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Year 6 enjoyed their Cyber Choices workshop, they learnt how to make the right choices online.


We are beginning to feel the magic coming to life in our KS1 corridor....


Can you guess what it is yet?


The children have all enjoyed learning about the didgeridoo this week, thank you to Mr Smith for showing the children.


Year 6 enjoyed their first yoga session this week.


The children had a lovely assembly presented by The Family Trust this week, thank you.


Cookery club had their first session this week and they enjoyed making pizzas 🍕


Year 1 and 4 collaborating to paint Diva lamps.


Year 5 and 6 collaborating with Reception Class to create Rangoli Patterns.


A wonderful part of Cultural Week has been getting to work together with different year groups. Each class has been sharing their learning with the rest of the school and working together on projects. It has been lovely to watch relationships grow as they share their experiences.


Panda Class are thoroughly enjoying Cultural Week. We have learnt about life in Russia and Sri Lanka and had a didgeridoo demonstration! Thanks so much to the amazing parents that have shared their talents and experiences with us.


Art club made their wonderful scrap books, it was a successful start and they look forward to filling them up and creating their canvases. 🎨


Thank you to Mrs Lester, the children have enjoyed learning abut Poland. The adventure continues with Year 3 and 4 learning about Africa, thank you to Ms Neequaye and Mrs Okoli.


We've had an energetic start to Cultural Week with our Zumba sessions. Thank you to Mrs Taylor for leading this for us.


We love reading at Holborough Lakes Primary School! Thank you to the parents who attended our Year 2 Reading Workshop last week.


Year 3 produced amazing kites as part of their holiday home learning, they are fantastic! Thank you for all of your support.


Thank you to all the parents who attended our Phonics Workshop yesterday, we received positive feedback including: "It was a really useful session and it is helpful to understand what the children are learning".


Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for a Higher Level Teaching Assistant - you can find all the details here:


We are excited to announce that our unit is now in store at Tesco Extra at Lunsford Park and Tesco Express Larkfield!Please support us and put your blue chip in our unit when you are out shopping to help us raise money for music resources!


Well done to Leeds who were awarded the most house points this term. They were treated to a film and activity afternoon yesterday.


We couldn't be any more proud - we are ranked number 4 in the list of the best primary schools in Kent, based on our Key Stage 2 SATs results! A huge well done to our fabulous pupils and staff, you are all AMAZING!


Please see the article below for reading inspiration.


To increase road safety around the school we are pleased to announce the speed bumps have been installed.


Year 3 made some marvellous Christmas decorations from paper this week!


A group of children sang Christmas Carols on Friday and raised £109.71 to contribute towards the cost of a coach to Young Voices!


Please see this article below 'The best Kent primary schools ranked by SATs results - Kent Live' - we have achieved 4th!


Thank you to everyone who supported our Poppy Appeal.


Our KS1 Performance was fantastic, thank you to everyone who came and supported our Year 1 and 2 pupils!


Our KS2 Carol Service was a great success yesterday! The children sang beautifully.


A huge thank you to our PTA! The Christmas Fair raised over £1000! Thank you to everybody who supported this fabulous event. 🎄


Come and join our friendly team! We are currently looking for two Higher Level Teaching Assistants, one to work in our SRP... You can find all the necessary information here:


We were delighted to share some Festive Fun with our Reception Class families. A great way to get in the mood for Christmas!


The children had a fantastic time watching the Peter Pan Pantomime today! Oh yes they did!


Our Holborough Lakes Primary School Christmas card post box is open! We look forward to delivering your children's Christmas cards that they post here. 🎄


The Year 5 and 6 Children had a fantastic time at Dover Castle yesterday.


Thank you to everyone who came to our Year 1 Parent Lunch on Wednesday!


Thank you to everyone who attended our open morning for children starting in September 2020. We received wonderful comments including "very welcoming school" and "beautifully presented school with such well behaved confident students".


Would you like to join our friendly team? We have vacancies for three teaching assistants at the moment and we would love to hear from you! You can find all the details here:


Reception and Year 4 have had fun using our gymnastic equipment today.


The children enjoyed meeting Elmer when he visited our school. He will be part of the 'Elephant Art Trail' in Maidstone to support of The Heart of Kent Hospice.


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.

Hol1 mathletics

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes we use Mathletics as a fun, engaging and challenging form of home learning. Each pupil has been set the challenge of achieving 1000 points per week. If they acheieve this goal they will recieve a certificate of achievement.

"Mathletics is designed to provide students with a captivating and safe learning experience. Our not-so-secret formula combines targeted and adaptive curriculum content, structured and interactive support, with engaging gaming and rewards – all aligned to the requirements of the UK’s key primary maths curricula."


To access Mathletics, please click HERE

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: