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National Reading and Numeracy Test Information

The tests are taken by all Year 7, 8 and 9 students. Their purpose is to provide us with information on the reading and numeracy skills of learners and to provide understanding of areas of strength and areas for improvement in these skills. You will receive a report on the tests before the end of term.

Additional information can be found in the Welsh Assembly Government document Reading and numeracy tests in Wales – 2018.

Richard Burrows

Assistant Headteacher


National Test Timetable 2018


Monday 30 April

9.05 – 9.45 Year 9 Numeracy (Procedural)


Tuesday 1 April

9.05 – 10.25 Year 9 Reading


Wednesday 2 May

9.05 – 10.25 Year 7 Reading

10.05 – 10.50 Year 9 Numeracy [Reasoning]

11.20 – 12.05 Year 8 Numeracy [Reasoning]

2.10 – 2.50 Year 7 Numeracy (Reasoning)


Thursday 3 May

9.05 – 9.45 Year 7 Numeracy (Procedural)


Friday 4 May

9.05 - 10.25 Year 8 Reading


Tuesday 8 May 1

11.20 – 12.00 Year 8 Numeracy (Procedural)


Wednesday 9 May

9.05 – 10.25 Year 7-9 Welsh


The Welsh Government have produced a short animated guide to talk you through the National Reading and Numeracy Test reports. Please click the link below

National Reading and Numeracy Tests 2018




Here are some links to some of the sites we use to promote Literacy & Numeracy at Ysgol Aberconwy.

Physical Education can be studied as a GCSE in addition to the compulsory core lessons.

The course will give you an excellent opportunity to study Physical Education in both a practical and theoretical setting.

This includes:

  • How we learn skills in sport
  • How to be fit and healthy
  • How the body works


The course allows you to be assessed practically as a player/performer, coach or official. This course will prepare you for a career in the sports industry.

If you enjoy participating in a range of different physical activities (including outdoor education - climbing, sailing, mountain walking, mountain biking) then this is the course for you!

A job in the sports industry is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable occupations you can have. This course will prepare you for a career in sports media, sports marketing, coaching, fitness instruction etc. Jobs include PE Teacher, Sports Scientist, Physiotherapist, Medic, Sports Dietician, Sports Agent, Leisure Manager, Sport Psychologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sports Coach and Referee, to name a few.


Further option choice - Outdoor Education

The course is assessed on a continuous basis which allows you to receive feedback on your progress throughout your studies. All assignments are coursework-based with no examination at the end.

It is a double option choice, which will take a full day per week. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and achievement and must adhere to deadlines for assignments. You will receive feedback on your assignments and will then have the opportunity to re-submit your work, if you wish, in order to improve it.

You will be awarded two certificates; one stating you have passed the course and another detailing individual grades.

The OAA practical activities include camping, rock climbing, gorge walking, canoeing, orienteering, problem solving, team wide games, abseiling and mountain biking amongst others. Most activities will take place away from the school site and you will be transported using the school minibus. A number of activities will require additional time outside the normal school day and will occasionally run through a weekend.

Places on this course are limited and if you express an interest, you will be interviewed to assess your level of commitment before being accepted.



You may choose from French, German or Spanish.  No prior learning is required in Spanish although you should have studied French or German at Key Stage 3.


You will study themes including identity and culture, issues in the wider world and in Wales, current and future employability, education, you will also use communication, independent study and teamwork skills.


Why study a modern foreign language (MFL)?

  • Language learning is an essential element in the education of young people; it broadens horizons, teaches other cultures and provides experiences and skills needed to succeed in the new global economy
  • The top universities value language skills and many will hesitate to accept an applicant for any course if they do not possess a GCSE qualification in a foreign language
  • Language learning is good for you! Speaking more than one language increases brain capacity and    improves memory
  • Another language makes you stand out from the crowd. Added to that, you will be able to work anywhere in  the world
  • English and Welsh are not enough. The world is a much smaller place and you will be appreciated for learning to speak another language and learning to understand another culture
  • Learning another language is a valuable skill in today’s economic market; once you have one language, you can use your skills to teach others
  • It’s an impressive achievement, learning another language. You will be the envy of friends and family!

There are numerous career pathways when you study a language.  Previous pupils have gone on to a variety of careers, including:  telecommunications, British Airways personnel, marketing in the UK and overseas, banking, catering, law, lecturing, medicine, publishing, sports, tourism, civil service, Foreign Office, armed forces… any field is open to you with a language.



Design & Technology Product Design gives pupils the opportunity to develop their capacity to ‘design & Make’ products that are innovative, meet the needs and wants of a client and to design and develop purposeful products. Pupils will develop a core understanding of the relations between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing. The subject enables pupils to take a broad view of Design & Technology and to develop a wide range of skills, including working with others, thinking creatively, designing through CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and making quality products.

Careers in product design include,product design, automotive design, animation, architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising, engineering, furniture design, project management.


This course allows you to specialise in ‘design and make’ activities delivered through textiles. You will learn about and apply a range of manufacturing processes, techniques and technologies appropriate to the ‘design and make’ process. You will be made aware of the uses of textiles in everyday life and be given the opportunity to create an exciting new look or enhance an old one through the skilful use of fabrics in a variety of ways. You will be given the opportunity to design and make garments and also gain a knowledge of the care and use of fibres and fabrics. You will experiment with a range of techniques and fabrics, including the use of CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) and will choose to specialise fashion when developing your major project.

Careers in fashion and textiles include: Fashion Designer, Retail, Fashion Illustration, Merchandiser, Fashion Stylist, Textile Designer, Fashion Writer and Manufacturing.


You will learn how to prepare and cook food using the correct tools and equipment. You will also be introduced to the importance of health, safety and hygiene, menu planning, communication, food experimentation and the science behind foods. You will learn a wide range of practical skills to apply to coursework tasks.

At least one hour each week will be practically based. It is important that you are organised and able to bring ingredients to all practical lessons, as this work is an integral part of the course.

The lessons are usually fast and active but satisfying, in that you have achieved a good quality product at the end.

Careers in food and nutrition include: Catering/Restaurant Manager, Kitchen Manager and/or Supervisor, Hotel Manager, Environmental Health Officer, Health Promotion Specialist, Dietician, Conference and Banqueting Manager, Chef, Waiting On, Food Nutritionist.




You will learn to draw, paint and print, working analytically from observation, memory and imagination making works in pen, paint, mixed and multimedia and print.

You will also have the opportunity to work in Photography, 3D and Sculpture.

You will see how other artists, craftspeople and designers have used their skills, to design and make our world a better place and how the work you do at GCSE, will give you the chance to become a part of a worldwide group of creative and skilled people.

You could develop your GCSE with a Graphic Communication bias in which case your course could include a range of skills and knowledge including illustration, animation, creating story boards, advertising, CD covers, posters and typography.

You will develop design skills to produce final solutions to a brief. A typical brief might be to design a screen saver for a monitor inspired by skateboarding or graffiti. All pupils will explore the design process using a wide variety of media and techniques used by designers the world over.

Successfully completing a GCSE could lead you on the way to entering a vast number of careers, including Architecture, Theatre Design, Costume Design, Interactive Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Site Specific Sculpture, Photography, Visual Communication, Advertising, Animation, Film Studies, Art Therapy, Community Arts, Gallery Curator, to name just a few. In fact, Art & Design GCSE is useful for any career where an artistic and creative input is required.



Performing arts

Do you love and enjoy music?

Do you love and enjoy singing?

Or is acting your thing?

Maybe dancing is your passion.


Maybe you don’t want to be on stage but want to work behind the scenes. In lighting, sound design, make up, costume? Maybe you would love to work in set design.

If any of the above apply to you, consider choosing Performing Arts as your option!

Our flexible course allows you to learn as a group and experience all of the creative arts and also to specialise in the area which interests you most! The course will prepare you for advanced study of drama, music, dance and performing arts.



This course is sub-divided into three components:


  1. Exploring Media Products [Internally assessed]

In this component you will develop your understanding of how media products are created for specific audiences and purposes. You will study a wide-range of audio and moving image products: TV programmes, films, music videos, animations, advertisements and podcasts.


  1. Developing Digital Media Production Skills [Internally assessed]

In this component you will develop practical media production skills and techniques. You will take part in workshops and classes which will focus on the development of pre-production, production and post-production skills.


  1. Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief [Externally assessed]

In this component you will respond to a client brief and create a product. You will undertake pre-production planning to demonstrate to the client how your ideas will be implemented and create the digital media product.


This course will specifically prepare you for Level 3 BTEC Media courses and for advanced courses in Film Studies and Art.


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