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10/08/20

We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Jessica in YrR, Tia in Yr5, Emmie in Yr1, George in YrR and Reg in Yr6 who are all celebrating this week. We hope you all have a great day! https://t.co/Ioe5P5xroG

03/08/20

We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Mrs Smith, Alice in Yr2 and Jasper in Yr6 who are all celebrating this week. We hope you all have a great day! https://t.co/EgUHf4jbqx

27/07/20

We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Callum in YrR, Charlie in Yr5 and Maddie in Yr4 who are all celebrating this week. We hope you all have a great day! https://t.co/8CV2aY0o7G

20/07/20

We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Emily in Yr5, Joshua in YrR, Samir in Yr6, Ethan in Yr3 and Mrs Atkinson who are all celebrating this week. https://t.co/aeMIMT59Z7

17/07/20

We would like to say a huge 'Thank you' to all our pupils, parents/carers for all your kind and thoughtful words and gifts. We wish you all a safe and happy summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you back in September. Best wishes from all the staff at VIPS Kings Hill 😀😎 https://t.co/Kd5dFbuC1f

17/07/20

Today we say goodbye and good luck to our Year 6 class and also to Mrs Gildley, Miss Sedgwick and Mrs Birchall. We wish them every success for the future. https://t.co/ksVdXyZP2N

17/07/20

Starfish had a virtual meeting with some of the Starfish at home to say happy holidays and wish Gabrielle good luck in her new school. https://t.co/6rTxVUKvsx

17/07/20

Please take a look at our 'Welcome Back' video in preparation for September. https://t.co/MznyTJ2jgX

17/07/20

Huge congratulations to Year 6 on winning the rounders competition against staff! A great way to end your time with us!🥳😀 https://t.co/MGUoPzGpR7

17/07/20

A huge thank you to our School Governors for our end of term treat! The staff have enjoyed tucking into these already!! https://t.co/WZyxfXbQee

16/07/20

Year 6 have been enjoying a fun packed week, including a water fight yesterday and BBQ food today. https://t.co/y1CvM7L2Xp

16/07/20

We would like to wish Mrs Hall (Penguin Class) and Mrs Wood (Starfish Class) a very happy birthday today, we hope they both have a fantastic day with lots of cake https://t.co/H4mT8FN77Z

15/07/20

Stingray Class have recorded their leavers assembly for us to share with parents and our local community. We are proud of all of them and the great things they have achieved and we wish them well for the future. https://t.co/ZExTpEDMPL

15/07/20

Starfish Class are having some fun in the sun today on their bikes and scooters https://t.co/TWJafPjMtE

15/07/20

Happy Birthday to Sam in Penguin Class and Peace & Blessing in Stingray Class, we hope you all enjoy your day! https://t.co/6sRm5m0b4G

14/07/20

A huge thank you to in Kings Hill for their kind donation, we are looking forward to "Peter" helping all our new Reception children in September! https://t.co/k9tyMmnFan

14/07/20

If you want to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge check out their virtual assembly https://t.co/q0yEKiaG7a

14/07/20

Starfish Class have been having fun playing with the bubbles this afternoon. https://t.co/9xw4oJGWBa

14/07/20

It was lovely to welcome back some of our children yesterday for their transition session. We are looking forward to seeing more of you throughout the week. We have missed you and we hope that your time spent in school will help prepare you for your return in September. https://t.co/gbxIVkjvsW

13/07/20

We would like to wish Azzam in Year 3 a very happy birthday for today, we hope you have had a great day! https://t.co/ftlyUe4hHz

13/07/20

Poppy and Ava Guard have created a wonderful idea to inspire us all to read over the summer. Do you like their shield, which they are going to collect stamps in for all their holiday reading. What a great idea. https://t.co/dTPqrDMw1k

13/07/20

We are so proud of everyone's brilliant writing and Adyan in Year 1 has been working so hard creating this thank you letter for Miss Francis. Well done! https://t.co/7MpwgUObLs

13/07/20

Green fingered Eva has already harvested her been crop! Have any of you grown some food to eat? Don't forget Spadeworks is open to visitors and is such a great place to visit! https://t.co/LwztK4WqE4

13/07/20

Theo is a fantastic artist. Do you like his character drawing? Here is a link to have a go at some cartoon favourites! https://t.co/eOS0GH1Qls https://t.co/9tNICALnOY

13/07/20

Alice has been so busy at home, look at her fantastic garden! She was also inspired by our Den Building project - are you in there Alice? https://t.co/3Misk8ibgL

13/07/20

Mia in Year 4 baked a cake for local Asda staff. Well done Mia, we know that the whole school community will be very inspired by this! https://t.co/rQWN3ErLD5

10/07/20

We would like to wish Miss Francis and Mrs Moisan a very happy birthday for this weekend. We hope they both enjoy their days. https://t.co/0pBO9Wu71X

10/07/20

Happy Friday, please take a look at the rights respecting article of the week https://t.co/dJzcrdmVSt

09/07/20

A reminder that tomorrow, Friday 10th July is a Staff Development Day and school is closed to all pupils, there will also be no home learning uploaded on the website, have a lovely weekend 😀 https://t.co/tOstcj54dR

09/07/20

Year 6 have written some lovely diary entries today, well done! https://t.co/bPUc20GyoE

09/07/20

For challenge 1 Sharks have built their own giants castle ‘dens’. We are having a treat and using them to watch a film and have some popcorn! https://t.co/YpKO6JeIwe

09/07/20

Mrs Atkinson has helped the school secure an amazing £3.5K through a School Travel Plan application. We are so excited to be able to purchase more storage for our increasing numbers of scooting and cycling families! Thank you! https://t.co/1g8fdfkwa5

09/07/20

Our boys are loving writing, whether in school or at home. Keep up the great work George, Charlie and Max! https://t.co/qzSrqhrDS3

09/07/20

Shark Class have been reflecting on Year 1 this week. Look at Aya's lovely memories, we cannot wait to all be together as we start Year 2 in September! https://t.co/9qP5E0cnWd

09/07/20

In the Hub the children have produced fantastic newspaper reports this week. They were able to include catchy headlines, text boxes and use some very imaginative vocabulary. Well done! https://t.co/LFKFLs6ech

09/07/20

Eva has achieved an incredible physical goal this week. Her 90 mile challenge involved biking, walking, running and gymnastics too! We are so proud of you! https://t.co/db6goz9d13

09/07/20

Naomi studied Botticelli this week in her art masterclass! What an amazing picture. Can you get inspired and create your own artist impression? https://t.co/rGPFxlTvgi

09/07/20

Year 5 got physical in a different way with Mrs Gordon this week! They followed the Darcy Bussell master class in African Dance moves. What a great idea! https://t.co/RWMtaEL6yu

09/07/20

Harry found a really creative way of building 3D shapes this week! Why don't you try this at home? https://t.co/VaSyjQtWWP

09/07/20

Happy Birthday to Maksim in Year 5, we hope you have a great day 🎂🥳 https://t.co/7OMnimVyov

Relationships and Sex Education

As a part of your child’s education at Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme.

PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. It is taught throughout the school in every year group and this year it is even more important that you are aware of teaching content in order to support learning from home.

I am writing to let you know that, in the next few weeks, starting 15th June, if your child is in school, your child’s class will be taking part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme.

The link below gives you key information about this teaching.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812593/RSE_primary_schools_guide_for_parents.pdf

Why are we teaching this aspect of the curriculum?

Age four to six (Reception – Year 1): From this age, children should be able to identify safe situations and those which may be risky, like other children or adults taking improper photographs of them. They should be able to identify trusted adults (both at home and school) who they can talk to if they feel worried. Within this age group they should understand about different types of families, including those with same sex parents. The emphasis being on all different types of families.

Age six to eight (Year 2 – 3): Understanding the importance of boundaries within friendships and personal relationships is important, including online and through technologies such as mobile phones and games. They should know what films, programmes and online content they should and shouldn’t be watching, in addition to who to tell, if someone encourages them to watch inappropriate content (this is a grooming tactic).

Age eight to nine (Year 4): By this age, children need to be taught about the emotional and physical changes of growing up, coping strategies for different emotions, as well as looking after their bodies and the onset of puberty. We find that some girls may even be starting their periods in year 4, so it is critical that they have this knowledge at this age. We also recommend giving a gentle introduction to reproduction, this is the point at which we find we are able to tell children before they have received a muddled version from an older sibling or peers have been looking online for the definition of “sex”. 

Whilst some parents and teachers may question this age, it is important to know that ‘sex’ is spoken and sung about, widely in the media including in pop music aimed at children (e.g. Little Mix). If children type this simple word into the internet to find out what it means they will be presented with graphic and often disturbing images, so it is better to educate the children in a gentle age appropriate manner, than to leave them hungry for information.

Age nine to 11 (Year 5 – 6): At these ages it is important to review the previous information taught, as children tend to absorb and retain elements of the information when it is of relevance to them. So we allow children to ask more questions in these year groups, to ensure they understand what they have been taught and fill in any gaps in knowledge.

They will often want more details on conception, how babies develop (including twins) and are born. Sometimes they ask how people can get germs from sex and how they can be prevented, or there may be curiosity about feelings or body image – each group is different.

Lesson guidance

All PSHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values.

In teaching Relationships Education and RSE, we ensure that the needs of all pupils are appropriately met, and that all pupils understand the importance of equality and respect.

We comply with the relevant provisions of the Equality Act 2010, under which sexual orientation and gender reassignment are amongst the protected characteristics.

However, we ensure that all of their teaching is sensitive and age appropriate in approach and content.