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15/10/21

Oak and Chestnut Class celebrated World Food Day today and we chose the country France🇫🇷 We learnt lots of facts, listened and danced to French nursery rhymes. We enjoyed tasting yummy French food including croissants, quiche, Brie and French bread. https://t.co/QogWdHmKXs

15/10/21

Year 2 have been learning all about Japan today and had the opportunity to make and taste some vegetable sushi. https://t.co/ewdYo0xRlx

15/10/21

Year 2 have been learning all about Japan today and had the opportunity to make and taste some vegetable sushi. https://t.co/pp1BUcpqjV

15/10/21

Nevaeh-Rose practising for assembly. https://t.co/VrgVCUv45Y via Live music and singing in school. What a wonderful start to this morning’s assembly.

14/10/21

Reading time in class. Help add extra books to the school library by buying books at the school book fair. We get 25% of sales back in books. https://t.co/FwJz7AfZB7

14/10/21

Food has been delivered ready for World Food Day tomorrow countries covered are France, Canada, Japan, Turkey, India, Greece and China https://t.co/XjyitdXEoW

14/10/21

Stationery and pointing hand also available to purchase - limited stocks though https://t.co/reuJkYVqGO

14/10/21

Junior reading books available to buy today https://t.co/Uda1OwaWiz

14/10/21

Selection of infant books book fair after school today https://t.co/DvT94OCjpB

13/10/21

Parent Showcase Sessions take place next week. Come and join your child in class and experience the excitement of learning together! https://t.co/VJ0rDpycdZ

11/10/21

Can you have a go at this weeks PE challenge? Send in your videos, pictures and scores or tweet us at https://t.co/Y8YvIoHvSb

11/10/21

Retweeted From Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT)

Meeting two was held tonight for the VITT Leadership and Management training. The focus was levels of leadership and the meeting was full of rich discussion, sharing opinions and collaboration across the Trust. https://t.co/DCuYXrz1EF

08/10/21

Year 4’s science experiment this term looking at different types of drinks and the impact they have on our teeth. As you can see this shows how important brushing your teeth is! https://t.co/OoueIvrjHO

08/10/21

Birch class working hard in Art to create their mood boards for Roman mosaics! https://t.co/atQ9MDP110

08/10/21

Year 4 enjoying their steel band workshop earlier in the week! https://t.co/O0xtjdPNDx

08/10/21

Year 4 author workshop with Jack Meggit-Phillips and his new book ‘Revenge of the Beast’. The children designed their own monsters and can’t wait to read the book! https://t.co/mcdwjmtgPP

07/10/21

We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health. tomorrow is an opportunity to show every young person that they’re not alone; they are valued and they matter. We would like to invite all children to come dressed in something yellow https://t.co/r226IsEHnV

06/10/21

Having an amazing day! Thanks for having us https://t.co/q5QzWBl9YU

03/10/21

Retweeted From BookTrust

Sir Michael Morpurgo described Judith Kerr's classic When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit as 'the most life-enhancing book you could ever wish to read'. Now, we're giving you the chance to win a copy of the beautiful new 50th anniversary edition: https://t.co/IgxnlDihA8 https://t.co/N5bP2NrlVN

03/10/21

Retweeted From JD Corby

Year 6 Open Evening . Really fun to meet our next generation of historians, philosophers and geographers, with lots of interesting guesses as to what animal our skull was, and real enthusiasm for our diverse and inclusive curriculum. https://t.co/0CgKEpGrSS

03/10/21

We love having links with you and the community spirit you are showing

03/10/21

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01/10/21

The Rev. Ruth and volunteers along with a sample of the donations generously given by our parents and staff. https://t.co/oiPA0cVHse

01/10/21

Inside the food bank - see end picture for details on how to apply or donate https://t.co/vKwTQCBovl

01/10/21

All the staff at school would like to say a heartfelt thank you for all the food donations and the beautifully decorated boxes. These will be delivered by Year 6 to our local food bank run by St Peters Church https://t.co/wzD5L66TNh

01/10/21

Theo, Year R telling us what the food is for. Thank you for the donations https://t.co/tRX5LFoz5C

01/10/21

So many children have created amazing food baskets for our local food bank. This is an example of one. https://t.co/nOStjmwGV5

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