Teaching Methods

We use a variety of teaching methods matched to the  learning needs of the children. There is some whole class teaching and much small group and individual teaching to take account of children's learning styles, ability and experience.

Children learn best from "hands-on" experiences. We provide outdoor learning through focused play in every class, for every child, every day as a standard part of each day's learning.

In January 2010 Ofsted said of Downs Way

"Adults ensure that there is a positive learning environment".

"Pupils are cared for well".

Please click here for more detail about our curriculum and teaching methods.

Early Years (Reception)

Key Skills Overview Grid

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)


 Key Stage 1 Curriculum Overview

Year 1 - Autumn Term

Year 1 - Autumn Term 2.pdf

Year 1 - Spring Term

Year 1 - Summer Term

Year 2 - Autumn Term

Year 2 - Spring Term

Year 2 - Summer Term



Reading Schemes

We use a real book scheme which uses a collection of fiction and non-fiction books. These books are levelled and contain books from all the major reading schemes.

Phonics Schemes 

We use Letters and Sounds supplemented with Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play.