Welsh is offered at KS3, KS4 and KS5 at Chepstow School. During the past five years, the number of jobs in Wales requiring Welsh speakers has grown. There is now an increasing demand for Welsh speakers for jobs in leisure and tourism, health and social services, the media, the police, graphic design and many more. We use a variety of techniques to excite and engage students and department staff are committed to promoting the relevance of learning Welsh.
Key Stage 3
We build upon the excellent work done at the primary level and we also offer extra support to all those students who are new to the language. Some of the topics that we cover are School, Family, Area and Holidays.
Year 8 Welsh Booklet
Year 7 Welsh Booklet
Key Stage 4
GCSE Welsh is divided into 4 units. Units 1 and 4 are reading and writing exams, unit 2 is the controlled assessment element and the Unit 3 Oral exam is a pair / group discussion. The topics covered include holidays, cinema, music, Wales, fashion, shopping, sport, family and friends, media, eating healthily and keeping fit, alcohol, drugs and smoking. The aim of this course is to enable students to speak, read, write and listen to the Welsh that they will encounter in everyday situations. Students will be able to contribute to a variety of discussions and conversations, respond to a wide variety of reading materials and be able to write correctly, using a range of styles. GCSE full course is taught to the majority of students. OCR NVQ Business Languages will be offered to students who cannot access the GCSE full course. There are no formal examinations for this course, students instead submit a portfolio of assessed work for each of the language skills.
Key Stage 5
Students prepare for the WJEC AS and A Level exams. They have the opportunity to watch and discuss Welsh films and television programmes. Students also study Welsh poetry, short stories and a drama. The coursework unit at AS Level allows students to research a topic of their choice and to work independently to create a portfolio on this topic.
With the help of A-Level students, we run a lunch-time Welsh club for Year 7 each week. We also arrange an annual trip for Year 7 students to the Urdd Camp Llangrannog in the Easter term, giving them the opportunity to practise the language outside the classroom. The Welsh Department organises a successful Eisteddfod every St David’s Day, working closely with other departments in the school.