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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

17/12/21

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. https://t.co/XAAo2TcDom

17/12/21

Year 1 have been busy making reindeer cakes today, these look yummy! https://t.co/HWUD6qX8HA

14/12/21

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 https://t.co/3YlkvL79rc

07/12/21

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the My Shining Star Children’s Cancer Charity, Christmas Toy Appeal https://t.co/Xt6XQizEF0

07/12/21

Don’t forget you can still buy raffle tickets from the School Office £2.50 for a strip https://t.co/dJfQ3md70o

02/12/21

Year 6 have been busy preparing Reindeer Food for our Christmas Fayre tomorrow, we look forward to seeing you all there 🎅🎄 https://t.co/cM5ASBAabt

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

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In Early Years at Valley Invicta Primary School Leybourne Chase, we want parents and carers to feel secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for and happy at school. 

We are incredibly proud of our Early Years Foundation Stage and we work hard to ensure the children make excellent progress through rich and challenging play based learning experiences. We want the children to have an unforgettable experience, in which they learn lifelong skills and gain an amazing, positive start to their education.  

Our Curriculum  

In the EYFS at Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, we offer a curriculum that is rich in wonder and language. Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. 

The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We provide a well balanced mix of adult directed and uninterrupted child initiated play to ensure the best outcomes for pupils, enabling us to develop a lifelong love of learning.  

Our EYFS curriculum is largely based upon rich core texts linking to the whole school overarching key themes. This allows the children to fully immerse themselves into each book to develop a richer introduction and understanding to developing language and early literacy skills.  

Our whole school themes are:

  • Sustainable Development; 
  • Tolerance and Social Justice; 
  • Interdependence and Globalisation;  
  • Conflict; 
  • Equality and Diversity;  
  • Inspiration and Aspiration. 

In the document below it states our termly themes across the year, In this document we have also listed key dates to remember linked to the curriculum. This document will be updated regularly to show any changes:  

Curriculum Overview

Alongside this we have a termly curriculum overview which includes the skills we will be learning across the term. It is great to keep up to date with our termly overview as you may continue to practise these skills at home with your child. You will find these uploaded termly on the homework tab in the Panda Class, Class page section. 

About Early Years Foundation Stage  

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The EYFS is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps prepare for school ‘readiness’ as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Children’s EYFS experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.  Children develop quickly; experiences before the age of five will have a major impact on their future life chances. 

The EYFS framework explains how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development and provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. 

The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.  

Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are: 

  • Communication and Language; 
  • Physical Development; 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development. 

These prime areas are those most essential for a child’s healthy development and underpin a child’s future learning. 

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are: 

  • Literacy; 
  • Mathematics; 
  • Understanding the World; 
  • Expressive Arts and Design. 

All 7 areas of learning are used to plan children’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child at school will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.  

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. It is very important that they develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning.  

The guiding principles that shape our practice in the Early Years are that children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments. 

Phonics teaching and learning are a key part of the Foundation Stage and help to develop early reading and writing skills. We use a proven, systematic phonics programme called Read Write Inc. You can find about more about how we teach phonics here: 

https://www.leybournechase.viat.org.uk/3223/phonics-early-reading-and-rwi 

The Early Learning Goals

The EYFS curriculum consists of 17 aspects of learning and final Early Learning goals. 

Children are assessed at the end of the of Reception year against these Early Learning goals. From September 2021 onwards, each child’s level of development will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals. Practitioners will indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development: 

  • Emerging = not yet reaching expected levels of development for age; 
  • Expected = reached expected levels of development for age. 

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, we provide our pupils with the opportunities to meet the Early Learning Goals in all these aspects. 

Assessment plays an important part in helping parents, carers and practitioners to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs and to plan activities and support. Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process.  It involves practitioners observing children to understand their level of achievement, interests and learning styles. Then using this to shape learning experiences for each child reflecting observations made. 

To this end, we make systematic observations and assessments of each child's achievements, interests and learning styles.  We then use these observations and assessments to identify learning priorities and plan relevant and motivating learning experiences for each child. 

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, we use Tapestry to capture assessment detail and track progress towards the Early Learning Goals. We further strengthen this with detailed Maths, Literacy and Topic commentary and recordings of children’s work within their books. 

Year 1 teachers will communicate closely with Reception practitioners about each child’s skills and abilities in relation to the three key characteristics of effective learning. These will inform transition meetings to plan for learning needs and ensure all children can continue to flourish as they move into KS1. 

Please follow these links for a list of the Early Learning Goals and how you can help your child at home:

Early learning guide for parents

Activities to support early learning goals at home

To find out more about the EYFS framework please visit: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs-framework/changes-to-the-early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs-framework 

You can also read our EYFS Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement