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27/05/20

There have been some amazing entries for the VIAT Transition Project! You can see all the submissions so far, from the pupils joining VIAT's secondary schools in September & find some inspiration to create your own, on the dedicated website. Details here: https://t.co/9vsktj1Eex https://t.co/ojvNnjGbF6

20/05/20

For PSHE - Skye - Ash class wrote a letter to her elderly neighbours Well done Skye - https://t.co/oJZiqevIcZ

20/05/20

Thank you to Mrs Burton from Charlotte https://t.co/jluyGBC0Aj

20/05/20

Year 5 Home Learning showing an act of kindness. Skye Ash class making her mum a cup of tea. Well done Skye https://t.co/qc4Cbk0xJr

20/05/20

Thank you to Mrs Kindred - from Mia https://t.co/8Cl7SetkgX

20/05/20

Sophia from Chestnut class wants to wish you all a Happy Thank A Teacher Day! Thank you Sophia from all the team at Aylesford - that's made our day https://t.co/U0sU2zbRo2

20/05/20

Sophia from Chestnut class wants to wish Mrs Kindred a very Happy Thank A Teacher Day! Thank you for all you do and your lovely stories for our work. I enjoy listening to them. My favourite has been Hello Beaky! https://t.co/A2AkBNQJYW

20/05/20

Oliver from Chestnut class wanted to say a big thank you to Mrs Kindred for being a wonderful teacher! He has drawn and written a poster for her 😃 https://t.co/2kQtiCT4da

20/05/20

Amelia - Yew Class. This is the rain forest she made. Well done Amelia - so life like. https://t.co/JkvcQZzgPR

20/05/20

Skye - Ash class, boats she made and raced Well done Skye - that sounds like you had a great time. https://t.co/Mnnd1PMBTi

20/05/20

To Mrs Burton from George on Thank a teacher day https://t.co/tlqC2moeN6

20/05/20

Daniel saying thank you to Mrs Doe - she is a TA at school and Akela at Cubs https://t.co/z2O6WpJHIt

20/05/20

Todays act of Kindness - Daniel from Ash Class Well done Daniel you have been working hard https://t.co/hJyqa3Lp9z

20/05/20

Thank you to Mrs Burford from Beth https://t.co/RndV4ZHyVx

20/05/20

Abigail (Willow class) enjoyed her art project. She found sticks in the garden and made a rainbow A for Abigail and an E for her baby sister Emilia Well done Abigail https://t.co/d1yf1IRPen

20/05/20

Louie has loved the Year 2 Mario work this week and is engaged in home learning. Mr Hall/ Miss Stevens has promised Louie a headteacher sticker when we return to school. Well done Louie https://t.co/83Chpzcrpf

20/05/20

Annabelle- Ash Class singing Ocean Eyes by Billie Eilish for music home learning https://t.co/3c8H7QGPs2 Well done Annabelle

20/05/20

Dear Miss Fafunso, Below is Ewan’s teddy hunt algorithms. He loved showing his siblings how to find his teddy with it. Well done Ewan https://t.co/T7ygU3o0G8

20/05/20

Dana from Sycamore Class sending her thanks on Thank a Teacher Day. https://t.co/0YcWc0lFdU

20/05/20

Gus from Ash Class - sending a thank you to his class teacher and the Aylesford Team, along with playing them some songs https://t.co/FmfVf8z8Yu

20/05/20

A thank you from Abigail to her class teacher https://t.co/HP4ke4RLDD

20/05/20

Skye - Ash Class singing Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainer for her music home learning https://t.co/xqQqnZ7DV0 Well done Skye

19/05/20

We have seen how creative you can be. Please join in with Thank a teacher day. Send in videos or pictures to office.viat.org.uk Its tomorrow and for all teachers and support staff. They will all be shared on Facebook and Twitter https://t.co/c380PyRpCg

18/05/20

Retweeted From PiXL Primary

(1/2) Today is Day 1 of the 'Time Capsule Diary'. Today’s theme is ‘What I do’ and the suggested method of recording today’s diary is using a cartoon strip. Feel free to choose another way of recording if you prefer. Watch today's short video for more ideas and to get started! https://t.co/CU0lrO7qTi

18/05/20

This is for a Year 6 children https://t.co/10h2V4nxYr

18/05/20

On this day 1938 - The KFC library van called this morning to change juvenile library books https://t.co/Za4pNCvvgl

15/05/20

With access to libraries, classrooms and bookshops limited for most children, Books for Topics have been busy finding some of the best online story times for children to use freely at home: https://t.co/XxeAaXCtbw Have a look! We think they're great! https://t.co/EqYpi7lJRA

14/05/20

After the huge success of our Stay Creative competition, we're launching another! This time, there's a STEAM focus so we'd like to see work around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. All VIAT students can take part! Full details here: https://t.co/vZt14XuG45 https://t.co/weknWw5jOh

13/05/20

Here is this week's quiz. It is much easier than last week's. https://t.co/hqy7QrHpEk

13/05/20

We are proud that Mrs Doe has been pictured by as one of the COVID Community Heroes - She and many others in school have supported families with food parcels and dropping off school work and has been active with - supporting our wider community https://t.co/3dT94H6wSV

13/05/20

On this day - 13th May 1960 - School Concert made £38 half for the church fund and half for the school https://t.co/guip4HsKNJ

13/05/20

This week's headteachers blog https://t.co/3xVizOvNU0

13/05/20

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Let's get active! https://t.co/L9A97aFykG Have a go at our age related, progressive PE lessons. Carefully designed for home learning. 2 lessons per week in Tennis & Striking & Fielding this term.

12/05/20

Read our weekly Headteacher blog here - Not All Superheroes Wear Capes! https://t.co/3xVizOvNU0

12/05/20

Mollie enjoyed the art work and decided make a bright coloured star. Well done Mollie that is very colourful. Thank you for sharing. https://t.co/TUnLe4rwil

11/05/20

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High quality and professional PE lessons and Olympic themed home learning this week! 2 PE lessons per week across 4 age grps https://t.co/L9A97aFykG

11/05/20

This is part 2 of Amelia’s Egyptian project. Art/drama lesson was the highlight of today. She enjoyed the makeup and “Walk Like an Egyptian” Fabulous - well done Amelia https://t.co/WBf3TFb7Jb

11/05/20

Ewan enjoyed this art task and wanted to write a message in twigs to the NHS to thank them for what they do. Well done Ewan - https://t.co/bCl5itM6pd

11/05/20

Henry choose an Egyptian themed art activity to do instead. He looked at some of the options and chose making pyramids. I found a template on twinkl and off he went. He quite enjoyed this activity. I think the lockdown is making people appreciate crafts more which is really nice https://t.co/5jCmDourNR

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 Ayesford 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.

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.