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Year 1 are having a scavenger hunt looking for things that make our world special.


Year 2 have been learning about what plants need to grow and survive


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


We are very proud of the artwork our Year 6 pupils have produced this week.


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


Children sharing their ideas


Mrs Robinson ready and waiting for the with keynote speech from


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


GREAT NEWS.... We have spaces in current Year 4. To find out more information please call the school office on 01732 840908.


Year 5 are learning about life cycles in Science this term and will be observing the life cycles of Triops and Butterflies over time.


Congratulations to all the children who won this weeks Presentation awards


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


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


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 😉


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


Panda class have been enjoying their first few days exploring all the new activities the class have to offer


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


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.


We would like to wish you all a safe and happy summer. We look forward to seeing you all in September.


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


Year 1 have been creating Matisse inspired art using Seth used this technique to create a Matisse inspired dinosaur.


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


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


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.


Thank you to for our year 6 virtual Art wellbeing workshop. May has thoroughly enjoyed these sessions.


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?


Year 3 sent their art lesson designing Caribbean carnival masks ready for their carnival party on Friday!


Year 5 have been working on their problem solving and reasoning skills this week – maths treasure hunt.


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.


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


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


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


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


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:


Chloe in Year 3 has been busy making they look absolutely delicious


Year 6 completed their fancy dress race for their final Sports Day


Congratulations to our Maths Whizz winners for achieving the Gold Award for making the most progressions this week.#mathswhizz


Reminder tomorrow, Friday 25th June, is Staff Development Day. School is closed to all pupils. Children should return to school on Monday 28th June


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.


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 

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