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16/07/20

Out of this world ... Hazel class with their certificates for their fantastic poems! https://t.co/zitIDZNwvi

16/07/20

Inspiring poets - children from Hazel class with their Talent for Writing’ certificates. Their poems have been selected to be published! https://t.co/afu1AqRQhD

10/07/20

Skye ash class science What were your outcomes Skye? https://t.co/U9d1INPaYh

10/07/20

Mia working on Hefty Hugh https://t.co/xyhEaLCfDw Well done Mia

10/07/20

Ruby's Sarcophagus drawing Well done Ruby - there is a lot of detail in this picture https://t.co/k9txN1Lw5G

10/07/20

Oliver wanted to share with you the submarine he made today out of recycled materials, he really enjoyed making this himself using cardboard and plastics to make something new. 😃 Well done Oliver https://t.co/IdQIVN1pYB

10/07/20

Ava spent this week working on an art project. She finds art a good outlet for her creativity Map of the UK. 3D using cotton wall and paper mache for a rocky/mountain effect. Painting and using sponges/pens for different textures. https://t.co/eZtgVnR56B

10/07/20

Ava completing her Virtual Sports Day Well done Ava - lots of action shots https://t.co/ZCLtleWl1h

10/07/20

Dana (sycamore class) discovered that tissues make good tea bags, whereas the normal paper was the worst! We have enjoyed the science award, thank you Mrs Shemilt! https://t.co/3raCZgSAcf

10/07/20

Oliver wanted to share some of his activities from sports day we couldn't do this yesterday so we had a sporty afternoon today! He loved it and scored a total of 100 points! Hope everyone at school enjoyed it too 🏅 https://t.co/iqqNWyzkcm

10/07/20

Ollie’s Stegosaurus Well done Ollie great detail https://t.co/I3Ej6gqoq9

10/07/20

Part 2 Ruby would like Miss Burford to see some of what she has been doing at home. She is working really hard. Well done Ruby https://t.co/L94zNpuMRm

10/07/20

Ruby would like Miss Burford to see some of what she has been doing at home. She is working really hard. Well done Ruby https://t.co/ezs1PTd6H6

10/07/20

Abigail was over the moon to get a certificate in the post today. She even made up a little song that she kept singing to herself!! Thank you for making her day :) Well done Abigail and we are going to share your song too https://t.co/8kwrVJkw3a

10/07/20

Abigail getting her Learner of the Week Award https://t.co/0G6wku5qCa

10/07/20

Fletcher was really excited to receive his award in the post this morning and couldn’t wait to stick it up on the fridge, thank you. Congratulations Fletcher https://t.co/jfJGlMY40Z

10/07/20

Thank you so much to Miss Adams and Miss Featherstone for this mornings year 2 scavenger hunt! Lex had a fantastic time. Attached photo is all the things he collected. Very much needed. Kind regards, Karen Savage https://t.co/mE0h0eTM6E

10/07/20

Ruby was thrilled to receive a special award through the post. Such a lovely lovely thing for her to have. We are really proud of her and the way she has approached lockdown and are so grateful for the support and encouragement she has received from school. Thank you

10/07/20

Oliver was so happy to receive this today! In the words of Oliver "I've waited so long for one of these" 😊 Thank you for a lovely surprise today. Wonderful words - thank you Oliver and well done https://t.co/1RE6PQ1Ygc

10/07/20

Mollie was very excited to get her Head teacher award from Miss Stevens in the post! Thank you, it brightened up a rainy day. Thank you for your lovely message. Well done Mollie https://t.co/wBrROp9Piw

10/07/20

Louie was so proud and happy with his headteacher award Well done Louie https://t.co/XMfF6k7IVY

10/07/20

Hi Mrs Adams Miss Featherstone and Miss Stevens. Emily and Olivia would like to say thank you for arranging scavenger hunt. It was good fun and nice to see some of our year 4 peers! Thanks Mrs Street

10/07/20

Skye is really happy for getting learner of the week Well done Skye https://t.co/IZxlU29O4E

09/07/20

Much fun was had by all Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/neQgg42h0H

09/07/20

The beginning of the end Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/LQQ6BcwYav

09/07/20

Even more smiles Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/s7ub7cXKt0

09/07/20

Sharing more smiles Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/GwZeGAFO1r

09/07/20

They are all still going Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/sylo6BDB4H

09/07/20

Action shots using cups Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/a6BfYZF3w2

09/07/20

Cups - let’s use cups. They hold more water Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/zbBfk9j8be

09/07/20

More action shots Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/L46smYLVBH

09/07/20

Access to water given to all. I wonder what they might use instead of water pistols? Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/tZi4ThW5kY

09/07/20

This is 40 mins in! Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/oGiFTqfVrH

09/07/20

Mr Harrington is smiling because he has the hose pipe! Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/fQCBziGPsN

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.