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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

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 challenge and 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 deep in and out of these reasoning skills across their mathematics experiences in each year group.

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