Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School
Merthyr Dyfan Road
Vale of Glamorgan
Telephone: 01446 403500
Fax: 01446 403501
All students study Welsh in Key Stages 3 and 4. This is a compulsory subject. Pupils in Key stage 3 study a broad range of topics which give them a good foundation on which to start the GCSE Welsh full course. Pupils in all Key Stages are encouraged to develop their confidence through group and pair work and independent study tasks are set regularly. Pupils are assessed in reading, writing and speaking Welsh every term.
Mrs C. Hughes (Head of Department)
Mrs E. John
In years 7 and 8 students study a range of topics such as Family, The Media, Holidays and Hobbies. Catch up sessions are held every Wednesday to give extra support if needed and Welsh club is held throughout the year with games, sports and crafts. Pupils in years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to go to the Urdd centre at Llangrannog and take part in a range of activities through the medium of Welsh also the Welsh and Music departments organise a trip to the Welsh festival at Eurodisney Paris, where pupils can perform in Welsh on the Disney stage. In year 9 all pupils start the Welsh Full course GCSE.
Pupils continue to study Welsh Full course GCSE in years 10 and 11. The course consists of 4 modules including topics such as Leisure time, Healthy eating and Keeping fit and the World of Work. Three pieces of controlled assessment are completed in Year 11. The course develops confidence in using the Welsh language in a variety of situations and helps to develop research skills. There are opportunities for pupils to go to Glanllyn Urdd centre in North Wales on a residential trip. Students are supported by the Welsh department throughout the course and after school and lunchtime sessions are held weekly. Students are encouraged to set their own targets and pupils needing extra support will be mentored by their Welsh teacher.
Welsh 2nd language is an AS/ A2 examination course. The course is structured to include 3 modules to complete the AS and 6 modules over 2 years to gain a full A2 qualification. The course provides a sound basis for continuation into Higher Education in a variety of fields and specialisms. Main areas of study include the film “Patagonia”, written coursework on a Welsh–based topic, poetry, 4 short stories and grammar. Students will develop a range of learning styles and skills, including communication, investigation and research, understanding and discussion of literature. Students in Year 12 and year 13 are encouraged to develop an appreciation for Welsh history and culture as well as the language.
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