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Our Reception children exercise their right to a vote every day in Starfish class. Every child casts their vote for which story should be read at story time. Today they have learnt about the General Election and adults having a voice to effect change in the country.


Our choir performed a variety of Christmas songs today at Church Hill Square during their lunchtime period for all workers and visitors, well done to all!


Year 5 visited Crossroads COGS to perform a selection of Christmas songs & spent time interacting with the dementia sufferers and their carers. The trip enabled them to deepen their understanding of this life changing illness and to e perform their class song.


Year 1 took a trip to the local post box today, to post their hand written letters to Father Christmas. Each child took it in turn to post their letter and each made a wish as they posted it into the box. Fingers crossed for a quick reply!


All children are enjoying getting involved in our daily kindness challenge as part of our whole school advent calendar. Each morning children find out the challenge they need to achieve that day!


Preparations are well underway for this afternoons Christmas Fair, the children have been busy decorating the trees with their hand made decorations


Its starting to look a lot like Christmas! A huge thank you to the pupils at for performing their Pantomime 'Peter Pan' to the whole school today. The children had a great time!


All children are enjoying getting involved in our daily kindness challenge as part of our whole school advent calendar. Each morning children find out the challenge they need to achieve that day!


Today we were visited by Olympic Swimmer who put the whole school through their paces with a variety of circuit sessions as part of our event, the children have all had a great time learning ways to keep fit!


Say Hello to our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors! Today a group of children have attended the Anti Bullying Ambassador Training and have been inspired with lots of fantastic ideas to bring back to school


Please take a look at the video from our Books for School event:


Yr5 visited the Mayors Office to take part in a debate the about ‘is Democracy always a good thing’ and ‘should children be allowed to vote’. A huge thank you to the Cllr Jill Anderson for meeting with the children, they all had a great morning


Congratulations to our Basketball team on winning the tournament this week! We had amazing support from parents & siblings cheering on the side! It was a nail biting finish in the final game against St Katherines. We are over the moon to go on to the Kent County finals


We are looking for Governors to sit on our Local School Board. Would you like to join us and help make a real difference? If you are enthusiastic, committed and have a passion for education, please contact our Trust Clerk, Ruth Hinckley, for information:


We were absolutely delighted to welcome former Blue Peter presenter, & author for a fantastic talk about her book, 'Cookie & the Most Annoying Boy in the World'. She talked about the book & wrote & illustrated a short comic book story, with the help of the children!


The whole school have taken part in 'Marvellous Maths Day' where they explored different mathematical concepts through a chosen class text.They completed activities, which included making human graphs comparing shoe sizes to costing a pancake mixture from different supermarkets


Thank you to a local author, who came in today to inspire Dolphin Class with their creative writing and signed copies of her book for the children.


The whole school has taken part in the assembly in preparation for our fundraising event. The children learnt what they will be doing and how they can raise funds, we are now looking forward to our Athlete visit and Sponsored event in a couple of weeks time!


This morning every class took part in the This was a live workout with it certainly got the whole school energised and warm on a wet and cold day! Thank you to all of our families that donated to such a brilliant cause!


We are pleased to say that this week our gardening club has been awarded the Green Trees Silver School Award, well done to all of them for their continued hard work and enthusiasm


Retweeted From Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough

After donating their old school uniform to Simooya Community School in Zambia, Year 4 pupils at East Borough found out how much more help the pupils there need. They’re now on a mission to raise £9,000! Find out more, and donate, here:


As part of our initiative to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle we no longer use disposable milk cartons. This term, with the help of Cool Milk, we have swapped to glass milk bottles along with reusable cups and the children are really enjoying pouring themselves fresh milk every day.


A circle time group held a discussion about encouragement & how it is good to encourage people around us of how well they are doing. The circle time group went around the classes to give children & adults a positive comment to encourage them to carry on with their hard work


As part of this years our children have taken part in a parade, attended the local Remembrance Service, learnt all about Jaqueline Cochran in assembly and carried out a 2 minutes silence at 11am


This afternoon the whole school was introduced to the strategic game of chess. Children learnt about the key concepts as well as the power pieces involved and Learn Chess are offering a lunchtime club for children


Whilst the rest of the school had an assembly our staff were treated to a short Pilates and yoga session run by Mrs Smith & Mrs Halls. Both adults are training in different well-being approaches that can be used to support our pupils and staff.


Please come along to our open morning for children starting school in September 2020, on Wednesday 20 November, at 9.30 am. You can book your place by phoning 01732 841695, or you can book an individual tour on a separate date. We can't wait to welcome you to our school!


Retweeted From SST Maidstone

If you applied for a place at SST Maidstone, you should've now received an email with details of an assessment date. If you haven't received this, please check your spam folder in the first instance. If you need any help, please contact us:


This week the children have learnt all about firework safety and the historical significance of the day. We hope that any families attending displays this week have a great time and stay safe!


Our new Playground Charter is now proudly on display to promote our respectful expectations for behaviour.


We had a special 'Daily Mile' assembly, reminding our children of the importance of keeping healthy as well as the rules associated with our Daily Mile initiative. Children will be trying to run the daily mile three times a week as part of our curriculum


Yr6 have had the most terrific WW2 experience! put the class through their paces as soldiers, then had to become evacuees & imagine how it would have felt to leave their homes during the war. They also learnt how to defuse bombs and how to carry out an evacuation


Don't miss our open morning on Wednesday 20 November at 9.30am. Book a place by calling the school office on 01732 841695, or book an individual tour on a separate date. We look forward to welcoming you to our fantastic school and showing you just how much we have to offer!


**NEWS FLASH** Stevie has been found! Our Maths frog Fredina, hid him as she wanted a turn at going home with someone. In Starfish we are all about love and understanding, so we could not stay cross with her for long. Stevie has invited her on an adventure for the holidays


On their return to the classroom after play, Starfish children discovered that their treasured Stevie Starfish is missing! Using the advice from PCSO's Tony & Wendy,the children set to work, hunting for clues & displaying their own missing posters around the school


Dolphin Class put on a fabulous assembly this week all about the Ancient Greek gods. They showcased their acting and singing skills in a wonderful spin on Well done, Year 5!


Yesterday Mrs Covey led a mathematics workshop on EYFS & KS1, sharing the calculation progression between the different year groups & then got the parents to learn alongside the pupils. Everyone involved showed off their mathematical talents and the buzz in the hall was amazing!


Starfish Class created a brilliant Autumn big draw today to celebrate harvest and


Starfish Class parents/carers enjoyed a stay and play session this morning, exploring a range of child initiated tasks in the classroom. It was great to see the children teaching their own family members in the outside areas. Thank you for supporting this wonderful adventure!


Thanks to Reverend Mark for delivering another thoughtful speech during our Harvest Assembly. He shared the importance of us being thankful this time of year but also about being aware of our own responsibility as both adults and children to protect the world.

Reading Scheme - Read Write Inc. / Phonics

Read write inc

Read Write Inc. Phonics (R.W.I.)

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill we use Read, Write, Inc. an inclusive synthetic phonic programme to teach our children to read, to write and to spell. We have adopted this as our whole school approach as the programme facilitates a graduated and tailored approach to learning basic sounds and letter formation before advancing to more complex sounds and reading for comprehension.  The programme moves with integrity from learning to read to reading to learn.

R.W.I sessions occur each day as the continuity and pace of the programme is key to accelerating the progress of children’s reading development. This method of phonics teaching is both systematic and repetitive in order to embed learning; the programme also offers plenty of opportunities for fun based, interactive learning using drama, role play and props to engage with and to enjoy texts and stories. The children work in small groups according to their confidence and competence. These groups are reconfigured on a regular basis in order to match the pace and the progress of each child; this reconfiguration also allows Class Teachers to identify where 1:1 interventions may be required in order to meet the expectations of both the Phonics Check and the end of Key Stage 1.

Pseudo Words 1
Pseudo Words 2
Pseudo Words 3
Pseudo Words 4
Pseudo Words 5
Real Words 1
Real Words 2
Real Words 3
Real Words 4
Real Words 5
Phonics Screening Information workshop for parents - April 2019
Snakes and ladders phonics revision

Aims and Objectives

The overarching objectives of the RWI programme are to teach pupils to:

  • apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to read words.
  • segment words into their constituent phonemes in order to spell words.
  • learn that blending and segmenting words are reversible processes.
  • read high frequency words that do not conform to regular phonic patterns.
  • read texts and words that are within their phonic capabilities as early as possible.
  • decode texts effortlessly so that their focus can be used on reading to learn (comprehension)
  • spell effortlessly so that their focus can be directed towards the composition of their writing


Teaching and Learning Style

The core principles of the programme are;

  • Praise – Pupils learn quickly in a positive climate.
  • Pace – Good pace is essential to the lesson.
  • Purpose – Every part of the lesson has a specific purpose.
  • Passion –It is the energy, enthusiasm and passion that teachers invest into lessons that bring the teaching and learning to life!
  • Participation - A strong feature of R.W.I. lessons is partner work; partners ‘teaching’ each other (based on research which states that we learn 70% of what we talk about with our partner and 90% of what we teach).

Nonsense words (Alien words) 


As well as learning to read and to blend real words, the children meet “Nonsense words.” These words present an opportunity to assess a child’s ability to decode using phonics. Children who can read non-words should have the skills to decode almost any unfamiliar word. Nonsense words will also feature in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term.


What is the Phonics Screening Check?

The national Phonics Screening Check was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils. It is a short, statutory assessment to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in the phonics skills to read words and are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.


 Useful websites for Parents

Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child to learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included. - Games and information for parents (how to blend)


For further information please visit the Read Write Inc website;


Please find below the handouts from our recent Parent Phonics Workshop.

A Guide to Phonics Parent Presentation

Read Write Inc Guide for Parents

Read Write Inc Cursive Letter Formation

Read Write Inc Complex Sounds Chart

How to Say Set 1 Sounds

Ten Top Tips

My Reading & Writing Kit