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26/01/22

More Daniel Mackie inspired artwork by Birch class in line with our theme this term of ‘The outside world’. 2/2 https://t.co/3jynm02Cuu

26/01/22

Birch class creating their final outcome in Art. They have made a mood board, researched our artist and drawn sketches in the build up to these wonderful outcomes! Next will be the evaluation! 1/2 https://t.co/QMHiKrC9kk

26/01/22

Headteacher’s award for amazing phonic work from an Oak Class student. Great use of your sounds, well done! https://t.co/eEv46OHAxj

21/01/22

As well as creating the characters from the journey the Jolly Postman has been on to help us retell the story on our working wall. https://t.co/wOrcmIYczJ

21/01/22

Year 1 have a fantastic learning launch today, dressing up as fairy tale characters and baking fairy cakes for our Jolly Postman theme. https://t.co/m8dpnJ1dAu

20/01/22

Year R enjoying their new outside area today! One of our pupils said it was “the best day ever.” https://t.co/JxrszRLVzL

20/01/22

Year 6 art, studying Escher and looking at optical illusions. We experimented with 3D drawings. https://t.co/dRV3XVU6OT

20/01/22

Year 2 are learning about Urban Art this term with a focus on . Here they are creating mood boards with different urban art images and charcoal. https://t.co/QpVK0kIMz6

18/01/22

Year 6 science,understanding the solar system https://t.co/MZ5nZ6vVdG

14/01/22

Playtime skipping, Dan the skipping man inspired a new love of skipping! https://t.co/ikvkhO7kAv

13/01/22

Many of us have set New Years resolutions to keep active! Are you being active at home as well as at schools. Can you try out this 60 second mountain climber challenge at home? 🏃🏼 🏔 https://t.co/scojaXsC6u

10/01/22

Year 4 Science launch today, looking at how vibrations allow us to hear different sounds. 2/2 https://t.co/JIU58SqCmj

10/01/22

Year 4 Science launch today, looking at how vibrations allow us to hear different sounds. 1/2 https://t.co/Xq9YZSRYiu

10/01/22

Year 4 had fantastic time in their skipping session this morning with Ben from https://t.co/CF48sf39jx

06/01/22

Today at Aylesford we enjoyed our first day of workshops with Isaac from What a great way to start the term and get our bodies moving! Here are some photos of Year 3 enjoying their workshop. https://t.co/r02Divw2va

06/01/22

Reception enjoyed learning how to skip today with coach Issac. https://t.co/4qz735Dv1i

05/01/22

Birch class creating their animal and habitat mood boards inspired by the work of https://t.co/6BgFBVWiqS

05/01/22

Year 6 have started their Earth and Space topic off with a ‘Big Bang’ https://t.co/QQuUk3lTkD

20/12/21

Year 2 evaluating their food and skills in DT https://t.co/DdFu5DR19u

20/12/21

Year 2 evaluating their food and skills in DT https://t.co/kOQ8aqTY7T

20/12/21

Year 2 evaluating their food and skills in DT https://t.co/7TX83QCox9

20/12/21

Year 2 enjoyed demonstrating their cooking skills for their healthy eating topic in DT this term by making flatbread, salsa and tzatziki https://t.co/o0UTRsV3nv

17/12/21

The staff in school chose to sign a card and donate to our wonderful local hospice https://t.co/52YxJEZdhg

17/12/21

Year 3 have had lots of fun designing and creating fantastic, scary moving monsters! https://t.co/J30w1yPHxc

17/12/21

Staff well-being is so important!! Today, as a thank you for a term of hard work, commitment and Covid interruptions, Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher cooked everyone breakfast. https://t.co/Keze1hNfNc

16/12/21

Christmas food parcels. Thanks you to all the parents and for their amazing donations. https://t.co/xtFJq2Q6Xk

16/12/21

Retweeted From Accelerated Reader UK & Ireland

😋😋 yum! Well done to all the target hitters! 🎯

16/12/21

Please see the link below for our KS1 Nativity https://t.co/aggfthcUrP

16/12/21

Santa’s little helpers are busy helping in the hall to prepare for Christmas dinner today! https://t.co/kVgYjIBJyg

16/12/21

Reception rocked their Nativity this week. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🎄 https://t.co/dM45x33BNb

15/12/21

To create our nightlight needed to think about a design suitable for a child and a way for light to shine through. The children needed to work carefully to cut out their shapes, draw on the designs and then build their 3D shape. https://t.co/SlViyokyra

15/12/21

Year 4 have been working hard throughout our DT topic of ‘night lights’ We have evaluated products, created designs and now made our own. We are looking forward to lighting them up using our electrical circuit knowledge from science! https://t.co/KmqAifnrVx

15/12/21

Ella in Year 4 recently received two trophies for coming first in a Street Dance competition. She works extremely hard and shows our school value of perseverance. Well done Ella! https://t.co/ysGeyYiag5

15/12/21

Wow what a fantastic morning we had! Here are some photos of Year 4 enjoying their delicious treat of hot chocolate and biscuits 😋 The children had a fantastic time and said it was great to have a reward for their hard work! https://t.co/u5p89riErD

15/12/21

This morning we are having hot chocolate and biscuit treat for all the children in Year 3 and 4 who have reached their Accelerated Reader target! Mrs Church is busy making lots of hot chocolate! https://t.co/HNxAZXR2uh

10/12/21

Massive thanks to for the donated Christmas tree. We have never had such a big tree in school and it looks beautiful. We would also like to say thank you to the parents for donations towards the decorations and donated decs. 🎄🎄🎄 https://t.co/hUNqfWumx3

07/12/21

Retweeted From BookTrust

With Christmas coming up, we have to ask - which children's book do you think would make the perfect present? Let's help each other out with our Christmas shopping 😂 🎁 https://t.co/0y6RGo1MEr

07/12/21

KS1 Nativity tickets are now available to reserve via https://t.co/7mqJxY4bbU

26/11/21

Evie in Hazel class has passed her Level 6 in swimming. She can swim up to 50m in both breaststroke and front crawl and she has completed her water safety training. Fantastic! https://t.co/G3lSSvxBRP

26/11/21

This week we have been celebrating sports and keeping active! Harvey in Yew class has recently started BMX racing and is showing fantastic talent as he has already won races! Oakley in Birch class plays football regularly and has recently tried kayaking! https://t.co/E9RuMLKAZc

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:

https://www.aylesford.viat.org.uk/2240/early-reading-read-write-inc-rwi

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

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs-framework/changes-to-the-early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs-framework

Early Years Curriculum at Aylesford

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