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17/09/21

Year 1 are having a scavenger hunt looking for things that make our world special. https://t.co/TnKcRA50Il

17/09/21

Year 2 have been learning about what plants need to grow and survive https://t.co/BFEGeygQJu

17/09/21

We would like to say a very special thank you to The Woodwards for our delicious treats. The staff at Leybourne Chase were very happy to receive these https://t.co/1NVmnMaavr

16/09/21

We are very proud of the artwork our Year 6 pupils have produced this week. https://t.co/kpCQtQgvsK

16/09/21

Our Wellbeing display is based on one of our favourite stories The Colour Monster book by Children have been discussing their emotions and how they make us feel and the importance of showing kindness and friendship https://t.co/7Wxn8pOG9p

15/09/21

Children sharing their ideas https://t.co/l32MsWeywN

15/09/21

Mrs Robinson ready and waiting for the with keynote speech from https://t.co/fCQifRo3zv

15/09/21

We are pleased to announce our baby elmer, “Celeste” has returned home to Leybourne Chase. She is currently living in our Library working her way through all our books https://t.co/QjEvncFcyB

14/09/21

GREAT NEWS.... We have spaces in current Year 4. To find out more information please call the school office on 01732 840908. https://t.co/U31aHUMybe https://t.co/qOUO4pBOCk

10/09/21

Year 5 are learning about life cycles in Science this term and will be observing the life cycles of Triops and Butterflies over time. https://t.co/XkBnzhJdEE

10/09/21

Congratulations to all the children who won this weeks Presentation awards https://t.co/z2ys4yCv0O

08/09/21

We are delighted to announce the return of our Parent, Toddler and Baby Group Every Monday (term time only) 9.10 - 10.40 am £2.00 per Family Refreshments provided https://t.co/vGCvzqM8lI

08/09/21

During the summer holidays Maddison Year 4 and Harry Year 1, completed the ‘Wild World Heroes’ summer reading challenge collectively reading 12 books. They enjoyed visiting the library, choosing books and collecting the stickers for the poster. We are very proud of you https://t.co/Ji0WZSEmYR

08/09/21

This morning the children were surprised with the return of Mr Shepherd who will be hosting our singing assembly every Wednesday. Everyone enjoyed singing as a school again, children were even throwing in a couple of dance moves, we saw you 😉 https://t.co/GX08P3yiOa

07/09/21

Year 3 spent their Science lesson this week exploring the different parts of a plant. They used magnifying glasses and spent time observing different weeds and making hypotheses about what they noticed https://t.co/jwB4Zs4dlf

07/09/21

Panda class have been enjoying their first few days exploring all the new activities the class have to offer https://t.co/4M9YwI5Opd

07/09/21

Open mornings for Sept 2022 intake take place every Tues and Thurs from Sept - Jan These tours are for prospective parents, who have children due to start school in Sept 2022. To book please contact the school office on 01732 840 908 or email office.viat.org.uk https://t.co/VHA0IgfBgG

06/09/21

Warm welcome to our new Panda Class and their families who are joining us today, we are thrilled to have you all with us at VIPS Leybourne Chase. https://t.co/cI5OAj0pLN

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

Oracy

Oracy is the ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language. In school, oracy is a vital tool for learning; by teaching students to become more effective speakers and listeners we empower them to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them. 

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, we believe spoken language to be essential in the development and achievement of our children across the curriculum. We strive to develop spoken language skills through the taught curriculum, the hidden curriculum, playtimes and lunchtimes, extra-curricular activities and the whole ethos of the school. Children are taught how to be effective communicators through oracy projects that feature skills such as storytelling, debating and presenting. Good oracy skills support wider literacy skills; improvement in oracy is also linked to improvements in reading, writing, and overall attainment. 

Respectful and productive relationships between all who form part of the school community are crucial aspects of our oracy ethos. We place a high priority on supporting the development of good speaking and listening skills amongst our pupils. Correct spoken language and development of vocabulary is fundamental to learning. Speaking and listening play a large part in a child’s progress in all curriculum areas and teachers plan to develop these skills in a wide variety of ways. We aim to develop and encourage fluent speakers, with rich vocabulary, who are confident to operate in a wide range of situations.  

Intent

Speaking and listening are fundamental to the teaching of English and permeates the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. We want our children to develop effective communication skills for the here and now and in readiness for later life. Having recently invested in Oracy training with Voice 21 (a national charity that exists to enable teachers and schools to provide a high-quality oracy education so that all young people can find their voice for success in school and life) we are committed to building and embedding a culture of oracy throughout our curriculum.

We will ensure that teachers and senior leaders are equipped with the skills to develop oracy for teaching and learning, to plan for talk across the curriculum and to elevate speaking beyond the classroom. By building a culture of oracy within our school, we want to develop our children’s confidence, spoken language and written outcomes across and beyond the curriculum.

Our aim is to enable the children to improve their levels of oracy so that they are express themselves clearly and can communicate effectively and confidently in front of any type of audience.  These skills are being encouraged in every area of our curriculum as good oracy skills can enhance every type of learning including maths and science. A key part of oracy is for children to think carefully about the language they’re using, and tailor it to their subject, purpose and audience.

So much in life depends on being a good communicator, so it’s vital that children learn the importance of oracy from a young age. Children who start school with limited communication skills are six times less likely than their peers to reach the expected standards in English at the end of Year 6.  We are aware of children’s different starting points therefore developing oracy skills is crucial in improving our children’s life chances.

We also recognise that children who communicate well are more likely to form good relationships with other children and adults, therefore it is important that our children are able to listen to others and respond appropriately. Purposeful talk is used to drive forward learning, through talk in the classroom, which has been planned, designed, modelled, scaffolded and structured to enable all learners to develop the skills needed to talk effectively. 

Implementation

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase we have adopted the Voice 21 framework for oracy which breaks down the teaching of speaking and listening into four strands:

  • Physical;
  • Cognitive;
  • Linguistic;
  • Social and Emotional.

Oracy

We promote classrooms rich in talk, in which questions are planned, peer conversations are modelled and scaffolded, and the teacher uses talk skilfully to develop thinking. From EYFS to Year 6, children are given opportunities to develop oracy skills and build their confidence in talk for formal and informal situations, both in and outside the classroom. 

We have an embedded oracy curriculum ensuring the children have an opportunity to practice a variety of types of talk and practise the skills needed for different oracy outcomes: 

  • exploratory talk;
  • interactive/negotiation;
  • recitation;
  • debate and persuasion;
  • building understanding;
  • to inform/teach;  
  • entertainment and expression.

The deliberate, explicit and systematic teaching of oracy across the school and throughout the curriculum will support our children to make progress in the four strands of oracy. Our children will have opportunities to be a ‘Tiny Teacher’ Deepening and embedding subject knowledge, understanding and reasoning.

A range of purposeful opportunities are used to encourage learning through talk and learning to talk, including:

  • Setting ground rules for speaking and listening in class, such as putting your hand up before speaking, waiting to be chosen, and not interrupting each othe;
  • Presentations on a specified subject, or a subject of their own choosing. These could be individual presentations or in pairs or small groups, in front of their class or the whole school;
  • Discussions as a pair, small group or whole class, for example about religious beliefs, story plots, or predicting the outcomes of experiments;
  • Hot seating: a drama technique where one child sits in the ‘hot seat,’ and the other children ask them questions to answer in character;
  • Exploring a text through performance – not just re-enacting what happens in the book, but also acting out what characters might do or say in a particular situation;
  • Giving oral book reviews to the rest of the class, and then taking questions;
  • Debates, with one group of pupils for and another against a certain topic or question, such as, ‘Is it right to bully a bully?’
  • Putting on assemblies e.g., Harvest, attended by the rest of the school and often parents;
  • Rights respecting steering group meetings, where members collect questions and concerns from other pupils and present them to their fellow cmembers and teachers;
  • Group work, where communication and listening to each other are essential;
  • Role play, where children pretend to be someone else or pretend to be in a specific situation that they are not actually in at the time.

Impact

Oracy skills will be assessed using the oracy framework.

Through the teaching of oracy, children will be able to:

  • Speak fluently, with confidence and clarity in front of an audience including talking in full sentences; 
  • Explore ideas through talk;
  • Deliberately select gestures that support the delivery of ideas e.g. gesturing towards someone if referencing their idea;
  • Recognise the value of listening to what others say;
  • Use conjunctions to organise and sequence their ideas;
  • Adapt how they speak in different situations according to the audience, including using Standard English;
  • Value their own opinions and be able to express them to others;
  • Begin to reflect on their oracy skills and identify areas of strength and areas to improve;
  • Ask questions to find out more about a subject;
  • Respond appropriately to what others say, challenge each other’s opinions and develop their own reasoned arguments;
  • Be open-minded, value the contribution of others and take account of their views;
  • Appreciate the diversity of languages, dialects and accents in the school; 
  • Consider the impact of their words on others when giving feedback;
  • Share their learning in an engaging, informative way through formal presentations.