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20/05/22

Thank you to for hosting the Year R Balance Bikes competition this year, we are pleased to say Leybourne Chase came away with 1st place https://t.co/K2opUBqiWl

16/05/22

Thank you to for delivering a Gangs and Weapons awareness workshop today. Year 6 really enjoyed the sessions and found them very informative. https://t.co/jqS963pp4w

13/05/22

Miss George put Panda class through their paces today with super hero camp https://t.co/kr3CMevTrF

12/05/22

Last day for Year 6 SATs breakfast who face their final day of exams. Well done to you all, you have achieved so much and no matter the outcome we are proud of everyone of you. https://t.co/AKMCh3onHG

09/05/22

Year 6 enjoyed a hearty breakfast this morning ahead of their SATs. The children had the chance to socialise with their peers and teachers and are feeling relaxed and focused ready to go. Good luck everyone! https://t.co/GuOA9zaAtu

28/04/22

Our Year 4 children have had lots of fun attending Skiing lessons at Chatham Snowsports Centre on the dry ski slopes https://t.co/lAN1AuiMBY

27/04/22

Year 5 Sports Festival at Invicta Grammar School on Thursday 16 June https://t.co/en1cAuiX9S

26/04/22

The children have been creating their own Mondrian abstract art in afterschool art club https://t.co/u7l0EdLWWO

24/04/22

Good luck to all our runners this morning, its not to late to join the running team. If you see any of our runners along the route please cheer them on and if you can send in photos, Cheer point at the Duke of Wellington pub in Ryarsh https://t.co/Ddj0WdGuWy

22/04/22

Year 1 have got off to a 'flying start' reading their text for this term BEEGU by Alexis Deacon https://t.co/TaQ0fFRmAA

21/04/22

Galloping Grandads Marathon! Sunday 24th April at 9:30am. We would love you to join us whether walking or running for some or all of the route. There will also be a cheer point at the Duke of Wellington pub in Ryarsh The run finishes at the school where there will be a BBQ https://t.co/TvUp2bB9eg

19/04/22

Congratulations to all our winners of the poster competition, to promote our Family picnic for The Queens Platinum Jubilee on Friday 27 May. Well done. We look forward to seeing you all there https://t.co/tISiH6epPx

31/03/22

Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed their swimming lessons at Larkfield Leisure Centre https://t.co/kgpo0wzdYQ

31/03/22

Our 2nd group of Year 4 children have had lots of fun attending Skiing lessons at on the dry ski slopes https://t.co/t7yKowpKUu

21/03/22

We would like to thank our parents for their amazing input during science week. Allie Woodward, Veterinarian, delivered a brilliant workshop on the care of small animals. Followed by a game of identifying animals from their x-rays. https://t.co/doz8SNxtts

21/03/22

We would like to thank our parents for their amazing input during science week. Matevz Papp-Rupar, plant pathologist, introduced the children to the wonderful world of plants and microbes https://t.co/fg8MkgmR39

17/03/22

On Friday we wore Yellow and Blue to raise money for the Ukraine Appeal. Year 2 have been writing about why they felt it was important https://t.co/hVqAk7Hzly

16/03/22

Free, Fun & informal courses. To book a place please go to https://t.co/vaZEDNOuPU and click on Course Areas then Family Courses. https://t.co/YGdXHrAZM5

15/03/22

The children in Year 3 visited the Museum of for a Roman Theme Day, where they spent their time learning about life in Roman Britain. The children all had a great day. https://t.co/keQZITX1q2

14/03/22

Retweeted From Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT)

Are you considering a career in teaching? Or are you already a teacher? We are offering the opportunity to visit one of our primary schools on Thurs 24 March 2022 between 3.30pm-5pm so you can see what we have to offer first-hand. Book here: https://t.co/ANKi3OvBIO

10/03/22

Thank you to Joanne the Educational officer at , for speaking to the children this afternoon about the fire service and how to stay safe. The children had a great afternoon learning🔥🔥 https://t.co/df7GDJrIPt

07/03/22

As part of our world book day celebrations year 5 and 2 teamed up to do some 'buddy reading' https://t.co/koRuOSdjD5

04/03/22

Thank you to Our PTA and all our parents for your donations of sweets to help us support children in Ukraine with Type 1 diabetes https://t.co/ZxPVWrcC55

04/03/22

Thank you to Gianna Pollero Author for coming into school and talking to KS2 about her new book Monster Doughnuts - Cyclops on a Mission! Gianna prepped us ready for our world book day celebrations today Piccadilly Press https://t.co/2vrXfuJj88

01/03/22

We cant wait to welcome author for our KS2 meet the author event on Thursday 3rd March. Gianna will be talking about her book Monster Doughnuts - Cyclops on a Mission, the sequel to Monster Doughnuts! To purchase your copy please make payment via ParentMail. https://t.co/GHk4fCNe4E

28/02/22

Year 6 have been studying Ancient Greece this afternoon. Mr Holt took this lesson literally and even completed the bleep test dressed as Greek soldier https://t.co/t0zCLOothT

28/02/22

We are very proud of Oliver in Year 1, who has been offered and accepted a place to play for Maidstone United’s U7 football team next season. Congratulations Oliver. https://t.co/nJGfql0GNh

25/02/22

Thank you to Valley Park School for hosting a drama workshop. The children had a great time performing a dance to 'consider yourself' from Oliver https://t.co/7BDLqF2VCS

25/02/22

Year 3 have been enjoying learning Spanish https://t.co/JVch9hVQB3

24/02/22

Our books have arrived! Don’t forget to purchase your copy via ParentMail for our Meet the Author Day. https://t.co/EXJPqvDn1v

24/02/22

Year 4 attended Skiing lessons at Chatham Snow Sports Centre on the dry ski slopes. The children had lots of fun https://t.co/w49CPKxUAs

11/02/22

Panda Class have been Mediating and learning how to relax https://t.co/MpzJJDFaIN

11/02/22

Thank you to for delivering a 6 week Move and Learn programme. Year 3 enjoyed learning about a healthy balanced lifestyle https://t.co/arcWnbzELE

04/02/22

Congratulations to our group of Year 3 and 4s who took part in the very first VIAT Primary Times Tables Competition. Our team displayed wonderful teamwork and significant times tables knowledge to be crowned champions! Really well done to all who took part! https://t.co/KZ48625xzS

28/01/22

Congratulations to all those children who worked hard to achieve this week’s awards in today's celebration assembly. Green were victorious claiming the House Cup over the last fortnight! https://t.co/lQJMCA9CLH

20/01/22

Year 4 have been using spreadsheet tools on the computer, such as formula wizard, formatting cells and copy and paste to present spelling scores as percentages and calculate the class average https://t.co/WXAFw5Lr6z

14/01/22

Year 5 love boxing, its great for physical and mental health! https://t.co/brFxLTsSPD

14/01/22

Year 5 or city trading room? Year 5 have been learning about international trade; it all got very heated! https://t.co/8DwFpv7237

14/01/22

The teachers and children at Leybourne Chase have enjoyed using the equipment to exercise and have fun! https://t.co/1egpW5t1oh

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.