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Willows High School


Name:    Mrs Abigail Rees
Twitter:  @Willows_Welsh

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

Students study compulsory Welsh lessons throughout Key Stage 3.

Year 7 (4 Lessons per fortnight)


  • Fy Hunan (Myself)
  • Basic personal details using a variety of tenses
  • Expression of opinions using a variety of language patterns.
  • Disgrifiadau (Descriptions)
  • Personal descriptions using new topic terminology.
  • Descriptions of friends and family - Using the 3rd person.


  • Anifeiliaid anwes (Pets)
  • Describing their pet using new topic terminology.
  • Using the future tense to describe their ideal pet.
  • Hobiau (Hobbies)
  • Expression of opinions on hobbies, using a variety of adjectives to give reasons.
  • Use of a variety of verbs to inform where and when they do their hobbies.


  • Ddoe, Heddiw a Yfori (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
  • Use of a variety of tenses to say what they have done and waht they would like to do.
  • Revision of telling the time, using the target language.
  • Gwaith Eisteddfod (Eisteddfod work)
  • Pupils complete a final piece of work, revising the whole years language patterns. House points are awarded for all entries.

Year 8 (3 lessons per fortnight)


  • Gwyliau (Holidays)
  • Revision of countries using the target language.
  • Use of the past tense to give details about a recent holiday.
  • Use of the future tense to say where they would like to go.
  • Arian Poced (Pocket money)
  • Revision of numbers and monetary amounts.
  • Usof present and future tense to say what they buy and save.


  • Y Cartref (The home)
  • Use of topic language patterns to give a description of their house and bedroom.
  • Use of the 3rd person to describe the homes of others.
  • Use the future tense to describe their ideal home.
  • Bwyd (Food)
  • Express opinions on food, using a variety of language patterns.
  • Use of a variety of tenses to say what they have eaten.


  • Yr Ysgol (School)
  • Use of new topic language patterns to describe their school.
  • Expression of opinions regarding school subjects. A variety of new adjectives are used to give reasons for their opinions.
  • Gwaith Eisteddfod (Eisteddfod work)
  • Pupils complete a final piece of work, revising the whole years language patterns. House points are awarded for all entries.

Year 9 (4 lessons per fortnight)


  • Ffasiwn (Fashion)
  • Use of new terminology to specify preferences in relation to fashion.
  • Expression of opinions, using topic related adjectives.
  • Use of the 3rd person to state the opinions of others.
  • Personoliaeth a ddisgrifiadau (personality and descriptions)
  • Use of the 1st and 3rd person to give details about personal descriptions and personality traits.
  • Use of the future tense to discuss  celebrities.


  • Cerddoriaeth (Music)
  • Use of topic relevant terminology to describe music tastes.
  • Use of a variety of language patterns and new adjectives to express opinions on artists.
  • Use of a variety of tenses to discuss concerts they have / would like to attend.
  • Problemau yn yr ardal (problems in the area)
  • Pupils use new language patterns to describe facilities and problems in their area.


  • Y Penwythnos (The Weekend)
  • Use of a variety of tenses to describe their weekend.
  • Use of language patterns to agree or disagree with the opinions of others.
  • Use of a variety of idioms to create flair in their work.
  • Preparation for controlled assessments.
  • Basic revision of all language patterns and terminology.
  • Focus on Oral skills to ensure confidence and accuracy.


Students are assessed during lessons and formal assessments are done at the end of each unit of work. These assessments cover all four areas of attainment: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Assessments are completed using the following formats:

  • Self-assessment – Pupils become able to follow a success criterion, and also understand the level descriptors enough to assess their own work. This gives pupils a clear understanding of how they achieved a level, but also how to improve on that level.
  • Reading assessment – This is a comprehension task written in the target language. Pupils need to gather information, and change their answers into the 3rd person. This is done following well established formulae. The papers are then exchanged, and the task is marked as a peer assessment. This provides opportunities for pupils to collate information using the target language. It will also equip pupils with study skills which will become invaluable during their GCSE exam.
  • Extended writing task – This task is set with a success criteria to follow. The work is marked and assessed by the class teacher. This ensures an accurate level, and all spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes are highlighted.
  • Oral assessment - This assessment is a peer assessment. Pupils work with learning partners to ask and answer topic relevant questions. This ensures correct pronunciation, and raises levels of confidence when speaking the target language.

Students' performance in these tests, combined with class and homework, will be used to decide which level they are working at. Classes are taught in ability sets.

How can I help my son/daughter?

  • Encourage him/her to learn vocabulary on a regular basis.
  • Offer to test him/her on the vocabulary or ask him/her to teach you something recently learnt.
  • Check with them that they are aware of deadlines for assessments and extended written tasks.
  • Encourage him/her to access a language learning website, such as the ones listed below.
  • Ensure they copy up key vocabulary or grammar if he/she is absent from lessons.
  • Reinforce the value of language-learning as a life skill and advantage.
  • Look at his/her exercise book and encourage your son or daughter to act on the teacher's feedback.
  • Ensure that they take advantage of any after school provision that the Welsh dept. may offer.
  • Members of staff from the Welsh department are more than happy to be recorded whilst reading out work. Pupils often record the work being read on their phones. This helps them to achieve perfect pronunciation.
  • Practice makes Perfect!

Key Stage 4: GCSE


The Welsh language is an integral part of our National Identity. The ability to use the Welsh Language is an essential skill in modern Wales, one which employers look for. The GCSE course is designed to give students opportunities to use the Welsh language practically and to communicate effectively in bilingual society of the 21 Century.

Studying Welsh at GCSE level will not only equip students with the language skills they need for the world of work and further education but also develop students confidence and communication skills. In addition studying Welsh at GCSE level provides opportunities to explore and enhance their cultural identity.

We endeavour to make language learning an enjoyable experience whilst creating every-day opportunities for both students and staff to use the language in both formal and informal settings.

There are two different Welsh GCSE courses (Full and Short Course) and the Welsh Department will decide which one is appropriate for individual students.

Welsh short course – Compulsory provision (4 lessons per fortnight)

Students studying Welsh short course must complete the units listed below:

Unit 1

  • Written exam paper: 1 hour (25%)
  • Four questions 2 Writing (10%), 2 reading (15%)

Unit 2

  • Controlled assessment (25%)
  • Oracy (20%)
    • Task 1 – Oral Presentation (10%)
    • Task 2 – Role Play (10%) Group/Pair Work
  • Writing (5%)

Year 10 & 11 Topics

  • Holidays
  • Famous Welsh People
  • Charity/Part-time work
  • Wales
  • Sport
  • Cinema
  • Area
  • Myself
  • Shopping
  • Pop Music
  • Welsh Culture
  • Special Events

Two languages, twice the skills. Recent research shows that being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an important advantage when looking for a job or applying for college courses. Law in Wales means that Public services must treat Welsh and English on an equal basis. The Welsh assembly Government have identified six priority areas where demand for people with bi-lingual skills is likely to increase:

  • Childcare
  • Social care and Health
  • Business and Information technology

Welsh full course – option (6 lessons per fortnight)

Students studying Welsh full course must complete 4 units as listed below:

Unit 1

· Written exam paper: 1 hour (25%)

· Four questions 2 Writing(10%), 2 reading(15%).

Unit 2

· Controlled assessment (25%)

· Oracy (20%)

Task 1 – Oral Presentation. (10%)

Task 2 – Role Play. (10%) Group/Pair Work

· Writing. (5%)

Unit 3

· Oral Exam (25%)

· Pair/group oral examination - Speaking (20%), Reading (5%)

Discussion of reading materials as stimulus for oral examination.

Unit 4

· Written exam (25%)

4 questions - 2 writing (15%)

- 2 reading (10%)

Year 10 topics


Year 11 topics



· Wales

· Leisure time

· The Weekend

·Charity/Part-time work

· Cinema

· Young peoples


· School Experiences


· Myself

· The Environment

· The Media

·The local Area

· Pop Music

· Fitness

· Technology


· Special events

· Family

· Celebrations

·Welsh Culture

· Welsh celebrities

· The Home

· Exam Prep.

Extra-Curricular Activities


A Year 7 Welsh Club is held weekly for Key Stage 3 pupils. Before school and after school sessions are also held regularly. The sessions provide opportunities for revision, study skills and exam preparation.

Useful Web Links (Free after 4pm)