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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

01132853000

info@drighlingtonprimary.org.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Sue Jackson

  1. Our School
  2. Curriculum
  3. Curriculum Aims

Curriculum Aims

Our vision is of a happy school that enables all children to reach their full potential through quality learning experiences and a strong link with families and the community. We believe in the principles of Every Child Matters and this is evident in our approaches.The curriculum is designed to provide creative learning opportunities that are broad and balanced for all the children.

There is a good range of curriculum enhancement at Drighlington Primary School, such as work with authors and poets, with sports providers, artists, theatre groups and musicians and outdoor cycling proficiency and road safety training. We plan and teach a creative curriculum, based upon a topic themed approach, covering subjects in the National Curriculum, and responding to the interests of children as we work through each aspect of learning. Children contribute by giving their views on what they have learnt, what they have enjoyed and what they would like to learn about in the future.

In our teaching high priority is given to speaking and listening and to the traditional skills of English and Mathematics. We recognize the importance of being fully competent in the ability to read, write and calculate. We confidently implement the National Curriculum, adapting to statutory changes as they arise. In organizing our teaching we believe primary aged children learn best from first hand experiences and when they are interested and excited about their work. We have regard for National Strategies such as the Excellence and Enjoyment model and when appropriate we bring our work to life by using practical tasks, artefacts, visits to relevant places of interest or by bringing people into school.

The broad and balanced curriculum is achieved through detailed planning. Staff members meet regularly to discuss arrangements for teaching and learning and we have clearly defined teaching teams that can support each other in this process. Children’s learning is organized into topics that draw in elements of several national curriculum subjects and cross-curricular themes. We welcome opportunities to develop our school by introducing new initiatives that enhance provision for children. We work very hard to achieve these aims and in partnership with each other, with the children and with families. We expect all parents and children to sign and regard our home-school agreement and local walk permission forms. We follow guidelines for the implementation of new strategies as recommended by central government and the local authority.

In the early stages of learning children are offered activities that develop a full range of concepts and skills appropriate for their age. As the child moves through school the work achieved in the early stages is built upon. Throughout the school children are taught sometimes as a whole class, in ability groups, in friendship groups, in pairs and individually. Pupils are also provided with good learning resources and a classroom that is inspirational and exciting. Children receive as much individual help as possible. Classes often have the support of a teaching assistant and children working at all levels are sometimes withdrawn for additional help.

 

We promote a safe and happy learning environment through:

  • A warm, friendly family ethos

  • Respect for and between everyone

  • Our focus on high standards of teaching and learning

  • Time for talking and listening to children (including School Council and annual consultation)

  • Time for talking and listening to adults

  • Clear rules throughout school, especially in classrooms

  • Recognition of the importance of self-esteem and success

  • Good relationships between home and school

  • Working together as a whole school

  • Celebrating achievements in a variety of ways

  • Sharing success with others, including families

  • Promoting equal opportunities for all

We actively encourage home-school links by:

  • Having an open door policy

  • Providing help and advice when needed

  • Sending frequent newsletters, in a variety of styles

  • maintaining and regularly updating our school website
  • Sharing information through telephone texts and our smart phone application

  • Having clear objectives in our home-school agreement

  • Developing specific learning targets for each child

  • Providing regular and purposeful homework

  • Holding regular parent consultation evenings

  • Giving detailed information in annual pupil reports, including pupil attainment results

  • Sharing appropriate information from the Governing Body

  • Organizing parent/carer consultations, involving parents/carers in aspects of decision-making and planning

  • Giving clear statements about school improvement initiatives

  • Supporting the work of our Parent Teacher Association

  • Inviting parents to our weekly Gold Book assemblies

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum with:

  • Planning that ensures continuity of learning

  • Clear creative curriculum plans for the whole school
  • A strong focus on English and Maths, embedded across the curriculum
  • Realistic target-setting for individual children

  • Regular assessment of children’s work

  • Relevant feedback to children

  • Clear and purposeful record keeping

  • Activities that promote Excellence in Enjoyment

  • Opportunities that extend beyond statutory requirements

  • Close liaison between staff and regular staff team planning

  • Weekly staff meetings to discuss and plan provision

  • Children’s ideas, thoughts and creative abilities nurtured

  • Emphasis upon Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

  • Extra-curricular activities at lunchtimes and after school

We foster high standards through:

  • Clear learning objectives in each lesson

  • Use of Steps to Success to promote children’s independence

  • Good use of a range of teaching resources

  • Matching work with children’s ability

  • High but realistic expectations

  • Encouraging independent questioning and thinking

  • Well organized classrooms

  • Quality displays - learning information and children’s work

  • A structured approach to teaching and learning

  • Positive and helpful marking of children’s work

  • Exemplary teamwork, including children, staff, governors and families

  • Home school links through homework and Learning Logs

  • The support of outside agencies and specialists