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21/06/24

After receiving an amazing letter from Hazel Class have been designing their own dragons. pic.twitter.com/ahHXGcP0Ss

21/06/24

On Wednesday, we had a very creative afternoon designing our very own dots. We developed our artistic skills, persevered and felt proud of the final outcomes. pic.twitter.com/8rRNpB6gJf

19/06/24

KS2 enjoying the sun, new chalk boards and sports equipment at lunch time! pic.twitter.com/EFLrrYh23H

19/06/24

On Monday, we held our ‘Cultural Fair’ to celebrate different countries and cultures. The fair was a huge success and the children learnt lots about the different countries including languages spoken there and traditions followed. Thank you so much to everyone who helped! pic.twitter.com/pHfX2mmJvQ

18/06/24

Key Stage 2 had a wonderful morning being entertained by a Music Roadshow from . This children were very inspired and will hopefully now go on to learn to play an instrument. Thank you for coming to see us. pic.twitter.com/oVEZuxLFXU

14/06/24

Elm Class have been on a tree hunt to find some deciduous and evergreen trees. Can find any trees at home? pic.twitter.com/91TLNGWXTs

14/06/24

Reading for pleasure in our wonderful library. What a lovely end to the week in Sycamore Class! pic.twitter.com/CSNjAAyavY

11/06/24

Year 6 had a great morning with Dr Crouch from Invicta, learning about colour reactions, acids and alkalis for our Science Week. pic.twitter.com/WwOegisyfU

06/06/24

Year 6 loved their trip to see ‘The Lion King’. Thank you to the PTA for this fabulous experience. pic.twitter.com/vcyWuJEME9

05/06/24

were having a great day here in Aylesford!! Top effort!! 🎖 pic.twitter.com/3DW0c2JuB9

03/06/24

‘A Day with a Difference’ was an absolutely wonderful way to begin Term 6, in Elm Class! We worked really hard on developing our skills in sports and really enjoyed the teamwork element, showing what great sports men and women we are. pic.twitter.com/Bzd0FVS1r5

03/06/24

Year 6 had a great day enjoying a variety of sporting activities on offer for our Trust-wide event, ‘Day for a Difference’. pic.twitter.com/AgUXfml0Vv

03/06/24

Thank you for helping Year 2 find the korfball stars of the future! pic.twitter.com/x76qWrZxpd

03/06/24

What a way to start Monday morning! Year 2 absolutely loved learning fitness skills with . pic.twitter.com/28Fl4HYUah

03/06/24

A great start to the VIAT Sports festival here at Aylesford. Year 4 loved playing Korfball! Thank you to for giving our children the opportunity to try a new sport. pic.twitter.com/5aHvftrAXk

24/05/24

Year 4 had an amazing trip at today. It was inspiring to see the work being done. Thank you for showing us around, we all loved it. pic.twitter.com/2a0OaGeDZb

24/05/24

Elder class made their very own ‘steady hand buzzer game’ in science today. What a great way to learn about electricity! pic.twitter.com/XtCDrktmUK

24/05/24

Yew Class welcomed parents into school yesterday to complete their Ancient Egyptian canopic jars. The finished results are incredible, and the children are all very proud of their creations! pic.twitter.com/du0IXudyBU

23/05/24

Year 1 had a magnificent time at their Parent Showcase this morning. Thank you so much for coming - it was lovely to see so much enjoyment while learning! pic.twitter.com/rxxeikvtra

23/05/24

We have really enjoyed hearing each others’ stories. We were really inspired by this terms story, ‘Wild’ by Emily Hughes. pic.twitter.com/EJR7LlzDi2

23/05/24

We have been growing beans and sunflowers in Year 1 this term. I wonder how tall they will grow now they have gone home with the children? pic.twitter.com/MMNXmVHjQQ

23/05/24

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23/05/24

Congratulations to the Year 5 boys who participated in the Oakwood Park Grammar School football tournament. Despite the weather, we all had an amazing time and the boys should be super proud of reaching the quarter finals. Well done! pic.twitter.com/KvZhIsFyyT

22/05/24

Elder class had a very exciting science lesson making a burglar alarm. pic.twitter.com/aJVW19iZky

21/05/24

Elm Class have had a wonderful time making their final outcome for Earth Art. “I am having the best time ever” said one child in the class. pic.twitter.com/dPBkFZ8O52

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.