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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

Oracy

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.