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What is Welsh ?

Welsh is Britain’s oldest language – a beautiful language which is alive and kicking in many communities across Wales. It is the most vibrant of the Celtic languages in terms of active speakers as it is spoken by over half a million people and understood by many more! One of the most interesting facts about Welsh is that it’s spoken as a first language by many in Wales, parts of England, and… South America!

Regardless of whether you speak it or not, Welsh belongs to all the people of Wales. It is part of the country’s common heritage and history, from the place names around you to the National Anthem. Welsh reflects the language, values and traditions of all of its people.

Why is Welsh important?

Welsh is important because it is an integral part of Welsh identity, an identity of which we can be proud. As the Welsh proverb says:

‘Cenedl heb iaith, Cenedl heb galon’ (a nation without a language is a nation without a heart).

Welsh is far more evident in the local and wider community than it was a decade ago and it is set to flourish further.  According to Swansea City Council, one in six residents speaks Welsh, many as their first language, and interest in the language is growing. Having even a basic grasp of the country’s native language will therefore be both practical and useful to you. You will be able to access more jobs and speaking Welsh will help you in your daily life. For example, road signs are often written in Welsh before English, transport announcements are pronounced in ‘Cymraeg’ first and there is an ever-increasing use of Welsh in the media. If you can speak Welsh you stand a better chance of understanding the community in which you live.

Having a knowledge of Welsh will make you a local no matter where you are in Wales and will open up your world!

What will your 'journey' in Welsh look like?

At Penyrheol your journey in Welsh will be guided by a dynamic, passionate and enthusiastic team of teachers.  This team will ensure that you make steady progress in being able to communicate in Welsh. Building blocks of language will be introduced in stages which will enable you to move from basic vocabulary-based activities at the start of your journey to more complex speaking, reading and writing tasks.  You will be given regular opportunities to revisit previous learning along the way and opportunities for reflection are built in at regular intervals through your learning.

By the end of KS3 you will be able to identify and use a variety of tenses such as the present, past and future and you will be able to use a variety of different sentence patterns. You will have acquired a wide range of vocabulary and be able to use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation. You will be able to listen to a variety of forms of spoken language, hold conversations with your friends and express your ideas both orally and in writing. You will learn to speak coherently and confidently with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation.

During your journey you will develop an appreciation of the Welsh language and an understanding of its place and purpose in your own community (Gorseinon, Loughor, Swansea) and the place of Wales in the world.  You will delve into the rich history and folklore of the country because “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”. (Marcus Garvey)

Introduction to GCSE Welsh

Welsh at KS3 serves as preparation for your GCSE journey. In KS4 you will build upon, consolidate and extend prior learning as well as develop new skills and knowledge.  Our exciting KS4 curriculum will provide you with opportunities to communicate spontaneously in spoken and written form and will encourage you to be an ambitious independent learner who is open and adaptable to new experiences.

BEGIN GENERAL FIELD DUMP

Welsh at KS3 serves as preparation for your GCSE journey. In KS4 you will build upon, consolidate and extend prior learning as well as develop new skills and knowledge.  Our exciting KS4 curriculum will provide you with opportunities to communicate spontaneously in spoken and written form and will encourage you to be an ambitious independent learner who is open and adaptable to new experiences.

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