homework. Pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit of work.

Ways in which parents can help

  1. Assist with homework.
  2. Assist in revision for assessments.
  3. Encourage extended reading/use of the library.
  4. Encourage pupils to use Hwb+ and the resources on there.
  5. Help pupils to learn key vocabulary and sentence patterns.

Useful books/magazines/publications:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Welsh books in the library.
  3. Welsh magazines in the library.

Useful apps:

  1. Guto Nyth Brân
  2. Ap Geiriaduron.
  3. Dreigiau Dinas Emrys
  4. Start Welsh
  5. LearnBots Welsh

Key Stage 4

Opportunities for those with a Welsh qualification will increase now that the implications of the Welsh Language Act are becoming clear. Already national and state organisations are seeking candidates who are bilingual or who have a working knowledge of Welsh.

Local government in all parts of Wales has an obligation to provide a service in Welsh as well as English and staff are needed to fulfill that role.

The media frequently values journalists who can report in Welsh and theatre companies are becoming involved in bilingual productions. Schools, particularly the primary sector, will need to recruit Welsh speaking staff since the study of Welsh is now compulsory until the age of 16.

With the National Assembly for Wales, staff with varying degrees of proficiency in Welsh are required – from senior staff to answering the phone! Banks and Building Societies are currently paying staff to attend Welsh lessons, thus underlying the importance they are giving to the increased demand for services by the Welsh speaking customers. Tourism is another area where a public body is calling for greater use of the language to emphasise the distinctive nature of Wales as a marketing tool.

Applied Welsh – GCSE (Full Course)

This new course is specifically geared towards meeting the requirements of employers who have consistently re-iterated the benefits of bilingualism in Wales today. The focus, therefore, will be on the practical use of Welsh in the workplace, an awareness of Welsh outside Wales, issues in Wales and preparing for the future. It is perceived as a qualification which is both relevant and important for those seeking employment.

All pupils will study 4 modules and flexibility in the new syllabus will allow completion of modules in Year 10, if appropriate. It would also ease the pressure often felt in Year 11.

Assessment

  • External assessment – 40% Reading, Writing, Oral
  • Controlled Assessment – 60% Reading, Writing, Oral tasks

Welsh – Second Language – Short Course (Applied)

This compulsory course is equivalent to half a GCSE. Pupils will study two modules – Wales/World of Work.

Assessment

  • External assessment – 40% Reading/Writing paper
  • Controlled Assessment – 60% Oral/Reading/Writing tasks

Pupils will normally be entered for the Foundation tier, grades C – G.
This course gives pupils an opportunity to experience a basic Welsh course.

Key Stage 5

Welsh AS Exam

  • Unit 1 – Oral Exam 15% (25 minutes)
    • This is a group oral exam and is made up of 2 sections with pupils asked to discuss the play ‘Crash’ and Welsh in the media / society.
  • Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment – 10%
    • Pupils are expected to complete a project in Welsh on an aspect of Wales. The project must include at least 3 pieces of work. One piece must be completed under teacher supervision. 1,500-2000 words are expected in total for the project.
  • Unit 3 – Language and Poetry – 15%
    • This paper is made up of 2 sections; the first will be grammar and the other poetry. Pupils must study 5 poems and will be expected to respond to one of these poems.

Welsh A Level Exam

  • Unit 4 - Oral Exam 25% (35 minutes)
    • This is a group oral exam and is made up of 2 sections with pupils asked to discuss the play ‘Crash’ and Welsh in the media / society.
  • Unit 5 - Written exam – 15%
    • Pupils must respond to and English article in Welsh and write 2 short essays about Welsh in society. This unit focuses on writing skills and the key aspects in Welsh history.
  • Unit 6 – Written exam – 20%
    • This unit will focus on language and 4 short stories. Pupils will answer 2 language questions and respond to one of the short stories. Pupils will be expected to draw links to other examples of literature studied in Year 12/13.

Entry Requirements:

A minimum of a grade C in GCSE Welsh.

Progression:

The study of Welsh can be combined with almost any subject at university level, and knowledge of the language will make you more employable, in all areas of work, in Wales as a result of the Welsh Language Act.

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