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15/10/21

Oak and Chestnut Class celebrated World Food Day today and we chose the country France🇫🇷 We learnt lots of facts, listened and danced to French nursery rhymes. We enjoyed tasting yummy French food including croissants, quiche, Brie and French bread. https://t.co/QogWdHmKXs

15/10/21

Year 2 have been learning all about Japan today and had the opportunity to make and taste some vegetable sushi. https://t.co/ewdYo0xRlx

15/10/21

Year 2 have been learning all about Japan today and had the opportunity to make and taste some vegetable sushi. https://t.co/pp1BUcpqjV

15/10/21

Nevaeh-Rose practising for assembly. https://t.co/VrgVCUv45Y via Live music and singing in school. What a wonderful start to this morning’s assembly.

14/10/21

Reading time in class. Help add extra books to the school library by buying books at the school book fair. We get 25% of sales back in books. https://t.co/FwJz7AfZB7

14/10/21

Food has been delivered ready for World Food Day tomorrow countries covered are France, Canada, Japan, Turkey, India, Greece and China https://t.co/XjyitdXEoW

14/10/21

Stationery and pointing hand also available to purchase - limited stocks though https://t.co/reuJkYVqGO

14/10/21

Junior reading books available to buy today https://t.co/Uda1OwaWiz

14/10/21

Selection of infant books book fair after school today https://t.co/DvT94OCjpB

13/10/21

Parent Showcase Sessions take place next week. Come and join your child in class and experience the excitement of learning together! https://t.co/VJ0rDpycdZ

11/10/21

Can you have a go at this weeks PE challenge? Send in your videos, pictures and scores or tweet us at https://t.co/Y8YvIoHvSb

11/10/21

Retweeted From Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT)

Meeting two was held tonight for the VITT Leadership and Management training. The focus was levels of leadership and the meeting was full of rich discussion, sharing opinions and collaboration across the Trust. https://t.co/DCuYXrz1EF

08/10/21

Year 4’s science experiment this term looking at different types of drinks and the impact they have on our teeth. As you can see this shows how important brushing your teeth is! https://t.co/OoueIvrjHO

08/10/21

Birch class working hard in Art to create their mood boards for Roman mosaics! https://t.co/atQ9MDP110

08/10/21

Year 4 enjoying their steel band workshop earlier in the week! https://t.co/O0xtjdPNDx

08/10/21

Year 4 author workshop with Jack Meggit-Phillips and his new book ‘Revenge of the Beast’. The children designed their own monsters and can’t wait to read the book! https://t.co/mcdwjmtgPP

07/10/21

We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health. tomorrow is an opportunity to show every young person that they’re not alone; they are valued and they matter. We would like to invite all children to come dressed in something yellow https://t.co/r226IsEHnV

06/10/21

Having an amazing day! Thanks for having us https://t.co/q5QzWBl9YU

03/10/21

Retweeted From BookTrust

Sir Michael Morpurgo described Judith Kerr's classic When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit as 'the most life-enhancing book you could ever wish to read'. Now, we're giving you the chance to win a copy of the beautiful new 50th anniversary edition: https://t.co/IgxnlDihA8 https://t.co/N5bP2NrlVN

03/10/21

Retweeted From JD Corby

Year 6 Open Evening . Really fun to meet our next generation of historians, philosophers and geographers, with lots of interesting guesses as to what animal our skull was, and real enthusiasm for our diverse and inclusive curriculum. https://t.co/0CgKEpGrSS

03/10/21

We love having links with you and the community spirit you are showing

03/10/21

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01/10/21

The Rev. Ruth and volunteers along with a sample of the donations generously given by our parents and staff. https://t.co/oiPA0cVHse

01/10/21

Inside the food bank - see end picture for details on how to apply or donate https://t.co/vKwTQCBovl

01/10/21

All the staff at school would like to say a heartfelt thank you for all the food donations and the beautifully decorated boxes. These will be delivered by Year 6 to our local food bank run by St Peters Church https://t.co/wzD5L66TNh

01/10/21

Theo, Year R telling us what the food is for. Thank you for the donations https://t.co/tRX5LFoz5C

01/10/21

So many children have created amazing food baskets for our local food bank. This is an example of one. https://t.co/nOStjmwGV5

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.