A message from Mr Johnson
Head Teacher Welcome Message
A child needs to be allowed to be a child, creating memories for life. Here at Nafferton Primary School each child is valued for what they bring to the school and the community. We offer an education that is rooted in the traditions and values of England with a spirit of tolerance and respect for the individual. Our children will have the opportunity to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically challenged; we are committed to developing the whole child and celebrating every success – if that is remembering where to put a full stop (correctly), to lighting a fire (safely) to being a good friend.
Aspirations and expectations are high for our children to ensure they become active, responsible, resilient and caring members of the school and society.
The school is a larger than average, vibrant and happy primary school within the East Riding of Yorkshire village of Nafferton. The school has a strong reputation for its pastoral support, high academic standards and excellence in sport, music, art and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We are primarily one and half form entry with approximately 285 children on roll. Many of the children on roll live in the village, some being fourth or fifth generation of their families to have been educated at the school. Over 140 children now come from surrounding villages and from the market town of Driffield. Strong relationships have been established with our families and we have a good reputation within the community.
The school has a beautiful setting with expansive grounds, consisting of playing fields, nature spaces and outdoor learning areas. We spend a great deal of time in our school so we make it a home - areas are created around the setting to ensure the children are inspired and engaged and feel comfortable at all times. We are often out and about in the village for our seasonal walks, river studies and events at the church and chapel. The Village Historians have produced a heritage trail which has been published and is currently being turned into a permanent village display board, their current project involves them interviewing and recording residents about the memories of the village.
Our Harvest logo sets out our school values, of which are children lead they daily lives by.
H is for happiness
A is for aspiration
R is for respect
V is for values
E is for endeavour
S is for success
T is for togetherness
At Nafferton we feel that children need to be empowered to become responsible leaners and individuals. As part of our Investors in Pupils project all our children have individual targets which they create, these targets can be linked to developing the child socially as well as academically. Progress against these targets is reviewed regularly by the class teacher and child. At the end of each term, depending on the child’s progress they will be rewarded by attending an activity chosen by the School Council. Through our Investors in Pupils we aim for the children to demonstrate initiative and take increasing responsibility for their own learning including;
- Independently organising their own learning resources and quickly able to begin their work;
- Using their individual learning targets to assess their own work, and those of other children, against the lesson’s steps to success; thinking of ways to improve their work;
- Having the opportunity to plan and direct their own learning;
- Having access to clearly labelled resources and being able to select and use them with increasing independence;
- Developing their research and questioning skills using a variety of resources;
- Independently using the core values and skills taught and applying them appropriately to each task and or area of the curriculum.
- Children are increasingly able to manage their own emotions and relationships.
At Nafferton, we believe that children learn best when;
- They form positive relationships with their teacher, peers and other members of the school community;
- They are working in an environment which is safe, caring, supportive and stimulating;
- They have clear direction and are praised for all the good things that they do;
- They are actively involved in their learning at an appropriate level to match their learning needs;
- They are encouraged to become increasingly independent learners;
- They are appropriately challenged with learning experiences which are relevant to their lives and interests and are inspiring, motivating and engaging;
- Their learning is well structured, delivered and effectively differentiated;
- Children know exactly what is expected of their social and learning behaviours through high expectations from their teacher and other adults with particular reference to the School’s HARVEST values, rules and individual class rules.
Currently the Curriculum is planned over a four year cycle, but may be adapted depending on the class structure for the academic year. Subject leaders monitor coverage to ensure all year groups receive the full curriculum over their time at the school. Subject leaders write annual reports and action plans on their subjects along with auditing resources and submitting budget allocations. Staff are given time to plan at the end of each term and year for the next theme.
Children in Foundation follow the enquiry based Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. As such, children can access a broad range of areas of provision, inside and outside. Teaching is tailored to the interests of children and in some cases is project based. All practitioners in Foundation Stage take on the roles of teacher, facilitator and assessor, engaging which children in their play in order to move learning on. Children learn early reading and writing through a daily phonics session which builds on prior learning. It is differentiated according to need and highly structured. Phonics skills are reinforced through children’s play and provision. Children’s early number, calculation and measuring skills are developed through a daily focused mathematics session, and with provision that reflects the children’s current learning needs.
Outdoor Learning - experiences remembered for a lifetime!
We believe that every child should experience the world beyond the classroom. The outdoor environment has huge potential for providing learning opportunities. We are extremely fortunate to be set in large grounds and surrounded by an environment rich in opportunities and we make full use of our local area.
The outdoor environment offers motivating, exciting, different, relevant and easily accessible activities from Foundation through to Year 6. Our outdoor learning experiences are delivered through a combination of school-based outdoor learning, visits to other places and residential programmes. Each year group will be part of our Forest School Programme. The educational journey for a child at Nafferton includes a series of planned, quality outdoor learning experiences. Learning outdoors is part of our wide range of practical approaches to developing skills, responsibility and resilience. Opportunities for outdoor learning exist within and across all curriculum areas and help to develop personal and social skills, communication, problem solving, thinking skills and teamwork, as well as English, Mathematics and all other curriculum areas. Learning outdoors can be enjoyable, creative, challenging and adventurous and helps children learn by experience and grow as confident and responsible citizens who value and appreciate the natural environment.