An Experience Rich Curriculum
Our creative, topic based curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each child through an immersive and hands on approach to learning. Our curriculum is rich in both its content and depth. Through adopting a topic based curriculum we aim to provide a broad and balanced approach to learning that excites, engages and empowers children’s intellectual curiosity and their love of learning.
The breadth of our curriculum offering extends beyond the classroom and includes a wide range of extra curricular learning opportunities including after school clubs, Forest School, Peer Mediation along with many other additional elements. We believe that together, these enable us to extend beyond the National Curriculum in order to provide learning opportunities that reflect the needs and interests of our children.
We promote children’s independence, creativity, excellence, perseverance and a belief in themselves. We aim to ensure equal access and opportunity to the curriculum, regardless of background, familial circumstance, ability, gender race or sexual orientation/identity.
The class structure
At Downsbrook we have 9 classes, each named after a different artist. As the children move up through the school, they will learn about a wide range of artists, working across different mediums and representing different countries and artistic periods. The artist name for classes are listed below
EYFS / Year 1 - Yayoi Kusama and Henri Matisse
Year 1/2 - Andy Warhol and David Hockney
Year 3/4 - Banksy, Bridget Riley and Vanessa Bell
Year 4/5 - Henri Rousseau
Year 5/6 - Elizabeth Blackadder
How we teach
Please use the links below to find out more about each curriculum subject.
You also might find it useful to read our Teaching and Learning Policy (TL Policy) which you will find here.
As always, if you would like any more information do ask your child's class teacher.
Curriculum map 2019 – 2020
We have updated our Curriculum and our new topics are here.