Close

Our School App Stay connected on the go...

Open
Close

Download our FREE smartphone app today!

Get the app
+
Twitter Wall

Twitter Wall

Close

14/10/21

It was lovely to welcome Year 6 parents into school this morning to watch their class assembly on Fairtrade bananas https://t.co/cCA9rFsh6b

14/10/21

We are taking bookings for our open mornings for prospective parents, who have children due to start school in September 2022. These will take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning until January. To book your place please contact the school office on 01732 840 908 https://t.co/iX3Wyo7QLz

12/10/21

Year 4 spent Monday afternoon on an invertebrate hunt. This included collecting and analysing specimens from the school field, then classifying their organisms into four main classes of invertebrate: annelids, molluscs, insects and arachnids https://t.co/xN1xs6UgSp

11/10/21

Congratulations to our year 3 and 4 team who put down a spectacular performance on Thursday evening and came 2nd in the Cross Trust football tournament. Thank you to Miss. Abbott at Invicta Girls Grammar School for hosting the event and helping to make it such a success. https://t.co/w3o9smrSJE

08/10/21

Thank you to for hosting a Creative Arts Workshop. The children had a great time taking part in Practical Music, Performing Arts and Art & Design workshops before taking part in a showcase performance to parents https://t.co/aKHwNWoo8v

08/10/21

We are delighted to learn we have the highest number of average progressions for Maths Whizz in the UK for last week, well done Leybourne Chase https://t.co/fMTzXyJSBX

04/10/21

Don’t forget to collect your Grow Token from Morrisons every time you spend £10 online or in store! We can redeem these for a wide range of free gardening and growing equipment for our school. Download the MyMorrisons app to take part or see instore for details https://t.co/FupgF9ESG1

30/09/21

We need YOUR help! We have registered our school for Good to Grow. For every £10 spent in store or online, you’ll get one Grow Token that as a school we can then redeem for a wide range of gardening and growing equipment. https://t.co/2qz0rHlr8Q

28/09/21

Thank you to everyone who donated/attended our Coffee Morning and Grandparents Day to help raise money for . We raised an impressive £620. It was lovely to see our parents/carers and grandparents back in school enjoying themselves. https://t.co/Sw4aENxEKN

28/09/21

We love receiving feedback from our Grandparents. Thank you for the thank you! It makes all the effort of Grandparents Day worthwhile 😊 https://t.co/qBy7JSPnAS

28/09/21

Panda Class have been on a discovery walk, searching for signs of Autumn to take back to the classroom to explore. https://t.co/XuvCNqY47C

27/09/21

Panda class have been learning all about plants and the rainforest. They drew pictures to show why we shouldn’t chop down trees and the importance of saving our rainforest https://t.co/UPWEgmia95

24/09/21

We are pleased to announce Silva-Rene is the winner of our cake raffle https://t.co/JKPyfbSQlW

24/09/21

Thank you to Marcelas Crafted Desire for your wonderful cake donation. We are also running a raffle for your chance to win this amazing cake so please purchase your tickets at the school now. https://t.co/6Qy3tJzeSa

24/09/21

Our Macmilan coffee morning is now open, please join us for some tea/coffee and cake. Thank you to who have donated these wonderful cupcakes. We are currently running a raffle for you to win these cakes, come and purchase your tickets. https://t.co/XRe88oiOSB

23/09/21

In PHSE, Year 5 continued their mindfulness scavenger hunt and finished with some cloud gazing. ? https://t.co/NP5zNnmzkW

23/09/21

Year 5 witnessed the final butterfly emerging from its chrysalid this morning https://t.co/2epsj9LWq0

22/09/21

Year 6 taking part in Bikeability Cycle Training and learning vital road safety skills https://t.co/OFXbRzH0h4

22/09/21

Year 5 have two new members today https://t.co/dlpstDzDu4

21/09/21

The Students and teachers at Invicta Grammar School, part of the VIAT trust have made this video about ‘Life at Invicta’ and what its like to be part of the school. To book on an open day at the school, please click the link: https://t.co/xKEzsKICpu https://t.co/VNXRG06j4r

21/09/21

We were very lucky to have Tamsin Ritchie, Environmental Projects Coordinator for Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council come and speak to the children today about recycling, including what it is, what happens to our rubbish when it is recycled and why recycling is important https://t.co/zv1JkkfxEP

21/09/21

Help support our Macmillan Coffee morning by donating cakes and make it our BIGGEST one yet! Please deliver any cake donations to the school office from the morning of Thursday 23 September. https://t.co/HM7xQTXLXC

21/09/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for a Caretaker to work at our fantastic school - you can find all the details here: https://t.co/OWH8EIjrPQ https://t.co/kLxMchFZhk

17/09/21

Year 1 are having a scavenger hunt looking for things that make our world special. https://t.co/TnKcRA50Il

17/09/21

Year 2 have been learning about what plants need to grow and survive https://t.co/BFEGeygQJu

17/09/21

We would like to say a very special thank you to The Woodwards for our delicious treats. The staff at Leybourne Chase were very happy to receive these https://t.co/1NVmnMaavr

16/09/21

We are very proud of the artwork our Year 6 pupils have produced this week. https://t.co/kpCQtQgvsK

16/09/21

Our Wellbeing display is based on one of our favourite stories The Colour Monster book by Children have been discussing their emotions and how they make us feel and the importance of showing kindness and friendship https://t.co/7Wxn8pOG9p

15/09/21

Children sharing their ideas https://t.co/l32MsWeywN

15/09/21

Mrs Robinson ready and waiting for the with keynote speech from https://t.co/fCQifRo3zv

15/09/21

We are pleased to announce our baby elmer, “Celeste” has returned home to Leybourne Chase. She is currently living in our Library working her way through all our books https://t.co/QjEvncFcyB

14/09/21

GREAT NEWS.... We have spaces in current Year 4. To find out more information please call the school office on 01732 840908. https://t.co/U31aHUMybe https://t.co/qOUO4pBOCk

10/09/21

Year 5 are learning about life cycles in Science this term and will be observing the life cycles of Triops and Butterflies over time. https://t.co/XkBnzhJdEE

10/09/21

Congratulations to all the children who won this weeks Presentation awards https://t.co/z2ys4yCv0O

08/09/21

We are delighted to announce the return of our Parent, Toddler and Baby Group Every Monday (term time only) 9.10 - 10.40 am £2.00 per Family Refreshments provided https://t.co/vGCvzqM8lI

08/09/21

During the summer holidays Maddison Year 4 and Harry Year 1, completed the ‘Wild World Heroes’ summer reading challenge collectively reading 12 books. They enjoyed visiting the library, choosing books and collecting the stickers for the poster. We are very proud of you https://t.co/Ji0WZSEmYR

08/09/21

This morning the children were surprised with the return of Mr Shepherd who will be hosting our singing assembly every Wednesday. Everyone enjoyed singing as a school again, children were even throwing in a couple of dance moves, we saw you 😉 https://t.co/GX08P3yiOa

07/09/21

Year 3 spent their Science lesson this week exploring the different parts of a plant. They used magnifying glasses and spent time observing different weeds and making hypotheses about what they noticed https://t.co/jwB4Zs4dlf

07/09/21

Panda class have been enjoying their first few days exploring all the new activities the class have to offer https://t.co/4M9YwI5Opd

07/09/21

Open mornings for Sept 2022 intake take place every Tues and Thurs from Sept - Jan These tours are for prospective parents, who have children due to start school in Sept 2022. To book please contact the school office on 01732 840 908 or email office.viat.org.uk https://t.co/VHA0IgfBgG

Maths

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

Curriculum

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.

Policies: 

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:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2numeracy-multiplication.html

https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home/maths/printable_resources_maths_tables

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.

https://login.whizz.com 

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. 

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/leybournechase 

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) - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjkphbk/articles/zf4sscw

Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica (KS2) -https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd2f7nb/articles/zn2y7nb

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