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20/04/21

Year 4 Learning Launch - Cat for a Day! Painting cityscapes and making masks, plus cat-like OAA games, so much fun! https://t.co/1EEVRpyb0s

19/04/21

Year 5 and 6 learning about Victorian art outside. They are practising different shading techniques. https://t.co/BgkSPFHXMq

19/04/21

Victorian school for Year 5 and 6 as part of our learning launch for the history topic this term. https://t.co/IIhNFuOEXq

19/04/21

Victorian school for Year 5 and 6 as part of our learning launch for the topic this term. https://t.co/HZHXiSc2tF

06/04/21

Find out more about teacher training at our Trust's event! https://t.co/udPDTlI63f

30/03/21

What can we do to stop glaciers melting? Year 3 have been producing posters to create awareness about how climate change is affecting the glaciers and what can be done to reduce this and help people, animals and our planet. https://t.co/TUXXjZxVdT

30/03/21

Something is about to happen on the school field with Elder class https://t.co/d9Dwsf7xBC

30/03/21

First of our “lucky spot” Easter egg winners! https://t.co/F3ebUL2yxl

30/03/21

How can we make positive changes to save the melting glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic? Year 3 are busy researching ways to reduce melting glaciers and save our planet! https://t.co/DcIoYoQjWv

26/03/21

School council pupils taking part in The Diana Award Anti-bullying Ambassador Training - young people briefing https://t.co/sHQwgKmSW0

23/03/21

We are delighted to announce that our school has been awarded £1,000 from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme! We will be using the money to buy musical instruments to make sure all our pupils have access to an instrument during music lessons. Thank you so much ! https://t.co/zGjUtV8wQW

23/03/21

We're so proud of Camron, who is a finalist in the primary category of this competition! Read his story here - https://t.co/ShCt3XURfM https://t.co/K59miDr1II

15/03/21

Hazel Class winners of the 3D Book Review - Amelia, Jude and Charlie. Well done! What amazingly detailed work. https://t.co/aPB6sGrWGx

15/03/21

Hazel Class taking part in Boxercise for our indoor PE lessons this term - we love it! https://t.co/P5fZxinRul

11/03/21

Decision makers: children in Year 3 debated which services they would prioritise if they were local councillors. They decided they would spend their money on schools, older people and waste. What do you think about our proposals? https://t.co/QeHxVlnzYU

04/03/21

Aylesford’s Got Talent is a great way to showcase all the outstanding talents our pupils have, every year. This year, in particular, it has brought so much joy and we are delighted to announce the winners, Harvey and Jessica! See our website for more info! https://t.co/SDM25yAZkE https://t.co/H7Mk5l9JNc

03/03/21

Luca has amazing dinosaur knowledge! He made this virtual encyclopaedia for Mrs Kindred, as part of this term’s dinosaur home learning. He's clearly a palaeontologist in the making! How many of these dinosaurs can Luca teach you? https://t.co/Ccsf6wWcmW https://t.co/yxJxU5L7a9

03/03/21

Valley Park School is holding its first Community Art Auction on YouTube, on Thurs 4 March at 7pm. The virtual live event will raise money for Dementia UK & there will be a range of artwork to purchase - don't miss it! https://t.co/KzhD3X6WVb

02/03/21

Year 6 - During in our PSHE lesson Skye researched the importance of fair trade and how this impacts farmers. Well done Skye excellent poster. https://t.co/DYXNnz5N1p

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/7NRBLNGVYw

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/8kUv8Nh1NL

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/5oS0hjCSTs

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/JvEu5nIXEt

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/3PEiwDsPbJ

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/6coY0cUAyu

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/l6vXUx2Biu

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/HzlZMuruY1

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/wHCqXXOZdC

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/TTGfTmUIWh

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/Tp7s5xcSeh

01/03/21

4 year old Luca has dinosaur knowledge far beyond amazing! He made this virtual encyclopaedia for Mrs Kindred Awesome to see such aspiration for his future career. An expert palaeontologist in the making! How many of these dinosaurs can Luca teach you? https://t.co/wXRfDbNtr1

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/pOrhvhDHSL

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/9ofpSnoCmN

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/wTdFnPSEu5

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/uRAXhU9hbS

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/2O77aENfT0

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/H9aN6NgJx5

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