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20/04/21

Happy Birthday to Mila, Javier, and Saiya who are all celebrating their birthday this week, we hope you have a great day. https://t.co/RmGZct7fXf

19/04/21

We’re celebrating getting active and travelling around the body with . Schools have already made a fantastic 34,319 journeys! To find out more please visit https://t.co/VePuk8MHZZ

06/04/21

Retweeted From VIAT

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/Duw2yziCvx https://t.co/oPoVPZtOIi

31/03/21

Happy Birthday to Nyah, Anwuli and James who are celebrating their birthday during the Easter break, we hope you have a great day. https://t.co/EGcBWzUq47

31/03/21

Year 6 enjoyed a fun easter egg hunt in the sun yesterday! https://t.co/1P6kedFIT0

31/03/21

Year 5 have been using this wonderful model as part of their final outcome on their river topic. https://t.co/Fkuu2hMv8p

30/03/21

Thank you to our amazing PTA for giving each child an Easter Egg! Happy Easter! https://t.co/X51GXIvsSa

30/03/21

Meerkat Class have been having fun making cannons linking to their learning about The Mary Rose. https://t.co/NeNTgI6MYm

30/03/21

Thank you to Rev. Danielle for leading our virtual Easter Assembly this morning, it was a lovely way to celebrate Easter and end the school term. https://t.co/g1F3JLvg95

30/03/21

Thank you to Olivia for sharing her experience today in our Autism Awareness Assembly. If you would like to sponsor her and help raise money for the National Autistic Society please visit her Just Giving Page: https://t.co/CyzLzgUh4Y https://t.co/bJEt3A0UqI

29/03/21

Dolphin Class enjoyed their Author Workshop led by Jack Meggitt-Phillips last week. https://t.co/9f6KhZG6Gd

29/03/21

Dolphin Class have been creating fantastic pieces of artwork based on The Highwayman poem. https://t.co/fQzPQi0XnW

29/03/21

White Rose Maths have teamed up with TV presenter, teacher and parent Michael Underwood to bring you a mini-series called Maths with Michael. To take a look at the videos and resources please click on the link below. https://t.co/A1vckygqHs

29/03/21

Happy Birthday to Prince, Charlie, Alexis, Megan, Teddie, Mason and Callum who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a great day! https://t.co/KSBkS9Ksf0

25/03/21

Salus offer free virtual youth sessions for 8-19 year olds, for more information on how to get involved please visit their website https://t.co/VZ9s39JFoX The photo shows the activities for next week. https://t.co/bybFl7v2Fk

24/03/21

Retweeted From BookTrust

Feeling bored? Our Cupboard is bursting with treats - whether you want a lovely storytime, a drawing lesson, some writing tips or craft activities. Open it up here: https://t.co/HQCbVQ2jUb Pic: Hannah Shaw https://t.co/ZNsE5e25gL

24/03/21

Alpaca Class have had great fun planting this morning! We can't wait to watch the flowers grow 🌺🌻🌼 https://t.co/bpPl9goI3B

24/03/21

Megan in Owl Class has created an amazing canvas at home, it is her version of The Scream by Edvard Munch. Well done Megan this is fantastic! https://t.co/dh2GrkVqTJ

24/03/21

The children enjoyed the tasty pizza for yesterday's lunch 🍕 https://t.co/bAiBgF2UyS

22/03/21

Panda Class have had great fun today dissecting dinosaur poop! https://t.co/nO9TSbQE9g

22/03/21

Panda Class have been using their writing skills during free flow. https://t.co/BT1xRffi6i

22/03/21

Year 3 have been using clay to create Tudor Roses as part of their final outcomes. https://t.co/FRA3AvcrsD

22/03/21

Year 6 have produced beautiful publish writing. https://t.co/VNvqHdHkg6

22/03/21

Tiger Class have been using their orienteering skills to help them navigate through a maze. https://t.co/ESHAnAik1m

22/03/21

Happy Birthday to Aisha, Keiva, Alexander and Ava who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a fantastic day. https://t.co/UFVOgenGRV

19/03/21

In PE this week Dolphin Class were demonstrating team work through crab-football and they took on the 'Tennis Rebound' personal challenge! https://t.co/PoT01fA119

19/03/21

Dolphin Class have carried out an investigation into micro organisms in Science. https://t.co/PiCL0Y4aDZ

19/03/21

Dolphin Class have enjoyed their Drama and English this week linking to The Highway Man. https://t.co/UyPvF98gQM

19/03/21

We are proud to be wearing red in school today and raising money for Comic Relief! Thank you to all our families for your donations! https://t.co/uy7q1mk5Cg

18/03/21

Salus offer free virtual youth sessions for 8-19 year olds, for more information on how to get involved please visit their website https://t.co/XXE2tYq0MD The photo shows the activities for next week. https://t.co/fEYKmRXLd4

17/03/21

Panda Class are loving learning about dinosaurs. They have painted fossils, built dinosaurs out of bricks and were fascinated to explore a timeline and discover that dinosaurs wouldn't have had a Nintendo Switch to play on!! https://t.co/KAristJ2Mg

17/03/21

Jasmine in Owl Class has entered the Young Songwriter Competition with her amazing song 'The Lockdown Song'. Please listen, like and share to support Jasmine's entry! https://t.co/6G5NiliQhW

17/03/21

It has been great for the children to be outside and practice their hockey skills. https://t.co/0Ma42hj4Ii

17/03/21

The children have been enjoying learning new skills linking to Outdoor Adventurous Activities including orienteering. https://t.co/kUEcyS4AAy

15/03/21

Happy Birthday to Arjun, Jack, Lily-Rose, Phoebe and Isla who are all celebrating their birthday this week, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/uuOHFwgbjU

11/03/21

Salus offer free virtual youth sessions for 8-19 year olds, for more information on how to get involved please visit their website https://t.co/hn0KxT76N5 The photo shows the activities for next week. https://t.co/l9JwRxaMo5

09/03/21

We were celebrating International Women's Day at VIPS Holborough Lakes yesterday. https://t.co/HQ8du2NDxv https://t.co/03s7oCPdRK

08/03/21

We are really pleased to have welcomed our pupils back to school today and we are looking forward to them developing their positive growth mindset. https://t.co/SaxwWclEqa

08/03/21

Panda Class have settled back into school really well today and are having great fun learning today. https://t.co/HXoWyfkwtB

08/03/21

Thank you to Mr Tom for preparing and providing a wonderful breakfast for the staff today! https://t.co/3VIZS2KP21

Transition to Secondary School

Transition from Primary School to Secondary School

Transitioning from primary to secondary school is a landmark step in a child’s journey towards maturity and independence. In addition, moving from a smaller school, where everyone knows each other, to a larger environment in which children are taught by several different teachers and in several different rooms can also bring its challenges.

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes, we believe that it is important to prepare children carefully for these changes, in order that they have the best chance of making a smooth and confident transition, by focusing both on the skill sets required and the opportunities that such a change presents. We start preparing the children in Year  5, they are encouraged to become much more self-reliant in their learning, to think about how to organise their learning and manage their time, learn how to research, to evaluate their work and to identify the next steps in their learning journey. This helps them to prepare for the greater demands for independent learning and juggling their time that secondary school requires. 

In addition, children in Years 5 and 6 take on a variety of school monitor roles, helping with a range of tasks around the school, including School Councillors, Rights Respecting Ambassadors, Play Leaders and a whole host of other responsibilities. As well as making a valuable contribution to school life, these roles help the children to develop commitment, organisational skills and a sense of personal responsibility that will stand them in good stead for secondary school.

Spending time at secondary school ahead of transition

Experience of the secondary school environment is also very helpful. At various points throughout Years 5 and 6, children gain experience of local secondary schools as we participate in collaborative activities, enabling pupils to become more familiar with the physical surroundings, as well as meeting pupils and children from different schools within the Valley Invicta Academies Trust. 

Transition information for parents

It is acknowledged that transition from primary school to secondary school may be just as big an event for parents as it is for children. Therefore, we invite parents to contact us for any information that they need.

PSHE work in school to support children through the transition process

Any period of transition can be emotionally unsettling and confusing, and transition from primary school to secondary is no different. On the one hand, children may feel that they are looking forward to new opportunities, or on the other may feel insecure at leaving a familiar environment; they may be looking forward to meeting new friends, or worried that they may lose touch with current ones. We explicitly recognise this and, in the summer term in particular, timetable regular PSHE sessions to voice and constructively address their mixed feelings. For example, we reflect on past experiences and look forward both to opportunities and challenges; we explore ways to make new friends and who they can speak to at their new school if they are worried about anything once they start.

What parents can do to help their children prepare

Secondary school undoubtedly places extra demands on children in terms of personal organisation, time management and a more complex journey to school. Experience shows that children who are well-prepared for these transition more successfully. Parents can play a key role in helping children to gain confidence in taking on these challenges in a progressive way. For example, throughout Year 6, children should be encouraged to take responsibility for organising their own school bags, PE kits and musical instruments. In addition, they could be encouraged to identify a regular time for completing home learning each week.

Closer to the time of transition, parents could explore bus timetables with their child and could try a dummy school run – perhaps allowing the child to board the bus independently and arranging to meet them at the other end.

Information sharing between Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes and secondary schools

In order to ensure that children make a smooth academic transition from Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes, to their chosen secondary school, and that new teachers are fully aware of each child’s strengths and capabilities, our Year 6 teacher  fully briefs each school about each pupil. As a result, in addition to the sharing of SATS results, this affords a valuable opportunity to share teacher assessment data, as well as information about children’s sporting, artistic or musical interests.

For SEND children, our SENCo and Year 6 teacher may also hold additional meetings with the SENCo from the relevant secondary school. Furthermore, formal documentation of primary school SEN support arrangements for the child may be completed and passed over, where this is necessary.

Five key elements of a positive transition

Research by students at Oxford University found that there were five key elements - in the eyes of a child - which constitute a positive transition:

  • They are able to develop new friendships, and improve their self-esteem and confidence
  • They settle in to school life in a way that causes no concerns to their parents
  • They show an increased interest in school and school work
  • They get used to their new routines and school organisation with great ease
  • They experience curriculum continuity

These may sound pretty basic, but there isn't a simple 'one size fits all' way to transition into a new environment. Every child is different: academically, emotionally and socially.

We understand the transfer to secondary school can be a daunting time for everyone and maybe even more so if your child has SEN. We will support you and your child by:
 

  • Providing a transition programme, if needed, in conjunction with the child and Parents/Carers
  • Providing information about the needs of your child to their transferring school through face to face meetings, paperwork, emails, etc
  • Organising additional visits to the school if required
  • Organising a Year 6 transition meeting for families
  • Inviting the leader of SEND from the secondary schools to come into school to meet with the pupils, and Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes SENCo.

Click here for Top Tips to help your child be ready for secondary school.