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28/01/22

On Thursday evening, a team of Year 4 champions travelled over to SST to take on other VIPS school at a Bench ball tournament. Our children were absolutely incredible and showed true determination, perseverance and teamwork! We are so proud of them! https://t.co/qJAoCD2vko

28/01/22

Whales class have heard some amazing presentations this term so far. They have included Amsterdam, Fir trees and Dance Club, to name just a few. Can’t wait to hear all of the others in the coming weeks. https://t.co/uy2HJKivPj

28/01/22

Dolphin Class have been reading out their ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ diary entries with a desert-island backdrop! Their writing has been incredible and everyone should feel very proud! https://t.co/FkSApkAD3y

28/01/22

Yr5's oracy presentation just keep getting better and better! Levi showed off his Jimi Hendrix-stylings on the guitar, Luke shared facts about his trip to Oxford, Harry showed his amazing fossil collection and Ava wowed the class with her genuine deer skull, complete with antlers https://t.co/Qs3CyoePgY

27/01/22

For our writing focus this week, Stingray class have been using our descriptive writing toolkits to describe the moment that Flint entered the mysterious ice palace from our brilliant class novel 'Skysong' by https://t.co/XKyS4wfmBk

27/01/22

Thank you to the kitchen and all the Year 1 team for welcoming parents in for a delicious roast lunch this week. The children loved having time to read with their parents and families in school. Thank you everyone! https://t.co/j2QzUfw2Tc

27/01/22

To kick start our Oracy presentations, Lewis and Freya delivered two brilliant presentations to Stingray Class. Lewis inspired the class with information about his love of the beautiful game and Freya wowed us all with her INCREDIBLE 3D printing! https://t.co/syMtjcl40p

27/01/22

Whale class enjoyed adding their personal touches to their tie-dye t-shirts this week. We added words, patterns and slogans! https://t.co/hVbhJcCJpt

26/01/22

Sharks Class have been busy preparing for our 'This is Me' Fashion Show next week https://t.co/fILTuLZLac

25/01/22

Starfish class had a visit from the Snow Gruffalo this week – he left snowy footprints all over their outside area! The children have been investigating his movements and even created their own Gruffalo masks. https://t.co/Yhc3JdhyzR

25/01/22

As part of our Ambition Project this terms focus is ‘charity’. Yr4 wrote their own letters to Mrs Covey’s Grandma & the residents in Barty House nursing home They also included instructions for how the residents could make their own origami hearts. https://t.co/MrVWUJFCEL

25/01/22

Whales have been working hard using the conjunction so in their SPAG lesson. We are SPAG masters! https://t.co/v7njThHq1D

25/01/22

On Friday, 4 children in Yr5 represented us in a Writing Competition, where they had to hone their literary skills & compete against 9 other schools. The children performed amazingly well & their efforts paid off with scoring 4th place. We are all incredibly proud of them! https://t.co/bIMRTOrjlb

25/01/22

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are constantly working on new initiatives to highlight our proactive role in eliminating bullying, Jasmine our Year 6 ambassador has created this brilliant visual showing the two sides of bullying. https://t.co/6GaPpL5c8t

20/01/22

As part of our KS2 Charity Day, Year 5 have created cards with positive messages for the children at We hope that the children’s warm wishes and messages of hope will put a smile on the faces of the children and staff there. https://t.co/0othilMjc4

20/01/22

To raise money for our chosen charities ' and Stingray class have been busy designing persuasive posters and leaflets to advertise our 'Beat the Teacher' penalty shoot-out event on Friday 11th February at 2.30pm. https://t.co/OYsXkDf1wQ

20/01/22

Our KS2 classes have begun transforming their tie-dye t-shirts with some textile students from this morning. They have learnt a range of ways to manipulate their fabrics such as roses, slits & weaving. The finished designs will be shared at our school fashion show https://t.co/rXX9UrbkVc

20/01/22

Thank you so much to our EYFS/KS1 parents that attended our Maths Workshop, which looked at the expectations from each year group and the manipulatives we use as a school to teach them these concepts. https://t.co/MkymFwK1TB

20/01/22

Retweeted From Oxfam Education

👏An enormous thank you to for trialling our new teaching resource for primary schools last week. Look out for these online later this month! https://t.co/ePcle1XcPZ

20/01/22

We are excited to announce that Clive from has started peripatetic guitar lessons in school today, working individually to teach the children. We are hoping to work towards a mini concert later in the year! Do sign up if you would like your child to have lessons https://t.co/Dkgo7JmJB6

19/01/22

This afternoon Year 2 started their learning on habitats. They sorted living things and plants into their habitats and used their widget to help them. https://t.co/xkCaJ2qvZP

19/01/22

In geography Year 3 have been using Atlases to identify the tropical rainforests across the world and the countries/ continents in which you would find these rainforests. https://t.co/kRirUvPmmT

19/01/22

Sharks have been working really hard on their number bonds and missing number addition! Keep up the good work 👏#maths https://t.co/ohcOX98yCq

17/01/22

Retweeted From Anti-Bullying Pro (from charity The Diana Award)

Congratulations to for earning their Online Safety badge. They ran assemblies on the dos and don'ts of technology, created newsletters on online safety and ran workshops on cyberbullying behaviour. Learn more👉https://t.co/EwAaqGla6A

17/01/22

The whole school have taken part in individual Fire Safety workshops today with A huge thank you to Jo for making the sessions enjoyable as well as informative https://t.co/h71kPrBPBU

14/01/22

Whale Class have been working incredibly hard on column addition this week! We have mastered it! https://t.co/Ph01pjcXUy

13/01/22

EYFS and KS1 enjoyed their first film club with Mrs Covey, they watched The Snail and the Whale and it was great that it linked to Sharks’s writing this week. https://t.co/kum85q04Iu

13/01/22

Starfish Class have been exploring the season of winter in many different ways this week. Designing a role play area, making glue and tissue pictures and discussing key vocabulary from their focus stories too. Well done everyone. https://t.co/6tUwZxBCRB

13/01/22

It's been a hive of activity in school with many classes completing their T-shirt tie-dye. The colours and designs are going to be amazing and we can’t wait to see them once they are dried. Don’t forget to come along to our whole school fashion show on Wednesday 2nd February! https://t.co/06ymBz6OwB

13/01/22

The children have produced some excellent artwork to jump start their new learning in term 3. In Year 2 Whales Class have printed textiles for African inspired images and in Year 4 the children have used water colour pencils to represent lava in their stunning volcanoes. https://t.co/4foSl3UNR5

13/01/22

Year 5 have started their two day ‘healthy relationships’ workshop run by They have been exploring different types of friendships & what characteristics they would find in a healthy & positive relationship. https://t.co/PEPxosms69

13/01/22

To celebrate the start of AFCON 2022, Stingray class have chosen to support Ghana! As part of their support, the children have been researching this fascinating country and have even linked it to our class topic by finding information about Ghana's climate. https://t.co/JeCAqQwFZ1

13/01/22

We were so delighted to receive this wonderful football shirt revealing the new Jets Logo, designed by competition winner Levi in Year 5! Thank you to Mr Briggs one of our parents, for the shirt. We look forward to working closely with the Kings Hill Inclusive Football Team. https://t.co/BDSrobN6bF

13/01/22

As part of our rivers topic in Geography, Dolphins class have been using atlases to research and locate the major rivers of the world. We created these maps to show what we’d learned and to prepare us for the next part of our topic: the river Nile! https://t.co/Cl78CjkMij

13/01/22

Thank you to those that have sent in their reading challenge from last week – we were very impressed by the new reading corner made out of lego! https://t.co/U4BGvCLgI1

13/01/22

Retweeted From John McLaverty

A massive thank you to for inviting into school today to trial our brand new primary resources. They got a big thumbs up from Y5 & Y6. Look out for the resources online soon https://t.co/H87uniosK7 https://t.co/GP6JnkGVza

12/01/22

Year 3 have been working hard with manipulatives to solve problems involving multiplication and division. https://t.co/wi4x9BCWEV

10/01/22

Our sports leaders have been teaching Year 4 how to play Bench Ball ready for the upcoming tournament https://t.co/zHLxWFsdZv

06/01/22

To celebrate the beginning of our new Geography topic 'Climates around the world', Stingray class took part in an Art to Start session where the children were using tissue paper to create collage maps of the Earth. https://t.co/r6uSYl9ggs

06/01/22

Year 2 have been starting their geography topic by making some art based on hot and cold colours. https://t.co/UGoExcN0iC

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.