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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

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.