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03/08/20

If you’re joining our new Year 7 in September, it’s not too late to complete a Transition Workshop. Don’t forget to let us know how you get on! https://t.co/Rf2IIjDL6w

30/07/20

Retweeted From MTW NHS Recruitment and Apprenticeships

Aged 15-19 and in need of some careers guidance? are hosting a FREE VIRTUAL CAREERS FAIR this August! There will be exhibits by & ! Book here ⬇️ https://t.co/2FXfWkQyxf https://t.co/ugmrcfByFI

28/07/20

Retweeted From HeadStart Kent

If you are concerned about a young person’s mental health you can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) ON 0300 1234496. Mental health and emotional wellbeing services are open for children and young people. We are . https://t.co/PfeoNbMwBW https://t.co/l8iy5de1Sr

28/07/20

We are sorry to hear that. The link was in the last letter of term and the survey is now closed. However, if you email our Manager account we can send you the direct link via email.

24/07/20

Woody hopes you’re enjoying the summer break as much as he is... Thanks to everyone who has completed our end of term surveys, we will be using your responses to plan our future developments. https://t.co/PwZE66ugCs

23/07/20

Well done, Mia! What beautiful 🦋- drawn by hand and electronically. We hope you had fun with this https://t.co/aV8f0iTH2A

23/07/20

Miss Collins has been busy creating a display of Memory Boxes, based on an Art project from last term. What would you put in yours? https://t.co/MNINk01Pxj

22/07/20

Retweeted From Kent Music

🚨 Submissions for our virtual Open Mic close at midnight TONIGHT! 🚨 If you're a young musician looking to share your music with the world, visit our website now to submit your piece for our virtual festival: https://t.co/GN6Bz1JYGF https://t.co/8EaPJTEwkb

22/07/20

Don’t forget, our end of year survey for parents and carers closes tomorrow. Tell us how the year has been! https://t.co/lpXnENOcrW

21/07/20

Retweeted From Kent Music

Are you an intermediate DJ? Join Seb in our virtual masterclass on 30th July as he shows you how to create a mini-mix with 10 of your own tracks, and guides you through different DJ techniques! 🎚️🎧 There are only six places - claim your spot now here: https://t.co/QgrprDFGwU https://t.co/r14GVCcxsz

20/07/20

It sounds fabulous!

20/07/20

Inspired by our Live Lounge event last week? 🎵 🎶 🎵 Want some musical entertainment and challenge over the summer break? Why not join in Day and Night Virtual Festival? More details on this brilliant event at: https://t.co/DRqar0K4ps https://t.co/YbU4tZbBoG

18/07/20

Well done, Hannah. This looks absolutely delicious! 😋 https://t.co/jABW5hNAb5

18/07/20

Thank you! We’re very proud of the Virtual Choir - and this is beautiful!

17/07/20

Have a safe and happy summer everyone! https://t.co/LKgms09o5n

17/07/20

Retweeted From NHS England and NHS Improvement

Congratulations Sir ! It's a privilege to share this moment with you — and wonderful to see the recognition of your contribution to our country and . 🎖️ 💙 https://t.co/3XkiNu8pWJ

16/07/20

The Valley Park Virtual Choir have done it again! Here's their new video: https://t.co/mXaCZfZOcz - and if that isn't enough for you, tune in at 2pm when the VVP Live Lounge goes, well, live! https://t.co/vnaKbbcG4h https://t.co/3skjbCcz43

15/07/20

Retweeted From Speakers for Schools

It's time! Meet ÑO at 2pm TODAY. She will share her environmental engineer career and the kind of work she’s involved in with the company’s carbon ambitions. TUNE IN HERE NOW: https://t.co/EjfdpNzakm https://t.co/H6mAWKYRW9

15/07/20

There's a new computer science workshop on our Year 6 transition page. It shows you how to make a simple computer program. Have a go! https://t.co/8GstEnLJAT

15/07/20

Calling all students! Our end of year survey launches today - you have until the end of the day Friday to feed back to us on how this year has gone. Check your inbox for the link! 📝 https://t.co/igoGaj5NVs

13/07/20

The final blog of the [academic] year... https://t.co/2BB8hEG4En https://t.co/ulHMxaQpi2

13/07/20

It’s Sixth Form Induction this week! https://t.co/ZCmLPEBux5

12/07/20

This is really beautiful! Well done!

12/07/20

- What are you waiting for? https://t.co/Pc7g23XU1s

12/07/20

Some fascinating speakers coming up... https://t.co/dtm5pplB1A

12/07/20

Mr Moore, you know what to do if you have any leftovers, don’t you? Cannot wait to see all our students’ creations 😋 🍰 https://t.co/7Dv75X7dk1

11/07/20

- With 2 days to go, it's time for the classic double take... https://t.co/lwbaYM6m8i

10/07/20

It’s Race Night at Virtual VP! Can you believe that 7K has Usain Bolt running for them? Find out your form’s performance at https://t.co/SDoKnx3aH2 - good luck! 🏃🏾‍♂️🏃🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/Tro0NOi2uP

10/07/20

- is Mr Fuller singing? https://t.co/fJhb0F8zqN

09/07/20

Retweeted From Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society's programme aims to change the way we think, act and talk about dementia, to make the world a dementia-friendly place for people affected by the condition. Visit https://t.co/LGXii0Oqxi to become a today! https://t.co/7Z5gvhZGdV

09/07/20

Good luck, Year 6!

09/07/20

Well done, Hannah, this looks just the thing for the end of long day! 👍 https://t.co/tB0fpoVQmA

09/07/20

- Mr Sargent is retaining his cool... https://t.co/d6peLlzLd9

08/07/20

5 days to go and Mr Smith is losing it... https://t.co/chmH8lWlhi

08/07/20

On Friday 10 July at 10am, the Prime Minister will be giving an address to all school leavers which will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. https://t.co/xI2XfgzFmF

08/07/20

Are you in Year 12 and applying to become a prefect? We are looking forward to reading your application... 🤞 https://t.co/w0AwOWpdeH

07/07/20

Thank you! 😊 This was such a lovely project!

07/07/20

Back in the Easter break, Keyworker Hub children worked with Ms Collins to create forget-me-not mementoes of this unique time. Now they have been turned into a commemorative display - how beautiful these ceramics look! https://t.co/Ull0wy7PG5

07/07/20

Ooooh, delicious! Well done Tiarna, this looks so good! https://t.co/3sCZb66dSD

07/07/20

...and we hope you like it... https://t.co/eQ1bUoQOuC

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 have enjoyed seeing FO’s quiet spot during lockdown, where she has baked and then decorated this turtle.  FO is currently at VIPS at Eastborough.