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Year 3’s taskmaster challenge had the children choosing the most unusual places to read. Looks fun!


Year 4 had lots of fun conducting a science experiment which involved measuring the weight of gases in fizzy drinks.


Well done to Emme in our Year 1 Key Worker bubble for her independent writing


William is so proud of completing his writing task independently. We are all very proud of him too! Great job William!


Charlie has been finding various compositions of 5 each time the wavy sea throws the teddies off of the pirate ship. This looks like great fun!


Year 3 have been taking part in daily challenges. On Monday they had to make an aeroplane out of resources they have at home and see how far they can throw it. Each day they complete a challenge they get a point, at the end of remote learning we will crown a task master champion!


Thank you for the treats and - they really cheered us up!


Zain has been busy making porridge to taste just like in the story of 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears'. He used his list of ingredients to support him. Zain then thought of some describing words like sweet and hot to put into sentences. Good job!


Year 1 have been cooking along with Mrs. Wahl's video for West African banana fritters. Reece has been busy measuring out the ingredients and making the banana fritters. We bet they taste yummy!


Just a few of the VIPS Leybourne Chase nature photos submitted as part of the VIAT Primary Weekly Challenge - aren't they great?


Year 5 have been working hard. Jake has been writing all about Earth and the Solar System in Science. Ruby has written about her favourite Hindu goddess and Harrison has written about The Hexapod in English.


William has been working hard on completing his 2x tables activity in school. He was very focused and very chuffed with himself! Good work William.


Year 5 have produced some lovely work this week. Well done to Sam for all his hard work, Henry for producing a lovely diagram of the Solar System and Inaya's introduction to a non-chronological report. Keep up the great work Year 5.


Jack has been working hard on his sentence structure. Well done Jack!


Year 3 have been working very hard this week. Louis has been doing some great work in math's and Zoe produced an amazing diagram labelling the layers of the Earth. Great work!


Year 2 had a lot of fun investigating Superheroes for the day. They thought about what superheroes do on a daily basis, what their personalities are like and, finally, drew their perfect lunch. Who knew that Batman’s favourite snack is chicken nuggets!


Fantastic adding by counting on from Harley in Year One. Great work!


Panda class have been really busy this week. Logan has been trying to find ways to represent the number 0 in Math's and Eleanor produced a very detailed story map of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Keep up the great work!


Well done to Inaya with remote learning today. This piece of work is beautifully presented


Each class has received a Portable North Pole message from Santa, Year 3 were very excited to find out they are currently on the nice list!


Little Cracker appeared in Year 2 today and asked the children to make Lolly stick Christmas tree decorations


Everyone looks very festive in their Christmas Jumpers today


Year 3 have had great fun investigating which materials are magnetic


We would like to say a very special thank you to at Kings Hill for their kind donation for our class bubble Christmas parties. We are truly grateful


Little Cracker has made a right mess of the school office this morning. Mrs. Craig and Mrs. Robinson were extremely shocked to find glitter thrown across their desks and toilet roll strewn everywhere!


The School hall is looking very Christmassy set up for today's Christmas dinner


Little Cracker has stolen Mr Holt’s chair and favourite coffee mug and is hiding in the school. Mr Holt is unable to find Little Cracker and is not very happy!


Little Cracker made a mess in Year 3 today making hot chocolate and decorating the class room with toilet roll and Christmas decorations. Miss Carlow was not impressed


Little Cracker has caused quite a buzz in school this morning hiding from the children


Year 1 had lots of fun this morning making Snowmen with Little Cracker!


The office has busy making up popcorn and sweet goodie bags for all those staying for the film night tonight


We were very impressed with Phoebe’s work on Magna Carter


Little Cracker is in his pyjamas ready for stories and film night


This week in Panda Class we have been very busy filming the Nativity. Here is a sneak peek...


Little Cracker has caused a noisy stir in Year 4 this morning. To stay off the naughty list Mr. Terry has to blast out the children’s favourite hits!


Little Cracker appeared in Year 5 this morning causing trouble by pouring coffee all over the Children's English Books!


The children in Panda class have been busy making snowflakes following this morning’s exciting visit from Little Cracker!


Little Cracker caused quite a stir in Panda class this morning making a mess and getting up to mischief!


Little Cracker has been keeping a watchful eye on the children today, ready to report back!


We are excited to announce we have teamed up with Eden Estates to host a children's Christmas Colouring Competition. To enter simply follow on Facebook, like their page, find the competition post and upload your drawing in the comments.

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

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.


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


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


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.


*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


How to blend

For further information please visit the Read Write Inc website.