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Positive relationships, based on examples from Christianity, are central to the flourishing of this school.

Siams, Jan 2020

Religious Education

RE Long Term Plan progression – EYFS-Y6

Religious Education
At Down Ampney, we follow the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, which reflects that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main, Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain..  The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this
makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.

There are three main elements to the teaching and learning approaches in the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus:

  • Making sense of beliefs: making sense of core religious and non-religious beliefs and concepts; understanding what these beliefs mean; recognising different sources and developing skills of interpretation.
  • Making connections: evaluating, reflecting on and connecting the beliefs and practices studied; allowing pupils to challenge ideas and making connection between the areas of study and our own lives.
  • Understanding the impact: understanding how and why people put their beliefs into action in their own lives, in their communities and in the wider world.

These three elements offer a structure through which pupils can encounter diverse religious traditions alongside non-religious worldviews – which reflect the backgrounds of many of the pupils in our school and wider community. Teaching and learning in the classroom incorporates all three elements, allowing for overlap between elements as suits the religion, concept and question being explored.

Aims of RE teaching at Down Ampney:

  • To have respect, acceptance and tolerance for different beliefs.
  • To have an understanding of and interest in what people believe and how this is shown through the way they live.
  • To develop the ability to ask and answer questions about: meaning and purpose in life, beliefs, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
  • To make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas.
  • To enable pupils to reflect on religion and belief and their own ideas and ways of living

Our RE teaching and learning approach has three core elements, which are woven together to
provide breadth and balance within teaching and learning about religions and beliefs.

“Down Ampney exemplifies how a considered and deeply held vision and values transform a community.” Siams, Jan 2020

Christian Distinctiveness at Down Ampney
Everyone Achieving, Everyone Believing, Everyone Caring.

Our vision is to create a community based on Christian teachings within a nurturing environment. We
will empower our children to flourish through the development of relationships in order that they have
life in all its fullness in our changing world.  Based on John 10:10

Our vision has theological grounding firmly rooted in Christian narrative

  • Everyone Achieving – Down through the rood (Mark 2:1-12)
  • Everyone Believing – Jesus' special friends (Mark 1:16-20)
  • Everyone Caring – The good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-41)

Each part of our vision has associated values which are reflected through teaching and learning
across all subject areas.

  • Everyone Achieving – resilience, creativity, active
  • Everyone Believing – growth, hope, truth
  • Everyone Caring – respect, acceptance, environment

Our curriculum, extra-curriculum and enrichment activities all help to provide opportunities to meet the
spiritual needs of our children.