We actively embrace bilingualism (and trilingualism). School policy is reflected in the bilingualism action plan. The action plan sets out our short term vision for a bilingual approach across the School. This includes staff training and support, use of incidental Welsh language across the curriculum and under wider curriculum. Keywords have been translated for each subject area and should be displayed primarily in all classrooms and where appropriate used as an integral part of classroom delivery. In the long term we envisage that the curriculum will be planned to deliver specific bilingual courses where resources and staffing allow. This will take place in courses where subject delivery will be predominantly via the medium of Welsh with a fluent Welsh speaking staff. All staff in addition to current Inset provision have the opportunity to develop their interest in the Welsh language further via their individual professional development programme.
Other incidental uses of Welsh include:-
Bilingual greetings via our automated telephone system
Bilingual signage across the School
The development of a Welsh language prospectus
Educational for sustaining development and global citizenship
Trilingualism is another integral part of our languages curriculum in lower school and middle school. Pupils are taught languages through a triple literacy approach. This is where vocabulary is introduced to pupils in Welsh and Spanish simultaneously and pupils are encouraged to translanguage between Welsh, English and Spanish. This gives pupils the opportunity to develop their language skills by using their knowledge of English and previously learnt vocabulary. The triple literacy approach also provides opportunities for problem solving, where pupils can decipher unknown words by applying translanguaging techniques. This enhances pupils’ resilience and independence when reading in English too, using the strategies they have learnt when faced with unfamiliar words.