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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


Thank you to for delivering a Gangs and Weapons awareness workshop today. Year 6 really enjoyed the sessions and found them very informative.


Miss George put Panda class through their paces today with super hero camp


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.


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!


Our Year 4 children have had lots of fun attending Skiing lessons at Chatham Snowsports Centre on the dry ski slopes


Year 5 Sports Festival at Invicta Grammar School on Thursday 16 June


The children have been creating their own Mondrian abstract art in afterschool art club


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


Year 1 have got off to a 'flying start' reading their text for this term BEEGU by Alexis Deacon


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


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


Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed their swimming lessons at Larkfield Leisure Centre


Our 2nd group of Year 4 children have had lots of fun attending Skiing lessons at on the dry ski slopes


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.


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


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


Free, Fun & informal courses. To book a place please go to and click on Course Areas then Family Courses.


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.


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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🔥🔥


As part of our world book day celebrations year 5 and 2 teamed up to do some 'buddy reading'


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


Year 3 have been enjoying learning Spanish


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


Year 4 attended Skiing lessons at Chatham Snow Sports Centre on the dry ski slopes. The children had lots of fun


Panda Class have been Mediating and learning how to relax


Thank you to for delivering a 6 week Move and Learn programme. Year 3 enjoyed learning about a healthy balanced lifestyle


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!


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!


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!


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