Religious Education


The Religious education curriculum at City Academy Norwich equips students for life beyond school, through critically engaging with religious scripture in the context of the social, political and cultural issues in today’s world. Through our core RE provision, we want to develop empathetic, religiously literate, well-rounded individuals who are responsible global citizens. Students will develop a respect for others and have the opportunity to reflect upon their own beliefs. The engaging curriculum provides an opportunity for students to grow socially, spiritually, morally and culturally. RE is a compulsory, but unexamined, subject at City Academy and is carried through from Year 7  to Year 11. 


All pupils undertake one lesson per fortnight of Religious Education.  

In KS3 students begin by asking ‘What is a religion?’ and where does it come from, with a light touch on introducing origins of religions and why we study RE. This follows with a brief introduction into some major religions before expanding and building on this knowledge as they move through KS3. Topics include:  

ear 7:  

  • Introduction to religion  
  • An introduction to Christianity 
  • An introduction to Islam  

Year 8:  

  • An introduction to Buddhism  
  • An introduction to Judaism  
  • Creation stories in religion  

Year 9:  

  • Religious festivals 
  • Christianity  
  • The afterlife  


All pupils undertake one lesson per fortnight of Religious Education.  

In KS4 students move onto more complex and in-depth themes, building on the knowledge of religious and non-religious beliefs they gained within their KS3 studies. Topics include: 

 Year 10:  

  • Islam (The 5 pillars) 
  • How does religion effect family  
  • How does war relate to religion  

Year 11:  

  • Can we prove/ disprove the existence of God 
  • Religious views on crime and punishment 


Getting students to take an active interest in the themes that are taught in RE helps them understand the world they live in locally, nationally and globally. It also develops empathy with the issues people face. Encouraging students to participate in local community activities such as volunteering work can really help them become engaged and valued citizens of the world. 


Religious education is a totally different subject from any other in the curriculum. It can prepare students for any job that involves working with people. RE in particular is becoming much more popular as the need for religious tolerance and understanding in our society grows. 

Many students who are enthralled by RE go on to careers in teaching, counselling, social work, the Armed Forces, the Prison Service, medicine and health, and the Civil Service. Indeed, there is no job or career that RE is not relevant to.