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22/10/21

We hope you all have a relaxing half term break. We look forward to seeing you all back in school on Wednesday 3rd November. https://t.co/b2eRzCo4SU

22/10/21

Here are the new friends that Shark class made in their garden this afternoon... meet Trevor and Nigel! https://t.co/rXcAH0DE68

22/10/21

Retweeted From Valley Park School

The product of hard work from students at and our own scholars, who glazed them, we present an array of penguins, all produced this term! Well done everyone https://t.co/c3zefhLDte

22/10/21

Year 5 have been learning all about the Anglo Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo and on Monday we recreated our very own, complete with fallen King and buried artefacts! https://t.co/RFpFlOAm3N

21/10/21

Shark class were inspired by Sunflower art by Vang Gogh and Monet. They created their own pieces and were so proud of the result. Well done! https://t.co/P2X8xAz6BK

20/10/21

We are pleased to announce that the Diana Award has awarded us our Anti Bullying ‘Online Safety’ badge, to highlight the activities and campaigns we have done in school over the last academic year to raise awareness of cyberbullying and how to stay safe online. https://t.co/BkcfcF5DT6

20/10/21

In Science Seal Class consolidated their topic ‘Forces and Magnets’ by creating a game using magnets as a force. Their games included magnetic football, fishing, and mazes. They looked fab! https://t.co/nEtDDaleFg

20/10/21

Whales class were beginning their week on poetry by sorting vocabulary that will fit into the rhyming pattern! Our poetry will use this vocabulary when we start to draft it! https://t.co/QxbpXaTQZS

20/10/21

We would like to say a special thank you to George & Isabella for delivering their own Spanish assembly in front of the whole school and their families. It was lovely to hear how both of them have family links to Spain, as well as their favourite Spanish foods and phrases. https://t.co/s50QLqaffd

19/10/21

Year 3 handed over our Harvest donations to Jon from the Maidstone Salvation Army today and we are looking forward to working with them next term. https://t.co/6W8ERr61em

15/10/21

Congratulations to all our achievers this week! Year R - Leo B and Euan Year 1 - Dougal and Guy Year 2 - Rocco and Charlie Year 3 - Fletcher and Joe Year 4 - Dolcie and Aston Year 5 - Alex and Harvey Year 6 - Maddie and William https://t.co/j6fD7A7Am0

15/10/21

Keep it private! Only give your mobile phone number or personal email address to trusted friends. https://t.co/LnXM1C7Gpq

15/10/21

Keep it private! Only give your mobile phone number or personal email address to trusted friends. https://t.co/XjPJS4J3KA

15/10/21

Think before you send: whatever you send can be made public very quickly and could stay online forever. https://t.co/9aM38u0bSw

15/10/21

It’s never too early to think about Christmas! Some Yr5&6 children are working on a special singing project & have professionally recorded a song as part of a Christmas Carol competition. This is a little teaser but the finished record will be shared soon https://t.co/yr56uLwacX

15/10/21

Always respect others: be careful what you say online and what images you send. https://t.co/9vN2Y3XH6e

15/10/21

On Thursday, Stingray class took part in a workshop. The children demonstrated brilliant CPR skills and worked superbly together! A huge thanks to for the superb workshop; the children loved it & have learnt some hugely important life skills! https://t.co/8Img39i0qT

15/10/21

Always respond to any negativity with positivity if you are witness to unkind messages. https://t.co/Y8slOJxQgb

15/10/21

Save or screenshot any unkind comments or messages sent online to share with an adult. https://t.co/g5bLne8zfr

15/10/21

STOP THE PRESS!!! The Kings Hill’s Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are taking over our social media channels today to highlight their campaign to make everyone aware of cyberbullying and how to stay safe online! https://t.co/jjWwOtot5C

15/10/21

Thank you to our families that attended our showcase supper last night, it was lovely to finally show off our classroom displays and ‘art to start’ projects. A massive thank you to our Year 5 & 6 choir for performing too and Jacqui from Cucina for providing a delicious meal! https://t.co/NDG6yt41iS

13/10/21

A huge thank you to one of our parents for dropping of this very thoughtful care package for the staff room to help now cold season is here! The staff are now enjoying a hot lemon, ginger and honey drink! https://t.co/vhgMCf57K4

13/10/21

Whales have been solving problems which involve using the greater than and less than symbols. We have been recording our working out in different ways. https://t.co/GczR11d6Px

12/10/21

Starfish enjoyed their cool down in PE after a fun game of ‘Beans’ https://t.co/WttoCMVCJA

08/10/21

Thank you for wearing yellow today in recognition of World Mental Health Day, it was lovely to see the children so colourful and they all enjoyed a special assembly and activities about their emotions! https://t.co/OX44G7bLKV

08/10/21

Year 5 have been learning all about our Solar System as part of our Space topic. We have been working out the distances between each planet and using our knowledge of their orbits to create our own depictions of the planets in relation to the Sun. https://t.co/aVP6CRHM5k

07/10/21

We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health. tomorrow is an opportunity to show every young person that they’re not alone; they are valued and they matter. We would like to invite all children to come dressed in something yellow https://t.co/HkBtBdCosV

07/10/21

Whales have spent the morning planning their Florence Nightingale biography. We have used facts we know about her and sorted them under three subheadings! https://t.co/zTHAXf8Gx5

07/10/21

Sharks made marmalade sandwiches (Paddington Bear style) this morning! They worked through each step ready to write the instructions tomorrow. We all had a taste of the sandwiches together in the classroom and most of us really enjoyed them!! https://t.co/3pi0laFLQV

06/10/21

After the Harvest assembly this morning, Year 1 were delighted to share some autumn themed activities with parents during a stay and play session. Thank you for joining us! https://t.co/PIdpYsEgR5

06/10/21

There was an exciting delivery this morning for our Student Voice Leaders! Their new wooden badges signify the special status SVLT have in school. This team of students really are trailblazing our school development along with Mrs Guthrie and the other teachers. Congratulations! https://t.co/cbjd3jPQTJ

06/10/21

So excited to have 100% of families in Starfish connected on ClassDojo! https://t.co/fc666f6nLV

06/10/21

Thank you to those who attended our Stay and Play session. It is so nice to share our learning with our wonderful families. Linked to Article 28 RRSA https://t.co/Zl4GXTtdpI

06/10/21

During a Dance & Drama session at Yr6 learnt a routine from the hit West End Musical 'School of Rock'. To celebrate their achievement, they also performed to an audience of parents. What a brilliant day it was & what a superb group of children we have in Stingray Class! https://t.co/urfXsqIm5l

06/10/21

On Tuesday, Stingray class travelled over to to take part in a Creative Arts Workshop. During the Doodling session, the children were given brilliant drawing strategies to help them create awesome doodles - needless to say, Stingray Class absolutely loved it! https://t.co/H19MCWTqWS

06/10/21

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to our Harvest collection this year. We are always so grateful for the support our community shows. All food will be taken to a local food bank. Thank you https://t.co/hpHwbsShXI

06/10/21

To celebrate , Mr Brazendale shared with the school the importance of the struggles associated with race equality. We explored the role of black men & women in History who have made such incredible steps forward in the pursuit of achieving equal rights! https://t.co/kg6gcvRkkU

05/10/21

Whales were helping each other to solve SPAG problems. We were working out what we could do if we spotted a sentence that started with an ‘and’. We were AMAZING! https://t.co/QugOa8JYIo

05/10/21

So excited to have 100% of families connected on ClassDojo in Penguin Class! https://t.co/fc666eOMUn

English

The Teaching of English at Kings Hill

We aim to teach the following lessons each week to ensure coverage of skills and progression in all areas of the English curriculum.

We follow the Talk for Writing approach to our writing.

  • Monday - Reading lesson
  • Tuesday - SPAG lesson
  • Wednesday - Friday - Writing skills lessons

We aim to enable our children to:

  • Enjoy quality experiences that will enhance their writing, knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Be enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction texts.
  • Become lifelong learners as readers and writers through the Talk for Writing approach.
  • Explore global issues through writing (for example, persuasive writing and spoken language).  
  • Write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self monitor and correct.
  • Write a range of text types each seasonal term (fiction and non-fiction) and in a range of genres and be able to write in a variety of styles and form appropriate to the situation.
  • Increase their ability to use planning, editing and drafting to improve their work.
  • Use a variety of mediums to express their written ideas, e.g. ICT and Drama.

Talk for Writing

Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of high quality literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.

During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. We then work on skills and ideas to develop the child's own writing. Many writing opportunities (through Reading, Spag and Writing lessons ) will take place in a learning sequence and finally will result in the "invention" stage where children will be challenged to write their own version (or invention) of the story or text independently.

To find out more, please visit Talk4Writing  

Setting Ideas

Character Ideas

Grammar Organiser

Progression in SPAG Skills

Reading

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer programme that helps teachers monitor and manage children’s independent reading practice. Children choose books from their own level, read them at their own pace and then, when finished, quiz on the book at school on our Ipads or Macs. Feedback and results provided from the quiz allows the child and the teacher to choose new books, discuss strategies for reading and plan the next steps for their child's comprehension skills.

To search and find a book from the Accelerated Reader scheme please click the link below:

AR Bookfinder

Parents' Guide to Accelerated Reading

Accelerated Reader Powerpoint

Spelling

Following the Government’s introduction of the new framework, spelling expectations for each year group have become more specific and detailed. Recognising the new higher expectations and specific emphasis on spellings, at our school we focus on daily teaching of spelling and phonics.   We use a range of fun, investigative and interactive methods to teach new spelling patterns and rules.

Spelling is a key part of becoming a successful writer.  It:

  • helps children to write more fluently, dedicating more of their energies towards creative writing (rather than the mechanical process of spelling);
  • helps children to attempt to spell unfamiliar words, enriching their vocabulary;
  • gives children opportunities to investigate and understand the true meaning of words;
  • develops confident writers and readers.

Key Stage 1 Read Write Inc and Phonics

Word List for Years 3 and 4

Word List for Years 5 and 6

Inexcusables

Homophones

Oracy

Oracy - the four strands are:

1. Physical

2. Linguistic

3. Cognitive

4.Social and Emotional

Please see the links below for useful Oracy information.

Giving Proof of Listening Means

What does good Oracy look and sound like?

Groupings

Choose your Protocol

Listening Ladder

Discussion Guidelines

The Oracy Framework

Parent Workshops and Information