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Gilberdyke Primary School
Scalby Lane, Gilberdyke, HU15 2SS, UK Brough
+44 (0)143-044-0668

Welcome to Gilberdke County Primary School!

Front view of school

Our School

Gilberdyke School is situated between Goole and Hull in a rural area of East Yorkshire. We have about 300 pupils in our school and they all help to make Gilberdyke a super place to be. Our playing fields are large and our school benefits from having a generous site. We have close links with our local community and parents, pupils and staff co-operate to produce a strong, shared ethos.

Our present school development plan has the following priorities:

We are always looking to improve pupil attainment and this remains a priority for this year.

Learning and teaching

We are continuing our work on learning strategies and learning styles. We are maintaining our focus on the schools primary function - pupil learning.

Creativity and balance

By ensuring that our curriculum gives pupils the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities, we provide creativity and balance. At the moment, we are particularly interested in creative activities.

Leadership and management

The school is certain that leadership is crucial in raising attainment.

New buildings All the work is now completed and everyone is settled down in their new classrooms, which provides excellent facilities for a safe, happy and enriching environment.

Foundation curriculum

The new Foundation Unit is now fully functional and all the children are throughly enjoying the wonderful amenities available.

School council

In order that our pupils participate fully in the life of our school we are continuing to develop our school council. This is very important for our citizenship programme and allows all pupils to take part in a democratic process.


Gilberdyke is an inclusive school where all pupils learn in an atmosphere of care and trust. We encourage all pupils to achieve their full potential physically, socially and academically. Pupils are encouraged to be inquisitive and interested and in turn independent learners. They are given many opportunities to be successful. Our school community is a place where everyone feels valued and self –confident. There is an atmosphere of tolerance, co-operation and respect. Children learn to care for themselves, their community and their environment. Through the pursuit of the above we hope to lay the foundations to cope with life-long changes.


The school offers a typical broad-based primary curriculum. Considerable priority is given to the three core National Curriculum subjects of Mathematics, English and Science, to ensure good foundations and the highest possible standards throughout the school.

A considerable amount of teaching is done through themes based on a whole school approach to planning. This ensures a broad, balanced curriculum, encompassing the National Curriculum foundation subjects, with special attention paid to the development of skills and concepts alongside knowledge and attitudes. At all times the school aims to provide an exciting and enjoyabe experience for its pupils.

Much teaching in Maths and English is delivered on a subject basis as are some other aspects of core and foundation subjects.

In short, in line with our aims, there is no one approach to teaching styles or delivery of the curriculum. A mixture of approaches is used as is most appropriate. Besides the foundation subjects of Technology, History, Art, PE, Geography and Music, other themes are built into the school’s teaching - Personal and Social Development, equal opportunities and multi-cultural education. Religious Education is again either taught as part of an integrated approach or discretely.

Special Curricular Arrangements

A specialist teacher supports the school on 1 full day per week and works individually or with small groups of children with special needs.

A special workshop is available where children have the opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with an adult helper.

Spelling workshops are organised for some children.

The school provides musical tuition under the instruction of the L.A. peripatetic music service. A range of instruments are available and lessons take place in lesson time. These lessons are charged for in line with the school policy on charging.

Advice and support is sought from outside agencies regarding both gifted children and those with specific learning difficulties.


Three recorder groups provide for a range of abilities. These groups meet at dinnertime.

The school enjoys a thriving Parent, Teacher and Friends Association which organises a variety of educational, social and fund raising events.

Twice a year we have a Book Fair and various clubs which are held on a lunchtime and after school; days, periods and year groups are decided each term. The clubs are as follows: -

Art, Choir, Netball, French, Needlecraft, Poetry, Read on Club, Recorder, Sports, Times Table and Running.

Extended School - the school has a breakfast and after school club where pupils are able to pursue a range of activities under the guidance of qualified staff. Breakfast club opens 8.00 am - school starts. After school club opens after school until 6.00pm.


The Foundation Stage unit has places for children aged between 3 and 5 years old. It is staffed by two teachers, Vicky Patrick and Lucy Bogg, a qualified nursery nurse, Alita Lattimore, and a teaching assistant, Beverley Cook.

Our aim is to provide a secure and happy environment in which children can develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. By planning effective teaching in the foundation stage we encourage children to become independent, initiating activities that promote learning whilst learning from others. They are given opportunities to explore and find things out at their own pace and to learn in different ways so that they become secure and confident in learning. We believe that working in partnership with parents/guardians is essential to ensure that the child receives the best learning experience and that every aspect of learning is covered.

Play is the key way in which children learn. It provides fun and enjoyment as well as providing children with a challenge. We support children’s learning by having a challenging and well-resourced environment in which both planned and spontaneous play takes place. This allows children to gain a variety of knowledge, skills and understanding whilst also providing the opportunity for support and extension.

The Foundation Stage curriculum underpins all of this within the six areas of learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

Encourages children to be independent and to interact with peers and adults, establishing good relationships and working together in harmony. It allows children to develop respect for themselves and others and to think about what is right and wrong. It supports emotional well being, helping children to feel safe and secure and ready to tackle new experiences. It helps positive attitudes so that children become enthusiastic about their learning and have confidence in their own ability.

Communication, Language and Literacy:

Encourages children to develop conversation skills and expand their vocabulary providing opportunities for talk within different contexts. It provides the skills necessary to describe, explain and expand their own ideas alongside opportunities to share such ideas, ask questions and
develop good listening and concentration skills. It encourages children to explore and enjoy a wide variety of books, which helps to develop recognition of letters, sounds and words: develop pencil control and letter formation ready for children to progress from easy mark making to eventually writing their own name and simple words and sentences.

Mathematical Development:

Encourages children to evolve problem-solving skills and provides opportunities to learn about patterns, measurement ad shape and space. It encourages children to explore, learn practise and enjoy all skills within a broad range of contexts.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World:

Encourages children to explore, investigate, predict, plan and experiment in a rich and varied manner. It gives them the opportunity to find out about themselves, things in the environment and to discover about how family in the past, present and future has a significance to them. It encourages children to develop their ICT skills and to enhance other skills such as decision-making and problem solving.

Physical Development:

Encourages children to move confidently, imaginatively and safely. It allows children to show spatial awareness and develop a sense of balance. It provides opportunities to use a wide range of small and large equipment in safety and allows practical skills such as dressing/undressing and bathroom independence to develop. It increases their understanding of how our body works and what we need to keep healthy.

Creative Development:

Encourages children to develop an interest, explore ideas, thought and feelings through a range of contexts such as art, imaginative role lay, music, dance and design technology. It enables children to express themselves in their own way and with confidence. It helps to extend their vocabulary and continues developing the ability to use different tools and techniques.

Foundation Stage Times

Mornings: FS1 9.00 am - 11.30 am
Afternoons: 1.00 pm - 3.30 pm
FS2 - Full Time 8.55 am - 3.30 pm

We ask that parents wait with their children until the doors open. We encourage parents to come in with their child and help them settle at the start of each session. We ask that parents collect their children at the end of each session, children will not be allowed to go with older siblings unless above 16 years of age.

If you are unable to collect your child and have made arrangements for someone else to collect, please inform the staff and give them the name of that person.

If your child is absent please inform staff, either verbally or in writing, of the reason on their return. This would be greatly appreciated. Tel: 01430 440668 Ms Ingram or Mrs Hanson in the Office.

Should your child be suffering from something infectious please inform the staff and school straight away. Bearing this in mind, we are fully aware that cough, colds and tummy upsets occur and we have found it is better to keep the children off for at least 24 hours before returning them. This ensures a better recovery, the children are happier and there is less chance of a bug being passed around. Please inform the school if you child has an infectious disease.

Foundation Stage 1 children are entitled to receive a carton of milk halfway through each session. The other children are allowed to bring water bottles to school. We ask that you ensure the contents are only water. Fizzy drinks and juice are not allowed.

A healthy snack is provided for everyone. This is at a cost to parents of 50p per week. We ask that you pay this amount to the staff. Any money left over will be used to buy new resources etc. needed in the unit.

Uniform is required for children of school age.However all children are encouraged to wear the uniform.Foundation Stage 2 children are also required to have a PE Kit: Black shorts and White T shirts and a change of shoes. Sweatshirts can be purchased from the school office.

We ask that all children are able to go the toilet independently before starting at the unit and are aware of how important it is to wash our hands afterwards. If an accident does occur we will provide a change of clothes, which we ask to be washed and returned as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or problems you wish to talk about, Miss Patrick and Miss Bogg are always available both before and after school.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this information.

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