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20/10/20

The office is busy making party bags for all those who have purchased tickets for the Halloween disco, what surprise will you have in yours! https://t.co/CUluzQroDZ

19/10/20

As the term is drawing to a close, Year 2 are reflecting on all they have learnt about the plants that they have been growing. This week they will be creating information posters to creatively share their ideas and understanding. https://t.co/mV2DdaGtM3

13/10/20

Year 2 have been learning about how to write in the past tense. With a focus on Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, Year 2’s work will be leading them to the writing of a diary entry through the eyes of Stick Man and his adventures. https://t.co/A6R8egXe0U

09/10/20

All staff at Leybourne Chase were extremely pleased to see this when they walked into the kitchen today Thank you Mrs Robinson https://t.co/2gMfsH9JzD

08/10/20

Year 5 are loving netball! https://t.co/BpLTMTKpcJ

08/10/20

Year 1 had great fun identifying trees from their leaves and being nature detectives! https://t.co/z8It1jxzms

07/10/20

Year 2 have been learning how to use imperative verbs in their writing and getting their bossy hats on! Jason has written some great instructions on how to plant a bean https://t.co/IfkCo08DzF

06/10/20

Mrs Craig and Mrs Robinson taking part in CPD training today, attending the October conference https://t.co/vIBQn2ezk5

06/10/20

Panda Class have been busy celebrating all the wonderful ‘Wow Moments’ they have achieved outside of school. They have managed to fill up their bamboo tree already! https://t.co/1FHDZu97Dt

05/10/20

Year 3 were set the challenge to unscramble and complete a set of instructions for how to draw a smiley face https://t.co/wpkUP76Fyx

02/10/20

Year 1 worked so hard on their remote learning during their time at home, we have enjoyed celebrating their success at school. https://t.co/IbB1vzRcKt

02/10/20

Jake, Year 5 attended county football trials this week and has been selected to play at county level. https://t.co/SXhTTwSlmu

01/10/20

Year 4 decided they didn’t get messy enough last week, so really went for it when creating a replica of the small and large intestines! https://t.co/H5pMQtSDDf

29/09/20

Our final amount raised for was £392. Thank you to all Parents/Carers who donated/over donated, we wouldn't be able to hold these events without the your fantastic support https://t.co/H8s7HlWuCC

29/09/20

Year 2 made fact files on the different continents in Geography yesterday. In their teams they worked together to write information about animals, countries, human and physical features https://t.co/a2gYBcEPk8

28/09/20

We are holding Open Mornings for prospective parents on a Tuesday and Thursday morning. For availability and to book a space please email the school office: office.viat.org.uk https://t.co/VedqiSmX41

25/09/20

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Macmillan Coffee morning, we raised £360 for Macmillan support. We wouldn't be able to hold these events without the wonderful support of our Parents/Carers. . https://t.co/seedojZliH

24/09/20

We were very impressed with Caia’s thoughtful poem https://t.co/zj9GSsZ1qx

24/09/20

Year 3 have been ordering 3 digit numbers on number lines this week https://t.co/oPMjginXTA

23/09/20

Yeah 2 have been learning to partition 2-digit numbers in different ways. We were very impressed with Sophia’s math’s work https://t.co/0G8WprhjtI

22/09/20

Support with our on Friday 25th September. We will be holding a “cake & squash morning” in our class bubbles, the children can also wear non-uniform. Donation of £2.50 per child by Wednesday 23rd September. Thank you for your support. https://t.co/gAO8E9hx52

22/09/20

Year 4 have had great fun using coke, bread and a sandwich bag to simulate the role of the stomach in the digestive system! https://t.co/g9vgSkUx54

18/09/20

Year 5 are loving writing and illustrating poetry this term Lost Words https://t.co/soOOYyooqT

14/09/20

Year 3 spent the afternoon investigating the parts of a plant. Jenson did a fantastic scientific drawing of his plant! https://t.co/Zxg31wcTNM

10/09/20

We were very impressed with Jayden's choice of words on his poem https://t.co/UKYO9Qh6TK

17/07/20

Thank you to all our pupils, parents and carers for all your kind words and thoughtful gifts. We wish you all a happy and safe summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you back in September. Best wishes from all the staff at Leybourne Chase xx https://t.co/1SUHHUHZXT

17/07/20

Well done to Luke and Ceira for their artwork. we hope you like them too 😀 https://t.co/KFgCm7yR8l

17/07/20

Halle-Dee has been hard at work again! Well done for all your hard work throughout lockdown 😀 https://t.co/AI7gXhQtQs

15/07/20

Retweeted From Valley Park School

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

Thank you to all our lovely parents for your very kind gift. We really appreciate your support and patience during this difficult period. 🥰 https://t.co/mNGTH1blos

14/07/20

It was lovely to welcome so many children back for their transition session. We've really missed you and we hope that the time spent in school will help your return to school in September. We look forward to seeing more of you during the week. 😀

09/07/20

It's nearly time to say goodbye. https://t.co/aiBeWj4xbW

09/07/20

Please see our Year 6 Leavers Service on our Facebook page https://t.co/TiYiKILlyS

09/07/20

Emilie has been very busy - well done Emilie! We look forward to seeing you for your transition session next week 😀 https://t.co/Mxx2wFnjQK

09/07/20

Some interesting fashion choices! https://t.co/xEKCOU3cad

09/07/20

The gift goddess (Mrs Robinson) has been hard at work preparing surprises for the Year 6's https://t.co/VfUZTSElN2

09/07/20

Eden has thoroughly embraced Miss Carlow's balance challenge. Well done this is very impressive! 🤩 https://t.co/lAtTsmWyRV

09/07/20

As an extra challenge Taylor completed 25 miles of cycling in five days. This is a fantastic feat and we are all so impressed. You should feel so proud of your achievement Taylor 🤩 https://t.co/OV8zAZAYsk

08/07/20

Thank you to Carly, Maddison and Scarlett for our wonderful cream tea! This was a lovely surprise and has really brightened our day. Thank you for this very kind gesture and your appreciation at this difficult time 🥰 https://t.co/j8RphaPvjI

08/07/20

Flashback! Some of our current Year 6's horse riding in 2018. Looking much younger! 😀#year6 https://t.co/HI5HfcFB3p

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