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26/01/22

More Daniel Mackie inspired artwork by Birch class in line with our theme this term of ‘The outside world’. 2/2 https://t.co/3jynm02Cuu

26/01/22

Birch class creating their final outcome in Art. They have made a mood board, researched our artist and drawn sketches in the build up to these wonderful outcomes! Next will be the evaluation! 1/2 https://t.co/QMHiKrC9kk

26/01/22

Headteacher’s award for amazing phonic work from an Oak Class student. Great use of your sounds, well done! https://t.co/eEv46OHAxj

21/01/22

As well as creating the characters from the journey the Jolly Postman has been on to help us retell the story on our working wall. https://t.co/wOrcmIYczJ

21/01/22

Year 1 have a fantastic learning launch today, dressing up as fairy tale characters and baking fairy cakes for our Jolly Postman theme. https://t.co/m8dpnJ1dAu

20/01/22

Year R enjoying their new outside area today! One of our pupils said it was “the best day ever.” https://t.co/JxrszRLVzL

20/01/22

Year 6 art, studying Escher and looking at optical illusions. We experimented with 3D drawings. https://t.co/dRV3XVU6OT

20/01/22

Year 2 are learning about Urban Art this term with a focus on . Here they are creating mood boards with different urban art images and charcoal. https://t.co/QpVK0kIMz6

18/01/22

Year 6 science,understanding the solar system https://t.co/MZ5nZ6vVdG

14/01/22

Playtime skipping, Dan the skipping man inspired a new love of skipping! https://t.co/ikvkhO7kAv

13/01/22

Many of us have set New Years resolutions to keep active! Are you being active at home as well as at schools. Can you try out this 60 second mountain climber challenge at home? 🏃🏼 🏔 https://t.co/scojaXsC6u

10/01/22

Year 4 Science launch today, looking at how vibrations allow us to hear different sounds. 2/2 https://t.co/JIU58SqCmj

10/01/22

Year 4 Science launch today, looking at how vibrations allow us to hear different sounds. 1/2 https://t.co/Xq9YZSRYiu

10/01/22

Year 4 had fantastic time in their skipping session this morning with Ben from https://t.co/CF48sf39jx

06/01/22

Today at Aylesford we enjoyed our first day of workshops with Isaac from What a great way to start the term and get our bodies moving! Here are some photos of Year 3 enjoying their workshop. https://t.co/r02Divw2va

06/01/22

Reception enjoyed learning how to skip today with coach Issac. https://t.co/4qz735Dv1i

05/01/22

Birch class creating their animal and habitat mood boards inspired by the work of https://t.co/6BgFBVWiqS

05/01/22

Year 6 have started their Earth and Space topic off with a ‘Big Bang’ https://t.co/QQuUk3lTkD

20/12/21

Year 2 evaluating their food and skills in DT https://t.co/DdFu5DR19u

20/12/21

Year 2 evaluating their food and skills in DT https://t.co/kOQ8aqTY7T

20/12/21

Year 2 evaluating their food and skills in DT https://t.co/7TX83QCox9

20/12/21

Year 2 enjoyed demonstrating their cooking skills for their healthy eating topic in DT this term by making flatbread, salsa and tzatziki https://t.co/o0UTRsV3nv

17/12/21

The staff in school chose to sign a card and donate to our wonderful local hospice https://t.co/52YxJEZdhg

17/12/21

Year 3 have had lots of fun designing and creating fantastic, scary moving monsters! https://t.co/J30w1yPHxc

17/12/21

Staff well-being is so important!! Today, as a thank you for a term of hard work, commitment and Covid interruptions, Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher cooked everyone breakfast. https://t.co/Keze1hNfNc

16/12/21

Christmas food parcels. Thanks you to all the parents and for their amazing donations. https://t.co/xtFJq2Q6Xk

16/12/21

Retweeted From Accelerated Reader UK & Ireland

😋😋 yum! Well done to all the target hitters! 🎯

16/12/21

Please see the link below for our KS1 Nativity https://t.co/aggfthcUrP

16/12/21

Santa’s little helpers are busy helping in the hall to prepare for Christmas dinner today! https://t.co/kVgYjIBJyg

16/12/21

Reception rocked their Nativity this week. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🎄 https://t.co/dM45x33BNb

15/12/21

To create our nightlight needed to think about a design suitable for a child and a way for light to shine through. The children needed to work carefully to cut out their shapes, draw on the designs and then build their 3D shape. https://t.co/SlViyokyra

15/12/21

Year 4 have been working hard throughout our DT topic of ‘night lights’ We have evaluated products, created designs and now made our own. We are looking forward to lighting them up using our electrical circuit knowledge from science! https://t.co/KmqAifnrVx

15/12/21

Ella in Year 4 recently received two trophies for coming first in a Street Dance competition. She works extremely hard and shows our school value of perseverance. Well done Ella! https://t.co/ysGeyYiag5

15/12/21

Wow what a fantastic morning we had! Here are some photos of Year 4 enjoying their delicious treat of hot chocolate and biscuits 😋 The children had a fantastic time and said it was great to have a reward for their hard work! https://t.co/u5p89riErD

15/12/21

This morning we are having hot chocolate and biscuit treat for all the children in Year 3 and 4 who have reached their Accelerated Reader target! Mrs Church is busy making lots of hot chocolate! https://t.co/HNxAZXR2uh

10/12/21

Massive thanks to for the donated Christmas tree. We have never had such a big tree in school and it looks beautiful. We would also like to say thank you to the parents for donations towards the decorations and donated decs. 🎄🎄🎄 https://t.co/hUNqfWumx3

07/12/21

Retweeted From BookTrust

With Christmas coming up, we have to ask - which children's book do you think would make the perfect present? Let's help each other out with our Christmas shopping 😂 🎁 https://t.co/0y6RGo1MEr

07/12/21

KS1 Nativity tickets are now available to reserve via https://t.co/7mqJxY4bbU

26/11/21

Evie in Hazel class has passed her Level 6 in swimming. She can swim up to 50m in both breaststroke and front crawl and she has completed her water safety training. Fantastic! https://t.co/G3lSSvxBRP

26/11/21

This week we have been celebrating sports and keeping active! Harvey in Yew class has recently started BMX racing and is showing fantastic talent as he has already won races! Oakley in Birch class plays football regularly and has recently tried kayaking! https://t.co/E9RuMLKAZc

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.