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30/06/21

Ash class - Art. Influenced by Picasso, Year 5 have created their own self-portraits in the style of cubism. Can you recognise any of our pupils? https://t.co/C3BcrHAmun

29/06/21

Year 6’s production practice is in full swing https://t.co/pEYPZe0IrT

24/06/21

More pictures of the PTA team and teachers who have made today happen and we still have KS2 to go https://t.co/dr1uqyYWtI

24/06/21

Socially distanced PTA - bringing the disco alive. Thank you all for making it happen https://t.co/xksHdsHVkW

24/06/21

We will rock you - oh yes we will https://t.co/tg3nO4y0Qi

24/06/21

Let’s ‘reach for the stars’ 🎶🎶🎶 https://t.co/TCOXwbPS5n

24/06/21

PTA and staff working hard on face paints and glitter tattoo’s https://t.co/4uJwwfF4P6

24/06/21

Making bubbles whilst in their bubble. Bringing some magic outside https://t.co/8mdd5eBob2

24/06/21

What happens when you can’t do a disco inside? You make it a an outdoor disco instead. All year group bubbles maintained and everyone is enjoying the DJ https://t.co/BxMfrbNCtC

17/06/21

AWARD 🏆RESILIENCE and EMOTIONAL WELLBEING 🏆 https://t.co/pkvJhueOFl

16/06/21

Retweeted From VIPS@Holboroughlakes

Year 2 participated in the VIAT Football match on Monday, it was great fun, thank you to for hosting! https://t.co/UpX2sWjqF1

15/06/21

Year 1 Learning Launch - Seasides - we couldn’t go to the beach so we brought the beach to us! https://t.co/mtSNvIwwBE

15/06/21

AWARD: RESILIENCE and EMOTIONAL WELLBEING - we are so incredibly proud of our school community. In the hardest of times we pulled together&have been recognised for ensuring positive wellbeing for pupils, staff&parents. A special thanks to Mrs Adams 🥇 https://t.co/SbCudAYKBd

15/06/21

Year 4 Learning launch - Science - Investigating with states of matter in everyday objects https://t.co/tixsd7WgBT

15/06/21

Critical audience - Year 5 & 6 - DT - Victorian Toys. Mr Kevin Perry joined today to critique the children’s design and technology skills of the toy models https://t.co/JR0CwGVtoG

15/06/21

Critical audience - Year 5 & 6 - DT - Victorian Toys. Mr Kevin Perry joined today to critique the children’s design and technology skills of the toy models https://t.co/7COgPbX3BS

15/06/21

Critical audience - Year 5 & 6 - DT - Victorian Toys. Mr Kevin Perry joined today to critique the children’s design and technology skills of the toy models https://t.co/isQvjiRcJk

15/06/21

KS1 Cooking Club - Kebabs - perfect weather for a BBQ 🍗 https://t.co/OuLQpHbiQd

15/06/21

Year 5 - Learning Launch - Geography. Investigating the effects climate change has on sea levels. ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/rCnBKrhObg

15/06/21

Year 1 - Learning launch - Science - sorting and classifying materials. ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/GxSTFm0AJg

07/06/21

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of the allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/bio8NMeeWr

06/06/21

Learning Environment - Ancient Egypt - ‘A clean and well-kept building guarantees nothing about the quality of work children will accomplish within it. But it matters. It’s a message’ https://t.co/7YKXne30oD

04/06/21

Learning Environment - Geography - ‘...when a community is proud of its school, the children become part of this ethic’ https://t.co/WIrvvqelNe

04/06/21

Learning Environment - Reading in to writing- ‘.The building doesn’t have to be a palace but it has to show the children, the teachers and the parents that somebody cares about them.’ https://t.co/iSPw5z97Un

04/06/21

Learning Environment - Victorians - ‘The beauty we have designed in our centre isn’t just window dressing; it’s an essential part of our success.’ https://t.co/nRCElCc8vp

04/06/21

Learning Environment - Design and Technology - ‘.A clean and well-kept building guarantees nothing about the quality of work children will within it. But it matters. It’s a message’ https://t.co/QqixSLLHmQ

04/06/21

Learning Environment - Life Cycle of Plants- ‘...we put them in a beautiful place; give them a small taste of what a decent, dignified future might feel like, and that makes all the difference’ https://t.co/772wsbC1tu

29/05/21

Y1 - History: Great Fire of London - authentic outcome. In Design and Technology Y1 were learning, designing, building and evaluating their own houses to create Pudding Lane. So when Fireman Stevens surprised the children with a reenactment of the emotions were very real 🔥 https://t.co/q0wuCNDeto

29/05/21

Reception - Authentic Outcome - after finding out that There was a secret Bug garden party at Aylesford today and with Austin dressed as Andy the Adventurer ⁦⁩ himself joined Chestnut to celebrate their party! https://t.co/5iJbkAMpim

29/05/21

Power Challenge Virtual STEM day. Pupils took on the role of ⁦⁩ electrical engineers to create circuits that will power homes, cities and the UK https://t.co/7zI6mqxuLE

29/05/21

Year 5/6 - Design and Technology - Victorian Toys. Punch and Judy were the inspiration behind these newly designed puppet shows. Axels, cogs, joining methods, mixed with knowledge of differences in materials used by rich and poor people, helped create 21st century Victorian toys. https://t.co/rjm0n55f9U

29/05/21

Year 2 - Geography & Art: Kenya - collaboration between us and ⁦⁩ has created beautiful and creative Kenya themed masks. We look forward to sharing these at our ⁦⁩ I.C.E exhibition of the arts https://t.co/aQfb46k2I7

29/05/21

Year 5/6 - History - Should children be put in the works house? Great debates in front of a critical audience of magistrates. Knowing more and remembering more at its finest! Great arguments for & against articulated well; accurate vocabulary and facts. ⁦https://t.co/cGNGbDmJzx

29/05/21

Year 5/6 - PSHE - First Aid. Paramedics joined us and we were shown how to apply bandages and tourniquets and practice on ‘casualties’. Most improbably we were reminded about the dangerous implication of a hoax 999 call! ⁦ https://t.co/3O4S4rdFnV

29/05/21

Extra Curricular - Archery Club have achieved their FITA White Arrow Award! Many skills like stringing a bow have been learned and the whole group scored 115 or more with 15 arrows. AMAZING! 🏹🎯 . Watch out https://t.co/qP8W4Tlkyo

29/05/21

Y4 - Design and Technology - have been busy designing, tasting, baking, evaluating to design cup cakes that celebrate a festival. They focussed on the Muslim festival of Eid and their critical audience, cannot wait to taste them! ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/gSDfezZiJi

29/05/21

Year 2 - what are they up to? Keep your eyes peeled ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ - our contribution to our Trust’s upcoming I. C. E. Creative Art Creation has begun... https://t.co/19I89AVt0d

29/05/21

KS2 - Illustrators. Budding artists were joined by author and illustrator of the text Claude in the City, ⁦⁩. The children LOVED their experience! What do you think of their drawings? We cannot wait to make a display in school to celebrate their excellence! https://t.co/K9bxMLC3ad

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