As a Church School the Christian vision, values and ethos thread through everything we do and are central to our policies and practice.
(Jesus said) “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put in under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in Heaven.”
(Matthew 5: 14-16) (taken from the Sermon on the Mount)
“Learn to let your light shine!”
This passage taken from the words of Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount, underpins our vision to work to support all pupils and staff to flourish and excel in their aspirations. We welcome all God’s children and their families into our Driffield Infant School Community. A place where children and adults of all faiths and none, flourish and are inspired by the Christian character and values of our school and learn to love God, one another and themselves (Mark 12:30-31)in order that they can ‘Live Life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).
We do this through:
- Embedding our Christian Values; Friendship, Peace, Respect, Perseverance, Creativity and Honesty throughout school life;
- Acknowledging that both academic achievement and social and emotional development and well-being are intrinsically linked and equally well supported
- An engaging curriculum both indoors and out that fosters a delight and wonder in learning ensuring that all pupils(and adults) have the skills and wisdom for life-long learning
- Being a beacon in the community through strong partnerships with others
Our school vision was revisited in 2019 in consultation with staff, governors, children and parents to develop something that was pertinent to the needs of our school community and was relevant to our changing school population. It is underpinned by Biblical teachings and is the driving force for all decisions made in school.
We worked together as a school team seeking the views of children. staff, parents and governors in deciding on 6 Key Values which underpin our school aims. This was done during a specially designated 'Values Week' which started with a service in Church where we explored the meaning of several Values. Children participated in a range of activities and discussions during the week to help them decide the ones they thought were the most important to our school. Staff met together to explore the impact of different Values, the views of parents were sought through a questionnaire and Governors met at a dedicated Values and Visions meeting. We revisit these values at the beginnnig of each school year to ensure they are still pertinent to the vision of our school.
Our Values are:
Friendship Honesty, Peace
Perseverance, Creativity, Respect
All children take part in daily Collective Worship which is planned around the school's chosen values as well as the main celebrations in the Christian calendar. However there is always flexibility to consider and reflect on current issues. The values are introduced through key Bible stories.
Through Collective Worship our children are beginning to understand the distinctive features of Anglican practice and the centrality of prayer in worship. Our daily Worship plays a very important part of school life and always starts our school day.
To help us with Collective Worship we welcome our weekly visits from YEAST, who explore Bible stories with the children and weekly visits from the vicar of All Saints Church, Rev Stuart Grant. We are also supported by the Minister from the methodist Church in Driffield. We also have a team of Year 2 Worship Leaders who support our daily worship.
Our school prayer is said daily:
"Dear God bless our school,
Help us to learn together and play together
and help us to make our school
a happy place to be"
Collective Worship Team
We have a team of Year 2 pupils who help to plan and deliver Collective Worship.
All classes have reflection areas and the children to consider the key value of the term and reflect on how they can live it out. This may be through questions, pictures, stories, quietness.
Click on the following links to read our RE and Collective Worship Policies:
Christianity as a Worldwide Faith
Through our strong links with our local Parish Church and churches in Driffield, as well as our work for charities both in this country and abroad, our children are developing their understanding as Christianity as a worldwide faith.
Studying other Religions
Christianity is the main religion studied in our school, however we also study Hinduism and devote a week each year to the main Hindu celebration of Diwali. We compare and contrast Hinduism with Christianity and focus particularly on the comparison of God with Brahman and his different forms.