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16/07/21

We would like to wish you all a safe and happy summer. We look forward to seeing you all in September. https://t.co/aPTC3jbPt4

13/07/21

We have been successful in our application for the Tesco Community Grant Scheme. We are hoping to improve our Early Years Outdoor Area. Voting is now open West Malling. To vote, you need to purchase in store of any value and pop the token in our box https://t.co/1dGHd7eG6L

13/07/21

Year 1 have been creating Matisse inspired art using https://t.co/RXnVr6Jga4. Seth used this technique to create a Matisse inspired dinosaur. https://t.co/IVQqv0DlHS

12/07/21

We are very proud of Inaya in Year 5, who will be performing in Swan Lake with the English Youth Ballet. If you would like to go and watch please book direct with the ticket office https://t.co/fGP4LIc4Ff

12/07/21

Keira from Year 6 2020 Cohort paid a visit to our baby Elmer, Celeste, and sent us this photo to share. Even though Keira is well into her secondary school journey we love she keeps us updated. Thank you https://t.co/RaH6nbSRcE

09/07/21

In Science, Year 2 were exploring the properties of different types of paper and investigated how bending and folding paper can change this material to create a supportive bridge. https://t.co/7VU7I6HfQe

09/07/21

Thank you to for our year 6 virtual Art wellbeing workshop. May has thoroughly enjoyed these sessions. https://t.co/dnLZNhI2px

09/07/21

Thank you to Sugar Blush Cake Company for their amazing donation of this fabulous cake. Children will be playing "Guess how many spots on the cake" Will you be collecting this from our school office tonight? https://t.co/f84urZhCRB https://t.co/umPqfL8sjL

08/07/21

Year 3 sent their art lesson designing Caribbean carnival masks ready for their carnival party on Friday! https://t.co/PuZvDv7fEg

08/07/21

Year 5 have been working on their problem solving and reasoning skills this week – maths treasure hunt. https://t.co/CV1o6yeSlw

08/07/21

Year 5 are really loving exploring the wordless story ‘The Arrival’. This week we have been inspired to create mythical creatures from a strange new land. https://t.co/MflxVfSsRr

06/07/21

Year 4 have been doing a data collection this week in maths and the children decided to collect data on a topic of their choice then represent it using a bar chart https://t.co/HxMDB3V4Vz

02/07/21

Year 4 attended Skiing lessons at Chatham Snow sports Centre on the dry ski slopes. The children had loads of fun. https://t.co/QDYKNBjcSB

02/07/21

Phoebe has been awarded a Premier League Primary Stars “be inspiring” certificate for the incredible work that she has done to support other children in her class with their reading. Her thoughtfulness makes her an excellent ambassador for our school https://t.co/ylnllKvpNi

02/07/21

In Science this week, the children in Year 3 have been learning about tendons and ligaments and how they help us move. They used their knowledge to make a model of the human hand, to demonstrate how the tendons and ligaments allow us to move our fingers and make a fist https://t.co/njepef1Ig1

30/06/21

We are holding a transition event on 6 July to help you and your child prepare to move from primary to secondary school. It'll be held in the library of our secondary school, SST Maidstone, from 5-6pm. Find out more details, and book your place here: https://t.co/ScyLCia9EA

29/06/21

Chloe in Year 3 has been busy making they look absolutely delicious https://t.co/rr8XEMMsS9

24/06/21

Year 6 completed their fancy dress race for their final Sports Day https://t.co/ABXnVswMhf

24/06/21

Congratulations to our Maths Whizz winners for achieving the Gold Award for making the most progressions this week.#mathswhizz https://t.co/2dTGtn1sLh

24/06/21

Reminder tomorrow, Friday 25th June, is Staff Development Day. School is closed to all pupils. Children should return to school on Monday 28th June https://t.co/UEeYExy7Gx

18/06/21

Year 3 spent their Geography lesson this week comparing the weather and climate in the UK to that in Trinidad and Tobago. They produced bar graphs to represent the data. https://t.co/ufIqCwPxlg

18/06/21

In English, the children in Year 3 worked in small groups to analyse some travel guides, pulling out the persuasive features that they could recognise. They explored how the travel guides appealed to the audience and how they used presentational features to make them stand out. https://t.co/T17fWmb6MZ

18/06/21

Year 3 enjoyed joining in with Young Voices https://t.co/xQ2SVB4hez

18/06/21

Year 4 were testing different circuits in Science, to see whether they were complete or incomplete. https://t.co/ionmeTg9fO

18/06/21

Year 2 have been doing an experiment to test the absorbency of materials in order to clean up a big mess in the staff room! They made a hypotheses about which material they thought would be most absorbent and timed how long it took to clear up a puddle of water in the classroom. https://t.co/biWmhzvunM

17/06/21

Our Year 2 children took part in a Football tournament between the primary schools in the Valley Invicta Academy Trust at Aylesford. Despite the heat, Leybourne Chase battled hard to gain 1st place with 15 goals scored. https://t.co/0ZnbOdG4Dj

17/06/21

We are very proud of Inaya, Year 5 for gaining a place as a Junior Associate at The Royal Ballet School for the Academic Year 2021/22

17/06/21

The results are in, Panda Class have made their donation to the UNICEF INDIA COVID-19 CRISIS. In total Panda Class managed to raise and donate a staggering £2981.25!! We are super proud of these heroic members of our local community https://t.co/i90qqYtJ2f

16/06/21

Thank you Wilkinson Construction Consultants for supplying each class with a Euro's wall chart as well as providing each child a version to take home https://t.co/JENl9tIIs0

15/06/21

Mr Holt, joined in with the mile run last week dressed in his armour! https://t.co/Znqk6BP6jb

11/06/21

Year 4 taking part in the golf circuit on Thursday morning https://t.co/Ry2FMPrM53

11/06/21

The children took part in a virtual golf competition on Thursday this week. They spent the lesson trying to putt and chip the ball towards various targets in order to score points. Their results will be sent off and compared to other schools in Kent. https://t.co/ZmxrNJ7LKw

24/05/21

Would you like to join our friendly team of staff? We are currently looking for a Teaching Assistant - you can find all the details, and apply, here: https://t.co/NPKxiMjjlq https://t.co/bKgR4MY8RV

21/05/21

Year 5 have been exploring the pH levels of various substances and creating chemical reactions in science this week. We had great fun exploding sandwich bags! https://t.co/PZntzOMugF

21/05/21

Year 2 created their own Hamsas when discussing the question ‘How do Jewish symbols represent Jewish people’s special relationship with God?’. The children learnt about how the hand and eye represents how God protects them. They also added important Jewish symbols to their design https://t.co/g9rBmm4onS

21/05/21

The latest edition of our Trust's Online Safety Newsletter is now available. This edition covers information and issues including: keeping your child safe online, social media, fake news, online grooming, protecting your privacy and online gaming. https://t.co/xijcxS5siZ https://t.co/Iwtsnj82Xj

21/05/21

Year One have been learning about Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. They plaited and tasted traditional Challah bread. It was very popular 🙂 https://t.co/T27svcwCmF

18/05/21

Georgia in Year 1 has done some fantastic work on materials. She investigated which materials would be best to build the house for the Three Little Pigs and has written her evaluation. https://t.co/BzGtFAcz4O

14/05/21

Please can every one fill in the form for VIPS at Leybourne Chase Win £5,000 for your school's library! Nominate your school to win and you could take home £100 of National Book Tokens just for you! https://t.co/V7JG99xOyf https://t.co/lzX2ramgAv

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