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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

Transition to Secondary School

Please click here to view our 'quick guide' for applying for your child's place at Secondary School. 

Transitioning from primary to secondary school is a landmark step in a child’s journey towards maturity and independence. In addition, moving from a smaller school, where everyone knows each other, to a larger environment in which children are taught by several different teachers and in several different rooms can also bring its challenges.

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, we believe that it is important to prepare children carefully for these changes, in order that they have the best chance of making a smooth and confident transition, by focusing both on the skill sets required and the opportunities that such a change presents. We start preparing the children in Year 5, they are encouraged to become much more self-reliant in their learning, to think about how to organise their learning and manage their time, learn how to research, to evaluate their work and to identify the next steps in their learning journey. This helps them to prepare for the greater demands for independent learning and juggling their time that secondary school requires. 

In addition, children in Years 5 and 6 take on a variety of school monitor roles, helping with a range of tasks around the school, including House Captains, Rights Respecting Ambassadors, Play Leaders and a whole host of other responsibilities. As well as making a valuable contribution to school life, these roles help the children to develop commitment, organisational skills and a sense of personal responsibility that will stand them in good stead for secondary school.

Additionally, Year 6 pupils are provided with lockers and all Key Stage 2 children have planners, similar to those they are likely to use in secondary school.

Spending time at secondary school ahead of transition

Experience of the secondary school environment is also very helpful. At various points throughout Years 5 and 6, children gain experience of local secondary schools as we participate in collaborative activities, enabling pupils to become more familiar with the physical surroundings, as well as meeting pupils and children from different schools within the Valley Invicta Academies Trust. 

Transition information for parents

It is acknowledged that transition from primary school to secondary school may be just as big an event for parents as it is for children. Therefore, we invite parents to contact us for any information that they need.

PSHE work in school to support children through the transition process

Any period of transition can be emotionally unsettling and confusing, and transition from primary school to secondary is no different. On the one hand, children may feel that they are looking forward to new opportunities, or on the other may feel insecure at leaving a familiar environment; they may be looking forward to meeting new friends, or worried that they may lose touch with current ones. We explicitly recognise this and, in the summer term in particular, timetable regular PSHE sessions to voice and constructively address their mixed feelings. For example, we reflect on past experiences and look forward both to opportunities and challenges; we explore ways to make new friends and who they can speak to at their new school if they are worried about anything once they start.

What parents can do to help their children prepare

Secondary school undoubtedly places extra demands on children in terms of personal organisation, time management and a more complex journey to school. Experience shows that children who are well-prepared for these transition more successfully. Parents can play a key role in helping children to gain confidence in taking on these challenges in a progressive way. For example, throughout Year 6, children should be encouraged to take responsibility for organising their own school bags, PE kits and musical instruments. In addition, they could be encouraged to identify a regular time for completing home learning each week.

Closer to the time of transition, parents could explore bus timetables with their child and could try a dummy school run – perhaps allowing the child to board the bus independently and arranging to meet them at the other end.

Information sharing between Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase and secondary schools

In order to ensure that children make a smooth academic transition from Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, to their chosen secondary school, and that new teachers are fully aware of each child’s strengths and capabilities, our Year 6 teacher  fully briefs each school about each pupil. As a result, in addition to the sharing of SATS results, this affords a valuable opportunity to share teacher assessment data, as well as information about children’s sporting, artistic or musical interests.

For SEND children, our SENCo and Year 6 teacher may also hold additional meetings with the SENCo from the relevant secondary school. Furthermore, formal documentation of primary school SEN support arrangements for the child may be completed and passed over, where this is necessary.

Five key elements of a positive transition

Research by students at Oxford University found that there were five key elements - in the eyes of a child - which constitute a positive transition:

  • They are able to develop new friendships, and improve their self-esteem and confidence
  • They settle in to school life in a way that causes no concerns to their parents
  • They show an increased interest in school and school work
  • They get used to their new routines and school organisation with great ease
  • They experience curriculum continuity

These may sound pretty basic, but there isn't a simple 'one size fits all' way to transition into a new environment. Every child is different: academically, emotionally and socially.

We understand the transfer to secondary school can be a daunting time for everyone and maybe even more so if your child has SEN. We will support you and your child by:

  • Providing a transition programme, if needed, in conjunction with the child and parents/carers
  • Providing information about the needs of your child to their transferring school through face to face meetings, paperwork, emails, etc
  • Organising additional visits to the school if required
  • Organising a Year 6 transition meeting for families
  • Inviting the leader of SEND from the secondary schools to come into school to meet with the pupils, and Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase SENCo.

Click here for Top Tips to help your child be ready for secondary school.