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26/02/24

What a start to the week! Thank you so much for our wonderful book. We are looking forward to our online lesson. Happy creating to Year 3! pic.twitter.com/U67hcrEtmh

23/02/24

Beegu has landed! Sycamore Class arrived at school on Tuesday to find that an unusual spacecraft had crash-landed outside their classroom. They have loved writing character descriptions about their strange visitor... pic.twitter.com/cucAxDcEZ7

23/02/24

Year 3 created mood boards in Art yesterday, to develop a feel and understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic. They used a variety of textures and colours, and they are very proud of the result! pic.twitter.com/sTWvIAU256

22/02/24

We were so excited to celebrate Founders Day today. 40 of us were proud to wear our uniforms - from the youngest to the oldest members of our school community. pic.twitter.com/b3I9klNx44

22/02/24

This week, the Eco Council braved the elements to plant 240 trees along the back of the school field! Kindly donated via the - the trees are native trees, designed to encourage wildlife. The children worked so hard and loved every minute! pic.twitter.com/B0SL9SSzCs

09/02/24

Thank you so much to Maidstone for the materials to make our new class book corner today - and for kindly delivering. Great support to our school community of readers. pic.twitter.com/hsTXxESwkw

09/02/24

It has been a busy week in Year 3, with the children showcasing their dance to their parents, and then the whole of KS2! A huge well done to them, you were all amazing! pic.twitter.com/y7RLYzMNau

09/02/24

Elm Class have been busy designing games and apps to keep us safe online. Fantastic ideas from developers of the future. pic.twitter.com/9T1hlQGVk9

08/02/24

We loved doing our science experiment today. We had to see which material would make the best umbrella for a bear and then we put them to the test! pic.twitter.com/b7q885NQMa

08/02/24

Elm Class have been learning about being safe on the internet and created their own emojis pic.twitter.com/TsHMsqys9V

07/02/24

Year 6 enjoyed their free time activity for Children’s Mental Health Week. pic.twitter.com/TP5gS8YGPp

06/02/24

Sycamore Class enjoyed lots of activities to learn more about Safer Internet Day! pic.twitter.com/Kn1BGa2HG5

06/02/24

Fantastic discussion in Year 4 this morning around ways to stay safe on the internet. Topped off with 10/10 on the quiz!#SaferInternetDay pic.twitter.com/s92YsWQ9Qv

06/02/24

Year 3 have been discussing how technology has evolved and whether the internet has a positive or negative influence on us. They were very shocked to see some of the old technology!#SaferInternetDay pic.twitter.com/Y1zCm28KiM

06/02/24

Year 6 have been considering their own online activity and how they can use their knowledge to help others stay safe on the internet. pic.twitter.com/GkGZ4brphG

05/02/24

Year 5 were outside for their chosen activity for week. Playing, taking part in team games and colouring, we did it all! pic.twitter.com/pjgNM2ty9V

05/02/24

The KS2 school council representatives enjoyed their visit to the Maidstone County Hall. We learnt lots about the history of the building and even had the chance to debate. Future politicians in the making! pic.twitter.com/noQsrlmwNo

02/02/24

TTRS day at We know how important knowing your times tables are in Year 5 and we also know how to dress like a rockstar! pic.twitter.com/gkviXQS7FA

02/02/24

So much hard work has gone into our urban art final outcomes in Sycamore Class. We have hand-cut our own stencils and can’t wait to share the finished pieces next week. pic.twitter.com/pe9RFM54hj

02/02/24

A fantastic day of multiplication learning in Sycamore Class. Enjoy TT Rockstars over the weekend! pic.twitter.com/uzOVhDVeAZ

02/02/24

Some of the excellent propaganda posters produced by Elder class this week. pic.twitter.com/HGjbegcNXC

02/02/24

Year 1 have had a brilliant time celebrating Times Table Rock Stars day! pic.twitter.com/8QJ2wzQ0W9

31/01/24

Yew Class were visited by Vanessa from the Pluckley Bread Station yesterday, who taught us about the process of bread making and helped us to perfect our kneading technique. The children said it is the best bread they’ve ever tasted! Thank you pic.twitter.com/NEQl9rXTsq

26/01/24

We have really enjoyed looking at features of bridges, especially after we saw the one in our local village. Here is some of the art work that Year 1 feel proud of. pic.twitter.com/GF3siI4JJB

26/01/24

It was great to see some interesting geographical features in Aylesford. Year 1 enjoyed all that there was to see and can’t wait to go on another trip! pic.twitter.com/3Ja6WDarmh

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.