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Welcome to Religious Education Department

If you have any queries regarding studying RE, please email enquiries@copthall.barnet.sch.uk

Aims and expectations

We aim for all students to enjoy opportunities to examine themes in religion, such as spirituality.  We also compare religions’ beliefs with each other and secular society, looking for similarities and differences.

Extra-curricular

We occasionally use outside speakers to join our classes and discuss their experiences. We also use the local community as a resource, e.g. in Year 7 the students go on a local walk to a local church to explore how buildings are used for religious purposes.

Section titles for KS3, KS4, and KS5

  • Year 7: Why RE? Spirituality
  • Year 8: Rites of Passage, Human Rights
  • Year 9: Relationships and Families, Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Year 10: Religion and Life, The Existence of God and Revelation
  • Year 11: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices of Christianity and Islam
  • Year 12 and 13: Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics, Development in Christian Thought

Exam Board - OCR

Useful Links

RE KS3 COURSE OUTLINE

Year 7 – Autumn Term

Hinduism

  • Intro to RE
  • Hinduism Origins
  • Trimurti
  • Karma and Dharma
  • Reincarnation
  • Sacred Texts
  • Rama and Sita
  • Ghandi 1
  • Ghandi 2
  • Assessment Amritsar Massacre
  • The Caste System
  • Mandir
  • Being Hindu – BBC clip.

 

Year 7 - Spring Term

Sikhism

  • Intro to Sikhism
  • 10 Gurus
  • Guru Granth Sahib
  • Gurdwara
  • The Khalsa
  • Equality
  • Assessment
  • One God
  • Sikh beliefs
  • Presentations
  • Religion and culture

Year 7 – Summer Term

Buddhism

  • The Life of the Buddha
  • Enlightenment and Buddha’s teachings
  • 4 Noble Truths
  • Three Jewels
  • Karma and the 5 Precepts
  • Eightfold Path
  • Assessment – Lotus flower
  • Dalai Lama
  • Sacred Text
  • Pilgrimage
  • Mandala
  • Life of Pi

 

Year 8 Autumn and Spring Term

Examine the ways religions and secular society mark important moments in an individual’s life

  • Birth
  • Adolescence
  • Marriage
  • Death

Year 8 - Summer Term

  • The Jewish home
  • The Synagogue
  • Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
  • The Covenant
  • Good and evil
  • The Holocaust
  • Charity
  • The Noahide Laws
  • Assessment
  • Written and oral Torah
  • The Boy in Striped Pyjamas.

KS4 COURSE OUTLINE

The new GCSE Religious Studies A specification from AQA offers a variety of relevant and contemporary themes, ensuring that students have a diverse choice of intriguing subjects to explore and discuss. They will explore these topics with a focus on ISLAM and CHRISTIANITY.

PAPER 2

Year 9 Terms 1 and 2

RELIGION, PEACE AND CONFLICT 

  • Introduction
  • Violent protest and terrorism
  • Reasons for war
  • Nuclear war and WMDs
  • The just war
  • Holy War and religion as a cause of violence
  • Pacifism and peace-making
  • Religious response to victims of war

 

Year 9 Terms 2 and 3

RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES

  • Religious teachings about human sexuality
  • Sexual relationships before and outside marriage
  • Contraception and family planning
  • Religious teachings about marriage
  • Divorce and remarriage
  • Religious teachings about the nature of families in the 21st century
  • Religious teachings about the purpose of families in the 21st century
  • Religious attitudes to gender equality

 

Year 10 – Term 1

Religion Crime and Punishment’.

  • Law and order
  • Evil
  • Forgiveness
  • Justice
  • Suffering
  • Morality
  • Conscience
  • Sin 

Year 10 Term 2 RELIGION AND LIFE  

  • The origins of the universe
  • The value of the world
  • The use and abuse of the environment
  • Pollution
  • The use and abuse of animals
  • The origins of human life
  • Abortion - Euthanasia
  • Death and the afterlife

 

PAPER ONE

Year 10 Term 3 and Year 11 Term 1

BELIEFS, TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES OF CHRISTIANITY

  • The nature of God
  • God as omnipotent, loving and just
  • The Oneness of God and the Trinity
  • Christian beliefs about Creation
  • The incarnation and Jesus, the Son of God
  • The Crucifixion
  • The Resurrection and Ascension
  • Resurrection and life after death
  • The afterlife and judgement
  • Heaven and hell
  • Sin and salvation
  • The role of Christ in salvation
  • Worship
  • Prayer
  • The sacraments : baptism
  • The sacraments : Holy Communion
  • Celebrating Holy Communion
  • Pilgrimage
  • Celebrating festivals
  • The role of the church in the local community
  • The place of mission and evangelism
  • Church growth
  • The importance of the worldwide church
  • Christian persecution
  • The Church’s response to world poverty

 

Year 11 Terms 2 and 3

BELIEFS, TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES OF ISLAM  

  • The Oneness of God and the supremacy of God’s will
  • Key beliefs of Sunni Islam and Shi’a Islam
  • The nature of God
  • Angels
  • Predestination
  • Life after death
  • Prophethood and Adam
  • Ibrahim
  • Muhammad and the Imamate
  • The holy books of Islam
  • The Five Pillars, the Ten Obligatory Acts and the Shahadah
  • Salah: the daily prayers
  • Sawm: fasting during Ramadan
  •  Zakah: almsgiving
  • Hajj: pilgrimage
  • Jihad - The festivals of Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Adha
  • The festival of Ashura

 

Students are rigorously assessed throughout each unit by answering examination questions as homework, classwork and under timed conditions in class. They are often peer marked and marked by the teacher. At the end of end of each unit students sit a formal assessment of the topic under timed conditions and receive a GCSE grade. Students then track their progress throughout the course.

GENERAL ADVICE

Students must ensure that they are always completing work and preparing revision notes as they go along. It is essential to be fully prepared for assessments as they are the best practice of examinations.

A link to the exam board can be found here:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

Subject Documents Date  
RE A Level 13th May 2020 Download