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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

Community

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford, we take pride in working with our local community.  Click on the titles below to find out more about all the projects we have been involved in.

Charities Through Curriculum

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A whole-class, knowledge-rich fact file about African animals, which all children contribute to. Each entry into the book is presented as a pop-up art gallery, along with the artwork produced, to sell to parents to raise money for an African charity.

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Present a whole-class booklet and campaign to raise funds based on animal mistreatment in chosen country within Europe to help raise awareness and direct them towards local animal charities.

Fairtrade

Run a campaign linked directly to the Fairtrade Foundation.

Cross-curricular writing to include writing in role as a banana as it makes its journey from start to finish.

Save the children

A toy drive in aid of Save the Children.

No animal is fair game

Hunting awareness campaign.

Children In Need

In November, we raise awareness for Children In Need. Children have a fantastic time dressing up in their Pudsey Bear outfits, covering themselves in spots or wearing their pyjamas (and of course onesies) to school. Children also have great fun placing their donations on our Pudsey Bear. Thank you parents, carers and guardians for providing brilliant outfits as well as for your donations that will go on to help vulnerable children all across the UK including children with disabilities, children in need of bereavement support and young carers.

You can donate all year round by following this link: https://donate.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk

Children’s Mental Health Week

A special message from HRH The Duchess of Cambridge:

To mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week, The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Place2Be, has sent a message of support encouraging children and parents to find ways to share their thoughts and feelings, particularly during such a challenging time.

During the video message, The Duchess highlights the crucial need for parents and carers to look after their own mental wellbeing, and the impact that this has on the children in their care.

Last year, Her Royal Highness launched her landmark survey on the Early Years, ‘5 Big Questions on the Under-Fives’, which aimed to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. The research revealed that whilst 90% of people acknowledge that maintaining parental mental health is crucial to support the health and happiness of their child, in practice the majority of parents struggle to prioritise their own wellbeing.

The theme for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Express Yourself’ and focuses on the creative ways children and adults can share feelings, thoughts or ideas through art, music, writing, poetry, dance, drama, photography and film, or just doing activities that make them feel good.

In the message, The Duchess of Cambridge said:

“This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is all about expressing yourself – about finding creative ways in which to share your thoughts, ideas and feelings. So whether that’s through photography, through art, through drama, through music or poetry – it’s finding those things that makes you feel good about yourself. 

“And while this is Children’s Mental Health Week there has never been a more important time to talk about parental wellbeing and mental health too. Last year you told me just how important this was that many of us find it hard to prioritise. This is a hugely challenging time for us all so please look after yourself too. Find those ways in which to share your thoughts and your feelings or find someone to talk to because we really do need to be the very best versions of ourselves for the children in our care.” 

Her Royal Highness has supported Children’s Mental Health week since it was launched by Place2Be in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

On 6 November 2019, all of our pupils had the opportunity to see Her Majesty The Queen when she visited The Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) in Aylesford.

The village provides housing, welfare support and care to more than 300 people with connections to the Armed Forces.

The Queen opened the new Appleton Lodge care facility and visited the Centenary Village housing project. She also placed soil into a hole containing a time capsule, which is not to be opened for 100 years.

Over 20 parent volunteers and 30 staff accompanied the children, from Reception to Year 6 to this once in a lifetime opportunity.  They even managed to see Her Majesty the Queen being taken to her helicopter, and taking off, once her visit was complete.

This visit was an invaluable highlight as part of the connections we already have to the RBLI - see our blog and news pages for more stories, and our image gallery for some fabulous photos!

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Harvest Festival

This event sees us come together with the local community, every year, to provide food parcels for the elderly and war veterans living in the local area.

Previously, Tesco bakery has baked us some fantastic display bread and the whole school has decorated boxes and brought goods in.  These are ususally then sorted by Year 6 and distributed to our neighbours in the local area.

#HelloYellow

Lockdown is having a devastating effect on children and young people’s mental health. It’s been unbelievably hard, but together, we can make a difference and show young people they are not alone.

The focus and positivity that we get from taking part each year is fantastic. In the past we have sold cakes that have been cooked by pupils and parents, sold yellow ribbons as a symbol and groups of young people have given up their time to create posters and spread the word around school.

The focus and positivity that we get from taking part each year is fantastic.

We started this process because of the increasing number of pupils who were reporting mental health related issues. Often these pupils had struggled to be seen by a GP or a counsellor outside of school and needed someone to listen and accept that something was wrong. We are one of the fortunate schools that has an excellent team who are skilled and empathetic. But not every school is so lucky and not every pupil feels strong enough to take that first step to ask for help. #HelloYellow is often a catalyst in getting pupils to see that asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of - in fact it's the best thing that they can do.

#HelloYellow is often a catalyst in getting pupils to see that asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of - in fact it's the best thing that they can do.

Although we are limited this year as a result of COVID-19, our pupils’ enthusiasm was not. Each class was keen to outdo the other in wearing something yellow that is spectacular and demonstrates our commitment to recognising the struggle that people are facing each and every day.

We are looking forward to a time when everyone respects the feelings of others and shows understanding to their peers.

Lipscomb Cars Ltd

We are very lucky to have a relationship with our local car dealership who very kindly provide our Year 6 with prom cars so that all pupils can go to the ball in style.

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Local PCSO

We work closely with our Youth Engagement officer for Tonbridge and Malling, PCSO Toni Matthew who helps us understand topical issues around knife crime, common assault, shoplifting and peer pressure; who is legally responsible and more importantly who to turn to if you’re in trouble or feel worried.

Local Pre-Schools

We have reached out to all of our local feeder schools and keep in touch for open mornings, parent workshops and school readiness CPD. We invite them to visit our school regularly in the summer term, working closely to help pupils, staff and parents understand the expectations for school readiness.

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M&S Volunteer Day

As part of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2019), five members of M&S staff came along to help revamp the outside space at Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford.

Amber, Mandy, Gemma, Isla and Tina, along with a few other volunteers from the school, spent all day on Tuesday 4 June repainting the driveway fencing, planting flowers in the forest school to attract bees, and installing hedgehog houses and wildlife cameras. 

We are looking forward to welcoming them back to the school in the future.

Maidstone Hospital

Our pupils created some beautiful artwork for Maidstone Hospital, which is now being displayed in Covid Vaccination Hospital. We really hope the pictures cheer everyone up and that they brighten up the environment!

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Maidstone Magistrates

Every year, a local magistrate visits Year 6 at school where they explain the legal system and their work. The children, after learning that from the age of 10 years are legally responsible, interact enthusiastically and ask relevant and thought provoking questions. This is followed by a visit to Maidstone Crown Court where the pupils find out about Court itself and speak to a judge. They particularly enjoy sitting in the judge's chair, trying on their wig and standing in the dock!

Neighbourly Scheme

This brilliant scheme sees supermarkets work with local organisations such as schools, charities and care homes to give away their unsold fresh food so it doesn't go to waste. 

Our school receives regular donations from Aldi and M&S Food which we use for breakfast, school lunch and extra snacks for pupils. 

We have also packaged some of the food into parcels to distribute to individuals and families in need, within our local community.

Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI)

Year 6 pupils work with the Royal British Legion Village in Aylesford, part of the Royal British Legion Industries, to support some of their ex-service men in a community exercise.  These men are from Mountbatten Pavilion, a purpose-built centre to house young men suffering primarily with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Initially, this came about from delivering Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford’s Harvest baskets, which nearly all went to the RBLV.  However, two years ago, we had a surplus and asked if we could donate this to Mountbatten Pavilion.  We engaged with the men who were staying there at the time and from this was born a desire to work with these young soldiers to bring them something to look forward to each week.

It took a number of personnel working for the RBLI to orchestrate our wish as many aspects of the risk assessment had to be taken into account, not least that loud noises could trigger a PTSD episode and whether it would in fact be a viable option to have 34 ten-year olds in the same room as these ex-soldiers.  For this we have Maria Gallego, the Community Health and Wellbeing Officer to thank.  We are extremely grateful for her dedication in making this happen.

Eventually, we were told this would be acceptable and we were given the green light to go ahead with our visits, which would be every Tuesday afternoon.  The children were very excited to be able to take part in these visits and that our proposed plans had come to fruition. 

So, every Tuesday afternoon, we walked up to the RBLV and so began our wonderful relationship with these men.  Initially, both the children and the ex-service men were all a little wary of one another, but this didn’t last long!  Soon, everyone was engaging with each other and lovely friendships began to blossom on both sides.  We loved learning about the history of the men we were working with, they would tell us about their lives before, during and after being in service and we made biographies about them.  We were lucky enough to meet some of these men each week we went; Chris, Abby, Nathan, Steve, Paul, Mick and Carl and they began to look forward to our visits as much as our pupils looked forward to seeing them.

We engaged in a number of activities such as: they taught us how to march properly; how to salute and raise a flag on their flagpole; we took part in exercise drills used in the army training; we helped decorate their Christmas trees and communal areas; we sang and learnt carols; we made Christmas wreaths together for their tables when the men had their Christmas dinner and we played games organised by the veterans.  We continued our visits throughout the Autumn terms and so for over twelve weeks we engaged with the men who gained companionship, a stronger sense of purpose and a break from their normal routines as much as we gained from learning discipline, resilience and friendship from them. 

We are grateful that our Year 6 pupils get to meet these wonderful people, who can share their life experiences with us and help one another to be the best we can be.

You can read a wonderful thank you letter from the RBLI and watch our brilliant RBLI assembly here.