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27/05/20

There have been some amazing entries for the VIAT Transition Project! You can see all the submissions so far, from the pupils joining VIAT's secondary schools in September & find some inspiration to create your own, on the dedicated website. Details here: https://t.co/xdMIA4Ei4x https://t.co/VKbtLtbGF4

18/05/20

Miss Morley has been busy with her contacts, she knows so many people, including Mr Maker! https://t.co/rI6irIXbnC

18/05/20

Thank you to the lovely Andy from CBeebies for sending us a special message to East Borough. https://t.co/KQzPG5rkEJ

15/05/20

With access to libraries, classrooms and bookshops limited for most children, Books for Topics have been busy finding some of the best online story times for children to use freely at home: https://t.co/oDc7b3UGNJ Have a look! We think they're great! https://t.co/3SKGRftKHu

14/05/20

After the huge success of our Stay Creative competition, we're launching another! This time, there's a STEAM focus so we'd like to see work around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. All VIAT students can take part! Full details here: https://t.co/6evn2XGNgf https://t.co/8pP3fDrrax

09/05/20

We are proud to be supporting . The VIAT Leadership Team have put together this fantastic video of them sharing a cup of tea! https://t.co/RoMXIlQZSB https://t.co/g9Uw79l02c

07/05/20

We need your help! National Book Tokens are running a competition for schools to win £5000 of book tokens for the school library (and to get a £100 book token for yourself). Please use the link to nominate Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough! https://t.co/oaB56l8FSE https://t.co/y0rZnioIfs

05/05/20

The Stay Creative competition winners have been announced! There were over 250 entries which included painting, photography, crochet and digital illustrations - and the standard was amazing! The winning entries can be seen here: https://t.co/00rGeek8lD Well done everyone! https://t.co/RigGDcTlhy

28/04/20

Are you in Year 6 and joining one of the VIAT family of schools (Invicta Grammar, SST Maidstone, The Lenham School or Valley Park) in September? Why don't you take part in our transition project? All the info you need is right here - https://t.co/gZtWpjioDE - or scan the QR code! https://t.co/pex2f2DoTd

17/04/20

We are looking forward to 'welcoming back' all our fantastic pupils, for more online school learning, on Monday (20 April). We hope you had a great Easter break!

16/04/20

Retweeted From VIAT

Children in our hub, at Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough, have written some lovely messages to NHS staff which will be delivered at the same time as the visors Mr Perry and Mr Taylor have made for key workers at our local hospitals. https://t.co/zYsdCyIAth

15/04/20

These are amazing! Well done everyone! https://t.co/H0iWHzALG4

03/04/20

We are so proud to be part of the same Trust as whose 'virtual choir' has recorded this amazing tribute to our fatastic NHS! https://t.co/1UEvPD8yto

01/04/20

Retweeted From VIAT

We're so pleased to be able to help our local by providing some of our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for them to use, including gloves, goggles, masks & paper suits. They're doing an amazing job and we're thrilled to support them in any way, however small! https://t.co/rFe0dLi8Bc

23/03/20

How has the first day of home school been? We hope it's been fun... don't forget to send in photos of all the hard work being done by our pupils and any other projects you might have had a go at! We'd love to share them :) Stay safe everyone.

04/03/20

Last week, the children enjoyed an amazing assembly with RTS Parkour. The demonstrations were phenomenal and we heard all about what parkour is, how it allows freedom of movement and helps not only the body but, also, the mind. Thanks so much to everyone at RTS Parkour! https://t.co/GjXyw5K8tV

26/02/20

Don't forget it's the Valley Park School Scholarship Information Event this afternoon - it's being hosted by Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill & starts at 3.30pm. If you'd like to attend, please let your child's school office know. We look forward to seeing you there! https://t.co/hr1tuFKfNc

10/02/20

Come to the Valley Park Scholarship information event on 26 February at Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, from 3.30pm, aimed at Year 5 pupils... https://t.co/GrwXFIinAb

23/01/20

Come and work with us! https://t.co/3c7tkBGFzx

21/01/20

We are still raising money to help our friends at the Simooya Community School in Zambia build a kitchen and dining hall for students, some of whom walk 8km to school, and back, every day! Can you help us? You can find all the details here... https://t.co/MTqx216yhG https://t.co/ggxOqTSCTs

17/01/20

Come and join our friendly team! We are looking for a cleaner to start asap. https://t.co/JaderBS57j https://t.co/YsWW08Q1qm

06/01/20

We are still hoping to raise enough money to help the Simooya Community School in Zambia build a much-needed kitchen and dining hall for students. Can you help us? See the full story here - https://t.co/zhpEUj3Kv0 https://t.co/TO67asJjXP

17/12/19

Retweeted From VIAT

Check out our new Instagram page for teaching opportunities, coming up in 2020, across our Maidstone campus secondary schools, including at our brand new School of Science and Technology. Search for viat_recruitment and follow us! https://t.co/bhP7sT0siQ

10/12/19

Here are our Eco Council's suggestions on how to have an eco-friendlier Christmas: Choose crackers that don't have plastic items inside, or make your own so inserts are personal. Choose wrapping paper that can be recycled. Try to buy fruit & veg which isn't wrapped in plastic. https://t.co/X99B1GzW4M

04/12/19

You've helped us get beyond £1,000 in our fundraising appeal to help Simooya Community School in Zambia build a kitchen and dining hall - thank you so much! For anyone else who would like to help, you can read the full story here: https://t.co/MTqx216yhG https://t.co/elY3jhuLRE

02/12/19

Year 4 are so close to hitting their first £1,000 to help Simooya Community School build a much needed kitchen and dining hall - can you help push them over the line? We would be so grateful for anything you can give. Read the full story, and donate, here: https://t.co/MTqx216yhG https://t.co/zACNh7G6oN

27/11/19

Year 4 are doing brilliantly with their charity appeal to raise £9,000 to build a kitchen and dining hall for Simooya Community School in Zambia - thank you SO much to everyone who has donated. There is still a way to go, so please help us spread the word! https://t.co/MTqx216yhG https://t.co/4vUzpZ3xKd

26/11/19

Would you like to join our friendly team? We currently have a vacancy for a Playworker and would like to appoint someone as soon as possible... see full details here: https://t.co/9P880QkYHY

25/11/19

Our Reading Representatives had an AMAZING time at today, listening to and meeting, former Blue Peter presenter and author, Konnie Huq, who came in to talk about her book 'Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World'! Thank you so much https://t.co/4K2B2IUs8O

21/11/19

HUGE congratulations to Year 4 for completing their 8km sponsored walk today to raise money for the Simooya Community School in Zambia! They braved the cold and did over 40 laps of the school field! You can find out more, and sponsor them, here! https://t.co/MTqx216yhG https://t.co/AE1MLjoGLa

20/11/19

Tomorrow, Year 4 will be walking 8km throughout the day to reflect the distance some children at the Simooya Community School, in Zambia, have to walk to school every day... find out more, and support them in their amazing fundraising venture, here! https://t.co/MTqx216yhG https://t.co/XZsVBO6VgG

18/11/19

Do you have lots of enthusiasm, a high level of commitment and a keen interest in education, as well as the ability to work as part of a team and a desire to help your child’s school? Please apply to be a Parent Governor! Full details here 👇 https://t.co/ye61lUSv8m https://t.co/E1ndEPDXt9

13/11/19

After donating their old school uniform to Simooya Community School in Zambia, Year 4 pupils at East Borough found out how much more help the pupils there need. They’re now on a mission to raise £9,000! Find out more, and donate, here: https://t.co/MTqx216yhG https://t.co/Xffu3cDvM9

08/11/19

Year 4 are on a fundraising mission to raise £9,000 for Simooya Community School in Zambia, to help build a kitchen & dining room. Read the full, AMAZING story (and donate if you can) here: https://t.co/zhpEUj3Kv0 https://t.co/2ywLKnLgQ2

05/11/19

Retweeted From SST Maidstone

If you applied for a place at SST Maidstone, you should've now received an email with details of an assessment date. If you haven't received this, please check your spam folder in the first instance. If you need any help, please contact us: admissions.viat.org.uk https://t.co/G3oVi4vbsg

11/10/19

East Borough netball team wore their brand new comeptition sports kits proudly yesterday - thanks so much to and for their sponsorship and support! https://t.co/9w2hWYLyvN

19/09/19

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for a part-time cleaner. More details here! https://t.co/ouPkNkLcRy https://t.co/x2iiWzSUZi

18/09/19

Don't miss the Valley Park School Scholarship Information Evening on 2 October from 6pm-7pm! Book your place now! https://t.co/UgpjivehhA

09/09/19

It's the Autumn Invicta Fair on Saturday 21 September - don't miss it! https://t.co/2suUHd2D3x

English

100 books to read before you leave primary school

At Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough, we believe that it is every child’s right to be able to access the world around them through the medium of language. As such, we promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, enabling them to listen, speak, read and write confidently for a wide range of purposes throughout their school years and beyond. We recognise that it is important to cultivate an enthusiasm and appreciation for literacy and aspire to do so by ensuring real-life and cross-curricular learning experiences.

Aims

The English Curriculum at Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Spoken Language 

At East Borough, we recognise the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. We nurture the development of pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills by providing a range of opportunities for children to speak and listen for different purposes and audiences. The teaching of spoken language is underpinned throughout all other areas of the curriculum.

Reading

We are a reading school and aim to instil a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. We believe that it is every child’s right to learn to read and we hope that many children go beyond this and develop a love and passion for reading. Staff act as reading role-models and children have access to a wide range of quality texts both in the class libraries and the main school library. Through reading, pupils at East Borough have opportunities to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Our reading teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in the two dimensions:

    • word reading (decoding - taught through Read Write Inc phonics)
    • fluency (speed of reading)
    • comprehension (both listening and reading)  

At East Borough, all children are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction genres to develop their knowledge of themselves. Through daily reading, we aim to feed our pupils’ imaginations and open up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious minds. Reading is taught in discrete phonic sessions (one-to-one with a teacher or teaching assistant) and through whole class reading lessons. In addition to this, there are daily timetabled sessions to develop independent and sustained reading skills.

Through termly teacher assessments, each child is tracked ensuring that they are being supported and challenged at the appropriate level.

Writing

Children develop a joy for writing from the emergent writing in the Foundation Stage to the accomplished and confident writers that leave our school. At East Borough, our English teaching focuses on the following areas:

  • transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in writing)

We acknowledge the value of ‘Talk for Writing’ and through the use of well-planned learning sequences, children are given opportunities to verbalise ideas in most sessions. Writing is taught through discrete phonics sessions and through the use of shared, modelled writing and guided writing. Teachers use feedback marking to inform pupils of their next steps and to inform future planning. At East Borough, we value the importance of children reflecting on their own learning, and that of peers, to edit and improve their writing as a result.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) are taught throughout KS1 and 2. Spelling is taught following the Read Write Inc (RWI) Spelling programme. Pupils are taught spelling rules and patterns which are then practised daily through various games and activities both in class and at home. At East Borough, it is our aim to give children confidence in their own spelling ability. As a result, children strive to use the best word rather than the easiest word when they are writing. New vocabulary, often linked to the text or the Creative Curriculum, is introduced and embedded in every English lesson. Pupils also have regular, weekly lessons focussed on teaching the rules of grammar and punctuation which are underpinned and identified in text work and then applied to their own writing. As part of our feedback marking, teachers will highlight the next steps for children’s grammar and punctuation learning as well as identifying spelling words for children to practise.

Our Curriculum

Literacy is taught throughout the school on a daily basis. In the Foundation Stage, children follow the ‘Communication, Language and Literacy’ area of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Children have discrete taught sessions of phonics (following the Read Write Inc. programme) and reading, where children are encouraged to share and respond to a range of texts. Speaking and Listening underpins all aspects of the Foundation Stage curriculum where children are encouraged to explore through role play and to continually converse for different purposes and to varying audiences. To compliment this, during child initiated learning time, children have free access to class libraries, writing areas and phonics resources.

The English Programmes of Study for Key Stage 1 and 2 are followed throughout Years One to Six and are combined with daily Read Write Inc. Phonics Sessions for pupils in Key Stage 1. Read Write Inc. intervention sessions continue throughout Key Stage 2 for those children who still have not met the age related expectation.