Religious Education


Welcome to Religious Education Department

Religious Education is a popular part of Copthall’s curriculum. We are working towards meeting all elements of the Barnet SACRE and we focus on ensuring that our curriculum contains study of a broad range of beliefs – reflecting the diversity in our student body and local community. At Key Stage 3 (years 7-9), students are introduced to fundamental knowledge about belief systems; how they originate, how similar they are and the impact they have on individuals. Students are encouraged to continually reflect on their own beliefs as well as tolerance and respect for others.  

Religious Education is taught as a core subject to all year 7 – 10 students and also offered as a GCSE option for Key Stage 4. For our current Year 11s, all students complete RE as a core GCSE.  

As a core non-GCSE course, all of Year 10 students have core RE lessons twice a fortnight. The focus for this is the BBC’s series of short teaching video clips on ‘A to Z of Religion and Beliefs. Each letter explores a different topic or theme relating to Religious Education. As such, students cover a wide range of topics throughout this module and explore a variety of religious topics. Examples of topics covered include ‘F is for forgiveness’ and ‘X is for xenophobia’. 

RE is provided for all pupils, and is inclusive and broad minded. Parents do have the right to withdraw pupils from RE: if you wish to do this, please make an appointment with the school to discuss this. The school does not support selective withdrawal from RE. 


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RE KS3 Curriculum Map

RE KS4 Curriculum Map

RE KS5 Curriculum Map


Year 7: Abrahamic religions, Spirituality, Religion and Science, Understanding God’s nature, when does life begin? 

Year 8: Rites of passage, Human rights, Judaism 

Year 9: Crime and punishment, decisions, decisions, Christianity 

KS4 (GCSE course): 

Year 10: Religion and life, Religion, peace and conflict, Relationships and families, Religion, crime and punishment 

Year 11: Christianity beliefs and teachings, Islam beliefs and teachings, Christianity practices, Islam practices. 


Philosophy of religion, Religion and Ethics, Development in Christian Thought 

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