Aspire, Achieve and Thrive

Curriculum Overview

Welcome to the Downland School curriculum area

The Downland’s Curriculum is child centred learning that: 

  • promotes a broad deep understanding of the world
  • enables creativity and criticism
  • supports communication and collaboration with others
  • creates, evaluates and utilizes information 
  • promotes preparedness for life and work 

    As students progress through Downland School, they will be offered a broad and balanced curriculum, which will enable them to realise their true potential. We adopt a range of teaching strategies to ensure that each lesson is differentiated to support the individual learning needs of each student.

    Downland school provides an environment in which the development and growth of the whole person is encouraged. Meeting the needs of today, and focusing on the future, we aim to provide the highest possible standards in curriculum and communication, all centred on our core focus of the individual child. Students are encouraged and supported to develop all their talents; academically, imaginatively, physically, emotionally and socially. Our aim is for students to grow into young people who contribute positively to the different communities they become part of and to become effective learners, beyond, as well as, in the classroom.

    Foundation curriculum

    Foundation students follow a broad curriculum with core lessons in: literacy, numeracy, and science. In addition, students have lessons in art, food technology, resistant materials, humanities, Games, Life Skills and Values (LSV), and Forest School.  There are five lessons per day and lessons are 60 minutes in duration.

    KS4 curriculum

    In KS4 all students are taught the core subjects of: GCSE English, maths, science (double award) and take the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE).  Year 9 are included as part of KS4 for English and maths.  Students follow a pathway of GCSE and vocational subjects including: art, business studies, food technology, geography, photography and resistant materials and sports science.