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21/04/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for a full-time Caretaker - you can find all the details, and apply, here: https://t.co/NPKxiMjjlq https://t.co/XnyskcKSiY

20/04/21

We are thrilled that Taylor from Leybourne Chase won the Primary Category in the Fractured Fairy Tales competition! Well done, Taylor! You can read his brilliant story here: https://t.co/hSQ7r8X24m https://t.co/soYsToOG2O

06/04/21

Retweeted From VIAT

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/Duw2yziCvx https://t.co/oPoVPZtOIi

01/04/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for a Teaching Assistant in our SRP unit, and a Caretaker. You can find all the details here: https://t.co/NPKxiMjjlq

30/03/21

Well done to all of the children that took part in our 30-day art challenge. Here are a few samples of the wonderful work that has been created. Watch this space for the next creative challenge... https://t.co/xnIxSoQOeh

30/03/21

20 children are taking part in Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training who are learning to help educate their peers on bullying behavior https://t.co/nsXuCT7rZ4

24/03/21

Mrs Craig got the very special job of opening the long-awaited Cost Cutter shop at Leybourne Chase, this morning. She took some Panda Class children with her for the event and they were all able to choose a free drink from the lovely new shop! https://t.co/noEW2mdE3a

23/03/21

Well done Sianne and Taylor! You're top five in the primary category! https://t.co/vSw33V0vQq

20/03/21

Year 2 were exploring microhabitats on the schools grounds this week. They found a centipede, spider webs and lots of holes where small animals live https://t.co/27c01Bojev

19/03/21

Panda class have been working hard to learn the number bonds to 10 https://t.co/ZFpHb1f7eC

12/03/21

Year 2 have creating and exploring arrays in Math's this week. They have done this by making an array city to display in the classroom and writing multiplication sentences to explain what their skyscraper is showing. https://t.co/Srkjk9Igrf

09/03/21

Year One have been busy learning the recorder for their Easter song. https://t.co/2hYCB99874

09/03/21

Panda Class had a fantastic first day back to school. There was lots of playing, talking, dancing, eating and yawning at the end of the day! Welcome back Panda Class, we have missed you! https://t.co/pK4c0swiGO

06/03/21

Year 2 have been developing their knowledge of impressionist painting in Computing and Art through the use of purple mash https://t.co/0V9PaT7NSY

05/03/21

Year 3 have been representing multiplication calculations in different ways. They have been using their knowledge of the commutative law, repeated addition, arrays and equal groups to help them. https://t.co/McTdMAj542

04/03/21

Retweeted From World Book Day UK 📚

Watch the full event with Her Royal Highness, , and Katherine Rundell, in partnership with WATCH https://t.co/0trqe4ucdZ https://t.co/yc1wYyal6e

04/03/21

Retweeted From World Book Day UK 📚

"Seeing how vital it is to have that time where I share a story with my sons, and see them learn and enjoy... it's such a huge part of a kid's education. It's massively important, which is why it's such a huge honour to be a children's author." https://t.co/5nU2NVOsDu

04/03/21

Mrs Robinson made an appreciation basket filled with goodies for staff to help themselves https://t.co/978bMSGmVu

03/03/21

Valley Park School is holding its first Community Art Auction on YouTube, on Thurs 4 March at 7pm. The virtual live event will raise money for Dementia UK & there will be a range of artwork to purchase - don't miss it! https://t.co/xii4IxWH4u

02/03/21

The staff at Leybourne Chase were very happy to receive these tasty treats this afternoon from Julie Derrick, CEO of Valley Invicta Academies Trust. Thank you so much for the delicious treats. https://t.co/Wh3XRgIXWB

01/03/21

Panda Class have been talking about their feelings about coming back to school. The children are very excited to see all of their friends, play on the climbing frame and have a party! Miss George and Panda Class are counting down the days until 8th March. https://t.co/zP7SQgEHEo

26/02/21

Well done to all our pupils who took part in the VIAT photography collage competition over half term - there were some stunning entries! https://t.co/lNWXvcgWQS

22/02/21

Ishan's in Year 3 first recital of Jain stotra: Bhaktambara. He learnt 48 verses in a period of 3 months. These verses are in Sanskirt and read in hindi. We are very proud of his dedication and willingness to learn, well done! https://t.co/V5ePKxbBJS

14/02/21

Year 5 have been replicating Galileo's 1589 investigation into gravity. Sadly, they couldn't get to the Leaning Tower of Pisa so had to be creative 😊 https://t.co/2RDzh4pvni

13/02/21

Year 4 have been writing a recipe for a potion in English using time conjunctions and imperative verbs. This is what Emilie produced once she had written up her recipe. https://t.co/7sl6tUbbnF

13/02/21

In English this week, Year 3 have been writing non-chronological reports all about Volcanos. Good work Year 3 https://t.co/ZnM8CpCNLE

12/02/21

Yeah 5 have been learning all about Chinese New Year, Phoebe presented to the class and showed them her Chinese dress she wears https://t.co/oZpBSsILpl

12/02/21

For this week's primary challenge, we asked pupils to draw a picture of what they're missing about being in normal school lessons, as well as what they like about learning at home. Jack drew a picture of himself and his friends playing football which he really misses! https://t.co/9V1Z3XdXfw

09/02/21

Louis in Year 5 created his poem "COVID LIFE" about the highs and lows of Lockdown life and performed it as a rap. https://t.co/u1lZLSOnKr

09/02/21

Year 1 had a great time playing in the snow! https://t.co/zBF2tmd2Yl

09/02/21

Year 1 had a great time playing in the snow! https://t.co/doUgyCANqh

09/02/21

Retweeted From Childnet

Today is Safer Internet Day! Keep your eyes peeled on the account and the and hashtags throughout the day to see all of the things happening across the UK https://t.co/JD37nnB6sD https://t.co/u5dvxAMC9Y

04/02/21

Year 3 have been advertising the town of Volcanius – a town that is home to the volcano Eruptalot. The children have written posters advertising the benefits of living in Volcanius. https://t.co/fFS0CM5CZZ

03/02/21

Is it time for lunch yet? These fabulous photos of our pupils' culinary creations has made us very hungry! Well done to everyone who took part in this week's primary challenge! https://t.co/jxmUKmIya3

03/02/21

In Science this week, Year 2 have been testing which materials would be most suitable for a house in 1666 during The Great Fire of London. Great work! https://t.co/vYrxe78oVF

02/02/21

Inaya, Sam and Lily in Year 5 took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend and recorded their results using a range of different graphs and charts https://t.co/THVNYKhqV3

31/01/21

Year 4 created Newspaper reports based on a fairytale (Jack & the Beanstalk/Three Little Pigs). Great work Year 4! https://t.co/WVHkOOFrNN

29/01/21

Year 2 bubble have been writing fact files on the Great Fire of London, and have also made crowns and written some rules imagining they were the King and Queen! https://t.co/VKK7JiVO7n

28/01/21

Here is our Year 2 bubble enjoying some chocolate cake for Eedie's birthday today https://t.co/WcX0A0zfBe

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.