Downfield Primary School

Downfield Road, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Herts, EN8 8SS

01992 629 598

School closes at 1.30pm today (19th July). Wishing you all a wonderful summer.

At Downfield we are very proud of our bespoke, purpose written curriculum. With the National Curriculum firmly at its heart, our topic based approach forges links across children's entire learning journey. Children become completely immersed in a thematic learning journey where much of their topic work is also enriched through our literacy curriculum. Careful text selection allows children to explore reading, writing  and spoken language within the context of their topic.

Trips, visits and workshops are also carefully planned to supplement and enhance children's understanding within each subject and within each topic.

Subject leaders take their responsibilities seriously and are all encouraged to think deeply about their subject: what is taught; when it is taught and how best to engage learners to secure their understanding. Click on the icons below to read our curriculum intent statements for each subject area.

Links to subject specific pages can be found below. 


Curriculum Intent Statements 






Subject Pages

Topic overview 2023-2024

How We Plan

As part of our curriculum design, we have developed a set of documents for each subject. These are used to plan, teach and asses from.  A precis of these documents can be found below. 

Progression document:

A document showing the skills developed and knowledge gained in each year group in each area of the subject. As the name suggest, these skills and  knowledge are progressive and build on prior learning and prepare for future content.


This stands for Plan Teach Assess – These documents are set out with our intent (NC), Implementation (medium term planning) and Impact (assessment statements taken from progression docs). These are entirely bespoke and form the basis of our curriculum. 


The strands document illustrates how the National Curriculum  programme of study (or relevant document) has been organised into areas so for example finishing techniques in D&T or drawing skills in Art.

POS distribution:

POS refers to programme of study. This is where the required content for year groups or key stages is set out in the National Curriculum (or relevant document). Our POS distribution documents show how this content is shared across the year groups. So for example, the Geography document will show which year group is responsible for teaching about volcanoes and which year group is responsible for teaching mountains. The history document will show where The Egyptians are taught about and for which pupils Anglo Saxons are included.

Learning Journeys


Sequencing lessons and making connections forms a big part of our curriculum planning. Although we take a topic based approach, our children are encouraged to recognise the distinct subject areas of learning. They are also encouraged to understand how their prior learning is related to what they are learning now and what they will learn in the future. 

For further information about how our curriculum provision supports the inclusion of disabled pupils, please visit the following policies/documents:





Curriculum Subject Intent statements