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What a start to the week! Thank you so much for our wonderful book. We are looking forward to our online lesson. Happy creating to Year 3!


Beegu has landed! Sycamore Class arrived at school on Tuesday to find that an unusual spacecraft had crash-landed outside their classroom. They have loved writing character descriptions about their strange visitor...


Year 3 created mood boards in Art yesterday, to develop a feel and understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic. They used a variety of textures and colours, and they are very proud of the result!


We were so excited to celebrate Founders Day today. 40 of us were proud to wear our uniforms - from the youngest to the oldest members of our school community.


This week, the Eco Council braved the elements to plant 240 trees along the back of the school field! Kindly donated via the - the trees are native trees, designed to encourage wildlife. The children worked so hard and loved every minute!


Thank you so much to Maidstone for the materials to make our new class book corner today - and for kindly delivering. Great support to our school community of readers.


It has been a busy week in Year 3, with the children showcasing their dance to their parents, and then the whole of KS2! A huge well done to them, you were all amazing!


Elm Class have been busy designing games and apps to keep us safe online. Fantastic ideas from developers of the future.


We loved doing our science experiment today. We had to see which material would make the best umbrella for a bear and then we put them to the test!


Elm Class have been learning about being safe on the internet and created their own emojis


Year 6 enjoyed their free time activity for Children’s Mental Health Week.


Sycamore Class enjoyed lots of activities to learn more about Safer Internet Day!


Fantastic discussion in Year 4 this morning around ways to stay safe on the internet. Topped off with 10/10 on the quiz!#SaferInternetDay


Year 3 have been discussing how technology has evolved and whether the internet has a positive or negative influence on us. They were very shocked to see some of the old technology!#SaferInternetDay


Year 6 have been considering their own online activity and how they can use their knowledge to help others stay safe on the internet.


Year 5 were outside for their chosen activity for week. Playing, taking part in team games and colouring, we did it all!


The KS2 school council representatives enjoyed their visit to the Maidstone County Hall. We learnt lots about the history of the building and even had the chance to debate. Future politicians in the making!


TTRS day at We know how important knowing your times tables are in Year 5 and we also know how to dress like a rockstar!


So much hard work has gone into our urban art final outcomes in Sycamore Class. We have hand-cut our own stencils and can’t wait to share the finished pieces next week.


A fantastic day of multiplication learning in Sycamore Class. Enjoy TT Rockstars over the weekend!


Some of the excellent propaganda posters produced by Elder class this week.


Year 1 have had a brilliant time celebrating Times Table Rock Stars day!


Yew Class were visited by Vanessa from the Pluckley Bread Station yesterday, who taught us about the process of bread making and helped us to perfect our kneading technique. The children said it is the best bread they’ve ever tasted! Thank you


We have really enjoyed looking at features of bridges, especially after we saw the one in our local village. Here is some of the art work that Year 1 feel proud of.


It was great to see some interesting geographical features in Aylesford. Year 1 enjoyed all that there was to see and can’t wait to go on another trip!


It is our intent at Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.

With regards to Reading, phonics will be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school.

We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.


The intent of our Reading curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more



To build an English curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills so that all pupils know more, remember more and understand more.
To design a curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding in Speech and Language, Reading and Writing as set out in the National Curriculum so that children can know more, remember more and understand more to help them reach and exceed their potential at Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford and beyond. 


To build a curriculum which develops a love of reading to help pupils know more, remember more and understand more. 

To design a curriculum which has reading at its core across all curriculum areas. Through choosing quality texts, we intend to develop a love of reading and allow children to recognise the pleasure they can get from their reading, as well as an understanding that reading allows them to discover new knowledge, revisit prior knowledge and understand more about what they learn, fuelling their imagination for ideas to use in their own work. 


To provide opportunities across all curricular areas for the development and application of Speaking, Listening and Writing skills to help all pupils know more, remember more and understand more.
To design a wider curriculum that provides regular opportunities for pupils to use and apply the writing and spoken language skills they have acquired from the English Curriculum. 



National Curriculum Programmes of Study and Scheme of Work 

·  English is planned for, following the EYFS Framework and KS1 and KS2 school curriculum. 

·  English is planned for following the scheme of work (as suggested by The Power of Reading but supplemented by high-quality selected texts which also form units of work). 

·  Whilst the National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary. 



·  The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Phonics is taught daily to all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have not passed phonics screening in Year 1. 

·  Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. Phonics is delivered in a whole class format because it enables staff to ensure application across subjects embedding the process in a rich literacy environment for early readers. 

·  Intervention is planned for those children who are working below expected levels. 

·  Read Write Inc. is used as the spine for delivery of the phonics sessions. Read Write Inc. is visual, audial and kinaesthetic thus increasing the likelihood of rapid progress. 

·  Pupils will be given reading books which closely match the phase of phonics that they are currently working within. 



·  Reading forms the core of our curriculum. All children read and are read to so that they develop a love of Reading. Books are selected by teachers with the knowledge of how they link to other areas of the curriculum. 

·  Reading Scheme – school uses different reading schemes to provide a wide variety of appropriate quality texts for children to read covering all genres. The schemes incorporated into our reading provision include: Read Write Inc. and The Power of Reading. All books are Book Banded in order to ensure progression and challenge for all children. 

·  Classic Texts – all children will have classic texts read to them in all year groups. This may include traditional fairy tales / rhymes in FS and KS1 to established classic novels in KS2. 

·  All children from year 1 complete the Phonics screening to ensure they read appropriately challenging books. This is regularly is checked termly and Reading books bands are changed accordingly. 

·  Individual Reading – all children in Foundation Stage read individually to a trained adult each weekly. Throughout school a minority of children will read 1 to 1 with an adult as a form of intervention. 

·  Home Reading – all children are expected to read at home and take home ‘home’ reading books. All children in UFS and Year 1 take home 2 reading books, a familiar read and a new read both of which are phonetically plausible. Children in Year 2 who did not pass Phonics Screening in Year 1 take home 2 reading books, a familiar read and a new read. Children in KS2 who did not pass Phonics Screening in Year 2 take home 2 reading books, a familiar read and a new read. 

· Reading lessons – all children from Upper Foundation Stage take part in Reading lessons. Reading Sessions, which run x5 sessions per week, are planned by all teachers to teach a range of skills and techniques which enable children to comprehend the meaning of what they read and develop their understanding of the vocabulary used by authors. 

· Reading Areas All classrooms have class reading areas with subject specific books and other age-appropriate reading for pleasure books. All classrooms have access to themed mental well-being books outside the classroom. 

· Library - All children visit the school library each week and choose a book to read at home for pleasure. 



·  The promotion of a language rich curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition across the curriculum. 

·  The development of speech and language is identified as one of the most important parts of our school’s early years curriculum. 

·  The promotion and use of an accurate and rich cross-curricular vocabulary throughout school is planned in all subjects. This is evident in all learning areas and is a key part of knowledge organisers. 

·  The promotion and implementation of tiered language across the curriculum provides the tools for children to make links across the subjects so that they know more, remember more and understand more. 

·  Pupils are given a wide range of opportunities to use and develop their Speaking and Listening skills to help them with the writing process across all areas of the curriculum. Appropriate Talk for Writing strategies are also used across school, where they will aid and benefit the writing process. 



Children will make at least good progress in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening from their last point of statutory assessment of from their starting point in Nursery. 

Children will use their English knowledge and skills, in all curriculum areas, to enable them to know more, remember more and understand more. 

 Children will have a love of reading and make at least good progress in reading from their last point of statutory assessment of from their starting point in Nursery. 

Children will use their Reading skills as a key tool in helping them to learn, and as a result, know more, remember more and understand more. 

Children will be able to produce written work in all areas of the curriculum of a similar standard which evidence good progress from their last point of statutory assessment point or their starting point in Nursery 





Please click on the links below to see our recommended reading lists for all year groups.

Recommended reading list - EYFS

Recommended reading list - Years 1 and 2

Recommended reading list - Years 3 and 4

Recommended reading list - Years 5 and 6


Other documents and information:

Book Trust Great Books Guide

Developing Reading Skills Through Questioning

Reading at Home KS1

Reading at Home KS2


Reading Workshop for parents (October 2021):

Read Write Inc - a guide for parents