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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.


On Monday the children experienced the 'Kent Music roadshow'. They listened to the sounds different instruments make and enjoyed a wonderful performance.


Remember it is easy for people to pretend when they are online. They might not always be who they say they are, or say what they really mean. Follow this link for information on staying safe online.


It is that time of the year when germs spread very easily, we are promoting good hand hygiene at Holborough Lakes Primary School, Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.


The Contract Dining Company would like to receive your feedback, please follow the link below to complete their survey, thank you for your support. EYFS & KS1 - KS2 -


This weeks House Points: Bodiam - 457 Leeds - 686 Scotney - 790 Hever - 826 🏆


Come to the Valley Park Scholarship information event on 26 February at Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, from 3.30pm, aimed at Year 5 pupils...


It is internet safety day tomorrow, please see the video below for information about e-safety


Year 3 and 4 enjoyed learning about their 5-a-day and healthy eating through an engaging presentation from Kingsland.


Year 6 experienced a theatre production, 'WASTED,' raising their awareness and helping them to make the right choices.


A group of our Key Stage 1 children participated in the Infant Agility competition at VIPS Leybourne Chase yesterday and came joint second, well done!


Well done to four of our Year 5 pupils who visited Invicta Grammar School yesterday to participate in the Primary Maths Challenge.


A group of our children participated in the Young Voices concert at the O2 yesterday. They had an amazing time and sang beautifully!


The governing body visited yesterday.They were very impressed with the children’s maths skills and the positive impact on their learning.They heard about our Wellness Programme and the school’s ambition to achieve the ArtsMark, ensuring the children have enriching experiences.


As part of Children's Mental Health week we have been raising awareness today by wearing our clothes inside out.


Please follow the link below for tips and advice from The Book Trust about reading with your child.


Panda class developing their fine motor skills and making repeating patterns. A great way to start the day!


These are the fantastic books that the classes now have in their book corners because of your generosity whilst shopping at our Scholastic book fair this week, thank you!


Our wonderful Enchanted Woodland in our Key Stage One corridor!


Our first Adult Education course went well, the parents enjoyed developing their first aid skills and practising on Ann and baby Ann the CPR dolls.


Come along on 7th February to support our PTA Ladies Pamper and Shopping night, please see flyer for details.


Thank you to the Year 3 and 4 parents who came to our parent lunch today to celebrate the children's topic 'Chinese New Year'.


Panda Class enjoyed visiting Pilgrims View Care Home on Tuesday, they made biscuits for the residents to enjoy.


Thank you to the parents who came to our Year 2 Parent Lunch yesterday.


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.


At Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes, we believe that it is every child’s right to be able to access the world around them through the medium of language. As such, we promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, enabling them to listen, speak, read and write confidently for a wide range of purposes throughout their school years and beyond. We recognise that it is important to cultivate an enthusiasm and appreciation for literacy and aspire to do so by ensuring real-life and cross-curricular learning experiences.

Useful documents
Helping Your Child with Reading - Year 1 and 2
Common Exception Words Year 1 and 2 Cursive
Helping Your Child with Reading - Year 3 and 4
Year 3 and 4 Key Word List
Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words
Helping Your Child with Reading - Year 5 and 6
Year 5 and 6 Key Word List
KS2 Practical Skills in Spelling


You can also visit the Book Trust website for some great tips around reading with your child.

Writing Scheme

Information coming soon!

Accelerated Reader

Information for parents

Accelerated reader is a system used by the school to encourage the development of reading skills. Elements for reading success using Accelerated Reader

1. Determine reading level - Children take a short reading test, the result if which determines the current reading ability and suggests a range of book levels. This will provide children with books that will keep them challenged without causing frustration.

2. Book selection - Once the children know their reading range, they are able to choose books within the range that interest them from the books available in our library.

3. Taking the AR quiz - Once children have read their book and are fully comfortable with the content, they are able to take online comprehension quiz or vocabulary test. Once the quiz has been completed the children receive instant feedback on how they have done, including the opportunity to review inaccurate answers. To pass a test children need to achieve 60% accuracy?

4. Target setting - Each child is set a target to aim for. As these are achieved they receive online awards as well as physical certificates to show their progress.

Children's reading achievements are celebrated within the school in many ways, including classroom displays to track and show progress, to the issuing of Ready Reader certificates during weekly celebration assemblies. 

For more information, please follow the link below:


What is Oracy?

Oracy is the ability to express yourself clearly and communicate with others effectively through spoken language.A key part of oracy is for children to think carefully about the language they’re using, and tailor it to their subject, purpose and audience. For example, a Year 6 pupil should understand that they need to use simpler words and sentence structures when explaining the rules of a game to a Reception child than they would if they were with their peers.

Oracy involves embracing different speaking skills, such as:

  • Discussion: exchanging ideas with others
  • Instruction: telling someone what to do, or explaining facts
  • Dialogue: having a conversation with someone, listening and showing an interest in what they say

    Oracy isn’t, however, just about being a good talker – or talking lots. It also includes listening to others, and responding appropriately. So much in life depends on being a good communicator, so it’s vital that children learn the importance of oracy from a young age.

    ‘Good communication and language skills support children’s ability to learn, think about and understand the world, and interact with others,’

    Indeed, children who start school with limited communication skills are six times less likely than their peers to reach the expected standards in English at the end of Year 6. Good oracy also leads to improved performance in other curriculum areas, including maths and science.

    Developing early oracy skills isn’t just important for children’s education, though. Children who communicate well are more likely to form good relationships with other children and adults, and may be less prone to behaviour sanctions as they can express their frustrations verbally rather than lashing out or losing their temper. Focusing on oracy in primary schools has a big impact on children well into the future.

    Children who are good communicators are less likely to have mental health problems as adults, possibly because they’re more able to express their feelings.

    Good oracy skills also help them secure employment later in life, with over two thirds of employers rating literacy as one of their three most important considerations when recruiting school leavers.  At Holborough Lakes we believe that embedding oracy into the curriculum is key to improving children’s life chances.’

7 ways to promote oracy at home

Try these techniques to help your child become a more confident communicator, in school and at home.

1. Read aloud to your child

Reading aloud to your child, well beyond the age they can read for themselves, combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within one activity that helps children build their vocabulary, learn to express their thoughts, and understand the structure of language,’ 

2. Record a video diary

Many kids aspire to being vloggers or YouTube stars, so encourage them to start a video diary, either to chart their everyday life or to record special occasions like birthdays and holidays. For safety’s sake, keep these within the family rather than broadcasting them online.

3. Play word games

Games like 20 Questions, Guess Who? and I Spy are great for helping children use descriptive language and think critically about what they’re saying.

4. Talk about their day

Ask your child, ‘What did you do today?’ and they’ll often claim they can’t remember, so find different ways to talk about what they’ve been up to. Eating your evening meal as a family is a good way to encourage conversation, while older kids are often more chatty in the car, where they feel less like they’re being interrogated. You could also try our tips for asking the right questions to elicit information.

5. Phone a friend (or relative)

Persuade your child to take a break from text and WhatsApp and develop their speaking skills by making an actual phone call. Encouraging them to speak to different family members on the phone or on a video call will build confidence.

6. Go on a nature walk

This is a great pre-phonics activity for young children, who can be encouraged to listen carefully to the sounds they hear – from traffic to birdsong – and describe them. They can also describe the natural sights they see, such as trees, animals and birds and the sky.

7. Sign them up for a club

Joining extracurricular clubs is a good opportunity for your child to converse with different people outside the home or school environment. Many of them also involve taking instructions (such as being coached in sporting techniques or to complete science or art projects), and introduce them to different vocabulary relating to their new hobby.

The National Literacy Trust’s Words for Life programme has lots of great tips and activity ideas to encourage speaking, reading and writing skills in children from birth to 11 years.