At Drighlington Primary School, we want all children to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and spark a desire for lifelong learning; early beginnings are fostered as soon as they start school.
Our main aim is to provide exciting, stimulating environment with child led topics which they can become fully absorbed in using a cross-curricular approach. Our planning and teaching is centred on the children’s interests.
Our ethos is to promote the school values of nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving and these values are embedded in our curriculum and central to the children’s education.
Children’s learning is through enhanced play and exploration of both the indoors and outdoors environments. We strive to encompass a range of curriculum subjects into each topic, making them relevant and meaningful for our children. We foster and value the children’s curiosity and independence which encourages engagement and active learning.
We use a number of different approaches to explore and deliver the topics to ensure we enable our children to develop all the skills they need to be confident and successful learners. All our children are involved in the planning stage of new topics as we value their ideas and contributions; we believe that children learn best when they are able to steer and direct their own learning. The children are encouraged to be creative and express their creativity through many and varied opportunities which include sewing, pottery, role play, painting, model making, singing and dancing.
All children are encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle where exercise, outdoor learning and healthy food choices are central. We have an exciting outdoor learning area attached to reception class where the children have many opportunities to explore and extend their learning. These areas are enhanced and developed over time to continually engage the children. The school also has extensive grounds which are frequently used for PE, nature walks and den building.
We support our children in understanding their emotions and to develop life skills, in order to help them deal with these. The children in the early years feel safe, know they are special and have their needs met in a caring environment. We believe every child should have the opportunity to develop and build their self-esteem and self-confidence.
At Drighlington we value the positive relationships we have with parents and carers and constantly strive to improve this. We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s learning and we support this through workshops during the year. For reception children, we send reading books home each night along with sounds and tricky words to practise. In nursery, each child has a Home/School book which can be used to share many important or special events in your child’s life for example:
- Personal achievements such as swimming badges or riding their bike
- A special event such as a party for a relative
- Important milestones including a new tooth or a birthday
- An activity you have taken part in, perhaps a visit to the cinema or to a friend’s house to play
- Photographs, drawings, computer printouts, writing
These events are important in a child’s life and we value the opportunity to share them with children in school. We are able to talk to children about these events, which we use to build our relationships and to show we value their life experiences. The children enjoy talking about themselves which builds their communication skills and their self-confidence.
We take every opportunity to share with parents and friends the exciting learning the children have experienced. Assemblies are held every half term and include such topics as harvest, Christmas Nativity, Chinese New Year and Celebrating people who are special to us.
Throughout the year the children have the opportunity to welcome visitors into school and visit places of interest which may be walking to the local shops to buy pancake ingredients, posting a letter or visiting the local church. We believe these experiences help the children to understand the world in which they live.