Close

Our School App Stay connected on the go...

Open
Close

Download our FREE smartphone app today!

Get the app
Twitter Wall

Twitter Wall

Close

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

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.