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22/09/21

We are so proud of Eliza, who took part in a dressage competition at Hickstead this weekend. She competed up against adults and placed in all 3 classes achieving percentages at the top of the range for this level of dressage. A future Olympian we think! https://t.co/1PcobHf5Jj

21/09/21

Jack kindly made some play dough for his Starfish friends. Everyone is enjoying making numbers linked to their maths learning from this morning. Thank you Jack! https://t.co/mf1q3VqMRO

21/09/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for a Teaching Assistant to join our Specialist Resource Provision. You can find all the details here: https://t.co/VkWw9UuFZk https://t.co/6cyYJmXGoq

21/09/21

To celebrate National Fitness Day, on Wednesday, the whole school will be taking part in a Daily Mile on our school playground. The children and staff will be jogging, walking, skipping & hopping to celebrate and promote the importance of fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle! https://t.co/z0ftETYvxw

21/09/21

Some students from Penguin Class attended last Friday to take part in a ceramics workshop, sculpting Penguins! Valley Park will be getting them fired and glazed and we look forward to receiving the finished penguins to have on display in school! https://t.co/kMFWfhdsLI

21/09/21

Retweeted From Valley Park School

We were delighted to welcome students from to our Ceramics studio last Friday to sculpt penguins - well done, everyone, they look amazing! 🐧 https://t.co/UJ5PYBQ6cd

17/09/21

Congratulations to this week's Dojo winners, these children have earnt the most points this week: Starfish: Leo B Shark: Bobby Whale: Adeline, Evie and Taylor Seal: Zaylee Turtle: Isabella Dolphin: George N Stingray: Rufaro Penguins: James https://t.co/W3TSsdPgZO

17/09/21

Congratulations to all our achievers this week! Year R - Ivy and Henry Year 1 - Sidney and Layla Year 2 - Penelope and Finch Year 3 - Stephen and Isla Year 4 - Simone and Finn Year 5 - Ethan and Azzam Year 6 - Finlay and Mia https://t.co/WKUWG9C1iB

16/09/21

We are pleased to share this video made by Invicta Grammar School, part of the VIAT Trust. Students and teachers talk about what it is like to be part of the school. Please take a look! https://t.co/47bPzhsvtg

16/09/21

In our Year 6 Maths lessons, the children have been working hard on their reasoning skills when ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000. Mr Littleton and Mrs Eldred have been incredibly impressed with the children's positive attitude towards place value! https://t.co/yEhytURFvU

16/09/21

It was so lovely to welcome our Year R and Year 1 families yesterday at our fantastic picnic event. It was lovely to get to talk to so many families in a relaxed atmosphere. Starfish children really do seem to be settling in well. https://t.co/8pHLx4ty24

16/09/21

Whales class have been writing to Grey Crayon from The Day the Crayons Quit. They were writing in the style of the author. https://t.co/76gjCd9klv

15/09/21

Seal Class have been working hard in maths using dienes to support their understanding of place value! https://t.co/Tc1ZdO2yXp

15/09/21

Starfish are busily using their fingers…this is what leads to super writing. https://t.co/RFKBsZg1Xz

14/09/21

Sharks began their computing lessons today by creating their very own avatar on Purple Mash! We are really impressed with how they turned out 😍 https://t.co/7VgFOuu3ox

14/09/21

Today our Elmer Elephant 'Elci' returned to school and is in pride of place at our main entrance. Be sure to take a look when you are next in school! https://t.co/cuNAxTfBek

14/09/21

Year 5 Dolphins have been enjoying asking and answering Spanish questions already in their lessons! We are also working on excellent pronunciation. Super work year 5. The wonderful Spanish Home learning is being made into a floor book to share across the school. https://t.co/F14P7D0vkm

13/09/21

We are pleased to be able to offer Parent Tours for the New Reception September 2022 Intake. Please do book a place if you would like to come and take a look at our school. https://t.co/gfv2wBlraY

10/09/21

Congratulations to this week's Dojo winners, these children have earnt the most points this week. Starfish: Jacob, Shark: Hannah, Whale: Evie & Oliver, Seal: Archie, Turtle: Imogen, Dolphin: Sophie and Stingray: Tyler. https://t.co/6gGMAQVUf6

10/09/21

Congratulations to all our Achievers this week! Shark: Ryhs & Dolllie Whale: Oliver & Kasaius Seal: Christian & Isabella Turtle: Oscar & Riley Dolphin: Ava & Amelia Stingray: Freya & Ollie https://t.co/rcAhwsDPWN

09/09/21

To prepare for their upcoming PESE tests, year 6 took part in an 'Unwind' session on Wednesday afternoon. The children were taught key skills in meditation and communication which are vital for our mindfulness. https://t.co/GJTLXkD9Td

09/09/21

Shark Class have been using super adjectives to describe Paddington Bear and used these words to help create a wonderful picture of him! Well done. https://t.co/BO7nWGQ7YZ

09/09/21

Starfish stayed for their first lunch today. As you can see, it was a hit! https://t.co/o4yOD4pEi3

09/09/21

We would like to wish good luck to all our Year 6 pupils who today will be sitting the Kent Test. We have every confidence in their performance and are proud of their resilience, perseverance and aspiration! https://t.co/iVXJEYGJ8R

09/09/21

Huge well done to George who has taken part in the Kent Golf Invicta 10s Tour, completing a tour of 5 Kent golf courses over the summer. George did really well at every location, at Lydd he won the best driver challenge and at Hever Golf club, he won the overall skills challenge! https://t.co/uR3BQjcUSp

09/09/21

Whale Class have been working together collecting vocabulary for their writing. https://t.co/0o2i5qSRI5

08/09/21

Seal class have been working hard in English retelling the Stone Age Boy by https://t.co/y9kfnw5Fly

07/09/21

We are pleased to be able to offer Parent Tours for the New Reception September 2022 Intake. Please do book a place if you would like to come and take a look at our school. https://t.co/gfv2wBlraY

07/09/21

The children are off to a super start in Starfish! https://t.co/PsddeqS7GU

03/09/21

Year 1 have been enjoying their 'Art to Start' initiative, getting creative for the start of their History lesson learning about the Great Fire of London https://t.co/Ex0KWCjUhM

03/09/21

Year 2 have started their 'Art to Start' creating their own version of an impressionist paining by Monet. https://t.co/EcvdGiMcrM

03/09/21

Year 2 have been playing some maths games to get their mental maths skills up to speed after the summer break. https://t.co/IS3F55O4CB

03/09/21

Dolphins and Stingrays have already been impressing Mr Littleton and Mr Brazendale with their writing skills this week. Year 5 have been writing a description and Year 6 have been writing letters to their future selves. We are so pleased with how well they have settled in! https://t.co/GB6Cyq5bSE

03/09/21

Seals & Turtles have been working on our new school initiative ‘art to start’. Our new project allows all year groups to explore their topics through art first before delving deeper. Year 4 looked at paper mosaics to link with their Romans topic! https://t.co/oaOK3qRj9U

02/09/21

Welcome Back to all our Year 1 - 6 pupils. It was great to see everyone ready for learning this morning! https://t.co/DeLH3n2sjh

16/07/21

We would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe summer. We hope you all manage to enjoy some family time and fingers crossed for some sunny weather! Take care and we will see you in September. https://t.co/881zfYZqIR

16/07/21

Dolphin Class have been exploring tessellations through using different manipulatives. Naithvika has been exploring statements about tessellations and using her reasoning skills to explain her findings. https://t.co/xsT2geDWOp

16/07/21

Starfish Class decided to create their own football stadiums after the events last weekend using the wooden blocks https://t.co/bHpCno82O8

13/07/21

Year 4 have been reviewing the Euros, thinking about the qualities displayed by the England team and how they can inspire us. Some children have written letters of support to members of the team. https://t.co/ExPOFhTX1m

13/07/21

Sayli in Year 2 has written a lovely letter after school for the England squad. What a lovely letter Sayli! https://t.co/hgJAAEYUOJ

Music

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill we have an exciting creative curriculum.  This includes outstanding Music opportunities for all children.

Music in the Curriculum

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, children are encouraged to develop a love of music, their talent as musicians through a high-quality music education, increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement.  Music has the potential to make significant contributions to children’s development; developing leadership, team working, concentration and problem-solving skills, and developing identity and improving social cohesion with the school and wider community.  As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

All children have discrete weekly music teaching, but also enjoy the opportunity to weave musical experiences into many aspects of their curriculum learning. They learn a range of skills and musicianship through the key areas of singing, listening, composing and performing. 

National Curriculum

‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.’

Curriculum Aims for Music

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

For more details about the Music National Curriculum, please follow this link: Primary National Curriculum Music

Our Music Curriculum

Below are some of the expectations for each Key Stage, outlining aims to analyse, representing sounds and notes, composing and performing.

KS1

  • Pupils use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Pupils play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Pupils listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Pupils experiment with, create, select, and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

KS2

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations.
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions, and from great composers and musicians.
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.

Click on the links below for further information:

Year 1 Music

Year 2 Music

Year 3 Music

Year 4 Music

Year 5 Music

Year 6 Music

Our Music Teaching

At Kings Hill we are lucky to have a music specialist leading the subject. We have staff able to play instruments such as the piano, guitar, ukulele, recorder, flute and drums and this knowledge is used to enhance provision of teaching and support pupils with learning to play new instruments.

Sing Up

Sing Up is a fantastic online Music resource which we use to enhance the Music curriculum. It contains lessons that cover the new curriculum, focusing on singing, listening, composition and musicianship with a wealth of other resources used to develop music across the curriculum and within the wider school community.

Ukulele Tuition

As well as playing untuned instruments to understand rhythm and other musical elements, it is important for children to learn to play tuned instruments to understand pitch. At Kings Hill, the children have the opportunity to learn to play the ukulele. As they progress through the school, A range of other instruments such as hand-bells, recorders, claves and xylophones allow the children to explore pitch, hand and finger position and placement, dynamics and an array of other skills.

Peripitetic Tuition

Kings Hill links with Kent Music School in order to provide individual tuition for pupils who wish to learn. Our Pupil Premium grant can supplement tuition fees for individuals, just contact Mrs Guthrie. The school is fortunate to have a grand piano, used for lessons and for all pupils to play freely. Other lessons offered are for woodwind, brass and guitar. Please see the school office for more details or contact https://www.kent-music.com/music-lessons/

The children all work towards graded assessments and often perform for different audiences. In the last year we have had two pupils achieve music scholarships to Valley Park School.

Singing Festivals

Each year, children from across the school take part in a variety of School and Trust singing Festivals. This included Harvest celebrations, Christmas, Spring Spectacular and end of Year Productions. In addition, Kings Hill joins with other schools in the neighbourhood to and sing in the community together. In the Christmas term the choir joins in Carols around the Christmas Tree and in the summer term, KS2 children take part in the Valley Invicta Trust Music Festival. 

Young Voices

The largest school choir in the world, this organisation offers our growing school choir the opportunity to sing at the O2 in a spectacular annual event with children from all over the UK. This really is a highlight of our music calendar. https://www.youngvoices.co.uk/

Music Concerts

Over the past few years, Kings Hill has been treated to Musical performances concerts performed by musicians, Kent Music tutors and parents. We have watched a ukulele concert, have listened to violin and piano performances and also been visited by a selection of woodwind instrument tutors! The specialist musicians play a variety of pieces of music and teach us about the instrument they are playing and foster the aspirations of becoming a musician or composer. Children have had the opportunity to play the instruments, from the flute to the saxophone to the huge bassoon! The children gain so much from these amazing concerts!

Makaton Signing

The children learn and practice Makaton signing alongside pieces learned for performances or in assemblies. This excellent form of communication enhances the children’s skills and helps them reinforce the inclusive nature of the curriculum we offer at Kings Hill.