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Year 3’s taskmaster challenge had the children choosing the most unusual places to read. Looks fun!


Year 4 had lots of fun conducting a science experiment which involved measuring the weight of gases in fizzy drinks.


Well done to Emme in our Year 1 Key Worker bubble for her independent writing


William is so proud of completing his writing task independently. We are all very proud of him too! Great job William!


Charlie has been finding various compositions of 5 each time the wavy sea throws the teddies off of the pirate ship. This looks like great fun!


Year 3 have been taking part in daily challenges. On Monday they had to make an aeroplane out of resources they have at home and see how far they can throw it. Each day they complete a challenge they get a point, at the end of remote learning we will crown a task master champion!


Thank you for the treats and - they really cheered us up!


Zain has been busy making porridge to taste just like in the story of 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears'. He used his list of ingredients to support him. Zain then thought of some describing words like sweet and hot to put into sentences. Good job!


Year 1 have been cooking along with Mrs. Wahl's video for West African banana fritters. Reece has been busy measuring out the ingredients and making the banana fritters. We bet they taste yummy!


Just a few of the VIPS Leybourne Chase nature photos submitted as part of the VIAT Primary Weekly Challenge - aren't they great?


Year 5 have been working hard. Jake has been writing all about Earth and the Solar System in Science. Ruby has written about her favourite Hindu goddess and Harrison has written about The Hexapod in English.


William has been working hard on completing his 2x tables activity in school. He was very focused and very chuffed with himself! Good work William.


Year 5 have produced some lovely work this week. Well done to Sam for all his hard work, Henry for producing a lovely diagram of the Solar System and Inaya's introduction to a non-chronological report. Keep up the great work Year 5.


Jack has been working hard on his sentence structure. Well done Jack!


Year 3 have been working very hard this week. Louis has been doing some great work in math's and Zoe produced an amazing diagram labelling the layers of the Earth. Great work!


Year 2 had a lot of fun investigating Superheroes for the day. They thought about what superheroes do on a daily basis, what their personalities are like and, finally, drew their perfect lunch. Who knew that Batman’s favourite snack is chicken nuggets!


Fantastic adding by counting on from Harley in Year One. Great work!


Panda class have been really busy this week. Logan has been trying to find ways to represent the number 0 in Math's and Eleanor produced a very detailed story map of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Keep up the great work!


Well done to Inaya with remote learning today. This piece of work is beautifully presented


Each class has received a Portable North Pole message from Santa, Year 3 were very excited to find out they are currently on the nice list!


Little Cracker appeared in Year 2 today and asked the children to make Lolly stick Christmas tree decorations


Everyone looks very festive in their Christmas Jumpers today


Year 3 have had great fun investigating which materials are magnetic


We would like to say a very special thank you to at Kings Hill for their kind donation for our class bubble Christmas parties. We are truly grateful


Little Cracker has made a right mess of the school office this morning. Mrs. Craig and Mrs. Robinson were extremely shocked to find glitter thrown across their desks and toilet roll strewn everywhere!


The School hall is looking very Christmassy set up for today's Christmas dinner


Little Cracker has stolen Mr Holt’s chair and favourite coffee mug and is hiding in the school. Mr Holt is unable to find Little Cracker and is not very happy!


Little Cracker made a mess in Year 3 today making hot chocolate and decorating the class room with toilet roll and Christmas decorations. Miss Carlow was not impressed


Little Cracker has caused quite a buzz in school this morning hiding from the children


Year 1 had lots of fun this morning making Snowmen with Little Cracker!


The office has busy making up popcorn and sweet goodie bags for all those staying for the film night tonight


We were very impressed with Phoebe’s work on Magna Carter


Little Cracker is in his pyjamas ready for stories and film night


This week in Panda Class we have been very busy filming the Nativity. Here is a sneak peek...


Little Cracker has caused a noisy stir in Year 4 this morning. To stay off the naughty list Mr. Terry has to blast out the children’s favourite hits!


Little Cracker appeared in Year 5 this morning causing trouble by pouring coffee all over the Children's English Books!


The children in Panda class have been busy making snowflakes following this morning’s exciting visit from Little Cracker!


Little Cracker caused quite a stir in Panda class this morning making a mess and getting up to mischief!


Little Cracker has been keeping a watchful eye on the children today, ready to report back!


We are excited to announce we have teamed up with Eden Estates to host a children's Christmas Colouring Competition. To enter simply follow on Facebook, like their page, find the competition post and upload your drawing in the comments.


At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase we aim, through well planned and engaging lessons, to create a sense of excitement and curiosity around mathematics. Children are encouraged to make links between what they are learning and the world around them. As children at Leybourne Chase learn mathematics, they are acquiring fluency in mental methods as well as written methods. The high-quality mathematics education we endeavour to provide builds a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject and the recognition that maths is essential to everyday life. We believe in a ‘teaching to mastery’ curriculum where children develop as successful, confident young mathematicians. Children at Leybourne Chase understand that mathematics can be found everywhere and in everything. They know that exploring and being creative with maths is essential to developing an enthusiasm and fascination for the subject. 

Maths Policy


Through a curriculum based on conceptual understanding, children are able to select and apply different mathematical methods in different contexts. Solving contextualised problems is integral to maths learning at Leybourne Chase and analysing, identifying patterns, proving, recognising, remembering, identifying, using conjecture, finding relationships and making generalisations are fundamental to embedding mathematical skills that can be built on throughout our pupil’s school life. 

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase we follow the White Rose Maths Scheme which is also supplemented by the Maths No Problem programme.

Teaching maths for mastery is a transformational approach to maths teaching which stems from high performing Asian nations such as Singapore. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures.

Need To Know

  • Evidence-based approach to teaching maths
  • Helps pupils develop a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of maths
  • Inclusive approach where all children achieve
  • Slower pace which results in greater progress
  • Reflected in the 2014 English national curriculum for mathematics
  • Endorsed by the Department for Education, NCETM and OFSTED

To find out more about the programme, please click HERE

Curriculum Progression

Although the way we teach calculation is organised in a sequence, teaching staff work with the ethos that individual pupil’s needs denote the part of the curriculum that should be accessed. Progression in mathematics for all children is essential and so, no matter what their starting point, through accurate assessment, high expectations and quality teaching, pupils at Leybourne Chase are able to work at a level which ensures that they make progress which is built on firm foundations. All teachers at Leybourne Chase ensure children with special educational needs are carefully planned for and inclusivity is at the heart of all we do.


Times Tables

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, we believe that multiplication and their related division facts are essential to children's mathematical development and progression. Below is our Times Tables policy that will provide a clearer explanation of which multiplication facts are taught at the respective time of year. It will also provide information on how we encourage the extension of multiplication and division facts beyond the 12x12 tables.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

All Year 4 children will have their multiplication skills formally tested in the summer term of Year 4 from 2020. We explain the multiplication check latest developments.

Times tables test / multiplication tables check: the basics

Primary-school children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12x12. Under the current National Curriculum, children are supposed to know their times tables by the end of Year 4, but they are not formally tested on them other than through multiplication questions in the Year 6 maths SATs.

Why a new test?

The DfE says that the check is part of a new focus on mastering numeracy, giving children the skills and knowledge, they need for secondary school and beyond. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether Y4 pupils can recall their multiplication tables fluently (being able to answer times tables questions accurately and quickly, without having to work out the answers).

Announcing the tests in 2017, the then education secretary Justine Greening said, 'A good primary education lays the foundations for success at secondary school and beyond. This year’s (2017) Key Stage 2 results showed our curriculum reforms are starting to raise standards and it is vital we have an assessment system that supports that.' 

Which children will sit the multiplication check?

The times tables test will be introduced in English schools only. It will be taken by children in Year 4, in the summer term (during a three-week period in June; schools will decide which day to administer the check).

In June 2019 the multiplication check will be voluntary (schools will be able to decide whether to administer it or not). In June 2020 it will become compulsory for all English maintained schoolsspecial schools and academies(including free schools).

Children with special educational needs will be provided for when taking the MTC.

How will children be tested?

Children will be tested using an on-screen check (on a computer or a tablet), where they will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock.

This will be the first time that the DfE has used computerised tests in primary schools. Calculators and wall displays that could provide children with answers will be removed from the room the MTC is taking place in.

The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and is similar to other tests already used by primary schools. Their answers will be marked instantly.

Children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. Each question will be worth one mark and be presented to the child in this format:

n1 x n2 = ____ 

Questions will be selected from the 121 number facts that make up the multiplication tables from 2 to 12, with a particular focus on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables as they are considered to be the most challenging. Each question will only appear once in any 25-question series, and children won't be asked to answer reversals of a question as part of the check (so if they've already answered 3 x 4 they won't be asked about 4 x 3).

Once the child has inputted their answer on the computer / device they are using, there will be a three-second pause before the next question appears. Children will be given the opportunity to practise answering questions in this format before the official check begins.

The six-second time limit per question has been decided on by the DfE because it should allow children enough time to demonstrate their recall of times tables without giving them the time to work out the answers to each question.

How will the multiplication tables check results be reported?

Pupils' individual results will be made available to schools, and the Department for Education will report national results to track how they change over time. 

It's unlikely that children will be told their individual score, but once the Check is statutory (from June 2020) schools will be required to report the results to parents or carers.

School-level results won't be made publicly available or be used in league / performance tables.

What if a child doesn't do well in the multiplication check?

There will be no "pass mark" (expected standard threshold) and no child will "fail" the test. Multiplication facts will be the only things tested (there will be no testing of children's knowledge of division facts or problem-solving in the check).

The DfE says the purpose of the check is to help teachers identify which children are falling behind and target areas where they’re not being given a chance to succeed.

How can you help your child practise their times tables?

Because the National Curriculum for maths is so extensive, there is an expectation that parents will help their children learn their times tables at home and not rely on schools to bring them up to speed.

Some of the techniques you can use include:

  • Practising times tables by rote.
  • Asking your child multiplication questions out of order – such as ‘What’s 11x12? What’s 5x6?’
  • Asking your child the related division facts: ‘What’s 8/4? What’s 9/6?’
  • Using arrays to help your child memorise times tables – you can use fun objects like Smarties or Lego bricks to make it more entertaining.
  • Giving your child word problems to test their skills, like ‘If Peter has 800ml of orange juice and needs to share it between four friends, how much can they each have?’
  • Using apps and games like TheSchoolRun’s multiplication games to build speed.

Free times tables resources and advice for primary-school parents

For information, worksheets, games, eBooks and learning packs to help you support your child in learning their times tables go to the Times Tables learning hub.

Specific tips for each multiplication table:

Multiplication tables check - a guide for parents

Parents and Carers - Maths at Home

We understand that you may wish to complete additional maths work at home to support and extend your child's mathematical knowledge and understanding. If you wish to do this, then we strongly advise using the online platforms that we have purchased as a school to consolidate learning.

Maths Whizz - An online, personalised, mathematics-tutoring service that uniquely assess and adapts mathematical learning to tailor each child's individual needs. You will need your personal login and password that has been sent home. 

Purple Mash - There are a range of mathematical games, quizzes and tools to use on Purple Mash that are accessible on our school login page. You will need your personal login and password that has been sent home. 

Here are a range of free maths-based websites that you may wish to access with your child also:

Primary Games - Here you will find lots of games and challenges covering many mathematical concepts.

Top Marks Maths Games - There are lots of games, many of them are tablet friendly too. Organised into age appropriate games, there are plenty of challenges for all ages.

Karate Cats (KS1) -

Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica (KS2) -

Please also access this document with a few suggestions of maths games and concepts to address at home, depending on your child's academic year.

Parents Key Concepts

If you were unable to attend our latest Parents Workshop, then attached is the presentation from the meeting. If you wish to discuss any of the content or would like to receive handouts from the session then please contact the school office or Mr Still directly.

Parents Workshop