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29/02/24

We would like to say a huge thanks to our amazing Governors on Governor Awareness Day! pic.twitter.com/u7t4ORkAiP— VIPS () February 29, 2024

28/02/24

Turtles have had a brilliant time using oil pastels in their Art this morning! Last week, we sketched our waves and looked at the shapes that the contours create, so today we have used oil pastels to add colour and shading to make our pictures look even more fantastic! pic.twitter.com/7qZIaosBXa— VIPS () February 28, 2024

23/02/24

This week, Dolphin class are showcasing some of their amazing work they completed last half term! Check out these incredible animal conservation posters! pic.twitter.com/C6zbQ4Cnru— VIPS () February 23, 2024

23/02/24

Seals class have been writing their own version of the Iron Man opening. They created their own story maps and then tried to include similes, metaphors and ellipsis in their own writing. Mrs Covey was really impressed with their work! https://t.co/B1j2BaI3oa— VIPS () February 23, 2024

22/02/24

Turtles have been doing some brilliant work on their times tables this week and recapping their prior knowledge! pic.twitter.com/Nf5Jrsjqt1— VIPS () February 22, 2024

08/02/24

As part of the children have been taking part in different activities at lunchtime including Obstacle course, Lego and trains and The Big Treasure Hunt and drawing! pic.twitter.com/JGwUN1PbkD— VIPS () February 8, 2024

07/02/24

Last Friday, as part of our NSPCC maths day, Year 5 used the Fibonacci number sequence to create some spiral art, incorporating the ‘Golden Ratio! pic.twitter.com/qHVOakAxI9— VIPS () February 7, 2024

31/01/24

This week in art, Year 5 experimented with oil pastels to recreate an image of a sunset over Westminster Bridge. Some amazing work- well done, Year 5! pic.twitter.com/r3BSgRGkHJ— VIPS () January 31, 2024

31/01/24

Whale class have been working hard on their Monet masterpieces, they completed their art work by adding small elements of green by working ‘wet into wet’ as Monet did. pic.twitter.com/n1mD6MXKAI— VIPS () January 31, 2024

26/01/24

Stingray Class have been researching and writing information texts based on the Northern Lights. Mr Littleton is incredibly proud of the high quality work that the children have produced! pic.twitter.com/YLjnC5gPAy— VIPS () January 26, 2024

24/01/24

Shark Class have been revising our learning on money and coins and practicing number and letter formation. In our Art this week, we have learned the skill of weaving and produced some beautiful pieces of artwork! pic.twitter.com/IqEH2cO173— VIPS () January 24, 2024

24/01/24

Whale Class have been busy adding lilies to their Waterlilies paintings pic.twitter.com/OpYqSVI5YE— VIPS () January 24, 2024

24/01/24

This week, Year 5 have been sketching the Gherkin from memory, in homage of this term’s artist, Stephen Wiltshire pic.twitter.com/TeMvkvKbwS— VIPS () January 24, 2024

24/01/24

Year 3 have been learning how to use persuasion in English this week. They have been writing adverts to sell Grandma’s house from our class book: ‘The Building Boy’. pic.twitter.com/6IxVwVgBON— VIPS () January 24, 2024

24/01/24

Turtles Class couldn’t wait to read the next part of their text this term, ‘The Land of Roar’! pic.twitter.com/MHm6MTosRg— VIPS () January 24, 2024

19/01/24

Stingray class have been busy creating coffee portrait masterpieces this week! The children were focusing on their use of tone to bring their portraits to life! pic.twitter.com/yATurjILGD— VIPS () January 19, 2024

18/01/24

This week, Year 5 have been perfecting their drawing skills, copying the artist Stephen Wiltshire. First we drew Tower Bridge from memory, and then from a photo! pic.twitter.com/jnHQwcdDwc— VIPS () January 18, 2024

16/01/24

Seals enjoyed using the gymnastic equipment to complete some indoor agility in our PE lesson today! pic.twitter.com/j2gwbxDJv9— VIPS () January 16, 2024

15/01/24

This morning, Turtles Class have been working hard on their dictionary skills! pic.twitter.com/yDGZTRxClH— VIPS () January 15, 2024

12/01/24

Check out the incredible portraits that Stingray class have been working on in their Art lessons! The class have been focusing on their use of shade and tone to highlight the contours and shapes upon a human face. pic.twitter.com/GaYbz2v110— VIPS () January 12, 2024

12/01/24

Year 2 have have busy colour mixing like Monet in Art this week. pic.twitter.com/hgcgg0IHmc— VIPS () January 12, 2024

05/01/24

Seals have kicked off their science learning about Light with some practical art to reflect the work of Canadian artist, Amy Friend, using small pin holes in an image to enhance and change a picture. pic.twitter.com/vsyQfOuc0B— VIPS () January 5, 2024

05/01/24

To start the new year, and the new term, Year 5 have been learning about the amazing artist Stephen Wiltshire, who has the incredible ability to draw whole cities after only seeing them once! We learned about key events in his life and created a timeline pic.twitter.com/vFKh7zM2ds— VIPS () January 5, 2024

03/01/24

Would you like to join our team? We are looking for an effective individual, to join our successful and dedicated team of ASD specialist support staff.https://t.co/JUAvCZ4NB2— VIPS () January 3, 2024

15/12/23

The children have all enjoyed our school tradition of our Staff Panto today! Cinderella was a roaring success, with glorious step-sisters, Strictly dancing and Christmas tunes galore! Thank you to all the staff for their hard work in making this show such fun for the whole school pic.twitter.com/8LckD11IAw— VIPS () December 15, 2023

Personal Development

Personal Development is at the heart of our Rights Respecting school curriculum learning journey.  It develops, promotes and enables a range of skills that allow our children to be really effective life-long learners.

Together, our school community learn about UNICEF children’s rights, putting them into practice every day. Children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together.

We support every child to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their emotions, feelings and to learn to communication these effectively through an ethos and culture of inclusion and mutual respect.

As part of a whole-school approach, PD education develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PD prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times.

It also helps pupils to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.

Our whole school approach promotes effective relationships between all members of the school community. The promotion of pupils’ personal and social development underpins other learning. PD education contributes to assists children and young people to build:

  • their personal identities;
  • confidence;
  • self-esteem;
  • understanding of their own decision-making.

Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others helps our pupils to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives. Our talented team adapt and responding to the approach that enables each individual to be successful.

Skills Children Learn:

Always in an age appropriate way, we help the children shape and manage their lives, now and in the future, and help them to learn every day essential, life skills, including:

  • The development of self-understanding, empathy and healthy, productive relationships;
  • Relationships Education;
  • Eating healthily;
  • Keeping safe on the road;
  • How to stay safe on the internet;
  • The promotion of good mental health

Relationship Education

From September 2020, Relationships Education is now compulsory in Primary Schools.

In keeping with our School ethos, the children are encouraged, and frequently reminded, to speak to a trusted adult when they have any concerns or worries.

To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy.

Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts.

Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents

Visits

Visits

Throughout the school year, we are fortunate to have various visitors to help bring our PD curriculum to life, including visits from:

  • The Police
  • The Fire Service
  • A dental health advisor
  • Road safety experts
  • Kent Magistrates Service

Project Salus

Salus

Salus offers a huge range of innovative services and evidence based training programmes to improve the lives of children.

Children, young people and families also help to govern the services they deliver in school. Through strong pupil voice and participation, Salus are able to ensure that they offer the most effective service to improve well-being and engagement.

Please take a look at their Website to find out more. 

Personal Development Events

Opportunities to promote Specific PD events

Each year we celebrate national and international events which work to reinforce or work to celebrate inclusion and personal development, such as:

  • Children’s Mental Health Week
  • UNICEF International Children’s Day
  • Anti-bullying Week
  • National On-line Safety Week
  • World Autism Awareness Week
  • Concern Worldwide Refuge week

 

Celebrating Success

We aim for all our pupils to have a positive attitude to learning and to be proud of their achievements both in school and out of school.  Every Thursday we have a whole school Celebration Assembly that is extremely popular with both the children and teachers.  The Celebration Assembly gives us all a chance to share the fantastic learning that goes on in our classrooms and to celebrate individual achievements.

Each week we celebrate:

Achievement Award: A child from each class receives praise and a certificate to recognise their achievement and effort over the week.

Rights Respecting Award: One child from each class receives praise and a certificate to recognise their Rights Respecting behaviour and their commitment to the Rights Respecting Schools initiative.

Dojo Award: A child from each class is presented with a certificate for achieving the most dojos across the week.

Lunchtime Award: A child from each class is presented with a certificate for excellent behaviour and helpfulness supporting the Midday Meal Supervisors.

We also hold a termly celebration assembly when we invite parents into school to celebrate children being awarded a certificate for the following areas:

  • Reading Achievement
  • Mathematician Achievement 
  • Writer Achievement
  • Ready Respectful and Safe
  • Creativity
  • Sports Personality
  • Governor Award (as voted for by our Local School Board)

All the children who are celebrated in the Celebration Assembly are also mentioned in our weekly school newsletter.    

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