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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

Phonics (Early Reading and RWI)

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, we use Read Write Inc. (RWI), an inclusive synthetic phonic programme to teach our children to read, to write and to spell. We have adopted this as our whole school approach as the programme facilitates a graduated and tailored approach to learning basic sounds and letter formation before advancing to more complex sounds and reading for comprehension.  The programme moves with integrity from learning to read to reading to learn.

RWI sessions occur each day as the continuity and pace of the programme is key to accelerating the progress of children’s reading development. This method of phonics teaching is both systematic and repetitive in order to embed learning; the programme also offers plenty of opportunities for fun based, interactive learning using drama, role play and props to engage with and to enjoy texts and stories. The children work in small groups according to their confidence and competence. These groups are reconfigured on a regular basis in order to match the pace and the progress of each child; this reconfiguration also allows Class Teachers to identify where 1:1 interventions may be required in order to meet the expectations of both the Phonics Check and the end of Key Stage 1.

Aims and Objectives

The overarching objectives of the RWI programme are to teach pupils to:

  • apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to read words.
  • segment words into their constituent phonemes in order to spell words.
  • learn that blending and segmenting words are reversible processes.
  • read high frequency words that do not conform to regular phonic patterns.
  • read texts and words that are within their phonic capabilities as early as possible.
  • decode texts effortlessly so that their focus can be used on reading to learn (comprehension)
  • spell effortlessly so that their focus can be directed towards the composition of their writing

Read Write Inc. Phonics 

Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.

We can achieve this together through:

  • Read Write Inc. Phonics, a program to help to your child read at school.
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school.
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home.

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase we use Read Write Inc. Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their literacy. Please take the time to read the information as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading.​

You can also access more information on the Ruth Minskin YouTube channel.

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, we will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading.

RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/.

How will RWI be taught?

In Reception, children will be introduced to the initial sounds in short sessions, all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down.

Reading

The children:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
  • learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
  • read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
  • work well with partners
  • develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions

Writing

The children:

  • learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
  • learn to write words by using Fred Talk*
  • learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write

Talking

The children work in pairs so that they:

  • answer every question
  • practise every activity with their partner
  • take turns in talking and reading to each other
  • develop ambitious vocabulary

Year 1 and Year 2 children follow the same format as Reception but will work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level. Daily sessions of RWI phonics last for one hour. 

Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions

Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about

Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning

Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability

Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning

Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.

Key Skills

We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

Fred

*At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! We call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.

The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred 

Blending with Fred 

Key Skills - Step 1

Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.  

Set 1

Click here for the top ten tips and help with how to pronounce sounds correctly.

Children will also use pictures for each sound to help recognise the sound and then form the shape of the sound.

Set 1 pic

Key Skills - Step 2

The children are then taught Set 2 Sounds - the long vowels. When they are very confident with all of set 1 and 2 they are taught Set 3 Sounds.

Set 2

Nonsense Words (Alien Words)

Nonsense words

As well as learning to read and blend real words children will have plenty of opportunities to apply their sound recognition skills on reading ‘Nonsense words’. These words will also feature heavily in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term.

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will take place in June.

This check simply identifies the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.

Key Skills - Step 3

Children use sound-blending (Fred Talk) to read short books will bring these home once they have read and discussed the book in class. Children will then be challenged to use their developing phonic knowledge to write short sentences.

Within all the books children will have red and green words to learn to help them to become speedy readers. Red words are words that are not easily decodable and challenge words to extend children’s vocabulary. Green words are linked to the sounds they have been learning and are easily decodable.

Step 3 Dots and dashes represent the sound each letter makes.

What is the Phonics Screening Check?

The national Phonics Screening Check was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils. It is a short, statutory assessment to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in the phonics skills to read words and are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.

Useful websites for parents

Your child will start to bring books home when they are confident readers. Please help them to read and give lots of praise! If you have any other questions about RWI, please see your child's class teacher.

Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child to learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included.

Jolly Learning

Phonics Play

BBC Bitesize

ICT Games

Starfall

How to blend

For further information please visit the Read Write Inc website.