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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.


Year 2 have been learning all about Japan today and had the opportunity to make and taste some vegetable sushi.


Year 2 have been learning all about Japan today and had the opportunity to make and taste some vegetable sushi.


Nevaeh-Rose practising for assembly. via Live music and singing in school. What a wonderful start to this morning’s assembly.


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.


Food has been delivered ready for World Food Day tomorrow countries covered are France, Canada, Japan, Turkey, India, Greece and China


Stationery and pointing hand also available to purchase - limited stocks though


Junior reading books available to buy today


Selection of infant books book fair after school today


Parent Showcase Sessions take place next week. Come and join your child in class and experience the excitement of learning together!


Can you have a go at this weeks PE challenge? Send in your videos, pictures and scores or tweet us at


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.


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!


Birch class working hard in Art to create their mood boards for Roman mosaics!


Year 4 enjoying their steel band workshop earlier in the week!


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!


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


Having an amazing day! Thanks for having us


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:


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.


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


Fully agree with you ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️


The Rev. Ruth and volunteers along with a sample of the donations generously given by our parents and staff.


Inside the food bank - see end picture for details on how to apply or donate


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


Theo, Year R telling us what the food is for. Thank you for the donations


So many children have created amazing food baskets for our local food bank. This is an example of one.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our Vision for Early Years

In Early Years at Aylesford, we want parents and carers to feel secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for and happy at school.

We want our children to be excited and motivated to learn through our rich and challenging learning experiences.

We have high expectations for all our children and recognise that children have different starting points to their learning. We plan according to children’s interests and stage of development so all can thrive and develop.

We aim for children to be well-rounded individuals who are independent, resilient, and confident in themselves and with others.

Our Early Years

Children settle quickly into our Early Years setting at Aylesford. In the summer term, teachers visit nurseries to spend time with the children in a familiar setting and find out more information from key workers. The parents and children have the opportunity to visit our EYFS setting, where they can meet the practitioners and their new peers. The PTA provide our new entrants with a ‘welcome learning pack’ which contains resources, activity ideas and information which support starting school. In September, practitioners complete home visits to see the children in another familiar setting and for parents and teacher to have time to ask questions and find out more information. The children have a gradual start to the term with part time hours in the first full week and then increase to full time hours in the second week.

Every day in our Early Years, there is an opportunity for every child to learn, make links and apply their knowledge.

Termly topic lead learning provides opportunities for children to receive high quality teaching to secure basic skills. There is an equal amount of both adult and child lead learning allowing children to gather new skills and knowledge, then consolidate their understanding through play.

Our Early Years Learning Environment

We are immensely proud of our learning environment and are privileged to have large and mature outside natural areas as well as our Year R Garden.

We take pride in our classrooms, and the children learn to respect their environment.

Our learning environment provides children with carefully planned opportunities which allow them to explore, create and learn through exciting, stimulating, interactive and accessible resources. It also facilitates child-initiated play both inside and outdoors.

About the Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps prepare for school ‘readiness’ as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Children’s EYFS experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.  Children develop quickly; experiences before the age of five will have a major impact on their future life chances.

The EYFS framework explains how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development and provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. 

Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical Development;
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for a child’s healthy development and underpin a child’s future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the World;
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

All 7 areas of learning are used to plan children’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child at school will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. It is designed to be responsive and flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Opportunities to develop a number of skills and concepts across several areas of learning is also crucial.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. It is very important that they develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning. 

The guiding principles that shape our practice in the Early Years are that children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

Phonics teaching and learning are a key part of the Foundation Stage and help to develop early reading and writing skills. We use a proven, systematic phonics programme called Read Write Inc. You can find about more about how we teach phonics here:

You can read more about Read, Write Inc itself here:

Early Learning Goals

The EYFS curriculum consists of 17 aspects of learning and final Early Learning goals.

Children are assessed at the end of the EYFS (end of Reception year) against these Early Learning goals. From September 2021 onwards, each child’s level of development will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs).  Practitioners will indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development:

  • Emerging = not yet reaching expected levels of development for age;
  • Expected = reached expected levels of development for age.

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford, we provide our pupils with the opportunities to meet the Early Learning Goals in all these aspects.

Assessment plays an important part in helping parents, carers and practitioners to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs and to plan activities and support. Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process.  It involves practitioners observing children to understand their level of achievement, interests and learning styles. Then using this to shape learning experiences for each child reflecting observations made.

To this end, we make systematic observations and assessments of each child's achievements, interests and learning styles.  We then use these observations and assessments to identify learning priorities and plan relevant and motivating learning experiences for each child.

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford, we use Tapestry to capture assessment detail and track progress towards the Early Learning Goals. We further strengthen this with detailed Maths and Literacy commentary and recordings of children’s work within their ‘My Learning’ books.

Year 1 teachers will communicate closely with Reception practitioners about each child’s skills and abilities in relation to the three key characteristics of effective learning. These will inform transition meetings to plan for learning needs and ensure all children can continue to flourish as they move into KS1.

To find out more about the EYFS framework please visit:

Early Years Curriculum at Aylesford

To find out more about our curriculum at Valley Invicta Primary at Aylesford, please click here.