Category Archives: Curriculum

Pupils experience Artes Mundi 2016

lhsartesmundi2017workshopThe Creative Design Faculty at Llandrindod High School organised an excursion for a group of year 10 and 11 Art and Design pupils to experience the contemporary Art exhibition ‘Artes Mundi’ at the National Museum and Galleries of Wales in Cardiff. The pupils had time to research and observe the more traditional collections of Artworks, as well as collecting primary research from the national history exhibits, before being guided around the Artes Mundi art prize contenders. It was arranged for the pupils to contribute to the ongoing art pieces through the 2 workshops conducted there. All enjoyed immensely and found the modern Artworks intriguing and baffling.

Music Department

Music plays a vital role in the life of the school. We are a very busy and committed department and believe that Music is for all regardless of age, gender, ability and interests. The department encourages all our musicians to develop their talents by giving them many opportunities to showcase and celebrate their successes. We make a substantial contribution to the life of the school as well as our local community.

All pupils study Music in Years 7, 8 and 9 and follow a course which is based on national curriculum requirements which ensures progression across Key Stage 3. Classroom activities develop pupils’ skills in performing, composing, listening and appraising. Schemes of work are broad and varied, combining traditional and modern approaches to music making. Classical music is studied alongside jazz, rock and a wide variety of world music and Welsh music. Throughout Key stage 3 all pupils assessment results/progress/skills are recorded in pupils’ individual files which are kept in the classroom. Pupils in Year 10 may opt for GCSE Music or GCSE Performing Arts. All course work is marked according to the marking criteria in line with the specifications.

Music resources are modern and up to date. Our Music Block provides a great learning environment, with a classroom set up with keyboards for performance tasks, three practice rooms and Music ICT facilities on the school laptops and iPads.

ICT & Computer Science


At Key Stage the students follow schemes of work introducing them to the basics of computational thinking, using applications for modelling, data handling, presentation and design, as well as some simple programming, using Scratch and Python.


WJEC Computer Science GCSE

This course provides students with a stimulating and motivating study of computer science fit for the 21st century. As well as an understanding of hardware, software, networks and systems, it provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their programming and problem solving skills, skills that are assessed through external assessment in unit two.

The depth of coverage means that it provides a solid foundation for either the study of A level Computing or employment.

Unit 1 Understanding Computer Science

This examination assesses the students’ understanding of the theory content of the specification with a mixture of short, medium and longer answer questions.

(1 hour 30 mins written examination, 45% of qualification.)

Unit 2 Solving Problems Using Computers

This assessment consists of a series of tasks set and marked by WJEC and completed on screen.

(Externally assessed, 30% of the qualification.)

Unit 3 Developing Computing Solutions 

This controlled assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief from a choice of two issued by WJEC.

(Controlled Assessment over 15 hours, 25% of the qualification.)


Computer Science GCE AS/A

In Year 12, for the WJEC Computer Science qualification at AS Level (from 2015), students study the following Units:

AS Unit 1 Fundamentals of Computer Science

This unit investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, software applications, programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Written examination: 2 hours 25% of qualification (62.5% of AS)

AS Unit 2 Practical Programming to Solve Problems

This unit consists of a series of set tasks completed on-screen by candidates. These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding and will require the use of Visual Basic.NET, Python or Java as a programming language.

On-screen examination: 2 hours 15% of qualification (37.5% of AS)

In Year 13, for the WJEC Computer Science qualification at A2 Level (from 2015), students study the following Units:

A2 Unit 3 Programming and System Development

This unit investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Students work towards a written examination: 2 hours (20% of qualification)

A2 Unit 4 Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications

This unit investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications.

Written examination: 2 hours (20% of the A Level qualification)

A2 Unit 5 Programmed Solution to a Problem

Candidates discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the candidate which must be solved using original code (programming). This is a substantial piece of work, undertaken over an extended period of time.

Non-exam assessment (20% of qualification)



Science lessons are delivered in one of our 6 purpose built labs, which have been specifically designed for the study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All lessons are delivered by fully qualified science specialists, with over 95 % of lessons being taught by scientists in their specific area of expertise. Pupils extend their scientific understanding using a range of tasks, designed to develop their investigative, practical, literacy, numeracy and IT skills.

Extra Curricular Science

A range of opportunities are provided promote interest in science and to help pupils to extend their awareness and understanding of science in the world around us.

Key Stage 3 Science Club

The lunchtime science club is open to members of years 7, 8 and 9. Pupils carry out practical based activities such as the use of pneumatic rockets, thermochromic paint etc.

Year 7 National Science Week Visit

Pupils in year 7 are given the opportunity to visit Aberystwyth University to take part in the highly informative hands-on science event. Pupils are also given a tour of the National library, including access to areas not normally available to the public.

Year 8 Salters’ Challenge

A team of pupils from year 8 are selected to take part in this practical based Chemistry challenge in Aberystwyth University. The competition helps to develop team work as well as investigative skills.

Year 8 & 9 Paris Study Tour

This well established and popular trip involves a 5 day visit to Paris. Pupils enjoy popular tourist attractions, ranging from the Eiffel Tower to Disneyland Paris, and develop scientific awareness at the hands-on science museum at La Villette and museum of space and flight at Le Bourget.

Year 9 Science “Applied Science Day”

All members of year 9 are involved in 4 practical workshops, led by external providers. Workshops have included “Rainforest Roadshow”, “Sound & Music”, “Forensic Science” and “Blood Awareness”.

Key Stage 3 Eisteddfod Competitions

In addition to a practical based challenge, held in lessons, pupils may enter the off stage science photography competition.

As well as these annual events, ad hoc events are also arranged. Recent and planned events include “Lab in a Lorry”, provided by the Institute of Physics and “CHaOS”, a series of demonstration lectures provided by Cambridge University and the “Squashed Tomato Challenge”, an engineering based IOP event.

Further Information

Further information regarding Science at Llandrindod High School can be obtained from Mr K Davies (Senior Curriculum Co-ordinator), Mrs D Chester (Curriculum Leader for Biology) or Mr D Osborne (Curriculum Leader for Physics).


The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification

The Welsh Baccalaureate (WBQ) adds a valuable new dimension to subjects and courses available to students between the ages of 14 to 19. It encourages independence and adds ‘real life’ experience to the curriculum.

How the Welsh Baccalaureate benefits you

The WBQ combines experiences and projects that help students to develop as an individual, and equip our young adults for their next steps – for work, university and for life.

The WBQ qualification proves students have developed the Essential /Key Skills considered important by employers and universities. It also shows they have furthered their personal and social education, undertaken individual research, gained work experience and participated in a community project.

The components of the Core WBQ Programme are developed in timetabled WBQ lessons for all Y12 and 13 students:

• Essential Skills Wales/Wider Essential Skills – 6 additional qualifications. ESW: Communication, ICT, Application of Number. Wider ESW: Working with Others, Problem Solving and Improving Own Learning and Performance.

All students follow a skills pathway which will enable them to achieve Grade A. We also offer provide opportunities for students to complete 4 skills qualifications at Level 3 which would help them attain A*.

• Wales, Europe and the World – a chance to learn more about the relationship Wales has with Europe and the world and the role of organisations like the EU and the UN; to learn about Politics, the Welsh Government and Parliament and to investigate the way economic and technological change shapes our lives.

 • Languages Module – this involves learning to “Sign” in a Glee-esque activity!

• Work-Related Education – includes working with an employer and taking part in a team enterprise activity to help you understand how business works.

• Personal and Social Education – helps explore issues in the modern world: family, health, relationships, citizenship and sustainable development.  PSE includes a wide variety of activities and guest speakers.

• Individual Investigation (minimum 3,000 words) – an opportunity for students to carry out personal research and write an extended project. This task requires and develops skills in collecting information, analysing and presenting data in a meaningful way and reflects the standards expected by universities and employers. The Individual Investigation will be graded: Pass, Merit or Distinction.  Many universities ask students about their Investigations at interview as the topic studied has to be submitted on UCAS application forms.

How does it fit in with other subject choices?

To achieve a Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma a typical student may combine two or more A Levels and the Advanced Core Programme. The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is included in offers from universities across the UK, and is formal recognition that the experiences and skills gained are valuable when studying at degree level and beyond.

Will it mean more exams? No!

There is no Welsh Baccalaureate ‘examination’ in contrast to Options subjects.  Students compile evidence of competency in Essential Skills and submit portfolios for assessment at set assessment deadlines throughout Year 12 and 13 taught, guided and supported by a team of WBQ Tutors. Students are also required to submit an Individual Investigation and WBQ Diary for assessment.

Further information Speak to our Curriculum Leader for WBQ: Mrs Mackenzie alternatively you can find out more by logging onto the Welsh Baccalaureate website


Grading of the Advanced WBQ


WBQ Core Component








Individual   Investigation




6 ESW/ WKS at

level 2 or 3

4 or more

at level 3 with at



3 at level 3 with at least 1 ESW

4 or more

at level 3


at least


3 at   level 3


at least   1 ESW

4 or more


level 3 with

at least


3 at   level 3 with at least 1 ESW


Grade for WBQ








The Maths Department

The Maths Dept. has been gaining quality results across all Key Stages for many years now. With all lessons taught by Maths specialists in well-resourced classrooms, this situation is expected to continue for some time. All Maths teaching rooms have use of an interactive whiteboard and specialist Maths software to ensure the delivery of exciting and relevant lessons. There is also a wide variety of associated and accompanying resources.



Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the pupils follow the National Curriculum for History.

In Year 7 pupils recap on the key skills taught at primary school within the first few weeks of attending Llandrindod High School. They then go on to study the Battle of Hastings and the Conquest of England and Wales by the Normans, focusing on the development of castles throughout Wales. In the summer term Year 7 take part in a local study project and examine the growth and development of Llandrindod Wells.

In Year 8 pupils study the Tudor and Stewart period, focusing on the political and religious turbulence during this period. In the final term of Year 8, pupils study the changes to society with the start of the Industrial Revolution.

In Year 9 pupils are encouraged to study different societies and cultures through the History module based on Slavery. The final term of Year 9, pupils study the causes and courses of the First World War.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 all students are given the opportunity to study GCSE History and every student that undertakes the programme of study will be given the opportunity to sit the final exam.

Pupils follow the WJEC Syllabus B – in Year 10 pupils study Germany 1919-1947 and sit the formal assessment at the end of Year 10 in June. In Year 11 pupils study Sport, Leisure and Tourism and Crime and Punishment c1500 -Present Day and formal assessments are required in these modules as well. Pupils are required to complete two controlled assessments in class under teacher supervision.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 all students are given the opportunity to study A level History, (it is preferable that candidates have studied History at GCSE and achieved a grade C or above). Every student that undertakes this programme of study will be given the opportunity to sit the final exam. Pupils study Welsh and British Democracy and the causes and courses of the American Civil War.




  1. To enable learners of all ages and abilities to use the foreign language for the purpose of communication, by providing an enjoyable and stimulating language learning experience.
  2. To foster the ability to collect and exchange information, ideas and attitudes through the medium of the foreign language.
  3. To stimulate and maintain interest and enjoyment in the culture of the foreign country and to raise awareness of multicultural issues.
  4. To establish an awareness of the language learning process, thereby facilitating the learning of other languages.
  5. To promote a range of learning styles from communicative teaching to self-access study.
  6. To help learners reach a level of achievement which will, where applicable, facilitate access into further education or career choice.


Pupils at Key Stage 3 study French using a motivating and integrated programme of study where they learn the skills and knowledge to develop their understanding and language learning further. ICT plays an important role through the use of our interactive whiteboard and interactive language packages. Oral activities ensure that pupils are able to communicate effectively in the foreign language, allowing them to develop and extend their spoken French. Opportunities are provided for pupils to read for pleasure in the foreign language and they are able to use a variety of texts containing a range of structures and vocabulary to develop their reading skills. Pupils write on a range of topics, both creative and factual, including producing more extended writing, using a variety of vocabulary and structures and often using more complex language. Pupils’ progress is monitored and assessed by end of module tests in all key skill areas.

GCSE French (WJEC)

The WJEC GCSE French specification enhances pupils’ European and global awareness. There are opportunities to explore the spiritual, moral, ethical and cultural dimensions of topics studied. Opportunities will also be provided for pupils to develop their Key Skills. The specification enables pupils to develop an understanding of the language in a variety of contexts, the ability to communicate effectively in the language, knowledge of the language and language learning and an awareness and understanding of countries where the language is spoken.

Unit 1: Listening (20%).

Written Paper: approx. 35 minutes (F) approx. 45 minutes (H).

40 marks.

Listening Comprehension with non-verbal responses and verbal

responses in English/Welsh.

Unit 2: Speaking (30%).

Controlled Assessment (untiered).

40 marks.

Two tasks: Structured Conversation, Presentation and Discussion.

Unit 3: Reading (20%).

Written Paper: 35 minutes (F) 45 minutes (H).

40 marks.

Reading comprehension with non-verbal and verbal responses in


Unit 4: Writing (30%).

Controlled Assessment (untiered).

40 marks.

Two written tasks from different contexts.

  • Personal and Social Life.
  • Local Community.
  • The World of Work.
  • The Wider World.

Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships, future plans.

Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons.

Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers, technology (sending messages, accessing information).

Travel and holidays, media, social issues (e.g. life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics), life in the countries and

communities where the language is spoken.

A Level French (WJEC)

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A) Level GCE French is designed for students who have developed a range of language skills and wish to extend their studies further. The course aims to provide opportunities for students to maintain breadth within their language studies. The WJEC specification enhances students’ European and global awareness. There are opportunities to explore the spiritual, moral, ethical and cultural dimensions of the topics studied and to contribute to students’ environmental education including sustainable development. Opportunities will be provided for students to develop their Key Skills.

AS Level French (2 units).

l  FN1 – Oral, 20%, 12-15 minutes.

l  Examiner-led discussion of topics.

l  General conversation.

l  FN2 – Listening, Reading, Writing, 30%, 2.5 hours.

l  Listening and Responding.

l  Reading and Responding.

l  Grammar tasks.

l  Translation French – English.

l  Essay.

A Level French (AS plus a further 2 units).

l  FN3 – Oral, 20%, 15-20 minutes.

l  Structured Discussion.

l  Exposé (Literature “L’Etranger” – Camus, “Le Silence de la Mer – Vercors).

l  FN4 – Listening, Reading, Writing, 30%, 3 hours.

l  Listening and Responding.

l  Reading and Responding.

l  Translation English – French.

l  Guided Studies essay (Literature “L’Etranger” – Camus, “Le Silence de la Mer – Vercors).

Students are required to have a sound knowledge of grammar. The course involves a great deal of learning, individual reading and research. It is recommended that students have at least a grade C at GCSE.




The skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are of vital importance.  Not only are they essential in many careers, they also underpin successful study at all levels, and a proficiency in them can also add immeasurably to an individual’s general quality of life.  The English courses at all Key Stages are designed to aid and support such development, and to encourage learners to be inspired by following a broad and coherent course of study.  The English Department also values extra-curricular activities and offers a range of enriching opportunities to develop pupils’ creative interests.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 learners build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 2.  Learners’ progress is developed within an integrated and stimulating programme of speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Oral activities ensure the development and extension of learners’ abilities as listeners, viewers and speakers.  They read widely for pleasure, interest and information and to develop and articulate an informed personal opinion about their reading.  They are able to respond to the content and style of texts, discussing a varied selection of literature, information and media texts.  Learners write in a range of forms and styles, adjusting their language to suit purpose and audience, using an appropriate level of formality.  They work with increasing accuracy and become reflective and evaluative in relation to their own and others’ achievements. Common assessment tasks are completed termly to monitor the progress of individuals.

Key Stage 4

All pupils are entered for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain two GCSEs from study in the same subject area.  The English Literature course requires that students become critical readers of prose, poetry and drama.  A range of periods and styles of writing will be studied by all pupils.

English Language:

Unit 1:  Examination – 30% – Reading of unseen prose text and one imaginative writing task.

Unit 2:  Examination – 30% – Reading of instructional/explanatory/persuasive media texts and one explanatory or persuasive writing task.

Unit 3:  Controlled Assessment – 20% – One reading and one writing task.

Unit 4:  Controlled Assessment – 20% – Speaking and Listening, to include group discussion and an individual presentation.

English Literature:

Unit 1:  Examination – 35% – Study of ‘different cultures’ prose text and unseen poetry.

Unit 2:  Examination – 40% – Study of a prose text and a drama text.

Unit 3:  Controlled Assessment – 25% – Study of a Shakespeare play and various poems.

Pupils will be entered, according to ability, for either:

Higher Tier  Grades A*- C

Foundation Tier  Grades C  – G

AS/A Level English Language and Literature

Gaining an AS/A level in English Language and Literature will enhance students’ knowledge of the literary heritage and enable students to develop excellent communication skills. The study of English Language and Literature will complement further education and employment. The course is demanding, interesting and very rewarding and is taught by subject specialists.

• The course will develop the ability to write clearly and effectively when analysing both fiction and non-fiction texts;

• Students will be given opportunities to produce their own creative and transactional writing;

• Students will study language elements closely, including the analysis of spoken texts and parts of speech, grammar, etc.

The WJEC specification for AS and A level is offered to Sixth Form entrants.  There are two modules of study in each year:


Module LL1 – Critical Reading of Literary and Non-Literary Texts (examination)

Section A – Poetry pre-1900 (anthology) and analysis of unseen text

Section B – Prose – Study of The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

Module LL2 – Internal Assessment

3 written tasks:    a) Creative Writing (linked to your choice of independent reading); b)  Transactional Writing; c) Written commentary in which you analyse your own writing approaches.


Module LL3 – Internal Assessment

a) Dramatic texts in context – Study of King Lear by William Shakespeare and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller;

b) Written tasks – two original scripts for performance and a written evaluation of your approaches and style.

Module LL4 – Comparative Textual Analysis and Review (examination)

Section A – Analysis of unseen fiction and non-fiction texts;

Section B – Study of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and a range of independent reading texts.

Take up requirements:

It is recommended that students have at least a Grade C in English and English Literature at GCSE.

N.B.  The texts listed for study are provisional and may change subject to decisions made by the class teacher.