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So excited to have 100% of Alpaca families connected on ClassDojo!


Eloise baked fresh bread with her dad and then sold it to the neighbours, following social distancing guidelines. Eloise's dad then doubled the money they raised and they have now donated £100 to the Covid19 fund! What an amazing thing to do - well done!


Challenge of the Day - How many cars are there in the photo? We will post the answer tomorrow.


Mr Elsom has compiled a wonderful range of links to resources that can be used for making music, these can be found on our website just click on 'additional links and resources.' 🎼


When we are all making sacrifices to protect one another its important to remember we also have lots we can be thankful for as this youtube video explains in an upbeat way.


It's nice to remind ourselves of the lovely comments we receive when we hold showcase sessions - "Really nice to come in and spend time reading" & "Something we can do at home to encourage trying new tastes and textures." We look forward to holding showcase sessions again. 🌈


A wonderful poem written by Mrs Billingham's daughter, Alex aged 12. 🌈


Super start to home learning! Henry and his brother planting seeds.


Staying Creative - get involved in our new competition, please follow the link below for further details!


Arish's work inspired by Pac-man - using his interests to support writing and maths.


Don't miss Heateacher, Mrs Vickers' first blog! You can find it here, on our website -


We are delighted to have been awarded £1,166 in the Bags of Help scheme - thank you so much to everyone who voted for us! What fantastic news in uncertain times!


How has the first day of home school been? We hope it's been fun... don't forget to send in photos of all the hard work being done by our pupils and any other projects you might have had a go at! We'd love to share them :) Stay safe everyone.


In these times of self-isolation and social distancing we can still carry out acts of kindness, please follow the link below for inspiration.


Some more rays of sunshine today, Edward has been using his creative IT skills to produce a mythical creature and Years 3 and 4 have been writing letters and making Easter cards for the residents and Pilgrims View Care Home.


With everything that is happening at the moment we wanted to share some rays of sunshine that are happening at VIPS Holborough Lakes today. James is showing his creative flair, Thea and her published work and Yananai producing fabulous work on volcanoes.


During the school closure it is important to stay active, follow the link below for PE lessons with Joe Wicks


Busy happy Pandas this morning.


Evil Pea strikes again! He has encased his pea friends in radioactive jelly and doesn't think Panda Class can work together to plan how to free them. But he was wrong!!!


Year 3 and 4 have had fantastic fun for science day studying chemical reactions.


Panda Class have been trying to solve the mystery of the missing vegetables. Evil Pea has stolen them from the kitchen and we need to get them back! Will our Evil Pea traps and wanted posters help?


It's Science day at VIPS Holborough Lakes! Some fantastic investigations have been taking place including 'mouldy bread' and looking at images through microscopes. Who is our next famous scientist?


There is only a few weeks left to put your blue chip into our unit at Tesco Extra at Lunsford Park and Tesco Express Larkfield!Please keep supporting us when you are out shopping to help us raise money for music resources, thank you.


Its 'Mindful March' - please follow the link below for ideas on how to be mindful each day.


Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to read with their child for World Book Day yesterday.


We are celebrating World Book Day at VIPS Holborough Lakes! The children had a wonderful assembly led by Mrs Billingham and they all look fabulous dressed up as book characters. Well done to the winners of the most ingenious costumes.


Please follow the link below for Dr. Ranj's Coronavirus Advice For Kids.


Author M.P Robertson is in school with the children today, he is using his wonderful creations to inspire the children to read and he is encouraging the use of their imagination.


Wow, a Dragon has arrived at Holborough Lakes Primary School!


Year 3 and 4 had a visit from Charlton Athletic to talk about healthy eating and physical activity.


Year 6 carried out a fantastic science experiment, they investigated earthquakes using marshmallows and cocktail sticks on a tray of jelly!


To compliment Science and Topic learning, Year 3 and 4 had the amazing opportunity to ride a smoothie bike which blended a smoothie for them to enjoy.


Don't forget it's the Valley Park School Scholarship Information Event this afternoon - it's being hosted by Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill & starts at 3.30pm. If you'd like to attend, please let your child's school office know. We look forward to seeing you there!


We have received a letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, recognising our amazing SATS results.


Staying safe online - here are a selection of handy guides for parents. !


Year 6 have been experimenting with shadows this afternoon.


Year 3 had an interactive and engaging experience with a visit from Warburtons today. They carried out an experiment, learnt about healthy eating, reducing food waste and the importance of hand hygiene and even made their own sandwich.


Well done to all the pupils who received an award at our Achievement Assembly today and thank you to the parents who came to celebrate with their child.


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.

We have high expectations for every child. Teaching for mastery in Maths is essentially the expectation that all pupils will gain a deep understanding of the maths they are learning. For understanding in Maths to be secure, learning needs to be built on solid foundations.

A mastery approach to the curriculum means pupils spend longer on fewer key mathematical concepts whilst working at greater depth. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention and those children who grasp the concepts more quickly are given opportunities to deepen their knowledge and improve their reasoning skills rather than accelerating on to new curriculum content.

Problem solving is central and opportunities are given for pupils to calculate with confidence, ensuring an understanding of why it works so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening. It is vital that pupils are able to apply their knowledge and skills to solve mathematical puzzles and problems, as well as explain their thinking and methods clearly. 

Pupils are encouraged to learn key number facts, such as, number bonds and multiplication facts from very early on in their education as this provides a solid foundation to build upon.

Ultimately, we want to guide our pupils to become independent and confident mathematicians, with the skills to achieve and continue their success in education and beyond.

All pupils are taught mathematics based on the National Curriculum for Mathematics. The programme of study aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non- routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


All pupils at Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes have been registered on the MyMaths website. This should help them to develop their mathematical understanding, give them opportunities to practice independently and enable you to see how they are progressing. Teachers are using MyMaths in class, therefore, pupils should feel confident in navigating the website and working through lessons.

Click here for a link to the MyMaths website.


Times Tables

All Year 4 children will have their multiplication skills formally tested in the summer term of Year 4 from 2020. We explain the multiplication check latest developments.

Times tables test / multiplication tables check: the basics

Primary-school children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12x12. Under the current National Curriculum, children are supposed to know their times tables by the end of Year 4, but they are not formally tested on them other than through multiplication questions in the Year 6 maths SATs.

Why a new test?

The DfE says that the check is part of a new focus on mastering numeracy, giving children the skills and knowledge they need for secondary school and beyond. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether Y4 pupils can recall their multiplication tables fluently (being able to answer times tables questions accurately and quickly, without having to work out the answers).

Announcing the tests in 2017, the then education secretary Justine Greening said, 'A good primary education lays the foundations for success at secondary school and beyond. This year’s (2017) Key Stage 2 results showed our curriculum reforms are starting to raise standards and it is vital we have an assessment system that supports that.' 

Which children will sit the multiplication check?

The times tables test will be introduced in English schools only. It will be taken by children in Year 4, in the summer term (during a three-week period in June; schools will decide which day to administer the check).

In June 2019 the multiplication check will be voluntary (schools will be able to decide whether to administer it or not). In June 2020 it will become compulsory for all English maintained schoolsspecial schools and academies(including free schools).

Children with special educational needs will be provided for when taking the MTC.

How will children be tested?

Children will be tested using an on-screen check (on a computer or a tablet), where they will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock.

This will be the first time that the DfE has used computerised tests in primary schools. Calculators and wall displays that could provide children with answers will be removed from the room the MTC is taking place in.

The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and is similar to other tests already used by primary schools. Their answers will be marked instantly.

Children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. Each question will be worth one mark and be presented to the child in this format:

n1 x n2 = ____ 

Questions will be selected from the 121 number facts that make up the multiplication tables from 2 to 12, with a particular focus on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables as they are considered to be the most challenging. Each question will only appear once in any 25-question series, and children won't be asked to answer reversals of a question as part of the check (so if they've already answered 3 x 4 they won't be asked about 4 x 3).

Once the child has inputted their answer on the computer / device they are using, there will be a three-second pause before the next question appears. Children will be given the opportunity to practise answering questions in this format before the official check begins.

The six-second time limit per question has been decided on by the DfE because it should allow children enough time to demonstrate their recall of times tables without giving them the time to work out the answers to each question.

How will the multiplication tables check results be reported?

Pupils' individual results will be made available to schools, and the Department for Education will report national results to track how they change over time. 

It's unlikely that children will be told their individual score, but once the Check is statutory (from June 2020) schools will be required to report the results to parents or carers.

School-level results won't be made publicly available or be used in league / performance tables.

What if a child doesn't do well in the multiplication check?

There will be no "pass mark" (expected standard threshold) and no child will "fail" the test. Multiplication factswill be the only things tested (there will be no testing of children's knowledge of division facts or problem-solving in the check).

The DfE says the purpose of the check is to help teachers identify which children are falling behind and target areas where they’re not being given a chance to succeed.

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:

Multiplication tables check - a guide for parents