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26/02/21

Well done to all our pupils who took part in the VIAT photography collage competition over half term - there were some stunning entries! https://t.co/4yzsmE7kSL

12/02/21

For this week's primary challenge, we asked pupils to draw a picture of what they're missing about being in normal school lessons, as well as what they like about learning at home. Emilia from Year 6 sent in this brilliant drawing! https://t.co/TJc6UCy5Fb

03/02/21

This week's challenge was for our pupils to show off their cookery skills - and they've done a brilliant job! Just look at these amazing creations! https://t.co/cswnk114Bu

28/01/21

The Primary Weekly Challenge this week was to see how many star jumps you could do in one minute... well done to everyone who took part! Our star jumping champion is Emilie who managed to do 98! Amazing! https://t.co/ihltbc3qLJ

28/01/21

Don't miss the latest edition of our Trust's Online Safety Newsletter - it's full of really useful information, hints and tips! Find it here: https://t.co/vuyyiVGKph https://t.co/cYlqUp3oD1

26/01/21

We received a lovely note today thanking East Borough for the presents and handmade card, delievered to an 86 year old gentleman living in sheltered housing, just before Christmas. We're so delighted to have been able to help. Read the full note here: https://t.co/X1qZ9UtGp7 https://t.co/BJsS427sPf

22/01/21

Over Christmas and New Year, we revamped our library so the children have something exciting to come back to when we are all allowed to be in school again. We are thrilled with how it's turned out and can't wait for all our pupils to be able to enjoy it! https://t.co/7hH4gC7L19

20/01/21

Favourite book alert! This is what Emilie had to say about Alex Rider novel, Stormbreaker, by 'ACTION, ADRENALINE, ADVENTURE! I like this book because it's so exciting. It’s full of action all along. Alex is extremely courageous and always takes risks.' https://t.co/8Got8Cqu1H

12/01/21

Just a few of the East Borough nature photos submitted as part of the VIAT Primary Weekly Challenge - aren't they great? https://t.co/5IPHA9hsAQ

13/11/20

Are you a teacher looking for a new challenge? Come and join our friendly team at East Borough! You can find all the details on our website - https://t.co/1rEz9G9Wy7 We're looking forward to hearing from you. https://t.co/e73XZnP3dJ

12/10/20

Are you a teacher looking for a new challenge? Come and join our friendly team! We are currently looking for a Key Stage 2 classroom teacher to work at our fantastic school. You can find all the details on our website - https://t.co/1rEz9G9Wy7 https://t.co/jvkncE8HG5

25/09/20

If you're looking for a school place (Reception) for your child from September 2021, please come and view our fantastic school. Due to current restrictions and limited numbers, you will need to book a place through the link on our website: https://t.co/aZdDsPQMe9 https://t.co/WaYWwEHxlS

17/09/20

We're absolutely delighted to have achieved the prestigious Music Mark Award. The hard work & dedication of our fantastic Music teacher, Karen Hill, is hugely appreciated - the children love her lessons & anyone who has heard our 50-strong choir will know how amazing they sound! https://t.co/Ff8mosxWWL

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

English

100 books to read before you leave primary school

At Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough (VIPS 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 the English language and aspire to do so by ensuring real-life and cross-curricular learning experiences.

 

Aims

The English Curriculum at VIPS 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 VIPS 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)
  • fluency (speed and accuracy of reading)
  • comprehension (both listening and reading)

At VIPS at East Borough, all children are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction genres to develop their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the written word and the English language. 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, guided reading and through reading aloud. 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.  

 

Novel Study:

In Key Stage Two, we teach Reading through the Novel Study approach, where we carefully select a high-quality text to study in depth. Novel Study enables the children to know more about authors and their intentions for the audience, to remember more about vocabulary (enriching their own) and to understand how to use and apply their reading skills – to impact upon their reading comprehension progress. Throughout the process of Novel Study, the children develop a clear understanding of a text, which subsequently impacts on their linked writing and, as a result of the approach, a passion for reading is fostered in the children.

 

Again, 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 VIPS 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, shared, modelled writing and guided writing. Teachers use feedback marking to inform pupils of their next steps and to inform future planning. At VIPS 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. Pupils are taught spelling rules and patterns which are then practised daily through various games and activities both in class and at home. At VIPS 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. As the children progress throughout the school, they begin to take ownership of the editing and improvement process themselves.

 

Our Curriculum

Early Years

In the Foundation Stage, children follow the Story World programme, focussing on memorising and retelling the story in its entirety before re-writing an alternative version themselves. 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 EYFS Framework underpins all planning and assessment opportunities for Literacy within our Early Years setting.

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