Drapers’ Maylands Primary School is a place where children are at the heart of all that we do.
Through excellent teaching and exciting activities, children are able to access a rich and stimulating curriculum which feeds a love of learning. Children are encouraged to have a keen spirit of enquiry about both people and places, challenge themselves and to be confident about themselves as learners.
Our focus is on the key skills of communication, mathematical understanding, scientific enquiry and information technology so that children are equipped with skills for life. Through our theme-based curriculum topics, children are able to find out about the world and the past, make contributions and develop ownership of their learning.
Planning for topics is based on the requirements for the EYFS and National Curriculum. At the start of the topic cycle, collaboration with children allows for the planning to be tailored to their needs, interests and develop self-directed learning skills. Activities are planned for visitors, parents and carers to be involved in the learning and celebration at the end of the topic cycle.
The learning environment at our school is well designed and equipped with an emphasis on the needs of future learners. It is our aim that Drapers’ Maylands Primary School will offer the most up-to-date technology resources and endeavour to equip children with technology skills relevant to their generation.
High expectations for behaviour enable us to create a calm and purposeful learning environment where diversity is celebrated and learning is valued. The Characteristics of Effective Learning from EYFS underpin the school curriculum from EYFS to Year 6 to develop and foster the attitudes for a learner to be successful. Themes for study are selected so that there is progression from one year to the next and pupils are exceptionally well-prepared for the next stage of their development.
How do we keep children safe in school?
We have a Safeguarding Culture which is the responsibility of every member of our community.
- Our site is safe because we have a DfE recommended perimeter fence to ensure that the boundary line is secure.
- Our gates are opened manually or electronically and monitored so that visitors are always supervised.
- To enter the building there are systems in place for staff, professional visitors and temporary visitors. An electronic system is used unless we are welcoming parents and carers, in which case we have registers to check visitors inside the school site.
- When we leave the school site thorough risk assessments are made and checked by our Educational Visits Co-ordinator.
- Partnership with families strengthens our ability to keep children in our care safe. By working together we are able to provide support, learn more about the children outside school and work as a team. This begins in Early Years where a home visit for every child is part of our induction process.
- Our PHSE curriculum is delivered using the Jigsaw programme and includes Sex and Relationships Education units ensuring age-appropriate tasks. It begins with labelling body parts from Year 1.
- We work with NSPCC to provide information for our families and children, as well as a Keeping Yourself Safe assembly each year.
- Resources on our Parents page are to help support with keeping children safe outside school. It includes information to prevent Gang culture and promote internet safety.
- We work with the Local Authority to promote Safe travel, including Cycling Proficiency awards and Road Safety weeks: 16th - 20th September 2019, Cycling Awards 18th - 22nd May 2020, Walk to School Week
- We currently hold a Transport for London Bronze Award and are striving for Silver. Our Eco-Committee lead initiatives to demonstrate our commitment to the environment.
- We organise training for the children in Year 1 and Year 4 to be trained in First Aid with Flat Stan First Aid: Wednesday 25th September 2019
- Our Behaviour for Learning Policy is based around Restorative Practice, encouraging responsibility, social skills and preventing bullying behaviour. More information can be found online: http://www.restorativejustice4schools.co.uk/wp/?page_id=26
- Our school ethos ensures that we begin with well-being. As a Thrive School, we use this programme to support every child with their emotional journey. We nurture and don’t judge. Behaviour for Learning rules are collaborative and supported by children taking responsibility. https://www.thriveapproach.com/the-thrive-approach/
- We use an electronic system called CPOMs to record any concerns reported by children or families, working closely with a range of agencies to provide or signposts as much support as we can for our families.
- Our school is a happy and safe place for the children and adults. We are proud of our calm and organised environment, providing a space to learn free from distractions.
- We have a clear sense of purpose: Providing an environment where every child is able to thrive and succeed, using all the resources available to us.
- There is a mutual respect and trust between adults and children.