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19/07/21

We are pleased to announce we have been awarded a Wilder Kent Bronze Award from Kent Wildlife Trust. For more information about the award and The Kent Wildlife Trust please visit: https://t.co/0DnDq6T88i

16/07/21

We wish all our families a safe and happy summer break and we look forward to seeing our pupils return in September. https://t.co/GRRMxYrX6m

16/07/21

Thank you to Berkeley Homes who have laid the base for our new PE Shed. https://t.co/HF69o1ACIU

16/07/21

Happy Birthday to all our pupils celebrating their birthday this week and during the summer holidays. We hope you have a wonderful day! https://t.co/ldDUT7oGLk

12/07/21

Year 6 had a fantastic time at Lower Grange Farm on Friday participating in Archery, Climbing, Water Rockets and Orienteering! https://t.co/8n37SpW2Dt

12/07/21

The children are all enjoying their ice creams this afternoon! Everest Ices have been very complimentary about how polite our children have been when receiving their ice creams! https://t.co/orYR7tD1Mr

08/07/21

Owl Class enjoyed their session about apprenticeships with Mrs Dell. It was fascinating to learn about the different departments within companies and the opportunities that are available to 'learn while you earn'! https://t.co/elvLEZ9buX

08/07/21

Alex came to tell us about being a journalist. We found out about different types of journalism and what the job can involve. No two days are the same! Alex loves his job and has inspired Owl class to aim high and do their best now, ready for the future. Thank you. https://t.co/MRLeYZbnKG

08/07/21

Meerkat Class have been busy making their products for Careers and Enterprise week. https://t.co/g85HtXmPV5

08/07/21

Thank you to Mr Farmer for delivering a workshop on Lego as part of our Careers and Enterprise week. https://t.co/1hMqvVmCG6

08/07/21

Year 6 have been busy preparing for Secondary School and received a fantastic transition Workshop, led by Early Help this week. https://t.co/lkaOfArLka

07/07/21

As part of our Careers and Enterprise week,Ms Hand gave Owl Class a fantastic talk about her job -Estate Agent. We learnt about sellers,buyers,bankers,solicitors,mortgage brokers,surveyors,deposits,exchanging contracts,completion and the property ladder. It was very interesting. https://t.co/kMHYr4onHs

07/07/21

Owl Class made Needle Kits to sell during our Enterprise Week. If they sell all of them, they will make £100! Our adverts were comical and persuasive! https://t.co/initCwliHx

07/07/21

Owl Class learnt about escape plans and what they would do if there was a fire in their home. They were fascinated and asked many questions. Thank you Kent Fire and Rescue service. https://t.co/YKUhSjwcyl

07/07/21

Penguin Class enjoyed their workshop from Kent Fire and Rescue Service today. https://t.co/P0616XHVaz

07/07/21

Thank you to Kent Fire and Rescue Service for leading workshops for all of our pupils today! You could ask your child about what they have learnt today? https://t.co/JFgW2doAFW

06/07/21

Miss Sheehan has been busy on her travels meeting her new Panda Class having great fun, take a look! https://t.co/oUOD0vmhi5

06/07/21

Thank you to Miss Thomas who led a fantastic workshop based on lino printing as part of Careers and Enterprise Week! The children had a great time creating their unique carrot designs! https://t.co/MVqFlESWUo

05/07/21

Meerkat enjoyed making mazes last week and shared them with Alpaca Class. https://t.co/7GrhUlfREx

05/07/21

Retweeted From Invictagrammar

Have you read Mr Ehren blog (link below) What a fantastic read 'Individual Liberty' ... https://t.co/9xxOfS8tcn https://t.co/oPuN7S2Bro

01/07/21

Our refugees have been tossing the caber, playing catch the tag and playing games in their tents to keep them busy. Awards have been presented for tidiest tent, most resourceful, best teamwork and fastest to put up their tent! https://t.co/iU4wJFqSI4

01/07/21

Our Year 3 and 4 refugees have been busy setting up camp this morning. https://t.co/XZ89xTj7JN

01/07/21

Year 1 and 2 visited Christ Church in Snodland on Tuesday, they were identifying items in the church from their list. https://t.co/a9zkWguAla

01/07/21

This week, the children who made pots at Valley Park School showed the class how to make terracotta vessels using coils. The teamwork was impressive and the results were fantastic! https://t.co/ow8Fc8gh46

01/07/21

Gianna Pollero, author of Monster Doughnuts! delivered a fantastic workshop to our Year 3 - 6 pupils this week. The children had a great time and were inspired to write a story of their own, thank you! https://t.co/e7a6UB3gNb

30/06/21

We are holding a transition event on 6 July to help you and your child prepare to move from primary to secondary school. It'll be held in the library of our secondary school, SST Maidstone, from 5-6pm. Find out more details, and book your place here: https://t.co/7TutS33XTO

30/06/21

Anti-Bullying Ambassador training this morning. 12 pupils learnt to identify bullying behaviors and techniques to prevent and manage these. We look forward to planning our anti-bullying campaigns in school, watch this space...... Thank you to The Diana Award for leading today. https://t.co/akktLKRF3F

28/06/21

Well done to all the children for their hard work at our Sports Fair today! https://t.co/4vS46cZn5M

28/06/21

Happy Birthday to Harrison who is celebrating his birthday this week, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/qcpCe9KHdT

28/06/21

Year 4 had a fantastic time for the Clay Workshop on Friday. They learnt new skills and are looking forward to glazing their pots this week. Thank you Valley Park School. https://t.co/CTPJR5tOYh

25/06/21

We are excited to have been awarded 105 Medium Wildlife saplings and 105 Medium Year Round Colour saplings from The Woodland Trust community Tree Pack! We should receive our saplings in November, we can't wait to get planting! 🌳 Thank you

23/06/21

Thank you to all teachers, schools and support staff on https://t.co/7IWdblHl8e

21/06/21

It's National Thank a Teacher day on Wednesday! Take a look at https://t.co/CMHPrdiMl4 to thank a teacher and enter competitions!

21/06/21

Happy Birthday to Jasmine, Stanley, Blossom, Megan and Isabel who are celebrating their birthday this week, we hope you have a great day! https://t.co/du70kcaiNP

21/06/21

Well done to Chloe in Meerkat Class who has achieved the Diamond Standard Presentation award! https://t.co/rjnlwqIJbk

18/06/21

Linking in with Euro 2020 a special edition of 'Striker Boy' is available in aid of the charity Mind. For further details please see the link below https://t.co/5kEeLv68fi https://t.co/pBMSpee991

18/06/21

We were very excited to receive a visit from Rebecca at Holborough Hedgehogs who delivered our new Hedgehog House and feeding station. Thank you MP who joined us to celebrate this special occasion. We look forward to the hedgehogs moving into their new home.🦔 https://t.co/8977u77Men

17/06/21

The children enjoyed the creative arts workshops this week. They used paper machete, paint, charcoal & wire to create animals with other schools from the Valley Invicta Academies Trust. Thank you to for hosting these amazing workshops! https://t.co/Pu36bg41EF

17/06/21

Retweeted From Kent Messenger

The KM's much loved My Dad supplement is out today! If your little one has submitted a drawing of their dad make sure to pick up a copy today- it's a lovely keepsake. https://t.co/zVlqjBxmQX

17/06/21

Thank you to Mrs Bennett for helping with our Year 5 and 6 Production! https://t.co/EnVy7i8HJg

Maths

Our Aim

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes, we want every pupil to develop a love of Maths. We aim to develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject and provide a programme for progression where pupils are stimulated and challenged.

Lesson Structure

We take a mastery approach to the teaching of maths, meaning that all children will gain a deep understanding of the maths they are learning. Pupils are all challenged to learn together in groups, with the necessary challenge and support in a lesson, to allow all abilities to flourish.

All Mathematics lessons are based on an I do, We do and You do approach.

Flying Start

This ‘hook’ includes consolidation of arithmetic skills from across the last lesson, week, month, term and year group phase. Regularly reflecting back to prior learning ensures that pupils keep skills fresh and builds upon their long-term memory. Rapid recall and number fact knowledge is key to support more advanced skills as pupils progress through the mathematics curriculum.

Guided Practice and Independent Learning (I do, We do, You do)

Throughout the rest of the lesson the children are introduced to different challenges that show progress in a skill across a lesson. These challenges are modelled by the teacher independently, before the students and teacher work together on the same concept. Each challenge is then consolidated by independent practice (you do). Challenges provide pupils with different pictorial representations, as well as learning about mathematics in contexts – this shows them that mathematics can be used in their daily lives and future aspirations.

Reasoning is explicitly shown in workbooks through the use of a purple reasoning pen, this allows pupils to see the importance of the following reasoning skills:

Reasoning is explicitly shown in workbooks through the use of a purple reasoning pen, this allows pupils to see the importance of the following reasoning skills:

  • Describing
  • Explaining
  • Convincing
  • Justifying
  • Proving
  • Conjecturing

 

These skills are fluid and pupils will dip in and out of these reasoning skills across their mathematics experiences in each year group.

Progression in Skills - Maths

Progression in Vocabulary - Maths

Maths Virtual Classroom 

Times Tables

All Year 4 children will have their multiplication skills formally tested in the summer term of Year 4 from 2022. For more infomtion on the process of this assessment please click here

Please click here to see our progression document for teaching times tables. 

Times Tables Rockstars 

Times Tables Rockstars is a fun and interactive way to help your child develop their times tables fluency. This platform allows the children to create a fun rockstar avatar and develop the skills to become a true Times Tables Rockstar!

For more information please click here.

How can you help your child practise their times tables?

Because the National Curriculum for maths is so extensive, there is an expectation that parents will help their children learn their times tables at home and not rely on schools to bring them up to speed.

Some of the techniques you can use include:

  • Practising times tables by rote.
  • Asking your child multiplication questions out of order – such as ‘What’s 11x12? What’s 5x6?’
  • Asking your child the related division facts: ‘What’s 8/4? What’s 9/6?’
  • Using arrays to help your child memorise times tables – you can use fun objects like Smarties or Lego bricks to make it more entertaining.
  • Giving your child word problems to test their skills, like ‘If Peter has 800ml of orange juice and needs to share it between four friends, how much can they each have?’
  • Using apps and games like TheSchoolRun’s multiplication games to build speed.

Free times tables resources and advice for primary-school parents

For information, worksheets, games, eBooks and learning packs to help you support your child in learning their times tables go to the Times Tables learning hub.

Specific tips for each multiplication table:

https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home/maths/printable_resources_maths_tables

Times Table Challenge

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 1

Intention 1:

To build a Mathematics curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills so that all pupils know more, remember more and understand more. To design a curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding in Number, Algebra, Ratio, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics as set out in the National Curriculum so that children can know more, remember more and understand more to help them reach and exceed their potential at Holborough Lakes Primary School and beyond.

Implementation:

National Curriculum Programmes of Study and Scheme of Work

  • Mathematics is planned for, following the EYFS Framework and KS1 and KS2 school curriculum.
  • Mathematics is planned for following the scheme of work, as suggested by Maths Hub.
  • Whilst the National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary.
  • Mathematics is taught as an exclusive subject in order to promote fluency but children are also provided with real life problems so that they are made aware of the importance of mathematics in everyday life.

Impact:

Children will make at least good progress in Mathematics from their last point of statutory assessment or from their starting point in Nursery. Children will use their Mathematics knowledge and skills, in all curriculum areas, to enable them to know more, remember more and understand more. Children will recognise the importance of Mathematics as a facilitating subject to enable them to access other areas of learning and operate successfully is everyday life both now and in the future.

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 2

Intention 2:

To build a curriculum, which enables pupils to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competency in solving increasingly sophisticated problems so that they know more, remember more and understand more. To design a curriculum which has mathematics at its core, is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. We deliver lessons that are creative and engaging. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. We want children to realise that mathematics has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. We want them to know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. As our pupils progress, we intend for our pupils to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Implementation:

  • The systematic teaching of number and place value has a high priority throughout school.
  • In Foundation Stage, pupil fluency is developed by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and recall. Pupil’s mathematical reasoning is developed through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain and justify.
  • School has developed a comprehensive Calculation Policy, which enables staff to teach standard methods systematically and progressively across all age groups.
  • White Rose is used as the spine for delivery of the Mathematics across school. White Rose ensures consistent coverage, and provides real life opportunities for pupils to make connections and apply their mathematical knowledge.
  • Daily Maths lessons provide opportunity for children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, thus increasing the likelihood of rapid progress.
  • Weekly Problem-Solving sessions enable varied and frequent practice of mathematical application through increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • The systematic teaching of Timetables ensures that children develop rapid recall which they can use as a tool to effectively and efficiently solve more complex problems.
  • Time limited Intervention is planned for those children who are working below their expected level of attainment and progress. 
  • All children are expected to complete weekly mathematics homework.
  • All children have access to Mathletics, which is a web-based ability appropriate Mathematics programme, which they can access at home, and school.

Impact: 

Children will have a confident attitude towards mathematics. They will use arithmetic and timetables fluently and make connections in order to solve real life problems.

They will recognise that Mathematics is essential for everyday life and make at least good progress in Mathematics from their last point of statutory assessment of from their starting point in Nursery.

Children will use their Mathematics skills as a key tool in helping them to learn, and as a result, know more, remember more and understand more.

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 3

Intention 3:

To provide opportunities across all curricular areas for the development and application of Mathematic skills to help all pupils know more, remember more and understand more. To design a wider curriculum that provides regular opportunities for pupils to use and apply the knowledge skills they have acquired from the Mathematics Curriculum.

Implementation: 

  • The promotion of mathematics is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge across the curriculum.
  • The promotion of opportunities to use and apply mathematical knowledge throughout school is planned in a variety of subjects set in real-life contexts.
  • The promotion and implementation of outdoor learning and external cultural capital experiences provides additional opportunities for children to apply mathematical knowledge in real life situations.

Impact:

Children will be able to produce written work in all areas of the curriculum of a similar standard which evidence good progress from their last point of statutory assessment point or their starting point in Nursery.