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30/06/21

Ash class - Art. Influenced by Picasso, Year 5 have created their own self-portraits in the style of cubism. Can you recognise any of our pupils? https://t.co/C3BcrHAmun

29/06/21

Year 6’s production practice is in full swing https://t.co/pEYPZe0IrT

24/06/21

More pictures of the PTA team and teachers who have made today happen and we still have KS2 to go https://t.co/dr1uqyYWtI

24/06/21

Socially distanced PTA - bringing the disco alive. Thank you all for making it happen https://t.co/xksHdsHVkW

24/06/21

We will rock you - oh yes we will https://t.co/tg3nO4y0Qi

24/06/21

Let’s ‘reach for the stars’ 🎶🎶🎶 https://t.co/TCOXwbPS5n

24/06/21

PTA and staff working hard on face paints and glitter tattoo’s https://t.co/4uJwwfF4P6

24/06/21

Making bubbles whilst in their bubble. Bringing some magic outside https://t.co/8mdd5eBob2

24/06/21

What happens when you can’t do a disco inside? You make it a an outdoor disco instead. All year group bubbles maintained and everyone is enjoying the DJ https://t.co/BxMfrbNCtC

17/06/21

AWARD 🏆RESILIENCE and EMOTIONAL WELLBEING 🏆 https://t.co/pkvJhueOFl

16/06/21

Retweeted From VIPS@Holboroughlakes

Year 2 participated in the VIAT Football match on Monday, it was great fun, thank you to for hosting! https://t.co/UpX2sWjqF1

15/06/21

Year 1 Learning Launch - Seasides - we couldn’t go to the beach so we brought the beach to us! https://t.co/mtSNvIwwBE

15/06/21

AWARD: RESILIENCE and EMOTIONAL WELLBEING - we are so incredibly proud of our school community. In the hardest of times we pulled together&have been recognised for ensuring positive wellbeing for pupils, staff&parents. A special thanks to Mrs Adams 🥇 https://t.co/SbCudAYKBd

15/06/21

Year 4 Learning launch - Science - Investigating with states of matter in everyday objects https://t.co/tixsd7WgBT

15/06/21

Critical audience - Year 5 & 6 - DT - Victorian Toys. Mr Kevin Perry joined today to critique the children’s design and technology skills of the toy models https://t.co/JR0CwGVtoG

15/06/21

Critical audience - Year 5 & 6 - DT - Victorian Toys. Mr Kevin Perry joined today to critique the children’s design and technology skills of the toy models https://t.co/7COgPbX3BS

15/06/21

Critical audience - Year 5 & 6 - DT - Victorian Toys. Mr Kevin Perry joined today to critique the children’s design and technology skills of the toy models https://t.co/isQvjiRcJk

15/06/21

KS1 Cooking Club - Kebabs - perfect weather for a BBQ 🍗 https://t.co/OuLQpHbiQd

15/06/21

Year 5 - Learning Launch - Geography. Investigating the effects climate change has on sea levels. ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/rCnBKrhObg

15/06/21

Year 1 - Learning launch - Science - sorting and classifying materials. ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/GxSTFm0AJg

07/06/21

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of the allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/bio8NMeeWr

06/06/21

Learning Environment - Ancient Egypt - ‘A clean and well-kept building guarantees nothing about the quality of work children will accomplish within it. But it matters. It’s a message’ https://t.co/7YKXne30oD

04/06/21

Learning Environment - Geography - ‘...when a community is proud of its school, the children become part of this ethic’ https://t.co/WIrvvqelNe

04/06/21

Learning Environment - Reading in to writing- ‘.The building doesn’t have to be a palace but it has to show the children, the teachers and the parents that somebody cares about them.’ https://t.co/iSPw5z97Un

04/06/21

Learning Environment - Victorians - ‘The beauty we have designed in our centre isn’t just window dressing; it’s an essential part of our success.’ https://t.co/nRCElCc8vp

04/06/21

Learning Environment - Design and Technology - ‘.A clean and well-kept building guarantees nothing about the quality of work children will within it. But it matters. It’s a message’ https://t.co/QqixSLLHmQ

04/06/21

Learning Environment - Life Cycle of Plants- ‘...we put them in a beautiful place; give them a small taste of what a decent, dignified future might feel like, and that makes all the difference’ https://t.co/772wsbC1tu

29/05/21

Y1 - History: Great Fire of London - authentic outcome. In Design and Technology Y1 were learning, designing, building and evaluating their own houses to create Pudding Lane. So when Fireman Stevens surprised the children with a reenactment of the emotions were very real 🔥 https://t.co/q0wuCNDeto

29/05/21

Reception - Authentic Outcome - after finding out that There was a secret Bug garden party at Aylesford today and with Austin dressed as Andy the Adventurer ⁦⁩ himself joined Chestnut to celebrate their party! https://t.co/5iJbkAMpim

29/05/21

Power Challenge Virtual STEM day. Pupils took on the role of ⁦⁩ electrical engineers to create circuits that will power homes, cities and the UK https://t.co/7zI6mqxuLE

29/05/21

Year 5/6 - Design and Technology - Victorian Toys. Punch and Judy were the inspiration behind these newly designed puppet shows. Axels, cogs, joining methods, mixed with knowledge of differences in materials used by rich and poor people, helped create 21st century Victorian toys. https://t.co/rjm0n55f9U

29/05/21

Year 2 - Geography & Art: Kenya - collaboration between us and ⁦⁩ has created beautiful and creative Kenya themed masks. We look forward to sharing these at our ⁦⁩ I.C.E exhibition of the arts https://t.co/aQfb46k2I7

29/05/21

Year 5/6 - History - Should children be put in the works house? Great debates in front of a critical audience of magistrates. Knowing more and remembering more at its finest! Great arguments for & against articulated well; accurate vocabulary and facts. ⁦https://t.co/cGNGbDmJzx

29/05/21

Year 5/6 - PSHE - First Aid. Paramedics joined us and we were shown how to apply bandages and tourniquets and practice on ‘casualties’. Most improbably we were reminded about the dangerous implication of a hoax 999 call! ⁦ https://t.co/3O4S4rdFnV

29/05/21

Extra Curricular - Archery Club have achieved their FITA White Arrow Award! Many skills like stringing a bow have been learned and the whole group scored 115 or more with 15 arrows. AMAZING! 🏹🎯 . Watch out https://t.co/qP8W4Tlkyo

29/05/21

Y4 - Design and Technology - have been busy designing, tasting, baking, evaluating to design cup cakes that celebrate a festival. They focussed on the Muslim festival of Eid and their critical audience, cannot wait to taste them! ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/gSDfezZiJi

29/05/21

Year 2 - what are they up to? Keep your eyes peeled ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ - our contribution to our Trust’s upcoming I. C. E. Creative Art Creation has begun... https://t.co/19I89AVt0d

29/05/21

KS2 - Illustrators. Budding artists were joined by author and illustrator of the text Claude in the City, ⁦⁩. The children LOVED their experience! What do you think of their drawings? We cannot wait to make a display in school to celebrate their excellence! https://t.co/K9bxMLC3ad

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.