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27/06/23

Very excited for this! https://t.co/VqVhMMxoqt

21/06/23

A sneak peak of this year's VIAT Festival!Expect to see a variety of Art, Literature, Drama and Music performances from students across the Trust. Also attending this year is who will be performing creative Freestyle Football and hosting masterclasses on the day! pic.twitter.com/tqRjlaW6cg

16/06/23

A sneak peak of this year's VIAT Festival!Expect to see a variety of Art, Literature, Drama and Music performances from students across the Trust. Also attending this year is who will be performing creative Freestyle Football and hosting masterclasses on the day! pic.twitter.com/tqRjlaW6cg

23/05/23

Are you looking for a new challenge? We would like a brilliant SRP teacher to join our friendly team! You can find all the details on our website: https://t.co/uPsLva9dHGYou can also watch a video about our fabulous Trust SRPs here: https://t.co/NaOQAbXLk9 pic.twitter.com/e0RQPvp2pD

15/05/23

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for an SRP Teacher - you can find all the details on our website: https://t.co/sH8E48iHEW pic.twitter.com/dTxMhym8Yl

06/03/23

We are currently looking for a one-to-one Teaching Assistant and an after school Playworker to join our friendly East Borough team - you can find all the details on our website: https://t.co/1rEz9G9Wy7 pic.twitter.com/6sXBUEpfQs

30/01/23

Are you looking for a new challenge? We are looking for Schools Out playworker to join our friendly team for 15 hours per week. You can find full details here: https://t.co/1rEz9GaunF pic.twitter.com/AhSv1BHDW2

18/01/23

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are looking for a term-time cleaner to work 12.5 hours per week. You can find all the details here: https://t.co/1rEz9G9Wy7 pic.twitter.com/C1doMtTF84

15/11/22

Book fair! Tuesday 29th November 2022 and Thursday 1st December 2022 (3.15pm – 4pm).Card payments available. pic.twitter.com/XrgZoqsFoJ

03/10/22

Don't miss the Valley Park School Scholarship evening on 11 October 2022 - visit their website to book your place now - https://t.co/h9O5JNzllA pic.twitter.com/pdP1p45r83

12/09/22

Hello Recently we changed our class name to an author and we changed ours to Hardy - after you! Our question for you is, how did you have the idea of the Griffin Gate Series?Hardy Class, East Borough Primary School.

14/03/22

Are you considering a career in teaching? Or are you already a teacher?We are offering the opportunity to visit one of our primary schools on Thurs 24 March 2022 between 3.30pm-5pm so you can see what we have to offer first-hand.Book here: https://t.co/ANKi3OvBIO

10/02/22

Don't forget, tomorrow is Times Tables Rock Stars day, when all children can dress up as a rock star! We can't wait to see their outfits! pic.twitter.com/n7t3PuQJpb

23/09/21

Don't forget this Friday, pupils can bring in 50p to buy an ice pole! All the money raised will go towards the school playground appeal. pic.twitter.com/OwZX4G6r6r

23/09/21

Did you know that SET Tennis deliver lessons and clubs at East Borough? The children really enjoy these sessions, make good progress and we would definitely recommend the sessions to anyone who would like to give it a go! pic.twitter.com/WukI7aOoAe

22/09/21

Parent Breakfast!Come and join us for a light breakfast, after you have dropped your children off at the beginning of the day! Young children are welcome.Where: Main HallWhen: Wednesday 13th OctoberTeachers will drop in to say hello - we'd love to see you there. pic.twitter.com/R7zUmiwQy1

20/09/21

The PTA is looking to provide a second-hand uniform service and would greatly appreciate any donations of school jumpers or cardigans, summer dresses, logo t-shirts and grey skirts and trousers that are in good condition.Please bring your donations to the main school reception. pic.twitter.com/9PbKJ5nhhh

25/08/21

Well done, Sophia! Runner-up in the Big Writing Challenge! We are so proud.Find out more and read Sophia's fantastic story here - https://t.co/RKjF93AEdE pic.twitter.com/yg6OFa9Q2c

26/07/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for a Teaching Assistant to work in our Specialist Resource Provision. You can find all the details on our website: https://t.co/KY7wa9ItQK pic.twitter.com/CVhLqDwbCD

21/06/21

A reminder that this Friday (25 June) is a staff development say so children do not need to come into school. pic.twitter.com/uvDErgLSOc

21/05/21

The latest edition of our Trust's Online Safety Newsletter is now available. This edition covers information and issues including: keeping your child safe online, social media, fake news, online grooming, protecting your privacy and online gaming.https://t.co/OwdVj18U11 pic.twitter.com/jjdZWhIB8i

06/04/21

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here:https://t.co/Duw2yziCvx pic.twitter.com/oPoVPZtOIi

29/04/21

Would you like to join our friendly team at SST Maidstone? We are currently recruiting for a Learning Mentor to provide 1:1, small group and class-based support. You can find all the details, and apply, here:https://t.co/WfR4eLpzI5 pic.twitter.com/Y1y6YsAGsN

14/03/22

Are you considering a career in teaching? Or are you already a teacher?We are offering the opportunity to visit one of our primary schools on Thurs 24 March 2022 between 3.30pm-5pm so you can see what we have to offer first-hand.Book here: https://t.co/ANKi3OvBIO

07/05/21

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here:https://t.co/iqfxMwnLmD

Transition

Entering a new situation, whatever it may be, can be an anxious time for children and adults alike. At East Borough, we have carefully thought through the different challenges that our pupils and parents face at each stage of their transition into school, through school and on to Year 7.

Not only does our Personal Development curriculum build our pupils' resilience but also develops their understanding of the transition process. Additionally, we put in place a number of measures to ensure that the move to a different year group is as smooth as possible for all involved. 

Please read more about the support we give parents and pupils in the transition sections below.

EYFS to Year 1

We know that the transition from EYFS to Year One can be a daunting one. At East Borough, we have a carefully planned transition programme which allows for a smooth transition into Year One and for this to have a positive impact on the children.

Below are some of our shared aims and principles that guide this transition process:

  • Ensure that we retain the best of EYFS practice while recognising that Year One is different.
  • Making the change from EYFS to Year One practice at a pace that is not too quick so that children continue to feel confident, secure, and successful.
  • Supporting a gradual change in teaching styles from more informal to more adult-led teaching and independent learning.
  • Taking account of all information that is shared between teachers so that children’s needs are understood, particularly vulnerable children or those with additional needs.
  • Engaging parents in the process so that they know what to expect and can support their children by talking to them about the changes.

Below are some of the organisational strategies which we have in place to support transition:

  • Develop shared outside space for Year One.
  • Develop similar routines and timetables in Y1 to EYFS for Term 1.
  • The same drawer and resource labelling is used in both Year group classrooms.
  • Shared used of resources across both Year groups to support learning in key subjects such as Maths and English.
  • The same language is used when teaching and on learning displays.
  • Year One Class Teachers and TAs visit the children in EYFS during Discovery Time in Term Six to get to know the children.
  • Year One class teachers come for story-time sessions in EYFS during Term Six.
  • Children visit the Year One classrooms as part of transition days and complete fun activities.
  • Staff information pages are provided for children and parents so that they can become familiar with the new adults that will be in their Year One classroom.
  • Classroom booklets are available on the school website so that parents can share them with the children to help them become more familiar with their new classroom.
  • Meet the teacher sessions and reading support sessions for parents take place so that parents are aware of the new expectations of Year One.

Years 1 to 5 - In-school transitions

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Year 6 transition to secondary school

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Here at Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough, we ensure that we prepare our Year 6 pupils for the next stage of their academic journey through an ambitious transition programme, planned in conjunction with the STLS (Specialist Teacher and Learning Service) as well as our own VIAT Transition approach; our children are – by the end of Year 6 – ready to move on to the secondary school as a result of our considered and tailored design.

There are some practical elements that we have introduced to prepare the children for what to expect. At the beginning of the academic year, the pupils are each given their own planner, in a similar style to the one they will receive at secondary school, and are expected to use it with independence, noting down important events or things they need to remember. Additionally, they are provided with their own locker to keep their coats and bags in, ensuring they know how to manage the space and keep it tidy.

As the year progresses, the children become more ‘secondary ready’ through a slight shift in approach and expectation from the Year 6 staff members. There is a more robust approach to the handing in of home work and staff encourage pupils to prepare themselves for learning by making sure they have everything they need.

Over the course of the year, our Personal Development curriculum covers content about relationships and peer pressure; helping our pupils to have strategies to support them when they go to a much larger environment with children they don’t know. In addition to this, the pupils undertake the completion of a ‘Transition Booklet’ in school, which includes things such as becoming familiar with a two-week timetable or researching their new destination. The school and Trust also support parents by holding meetings and sending weekly tips and activities that their children can do at home.

As part of our transition approach at VIPS at East Borough, we also ensure the children engage with enrichment activities which, in the past, have included: experience days (doing water sports or attending a ‘Safety in Action’ event, for example), supporting the pupils to develop their independence, confidence and knowledge. We take part in a range of challenge events – such as Maths-based or debate competitions – at the local secondary schools, thus enabling the children to understand the expectation and approach of a new setting. Pupils also have the opportunity to attend transition days at their new school, which they are encouraged to go to in order to familiarise themselves with the school grounds, routines and get to know their future classmates and teachers. 
 
Our thorough and ambitious transition approach is well-received by pupils and parents alike as we ensure that it is tailored to each cohort, understanding which areas the children may need more support in and review our programme on a yearly basis to ensure that we are providing the children with the skills they require for the next phase of their education.

 

Transition Tips:

Our weekly transition tips will start after Easter.