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12/07/24

Good Bye and Good Luck to our amazing Year 6 Class! https://t.co/KUCWwqlbh2— VIPS () July 12, 2024

11/07/24

This week, Year 5 have been learning about the key development milestones of a baby’s first year! We created our own creative timelines to show each event! pic.twitter.com/jhr7ZQIhfa— VIPS () July 11, 2024

04/07/24

A huge thank you to one of our parents who has kindly donated new book for our Library pic.twitter.com/dHJggg1UJF— VIPS () July 4, 2024

02/07/24

Stingray class visited Kent Police HQ for their annual open day. The children were treated to demonstrations on how the police keep us safe, including the opportunity to witness a fantastic Police dog training session and information workshops on safety awareness! pic.twitter.com/xUIsapiUsJ— VIPS () July 2, 2024

21/06/24

As if the Year 6 aren't frazzled enough, they then had to solve a series of mental and physical challenges.They are so resilient! 😁 pic.twitter.com/YmIo8318mi— VIPS () June 21, 2024

21/06/24

Starfish had an art workshop with Mrs Guthrie this week. We made rangoli patterns, influenced by Van Gough’s sunflowers. pic.twitter.com/Xzulj0bcfm— VIPS () June 21, 2024

20/06/24

Year 6 are having a fantastic time at PGL this week, Mr L's group have started the day with Jacob's Ladder! Mrs Hilton's group started the day with a friendly duel. Fortunately, nobody was mortally wounded, so that was a plus! 😁 pic.twitter.com/cVeTxz1gsW— VIPS () June 20, 2024

20/06/24

Shark Class have had lots of fun with the parachute and started making some art work for our display. We had so much fun! pic.twitter.com/QOKsUheDml— VIPS () June 20, 2024

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

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our Vision for Early Years

In Early Years at Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, we want parents and carers to feel secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for and happy at school.

We want our children to be excited and motivated to learn through our rich and challenging learning experiences.

We have high expectations for all our children and recognise that everyone will have different starting points to their learning. We plan according to children’s interests and stage of development so all can thrive and develop.

We aim for children to be well-rounded individuals who are independent, resilient, and confident in themselves and with others, and be ready to flourish in Key Stage One (KS1) as they move on from Reception.

Settling into School

Children settle quickly into school at Kings Hill due to the care and attention spent in building trusting professional relationships with families and pre-schools alike.

In the summer term, teachers visit nurseries to spend time with the children in a familiar setting and find out more information from key workers.

Parents and children have the opportunity to visit school on several occasions, where they can meet the teachers and their new peers. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) provide our new entrants with a fantastic ‘welcome learning pack’ which contains resources, activity ideas and information for the summer months targeted to support a successful start to school.

In September, the teaching team complete home visits to see the children in another familiar setting and for parents and teachers to have time to ask questions and share information. The children have a short gradual start to the term with part time hours in the first full week and then increase to full time hours by week 3.

Every day is well organised, structured and offers exciting opportunities for every child to learn, make links and apply their knowledge.

Regularly changing topics lead learning with high quality teaching securing basic skills. There is a carefully planned timetable of both adult and child lead learning allowing children to gather new skills and knowledge, then consolidate their understanding through play.

Our Early Years Learning Environment

We take pride in our classrooms, and the children learn to respect their outdoor and local community environment.

Teachers lead and encourage every child to explore, create and learn through exciting, stimulating, interactive and accessible resources, facilitating purposeful learning both inside and outdoors.

About the Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps prepare for school ‘readiness’ as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Children develop quickly; experiences before the age of five will have a major impact on their future life chances.

The EYFS framework explains how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development and provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

It specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. 

Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical Development;
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for a child’s healthy development and underpin a child’s future learning.

These prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the World;
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

All 7 areas of learning are used to plan children’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child at school will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. It is designed to be responsive and flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Opportunities to develop a number of skills and concepts across several areas of learning is also crucial.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. It is very important that they develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning. 

The guiding principles that shape our practice in the Early Years are that children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

Phonics teaching and learning are a key part of the Foundation Stage and help to develop early reading and writing skills. We use a proven, systematic phonics programme called Read Write Inc. You can find about more about how we teach phonics here:

https://www.kingshill.viat.org.uk/2326/reading-scheme-read-write-inc-phonics

You can read more about Read, Write Inc. itself here:

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/

Early Learning Goals

The EYFS curriculum consists of 17 aspects of learning and final Early Learning goals.

Children are assessed at the end of the EYFS (end of Reception year) against these Early Learning goals. From September 2021 onwards, each child’s level of development will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs).  Practitioners will indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development:

  • Emerging = not yet reaching expected levels of development for age;
  • Expected = reached expected levels of development for age.

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford, we provide our pupils with the opportunities to meet the Early Learning Goals in all these aspects.

Assessment plays an important part in helping parents, carers and practitioners to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs and to plan activities and support. Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process.  It involves practitioners observing children to understand their level of achievement, interests and learning styles. Then using this to shape learning experiences for each child reflecting observations made.

To this end, we make systematic observations and assessments of each child's achievements, interests and learning styles.  We then use these observations and assessments to identify learning priorities and plan relevant and motivating learning experiences for each child.

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, we use Tapestry to capture assessment detail and track progress towards the Early Learning Goals. We further strengthen this with detailed Maths and Literacy commentary and recordings of children’s work within a variety of folders, books and floor books shared across the class.

Year 1 teachers will communicate closely with Reception teachers about each child’s skills and abilities in relation to the three key characteristics of effective learning. These will inform transition meetings to plan for learning needs and ensure all children can continue to flourish as they move into KS1.

To find out more about the EYFS framework please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs-framework/changes-to-the-early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs-framework

Early Years Curriculum at Kings Hill

To find out more about our curriculum at Valley Invicta Primary at Kings Hill, please visit: https://www.kingshill.viat.org.uk/2693/curriculum-sequence-rockets

Supporting Transition from Reception to Year 1

Click here for more information.