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16/07/21

We would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe summer. We hope you all manage to enjoy some family time and fingers crossed for some sunny weather! Take care and we will see you in September. https://t.co/881zfYZqIR

16/07/21

Dolphin Class have been exploring tessellations through using different manipulatives. Naithvika has been exploring statements about tessellations and using her reasoning skills to explain her findings. https://t.co/xsT2geDWOp

16/07/21

Starfish Class decided to create their own football stadiums after the events last weekend using the wooden blocks https://t.co/bHpCno82O8

13/07/21

Year 4 have been reviewing the Euros, thinking about the qualities displayed by the England team and how they can inspire us. Some children have written letters of support to members of the team. https://t.co/ExPOFhTX1m

13/07/21

Sayli in Year 2 has written a lovely letter after school for the England squad. What a lovely letter Sayli! https://t.co/hgJAAEYUOJ

13/07/21

Year 3 have been learning how to read and write in grams and kilograms on scales. https://t.co/ITUQTBzPZV

13/07/21

We are pleased to say that the VIAT Online Exhibition is now live! Please do take a look at the fantastic work that has been done across the Trust. https://t.co/KJoPs8kz0Y

07/07/21

Year 1 have been working hard at making 4 equal groups to support their understanding of quartering! https://t.co/bb3w0z9iuh

06/07/21

Year 2 have enjoyed their afternoon testing out their own games in order to evaluate them! https://t.co/1PjAEEQFtM

06/07/21

In Design Technology, Seal Class have been busy creating final decorations for their floats. We are really looking forward to seeing them when finished! https://t.co/jSykHb02RI

06/07/21

Here is the link to the next issue of Families Magazine West Kent. This issue is full of useful information and advice for parents including holiday activities, summer learning, health and family food. https://t.co/uqRwG226zy

05/07/21

Year 6 have got their activity week off to a great start with Pizza making! They are looking forward to tasting their hard work later! https://t.co/oZv7aVt7oV

01/07/21

Congratulations to Isla in Whale Class on being awarded the Sportsmanship award for The Wateringbury Girls Football academy. She has done very well this season, well done Isla!! https://t.co/0mbSGLgWd6

01/07/21

Huge Congratulations to Eliza in Dolphin Class on coming first at her Dressage competition, we are very proud of her https://t.co/fjrDargvfl

01/07/21

Mrs Moisan's Son, Alfred has used lockdown to combine his passion for cooking with helping to raise money for by serving up a book of interviews with some of the best chefs in the world. Please take a look. 100% of profits will go to Fareshare. https://t.co/Qbt54wX9uX

30/06/21

We are holding a transition event on 6 July to help you and your child prepare to move from primary to secondary school. It'll be held in the library of our secondary school, SST Maidstone, from 5-6pm. Find out more details, and book your place here: https://t.co/IPPzwDeT4D

30/06/21

The Year 6 Transition Evening scheduled for this week has been postponed until next Tuesday 6 July 2021 at 5.30pm. If you would like to sign up to attend, please use the link below. https://t.co/IPPzwDeT4D

30/06/21

Year 3 have been working on writing in the first person to produce a diary entry. Great works Seal Class. https://t.co/2ank81Vc9P

29/06/21

The KS1 gymnasts completed the filming for their virtual competition today. Everyone tried so hard and remembered the varied sequences without any help at all! Well done to the Team! https://t.co/ZvjVyxjz5g

29/06/21

Year 6 have taken part in their first collaborative creative session. The children were tasked with making 'zines' that included images from all of their favourite things in life! https://t.co/O9HGMzNkEF

29/06/21

Year 1 have been exploring seasonal change. They used oil pastels to demonstrate how deciduous trees change through the seasons. https://t.co/QNKPa9AuzN

24/06/21

Year 1 & 2 have thoroughly enjoyed their Circus Sensible workshop today, learning lots of new skills and performing https://t.co/gS2cFJqaDp

24/06/21

Dolphin Class have created sets of instructions for their own 'mocktails' - They have been inspired by the story of Snow White in New York. In order to check their instructions out they had lots of fun making their creations. https://t.co/zMmPNEbTBS

23/06/21

We are so pleased that Emmie has been awarded a distinction for her grade 1 piano exam. Her daily practise on the grand piano in our HUB has really paid off and given us all some beautiful music to listen to as well. Congratulations Emmie! https://t.co/x7Ut9Eygb1

23/06/21

Starfish Class have had the most exciting art workshop this week. an artist inspired by space, beamed in from Australia and gave the children a live introduction to her work, and how she has developed as an internationally acclaimed painter. https://t.co/JMq7fYLNNG

18/06/21

We are looking for an SRP Teaching Assistant to join our friendly team at Kings Hill... more details here - https://t.co/XeXKCS0gF8 https://t.co/zaz25f4m6z

18/06/21

Year 1 worked so hard on their hobby horses this week and we are amazed by the beautiful results. Well done! https://t.co/Dx7X0yDQQc

18/06/21

Retweeted From Mark Montgomery

I enjoyed this so much and although a little hot, being on pilgrimage and talking about my pilgrimages to with the children was great. And a privilege to to face schools work again! https://t.co/dyzVQhmQ9b

18/06/21

Turtle Class went on a pilgrimage to West Malling church this week. We walked through fields & Manor Park, stopping to look at the woodland habitat for our science topic. We were lucky to be accompanied by Rev. Mark, who showed us around & told us all about pilgrimages. https://t.co/LAAVzOXMDI

18/06/21

This week Year 5 have been lucky to have the support of an ex-Valley Park pupil with our singing. We have learnt 'Under the sea' and will be recording it in a few weeks time. https://t.co/sT1X8kN33g

17/06/21

In our Maths lessons in Year 6, we have been learning how to manage a budget by planning and designing a Theme Park. The children were careful to make ongoing calculations, keeping track of their individual budgets throughout the planning stage. https://t.co/qDbOAplovz

16/06/21

We are delighted with the collaboration, resilience and enthusiasm that our children showed during our Primary Art Workshop this week. Everyone represented the school and Trust so well, and really built some fantastic skills and confidence using all kinds of art media. https://t.co/9LzjN3zwu9

16/06/21

Turtle class learnt about food that we might take on a journey. We considered how to make food healthy and practical to store and eat, and we made bread, cereal bars and salads, then planned our own ideal sandwich! https://t.co/gIlsAh33ef

16/06/21

Year 1 took part in a wire workshop this morning to make their very own carousel horses! Thank you to Mrs Bull for coming from the to help us with this learning. They turned out so well! https://t.co/B9V1U8EU3N

15/06/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for a Higher Level Teaching Assistant for a Special Needs position. You can find all the details, and apply, here: https://t.co/SS4LUyMydc https://t.co/Mahgk8bUDa

15/06/21

In Year 2 we have been taking part in some acting to help us get inside the mind of the main character in our book for this term. Here are some children showing how the character felt staring into the deep, dark basement. https://t.co/iIwvSwoC1v

15/06/21

The children at Mindfulness Club made these amazing calming glitter jars! The photos don't do it justice to just how mesmerising they are. https://t.co/UfieU3zPQj

11/06/21

This morning, Year 6 took part in a Crime SOS Knife Crime workshop. The children were given information on the dangers of carrying offensive weapons and what to do if they were ever to witness someone carrying or using a weapon. https://t.co/FBUyJoOmqr

11/06/21

The children were very excited to come into school this morning to see that more partridges had hatched over night! https://t.co/RXJcA7K6yb

11/06/21

We are excited to announce that VIPS at Kings Hill’s baby Elmer “Elci” will be positioned in The Mall in Maidstone for the Elmer Parade. Baby Elmers will be stampeding to their spots today as a as a teaser for the Parade launch the following weekend! https://t.co/us7hwebdpY

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.

For further information please visit the Read Write Inc website.

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).

Phonics - Word lists

Phonics Video

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.

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.

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.

Jolly Learning

Phonics Play

BBC Bitesize

ICT Games

Kent Trust

Starfall

How to Blend

Parent Tutorial

 

Parent Workshops