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10/07/20

Skye ash class science What were your outcomes Skye? https://t.co/U9d1INPaYh

10/07/20

Mia working on Hefty Hugh https://t.co/xyhEaLCfDw Well done Mia

10/07/20

Ruby's Sarcophagus drawing Well done Ruby - there is a lot of detail in this picture https://t.co/k9txN1Lw5G

10/07/20

Oliver wanted to share with you the submarine he made today out of recycled materials, he really enjoyed making this himself using cardboard and plastics to make something new. 😃 Well done Oliver https://t.co/IdQIVN1pYB

10/07/20

Ava spent this week working on an art project. She finds art a good outlet for her creativity Map of the UK. 3D using cotton wall and paper mache for a rocky/mountain effect. Painting and using sponges/pens for different textures. https://t.co/eZtgVnR56B

10/07/20

Ava completing her Virtual Sports Day Well done Ava - lots of action shots https://t.co/ZCLtleWl1h

10/07/20

Dana (sycamore class) discovered that tissues make good tea bags, whereas the normal paper was the worst! We have enjoyed the science award, thank you Mrs Shemilt! https://t.co/3raCZgSAcf

10/07/20

Oliver wanted to share some of his activities from sports day we couldn't do this yesterday so we had a sporty afternoon today! He loved it and scored a total of 100 points! Hope everyone at school enjoyed it too 🏅 https://t.co/iqqNWyzkcm

10/07/20

Ollie’s Stegosaurus Well done Ollie great detail https://t.co/I3Ej6gqoq9

10/07/20

Part 2 Ruby would like Miss Burford to see some of what she has been doing at home. She is working really hard. Well done Ruby https://t.co/L94zNpuMRm

10/07/20

Ruby would like Miss Burford to see some of what she has been doing at home. She is working really hard. Well done Ruby https://t.co/ezs1PTd6H6

10/07/20

Abigail was over the moon to get a certificate in the post today. She even made up a little song that she kept singing to herself!! Thank you for making her day :) Well done Abigail and we are going to share your song too https://t.co/8kwrVJkw3a

10/07/20

Abigail getting her Learner of the Week Award https://t.co/0G6wku5qCa

10/07/20

Fletcher was really excited to receive his award in the post this morning and couldn’t wait to stick it up on the fridge, thank you. Congratulations Fletcher https://t.co/jfJGlMY40Z

10/07/20

Thank you so much to Miss Adams and Miss Featherstone for this mornings year 2 scavenger hunt! Lex had a fantastic time. Attached photo is all the things he collected. Very much needed. Kind regards, Karen Savage https://t.co/mE0h0eTM6E

10/07/20

Ruby was thrilled to receive a special award through the post. Such a lovely lovely thing for her to have. We are really proud of her and the way she has approached lockdown and are so grateful for the support and encouragement she has received from school. Thank you

10/07/20

Oliver was so happy to receive this today! In the words of Oliver "I've waited so long for one of these" 😊 Thank you for a lovely surprise today. Wonderful words - thank you Oliver and well done https://t.co/1RE6PQ1Ygc

10/07/20

Mollie was very excited to get her Head teacher award from Miss Stevens in the post! Thank you, it brightened up a rainy day. Thank you for your lovely message. Well done Mollie https://t.co/wBrROp9Piw

10/07/20

Louie was so proud and happy with his headteacher award Well done Louie https://t.co/XMfF6k7IVY

10/07/20

Hi Mrs Adams Miss Featherstone and Miss Stevens. Emily and Olivia would like to say thank you for arranging scavenger hunt. It was good fun and nice to see some of our year 4 peers! Thanks Mrs Street

10/07/20

Skye is really happy for getting learner of the week Well done Skye https://t.co/IZxlU29O4E

09/07/20

Much fun was had by all Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/neQgg42h0H

09/07/20

The beginning of the end Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/LQQ6BcwYav

09/07/20

Even more smiles Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/s7ub7cXKt0

09/07/20

Sharing more smiles Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/GwZeGAFO1r

09/07/20

They are all still going Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/sylo6BDB4H

09/07/20

Action shots using cups Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/a6BfYZF3w2

09/07/20

Cups - let’s use cups. They hold more water Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/zbBfk9j8be

09/07/20

More action shots Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/L46smYLVBH

09/07/20

Access to water given to all. I wonder what they might use instead of water pistols? Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/tZi4ThW5kY

09/07/20

This is 40 mins in! Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/oGiFTqfVrH

09/07/20

Mr Harrington is smiling because he has the hose pipe! Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/fQCBziGPsN

09/07/20

Don’t shoot the camera man! Water fight 💦 Class of 2020 https://t.co/2RxQaF0ZFt

Relationships and Sex Education

As a part of your child’s education at Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme.

PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. It is taught throughout the school in every year group and this year it is even more important that you are aware of teaching content in order to support learning from home.

I am writing to let you know that, in the next few weeks, starting 15 June, if your child is in school, your child’s class will be taking part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme.

The link below gives you key information about this teaching.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812593/RSE_primary_schools_guide_for_parents.pdf

Why are we teaching this aspect of the curriculum?

Age four to six (Reception – Year 1): From this age, children should be able to identify safe situations and those which may be risky, like other children or adults taking improper photographs of them. They should be able to identify trusted adults (both at home and school) who they can talk to if they feel worried. Within this age group they should understand about different types of families, including those with same sex parents. The emphasis being on all different types of families.

Age six to eight (Year 2 – 3): Understanding the importance of boundaries within friendships and personal relationships is important, including online and through technologies such as mobile phones and games. They should know what films, programmes and online content they should and shouldn’t be watching, in addition to who to tell, if someone encourages them to watch inappropriate content (this is a grooming tactic).

Age eight to nine (Year 4): By this age, children need to be taught about the emotional and physical changes of growing up, coping strategies for different emotions, as well as looking after their bodies and the onset of puberty. We find that some girls may even be starting their periods in year 4, so it is critical that they have this knowledge at this age. We also recommend giving a gentle introduction to reproduction, this is the point at which we find we are able to tell children before they have received a muddled version from an older sibling or peers have been looking online for the definition of “sex”. 

Whilst some parents and teachers may question this age, it is important to know that ‘sex’ is spoken and sung about, widely in the media including in pop music aimed at children (e.g. Little Mix). If children type this simple word into the internet to find out what it means they will be presented with graphic and often disturbing images, so it is better to educate the children in a gentle age appropriate manner, than to leave them hungry for information.

Age nine to 11 (Year 5 – 6): At these ages it is important to review the previous information taught, as children tend to absorb and retain elements of the information when it is of relevance to them. So we allow children to ask more questions in these year groups, to ensure they understand what they have been taught and fill in any gaps in knowledge.

They will often want more details on conception, how babies develop (including twins) and are born. Sometimes they ask how people can get germs from sex and how they can be prevented, or there may be curiosity about feelings or body image – each group is different.

Lesson guidance

All PSHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values.

In teaching Relationships Education and RSE, we ensure that the needs of all pupils are appropriately met, and that all pupils understand the importance of equality and respect.

We comply with the relevant provisions of the Equality Act 2010, under which sexual orientation and gender reassignment are amongst the protected characteristics.

However, we ensure that all of their teaching is sensitive and age appropriate in approach and content.

Useful resources

Year 6 Lesson 1

How does a baby start?

How does a baby start cards

Puberty changes - guide

Puberty body part cards

Relationship pictures

Relationship question cards

Reproduction questions sheet

Reproduction answer cards

Anonymous questions template

Communication answers