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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


Year 5 love boxing, its great for physical and mental health!


Year 5 or city trading room? Year 5 have been learning about international trade; it all got very heated!


The teachers and children at Leybourne Chase have enjoyed using the equipment to exercise and have fun!


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.


Year 1 have been busy making reindeer cakes today, these look yummy!


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


Thank you to everyone who has donated to the My Shining Star Children’s Cancer Charity, Christmas Toy Appeal


Don’t forget you can still buy raffle tickets from the School Office £2.50 for a strip


Year 6 have been busy preparing Reindeer Food for our Christmas Fayre tomorrow, we look forward to seeing you all there 🎅🎄


We cant wait to see you all at the Christmas Fayre this Friday


It was lovely to receive a thank you card today from The Pilsdon at Malling Community for our harvest festival donation.


Year 5 learning objective this term is crime and punishment through the ages


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 .


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.


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


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:


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!


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!


Congratulations to our pupils for their achievements in football and swimming


Congratulations to our ‘Star of the week’, ’Presentation award’, ‘Maths Whizz’ and ‘Premier League Primary Stars’ winners


As our Christmas fayre fast approaches, tomorrow will be non school uniform day in exchange for Sweets or Chocolate donations 😊


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”


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


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


We hope you all have a relaxing half term break. We look forward to seeing you all back in school on Wednesday 3rd November.


Today we delivered all our donated food parcels to The Pilsdon at Malling Community. Thank you to everyone who donated


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


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.


It was lovely to welcome Year 6 parents into school this morning to watch their class assembly on Fairtrade bananas


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


We love receiving feedback from our Grandparents. Thank you for the thank you! It makes all the effort of Grandparents Day worthwhile 😊


Reading Curriculum:

From Years 2-6 our reading curriculum is delivered in two key parts: through Novel Study lessons and the use of Accelerated Reader. Daily Novel Study lessons provide children with the opportunity to be taught, and to develop their, reading comprehension skills and to allow them to know, remember and understand more about reading. Accelerated Reader is used as a tool to enable children to further apply this knowledge by quizzing on stories that they have been reading (see Appendix II). Children have the opportunity to quiz at home and in school, allowing teachers to monitor home learning, and results of quizzes are recorded on the system, enabling staff to track progress throughout the year.

Our curriculum aims to be accessible to all, helping to maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement in the area of Reading. The curriculum also aims to raise the profile of reading, providing children with opportunities to be read to and to read to others and also allowing children to engage in book talk and share their opinions. Through this approach, Novel Study, and the use of Accelerated Reader in school and at home, should enable children to know more about authors, the author’s intentions for the audience, to remember more about vocabulary and understand how to use and apply their reading skills to impact upon their reading comprehension progression.

Intent, Implementation, Impact:




To provide children with a rich and varied diet of texts to promote a love of reading.

To give pupils a clear purpose to their reading. 

  • Choose rich and exciting texts which the children can connect with.
  • Teachers to carefully select texts chosen and be able to justify their choices, e.g. links to termly themes, high quality vocabulary etc.
  • Teachers to model reading age-appropriate and high-level texts to inspire children to do the same.
  • Teacher should select a wide range of books that encourage the development of key areas, including: word reading, literal understanding and retrieval, inference, response to text, fluency and phrasing
  • Ensure that there are a range of texts available in the library for each ZPD range, so that children can quiz on a range of text types.
  • Create a reading environment that is engaging and stimulating, including book corners and displays that promote reading.
  •  Library – Children visit our well-stocked library to choose books from our AR collection.
  • Children to be motivated and enthusiastic readers.
  • Children can independently select texts that are of high-quality.
  • Children will generally demonstrate a positive attitude towards reading.
  • Children can confidently discuss how their texts in Novel Study and/or English lessons link to the termly themes within the school. They can share related vocabulary surrounding the theme.
  • Children read more regularly at home and quiz an average of 1 time a week (once a fortnight for chapter books).
  • Children of all abilities will be able to access reading comprehension activities.

To develop children’s comprehension skills.

  • Ensure that Novel Study planning is consistently at a high quality and that it meets the skills set out in the National Curriculum. Lessons should provide children with the opportunity to answer a range of question types.
  • Adapt the curriculum to suit all children’s needs
  • Teachers to monitor the children’s use of AR and ensure that they quiz regularly. Teachers should follow up with children who aren’t quizzing in line with the school’s expectations.
  • Engage in book talk during reading sessions and create a reading culture through displays in the school.
  • Teachers should model reading, including reading with expression and to punctuation. Teachers should also model responses to comprehension questions.
  • To ensure reading progression, including in termly data.
  • More children will achieve age related expectations at the end of their cohort year.
  • Children will have increased their familiarity with different question types and, as a result, have confidence when faced with a reading assessment.


To develop verbal reading skills and reading fluency of all children.

  • When reading aloud, teachers should model reading with expression, intonation, pace and to punctuation.
  • Provide frequent opportunities for shared and independent reading so that pupils can develop confidence and fluency of reading in a safe setting among their peers.
  • Teachers monitor children’s progress on Accelerated Reader on a weekly basis.
  • Children will have developed life-long reading skills, improving their ability to read (and confidence when reading) a text.
  • Children will become fluent readers and will be able to use the correct expression, intonation or pace to reflect the content of the novel.
  • To develop and improve children’s oracy skills.

To enable children to make links across genres, between authors and to their own experiences.

To encourage confidence in book talk and understanding of author choice.

  • Every Novel Study lesson will involve high-quality discussions about the text.
  • Reading displays in the school will raise the profile of reading and provide children with recommendations for books.
  •  Library – Children visit our well-stocked library to choose books from our AR collection.
  • Children will be able to make clear links between different genres, identifying similarities and differences and will be able to discuss themes with confidence and clarity.
  • Children will understand author’s intentions, can reflect on different writing styles / techniques and can identify and discuss a range of writing conventions.
  • Children will be able to reflect on their own experiences in relation to the novel being studied and discuss the comparisons between the two.
  • To encourage a love of reading and to promote enthusiasm and enjoyment towards reading.
  • To create a positive reading culture at school.
  • Pupils will enjoy reading across a range of genres and will have a good knowledge of a range of authors.

To develop and extend children’s vocabulary.

  • Vocabulary on the working wall. New words will be added to the board during each Novel Study lesson and at the end of each week.
  • Each Novel Study session begins with vocabulary, including previously explored vocabulary and any new vocabulary.
  • Reading at home - all children are expected to read at home at least 5 times a week. This is carefully monitored by teachers to ensure that children are getting the practice they need to enable progress towards fluency.
  • Children will be able to produce effective written work of a similar standard in all areas of the curriculum which evidences good progress.
  • Children will develop a wide vocabulary base on which to draw from when developing their own written compositions.
  • Children’s own vocabulary will show improvement and verbal interactions will be enriched.
  • To develop and improve children’s oracy skills.

To give children a clear purpose to their reading.

  • Texts are carefully chosen and carefully picked to reflect the school’s termly themes and topics that are being explored in the class.
  • Book talk is integral to the lesson, allowing the children opportunity to express their views and opinions surrounding a story.
  • To encourage children to make cross-curricular links with what they have read to other curriculum areas e.g. history, geography and science.
  • Children can discuss how their books in class relate to the school’s termly themes.
  • Children will generally have a positive attitude to reading and will be increasingly confident to talk about books.

Create a home-school partnership for reading.

  • Allow children the opportunity to quiz on books at home and encourage them to engage in book talk with their parents/carers.
  • All children to have access to AR so that the curriculum is adapted to meet all children’s needs. 
  • Reading at home - all children are expected to read at home at least 5 times a week. This is carefully monitored by teachers to ensure that children are getting the practice they need to enable progress towards fluency.
  • Teachers monitor reading quizzes on a weekly basis to address strengths, areas for development and those children who aren’t engaging with the quizzes.
  • Ensure that parents are informed of the school’s reading curriculum, including what AR is and how children can quiz. Parents to be able to monitor the children’s quizzing.
  • To create a life-long love of learning and ability to read for pleasure.
  • Children will recognise reading as an important and enjoyable part of their daily routine.
  • Children will develop life-long reading skills and will have increased their confidence with reading.
  • Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support reading at home.

Novel Study:

Novel Study lessons are delivered 4 times a week and run for half an hour.

The core curriculum for Novel Study (Reading) aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas;
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Please find more information here - Novel Study

Accelerated Reader:

Our library is organised in a way that enables children to choose texts with appropriate challenge. An online AR assessment provides us with a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) from which the children can choose a book. After reading an AR book, children complete an online ‘quiz’. Teachers use AR to monitor engagement and progression and to target interventions.

For Accelerated Reader quizzing, please login using the link below:

AR Parents guide

AR Introduction Letter 


Our Library:

This year we have invested a lot of money into our Library to make it a comfortable and exciting place for children to develop their love of reading. Here are some pictures of the children enjoying the space!

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Recommended Reading:
Reception Class
Year 1
Year 2

In Key Stage 2 we encourage children to read a variety of high quality texts.  During whole class reading sessions teachers develop reading skills in line with the National Curriculum Expectations.

Recommended Reading
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

Reading Aims 

  • To raise the profile of reading in order to encourage and promote a life-long love of reading; 
  • To ensure that all children develop the ability to read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
  • To allow children to know, remember and understand more with regards to their reading skills; 
  • To allow the children to acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language; 
  • To develop in our children the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
  • To develop an appreciation for our rich and varied literary heritage;
  • To develop a broad range of reading skills that can be applied to a wide range of reading text types and genres across the whole curriculum;
  • To provide children with opportunities to experience reading in a range of contexts, including independent reading time, being read to and reading aloud;
  • To enable our children to be competent in the arts of speaking and listening; making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate;
  • To commit (finance and time) to providing pupils with a range of resources to stimulate their desire to read;  
  • To create confident, independent readers;  
  • To prepare pupils for the next stages of their education.

Progression of Literal Understanding and Retrieval

Progression of Inferential Reading Skills

Progression of Response to Text

Progression of Fluency and Phrasing