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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

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.