Humanities at Ysgol Bryn Elian

Studying Humanities

The Humanities Department plays an important role in equipping pupils for adult life. It is concerned with people and how they live, with their relationships with each other and the environment and how human action and belief, now and in the past, have influenced events and conditions.


How are we trying to achieve it?

Enthusiastic teaching

Good relationships

Humour

Sheer hard work


The Humanities Department consists of four subjects:

Geography

History

Religious Studies

Psychology


Geography

Our aim is to provide excellence in Geography teaching. The study of Geography leads to a greater understanding of the world in which we live, and it is our aim to develop a questioning and independent approach in students. In addition to developing subject-specific skills we aim to develop more general skills of decision-making, problem-solving and skills of synthesis and analysis.


The department is very well-resourced and each teaching room has an interactive or projected whiteboard which enables teachers to integrate Internet and other ICT resources into the classroom experience. The department possesses excellent textbooks, maps, videos and computer hardware and software.

History

Just as popular interest in the past has arguably never been greater, so History at Ysgol Bryn Elian has flourished. The History Department aims to build knowledge, develop skills and enhance understanding of the world around us – and to make studying the past accessible, stimulating and fun!


History at Ysgol Bryn Elian is taught in a varied and stimulating manner which aims to challenge the pupils and get the best from them at all times. Our lessons draw on pupils' existing literacy skills and extend them through a variety of tasks such as essay writing, speech writing, debating, role-playing and drama. Each history classroom benefits from a projected whiteboard which allows students to access the curriculum in an imaginative and visual style.


Pupils also use computers, cartoons and group presentations to help them learn. The history department additionally encourages pupils to use their ICT skills and make particular use of the Internet and the endless amount of resources available on the web. The History Department aims to produce historians who are knowledgeable, literate, questioning, analytical and thoughtful.



Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department aims to help pupils develop their understanding of themselves and of the role of religion in the modern world, and to prepare them for the moral, ethical and spiritual challenges of the future. Religious Studies is about education for life, and the education of the whole person. Our ultimate intent is that pupils should learn to question and think for themselves and so be assisted in growing towards a true maturity.


Religious Studies tackles the most important questions in life and, regardless of faith or belief, hopes to add a deeper dimension to pupils’ individual and social life.


We aim to develop skills of knowledge and understanding through a variety of teaching and learning methods. The hope is that these will challenge, engage and extend students in their understanding of themselves, those around them and the various religious beliefs that people adhere to. Promotion of ‘Respect for All’, and the reduction of prejudice and discrimination is a key element in all schemes of work.


Religious Studies gives students the space to discuss and exchange ideas, reflect on their own experience and encourage them to offer opinions and listen to each other – especially to those who hold different views to themselves.