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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

English

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes, children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills across the curriculum.  

We intend for pupils to be able to speak, read and write to a high standard to enable them to reach their full potential in the world of work and as Global Citizens. We consider reading to be the key to success and place huge importance and emphasis on the teaching of reading and on nurturing a life-long, love of reading.  

Children at Holborough Lakes are exposed to a diverse, exciting and stimulating array of literature that encourages children to question, consider, wonder and learn about other people, issues and places, as well as themselves. They are taught how to use this knowledge and their growing vocabulary and informed opinions to write in a range of genres and for different purposes and audiences. They plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, we focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. We intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent and legible handwriting. 

Teachers show pupils how to understand and remember spelling rules, the relationships between words and how to understand nuances in meaning. Children learn to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language. Pupils are also taught how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning. Children at Holborough Lakes learn to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English. 

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 1

Intention 1:

To build an English 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 Speech and Language, Reading and Writing 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

  • English is planned for, following the EYFS Framework and KS1 and KS2 school curriculum.
  • English is planned for using high quality texts to engage and stimulate
  • 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.

Impact:

Children will make at least good progress in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening from their last point of statutory assessment or from their starting point in EYFS. Children will use their English knowledge and skills, in all curriculum areas, to enable them to know more, remember more and understand more.

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 2

Intention 2:

To build a curriculum which develops a love of reading to help pupils know more, remember more and understand more. To design a curriculum which has reading at its core across all curriculum areas. Through choosing quality texts, we intend to develop a love of reading and allow children to recognise the pleasure they can get from books. Our children develop an understanding that reading allows them to discover new knowledge, revisit prior knowledge and understand more about what they learn, fuelling their imagination for ideas to use in their own work.

Implementation: 

Phonics

  • The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 using Read Write Inc. Phonics is taught daily to all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have not passed phonics screening in Year 1. Phonics interventions are arranged to support children in KS2 that are not yet fluent.
  • Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. Phonics is delivered in ability groups to enable precision teaching at an appropriate pace. These groups are regularly assessed and changed according to progress.
  • Children not making expected progress are quickly identified and given additional phonics input in the form of repeated lessons and additional home support.
  •  In EYFS and KS1, pupils are given reading books which closely match the phase of phonics that they are currently working within. 

Reading

  • Reading forms the core of our curriculum. All children read and are read to so that they develop a love of reading. A variety of schemes are available for children to choose from. When reading is considered fluent, children access our Accelerated Reader program (AR). Regular assessments are used to determine a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) to ensure that children choose from a selection of texts with appropriate challenge. Online quizzes are completed by children to assess their understanding of, and engagement with, the text.
  • Reading Scheme – our school uses a range of different reading schemes to provide a wide variety of appropriate quality texts for children to read, covering all genres.
  • Thirty-minute reading `lessons are taught every day using a range of cross-curricular fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Teachers use high quality texts to enrich and develop vocabulary, model reading and improve fluency, comprehension and to promote a love of reading.
  • Home Reading – all children are expected to read at home at least 5 times a week. This is carefully monitored by teachers to ensure that children are getting the practice they need to enable progress towards fluency.
  • Reading Areas - All classrooms have inviting class reading areas with subject specific books and other age-appropriate reading for pleasure books.
  •  Library – Children visit our well-stocked library to choose books from our AR collection.

Impact:

Children will have a love of Reading and make at least good progress in Reading. Children will use their Reading 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 Speaking, Listening and Writing 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 reading, writing and spoken language skills they have acquired from the English Curriculum.

Implementation:

Language

  • We promote a language rich curriculum that is essential to the successful acquisition of the written and spoken word across the curriculum.
  • The development of speech and language is identified as one of the most important parts of our school’s early years curriculum.
  • The promotion and use of an accurate and rich cross-curricular vocabulary throughout school is planned in all subjects. This is evident in all learning areas and is a key part of Knowledge Organisers.
  • The promotion and implementation of tiered language across the curriculum provides the tools for children to make links across the subjects so that they know more, remember more and understand more.
  • Pupils are given a wide range of opportunities to use and develop their Speaking and Listening skills to aid them with the writing process across all areas of the curriculum.

​​Writing 

  • Teachers plan writing linked to high quality reading texts and ensure the coverage of key objectives in grammar which build competency. Opportunities to write for a real purpose/for a real audience are planned and links to the wider curriculum are made when doing this.
  • At Holborough Lakes, we use the Teaching Backwards approach to teaching writing using modelled texts.
  • Writing is marked against clear steps to success and assessed and next steps identified by the teacher and also through self and peer assessment. We assess writing using exemplars identified by VIAT.
  • Each year group refers to our Skills and Progression document to ensure coverage.
  • School has a presentation agreement that all children and staff adhere to. Excellent presentation is expected and celebrated.
  • Phonics/spelling is taught daily using PiXL resources and rules. Children are also expected to learn spelling rules and patterns at home for weekly spelling tests.

Impact:

Children will be able to produce effective written work of a similar standard in all areas of the curriculum which evidences good progress.