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13/05/22

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. https://t.co/cl9X8SVYrH

13/05/22

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. https://t.co/bGaTWQOqaU

12/05/22

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. https://t.co/AzRSC4nTXA

10/05/22

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. https://t.co/z3hBb2Yg99

09/05/22

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! https://t.co/Nk5YjZNT9L

09/05/22

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. https://t.co/BimOYucIP3

06/05/22

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. 🐑 🥕 https://t.co/p2wXsMt4Yp

06/05/22

Maisie in Year 5 has worked extremely hard to reach our 'Diamond' standard of presentation. Well done and keep up the hard work. 💎🖊️🌟🌟🌟 https://t.co/jlItMZG2SK

06/05/22

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. https://t.co/6OcS595iwX

06/05/22

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. 🏅🌟 https://t.co/PsPBHQxa2S

06/05/22

Happy Birthday to Jessie, Nancy, Oliver P, Astrid, Eloise, Rubie and Arish who have recently celebrated their birthday. https://t.co/a1dV5qUC8f

06/05/22

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

06/05/22

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05/05/22

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. https://t.co/MkEx0HeemJ

04/05/22

Our children have arrived at the 02 for the Young Voices concert. We hope they have an amazing evening and enjoy performing. https://t.co/LfO5k6BosZ

03/05/22

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. https://t.co/VgUZgij2Bz

03/05/22

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. https://t.co/TOXbN6mj7j

29/04/22

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. https://t.co/nkTXGUdBOG

29/04/22

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. https://t.co/4EYL0DGWLY

29/04/22

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. https://t.co/8aDDOvofat

27/04/22

Year 1 enjoyed a fabulous day at Tyland Barn pond dipping and hunting for minibeasts. 🐌🦟 https://t.co/Lx6DAaO4qh

22/04/22

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. https://t.co/9L4FPkrmfM

22/04/22

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. https://t.co/ZVU5MoX5P7

06/04/22

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: https://t.co/AlKopGO78E https://t.co/dX7AjD9V4F

01/04/22

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. https://t.co/xFCHsidAu8

31/03/22

Panda Class have been writing about dinosaurs. Amelia and Ziyah used fantastic descriptive words including 'meteor' and 'because', well done! https://t.co/t5wnpPzDVq

31/03/22

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. https://t.co/4Uovdp1nD2

31/03/22

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. https://t.co/kFYBzHW4ZV

30/03/22

EYFS and KS1 enjoyed the Easter Puppet Show yesterday led by The Family Trust. https://t.co/aQIeILjzTR

29/03/22

The Rocksteady Bands performed an amazing concert to their parents yesterday, well done to everyone who performed! https://t.co/2kaor0no1e

25/03/22

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. https://t.co/XLNJWwsC63

24/03/22

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! https://t.co/zM4CqIjYTb

24/03/22

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. https://t.co/OuXQOWdr9n

24/03/22

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 https://t.co/7PVVo3DbtO

21/03/22

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 https://t.co/vXUbqzJSPb

21/03/22

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! https://t.co/r2lNlaeJGI

18/03/22

Michael from Total Waste Management led an assembly for the children discussing waste management and learning how we can Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. https://t.co/m2CjH26wWr

16/03/22

We hope our families who received complimentary tickets to the Charlton Vs Gillingham match last night had a great time. https://t.co/XCfkfm6aom

15/03/22

Valley Park School Presents 9 - 5 The Musical 29th March - 1st April Please see the link below for details of how to purchase tickets. https://t.co/DZ5ZHE6oXh

15/03/22

Happy Birthday to Arjan, Jack, Lily-Rose and Phoebe who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a great day. https://t.co/rxxI83stah

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In Early Years at VIPS Holborough Lakes, we want parents and carers to feel secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for and happy at school.

We want our children to be excited and motivated to learn through our rich and challenging learning experiences.

We have high expectations for all our children and recognise that children have different starting points to their learning. We plan according to children’s interests and stage of development so all can thrive and develop.

We aim for children to be well-rounded individuals who are independent, resilient, and confident in themselves and with others.

  

                     EYFS 1                            EYFS 2                           EYFS 3

 

Supporting Transition from Reception to Year 1 

To find out more about the EYFS framework please click here

Early Years Curriculum

To find out more about our curriculum at Valley Invicta Primary at Holborough Lakes, please click here.

Useful Resources 

What to Expect and when 

Starting School - BBC Bitesize Resource

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact

Intent

At Holborough Lakes our aim is to create a learning environment and build relationships which support, enhance and invite a child’s curiosity, confidence and individual competency to flourish regardless of backgrounds, circumstances or needs.

We aim to work collaboratively with parents and carers to encourage independent, enthusiastic learners who thrive and reach their full potential. It is our intent that children who enter our EYFS begin their lifelong learning journey by developing physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and a love of learning.

Our baseline assessment in September allows us to consider every child’s starting point and their individual needs as they begin their learning journey.

Every child has access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which prepares them for now and for the future in terms of opportunities and experiences.

Our curriculum is child centred following the interests and fascinations of the children in the current year group. We aim to provide motivating first-hand experiences whilst encouraging children to achieve and work together to succeed.

Implementation

Our curriculum follows the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This document supports the children’s learning and development in the EYFS and provides the prime and specific areas to cover within our curriculum.

Through our knowledge of each child and formative assessments the EYFS team plan exciting and engaging activities that will move the children’s learning forward. This may involve following a class theme where we take advantage of cross curricular links in order to combine transferable skills and develop a wide-ranging vocabulary which underpins the children’s learning. This may also include following individual children’s interests and making the most of those focused moments where the teaching and learning can be maximised in a one-to-one way with teacher and child. Each year creates its own unique blend of whole class, guided, adult directed play and child-initiated play activities dependant on the nature and needs of the class of individuals.

Children in EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and thinking critically and creatively and this takes place both indoors and in our outdoor area. Our outdoor area is open all year round and in all but the most challenging weather conditions. Children make their own decisions about where they learn best and teachers ensure that there are opportunities for all areas of learning both inside and outside.

Holborough Lakes follows Read Write Ink phonics programme. Every child has access to a phonics session every day. This includes a speed sound session, introduction to a new sound, FRED talk, word time and finally practising our handwriting. These sessions are thoroughly enjoyed by our early year’s children. We teach pre cursive and then cursive handwriting as appropriate over the year.

We provide effective and focused intervention for those children who are finding learning challenging and are not on track to meet expectations at the end of the year. This will be provided in an inclusive way and support from parents is also enlisted at an early stage to ensure that the children have every chance to achieve the Early Learning Goals.

The EYFS team collect evidence of children’s learning through observations, photos and videos which are shared with parents daily using the DOJO online system. This means that parents can engage with children regularly about their learning and can contribute to the knowledge we have of the child in school. Parents are very active and love to use DOJO to record the milestones children make at home during the year enabling achievements both inside and outside of school to be celebrated.

The team in Panda class work tirelessly to ensure that children are surrounded by a kind, caring and happy environment which helps them develop the same skills in their journey through school. It is a positive place to be where resilience, perseverance and successes are celebrated, and every child feels valued and respected.

Impact

The impact of the EYFS curriculum is reflected in having well rounded, happy and confident children transitioning into Year 1. Our children are often amazing role models for others in school.

We measure progress and children’s learning across the year through formative and summative assessment which are based on the teacher’s knowledge of the child, photographs and videos on DOJO. We aim to exceed the National and Local Authority data for children achieving Good Level of Development.  Almost all our children make more than the expected steps progress from their starting points.

The judgements of our school are moderated with our VIAT schools and the EYFS Coordinator N. Craig meets with all EYFS teachers on a termly basis.  This means judgements are secure and consistent with government guidelines.

The teaching and pedagogy are reviewed and evaluated regularly through termly VIAT team meetings where all the EYFS teachers across the trust attend. These have an agenda and actions which are then reviewed in the following meeting. We ensure that the areas we discuss and develop are reflected in changes and developments in our classroom practice.

The Early Years provision features in all areas of the School Development Plan and has a rigorous plan for development each year. This is monitored and evaluated by the EYFS Lead, the Head teacher and our SIP.