Southfield Close, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 5YN



Driffield Northfield Infant School

The Northfield Curriculum

In our aim to provide child-centred learning which reflects the individual needs and interests of all the children we believe children should engage in as many ‘childhood’ experiences as possible.  Therefore, along with the National Curriculum we also endeavour to include as many of the following experiences into our topics and planning as possible before the children leave the school at the end of Key Stage 1.

  • Playing games in teams
  • Learning how to play board games
  • Making up our own games
  • Making dens
  • Camping outside
  • Cooking on an open fire
  • Finding and using natural objects and resources
  • Preparing and eating meals together
  • Living in imaginary worlds
  • Making mud pies
  • Jumping in puddles
  • Roller skating
  • Climbing trees
  • Riding a bike and other wheeled toys
  • Rolling down a hill
  • Using a rope swing and swinging over water
  • Dark places
  • Running in open spaces
  • Walking barefoot in sand
  • Paddle in the sea


As a staff team and community we also believe the following skills and experiences must be taught in each of the curriculum areas alongside the National Curriculum.











Design and Technology















·       Printing

·       Collage

·       Textiles

·       Papier mache

·       Big Drawing

·       Artists work

·       Styles of Art


·       Junk modeling

·       Investigating, planning and making

·       Evaluating ‘fit for purpose’

·       Investing


·       Playing instruments

·       Listening to and playing different genres of music

·       Compose and perform

·       Singing

·       Dancing


·       Playing in a team

·       Learning to lose well

·       Competition

·       Awareness of space


·       Tolerance

·       Respect

·       Consequences of our actions

·       Time to Talk

·       Language for thinking

·       Talking about feeling of self and others

·       A range of religions

·       Celebrations and festivals


Understanding the World















·       To know where we live

·       North, East, South, West and use of a compass

·       To read a simple map

·       Knowledge of other countries

·       Travel and transport

·       Simple features of land and water

·       Comparison of people and places


·       Famous people from the past

·       Simple timelines

·       Use artefacts

·       Listen to, question and interview visitors



·       Experiment, explore and investigate

·       See and handle live animals and creatures

·       Answer own questions ‘I wonder why…?’

·       Use magnifying glasses