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Ash class - Art. Influenced by Picasso, Year 5 have created their own self-portraits in the style of cubism. Can you recognise any of our pupils?


Year 6’s production practice is in full swing


More pictures of the PTA team and teachers who have made today happen and we still have KS2 to go


Socially distanced PTA - bringing the disco alive. Thank you all for making it happen


We will rock you - oh yes we will


Let’s ‘reach for the stars’ 🎶🎶🎶


PTA and staff working hard on face paints and glitter tattoo’s


Making bubbles whilst in their bubble. Bringing some magic outside


What happens when you can’t do a disco inside? You make it a an outdoor disco instead. All year group bubbles maintained and everyone is enjoying the DJ




Retweeted From VIPS@Holboroughlakes

Year 2 participated in the VIAT Football match on Monday, it was great fun, thank you to for hosting!


Year 1 Learning Launch - Seasides - we couldn’t go to the beach so we brought the beach to us!


AWARD: RESILIENCE and EMOTIONAL WELLBEING - we are so incredibly proud of our school community. In the hardest of times we pulled together&have been recognised for ensuring positive wellbeing for pupils, staff&parents. A special thanks to Mrs Adams 🥇


Year 4 Learning launch - Science - Investigating with states of matter in everyday objects


Critical audience - Year 5 & 6 - DT - Victorian Toys. Mr Kevin Perry joined today to critique the children’s design and technology skills of the toy models


Critical audience - Year 5 & 6 - DT - Victorian Toys. Mr Kevin Perry joined today to critique the children’s design and technology skills of the toy models


Critical audience - Year 5 & 6 - DT - Victorian Toys. Mr Kevin Perry joined today to critique the children’s design and technology skills of the toy models


KS1 Cooking Club - Kebabs - perfect weather for a BBQ 🍗


Year 5 - Learning Launch - Geography. Investigating the effects climate change has on sea levels. ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦


Year 1 - Learning launch - Science - sorting and classifying materials. ⁦⁩ ⁦


Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of the 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:


Learning Environment - Ancient Egypt - ‘A clean and well-kept building guarantees nothing about the quality of work children will accomplish within it. But it matters. It’s a message’


Learning Environment - Geography - ‘...when a community is proud of its school, the children become part of this ethic’


Learning Environment - Reading in to writing- ‘.The building doesn’t have to be a palace but it has to show the children, the teachers and the parents that somebody cares about them.’


Learning Environment - Victorians - ‘The beauty we have designed in our centre isn’t just window dressing; it’s an essential part of our success.’


Learning Environment - Design and Technology - ‘.A clean and well-kept building guarantees nothing about the quality of work children will within it. But it matters. It’s a message’


Learning Environment - Life Cycle of Plants- ‘...we put them in a beautiful place; give them a small taste of what a decent, dignified future might feel like, and that makes all the difference’


Y1 - History: Great Fire of London - authentic outcome. In Design and Technology Y1 were learning, designing, building and evaluating their own houses to create Pudding Lane. So when Fireman Stevens surprised the children with a reenactment of the emotions were very real 🔥


Reception - Authentic Outcome - after finding out that There was a secret Bug garden party at Aylesford today and with Austin dressed as Andy the Adventurer ⁦⁩ himself joined Chestnut to celebrate their party!


Power Challenge Virtual STEM day. Pupils took on the role of ⁦⁩ electrical engineers to create circuits that will power homes, cities and the UK


Year 5/6 - Design and Technology - Victorian Toys. Punch and Judy were the inspiration behind these newly designed puppet shows. Axels, cogs, joining methods, mixed with knowledge of differences in materials used by rich and poor people, helped create 21st century Victorian toys.


Year 2 - Geography & Art: Kenya - collaboration between us and ⁦⁩ has created beautiful and creative Kenya themed masks. We look forward to sharing these at our ⁦⁩ I.C.E exhibition of the arts


Year 5/6 - History - Should children be put in the works house? Great debates in front of a critical audience of magistrates. Knowing more and remembering more at its finest! Great arguments for & against articulated well; accurate vocabulary and facts. ⁦


Year 5/6 - PSHE - First Aid. Paramedics joined us and we were shown how to apply bandages and tourniquets and practice on ‘casualties’. Most improbably we were reminded about the dangerous implication of a hoax 999 call! ⁦


Extra Curricular - Archery Club have achieved their FITA White Arrow Award! Many skills like stringing a bow have been learned and the whole group scored 115 or more with 15 arrows. AMAZING! 🏹🎯 . Watch out


Y4 - Design and Technology - have been busy designing, tasting, baking, evaluating to design cup cakes that celebrate a festival. They focussed on the Muslim festival of Eid and their critical audience, cannot wait to taste them! ⁦⁩ ⁦


Year 2 - what are they up to? Keep your eyes peeled ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ - our contribution to our Trust’s upcoming I. C. E. Creative Art Creation has begun...


KS2 - Illustrators. Budding artists were joined by author and illustrator of the text Claude in the City, ⁦⁩. The children LOVED their experience! What do you think of their drawings? We cannot wait to make a display in school to celebrate their excellence!

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

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.


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


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


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.


*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


How to blend

For further information please visit the Read Write Inc website.