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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

17/12/21

We would like to wish all our Parents, Carers, Children and staff a very happy Christmas and New Year. Please stay safe and enjoy this wonderful time with your families. https://t.co/XAAo2TcDom

17/12/21

Year 1 have been busy making reindeer cakes today, these look yummy! https://t.co/HWUD6qX8HA

14/12/21

Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase are very proud to have finished the calendar year as the most successful implementation of Maths-Whizz in the UK. Based on the percentage of students making 3 or more Weekly progressions with an amazing 75% of our children doing so https://t.co/3YlkvL79rc

07/12/21

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the My Shining Star Children’s Cancer Charity, Christmas Toy Appeal https://t.co/Xt6XQizEF0

07/12/21

Don’t forget you can still buy raffle tickets from the School Office £2.50 for a strip https://t.co/dJfQ3md70o

02/12/21

Year 6 have been busy preparing Reindeer Food for our Christmas Fayre tomorrow, we look forward to seeing you all there 🎅🎄 https://t.co/cM5ASBAabt

30/11/21

We cant wait to see you all at the Christmas Fayre this Friday https://t.co/cUoGNJNxvk

30/11/21

It was lovely to receive a thank you card today from The Pilsdon at Malling Community for our harvest festival donation. https://t.co/laLI2mM0Fa

19/11/21

Year 5 learning objective this term is crime and punishment through the ages https://t.co/nEtCL5KZx7

19/11/21

Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase are very proud to have been published in November's edition of Teach Primary, page 28, talking about how we raised the profile of Maths at our school . https://t.co/eDaGHgwoq3

19/11/21

Thank you to everyone who donated to Children in Need and Anti Bullying Alliance today, the children raised an impressive £140 to be split between both Charities. https://t.co/Ep97P3nisH

18/11/21

KS2 watched the annual Big Anti-Bullying Assembly and were inspired to write their own pledges for how they can stand up against bullying

16/11/21

Thank you to for the donation of our beautiful Christmas wreath Bloxhams are holding a Wreath making session at the Community centre on Wednesday 1st December, to book your space visit: https://t.co/nwrnME4euH https://t.co/KMlqtu9PMz

15/11/21

On Friday, KS2 watched a webinar with author Jacqueline Wilson who was talking about her new book “The Primrose Railway Children”. Year 3 then produced their own versions of the front page, using tips from the illustrator of the story to help them! https://t.co/KbjI1Xpwda

12/11/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for colleagues to fill a number of positions. You can find all the details on our website! https://t.co/NPKxiMjjlq https://t.co/ONyND3lUYA

12/11/21

Congratulations to our pupils for their achievements in football and swimming https://t.co/ADQ4jWa6Gx

12/11/21

Congratulations to our ‘Star of the week’, ’Presentation award’, ‘Maths Whizz’ and ‘Premier League Primary Stars’ winners https://t.co/nCQwTeiJ9h

11/11/21

As our Christmas fayre fast approaches, tomorrow will be non school uniform day in exchange for Sweets or Chocolate donations 😊 https://t.co/Vv79dXGxw5

11/11/21

Thank you to Mr Shepherd for leading our Remembrance Service and reading ‘The Fallen’ by Robert Binyon: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them” https://t.co/KUuZ5FsHa5

04/11/21

Thank you to everyone who took part in Break the Rules day, our library is looking amazing and the children are enjoying our new reading corners https://t.co/Izy4T8Rcex

02/11/21

Do you have a child born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018? Applications to apply for their Primary school place open on Friday 5 November. Make sure you are prepared and aware of the important dates and timeframes for applying online https://t.co/qILvDaXMj9

22/10/21

We hope you all have a relaxing half term break. We look forward to seeing you all back in school on Wednesday 3rd November. https://t.co/oi6T1ErM1J

22/10/21

Today we delivered all our donated food parcels to The Pilsdon at Malling Community. Thank you to everyone who donated https://t.co/xiInVJIKD1

20/10/21

Today we held 2 Harvest Festival Assemblies. It was wonderful seeing so many parents/carers and grandparents. All food donations will be going to Pilsdon at Malling https://t.co/RO9uzwwB3g

18/10/21

We were really excited to welcome Jo Clarke into school today for our meet the author event for our KS2 children. Jo held a workshop with each class talking about her new book, Spellboda. https://t.co/s5qgYHXZT0

14/10/21

It was lovely to welcome Year 6 parents into school this morning to watch their class assembly on Fairtrade bananas https://t.co/cCA9rFsh6b

14/10/21

We are taking bookings for our open mornings for prospective parents, who have children due to start school in September 2022. These will take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning until January. To book your place please contact the school office on 01732 840 908 https://t.co/iX3Wyo7QLz

12/10/21

Year 4 spent Monday afternoon on an invertebrate hunt. This included collecting and analysing specimens from the school field, then classifying their organisms into four main classes of invertebrate: annelids, molluscs, insects and arachnids https://t.co/xN1xs6UgSp

11/10/21

Congratulations to our year 3 and 4 team who put down a spectacular performance on Thursday evening and came 2nd in the Cross Trust football tournament. Thank you to Miss. Abbott at Invicta Girls Grammar School for hosting the event and helping to make it such a success. https://t.co/w3o9smrSJE

08/10/21

Thank you to for hosting a Creative Arts Workshop. The children had a great time taking part in Practical Music, Performing Arts and Art & Design workshops before taking part in a showcase performance to parents https://t.co/aKHwNWoo8v

08/10/21

We are delighted to learn we have the highest number of average progressions for Maths Whizz in the UK for last week, well done Leybourne Chase https://t.co/fMTzXyJSBX

04/10/21

Don’t forget to collect your Grow Token from Morrisons every time you spend £10 online or in store! We can redeem these for a wide range of free gardening and growing equipment for our school. Download the MyMorrisons app to take part or see instore for details https://t.co/FupgF9ESG1

30/09/21

We need YOUR help! We have registered our school for Good to Grow. For every £10 spent in store or online, you’ll get one Grow Token that as a school we can then redeem for a wide range of gardening and growing equipment. https://t.co/2qz0rHlr8Q

28/09/21

Thank you to everyone who donated/attended our Coffee Morning and Grandparents Day to help raise money for . We raised an impressive £620. It was lovely to see our parents/carers and grandparents back in school enjoying themselves. https://t.co/Sw4aENxEKN

28/09/21

We love receiving feedback from our Grandparents. Thank you for the thank you! It makes all the effort of Grandparents Day worthwhile 😊 https://t.co/qBy7JSPnAS

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.