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21/04/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for a full-time Caretaker - you can find all the details, and apply, here: https://t.co/NPKxiMjjlq https://t.co/XnyskcKSiY

20/04/21

We are thrilled that Taylor from Leybourne Chase won the Primary Category in the Fractured Fairy Tales competition! Well done, Taylor! You can read his brilliant story here: https://t.co/hSQ7r8X24m https://t.co/soYsToOG2O

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

01/04/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for a Teaching Assistant in our SRP unit, and a Caretaker. You can find all the details here: https://t.co/NPKxiMjjlq

30/03/21

Well done to all of the children that took part in our 30-day art challenge. Here are a few samples of the wonderful work that has been created. Watch this space for the next creative challenge... https://t.co/xnIxSoQOeh

30/03/21

20 children are taking part in Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training who are learning to help educate their peers on bullying behavior https://t.co/nsXuCT7rZ4

24/03/21

Mrs Craig got the very special job of opening the long-awaited Cost Cutter shop at Leybourne Chase, this morning. She took some Panda Class children with her for the event and they were all able to choose a free drink from the lovely new shop! https://t.co/noEW2mdE3a

23/03/21

Well done Sianne and Taylor! You're top five in the primary category! https://t.co/vSw33V0vQq

20/03/21

Year 2 were exploring microhabitats on the schools grounds this week. They found a centipede, spider webs and lots of holes where small animals live https://t.co/27c01Bojev

19/03/21

Panda class have been working hard to learn the number bonds to 10 https://t.co/ZFpHb1f7eC

12/03/21

Year 2 have creating and exploring arrays in Math's this week. They have done this by making an array city to display in the classroom and writing multiplication sentences to explain what their skyscraper is showing. https://t.co/Srkjk9Igrf

09/03/21

Year One have been busy learning the recorder for their Easter song. https://t.co/2hYCB99874

09/03/21

Panda Class had a fantastic first day back to school. There was lots of playing, talking, dancing, eating and yawning at the end of the day! Welcome back Panda Class, we have missed you! https://t.co/pK4c0swiGO

06/03/21

Year 2 have been developing their knowledge of impressionist painting in Computing and Art through the use of purple mash https://t.co/0V9PaT7NSY

05/03/21

Year 3 have been representing multiplication calculations in different ways. They have been using their knowledge of the commutative law, repeated addition, arrays and equal groups to help them. https://t.co/McTdMAj542

04/03/21

Retweeted From World Book Day UK 📚

Watch the full event with Her Royal Highness, , and Katherine Rundell, in partnership with WATCH https://t.co/0trqe4ucdZ https://t.co/yc1wYyal6e

04/03/21

Retweeted From World Book Day UK 📚

"Seeing how vital it is to have that time where I share a story with my sons, and see them learn and enjoy... it's such a huge part of a kid's education. It's massively important, which is why it's such a huge honour to be a children's author." https://t.co/5nU2NVOsDu

04/03/21

Mrs Robinson made an appreciation basket filled with goodies for staff to help themselves https://t.co/978bMSGmVu

03/03/21

Valley Park School is holding its first Community Art Auction on YouTube, on Thurs 4 March at 7pm. The virtual live event will raise money for Dementia UK & there will be a range of artwork to purchase - don't miss it! https://t.co/xii4IxWH4u

02/03/21

The staff at Leybourne Chase were very happy to receive these tasty treats this afternoon from Julie Derrick, CEO of Valley Invicta Academies Trust. Thank you so much for the delicious treats. https://t.co/Wh3XRgIXWB

01/03/21

Panda Class have been talking about their feelings about coming back to school. The children are very excited to see all of their friends, play on the climbing frame and have a party! Miss George and Panda Class are counting down the days until 8th March. https://t.co/zP7SQgEHEo

26/02/21

Well done to all our pupils who took part in the VIAT photography collage competition over half term - there were some stunning entries! https://t.co/lNWXvcgWQS

22/02/21

Ishan's in Year 3 first recital of Jain stotra: Bhaktambara. He learnt 48 verses in a period of 3 months. These verses are in Sanskirt and read in hindi. We are very proud of his dedication and willingness to learn, well done! https://t.co/V5ePKxbBJS

14/02/21

Year 5 have been replicating Galileo's 1589 investigation into gravity. Sadly, they couldn't get to the Leaning Tower of Pisa so had to be creative 😊 https://t.co/2RDzh4pvni

13/02/21

Year 4 have been writing a recipe for a potion in English using time conjunctions and imperative verbs. This is what Emilie produced once she had written up her recipe. https://t.co/7sl6tUbbnF

13/02/21

In English this week, Year 3 have been writing non-chronological reports all about Volcanos. Good work Year 3 https://t.co/ZnM8CpCNLE

12/02/21

Yeah 5 have been learning all about Chinese New Year, Phoebe presented to the class and showed them her Chinese dress she wears https://t.co/oZpBSsILpl

12/02/21

For this week's primary challenge, we asked pupils to draw a picture of what they're missing about being in normal school lessons, as well as what they like about learning at home. Jack drew a picture of himself and his friends playing football which he really misses! https://t.co/9V1Z3XdXfw

09/02/21

Louis in Year 5 created his poem "COVID LIFE" about the highs and lows of Lockdown life and performed it as a rap. https://t.co/u1lZLSOnKr

09/02/21

Year 1 had a great time playing in the snow! https://t.co/zBF2tmd2Yl

09/02/21

Year 1 had a great time playing in the snow! https://t.co/doUgyCANqh

09/02/21

Retweeted From Childnet

Today is Safer Internet Day! Keep your eyes peeled on the account and the and hashtags throughout the day to see all of the things happening across the UK https://t.co/JD37nnB6sD https://t.co/u5dvxAMC9Y

04/02/21

Year 3 have been advertising the town of Volcanius – a town that is home to the volcano Eruptalot. The children have written posters advertising the benefits of living in Volcanius. https://t.co/fFS0CM5CZZ

03/02/21

Is it time for lunch yet? These fabulous photos of our pupils' culinary creations has made us very hungry! Well done to everyone who took part in this week's primary challenge! https://t.co/jxmUKmIya3

03/02/21

In Science this week, Year 2 have been testing which materials would be most suitable for a house in 1666 during The Great Fire of London. Great work! https://t.co/vYrxe78oVF

02/02/21

Inaya, Sam and Lily in Year 5 took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend and recorded their results using a range of different graphs and charts https://t.co/THVNYKhqV3

31/01/21

Year 4 created Newspaper reports based on a fairytale (Jack & the Beanstalk/Three Little Pigs). Great work Year 4! https://t.co/WVHkOOFrNN

29/01/21

Year 2 bubble have been writing fact files on the Great Fire of London, and have also made crowns and written some rules imagining they were the King and Queen! https://t.co/VKK7JiVO7n

28/01/21

Here is our Year 2 bubble enjoying some chocolate cake for Eedie's birthday today https://t.co/WcX0A0zfBe

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