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20/04/21

Community Cyleworks are booking for 8th May - Please visit their website to book a slot. https://t.co/Fwkv31eNAD

20/04/21

Owl Class experienced what it is like to be a refugee when they could not access their classroom this morning. https://t.co/nu5fNoPkNU

20/04/21

Penguin Class enjoyed taking part in their personal challenge in PE and also developed their teamworking skills in an OAA team activity. https://t.co/bPqVh2gtsA

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

Reading

Reading 

Reading is our priority. There are many opportunities for our children to learn to read and to read to learn, every day. This is achieved by using a wide range of language rich texts. These opportunities include:

  • daily phonics lessons in EYFS and KS1
  • daily reading lessons in years 2 - 6
  • reading for pleasure
  • daily whole class story/poem time
  • ‘book talk’

Reading Lessons

Our 30-minute daily reading lessons are lively and engaging. Children are introduced to the new vocabulary that they will encounter in the text which is modelled by the teacher and then read by students. Quick retrieval and find and copy questions are asked before the children are taught how to respond to more complex elements of comprehension – inference, deduction, summarising, ordering events, comparing etc.

Accelerated Reader (AR)

Our library is organised in a way that enables children to choose texts with appropriate challenge. An online AR assessment provides us with a ‘zone’ from which the children can choose a book. After reading an AR book, children complete an online ‘quiz’. Teachers use AR to monitor engagement and progression and to target interventions.

Celebration of Reading

Reading engagement is monitored by teachers, using individual Reading Records. We ask families to keep up-to-date records of daily reading experiences and teachers use these to record how many times children read each week. The expectation is that this is a minimum of five times. Every time a child reads, they are entered into a weekly class draw. We celebrate the winners of the weekly raffle in our greatly anticipated Celebration Assemblies. We have also introduced bi-termly Reading Raffles to encourage children to read a designated number of pages in a given time. The winners of the raffle in each class get to choose a brand-new book as their prize!

 

Penguin reading                             Alpaca reading

Reading interventions

We track the progress of each child on their journey to becoming happy, fluent readers. The lowest 20% of readers in each class are quickly identified each term and a clear action plan is followed to ensure that no child is left behind. Families are informed by letter, if their child is in need of reading support. They are advised how they can best support their child at home. Parents are informed on the progress their child has made. School interventions include:

Reading page image

Reading Progression Documents 

Progression of Literal Understanding and Retrieval

Progression of Inferential Reading Skills

Progression of Response to Text

Progression of Fluency and Phrasing

The Teaching of Reading Sequence

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

Key Stage One

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage One reading skills are taught and practised using the VIPERS during whole class reading sessions.

KS1 Content Domain Reference

VIPER

1a draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts

Vocabulary

1b identify/ explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction, such as characters, events, titles and information.

Retrieve

1c identify and explain the sequences of events in texts

Sequence

1d make inferences from the text

Infer

1e predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

Predict

Key Stage Two

In Key Stage Two reading skills are taught and practised using VIPERS during whole class reading sessions.

KS2 Content Domain Reference

VIPER

2a Give/explain the meaning of words in context

Vocabulary

2b retrieve and record information/ identify key details from fiction and non/fiction

Retrieve

2c summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph

Summarise

2d make inferences from the text/ explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text

Infer

2e predict what might happen from details stated or implied

Predict

2f identify/explain how information/ narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole

Explain

2g identify/explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases

Explain

2h make comparisons within a text

Explain

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:

https://www.renaissance.com/services/parent-resources/reading-literacy/

Reading for Pleasure

Below are links to great resources that help to provide ideas of books to read for pleasure: 

The Reader Teacher - Book Match 

Reading for Pleasure Tips

Reading for Pleasure Tube Maps