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26/02/24

What a start to the week! Thank you so much for our wonderful book. We are looking forward to our online lesson. Happy creating to Year 3! pic.twitter.com/U67hcrEtmh

23/02/24

Beegu has landed! Sycamore Class arrived at school on Tuesday to find that an unusual spacecraft had crash-landed outside their classroom. They have loved writing character descriptions about their strange visitor... pic.twitter.com/cucAxDcEZ7

23/02/24

Year 3 created mood boards in Art yesterday, to develop a feel and understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic. They used a variety of textures and colours, and they are very proud of the result! pic.twitter.com/sTWvIAU256

22/02/24

We were so excited to celebrate Founders Day today. 40 of us were proud to wear our uniforms - from the youngest to the oldest members of our school community. pic.twitter.com/b3I9klNx44

22/02/24

This week, the Eco Council braved the elements to plant 240 trees along the back of the school field! Kindly donated via the - the trees are native trees, designed to encourage wildlife. The children worked so hard and loved every minute! pic.twitter.com/B0SL9SSzCs

09/02/24

Thank you so much to Maidstone for the materials to make our new class book corner today - and for kindly delivering. Great support to our school community of readers. pic.twitter.com/hsTXxESwkw

09/02/24

It has been a busy week in Year 3, with the children showcasing their dance to their parents, and then the whole of KS2! A huge well done to them, you were all amazing! pic.twitter.com/y7RLYzMNau

09/02/24

Elm Class have been busy designing games and apps to keep us safe online. Fantastic ideas from developers of the future. pic.twitter.com/9T1hlQGVk9

08/02/24

We loved doing our science experiment today. We had to see which material would make the best umbrella for a bear and then we put them to the test! pic.twitter.com/b7q885NQMa

08/02/24

Elm Class have been learning about being safe on the internet and created their own emojis pic.twitter.com/TsHMsqys9V

07/02/24

Year 6 enjoyed their free time activity for Children’s Mental Health Week. pic.twitter.com/TP5gS8YGPp

06/02/24

Sycamore Class enjoyed lots of activities to learn more about Safer Internet Day! pic.twitter.com/Kn1BGa2HG5

06/02/24

Fantastic discussion in Year 4 this morning around ways to stay safe on the internet. Topped off with 10/10 on the quiz!#SaferInternetDay pic.twitter.com/s92YsWQ9Qv

06/02/24

Year 3 have been discussing how technology has evolved and whether the internet has a positive or negative influence on us. They were very shocked to see some of the old technology!#SaferInternetDay pic.twitter.com/Y1zCm28KiM

06/02/24

Year 6 have been considering their own online activity and how they can use their knowledge to help others stay safe on the internet. pic.twitter.com/GkGZ4brphG

05/02/24

Year 5 were outside for their chosen activity for week. Playing, taking part in team games and colouring, we did it all! pic.twitter.com/pjgNM2ty9V

05/02/24

The KS2 school council representatives enjoyed their visit to the Maidstone County Hall. We learnt lots about the history of the building and even had the chance to debate. Future politicians in the making! pic.twitter.com/noQsrlmwNo

02/02/24

TTRS day at We know how important knowing your times tables are in Year 5 and we also know how to dress like a rockstar! pic.twitter.com/gkviXQS7FA

02/02/24

So much hard work has gone into our urban art final outcomes in Sycamore Class. We have hand-cut our own stencils and can’t wait to share the finished pieces next week. pic.twitter.com/pe9RFM54hj

02/02/24

A fantastic day of multiplication learning in Sycamore Class. Enjoy TT Rockstars over the weekend! pic.twitter.com/uzOVhDVeAZ

02/02/24

Some of the excellent propaganda posters produced by Elder class this week. pic.twitter.com/HGjbegcNXC

02/02/24

Year 1 have had a brilliant time celebrating Times Table Rock Stars day! pic.twitter.com/8QJ2wzQ0W9

31/01/24

Yew Class were visited by Vanessa from the Pluckley Bread Station yesterday, who taught us about the process of bread making and helped us to perfect our kneading technique. The children said it is the best bread they’ve ever tasted! Thank you pic.twitter.com/NEQl9rXTsq

26/01/24

We have really enjoyed looking at features of bridges, especially after we saw the one in our local village. Here is some of the art work that Year 1 feel proud of. pic.twitter.com/GF3siI4JJB

26/01/24

It was great to see some interesting geographical features in Aylesford. Year 1 enjoyed all that there was to see and can’t wait to go on another trip! pic.twitter.com/3Ja6WDarmh

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.