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20/04/21

Year 4 Learning Launch - Cat for a Day! Painting cityscapes and making masks, plus cat-like OAA games, so much fun! https://t.co/1EEVRpyb0s

19/04/21

Year 5 and 6 learning about Victorian art outside. They are practising different shading techniques. https://t.co/BgkSPFHXMq

19/04/21

Victorian school for Year 5 and 6 as part of our learning launch for the history topic this term. https://t.co/IIhNFuOEXq

19/04/21

Victorian school for Year 5 and 6 as part of our learning launch for the topic this term. https://t.co/HZHXiSc2tF

06/04/21

Find out more about teacher training at our Trust's event! https://t.co/udPDTlI63f

30/03/21

What can we do to stop glaciers melting? Year 3 have been producing posters to create awareness about how climate change is affecting the glaciers and what can be done to reduce this and help people, animals and our planet. https://t.co/TUXXjZxVdT

30/03/21

Something is about to happen on the school field with Elder class https://t.co/d9Dwsf7xBC

30/03/21

First of our “lucky spot” Easter egg winners! https://t.co/F3ebUL2yxl

30/03/21

How can we make positive changes to save the melting glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic? Year 3 are busy researching ways to reduce melting glaciers and save our planet! https://t.co/DcIoYoQjWv

26/03/21

School council pupils taking part in The Diana Award Anti-bullying Ambassador Training - young people briefing https://t.co/sHQwgKmSW0

23/03/21

We are delighted to announce that our school has been awarded £1,000 from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme! We will be using the money to buy musical instruments to make sure all our pupils have access to an instrument during music lessons. Thank you so much ! https://t.co/zGjUtV8wQW

23/03/21

We're so proud of Camron, who is a finalist in the primary category of this competition! Read his story here - https://t.co/ShCt3XURfM https://t.co/K59miDr1II

15/03/21

Hazel Class winners of the 3D Book Review - Amelia, Jude and Charlie. Well done! What amazingly detailed work. https://t.co/aPB6sGrWGx

15/03/21

Hazel Class taking part in Boxercise for our indoor PE lessons this term - we love it! https://t.co/P5fZxinRul

11/03/21

Decision makers: children in Year 3 debated which services they would prioritise if they were local councillors. They decided they would spend their money on schools, older people and waste. What do you think about our proposals? https://t.co/QeHxVlnzYU

04/03/21

Aylesford’s Got Talent is a great way to showcase all the outstanding talents our pupils have, every year. This year, in particular, it has brought so much joy and we are delighted to announce the winners, Harvey and Jessica! See our website for more info! https://t.co/SDM25yAZkE https://t.co/H7Mk5l9JNc

03/03/21

Luca has amazing dinosaur knowledge! He made this virtual encyclopaedia for Mrs Kindred, as part of this term’s dinosaur home learning. He's clearly a palaeontologist in the making! How many of these dinosaurs can Luca teach you? https://t.co/Ccsf6wWcmW https://t.co/yxJxU5L7a9

03/03/21

Valley Park School is holding its first Community Art Auction on YouTube, on Thurs 4 March at 7pm. The virtual live event will raise money for Dementia UK & there will be a range of artwork to purchase - don't miss it! https://t.co/KzhD3X6WVb

02/03/21

Year 6 - During in our PSHE lesson Skye researched the importance of fair trade and how this impacts farmers. Well done Skye excellent poster. https://t.co/DYXNnz5N1p

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/7NRBLNGVYw

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/8kUv8Nh1NL

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/5oS0hjCSTs

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/JvEu5nIXEt

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/3PEiwDsPbJ

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/6coY0cUAyu

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/l6vXUx2Biu

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/HzlZMuruY1

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/wHCqXXOZdC

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/TTGfTmUIWh

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/Tp7s5xcSeh

01/03/21

4 year old Luca has dinosaur knowledge far beyond amazing! He made this virtual encyclopaedia for Mrs Kindred Awesome to see such aspiration for his future career. An expert palaeontologist in the making! How many of these dinosaurs can Luca teach you? https://t.co/wXRfDbNtr1

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/pOrhvhDHSL

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/9ofpSnoCmN

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/wTdFnPSEu5

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/uRAXhU9hbS

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/2O77aENfT0

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/H9aN6NgJx5

School Curriculum

Intent

We believe in providing a broad, balanced, knowledge rich curriculum that ensures an inclusive approach and where pupils develop the skills and abilities to apply what they know and can do with increasing fluency and independence. Our curriculum provides opportunities for our pupils to develop as independent, confident and successful learners with high aspirations.

‘Having a wider knowledge will help me get a better job in life’ Cayden, Y2

As a school we pride ourselves on being part of our local community, so we want our pupils to become educated citizens and appreciate their part in securing a safe and happy sense of community; locally, nationally and globally.

‘We are very involved with our local community. Elderly people volunteer their time to listen to us read and our choir goes and sings with them. It's fun hearing their feedback and seeing their smiles.’ Gus, Y5

Our curriculum will develop children’s problem solving skills along with their resilience. They are encouraged to embrace their mistakes learning from them, thus creating memorable learning experiences.

‘I enjoy learning in school and making friends. Being taught new things is fun and even if I get it wrong, I know I can have another go. It makes me feel like I can do it all.’ Joseph, Y3

Implementation

Our curriculum is planned and sequenced so that our pupils can achieve depth of thinking and learning. Across each year group, a number of high quality, age appropriate core texts are used to bring topics to life for our children and to promote a connection with their learning. Through our knowledge, understanding and skills we aim to develop our children’s ability to reflect, evaluate and apply their learning.

The knowledge, understanding and skills are reflected through the objectives identified in each curriculum area. There is an equality of subjects taught to ensure that the curriculum is relevant and consists of learning that really matters to the pupils.

Central to developing the pupils’ learning is a focus on vocabulary and this ensures understanding, enabling our pupils to express themselves and write with confidence.

‘New words make me giggly’ Sarah, Y4

Sequences of lessons are carefully crafted around an authentic outcome which allows children to become agents of change. These outcomes are evaluated by a ‘critical audience’; these are either a specialist in the field that the children are learning about, or an opportunity to celebrate learning on a platform linked to their topic. These learning opportunities allow children the opportunity to develop 21st century skills such as research, collaboration, innovation, presentation, evaluation and reflection.

‘We have a close relationship with our local Royal British Legion. I enjoy our community outreach working alongside the ex-service people. It’s purposeful and makes them feel valued and less lonely.’ Alfie, Y6.

The learning journeys are active, engaging and inspiring leading to a deeper understanding of the topics and curriculum areas. The authentic outcomes drive motivation, determination and commitment within our children.

Our curriculum ensures that we develop well rounded citizens with a clear understanding of values such as compassion, responsibility and friendship. Our new curriculum addresses negative stereotyping through investigating similarities and differences, and promoting acceptance, diversity, citizenship and human rights.

Impact

Through authentic outcomes, pupils are given the opportunity to demonstrate the progress the knowledge and skills they have acquired.

‘We designed and made Pudding Lane. Then a fireman set it on fire. It was sad and made me think how the Great Fire of London people felt.’ Jemima, Y1

The pupils’ books will clearly demonstrate the progress they have made and the knowledge they have gained. We ensure that our children’s attainment and progress are in line, or exceeding, their potential.

Children will be able to talk clearly and knowledgeably about their learning and make clear links between pieces of learning across the curriculum.

Pupils will continue to make good progress and attain well at the end of each Key Stage.

Pupils with SEND achieve the best possible outcomes and acquire knowledge and skills for life. Adapted learning resources ensure that they can fully engage with learning intention.

Pupils are able to use what they have learned and can show that they remember what they have learned in a variety of ways.

Pupils who do not have age appropriate reading fluency, number or writing skills will be heavily supported to narrow or eradicate gaps in their learning.

We use regular and robust triangulated monitoring to gauge the impact of our curriculum design. Leaders at all levels review learning, talk with our children and provide feedback to move practice forward.

Pupils transition confidently to secondary school as they will be self-reliant, know how to organise their learning and manage their time, how to research, evaluate and identify the next steps in their learning journey. Through leadership roles, pupils will develop a sense of personal responsibility.

'The workshop challenges are really fun because you are learning while having fun. You learn lots about teamwork and achievement’ Sam, Y5

Curriculum 
Reception Curriculum 2020/2021
Year 1 Curriculum 2020/2021
Year 2 Curriculum 2020/2021
Year 3 Curriculum 2020/2021
Year 4 Curriculum 2020/2021
Year 5/6 Curriculum 2020/2021

For further information on the curriculum followed by all year groups please contact the Headteacher. Or you may access details of the full national curriculum HERE.

Curriculum Newsletters
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Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Years 5 and 6