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24/10/20

A very successful 1st PTA event of the year&what an amazing effort by all the children! A massive thank you to all the PTA that helped, your enthusiasm and of course a massive well done to Julie-Anne Clements who was out there everyday including in the rain!

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/BQkbDEmH6l

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/kwjLALctOT

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/UbjZleVXm2

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/EseFa37aeZ

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/IiMQsYurCY

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/GoY4qIYxTr

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are...🎃👻 https://t.co/GccOy54Cnt

24/10/20

🎃👻 And the winners are 🎃👻 https://t.co/kyPoL85SW3

24/10/20

Miss Stevens had a really tough job picking out our 14 winners today - she even asked us to add a 15th prize for a highly commended entry which we all agreed was fantastic! https://t.co/DHyv5PQIV3

24/10/20

🎃👻 Thank you to each and every one of you who entered our Halloween competitions - you were all amazing🎃👻https://t.co/jhc26CSmbH

23/10/20

PTA update day 3 and 4 produced 190 entries. It’s your last chance to enter this morning.

21/10/20

Pupil voice - If someone tells you to bring a knife and threaten someone - don’t do it. If you see a crime scene report it to the police. This followed a talk by PSCO Matthews from the community safety team

21/10/20

Pupil voice - You could spend 16 years in prison for a knife crime. Tell a teacher if someone brings a knife to school. This followed a talk by PSCO Matthews from the community safety team

21/10/20

Thank you PCSO Matthews from the community safety team who came into school to discuss various topics - pupil voice comments to follow. https://t.co/xJW0su8NCF

21/10/20

Retweeted From Childnet

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying, and research reveals it affects 12% of young people in this country. Our guidance is designed to support schools in preventing and responding to cyberbullying. https://t.co/cpvomLkD00 https://t.co/uBy72rRdex

21/10/20

Helping making a difference with period poverty. Supplies available to all who require any via the office and the red box. https://t.co/DGueRV20s4

21/10/20

Reading is placed at the heart of everything we do here at VIPS Aylesford as is working closely with parents to ensure every child reaches their potential. We have created this video to help you feel confident when hearing your child read at home. https://t.co/jyhthVZTVJ

21/10/20

Miss Fafunso and Mrs Adams delivered a virtual assembly this morning with the theme: Black History Month. We value all! https://t.co/aaJ53kkb5G

21/10/20

Halloween competition day 2 update. The PTA took in 81 entries and would like say a massive thank you to the generous parent who contributed £10 for her son’s entries.

20/10/20

Daisy in Ash class after learning about Australia during world food day on Friday has kindly shown her class some of her families Australian collection. Well done Daisy for helping us have a clear vision of what to expect in Australia! https://t.co/hV3R3JZnmA

20/10/20

Thank to the PTA - who have come up with a socially distanced fundraiser. They will be there every morning to collect your Halloween entries (£1) per entry. We got 61 yesterday. Get crafty and every entry receives a small prize https://t.co/YeOnebTJpt

19/10/20

Our Big Question of the week: Is it the responsibility of the young to protect the planet? https://t.co/zv94oBkDT2

16/10/20

Wow that looks amazing - well done Ava. What an amazing lattice apple pie. https://t.co/jCL8GcXeqI

16/10/20

Using her Maths and Design and Technology skills here. Well done Aca. https://t.co/Qnl1fo6riK

16/10/20

Planning and Preparation and its looks like Ava has worked well in this. The pictures sum up each stage so well. https://t.co/1BLyhaO5qF

16/10/20

Proof is in the pudding. Lets follow the journey https://t.co/xhXxLysClB

16/10/20

After learning about China and creating a fact file, why not finish the day with Chinese food - a first time experience for some! https://t.co/Jfz0fOpQR1

16/10/20

Fact files about Argentina and making chocolita with dulce de leche in Sycamore and Elm https://t.co/6tr3Xzxfqr

16/10/20

Maple syrup on pancakes! The best fact we learnt about Canada in Maple and Willow class https://t.co/PdTK3NGB6A

16/10/20

Beech and Ash were learning about Australia - vegemite on toast, love it or hate it? Beautiful aboriginal art and discovering famous Australian people https://t.co/xLQMlcXReQ

16/10/20

Pizza making in Chestnut class - it’s great! https://t.co/DPZKkzleQ7

16/10/20

Learning all about Turkey in Year 3 - we really enjoyed the food! https://t.co/qQvkcKSgjz

16/10/20

Hazel Class enjoying learning about India https://t.co/6vUG1Sah7x

16/10/20

Well done to all our reading raffle prizes today https://t.co/IMB8LMP4Jk

10/10/20

Retweeted From BookTrust

Did you know it's today? We've put together a list of books that could help to raise awareness, increase understanding, or encourage children to start conversations about mental health: https://t.co/A1mA3BxI7e Pic: Anna Llenas https://t.co/iTAfVlOeKg

10/10/20

Retweeted From Childnet

Today is - we have created a list of what to do if you are concerned about a friend online. https://t.co/KTxrXwEmoq https://t.co/BDPxer5K8p

10/10/20

Have you read this? Is it on your read list? Let us know we love to hear what you are enjoying reading. https://t.co/a4jPYDilAn

10/10/20

Retweeted From SST Maidstone

Missed our Open Day? Catch up with the Headteacher’s Message and tour here! https://t.co/LGD7db4SfK

10/10/20

Retweeted From neighbourly.com

From community centres, to youth clubs, support groups and food banks, local good causes are crucial in their contribution to mental wellbeing in our communities https://t.co/TyEN9b8OWx

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

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.