It is important that the pupils of Woodlands High School are taught Welsh as a second language. It enriches their knowledge and understanding of the culture and heritage of Wales. It develops their personality and ability to contribute to the community giving them a sense of place and identity.
Welsh is one of the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum and there is a statutory obligation to deliver it to all KS3 and KS4 year groups.
To develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills within an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and where appropriate, a small amount of writing.
To foster a keen interest in the Welsh language.
To develop in all pupils a confidence with using the Welsh language.
To ensure a familiarity and understanding of the language.
To develop an appreciation of the Welsh language as a real working and living language within Wales.
Pupils are taught to:
Build on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in KS1 and KS2.
Listen to familiar and unfamiliar voices speaking Welsh.
Respond to what they hear using Welsh words, sentence patterns and questions.
Speak correctly and clearly.
Pupils are taught to:
Listen to a story being read aloud and follow text.
Read aloud their own work, where appropriate and other appropriate resources.
Recognise familiar words and simple sentence patterns in their written form.
Due to the changing needs and abilities of our pupils, the main focus of lessons in the new scheme of work is speaking & listening and reading. Only a very small amount of written work is completed when it is appropriate to do so.
The school endeavours to develop a positive attitude to the development and use of Incidental Welsh through greetings, simple commands and register responses.
Pupils are given opportunities in their study of Welsh to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, environmental and historical characteristics of Wales.
All subject classrooms have bilingual signs on their doors.
Curriculum Organisation and Teaching Methods
There is one specialist Welsh teacher and four fluent Welsh speaking staff in Woodlands. Welsh lessons are taught by the specialist Welsh teacher alongside Teaching Assistant. KS3 and KS4 pupils receive 1 hour a week of Welsh. Each year, classes cover 6 half termly topics – 30 topics throughout the school. Every topic consists of a combination of speaking, listening and reading. A small amount of written tasks are undertaken where appropriate. However, the main focus of all lessons are speaking & listening.
Pupils are provided with regular opportunities to work individually, in pairs, in small groups and as a whole class.
The Welsh co-ordinator is responsible for identifying the need for resources and prioritising and purchasing/creating according to funding. The Welsh department is self-funding with money coming from fund raising activities, singing at Tesco at Christmas, Saint David’s Day and during the summer term. The school is currently resourced with a wide range of teaching materials for the teaching of Welsh including a range of big and small books, CD’s, T.V, video’s, DVD’s, CD Roms & an interactive whiteboard, a range of recording equipment, a piano and purchased and produced games and toys.
The Teaching Assistant works under the direction of the Teacher to undertake tasks to support pupil’s individual learning needs.
Following a brief recap session, learning objectives are shared with the class. Existing knowledge is built upon during lessons using a range of teaching techniques. Towards the end of the lessons, pupils are asked to evaluate their own performance, developing thinking skills. Good work and behaviour is rewarded using the school reward system.
All pupils have equal access to the full curriculum.
Work is planned to appeal to, and accommodate all levels of ability and for all pupils to achieve their full potential. One method used to achieve this is the use of grouping sessions. The class is divided into two or more groups with lower ability groups keeping to single words/less words as appropriate. More able pupils may then be introduced to additional words or simple sentence patterns.
The role of the teacher includes: planning, assessment, regularly reviewing resources, supporting staff and identifying INSET needs and keeping up to date with new initiatives and curriculum developments.
Assessment, Recording and Reporting
Assessment opportunities are highlighted in the half termly curriculum planning. The teacher regularly assesses pupil’s pronunciation, understanding, retention and reading. Assessment results are used to inform future planning. Reports of pupil progress in Welsh are written and discusses with parents in summer reports and annual reviews.
The department complies with the county S3i process of self-evaluation which identifies strengths and challenges and feeds into the school improvement plan. This highlights any staff development/INSET requirements, which are attended and when required. The department keeps abreast of the county and Welsh assembly documentation liaising with the county advisory service as and when required. Meetings have been held by the Welsh teacher for teachers and teaching assistants introducing simple vocabulary to be used in lessons and around the school.
Communication and links with parents.
Parents are regularly invited to concerts and assemblies where the Welsh language is used.
Parents are sent curriculum plans each term which informs them of the work to be covered each half term.
Reports of pupil progress in Welsh are written and discusses with parents in summer reports and annual reviews.
Links with other agencies.
Throughout the year, regular links are maintained with the unit in Ysgol Glantaf. Activities undertaken include joint contributions to Christmas concerts, Saint David’s day celebrations and music and Welsh sessions.
We also have good links with Tesco, Culverhouse Cross and Restways Court Retirement Home where we have been performing as part of our Saint David’s day celebrations.
Health and Safety.
The health and of all pupils is paramount when taking part in any activity. Risk assessments are carried out to ensure that any risks are addressed.