In our Foundation Unit, your child will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a framework that ensures continuity and progression from birth to the end of the academic year in which your child has their fifth birthday (Reception year). The EYFS is a central part of the ten year childcare strategy Choice for Parents, the best start for children and the landmark Childcare Act 2006. It will ensure that all children are helped to achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well being. These outcomes continue to be the main focus of your child’s education throughout their time at Driffiled C of E Infant School.
The EYFS principles are built on four distinct but complementary themes:
A unique child recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth and everything we do will be built on what your child already knows and understands.
Positive Relationships acknowledges how your child learns to be strong and independent from a base of a loving and secure relationship both with parents and nursery staff and the knowledge that we work together to ensure the very best care and education.
Enabling Environments explains that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. We are constantly striving to improve the learning environment at Driffield both inside and out.
Learning and Development recognises that children learn in different ways and at different rates. This is very much part of our philosophy and our planning reflects how all areas of learning are important and interconnected.
The six areas of learning that make up the Foundation Stage curriculum are:
Communication, language and literacy
Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Personal, social and emotional development
The teaching to achieve these early learning goals will be through first hand experience and structured play. Play underpins our delivery of all the EYFS. We firmly believe that children must have opportunities to play both inside and out as it is through play that all children develop and learn. Most children play spontaneously, although some may need some adult support, and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
At Driffield we provide well planned experiences based on children’s spontaneous play both indoors and outside. We understand the importance of supporting young children to learn with enjoyment and challenge. Our school ethos strongly reflects how crucial children’s earliest experiences are to their future success and how important these experiences are in building a secure foundation for learning throughout their school years and beyond. We are sensitive to the individual development of each child to ensure that the activities they undertake are suitable for the stage that they have reached. We know that children need to be stretched but not pushed beyond their capabilities, so that they can continue to enjoy learning.
Children follow a programme of focused phonic teaching, learning letter sounds, when they are ready, to support the early stages of reading and writing. They also have focused maths sessions which support the development of early number skills and problem solving.
The teacher and teaching assistant will keep records on children’s experiences and attainments. Assessments of development and learning needs will be ongoing throughout the school year.
The teacher will provide a progress report for parents at the end of the Autumn term and the parents will be asked to write comments on how they think their child has settled into school life. The children will also contribute to this report by telling the teacher what they like and dislike about school.
By the end of the year the teacher will have built up an accurate profile of each child’s development.
Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7 years)
The teachers in Driffield C of E Infant School, understand the needs of each and every child and our teaching reflects a range of strategies to support each child in achieving their very best. When teaching we focus on motivating the children and building on their skills, knowledge and understanding of the curriculum. We use the school curriculum plan to guide our teaching. This sets out the aims, objectives and values of the school and details what is to be taught to each year group. Our planning is cross curricular, we link subjects together into themes to ensure the teaching and learning are purposeful and interesting. We use these themes to enhance our teaching in Literacy, Mathematics and ICT and use opportunities when exploring science, geography and history, through topics, to consolidate and practice the skills learnt.
The core curriculum at Key Stage 1
Children also study the subjects below as part of the National Curriculum. These are called foundation subjects and are linked together in themes to ensure the children get the most from their learning. These themes are developed to motivate and excite the children
Art and Design
Design Technology (DT)
Children are also taught Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education and RE.
Collective Worship and RE
As a Church School, we place great importance on our Collective Worship. Our children experience a daily Worship Time, a quality time whereby our Christian values are reflected. We see this as a special time to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and nurture faith by providing a means by which all pupils - both those of faith and non-faith backgrounds - understand more about the Christian faith as well as about other major faiths and festivals. We acknowledge that pupils and staff will subscribe to a range of faiths so we provide opportunities to share in worship in a way which makes sense to them and is appropriate to their stage of development.
We work in close partnership with our local church, All Saints Driffield, as well as the Methodist Church and Churches Together.
The school’s Religious Education follows the guidelines of the County’s agreed syllabus. We practice a Christian approach to teaching and try to instil respect for moral values, for others and one self. We encourage a sympathetic understanding of other races and religions enabling the children to develop an appreciation of the world around them.
The school will make arrangements for parents to exercise their statutory right of withdrawal of their children from Collective Worship.
Bless our school
Help us to work together and play together
Help us all to make our school a happy place to be
Trips and Visitors
Visits are arranged for children to places of interests, theatres and museums to enhance the curriculum and make learning real. We also invite visitors into school to give children real life experiences. All children perform to parents in a variety of different ways throughout the school year.
Links with the Junior School
At the end of year two, pupils transfer to Driffield Junior School. We organise a range of transition activities to ensure that this is a smooth and happy process.
The school's admission arrangements adhere to the criteria contained in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council School's Guide. The school operates an early admission policy whereby children are admitted to school at the beginning of the year in which they are five.
This process is staggered over 3 weeks. The oldest children start the first week and come for mornings and lunch, starting full time the second full week of term. The youngest children start mornings and lunch the second week and then full-time the third week.