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Well done to all of our Learners of the Week!


Happy Birthday to Sophia in Tiger Class, Maisie in Alpaca Class, Sienna in Panda Class and Isaac in Meerkat Class who will all be celebrating this half term. We hope you have a wonderful day!


Riley and Zack in Owl Class have been busy baking some super space creations! They almost look to good to eat!!


There are lots of idea's for scavenger hunts that you could try this half term, please visit our website for more ideas.


If you are concerned about a young person’s mental health you can call the Single Point of Access on 0300 1234496. The SPA is there to help explore the difficulties and find the most appropriate response. We are still .


Erika has fully immersed herself in the world of "Aliens Love Underpants"!


Oliver drew a map to show where he would go if he could fly - he would visit his grandparents.


Oliver took his sniffer dog to the pond to investigate a case of mysterious flying frogs on lily pads.


Finn created a fearsome dragon, then devised his own costume.


Theo made a flying robot so he can fly to the jungle and see dinosaurs.


Panda Class have been exploring the topic of Fantasy Flight, take a look at our twitter posts to see the variety of wonderful learning, well done Pandas!


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Jasmine in Meerkat Class performed this brilliant song for National Thank a Teacher Day, thank you Jasmine.


Aleks in Alpaca Class decorated this wonderful poster for National Thank a Teacher day, thank you Aleks.


Some art work from Penguin Class linked to this week's topic on fantasy flight!


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Henry in Year 3 has been sharing his baking efforts with his elderly neighbour who's wife is currently in hospital. He also safely delivered slices to his Nanny and Grandad too.


Based on the short film 'Adrift' Harry in Dolphin Class created this poster advertising holidays on a Whale's back!


Our very own Riley submitted the first entry to the VIAT STEAM competition & it's brilliant! Well done! You can watch his video about how planes fly here - And find full details about the competition, and enter yourself, here -


Alex in Owl Class has made this lovely space picture!


Eloise in Alpaca Class shared the story 'The Paper Dolls' with her family and then made a paper chain of Paper Dolls.


Faye in Alpaca Class made a fantastic fact file all about flight.


Isla in Alpaca Class made a beautiful airplane.


Madison in Meerkat Class has been coding and has made a space - themed thank you for the NHS!


If your child is aged 4-19 and struggling with their emotional health, you can access support from the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service. Go to or call 0300 123 4496 for more info.


For some inspiration on Random Act of Kindness please click the link below:


Family time online, with David Walliams.


Online safety for kids, with Marvin & Rochelle.


How to stay happy and healthy at home, with Fearne Cotton.


Tech Tips for home schooling, with David Walliams.


This , Moodspark is . They provide mental health support to young people in Kent, and their website is full of useful resources and service information for parents and teachers too:


Mental Health Awareness Week


Please see the link below for information on the 'Ripple Kindness Project' as part of Mental Health Awareness week.


It is Mental Health Awareness Week - Kindness Matters, please click the link below for more information.


Rohan in Owl Class with his flying machine.


Well done to all of our Learners of the Week!


Arjun in Meerkat Class received a thank you letter and certificate from The Royal Marsden Hospital, he recently had a sort out and donated 3 black sacks full of new and nearly new toys to their children ward!


Books for Topics is a great link to use to access books and reading while libraries, bookshops and classrooms are limited for most children, follow the link below:


With access to libraries, classrooms and bookshops limited for most children, Books for Topics have been busy finding some of the best online story times for children to use freely at home: Have a look! We think they're great!


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.

Phonics and Reading

Read write inc

Read Write Inc. Phonics (R.W.I.)

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes we use Read, Write, Inc. an inclusive synthetic phonic programme to teach our children to read, to write and to spell. We have adopted this as our whole school approach as the programme facilitates a graduated and tailored approach to learning basic sounds and letter formation before advancing to more complex sounds and reading for comprehension. The programme moves with integrity from learning to read to reading to learn.

R.W.I. sessions occur each day as the continuity and pace of the programme is key to accelerating the progress of children’s reading development. This method of phonics teaching is both systematic and repetitive in order to embed learning; the programme also offers plenty of opportunities for fun based, interactive learning using drama, role play and props to engage with and to enjoy texts and stories. The children work in small groups according to their confidence and competence. These groups are reconfigured on a regular basis in order to match the pace and the progress of each child; this reconfiguration also allows Class Teachers to identify where 1:1 interventions may be required in order to meet the expectations of both the Phonics Check and the end of Key Stage 1.

Aims and Objectives

The overarching objectives of the RWI programme are to teach pupils to:

  • apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to read words.
  • segment words into their constituent phonemes in order to spell words.
  • learn that blending and segmenting words are reversible processes.
  • read high frequency words that do not conform to regular phonic patterns.
  • read texts and words that are within their phonic capabilities as early as possible.
  • decode texts effortlessly so that their focus can be used on reading to learn (comprehension)
  • spell effortlessly so that their focus can be directed towards the composition of their writing

Teaching and Learning Style

The core principles of the programme are;

  • Praise – Pupils learn quickly in a positive climate.
  • Pace – Good pace is essential to the lesson.
  • Purpose – Every part of the lesson has a specific purpose.
  • Passion –It is the energy, enthusiasm and passion that teachers invest into lessons that bring the teaching and learning to life!
  • Participation - A strong feature of R.W.I. lessons is partner work; partners ‘teaching’ each other (based on research which states that we learn 70% of what we talk about with our partner and 90% of what we teach).

Nonsense words (Alien words) 


As well as learning to read and to blend real words, the children meet “Nonsense words.” These words present an opportunity to assess a child’s ability to decode using phonics. Children who can read non-words should have the skills to decode almost any unfamiliar word. Nonsense words will also feature in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term.

What is the Phonics Screening Check?

The national Phonics Screening Check was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils. It is a short, statutory assessment to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in the phonics skills to read words and are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.

Useful websites for Parents

Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child to learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included. - Games and information for parents (how to blend)

For further information please visit the Read Write Inc website:


How to further support your child at home with reading


Book finder

100 best books

Ideas for themed book activities

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

Writing Scheme

It is our intent 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.

We wanted 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 Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes and beyond.

Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum. Please click on the link to review our Writing and grammar scheme.

With regards to writing, we intend for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. They will also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We also intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.

Please click the link below for information about how we teach progression in writing, year by year.

Grammar Schemes of Work

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.