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21/06/24

After receiving an amazing letter from Hazel Class have been designing their own dragons. pic.twitter.com/ahHXGcP0Ss

21/06/24

On Wednesday, we had a very creative afternoon designing our very own dots. We developed our artistic skills, persevered and felt proud of the final outcomes. pic.twitter.com/8rRNpB6gJf

19/06/24

KS2 enjoying the sun, new chalk boards and sports equipment at lunch time! pic.twitter.com/EFLrrYh23H

19/06/24

On Monday, we held our ‘Cultural Fair’ to celebrate different countries and cultures. The fair was a huge success and the children learnt lots about the different countries including languages spoken there and traditions followed. Thank you so much to everyone who helped! pic.twitter.com/pHfX2mmJvQ

18/06/24

Key Stage 2 had a wonderful morning being entertained by a Music Roadshow from . This children were very inspired and will hopefully now go on to learn to play an instrument. Thank you for coming to see us. pic.twitter.com/oVEZuxLFXU

14/06/24

Elm Class have been on a tree hunt to find some deciduous and evergreen trees. Can find any trees at home? pic.twitter.com/91TLNGWXTs

14/06/24

Reading for pleasure in our wonderful library. What a lovely end to the week in Sycamore Class! pic.twitter.com/CSNjAAyavY

11/06/24

Year 6 had a great morning with Dr Crouch from Invicta, learning about colour reactions, acids and alkalis for our Science Week. pic.twitter.com/WwOegisyfU

06/06/24

Year 6 loved their trip to see ‘The Lion King’. Thank you to the PTA for this fabulous experience. pic.twitter.com/vcyWuJEME9

05/06/24

were having a great day here in Aylesford!! Top effort!! 🎖 pic.twitter.com/3DW0c2JuB9

03/06/24

‘A Day with a Difference’ was an absolutely wonderful way to begin Term 6, in Elm Class! We worked really hard on developing our skills in sports and really enjoyed the teamwork element, showing what great sports men and women we are. pic.twitter.com/Bzd0FVS1r5

03/06/24

Year 6 had a great day enjoying a variety of sporting activities on offer for our Trust-wide event, ‘Day for a Difference’. pic.twitter.com/AgUXfml0Vv

03/06/24

Thank you for helping Year 2 find the korfball stars of the future! pic.twitter.com/x76qWrZxpd

03/06/24

What a way to start Monday morning! Year 2 absolutely loved learning fitness skills with . pic.twitter.com/28Fl4HYUah

03/06/24

A great start to the VIAT Sports festival here at Aylesford. Year 4 loved playing Korfball! Thank you to for giving our children the opportunity to try a new sport. pic.twitter.com/5aHvftrAXk

24/05/24

Year 4 had an amazing trip at today. It was inspiring to see the work being done. Thank you for showing us around, we all loved it. pic.twitter.com/2a0OaGeDZb

24/05/24

Elder class made their very own ‘steady hand buzzer game’ in science today. What a great way to learn about electricity! pic.twitter.com/XtCDrktmUK

24/05/24

Yew Class welcomed parents into school yesterday to complete their Ancient Egyptian canopic jars. The finished results are incredible, and the children are all very proud of their creations! pic.twitter.com/du0IXudyBU

23/05/24

Year 1 had a magnificent time at their Parent Showcase this morning. Thank you so much for coming - it was lovely to see so much enjoyment while learning! pic.twitter.com/rxxeikvtra

23/05/24

We have really enjoyed hearing each others’ stories. We were really inspired by this terms story, ‘Wild’ by Emily Hughes. pic.twitter.com/EJR7LlzDi2

23/05/24

We have been growing beans and sunflowers in Year 1 this term. I wonder how tall they will grow now they have gone home with the children? pic.twitter.com/MMNXmVHjQQ

23/05/24

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23/05/24

Congratulations to the Year 5 boys who participated in the Oakwood Park Grammar School football tournament. Despite the weather, we all had an amazing time and the boys should be super proud of reaching the quarter finals. Well done! pic.twitter.com/KvZhIsFyyT

22/05/24

Elder class had a very exciting science lesson making a burglar alarm. pic.twitter.com/aJVW19iZky

21/05/24

Elm Class have had a wonderful time making their final outcome for Earth Art. “I am having the best time ever” said one child in the class. pic.twitter.com/dPBkFZ8O52

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