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28/01/22

On Thursday evening, a team of Year 4 champions travelled over to SST to take on other VIPS school at a Bench ball tournament. Our children were absolutely incredible and showed true determination, perseverance and teamwork! We are so proud of them! https://t.co/qJAoCD2vko

28/01/22

Whales class have heard some amazing presentations this term so far. They have included Amsterdam, Fir trees and Dance Club, to name just a few. Can’t wait to hear all of the others in the coming weeks. https://t.co/uy2HJKivPj

28/01/22

Dolphin Class have been reading out their ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ diary entries with a desert-island backdrop! Their writing has been incredible and everyone should feel very proud! https://t.co/FkSApkAD3y

28/01/22

Yr5's oracy presentation just keep getting better and better! Levi showed off his Jimi Hendrix-stylings on the guitar, Luke shared facts about his trip to Oxford, Harry showed his amazing fossil collection and Ava wowed the class with her genuine deer skull, complete with antlers https://t.co/Qs3CyoePgY

27/01/22

For our writing focus this week, Stingray class have been using our descriptive writing toolkits to describe the moment that Flint entered the mysterious ice palace from our brilliant class novel 'Skysong' by https://t.co/XKyS4wfmBk

27/01/22

Thank you to the kitchen and all the Year 1 team for welcoming parents in for a delicious roast lunch this week. The children loved having time to read with their parents and families in school. Thank you everyone! https://t.co/j2QzUfw2Tc

27/01/22

To kick start our Oracy presentations, Lewis and Freya delivered two brilliant presentations to Stingray Class. Lewis inspired the class with information about his love of the beautiful game and Freya wowed us all with her INCREDIBLE 3D printing! https://t.co/syMtjcl40p

27/01/22

Whale class enjoyed adding their personal touches to their tie-dye t-shirts this week. We added words, patterns and slogans! https://t.co/hVbhJcCJpt

26/01/22

Sharks Class have been busy preparing for our 'This is Me' Fashion Show next week https://t.co/fILTuLZLac

25/01/22

Starfish class had a visit from the Snow Gruffalo this week – he left snowy footprints all over their outside area! The children have been investigating his movements and even created their own Gruffalo masks. https://t.co/Yhc3JdhyzR

25/01/22

As part of our Ambition Project this terms focus is ‘charity’. Yr4 wrote their own letters to Mrs Covey’s Grandma & the residents in Barty House nursing home They also included instructions for how the residents could make their own origami hearts. https://t.co/MrVWUJFCEL

25/01/22

Whales have been working hard using the conjunction so in their SPAG lesson. We are SPAG masters! https://t.co/v7njThHq1D

25/01/22

On Friday, 4 children in Yr5 represented us in a Writing Competition, where they had to hone their literary skills & compete against 9 other schools. The children performed amazingly well & their efforts paid off with scoring 4th place. We are all incredibly proud of them! https://t.co/bIMRTOrjlb

25/01/22

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are constantly working on new initiatives to highlight our proactive role in eliminating bullying, Jasmine our Year 6 ambassador has created this brilliant visual showing the two sides of bullying. https://t.co/6GaPpL5c8t

20/01/22

As part of our KS2 Charity Day, Year 5 have created cards with positive messages for the children at We hope that the children’s warm wishes and messages of hope will put a smile on the faces of the children and staff there. https://t.co/0othilMjc4

20/01/22

To raise money for our chosen charities ' and Stingray class have been busy designing persuasive posters and leaflets to advertise our 'Beat the Teacher' penalty shoot-out event on Friday 11th February at 2.30pm. https://t.co/OYsXkDf1wQ

20/01/22

Our KS2 classes have begun transforming their tie-dye t-shirts with some textile students from this morning. They have learnt a range of ways to manipulate their fabrics such as roses, slits & weaving. The finished designs will be shared at our school fashion show https://t.co/rXX9UrbkVc

20/01/22

Thank you so much to our EYFS/KS1 parents that attended our Maths Workshop, which looked at the expectations from each year group and the manipulatives we use as a school to teach them these concepts. https://t.co/MkymFwK1TB

20/01/22

Retweeted From Oxfam Education

👏An enormous thank you to for trialling our new teaching resource for primary schools last week. Look out for these online later this month! https://t.co/ePcle1XcPZ

20/01/22

We are excited to announce that Clive from has started peripatetic guitar lessons in school today, working individually to teach the children. We are hoping to work towards a mini concert later in the year! Do sign up if you would like your child to have lessons https://t.co/Dkgo7JmJB6

19/01/22

This afternoon Year 2 started their learning on habitats. They sorted living things and plants into their habitats and used their widget to help them. https://t.co/xkCaJ2qvZP

19/01/22

In geography Year 3 have been using Atlases to identify the tropical rainforests across the world and the countries/ continents in which you would find these rainforests. https://t.co/kRirUvPmmT

19/01/22

Sharks have been working really hard on their number bonds and missing number addition! Keep up the good work 👏#maths https://t.co/ohcOX98yCq

17/01/22

Retweeted From Anti-Bullying Pro (from charity The Diana Award)

Congratulations to for earning their Online Safety badge. They ran assemblies on the dos and don'ts of technology, created newsletters on online safety and ran workshops on cyberbullying behaviour. Learn more👉https://t.co/EwAaqGla6A

17/01/22

The whole school have taken part in individual Fire Safety workshops today with A huge thank you to Jo for making the sessions enjoyable as well as informative https://t.co/h71kPrBPBU

14/01/22

Whale Class have been working incredibly hard on column addition this week! We have mastered it! https://t.co/Ph01pjcXUy

13/01/22

EYFS and KS1 enjoyed their first film club with Mrs Covey, they watched The Snail and the Whale and it was great that it linked to Sharks’s writing this week. https://t.co/kum85q04Iu

13/01/22

Starfish Class have been exploring the season of winter in many different ways this week. Designing a role play area, making glue and tissue pictures and discussing key vocabulary from their focus stories too. Well done everyone. https://t.co/6tUwZxBCRB

13/01/22

It's been a hive of activity in school with many classes completing their T-shirt tie-dye. The colours and designs are going to be amazing and we can’t wait to see them once they are dried. Don’t forget to come along to our whole school fashion show on Wednesday 2nd February! https://t.co/06ymBz6OwB

13/01/22

The children have produced some excellent artwork to jump start their new learning in term 3. In Year 2 Whales Class have printed textiles for African inspired images and in Year 4 the children have used water colour pencils to represent lava in their stunning volcanoes. https://t.co/4foSl3UNR5

13/01/22

Year 5 have started their two day ‘healthy relationships’ workshop run by They have been exploring different types of friendships & what characteristics they would find in a healthy & positive relationship. https://t.co/PEPxosms69

13/01/22

To celebrate the start of AFCON 2022, Stingray class have chosen to support Ghana! As part of their support, the children have been researching this fascinating country and have even linked it to our class topic by finding information about Ghana's climate. https://t.co/JeCAqQwFZ1

13/01/22

We were so delighted to receive this wonderful football shirt revealing the new Jets Logo, designed by competition winner Levi in Year 5! Thank you to Mr Briggs one of our parents, for the shirt. We look forward to working closely with the Kings Hill Inclusive Football Team. https://t.co/BDSrobN6bF

13/01/22

As part of our rivers topic in Geography, Dolphins class have been using atlases to research and locate the major rivers of the world. We created these maps to show what we’d learned and to prepare us for the next part of our topic: the river Nile! https://t.co/Cl78CjkMij

13/01/22

Thank you to those that have sent in their reading challenge from last week – we were very impressed by the new reading corner made out of lego! https://t.co/U4BGvCLgI1

13/01/22

Retweeted From John McLaverty

A massive thank you to for inviting into school today to trial our brand new primary resources. They got a big thumbs up from Y5 & Y6. Look out for the resources online soon https://t.co/H87uniosK7 https://t.co/GP6JnkGVza

12/01/22

Year 3 have been working hard with manipulatives to solve problems involving multiplication and division. https://t.co/wi4x9BCWEV

10/01/22

Our sports leaders have been teaching Year 4 how to play Bench Ball ready for the upcoming tournament https://t.co/zHLxWFsdZv

06/01/22

To celebrate the beginning of our new Geography topic 'Climates around the world', Stingray class took part in an Art to Start session where the children were using tissue paper to create collage maps of the Earth. https://t.co/r6uSYl9ggs

06/01/22

Year 2 have been starting their geography topic by making some art based on hot and cold colours. https://t.co/UGoExcN0iC

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