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Downside Primary School


In Reception classes children follow the Early Year’s Curriculum,  this contains 3 prime areas for a child’s development:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

In addition, there are specific areas, which include essential skills and knowledge or children to participate successfully in society:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Children in the rest of the school follow the National Curriculum. Years 1 and 2 children study the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum and Years 3 – 6 study the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. Subjects taught include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Social, Health and Citizenship Education (including sex and relationships education and drugs education)
  • French (Key Stage 2)

Non denominational Religious Education is taught as part of the curriculum, in accordance with Luton’s locally agreed syllabus. In KS1 we are currently using the following phonics / reading schemes:-

Phonics and spelling:

  • Reading Eggs
  • Read Write Inc.
  • Rising Stars – ‘Spellings’ and Word Blaze Challenge


  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Bug Club phonics books
  • Jelly and Bean (SEN)


Assemblies are an important part of school life and an opportunity for different year groups to get together as a community. Assemblies are a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards each other and the world around us. Assemblies are of a broadly Christian nature, but due consideration is given to the multicultural society in which we all live.

Educational Visits

Visits play an important part in every child’s education and are used as a tool to bring learning to life. Visits can be in the local community e.g. a local place of worship/walk around the area or can be further a field e.g. London. Parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of these trips, in accordance with the school’s charging policy.