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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

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