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22/04/21

Welcome back to Cucina! We are so glad to have you back, providing us with lovely meals just like Tuesday’s chicken katsu and stir fry! https://t.co/H8jOmT5D5q

19/04/21

The first blog of the new term... https://t.co/rjeDSovd7i https://t.co/XASqauLk7R

14/04/21

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Today is the day for another Covid LF test for our students, and we hope this is reassuring now that some restrictions have started to be lifted. Don’t forget to let us know your result - thank you! https://t.co/j8VRquzMbG

07/04/21

Today is the day for another Covid LF test for our students, and we hope this is reassuring now that some restrictions have started to be lifted. Don’t forget to let us know your result - thank you! https://t.co/j8VRquzMbG

06/04/21

Flashback to last week, when we had the pleasure of hosting the immunisation team... as always our students were exemplary in their attitudes towards the team and their immunisations. Thank you Mrs Jones for organising it all so well. https://t.co/QpgoZL5Znf

06/04/21

Retweeted From VIAT

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 https://t.co/oPoVPZtOIi

02/04/21

Retweeted From NHS

Parents and support bubbles of school children can now get rapid Covid-19 tests twice a week. Order yours now. Around 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms, and could be spreading it without knowing.

02/04/21

Wishing our community a safe and happy break. Thank you for all your support this past term 😊 https://t.co/lgPUooZ7m0

31/03/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for Lead Practitioners in English, Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Studies and French (MFL), to start in September. You can read all the relevant information, and apply, here: https://t.co/P46YUYUIfI https://t.co/Zt1A7MOIOd

31/03/21

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Don’t forget, today is the day to test at home for our students. You have been sent a link through which you can report the result to us. Thank you for helping us to keep our school as safe as we can. https://t.co/g76q1S5OkZ

29/03/21

The weekly blog post from our headteacher is here... https://t.co/TdregVI57Y https://t.co/wBKl0kweE9

25/03/21

Thank you, we are very proud of our performers! 👏👏👏

25/03/21

A new blog post: A Poem For Our Time: https://t.co/0ZLgeEMuJi https://t.co/EZto7EIjJK

24/03/21

Despite the challenges, our Year 9 students are continuing to work towards their Bronze awards. Take a look at some of the delicious dishes the students have been cooking up as part of learning a new skill! https://t.co/0foyfIJTSG

24/03/21

Don’t forget, today is the day to test at home for our students. You have been sent a link through which you can report the result to us. Thank you for helping us to keep our school as safe as we can. https://t.co/g76q1S5OkZ

22/03/21

The Music department has organised a Spring Concert this Thursday at 4pm, live on YouTube: https://t.co/71rIHeTYii https://t.co/XdETI3UwIo

20/03/21

It’s Census day tomorrow - students do you know why, and the part you play? https://t.co/PykN3cTMo8

18/03/21

Thank you !

18/03/21

Don’t forget to donate your £2 for tomorrow’s non-uniform day! https://t.co/qTeSW4xJtD

15/03/21

A positive list from our headteacher this morning... https://t.co/BCwd9l6dly

15/03/21

Our new virtual choir project is in aid of Comic Relief, and is a cover of the ELO classic, "Mr Blue Sky" https://t.co/uTbok4fZIk - so like, share, and donate! https://t.co/KBsWJGlwN5 https://t.co/GN30yZUqoo

12/03/21

Rest-assured, no-one is leaving us, but it would be a great time for someone new join us at our wonderful school! https://t.co/g2qTpsq6v0

11/03/21

This is brilliant! Well done, Topaz class - we can’t wait to see you in the virtual flash mob! https://t.co/AavhZL0r6x

10/03/21

How wonderful to see! Well done Amethyst, we can’t wait to see you in the flash mob! https://t.co/mtlO2cfzYs

10/03/21

Our Year 11 students have painted their feelings about what it’s like to be back at school... we know how you feel! 😊 Welcome back! https://t.co/ACtTAolAwP

08/03/21

Have we become masters at expecting the unexpected? https://t.co/wyGWUWqaMT https://t.co/H0xIZVgBvl

08/03/21

A massive thank you from Miss Adkins and her students to the psychologists who gave up their time to talk with them last week. It’s been such a great opportunity for them to see how psychology is used “in the real world.”

08/03/21

Apologies - we sent out a new link over the weekend and will double-check that it’s okay again today.

08/03/21

Good morning. The daily LF test is currently not able to be used as an alternative to isolation, in the event that someone is identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19.

05/03/21

We love the message conveyed here in this video from . We cannot wait to have our whole community together again, we’ve missed you! https://t.co/JKFp1VEGeN

05/03/21

What can double the chance of a child becoming good at reading? https://t.co/jrqWmmDakA https://t.co/0CUhniQ2Pt

05/03/21

If you have been inspired by this week’s activities you can download your own career action planner to help get you start planning your future. https://t.co/7qyXCBkCAk https://t.co/iE25cs2VGE

05/03/21

Phew! Fortunately Teams is working as usual 😊 https://t.co/1vEHDmmBLW

05/03/21

We have some IT network issues this morning and it will likely affect our live lessons, unfortunately. Our IT Team is working hard to fix the problem and we will let our families know what the impact is shortly. Apologies.

04/03/21

And we’re off! Join our auction on our YouTube channel right now! Good luck everyone... 🖼 https://t.co/Wg0jtLDhRU

04/03/21

has teamed up with to create an interactive What’s your story? activity booklet. It’s been designed to help primary school children discover more about careers in publishing but perfect for Y7 too. We love it! https://t.co/QNQ1ClxZHP https://t.co/me22jcEiP7

04/03/21

programmes are happening this summer! Sign your teen up today to learn new skills, gain confidence, stay away from home and make a real difference this summer! Places are limited so don’t miss out. Visit https://t.co/4NgngzYqTF https://t.co/dBNEoBzevb

04/03/21

According to our Art Auction page there's only 8hrs 49mins 50secs, no wait, 8hrs 49mins 20secs, no wait... let's just say we're excited! What's more, professional artists Jack Durling and Mr Doodle have donated pieces - Have a look at our auction page: https://t.co/ILFkXSrs65 https://t.co/CpFKoPQnnj

Homework

Is homework the most dreaded thing about moving up to secondary school?  Even if it isn’t, it is certainly the one thing that we are asked about most frequently, even after students have been at Valley Park for some time. 

Why? Well, it is probably because homework requires a significant commitment beyond the end of the school day.  Not only that, but home learning tends to change between primary and secondary schools.  

What can you expect?

We set homework in the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) at Key Stage 3 every week, and these pieces of homework should take up to an hour each.  Other subjects also set homework, although this might only be once per fortnight, owing to the fact that your child will have a two-week timetable.

On their first day at Valley Park, your child will be issued with their homework planner, which will contain a copy of their timetable, some general information (including some subject support pages) but, arguably most importantly, also a daily diary. Students will be encouraged to record their homework when it is set in their planner so that they have a single point of reference for tracking homework when they arrive home each evening.  Parents/carers are asked to monitor and sign the planner each week (there is space to write a note, too, if desired), as it is a key means of communication between home and school; your child’s form tutor will also check and sign the planner weekly.

We know the transition between schools can be particularly challenging when it comes to homework, so do encourage your child to talk to you, or to one of their teachers or their form tutor, if they have worries or concerns.  Home learning is an important part of a child’s education, but it should not be to the detriment of their wellbeing.

Homework Support Centre

Some students prefer to arrive at home knowing that all their homework is already completed and, for these students, our Homework Support Centre takes place every day after school in the Library between the following times: 

Monday to Thursday 3.05 pm – 4.30 pm • Friday 3.05 pm – 4.00 pm

Staff are available to support students with their homework at the Homework Support Centre, and so it is an ideal opportunity for students to obtain some support with prioritising their workload, planning a piece of work or even locating the resources that they need to use. 

Students who attend the Homework Support Centre may avail themselves of the facilities provided by the Library environment, so they have a range of resources available, including computers, books, journals, periodicals and – of course – peace and quiet!  

The Library has printing and copying facilities and is open from 8:00 am daily. Do encourage your child to visit it soon after their start at Valley Park, to introduce themselves to Ms Holmes, our Librarian. Ms Holmes can always be relied upon to recommend a good reading book…

What can you do to help?

We are always on hand to support and answer questions if needed, but there are also some small things that make all the difference at home. For example, talking about new secondary school routines can help to normalise change more rapidly. Does your child have a plan for what they are going to do when they come home from school?  Will it be homework first, or a break until dinner? There is no single right answer to this question, it’s just a matter of finding the best way for your family.

Is there a quiet space available that is free from distractions at home, or would your child benefit from attending our Homework Support Centre instead? It is well documented these days that electronic devices are a distraction, but establishing expectations right from the start means that everyone knows where they stand, and it can help to avoid nightly arguments, too!

Having regular conversations about homework, and your child’s use of their planner can be very insightful and can help students to become more adept at prioritising their workload.  If your child feels overwhelmed, is it because they are spending longer than an hour on one piece of homework? You can always contact us to find out whether they are struggling with a straightforward task or (and this is more common) diligently trying to complete a task that is in fact open-ended.

It is worth remembering that the quantity of homework will build gradually for students as they progress through school and have to fulfil the increasing demands of GCSE, vocational and A Level courses. In Key Stage 3, we know that students are only just beginning their secondary school careers so, in Year 7, we are encouraging our students to acquire great independent home learning habits, ready for the future.

Clay turtle

We enjoyed seeing FO’s quiet spot, where she baked and then decorated this turtle. FO joined us from VIPS at Eastborough in September.