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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

Promoting British Values

The DfE states that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

To see how we celebrate and embed British Values at VIPS Holborough Lakes click here.

To see how we learn about British Values through our curriculum at VIPS Holborough Lakes please click here

To see how we celebrate and promote British Values through our curriculum at VIPS Holborough Lakes please click here. 

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes our aims are to:

  • Celebrate diversity and promote inclusion and equality of opportunity so that pupils are well prepared to become active citizens in the diverse society of modern Britain.
  • Eliminate all forms of discrimination and harassment by developing positive attitudes and enabling pupils to deal constructively with any challenges they may encounter.
  • To foster good relations by actively promoting British Values at Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes for all the school community.

    Through mutual exploration and understanding, staff and children have agreed class charters. Enabling children to distinguish right from wrong, the charters also secure a safe and enjoyable learning environment with children encouraging respect for each other.

    These are values which are important within our school community and which will be important throughout life. In all that we do we strive to share, encourage and demonstrate positive values with our children, in order that they understand them and strive to live by them.

    Through promoting these values, we aim to achieve:

  • A welcoming environment,
  • Positive behaviour and attitudes,
  • High standards of achievement,
  • A calm and purposeful environment,
  • Positive relationships,
  • A range of learning experiences which will enable our children to grow  and develop into reflective and responsible learners.

    At Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes we are committed to the development of positive community links and the prevention of extremism and radicalisation both within our school’s physical boundaries and within our local, national and global environments. We are also committed to responding to community concerns in a positive way which supports British democratic society.

    We believe that sharing our values with parents, carers and our community is essential in supporting the children through their journey in school and life. We acknowledge and understand the importance of the role that our community has to play and appreciate the need to inform them of the values work that we do. We do this through our school website and newsletters, school collective worships and assemblies, and inviting parents and carers to share in the life of the school.

    Here are some examples of how we promote British Values within our pupil’s school experiences:

    Democracy is embedded within Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes with both adults and children respecting the right for individuals to have their voices heard. Our School Council (which consists of two elected members from each class from year R-6), reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action. They meet regularly to discuss a range of issues. These issues include social and moral elements of school life, matters concerning our school work/projects, charity fundraising and modeling positive behaviour to their peers. The areas for discussion are then fed back to the rest of the class, when all children share their views and thoughts.

    The Rule of Law is included implicitly in our Behaviour Policy, with each teacher discussing these rules with their pupils at the beginning of every academic year. A code of conduct for each class is devised with the children. These rules are revisited regularly through PSHCE lessons and assemblies, and there are clear sanctions for broken rules. We ensure that children understand that school and class rules are there to protect us and are essential for our wellbeing and safety. Elements of the history also enable children to explore the roles of law and authority in the past. The children are taught the value and reasons behind laws that govern and protect us and the responsibilities and consequences when laws are broken. Every child discusses and signs a Pupil e-Safety Acceptable Usage Pledge. We encourage visits from community authority figures such as the Local Police and Fire Service, who all help to reinforce this message. We have a restorative approach to pupil behaviour.

    Individual Liberty – we encourage our children to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Through our PSHCE lessons we encourage children to know and understand their rights and personal freedoms. The children are advised how to exercise these safely. Adults in the school revisit these themes through assemblies. The importance of making safe choices when using the internet is explored regularly through the computing curriculum and shared with the whole school and stakeholders in the school newsletter, on our website/learning platform and assemblies. Children are invited to make choices within the curriculum around challenge, recording methods and homework.

    Mutual Respect – our whole school ethos is built around mutual respect. We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. The importance of working together is stressed in all that we do. Children are encouraged to respect each other throughout the day. Mutual respect and fair play is also discussed within sports based activities.

    Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs – all different faiths and beliefs are explored and celebrated through assemblies, RE sessions and a variety of visits and visitors into school. The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and that we should respect each other. Children within our school are encouraged to share their experiences and traditions. Discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been promoted through PSHCE and Anti-Bullying weeks, as well as taking opportunities to tackle this during every day school life. The curriculum includes faith stories and texts from a range of cultures to further raise children’s awareness of different cultures, faiths and beliefs. Through this, the children gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.