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24/10/20

A very successful 1st PTA event of the year&what an amazing effort by all the children! A massive thank you to all the PTA that helped, your enthusiasm and of course a massive well done to Julie-Anne Clements who was out there everyday including in the rain!

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/BQkbDEmH6l

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/kwjLALctOT

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/UbjZleVXm2

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/EseFa37aeZ

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/IiMQsYurCY

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/GoY4qIYxTr

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/GccOy54Cnt

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are 🎃👻 https://t.co/kyPoL85SW3

24/10/20

Miss Stevens had a really tough job picking out our 14 winners today - she even asked us to add a 15th prize for a highly commended entry which we all agreed was fantastic! https://t.co/DHyv5PQIV3

24/10/20

🎃👻 Thank you to each and every one of you who entered our Halloween competitions - you were all amazing🎃👻https://t.co/jhc26CSmbH

23/10/20

PTA update day 3 and 4 produced 190 entries. It’s your last chance to enter this morning.

21/10/20

Pupil voice - If someone tells you to bring a knife and threaten someone - don’t do it. If you see a crime scene report it to the police. This followed a talk by PSCO Matthews from the community safety team

21/10/20

Pupil voice - You could spend 16 years in prison for a knife crime. Tell a teacher if someone brings a knife to school. This followed a talk by PSCO Matthews from the community safety team

21/10/20

Thank you PCSO Matthews from the community safety team who came into school to discuss various topics - pupil voice comments to follow. https://t.co/xJW0su8NCF

21/10/20

Retweeted From Childnet

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying, and research reveals it affects 12% of young people in this country. Our guidance is designed to support schools in preventing and responding to cyberbullying. https://t.co/cpvomLkD00 https://t.co/uBy72rRdex

21/10/20

Helping making a difference with period poverty. Supplies available to all who require any via the office and the red box. https://t.co/DGueRV20s4

21/10/20

Reading is placed at the heart of everything we do here at VIPS Aylesford as is working closely with parents to ensure every child reaches their potential. We have created this video to help you feel confident when hearing your child read at home. https://t.co/jyhthVZTVJ

21/10/20

Miss Fafunso and Mrs Adams delivered a virtual assembly this morning with the theme: Black History Month. We value all! https://t.co/aaJ53kkb5G

21/10/20

Halloween competition day 2 update. The PTA took in 81 entries and would like say a massive thank you to the generous parent who contributed £10 for her son’s entries.

20/10/20

Daisy in Ash class after learning about Australia during world food day on Friday has kindly shown her class some of her families Australian collection. Well done Daisy for helping us have a clear vision of what to expect in Australia! https://t.co/hV3R3JZnmA

20/10/20

Thank to the PTA - who have come up with a socially distanced fundraiser. They will be there every morning to collect your Halloween entries (£1) per entry. We got 61 yesterday. Get crafty and every entry receives a small prize https://t.co/YeOnebTJpt

19/10/20

Our Big Question of the week: Is it the responsibility of the young to protect the planet? https://t.co/zv94oBkDT2

16/10/20

Wow that looks amazing - well done Ava. What an amazing lattice apple pie. https://t.co/jCL8GcXeqI

16/10/20

Using her Maths and Design and Technology skills here. Well done Aca. https://t.co/Qnl1fo6riK

16/10/20

Planning and Preparation and its looks like Ava has worked well in this. The pictures sum up each stage so well. https://t.co/1BLyhaO5qF

16/10/20

Proof is in the pudding. Lets follow the journey https://t.co/xhXxLysClB

16/10/20

After learning about China and creating a fact file, why not finish the day with Chinese food - a first time experience for some! https://t.co/Jfz0fOpQR1

16/10/20

Fact files about Argentina and making chocolita with dulce de leche in Sycamore and Elm https://t.co/6tr3Xzxfqr

16/10/20

Maple syrup on pancakes! The best fact we learnt about Canada in Maple and Willow class https://t.co/PdTK3NGB6A

16/10/20

Beech and Ash were learning about Australia - vegemite on toast, love it or hate it? Beautiful aboriginal art and discovering famous Australian people https://t.co/xLQMlcXReQ

16/10/20

Pizza making in Chestnut class - it’s great! https://t.co/DPZKkzleQ7

16/10/20

Learning all about Turkey in Year 3 - we really enjoyed the food! https://t.co/qQvkcKSgjz

16/10/20

Hazel Class enjoying learning about India https://t.co/6vUG1Sah7x

16/10/20

Well done to all our reading raffle prizes today https://t.co/IMB8LMP4Jk

10/10/20

Retweeted From BookTrust

Did you know it's today? We've put together a list of books that could help to raise awareness, increase understanding, or encourage children to start conversations about mental health: https://t.co/A1mA3BxI7e Pic: Anna Llenas https://t.co/iTAfVlOeKg

10/10/20

Retweeted From Childnet

Today is - we have created a list of what to do if you are concerned about a friend online. https://t.co/KTxrXwEmoq https://t.co/BDPxer5K8p

10/10/20

Have you read this? Is it on your read list? Let us know we love to hear what you are enjoying reading. https://t.co/a4jPYDilAn

10/10/20

Retweeted From SST Maidstone

Missed our Open Day? Catch up with the Headteacher’s Message and tour here! https://t.co/LGD7db4SfK

10/10/20

Retweeted From neighbourly.com

From community centres, to youth clubs, support groups and food banks, local good causes are crucial in their contribution to mental wellbeing in our communities https://t.co/TyEN9b8OWx

English

100 books to read before you leave primary school

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford we believe that it is every child’s right to be able to access the world around them through the medium of language. As such, we promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, enabling them to listen, speak, read and write confidently for a wide range of purposes throughout their school years and beyond. We recognise that it is important to cultivate an enthusiasm and appreciation for literacy and aspire to do so by ensuring real-life and cross-curricular learning experiences.

Aims

The English Curriculum at Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Spoken Language 

At Aylesford, we recognise the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. We nurture the development of pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills by providing a range of opportunities for children to speak and listen for different purposes and audiences. The teaching of spoken language is underpinned throughout all other areas of the curriculum.

Reading

We are a reading school and aim to instil a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. We believe that it is every child’s right to learn to read and we hope that many children go beyond this and develop a love and passion for reading. Staff act as reading role-models and children have access to a wide range of quality texts both in the class libraries and the main school library. Through reading, pupils at Aylesford have opportunities to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Our reading teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in the two dimensions:

  • word reading (decoding - taught through Read Write Inc phonics)
  • fluency (speed of reading)
  • comprehension (both listening and reading)  

At Aylesford, all children are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction genres to develop their knowledge of themselves. Through daily reading, we aim to feed our pupils’ imaginations and open up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious minds. Reading is taught in discrete phonic sessions (one-to-one with a teacher or teaching assistant) and through whole class reading lessons. In addition to this, there are daily timetabled sessions to develop independent and sustained reading skills.

Through termly teacher assessments, each child is tracked ensuring that they are being supported and challenged at the appropriate level.

Writing

Children develop a joy for writing from the emergent writing in the Foundation Stage to the accomplished and confident writers that leave our school. At Aylesford, our English teaching focuses on the following areas:

  • transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in writing)

We acknowledge the value of ‘Talk for Writing’ and through the use of well-planned learning sequences, children are given opportunities to verbalise ideas in most sessions. Writing is taught through discrete phonics sessions and through the use of shared, modelled writing and guided writing. Teachers use feedback marking to inform pupils of their next steps and to inform future planning. At Aylesford, we value the importance of children reflecting on their own learning, and that of peers, to edit and improve their writing as a result.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) are taught throughout KS1 and 2. Spelling is taught following the Read Write Inc (RWI) Spelling programme. Pupils are taught spelling rules and patterns which are then practised daily through various games and activities both in class and at home. At Aylesford, it is our aim to give children confidence in their own spelling ability. As a result, children strive to use the best word rather than the easiest word when they are writing. New vocabulary, often linked to the text or the Creative Curriculum, is introduced and embedded in every English lesson. Pupils also have regular, weekly lessons focussed on teaching the rules of grammar and punctuation which are underpinned and identified in text work and then applied to their own writing. As part of our feedback marking, teachers will highlight the next steps for children’s grammar and punctuation learning as well as identifying spelling words for children to practise.

GPS Glossary

Our Curriculum

Literacy is taught throughout the school on a daily basis. In the Foundation Stage, children follow the ‘Communication, Language and Literacy’ area of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Children have discrete taught sessions of phonics (following the Read Write Inc. programme) and reading, where children are encouraged to share and respond to a range of texts. Speaking and Listening underpins all aspects of the Foundation Stage curriculum where children are encouraged to explore through role play and to continually converse for different purposes and to varying audiences. To compliment this, during child initiated learning time, children have free access to class libraries, writing areas and phonics resources.

The English Programmes of Study for Key Stage 1 and 2 are followed throughout Years One to Six and are combined with daily Read Write Inc. Phonics Sessions for pupils in Key Stage 1. Read Write Inc. intervention sessions continue throughout Key Stage 2 for those children who still have not met the age related expectation.