Religious Studies

RE curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy

The department’s vision,
• Religious Education at Brownhills Ormiston Academy enables pupils to explore Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, as well as Christianity. At our academy, RE makes a major contribution to pupils’ awareness, appreciation, and exploration of the British Values,
• We encourage all learners to be thoughtful about their own beliefs and worldviews.
• RE is not about making pupils into believers but tries to help them become literate and articulate about religions and beliefs, and to be thoughtful members of a plural society, so that in learning from religion they are able to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives whilst also understanding more about the faith of other people they meet.
• Living in and growing up in the world of the 21st century will challenge all young people. We aim to equip students to meet these challenges, so they can contribute towards a cohesive local community and can promote values that enable all within the local and wider community to live and work together harmoniously.
• Each year group is taken on a journey throughout RE. Within each topic, students will the opportunity to share their personal viewpoints as well as developing their oracy, writing and reading skills.

Sequencing of lessons

In year 7, students will study, What is belief? The unit will look at six religious, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, as well as Christianity. Unit one will provide the foundations for unit two, Religious Buildings. The final unit looks at the festival calendar, why and how they are celebrated. Year 8 topics of study focus on experiences that could affect different members of society locally and globally. Unit one looks at the causes of poverty and different religious viewpoints on poverty and wealth. Poverty can be a factor that can lead to crime which links us into unit two. Students will investigate the causes of crime and religious views on why people commit a crime. Capital punishment ends the unit which leads us to the final unit of Sanctity of life. When students enter KS4 they commence their GCSE course of study. Four themes will be taught Theme B: Religion and life. Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict. Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment. Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice. Within these units the main religious studied in year 7 and 8 will be investigated further. Two religions will be taught in depth for paper two Christianity and Sikhism. Those not taking GCSE religious education will be taught RE through our PSHE curriculum.


Asking students to demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter is critical to the learning process in RE. Students will receive regular formative assessment. Lessons will begin with a ‘Do now’ activity recapping previous learning to develop recall skills. Peer and self-assessment are embedded into schemes of learning, it helps to foster a number of skills, such as reflection, critical thinking and self-awareness to help students reach their full potential.
At the end of each unit students will sit a summative assessment focusing on the core knowledge and understanding taught during the most recent topic of study alongside elements previously taught, Students will have the opportunity to complete RTM (response to marking) and complete mastery tasks on target areas before moving onto new content. Those studying GCSE will have additional summative assessments. One formal mock examination in the summer term of year 10 and two in year 11.

Religious Education – Brownhills Curriculum

Knowledge Organisers

5 Year Road Map

5 Year Road Plan