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EYFS and Year 6 had a great time together today.


Year 6 are enjoying their cricket lessons


Birch class are ready to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee!


Willow class had a fantastic afternoon of fun in the sun. With Mrs Lyon’s teaching them some country dancing as well as playing some great outdoor games. The smiles show it all!


Year 6 end of SATs treat day. Our students have worked so hard they deserve this!! You’re never to old for a pirate ship adventure!#sats2022


An amazing achievement for one of our Year 6 girls - Gold for the Kick Boxing Drill and Silver for the Hand Drill in the Kent Regional Championships!


Year 6 we’re letting off some steam and having some friendly competition with rockets


Year 6 SATs breakfast. We are so grateful to community champion Helen for her kind donation of products. Our pupils are enjoying eating together before sitting their papers.


Willow class had their learning launch this week based on Jon Klassen’s amazing book “I want my hat back”. We’ve been authors and illustrators writing our own versions of the book, and artists making rock paintings of our characters too. Thanks for the inspiration!


Pre SATS treat. We are so proud of our Year 6 pupils, the resilience and perseverance they have displayed has been outstanding! They are a credit to our school and their families. We wish them all the best. Now go and shine like the stars that you are. 🌟🌟🌟🌟#year6


Aylesford Primary had a fantastic Friday at the music department at Invicta Grammar, thank you for having us 🎼 Music videos will be available on our website soon 💫


We are delighted to be able to finally show you the final performance from Year 5’s ‘Shakespeare Week’ workshop. The children studied the play MacBeth and learnt lines from this to perform in front of other schools from the trust. They had a fantastic time! ⁦


Today Year 4 had their learning launch for English based around our new text Varjak Paw by . We have made cat masks, created city landscapes and learnt “The Way” 🐱


Today Year 4 had their learning launch for English based around our new text Varjak Paw by . We have made cat masks, created city landscapes and learnt “The Way” 🐱


Today Year 4 had their learning launch for English based around our new text Varjak Paw by . We have made cat masks, created city landscapes and learnt “The Way” 🐱


Year 5 had an excellent afternoon taking part in Bushtucker Trials in ‘I’m a School Child, Get Me Out of Here,’


Year 5 had an excellent afternoon taking part in Bushtucker Trials in ‘I’m a School Child, Get Me Out of Here,’


Looking forward to seeing the children enjoy our new AR library books! Thank you to the PTA for our new books, the children requested books and we were delighted to deliver!


Birch class enjoying their reward on the new EYFS area after winning the masked reader challenge on World Book Day📚#strivingforexcellence


Year 4 have worked incredibly hard this term in D.T to create their WILBAR outfits. Here are Birch class with their wonderfully sewn t-shirts!


A fabulous entry from these Year 5 boys to the Heritage Design Challenge in association with Maidstone Museum. Fantastic work!


Accelerated reader reward morning for Years 2,3 and 4. Well done to everyone that reached their targets! Ice poles and biscuits have been well deserved. ❤️


Fantastic day had by all children, teachers, parents and carers who came to watch.


What an amazing experience for our children to be involved in. Singing songs they have learnt along with thousands of other children whilst supporting Adoption UK and raising awareness for FASD


Just look at those smiley faces! The children had an absolute blast at Voice in a Million yesterday!


Choir have arrived at Wembley Arena and are really enjoying the practise ready for this evening!


Some of our Year R children helping to plant a plum tree today for our forest school area... a huge thank you to the PTA and parents for this gift.


A huge thank you to , the children at Aylesford thoroughly enjoyed “I Am a Tiger” by Karl Newson and Ross Collins.


A huge thank you to , the children at Aylesford thoroughly enjoyed “I Am a Tiger” by Karl Newson and Ross Collins.


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Hazel and Birch class in their wonderful costumes for World Book Day! 1/3


Hazel and Birch class in their wonderful costumes for World Book Day! 2/3


Hazel and Birch class in their wonderful costumes for World Book Day! 3/3


Reception enjoyed a dance workshop led by students from Invicta Grammar School


Well done Ava and Austin who went litter picking with family members following the storm. Setting an amazing example to the eco warriors, the school and local community


Fantastic fundraising from a pupil in Oak Class. Instead of filling a raisin box she filled a bean pot. Well done and we are looking forward to sharing this with the PTA.

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.