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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

28/09/21

Panda Class have been on a discovery walk, searching for signs of Autumn to take back to the classroom to explore. https://t.co/XuvCNqY47C

27/09/21

Panda class have been learning all about plants and the rainforest. They drew pictures to show why we shouldn’t chop down trees and the importance of saving our rainforest https://t.co/UPWEgmia95

24/09/21

We are pleased to announce Silva-Rene is the winner of our cake raffle https://t.co/JKPyfbSQlW

24/09/21

Thank you to Marcelas Crafted Desire for your wonderful cake donation. We are also running a raffle for your chance to win this amazing cake so please purchase your tickets at the school now. https://t.co/6Qy3tJzeSa

24/09/21

Our Macmilan coffee morning is now open, please join us for some tea/coffee and cake. Thank you to who have donated these wonderful cupcakes. We are currently running a raffle for you to win these cakes, come and purchase your tickets. https://t.co/XRe88oiOSB

23/09/21

In PHSE, Year 5 continued their mindfulness scavenger hunt and finished with some cloud gazing. ? https://t.co/NP5zNnmzkW

23/09/21

Year 5 witnessed the final butterfly emerging from its chrysalid this morning https://t.co/2epsj9LWq0

22/09/21

Year 6 taking part in Bikeability Cycle Training and learning vital road safety skills https://t.co/OFXbRzH0h4

22/09/21

Year 5 have two new members today https://t.co/dlpstDzDu4

21/09/21

The Students and teachers at Invicta Grammar School, part of the VIAT trust have made this video about ‘Life at Invicta’ and what its like to be part of the school. To book on an open day at the school, please click the link: https://t.co/xKEzsKICpu https://t.co/VNXRG06j4r

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.