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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY


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

Creative family challenge

Every term families are invited to take part in creative family challenges linked to aspects of the curriculum. We value parental support and encourage involvement in children's learning. The challenges are launched in a whole school assembly where the children are inspired to become involved!

Autumn term 2015

This term's creative family challenge is linked to light.

During the month of November there are two main celebrations with a light theme. Bonfire night is celebrated on 5th November. As well as this, Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, will be celebrated between the 11th and 15th November. Your task is to create a piece of work that celebrates light. Remember this is a family challenge so you can work together as a family. Your work or photographs of your entries can be given to your class teacher or you can email them to the school address: (with the subject ‘light competition’). Don’t forget to include your name and class.

We have had such an amazing response to the LIGHT family challenge. Here are just some of the entries we've had: 

Spring 2015

Our whole school creative family challenge is to design and make a piece of work with an Easter theme. You could use paints, pens, fabrics or a computer program. You need to decide whether you will make a 2D or 3D creation.

This family challenge has a curriculum link to: RE, art and DT

Here are some creative examples:

Autumn 2014

Our whole school creative family challenge is a photography challenge. Your task is to take a photograph of something or somewhere that shows that Autumn has begun. Alternatively you could create a piece of artwork linked to the season Autumn.

This family challenge has a curriculum link to: geography, science, ICT , art and DT.

Here are some creative examples: