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07/06/24

Look at these incredible hanging baskets that some of our Year 5 and 6 girls have been making in macrame club! We are so thrilled with the stunning results! pic.twitter.com/EsvbPK0x3G— VIPS () June 7, 2024

23/05/24

Some budding Key Stage 1 artists from across the VIAT Trust gathered at Kings Hill on Monday morning to attend a print making workshop. We looked at the artist Yayoi Kusama and produced some beautiful work in response to her style. pic.twitter.com/LKCX7QE8H4— VIPS () May 23, 2024

21/05/24

This week, to finish off our Rivers topic in Geography, Dolphin class have been making their very own 3D salt-dough river models! The River Nile has never looked so three-dimensional! Fingers crossed, they’ll be dry enough to paint on Friday! pic.twitter.com/rN9JLHtI4U— VIPS () May 21, 2024

17/05/24

A HUGE well done to our INCREDIBLE Stingrays for their amazing effort, determination, and superb attitude during SATS week! We honestly couldn’t be prouder of them! pic.twitter.com/AGF3f76NMr— VIPS () May 17, 2024

17/05/24

The Kings Hill ducks have moved residency. They are now living the dream on a farm, with cows, horses, goats, dogs, cats, chickens and guinea pigs. Please keep an eye out for future updates. pic.twitter.com/TgIJjycOCk— VIPS () May 17, 2024

16/05/24

Seals class have been learning how to draw and shade a hibiscus flower in their Sketchbook lesson this week. Look at these fabulous examples! pic.twitter.com/HfGg8zGOFW— VIPS () May 16, 2024

14/05/24

Year 5 have been exploring 3D shapes using nets. We created our own paper models, trying to predict the 3D shape from the net and seeing if we were correct! pic.twitter.com/xkJfGi9ADW— VIPS () May 14, 2024

09/05/24

A group of Yr6 children went to St Thomas Becket Church in Capel. During this visit, the children took part in a fascinating workshop where they were able to explore the history of the church, it’s role within Christianity & the beautiful wall paintings that adorn the walls. pic.twitter.com/FdTgYrSwAx— VIPS () May 9, 2024

09/05/24

This week, Dolphins have been coding their very own football game, complete with real-life physics including momentum, spin and friction! pic.twitter.com/11Yu1sYFic— VIPS () May 9, 2024

08/05/24

This morning Seals class enjoyed making some FABULOUS flower crowns to link with our learning about the book Bloom by Nicola Skinner. Don’t they look incredible?! pic.twitter.com/pAeR4tHwl6— VIPS () May 8, 2024

07/05/24

Miss Burrell has been amazed by Turtles’ brilliant effort towards their Times Tables Rockstars practice this morning! Turtles are showing such fantastic effort both in school and out towards their MTC check next month, let’s keep going! pic.twitter.com/J2QKMVlq1O— VIPS () May 7, 2024

07/05/24

https://t.co/KcuzvN9xuE pic.twitter.com/uosW1Jpvou— VIPS () May 7, 2024

01/05/24

On Tuesday afternoon, our Year 6 Netball team were crowned 2024 VIAT Netball CHAMPIONS! Mr Littleton was INCREDIBLY proud of the resilience, determination, and teamwork of our superb team! pic.twitter.com/QycpLTBHt5— VIPS () May 1, 2024

30/04/24

Today in our lacrosse lesson Seals have been learning underarm and overarm throws. We’re looking forward to putting these skills together next week to play a mini match! pic.twitter.com/1xcgqT5AqB— VIPS () April 30, 2024

26/04/24

Rocco in Year 6 produced an excellent piece of descriptive writing based on Macbeth as part of their English lesson this week, please do take a read at the first paragraph. pic.twitter.com/tUOKvNzwf9— VIPS () April 26, 2024

26/04/24

Starfish Class continued their learning on the Gingerbread man this week. They've been busy measuring with ingredients and even baked their own gingerbread men too! pic.twitter.com/XQVNDGlnzd— VIPS () April 26, 2024

26/04/24

As part of their science workshops yesterday, Whale Class had to use their bodies to make animal sculptures in small groups. pic.twitter.com/pPnbQY3sd0— VIPS () April 26, 2024

26/04/24

We’re so excited about our macrame club this term! Watch this space to see some gorgeous hanging planters evolve! pic.twitter.com/vxHNvzwGRl— VIPS () April 26, 2024

25/04/24

As part of Science Week, Year 5 had an amazing workshop all about the space race, and how satellites such as the ISS are constructed in space! pic.twitter.com/uK1AuJwdAU— VIPS () April 25, 2024

22/04/24

Seals class have been learning about how to measure a perimeter in Maths and how to convert from mm to cm. pic.twitter.com/rSLAiwizBq— VIPS () April 22, 2024

22/03/24

Some pupils attend the Climate Innovation Day at The Royal Institution in London. They listened to a series of presentations from scientists, mathematicians and IT specialists, on how they are working to research and combat climate change. pic.twitter.com/xtsHZE6CGF— VIPS () March 22, 2024

20/03/24

Today, Turtles experienced life as a refugee! Inspired by this term’s text, The Boy at the Back of the Class. Turtles found that some places were not very welcoming, which was made more difficult from the fact that we could not speak the same language! pic.twitter.com/Ec4zSpgi52— VIPS () March 20, 2024

20/03/24

KS2 enjoyed participating in language workshops on Tuesday morning, focusing on German, French and Spanish with some students from pic.twitter.com/seA6XOjMYz— VIPS () March 20, 2024

14/03/24

This week, Year 5 have been researching different topics in the Anglo-Saxon period to create their very own non-chronological reports, in readiness for our Anglo-Saxon experience day on Monday pic.twitter.com/mooj9n3Gg9— VIPS () March 14, 2024

11/03/24

Year 5 and 6 had a fascinating journalism workshop led by BBC reporter Ian Sherwood. The children learnt how Ian first got into the world of journalism and the truly incredible story of Ian reporting of President Obama’s election back in 2008. pic.twitter.com/lyVvDPMXLx— VIPS () March 11, 2024

Maths

The Teaching of Mathematics at Kings Hill

Our Curriculum

Our mathematics curriculum is based on a spiral curriculum approach which enables all pupils to revisit and reload knowledge regularly, rather than only once a year at a particular period – this has shown to be every effective for our school community!

In addition to our daily mathematics lessons pupils get separate fluency and times tables sessions, where pupils are taught explicit methods to become fast, fluent and effective mathematicians. For example, the use of rounding, complementing pairs and fact families.

Resources for our lessons are taken from a variety of resources including the White Rose Scheme, NRich, NCETM, PiXL and Maths No Problem. Using a variety of resources ensures pupils are engaged, motivated and challenged at all time.

Lesson Structure

We follow a Mastery approach to our Mathematics curriculum based on the Singapore teaching and learning models, as well as specialist support we have gathered taking part in our Maths ‘Teacher Research Group’ over the last year and a half.

Pupils are all challenged to learn together in groups, with the necessary support in a lesson, to allow all abilities to flourish.

All Mathematics lessons are based on a I do, We do and You do approach.

1. Flying Start

This ‘hook’ includes consolidation of arithmetic skills from across the last lesson, week, month, term and year group phase. Regularly reflecting back to prior learning ensures that pupils keep skills fresh and builds upon their long term memory. Rapid recall and number fact knowledge is key to support more advanced skills as pupils progress through the mathematics curriculum.

2. Guided Practice (I do, We do, You do)

Throughout the rest of the lesson the children are introduced to different challenges (4 to 5) that show progress in a skill across a lesson. These challenges are modelled by the teacher independently, before the students and teacher work together on the same concept. Each challenge is then consolidated by independent practice (you do). Challenges provide pupils with different pictorial representations, as well as learning about mathematics in contexts – this shows them that mathematics can be used in their daily lives and future aspirations.

The (I do, We do, You do) approach is repeated numerous times across a lesson to ensure that children are given multiple opportunities for teacher modelling, as well as more frequent opportunities for misconceptions and barriers to be addressed.

Each challenge is pitched carefully for all pupils in the class to access but challenge and support is provided for those pupils that need it by the use of extra manipulatives, adult support/intervention or our ‘blue star’ and reasoning challenges.

Reasoning is explicitly shown in workbooks through the use of a purple reasoning pen, this allows pupils to see the importance of the following reasoning skills:

  • Describing
  • Explaining
  • Convincing
  • Justifying
  • Proving
  • Conjecturing

These skills are fluid and pupils will dip in and out of these reasoning skills across their mathematics experiences in each year group.

Times Table Tarsia Puzzle

For more information about our curriculum, please click here.

PiXL Times Tables and Other Resources

As a school we promote the use of PiXL Times Tables, as the App allows students to recognise and recall times tables quickly and efficiently from a very young age, setting high expectations straight away – by the end of Year 4 all pupils should know their times tables up 12x12 with instant recall. PiXL Times Tables App also follows a similar format as the Multiplication Check which all Year 4 pupils will complete annually, beginning June 2020.

Times Tables Games

Top Marks Maths

Calculation Policy

Times Tables in School

Division in School

Multiplication in School

Times Table Rock Stars

In school we are using the Times Table Rock Stars app to help children learn their times tables.  Please watch our introduction for help with using the system. 

Times Table Rock Stars Introduction 

Numbots Introduction

Parent Workshops