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24/11/20

Part of our intent is to prepare all pupils for the next stage in their education. UKS2 have been given new lockers to support their independence and transitions into learning. “They’re so cool” Elder Class. https://t.co/hgmUg2uEQO

20/11/20

Odd socks supporting anti-bullying week https://t.co/adRCDYTOGg

20/11/20

Reading raffle winners! Read five times a week to be entered in your class raffle. https://t.co/6LZoaArZW8

19/11/20

Mia’s superb writing all about ‘How to find gold’ by . Well worth a headteachers award https://t.co/FybF686cSH

19/11/20

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Makenna’s home learning - an amazing home made zoo. They are currently learning about continents. Well done an excellent piece of work and she received a headteachers award https://t.co/Lb1pKrJckv

19/11/20

What was the inspiration behind this model? Max made this after Mrs Donnay set a challenge in her assembly about repurposing cruise ships. Max said he had a lot of fun making but it was a lot of hard work. Well done Max https://t.co/fGXHyvpLcc

17/11/20

Hooray!! Children in Need!!! Total money raised to be announced soon. https://t.co/tMnDrESP2c

17/11/20

Children in Need annual duck race. Well done Beech class!! Great work Quackman & Bobbin! https://t.co/1CYhz2edxB

17/11/20

Children in Need colouring competition and sweets in a jar winners! Well done!! https://t.co/wtLaHoSMNT

17/11/20

Jazz hands for Pudsey!!#ChildrenInNeed https://t.co/s0QR9182g4

17/11/20

Pudsey and pyjamas!! https://t.co/s4SP6hYa1T

17/11/20

School council presenting their Anti-Bullying assembly today to the whole school via teams. https://t.co/8aZjcgXWYN

17/11/20

As part of are offering 60 days free access to a parents safeguarding app. Use the code below https://t.co/H7VDUpSna0

17/11/20

We are supporting , please send your child in odd socks on Friday we have made a difference in school by listening to pupil voice and updating our behaviour policy. https://t.co/qbIDFJCyMY

13/11/20

Congratulations to our Cucina kitchen team for achieving a 5 star food hygiene rating from the Food Standards Agency this week. Not only is their food 5 star, their kitchen is too! https://t.co/xfgQU8eiL2

13/11/20

Here at Aylesford we prioritise Reading! Read 5 times or more a week, record it in your reading record = entered into the weekly raffle. Raffle tickets are drawn in celebration assembly and winners choose a reading book that they can keep forever. This week's winners are...📚 https://t.co/r8L363ucST

12/11/20

Aylesford has been invaded by some new and rather colourful Bee-Bot’s and EaRL Robots - we are looking forward to sharing how these resources will be used in school. https://t.co/0JTvwoTKJs

12/11/20

Congratulations to our kitchen team from Cucina for getting 5 star star food hygiene rating from the Food Standards Agency https://t.co/STJP0TkSjf

11/11/20

Poppy creations: children throughout the school contributed to the poppy display in St Peter and St. Paul’s church in Aylesford with poppies and poems. https://t.co/hRSOnnHxAl

11/11/20

Poppy garden: beautiful poppies, made by children across the school, placed in the church garden of St Peter and St Paul’s church in Aylesford. https://t.co/M1vHCg2ou3

10/11/20

Albert fantastic homework project - he made a shield that celebrates VE Day. Well worthy Headteachers Award https://t.co/itkW1KyOTc

06/11/20

Huge congratulations to Elm and Hazel class who both have 100% attendance this week despite the national lockdown. Well done to everyone. #100%

06/11/20

Well done Reuben - you have made an amazing poppy https://t.co/vG506ln2Lm

05/11/20

Excellent work boys - home made Roman boat and time line of all kings and queens - very deserved headteacher awards https://t.co/EFtnnbrZ0k

04/11/20

Remembrance poppies - beautiful poppies created by children over half term, with Ava Perry proudly showing hers. Why don’t you have a go at creating your own poppy during Home Learning today or write a poem relating to Remembrance. https://t.co/n7sOestgC5

02/11/20

On the last day of term 1, the children listened to a range of spooky stories with a focus on the delivery of the story and how to really captivate their audience https://t.co/HJKTFkRrqa

02/11/20

On the last day of term 1, the children listened to a range of spooky stories with a focus on the delivery of the story and how to really captivate their audience https://t.co/7HsWAQafLs

02/11/20

On the last day of term 1, the children listened to a range of spooky stories with a focus on the delivery of the story and how to really captivate their audience https://t.co/N28Jr22jbH

02/11/20

Year 2 on a virtual call with a chief nurse - learning about PPE and how to wash their hands properly https://t.co/zomLovPWRj

02/11/20

Year 2 sharing artwork with a nurse virtually. Learning about how nursing has changed since Florence nightingale https://t.co/QpOap9hPxn

02/11/20

Looking forward to our School Development day with Mark Burns today!

24/10/20

A very successful 1st PTA event of the year&what an amazing effort by all the children! A massive thank you to all the PTA that helped, your enthusiasm and of course a massive well done to Julie-Anne Clements who was out there everyday including in the rain!

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/BQkbDEmH6l

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/kwjLALctOT

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/UbjZleVXm2

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/EseFa37aeZ

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/IiMQsYurCY

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/GoY4qIYxTr

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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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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.

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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#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.

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.