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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

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