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07/05/21

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/iqfxMwnLmD

29/04/21

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Would you like to join our friendly team at SST Maidstone? We are currently recruiting for a Learning Mentor to provide 1:1, small group and class-based support. You can find all the details, and apply, here: https://t.co/WfR4eLpzI5 https://t.co/Y1y6YsAGsN

06/04/21

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Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/Duw2yziCvx https://t.co/oPoVPZtOIi

23/03/21

Two of our fantastic pupils have made it into the Primary category top five! Well done Tida and Zainab! https://t.co/tXGz8GZgNt

16/03/21

Another brilliant song by the Valley Park virtual school choir - and this time for Red Nose Day. Please share and donate if you are able! https://t.co/3yPJ0vq4XD

03/03/21

Valley Park School is holding its first Community Art Auction on YouTube, on Thurs 4 March at 7pm. The virtual live event will raise money for Dementia UK & there will be a range of artwork to purchase - don't miss it! https://t.co/J22jyRrAkM

26/02/21

Well done to all our pupils who took part in the VIAT photography collage competition over half term - there were some stunning entries! https://t.co/4yzsmE7kSL

12/02/21

For this week's primary challenge, we asked pupils to draw a picture of what they're missing about being in normal school lessons, as well as what they like about learning at home. Emilia from Year 6 sent in this brilliant drawing! https://t.co/TJc6UCy5Fb

03/02/21

This week's challenge was for our pupils to show off their cookery skills - and they've done a brilliant job! Just look at these amazing creations! https://t.co/cswnk114Bu

28/01/21

The Primary Weekly Challenge this week was to see how many star jumps you could do in one minute... well done to everyone who took part! Our star jumping champion is Emilie who managed to do 98! Amazing! https://t.co/ihltbc3qLJ

28/01/21

Don't miss the latest edition of our Trust's Online Safety Newsletter - it's full of really useful information, hints and tips! Find it here: https://t.co/vuyyiVGKph https://t.co/cYlqUp3oD1

26/01/21

We received a lovely note today thanking East Borough for the presents and handmade card, delievered to an 86 year old gentleman living in sheltered housing, just before Christmas. We're so delighted to have been able to help. Read the full note here: https://t.co/X1qZ9UtGp7 https://t.co/BJsS427sPf

22/01/21

Over Christmas and New Year, we revamped our library so the children have something exciting to come back to when we are all allowed to be in school again. We are thrilled with how it's turned out and can't wait for all our pupils to be able to enjoy it! https://t.co/7hH4gC7L19

20/01/21

Favourite book alert! This is what Emilie had to say about Alex Rider novel, Stormbreaker, by 'ACTION, ADRENALINE, ADVENTURE! I like this book because it's so exciting. It’s full of action all along. Alex is extremely courageous and always takes risks.' https://t.co/8Got8Cqu1H

12/01/21

Just a few of the East Borough nature photos submitted as part of the VIAT Primary Weekly Challenge - aren't they great? https://t.co/5IPHA9hsAQ

13/11/20

Are you a teacher looking for a new challenge? Come and join our friendly team at East Borough! You can find all the details on our website - https://t.co/1rEz9G9Wy7 We're looking forward to hearing from you. https://t.co/e73XZnP3dJ

12/10/20

Are you a teacher looking for a new challenge? Come and join our friendly team! We are currently looking for a Key Stage 2 classroom teacher to work at our fantastic school. You can find all the details on our website - https://t.co/1rEz9G9Wy7 https://t.co/jvkncE8HG5

25/09/20

If you're looking for a school place (Reception) for your child from September 2021, please come and view our fantastic school. Due to current restrictions and limited numbers, you will need to book a place through the link on our website: https://t.co/aZdDsPQMe9 https://t.co/WaYWwEHxlS

17/09/20

We're absolutely delighted to have achieved the prestigious Music Mark Award. The hard work & dedication of our fantastic Music teacher, Karen Hill, is hugely appreciated - the children love her lessons & anyone who has heard our 50-strong choir will know how amazing they sound! https://t.co/Ff8mosxWWL

27/05/20

There have been some amazing entries for the VIAT Transition Project! You can see all the submissions so far, from the pupils joining VIAT's secondary schools in September & find some inspiration to create your own, on the dedicated website. Details here: https://t.co/xdMIA4Ei4x https://t.co/VKbtLtbGF4

18/05/20

Miss Morley has been busy with her contacts, she knows so many people, including Mr Maker! https://t.co/rI6irIXbnC

18/05/20

Thank you to the lovely Andy from CBeebies for sending us a special message to East Borough. https://t.co/KQzPG5rkEJ

15/05/20

With access to libraries, classrooms and bookshops limited for most children, Books for Topics have been busy finding some of the best online story times for children to use freely at home: https://t.co/oDc7b3UGNJ Have a look! We think they're great! https://t.co/3SKGRftKHu

14/05/20

After the huge success of our Stay Creative competition, we're launching another! This time, there's a STEAM focus so we'd like to see work around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. All VIAT students can take part! Full details here: https://t.co/6evn2XGNgf https://t.co/8pP3fDrrax

09/05/20

We are proud to be supporting . The VIAT Leadership Team have put together this fantastic video of them sharing a cup of tea! https://t.co/RoMXIlQZSB https://t.co/g9Uw79l02c

07/05/20

We need your help! National Book Tokens are running a competition for schools to win £5000 of book tokens for the school library (and to get a £100 book token for yourself). Please use the link to nominate Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough! https://t.co/oaB56l8FSE https://t.co/y0rZnioIfs

05/05/20

The Stay Creative competition winners have been announced! There were over 250 entries which included painting, photography, crochet and digital illustrations - and the standard was amazing! The winning entries can be seen here: https://t.co/00rGeek8lD Well done everyone! https://t.co/RigGDcTlhy

28/04/20

Are you in Year 6 and joining one of the VIAT family of schools (Invicta Grammar, SST Maidstone, The Lenham School or Valley Park) in September? Why don't you take part in our transition project? All the info you need is right here - https://t.co/gZtWpjioDE - or scan the QR code! https://t.co/pex2f2DoTd

17/04/20

We are looking forward to 'welcoming back' all our fantastic pupils, for more online school learning, on Monday (20 April). We hope you had a great Easter break!

16/04/20

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Children in our hub, at Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough, have written some lovely messages to NHS staff which will be delivered at the same time as the visors Mr Perry and Mr Taylor have made for key workers at our local hospitals. https://t.co/zYsdCyIAth

15/04/20

These are amazing! Well done everyone! https://t.co/H0iWHzALG4

03/04/20

We are so proud to be part of the same Trust as whose 'virtual choir' has recorded this amazing tribute to our fatastic NHS! https://t.co/1UEvPD8yto

01/04/20

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We're so pleased to be able to help our local by providing some of our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for them to use, including gloves, goggles, masks & paper suits. They're doing an amazing job and we're thrilled to support them in any way, however small! https://t.co/rFe0dLi8Bc

23/03/20

How has the first day of home school been? We hope it's been fun... don't forget to send in photos of all the hard work being done by our pupils and any other projects you might have had a go at! We'd love to share them :) Stay safe everyone.

04/03/20

Last week, the children enjoyed an amazing assembly with RTS Parkour. The demonstrations were phenomenal and we heard all about what parkour is, how it allows freedom of movement and helps not only the body but, also, the mind. Thanks so much to everyone at RTS Parkour! https://t.co/GjXyw5K8tV

26/02/20

Don't forget it's the Valley Park School Scholarship Information Event this afternoon - it's being hosted by Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill & starts at 3.30pm. If you'd like to attend, please let your child's school office know. We look forward to seeing you there! https://t.co/hr1tuFKfNc

10/02/20

Come to the Valley Park Scholarship information event on 26 February at Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, from 3.30pm, aimed at Year 5 pupils... https://t.co/GrwXFIinAb

23/01/20

Come and work with us! https://t.co/3c7tkBGFzx

21/01/20

We are still raising money to help our friends at the Simooya Community School in Zambia build a kitchen and dining hall for students, some of whom walk 8km to school, and back, every day! Can you help us? You can find all the details here... https://t.co/MTqx216yhG https://t.co/ggxOqTSCTs

Phonics - Read Write Inc. (RWI)

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.

What is Read Write Inc?

Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough 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.

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.

For further information please visit the Read Write Inc website.

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

Starfall

How to blend