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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

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.