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20/05/22

Thank you to for hosting the Year R Balance Bikes competition this year, we are pleased to say Leybourne Chase came away with 1st place https://t.co/K2opUBqiWl

16/05/22

Thank you to for delivering a Gangs and Weapons awareness workshop today. Year 6 really enjoyed the sessions and found them very informative. https://t.co/jqS963pp4w

13/05/22

Miss George put Panda class through their paces today with super hero camp https://t.co/kr3CMevTrF

12/05/22

Last day for Year 6 SATs breakfast who face their final day of exams. Well done to you all, you have achieved so much and no matter the outcome we are proud of everyone of you. https://t.co/AKMCh3onHG

09/05/22

Year 6 enjoyed a hearty breakfast this morning ahead of their SATs. The children had the chance to socialise with their peers and teachers and are feeling relaxed and focused ready to go. Good luck everyone! https://t.co/GuOA9zaAtu

28/04/22

Our Year 4 children have had lots of fun attending Skiing lessons at Chatham Snowsports Centre on the dry ski slopes https://t.co/lAN1AuiMBY

27/04/22

Year 5 Sports Festival at Invicta Grammar School on Thursday 16 June https://t.co/en1cAuiX9S

26/04/22

The children have been creating their own Mondrian abstract art in afterschool art club https://t.co/u7l0EdLWWO

24/04/22

Good luck to all our runners this morning, its not to late to join the running team. If you see any of our runners along the route please cheer them on and if you can send in photos, Cheer point at the Duke of Wellington pub in Ryarsh https://t.co/Ddj0WdGuWy

22/04/22

Year 1 have got off to a 'flying start' reading their text for this term BEEGU by Alexis Deacon https://t.co/TaQ0fFRmAA

21/04/22

Galloping Grandads Marathon! Sunday 24th April at 9:30am. We would love you to join us whether walking or running for some or all of the route. There will also be a cheer point at the Duke of Wellington pub in Ryarsh The run finishes at the school where there will be a BBQ https://t.co/TvUp2bB9eg

19/04/22

Congratulations to all our winners of the poster competition, to promote our Family picnic for The Queens Platinum Jubilee on Friday 27 May. Well done. We look forward to seeing you all there https://t.co/tISiH6epPx

31/03/22

Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed their swimming lessons at Larkfield Leisure Centre https://t.co/kgpo0wzdYQ

31/03/22

Our 2nd group of Year 4 children have had lots of fun attending Skiing lessons at on the dry ski slopes https://t.co/t7yKowpKUu

21/03/22

We would like to thank our parents for their amazing input during science week. Allie Woodward, Veterinarian, delivered a brilliant workshop on the care of small animals. Followed by a game of identifying animals from their x-rays. https://t.co/doz8SNxtts

21/03/22

We would like to thank our parents for their amazing input during science week. Matevz Papp-Rupar, plant pathologist, introduced the children to the wonderful world of plants and microbes https://t.co/fg8MkgmR39

17/03/22

On Friday we wore Yellow and Blue to raise money for the Ukraine Appeal. Year 2 have been writing about why they felt it was important https://t.co/hVqAk7Hzly

16/03/22

Free, Fun & informal courses. To book a place please go to https://t.co/vaZEDNOuPU and click on Course Areas then Family Courses. https://t.co/YGdXHrAZM5

15/03/22

The children in Year 3 visited the Museum of for a Roman Theme Day, where they spent their time learning about life in Roman Britain. The children all had a great day. https://t.co/keQZITX1q2

14/03/22

Retweeted From Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT)

Are you considering a career in teaching? Or are you already a teacher? We are offering the opportunity to visit one of our primary schools on Thurs 24 March 2022 between 3.30pm-5pm so you can see what we have to offer first-hand. Book here: https://t.co/ANKi3OvBIO

10/03/22

Thank you to Joanne the Educational officer at , for speaking to the children this afternoon about the fire service and how to stay safe. The children had a great afternoon learning🔥🔥 https://t.co/df7GDJrIPt

07/03/22

As part of our world book day celebrations year 5 and 2 teamed up to do some 'buddy reading' https://t.co/koRuOSdjD5

04/03/22

Thank you to Our PTA and all our parents for your donations of sweets to help us support children in Ukraine with Type 1 diabetes https://t.co/ZxPVWrcC55

04/03/22

Thank you to Gianna Pollero Author for coming into school and talking to KS2 about her new book Monster Doughnuts - Cyclops on a Mission! Gianna prepped us ready for our world book day celebrations today Piccadilly Press https://t.co/2vrXfuJj88

01/03/22

We cant wait to welcome author for our KS2 meet the author event on Thursday 3rd March. Gianna will be talking about her book Monster Doughnuts - Cyclops on a Mission, the sequel to Monster Doughnuts! To purchase your copy please make payment via ParentMail. https://t.co/GHk4fCNe4E

28/02/22

Year 6 have been studying Ancient Greece this afternoon. Mr Holt took this lesson literally and even completed the bleep test dressed as Greek soldier https://t.co/t0zCLOothT

28/02/22

We are very proud of Oliver in Year 1, who has been offered and accepted a place to play for Maidstone United’s U7 football team next season. Congratulations Oliver. https://t.co/nJGfql0GNh

25/02/22

Thank you to Valley Park School for hosting a drama workshop. The children had a great time performing a dance to 'consider yourself' from Oliver https://t.co/7BDLqF2VCS

25/02/22

Year 3 have been enjoying learning Spanish https://t.co/JVch9hVQB3

24/02/22

Our books have arrived! Don’t forget to purchase your copy via ParentMail for our Meet the Author Day. https://t.co/EXJPqvDn1v

24/02/22

Year 4 attended Skiing lessons at Chatham Snow Sports Centre on the dry ski slopes. The children had lots of fun https://t.co/w49CPKxUAs

11/02/22

Panda Class have been Mediating and learning how to relax https://t.co/MpzJJDFaIN

11/02/22

Thank you to for delivering a 6 week Move and Learn programme. Year 3 enjoyed learning about a healthy balanced lifestyle https://t.co/arcWnbzELE

04/02/22

Congratulations to our group of Year 3 and 4s who took part in the very first VIAT Primary Times Tables Competition. Our team displayed wonderful teamwork and significant times tables knowledge to be crowned champions! Really well done to all who took part! https://t.co/KZ48625xzS

28/01/22

Congratulations to all those children who worked hard to achieve this week’s awards in today's celebration assembly. Green were victorious claiming the House Cup over the last fortnight! https://t.co/lQJMCA9CLH

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

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.