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22/06/22

EYFS and Year 6 had a great time together today. https://t.co/Qb6IMkXkWf

10/06/22

Year 6 are enjoying their cricket lessons https://t.co/S2MBH3hypW

27/05/22

Birch class are ready to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee! https://t.co/gAzc8zzBLD

13/05/22

Willow class had a fantastic afternoon of fun in the sun. With Mrs Lyon’s teaching them some country dancing as well as playing some great outdoor games. The smiles show it all! https://t.co/9y5rfjCmHQ

13/05/22

Year 6 end of SATs treat day. Our students have worked so hard they deserve this!! You’re never to old for a pirate ship adventure!#sats2022 https://t.co/ArG9JfM1AB

10/05/22

An amazing achievement for one of our Year 6 girls - Gold for the Kick Boxing Drill and Silver for the Hand Drill in the Kent Regional Championships! https://t.co/8vuYxJ6E1w

10/05/22

Year 6 we’re letting off some steam and having some friendly competition with rockets https://t.co/GahoLDGjWA

10/05/22

Year 6 SATs breakfast. We are so grateful to community champion Helen for her kind donation of products. Our pupils are enjoying eating together before sitting their papers. https://t.co/wy9aL1aHd3

06/05/22

Willow class had their learning launch this week based on Jon Klassen’s amazing book “I want my hat back”. We’ve been authors and illustrators writing our own versions of the book, and artists making rock paintings of our characters too. Thanks for the inspiration! https://t.co/Fuh5TkgGnc

06/05/22

Pre SATS treat. We are so proud of our Year 6 pupils, the resilience and perseverance they have displayed has been outstanding! They are a credit to our school and their families. We wish them all the best. Now go and shine like the stars that you are. 🌟🌟🌟🌟#year6 https://t.co/GLBPb5lzMT

03/05/22

Aylesford Primary had a fantastic Friday at the music department at Invicta Grammar, thank you for having us 🎼 Music videos will be available on our website soon 💫 https://t.co/6SzymbVf53

03/05/22

We are delighted to be able to finally show you the final performance from Year 5’s ‘Shakespeare Week’ workshop. The children studied the play MacBeth and learnt lines from this to perform in front of other schools from the trust. They had a fantastic time! ⁦ https://t.co/3dFFtuaq5Q

22/04/22

Today Year 4 had their learning launch for English based around our new text Varjak Paw by . We have made cat masks, created city landscapes and learnt “The Way” 🐱 https://t.co/YPJerLYuYQ

22/04/22

Today Year 4 had their learning launch for English based around our new text Varjak Paw by . We have made cat masks, created city landscapes and learnt “The Way” 🐱 https://t.co/rXRr5UhDEy

22/04/22

Today Year 4 had their learning launch for English based around our new text Varjak Paw by . We have made cat masks, created city landscapes and learnt “The Way” 🐱 https://t.co/J7eFytg178

20/04/22

Year 5 had an excellent afternoon taking part in Bushtucker Trials in ‘I’m a School Child, Get Me Out of Here,’ https://t.co/aw3aKPCWnc

20/04/22

Year 5 had an excellent afternoon taking part in Bushtucker Trials in ‘I’m a School Child, Get Me Out of Here,’ https://t.co/PBpMe4yE8r

01/04/22

Looking forward to seeing the children enjoy our new AR library books! Thank you to the PTA for our new books, the children requested books and we were delighted to deliver! https://t.co/fAzvpKUGab

31/03/22

Birch class enjoying their reward on the new EYFS area after winning the masked reader challenge on World Book Day📚#strivingforexcellence https://t.co/ldy2XUTEjR

31/03/22

Year 4 have worked incredibly hard this term in D.T to create their WILBAR outfits. Here are Birch class with their wonderfully sewn t-shirts! https://t.co/Xp4WE9kUoT

30/03/22

A fabulous entry from these Year 5 boys to the Heritage Design Challenge in association with Maidstone Museum. Fantastic work! https://t.co/6g86QE3kGD

30/03/22

Accelerated reader reward morning for Years 2,3 and 4. Well done to everyone that reached their targets! Ice poles and biscuits have been well deserved. ❤️ https://t.co/CiDZWpExc6

24/03/22

Fantastic day had by all children, teachers, parents and carers who came to watch. https://t.co/JuxhOm9Bi9

24/03/22

What an amazing experience for our children to be involved in. Singing songs they have learnt along with thousands of other children whilst supporting Adoption UK and raising awareness for FASD https://t.co/T2Ued4t63I

24/03/22

Just look at those smiley faces! The children had an absolute blast at Voice in a Million yesterday! https://t.co/8a7KTzRbKv

23/03/22

Choir have arrived at Wembley Arena and are really enjoying the practise ready for this evening! https://t.co/hSGeTTJixe

22/03/22

Some of our Year R children helping to plant a plum tree today for our forest school area... a huge thank you to the PTA and parents for this gift. https://t.co/9c3McXjq8X

15/03/22

A huge thank you to , the children at Aylesford thoroughly enjoyed “I Am a Tiger” by Karl Newson and Ross Collins. https://t.co/1B23KRZ1Jy

15/03/22

A huge thank you to , the children at Aylesford thoroughly enjoyed “I Am a Tiger” by Karl Newson and Ross Collins. https://t.co/u8nJSJugh2

14/03/22

Retweeted From Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT)

Are you considering a career in teaching? Or are you already a teacher? We are offering the opportunity to visit one of our primary schools on Thurs 24 March 2022 between 3.30pm-5pm so you can see what we have to offer first-hand. Book here: https://t.co/ANKi3OvBIO

03/03/22

Hazel and Birch class in their wonderful costumes for World Book Day! 1/3 https://t.co/aRnx6JcxK1

03/03/22

Hazel and Birch class in their wonderful costumes for World Book Day! 2/3 https://t.co/wRMhxg6BWo

03/03/22

Hazel and Birch class in their wonderful costumes for World Book Day! 3/3 https://t.co/0uffab96sj

03/03/22

Reception enjoyed a dance workshop led by students from Invicta Grammar School https://t.co/74EEdzDpfS

24/02/22

Well done Ava and Austin who went litter picking with family members following the storm. Setting an amazing example to the eco warriors, the school and local community https://t.co/Wbf6wT4EHc

24/02/22

Fantastic fundraising from a pupil in Oak Class. Instead of filling a raisin box she filled a bean pot. Well done and we are looking forward to sharing this with the PTA. https://t.co/EGHccK5S9a

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.