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Our Rights Respecting Ambassadors have been working with Mrs Vickers and Mr Tom to develop our wildlife area. New bird feeders have been put in place to encourage new wildlife to the space. Thank you to our school community for their kind donations.


Our Year 6 enjoyed a trip to the bowling alley today as an end of SATs treat. There were some impressive scores from the children and the adults! A well deserved treat after their hard work this week.


Jasmine, Evelyn and Megan went to for a book design workshop.They demonstrated excellent teamwork and together with the help of a sixth form created a design. They decided to put elements of each other’s original design to make a new one.


Congratulations to Evelyn in Year 5 who was the winner of the book sculpture competition at Holborough Lakes. The artwork is inspired by the award-winning artist Su Blackwell. Thank you to for this opportunity. Jasmine and Pollyanna were named as our runners up.


Year 4 have been writing limericks as part of their English sequence. This is Beau reciting the limericks she wrote today. We hope you enjoy them!


This morning our Year 6 cohort enjoyed a delicious breakfast before the start of their SATs. We wish them all the best this week and we are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication they have shown.


Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a trip to Living Land at Detling. The pupils learnt about food, farming and countryside life. They particularly enjoyed the dancing sheep show. 🐑 🥕


Maisie in Year 5 has worked extremely hard to reach our 'Diamond' standard of presentation. Well done and keep up the hard work. 💎🖊️🌟🌟🌟


Our first group of Year 5 pupils have started their Bikeability course this morning. They have checked the safety of their bikes and are ready to learn some key skills to keep them safe when riding.


Well done to Keiva who took part in a Korfball tournament, representing our county. The team came runners up by just one point against London. 🏅🌟


Happy Birthday to Jessie, Nancy, Oliver P, Astrid, Eloise, Rubie and Arish who have recently celebrated their birthday.


We would love to have a copy of Suzy Orbit Astronaut for our school library.


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This morning we had a second scooter pod installed as a winner of the Active Travel prize draw. Thank you to and We're sure the children will make good use of the pod.


Our children have arrived at the 02 for the Young Voices concert. We hope they have an amazing evening and enjoy performing.


On Friday, to raise funds for Ukraine, we held a talent show at Holborough Lakes. We had an amazing showcase of talent, which included some singers, musicians and gymnasts.


Ria in Year 5, finally got to see her ‘Litter Angels’ poster up at McDonalds! Ria was awarded with her own poster and some meal vouchers! She also had the pleasure of meeting Tracey Crouch, who was impressed with all the work the school is doing to support sustainability.


Alfie and Ashton chose some books to share with their younger siblings. Thank you to and for your kind donations. We hope you enjoy sharing and spending time developing their love of reading.


Happy Birthday to Nyah, Anwuli, James, Tilly, Hazel, Mila, Javier, Joshua, Max, Saiya and Jessie who have recently celebrated their birthdays. We hope you had a great day.


After a visit from Holborough Hedgehogs, we are pleased to announce that we have a hedgehog in our house located in our wildlife area. We are running a poster competition to coincide with Hedgehog Awareness Week (1st-7th May) and the winner will be able to name our new resident.


Year 1 enjoyed a fabulous day at Tyland Barn pond dipping and hunting for minibeasts. 🐌🦟


As today is National Stephen Lawrence Day, Kaelan from Year 6 delivered an assembly to raise awareness of this important event. The key theme of the assembly was celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. Kaelan linked this to our own core values.


Congratulations to Ria, the winner of the VIAT Public Speaking competition. Her speech on 'Adventures' was outstanding and the judges were impressed with the overall standard. Well done to Rohan and Ije who also took part and spoke about 'Dreams' and 'Innovation.


Would you like to join our friendly team? We're currently looking for a part-time receptionist and administrator - for full details, please see our website:


Space 2 Be Me offer informal coffee mornings, with an opportunity to meet with other parents and speak to one of their Family Support Officers. Please see the flyers for details.


Panda Class have been writing about dinosaurs. Amelia and Ziyah used fantastic descriptive words including 'meteor' and 'because', well done!


Meerkat Class have been using recycled materials to create their individual Fair Trade logos. When they are all made they will be pieced together to make an Andy Warhol inspired Pop Art.


On Tuesday Year 3 and 4 were Romans for the day. They tasted roman style food, made mosaics, learnt Latin, used roman numerals and practiced rituals using the shields they had made.


EYFS and KS1 enjoyed the Easter Puppet Show yesterday led by The Family Trust.


The Rocksteady Bands performed an amazing concert to their parents yesterday, well done to everyone who performed!


Thank you to our AMAZING PTA who have organised our Mother's Day Secret sale today! The children are having a great time shopping for their mums, step-mums, nans and aunties.


Happy Birthday to Isla, Aisha, Keiva, Alexander, Ava, Charlie, Alexis, Teddie, and Callum who are celebrating their birthdays this week and next week. We hope you have a great day!


Four of our Rights Respecting Ambassadors are at the Kent Reconnect Hackathon. They are using their passion, skills and expertise to work on finding a solution to help young people better engage with the climate crisis and have more impact when they are taking action.


Mr Anderson from SST visited us yesterday to lead a Shakespeare Workshop for our Year 5 pupils. They are rehearsing A Midsummer Night's Dream in preparation for their final performance with pupils form other primary schools on Friday! Thank you


On Friday, pupils from KS2 visited The Lenham School to participate in their Reading Café. They had a great time reading with the students and listening to Philippa Joyner read an extract of her book - Fiery Glen. Thank you


On Thursday, pupils from Year 5 and 6 participated in a VIAT Netball Match at Teh School of Science and Technology. They displayed excellent teamwork and sportsmanship! Well done!


Michael from Total Waste Management led an assembly for the children discussing waste management and learning how we can Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.


We hope our families who received complimentary tickets to the Charlton Vs Gillingham match last night had a great time.


Valley Park School Presents 9 - 5 The Musical 29th March - 1st April Please see the link below for details of how to purchase tickets.


Happy Birthday to Arjan, Jack, Lily-Rose and Phoebe who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a great day.


Geography is the study of places. It explores the relationships between the world and its people. It studies the location of the physical and human features of the earth and the processes, systems and inter-relationships that create and influence them. It examines how people affect, manage and sustain their environment. 
Geographical enquiry helps children to learn about their immediate surroundings, the broader world and how the environment can affect their lives and determine decision-making. The study of geography helps to develop a sense of identity and promotes responsible citizenship.  

Our high-quality geography education at Holborough Lakes aims to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

We aim to ensure children:

  1. develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these change over time
  2. are competent Geographical explorers, using “fieldwork” and “enquiry” to find out about and compare places in an increasingly independent way, using a progressive range and development of mapping skills and vocabulary to:
  • collect, analyse, and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • be able to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

The Teaching Sequence in Geography

Our sequences of learning are broken down into sessions, which follow a logical progression of skills and knowledge toward an authentic final outcome. 

Geography Teaching Sequence

Our Long-Term Plan ensures a progression of skills between year-groups in the four main forms of Geography:

  • locational knowledge
  • place knowledge and understanding
  • knowledge of environmental, physical and human geography processes (e.g. climate change)
  • geographical skills (use of maps, globes and collection of evidence)

It also poses poignant questions to the children, which help guide their learning toward real-life issues, promoting the acquisition of cultural capital and an understanding about their impact on the world around them.


In order for pupils to know more, remember more and do more in regards to the world around them, these aspects must be evident in the implementation of the Geography curriculum throughout school. It is more appropriate, therefore, to understand the way knowledge is stored as a complex, interconnected web or ‘schema’. Every time a pupil encounters a word they have previously learned, but applied in a new context, it adds to the complexity of their understanding of that concept. In other words, they develop a deeper understanding of that concept and enhance their capacity to use that concept in their own thinking. Therefore, an example of an end of unit assessment is as follows:

Final Outcome: what we have been working towards: Present to the class main findings about David Attenborough work to date.

Vocabulary Progression for Geography

Progression of Skills and Knowledge - Geography

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 1

Intention 1:

To build a geographical curriculum that develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of their world around them so that they know more, remember more and understand more.

This is through the use of:

  • planning with the National Curriculum
  • progression grid
  • subject specific content
  • appropriate connections to other curriculum areas


 Knowledge Organisers and Learning Walls:

Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills, in a purposeful context. This promotes connections to be made across all foundation subjects where applicable. These can be integrated in the English learning wall.

Key Vocabulary:

The promotion of a language rich Geography curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in Geography.

Independent learning:

In Geography children are encouraged to enquire about their topic of interest and develop their independence when locating places, describing places and exploring the outdoors.

Children will access resources to acquire learning through atlases, text books, maps, digital technology and photographs:

Children will use a range of secondary resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning.  


In order to enhance the curriculum for geography children access the local area at least once a term; by making connections through all the different curriculum areas and have access to a local map. With this map they navigate and apply their geographical skills when accessing the local area.

Educational Visits to enhance their cultural capital:

Where applicable links to geography will be made to develop the children’s topical learning.


  • Children will achieve age related expectations in Geography at the end of their cohort year.
  • Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to geography with a real life context.
  • Children will understand how geography ‘happens’ in their local area.
  • Children will have a good understanding about the world around them and how it has been shaped.
  • Children will know more, remember more and understand more.
  • The pupil voice will represent an understanding of what geography is and how they have applied this learning in a given context as part of a highlight task.

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 2

Intention 2:

To build a geographical curriculum that endorses the importance for outdoor learning to build a curiosity for learning to help them to know more, remember more and understand more.


Outdoor Learning opportunities with the curriculum:

Teaching and Learning should plan for outdoor learning opportunities within geography lessons termly. This may be using the school grounds, local area or wider community to apply and explore their subject specific task.

Children will access their local environment to get a hands on experience in their learning:

This may not be geography led but is an expectation that all pupils visit their local area at least once a term. Children will become more aware of their local environment and as they progress through their geographical education and use a map specific for their areas of enquiry.

Educational Visits to enhance their cultural capital:

Where applicable links to geography will be made to develop the children’s topical learning.

British Values and PSHE:

Children will learn and revisit the importance of our world and how it should be treated through a range of cultural capital activities and experiences.


  • Children will achieve age related expectations in Geography at the end of their cohort year.
  • Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to geography with a real life context.
  • Children will understand how geography ‘happens’ in their local area.
  •  Children will begin to understand their wider world and the implications that we as citizens have on it.
  • Children will work collaboratively to solve problems and explain the processes that they have taken/observed within a real life context.
  • Children will act as good citizens within their local community.