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20/04/21

Year 4 Learning Launch - Cat for a Day! Painting cityscapes and making masks, plus cat-like OAA games, so much fun! https://t.co/1EEVRpyb0s

19/04/21

Year 5 and 6 learning about Victorian art outside. They are practising different shading techniques. https://t.co/BgkSPFHXMq

19/04/21

Victorian school for Year 5 and 6 as part of our learning launch for the history topic this term. https://t.co/IIhNFuOEXq

19/04/21

Victorian school for Year 5 and 6 as part of our learning launch for the topic this term. https://t.co/HZHXiSc2tF

06/04/21

Find out more about teacher training at our Trust's event! https://t.co/udPDTlI63f

30/03/21

What can we do to stop glaciers melting? Year 3 have been producing posters to create awareness about how climate change is affecting the glaciers and what can be done to reduce this and help people, animals and our planet. https://t.co/TUXXjZxVdT

30/03/21

Something is about to happen on the school field with Elder class https://t.co/d9Dwsf7xBC

30/03/21

First of our “lucky spot” Easter egg winners! https://t.co/F3ebUL2yxl

30/03/21

How can we make positive changes to save the melting glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic? Year 3 are busy researching ways to reduce melting glaciers and save our planet! https://t.co/DcIoYoQjWv

26/03/21

School council pupils taking part in The Diana Award Anti-bullying Ambassador Training - young people briefing https://t.co/sHQwgKmSW0

23/03/21

We are delighted to announce that our school has been awarded £1,000 from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme! We will be using the money to buy musical instruments to make sure all our pupils have access to an instrument during music lessons. Thank you so much ! https://t.co/zGjUtV8wQW

23/03/21

We're so proud of Camron, who is a finalist in the primary category of this competition! Read his story here - https://t.co/ShCt3XURfM https://t.co/K59miDr1II

15/03/21

Hazel Class winners of the 3D Book Review - Amelia, Jude and Charlie. Well done! What amazingly detailed work. https://t.co/aPB6sGrWGx

15/03/21

Hazel Class taking part in Boxercise for our indoor PE lessons this term - we love it! https://t.co/P5fZxinRul

11/03/21

Decision makers: children in Year 3 debated which services they would prioritise if they were local councillors. They decided they would spend their money on schools, older people and waste. What do you think about our proposals? https://t.co/QeHxVlnzYU

04/03/21

Aylesford’s Got Talent is a great way to showcase all the outstanding talents our pupils have, every year. This year, in particular, it has brought so much joy and we are delighted to announce the winners, Harvey and Jessica! See our website for more info! https://t.co/SDM25yAZkE https://t.co/H7Mk5l9JNc

03/03/21

Luca has amazing dinosaur knowledge! He made this virtual encyclopaedia for Mrs Kindred, as part of this term’s dinosaur home learning. He's clearly a palaeontologist in the making! How many of these dinosaurs can Luca teach you? https://t.co/Ccsf6wWcmW https://t.co/yxJxU5L7a9

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/KzhD3X6WVb

02/03/21

Year 6 - During in our PSHE lesson Skye researched the importance of fair trade and how this impacts farmers. Well done Skye excellent poster. https://t.co/DYXNnz5N1p

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/7NRBLNGVYw

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/8kUv8Nh1NL

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/5oS0hjCSTs

02/03/21

For world book week this week year 5/6 have been creating their favourite book characters from potatoes! Can you guess who is who? https://t.co/JvEu5nIXEt

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/3PEiwDsPbJ

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/6coY0cUAyu

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/l6vXUx2Biu

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/HzlZMuruY1

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/wHCqXXOZdC

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/TTGfTmUIWh

02/03/21

Year 3 have been producing news reports based on Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. They have reported about a child being taken by Starjik and his wicked wolves. We definitely have some budding news reporters! https://t.co/Tp7s5xcSeh

01/03/21

4 year old Luca has dinosaur knowledge far beyond amazing! He made this virtual encyclopaedia for Mrs Kindred Awesome to see such aspiration for his future career. An expert palaeontologist in the making! How many of these dinosaurs can Luca teach you? https://t.co/wXRfDbNtr1

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/pOrhvhDHSL

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/9ofpSnoCmN

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/wTdFnPSEu5

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/uRAXhU9hbS

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/2O77aENfT0

01/03/21

Year 1 created use different art techniques to create the Great Fire of London. Excellent pictures - Well Done Year 1 https://t.co/H9aN6NgJx5

Early Reading - Read Write Inc. (RWI)

Phonics - Read Write Inc. (RWI)

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford, we use Read Write Inc. (RWI), 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.

RWI 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

Read Write Inc. Phonics 

Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.

We can achieve this together through:

  • Read Write Inc. Phonics, a program to help to your child read at school.
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school.
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home.

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford we use Read Write Inc. Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their literacy.  Mrs Kindred is our Early Reading Lead and Mrs Marchant is our Reading Champion, so if you have questions about RWI, please contact them. Please take the time to read the information as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading.

Read Write Inc - a  video guide for parents

​What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, we will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading.

RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/.

How will RWI be taught?

In Reception, children will be introduced to the initial sounds in short sessions, all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down.

Reading

The children:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
  • learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
  • read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
  • work well with partners
  • develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions

Writing

The children:

  • learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
  • learn to write words by using Fred Talk*
  • learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write

RWI Sound Powerpoints

Talking

The children work in pairs so that they:

  • answer every question
  • practise every activity with their partner
  • take turns in talking and reading to each other
  • develop ambitious vocabulary

Year 1 and Year 2 children follow the same format as Reception but will work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level. Daily sessions of RWI phonics last for one hour. 

Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions

Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about

Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning

Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability

Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning

Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.

Key Skills

We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

Fred

*At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! We call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.

The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred 

Blending with Fred 

Key Skills - Step 1

Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.  

Set 1

Click here for the top ten tips and help with how to pronounce sounds correctly.

Children will also use pictures for each sound to help recognise the sound and then form the shape of the sound.

Set 1 pic

Key Skills - Step 2

The children are then taught Set 2 Sounds - the long vowels. When they are very confident with all of set 1 and 2 they are taught Set 3 Sounds.

Set 2

Nonsense Words (Alien Words)

Nonsense words

As well as learning to read and blend real words children will have plenty of opportunities to apply their sound recognition skills on reading ‘Nonsense words’. These words will also feature heavily in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term.

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will take place in June.

This check simply identifies the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.

Key Skills - Step 3

Children use sound-blending (Fred Talk) to read short books will bring these home once they have read and discussed the book in class. Children will then be challenged to use their developing phonic knowledge to write short sentences.

Within all the books children will have red and green words to learn to help them to become speedy readers. Red words are words that are not easily decodable and challenge words to extend children’s vocabulary. Green words are linked to the sounds they have been learning and are easily decodable.

Step 3 Dots and dashes represent the sound each letter makes.

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

Your child will start to bring books home when they are confident readers. Please help them to read and give lots of praise! If you have any other questions about RWI, please see your child's class teacher.

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

For further information please visit the Read Write Inc website.