Science for children at Drighlington means exploring, discovering and investigating the world around them. Scientific activities offer opportunities for much discussion. Our major aim is to encourage curiosity and communication and to develop skills in observation, sorting and classifying, measuring, recording, experimenting, and predicting.
Religious Education (RE)
Religious education is based on the Leeds Agreed Syllabus. We aim to help each child grow spiritually and develop an awareness and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions. We aim to foster attributes such as truthfulness, kindness, understanding of right and wrong, fairness, humility and respect for, and tolerance of, the beliefs, customs and cultures of others. We take children to a range of places of worship during their time at our school so that they can develop an awareness of their multi-cultural society. We have a daily act of collective worship that is mainly Christian in nature although the major festivals and stories from other faiths also feature in our assemblies. Children are often involved in presenting and helping in assembly as are local church representatives and members of the local community. Each week we have a special Gold Book assembly for parents when we celebrate the achievements of the whole school, classes and individual children. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the whole or part of religious education and collective worship. Any parent wishing to exercise the right, must apply in writing and should please discuss the matter with the school first of all. Arrangements for alternative provision for children can be discussed and agreed on an individual basis.
We aim to help children develop an awareness and understanding of their local area and community and the wilder world to encourage and develop a curiosity about the world around them and a sense of identity by learning about our country and its relationship with other countries. Full use is made of the local environment to give first hand experiences of geographical skills. This is enhanced by trips and residential visits to encourage pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of places.
Children are given the opportunity to develop an awareness of the past through first-hand experience, visits to places of historical interest, role-play, fictional stories set in the past and the study of periods in history. Children are taught to have an understanding of chronology and to demonstrate factual knowledge of historic events, places and people. Good use is made of artefacts, library books, ICT and other secondary sources. In this way we also hope to provide an understanding of our cultural roots and national heritage.
Art and Design are crucial to the development of an awareness and appreciation of beauty and quality. We aim to offer artistic activities using a variety of media to explore techniques in art and aim to teach all pupils the necessary skills and confidence to express themselves creatively. Pupils are also taught to appreciate the work of artists and encouraged to develop a true sense of art appreciation. We have strong links with Leeds Museum Services and their support enhances artwork throughout school.
Music is taught throughout our school and the programme of work involves singing, percussion and composing, listening and appraising skills. Singing has an important place at our school and all children have regular opportunities to sing and learn about six key elements of music. Weekly assemblies for parents, and on special occasions such as Harvest Festival, Christmas and the end of the school year celebrations give a sense of purpose to the work the children do and allow them the experience of performing to an audience. At times we provide extra-curricular music activities and interested parents should contact the school for further information.
Design Technology (DT)
The design technology curriculum aims to reflect the growing importance of this subject in the children’s everyday and future lives. Design Technology is about practical problem-solving and we aim for the development of skills such as raising questions, proposing tasks to answer questions, selecting tools and materials, manipulating and handling tools and material, observing and investigating and expressing findings verbally or in written or diagrammatic form. Through the analysis of existing designs and the planning, making and reviewing of their own, we aim to foster an interest in how things work and an appreciation of design in both its functional and artistic aspects.
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHEC)
We recognize that children of Drighlington will one day become adult members of our community. We aim to teach good values and an understanding of the contribution they can make in the future. Children are taught how to co-operate, support and intervene when others need help. Through an extensive and carefully planned curriculum, they develop an awareness of a healthy, happy and prosperous lifestyle. Health education is part of the curriculum and includes family life education, safety, substance use and misuses, healthy living and sex education. Local community police liaison officers, our school nurse and other agencies play an important part in informing pupils about health and safety issues. The school nurse visits regularly to check eyes, height and weight and the audiologist, dentist and school doctor also do health checks. We also have access to other specialists such as speech therapist and educational psychologist when required. Sex education (relevant to children's age) is taught as part of the children’s personal, social and health education. We believe we should answer children’s questions honestly but be aware of their conceptual development. Children’s questions are dealt with honestly and sensitively within the context of loving and family relationships. We are respectful of parent’s wishes and views and parents can exempt their children from sex education.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
We teach a range of languages to ensure that children are equipped to understand the basic elements before they transfer to High School. We do this in different ways and make the learning interesting and appropriate. Our focus language is Spanish, agreed through consultation with families.
The Foundation Stage
There are seven areas of learning and these are taught primarily through play and first-hand experiences.
There are 3 prime areas:
•Communication and language
•Personal, social and emotional development
There are 4 specific areas:
•Literacy (Reading, Writing and Linking sounds to letters)
•Understanding the world
•Expressive arts and design
The characteristics of effective learning, shown below, run through and underpin all seven areas of learning and development.
•Playing and exploring: seek challenge, a can do approach to learning and role-play, open-ended activities.
•Active learning: concentration and involvement, perseverance and proud of what they have achieved.
•Creating and thinking critically: solving problems and making predictions.