Our curriculum vision


Our vision is to design a truly outstanding curriculum that will inspire and challenge all children and prepare them for their future. Above all else we want our children to enjoy and be knowledgable about learning so that they will become motivated, life-long learners and reach high standards that fulfils their capabilities, giving them the essential foundations to be successful and enfranchised in their secondary schools.

At Western Downland we define the curriculum as all of the learning planned by the School in order to promote effective learning, personal growth and development. It includes the essential knowledge laid out in the statutory requirements in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum across Key Stages 1 and 2. It also embraces a wealth of opportunities through our clubs, homelearning, residentials and other rich, first hand experiences planned for our children. Importantly, our curriculum includes teaching children how to be effective learners through our learning values and nurtures spiritual, moral and cultural growth through our church foundation.

Our curriculum will

  • -be vibrant, engaging and enthuse children to want to learn, by ensuring it is distinctive, innovative and memorable
  • -be broad and balanced
  • -be well planned to meet children's needs and interests (co-construction), providing challenge and deep learning opportunities
  • -be grounded in our core Learning Values, developing children's learning skills, especially of Independence, Critical and Creative Thinking, Reflectivity and Working Collaboratively as well as our spiritual and moral values as a Church of England school
  • -ensure entitled coverage- all children have opportunity to their full legal entitlement and that there is no needless repetition or omission
  • -promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children-prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • -be thematic and enquiry based in order to dissolve artificial barriers and make real links (where meaningful) across subject concepts and content to deepen learning
  • -focus on developing language and communication skills, mathematical and numerical skills and first hand experiential learning
  • -use daily formative assessment and teacher’s knowledge of fine next steps to ensure children’s learning is progressive
  • -use the whole of our learning environment both indoors and out, at school and within the community.




Our Thematic Planning