Curriculum Overview

Ben Jonson is characterised by its stimulating, enthusiastic and interactive environment. Whilst our inspiring and eclectic curriculum firmly follows the National Curriculum, it extends far beyond this. As a school we follow a “topic –base” approach, where a topic is taken and threaded through all subjects. Each term is launched with a “theme”, which the class will immerse in, allowing the children to learn and explore through various mediums. Our integrated and thematic approach is strengthened by the expertise and guidance of our specialist teachers in music, art, DT and computing. The development of the whole child is at the heart of our school’s educational philosophy. Here we believe primary education begins to build the skills needed to be a confident, creative, critical and compassionate learner.

Our well-equipped classrooms are supported by shared areas with excellent resources, which encourage confidence and independent learning. We promote a more open-ended enquiry based education, where pupils take a greater responsibility to independently learn, while getting the opportunity to work collaboratively in mixed ability settings. Our aim is to provide children with the prospect to develop into independent, autonomous and resourceful learners. As a school we are very concerned with the development of the whole child – academic, physical, social, emotional, moral, cultural and spiritual. Throughout the school, children are actively encouraged to develop and challenge themselves as learners; by offering activities for them to explore varying interests and develop skills in academic, artistic and athletic fields as we assist each pupil in reaching their full potential.

We recognise and capitalise on our unique location in the heart of London’s old east end. The diverse school and local community provide a rich, varied and factual background to our curriculum and we incorporate and take frequent field trips to gain first-hand experiences. We recognise that not all students learn in the same way and structure our curriculum and lessons to meet these different needs. We are constantly updating and refining lessons and units of the curriculum, based on current research and best practice. Our mission is to empower children to grow and develop into responsible, ethical and caring individuals. 

If you have any curriculum related queries please email or contact the school and ask to speak to the curriculum lead.

Curriculum Maps

These documents show details of the topics you can expect your child to cover in each year at Ben Jonson. The following documents are for the school year 2018-2019:


Yearly Overview - YR

Yearly Overview - Y1

Yearly Overview - Y2

Yearly Overview - Y3

Yearly Overview - Y4

Yearly Overview - Y5

Yearly Overview - Y6