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Humanities Department.

Humanities is a term used to describe the three subjects of History, Religious Studies and Geography. Our Humanities department at Ysgol Bro Gwaun is dedicated to creating informed citizens of the world who can discuss topics in these areas with knowledge, understanding and confidence.

The Humanities department work together closely to deliver topics which are engaging and current, with many opportunities for pupils to pause, reflect, debate and understand the world and their place in it. Humanities lessons are delivered as separate topics by subject specific teachers to allow pupils the best possible learning outcomes.

Below is an outline of what is studied at Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four in each of the different subjects.

 

History.

Year 7 topics include:

Battle of Hastings

Castles

The Crusades

The Black Death

The Tudors

 

Year 8 Topics include:

The Gunpowder plot

The English Civil War

Black Slavery

Industrial Revolution

The French Revolution

 

Year 9 Topics include:

The Titanic

World War I

World War II

Nazi Germany

The Atomic Bomb

The Progress of Black People in the Twentieth Century

Terrorism

 

GCSE work includes:

USA 1919-1929

Including immigration, prohibition, gangsters, the economic boom and bust, and the progress of women.

Depression, War and Recovery 1929-1951

Including the hardships of the 1930s in Britain, the experiences of British people in WWII, the recovery period after the war including the establishment of the Welfare State, including the education system and the NHS.

 

Controlled Assessment

One piece which looks at how Hitler was able to come to Power, and the other evaluates whether life in Nazi Germany improved for everybody.

Crime and Punishment

A topic that looks at how the nature of crimes and the justice system have changed over time, from the crimes of the Tudor era to terrorism today.

 

Religious Studies.

Year 7 topic include:

What is Religious Studies?

Pilgrimage

Sacred Writings

 

Year 8 topics include:

Rites of Passage

Celebrations

Religion in the Media

 

We begin studying GCSE work at the beginning of year 9 in Religious Studies to ensure that pupils have adequate time to cover the specification, go over any parts they are unsure of and have revision sessions and exam techniques built in throughout.

 

Year 9 topics include:

Buddhist beliefs teachings and practices (unit 1)

Christian beliefs teachings and practices (unit 1)

 

Year 10 topics include:

Issues of life and death (unit 1)

Issues of good and evil (unit 1)

 

Year 11 topics include:

Buddhist beliefs teachings and practices (unit 2)

Christian beliefs teachings and practices (unit 2)

Issues of Relationships (unit 2)

Issues of Human Rights (unit 2)

 

Geography.

Year 7 topics include:

Introduction to map skills

The physical world

Brazil

 

Year 8 topics include:

The rich and poor world

The hazardous world

The town and country

 

Year 9 topics include:

Threatened environments

Global warming

Distinctive landscapes

 

Unit 1: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes.  Written examination : 1 hour 30 minutes. (40%)
 
A – Core Themes
 
Two structured, data response questions assessing Core Theme 1 (Landscapes and Physical Processes) and Core Theme 2 (Rural-urban Links).
 
B – Options  

One structured question (from a choice of two) assessing either Theme 3 (Tectonic Landscapes and Hazards) or Theme 4 (Coastal Hazards and their Management).  These themes provide additional breadth of study for the content assessed in the core themes.  Assessment will be by data response questions.  Some questions will require extended responses.   
Daearyddiaeth/Geography                            20
 
Unit 2: Environmental and Development Issues. Written examination : 1 hour 30 minutes. (40%)
 
A – Core Themes

Two structured, data response questions assessing Core Theme 5 (Weather, Climate and Ecosystems) and Core Theme 6 (Development and Resource Issues).
 
B – Options One structured question (from a choice of two) assessing either Theme 7 (Social Development Issues) or Theme 8 (Environmental Challenges).  These themes provide additional depth of study for the content assessed in the core themes.
 
Assessment will be by data response questions. Some questions will require extended responses.
 
Unit 3 : Fieldwork Enquiry.

Non-examination assessment : 2 hours 30 minutes. (20%)
 
Unit 3 requires a written report from the learner, to include evidence of their understanding of the enquiry process and their independent ability to process/present this information."                  

 

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