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22/01/21

Year 2- Sonny created this bright and colourful postcard to send to Claude in Paris. It makes you feel like you are there. https://t.co/YdDCeJuFaw

22/01/21

Year 3 - In school took their cave building outside. This is what they think a Stone Age Man might live in. What do you think? https://t.co/lzRp8vkCOa

22/01/21

Year 6 have been doing computer coding using emoji’s. Which we’ll known story is this? https://t.co/5irBu40JB4

22/01/21

Year R have been making rockets with junk modelling items. What a creative selection! Let’s see what you have made at home. https://t.co/tRuCCWO4uz

22/01/21

Safer Internet Day is 9th February. Please watch this video made by one of the pupils from Invicta Grammar School. Its a very powerful and important message https://t.co/K3OOCwWMDg

22/01/21

Year 3 - Oakley drew his Stone Age House. Looks inviting, what do you think? https://t.co/m55qBlpSRQ

22/01/21

Year 3 - Oscar made a Stone Age House out of natural materials - lots of leaves involved. Well done. https://t.co/wVvoJzSc4M

22/01/21

Huge well done to Hazel Class - who have had 100% attendance both on line and in the classroom. Outstanding Effort https://t.co/5vHCA0Z52o

22/01/21

Speed Bounce Challenge - You have a week to share your results. Please share your results and videos of you taking part by 29.01.21 Can you beat Miss Hookey's score? https://t.co/14swONNZ4k

21/01/21

Year 4 - Amelia, wonderful example of direct speech. https://t.co/F3NkqYgvYt

21/01/21

Year 3 - Art work by Brandon showing what a Stone Age House would look like. What do you think? Does your house look like this? https://t.co/9LqZSKvoo4

21/01/21

Year 3 Cave Man Art by Kenton . Lovely use of natural materials https://t.co/GjIg23vvPA

21/01/21

Year 3 Cave Man Art by Fearne . Lovely use of natural materials https://t.co/Xym8p2ayZe

21/01/21

Year 3 Cave Man Art by Dylan . Lovely use of natural materials https://t.co/b83T91x3W0

21/01/21

Year 3 Cave Man Art by Cayden. Lovely use of natural materials https://t.co/wcbV6mlzkH

21/01/21

Year 6 - propaganda poster. What amazing use of character and colour. Well done Beatrice https://t.co/4puHwVzhIj

21/01/21

Evie wanted to share with you her amazing achievement. Before Christmas she completed the Lego Diagonal Alley which is for people who are 16+. This shows perseverance and we are very impressed. https://t.co/G9uAV099tD

21/01/21

This week year 5 have been writing a non-chronological report about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. They have looked at how to pick out key information from research and to turn their notes into amazing sentences. You can see in these excellent examples. https://t.co/hG1Cpr3ZTs

21/01/21

This week year 5 have been writing a non-chronological report about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. They have looked at how to pick out key information from research and to turn their notes into amazing sentences. You can see in these excellent examples. https://t.co/DOURugcqIK

21/01/21

This week year 5 have been writing a non-chronological report about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. They have looked at how to pick out key information from research and to turn their notes into amazing sentences. You can see in these excellent examples. https://t.co/9Zfcie7neV

21/01/21

This week year 5 have been writing a non-chronological report about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. They have looked at how to pick out key information from research and to turn their notes into amazing sentences. You can see in these excellent examples. https://t.co/21o8FNIvWH

21/01/21

This week year 5 have been writing a non-chronological report about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. They have looked at how to pick out key information from research and to turn their notes into amazing sentences. You can see in these excellent examples. https://t.co/mHTZWRVhuW

21/01/21

This week year 5 have been writing a non-chronological report about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. They have looked at how to pick out key information from research and to turn their notes into amazing sentences. You can see in these excellent examples. https://t.co/aeeZDpALVS

21/01/21

This week year 5 have been writing a non-chronological report about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. They have looked at how to pick out key information from research and to turn their notes into amazing sentences. You can see in these excellent examples. https://t.co/GCj5M7nFON

21/01/21

Today year 5 learnt more about coding by using a code to tell a story, similar to how coding gives the computer information to perform a task. Can you guess the stories? https://t.co/xakVdv2Krl

21/01/21

Today year 5 learnt more about coding by using a code to tell a story, similar to how coding gives the computer information to perform a task. Can you guess the stories? https://t.co/PnjvxjfQRN

21/01/21

Today year 5 learnt more about coding by using a code to tell a story, similar to how coding gives the computer information to perform a task. Can you guess the stories? https://t.co/N6El5KsYh4

21/01/21

Retweeted From Childnet

With only 3 weeks to go until Safer Internet Day on the 9th February, we take a look at some of the key sources you can use to help make Safer Internet Day 2021 the biggest yet! https://t.co/XtVTPCQnfm https://t.co/jN2B0FpAC0

21/01/21

Rocco and Lex have shared a photo from their walk yesterday. We think they're missing school as much as we are! https://t.co/RrTdGwF9we

20/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday - Today our Governors surprised all members of staff with a personalised Certificate of Appreciation. This went a long way in making the whole team feel valued. THANK YOU!#personaldevelopment https://t.co/demw2VMiSp

20/01/21

They'll be used so frequently making music that dust won't stand a chance!

20/01/21

Year 4: Geography - Fletcher has captured how our local area has changed. What do you think about the changes? Would you be in favour of our village being developed or do you have a contrasting point of view? https://t.co/aPF7QVUtgG

20/01/21

Favourite book alert! This is what Dolly had to say about 'Billionaire Boy' by "I liked this book because it was so fun to read!" https://t.co/f7eu6gfF2H

19/01/21

Year R - Topic Work. Ella did a wonderful picture of an astronaut and labelled it! https://t.co/XhpxRhmUUm

19/01/21

We will be sharing hints and tips over the coming weeks to help you stay safe whilst on line. Thanks for help start our campaign https://t.co/DXzOVDZYOz

19/01/21

Year R - Henry made this fantastic number line yesterday in the shape of a train! Super number writing https://t.co/nr3RJ0Ws0c

19/01/21

Year 4 - another example of creating a walk and detailing what you will see on that walk. What a very colourful plan. https://t.co/8vjD56JoWT

19/01/21

Year 4 - Maths. This child was proud of what they had completed and was delighted for us to share their work https://t.co/xFDdP041mC

19/01/21

Something new is happening at school! What do you think it might be? The children will see some changes when they return. We’ll give you a clue it involves books https://t.co/vbiUnqAc3X

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.