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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!


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.


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!


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


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


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!


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!


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


Sharks Class have been busy preparing for our 'This is Me' Fashion Show next week


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.


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.


Whales have been working hard using the conjunction so in their SPAG lesson. We are SPAG masters!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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


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.


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.


Sharks have been working really hard on their number bonds and missing number addition! Keep up the good work 👏#maths


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👉


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


Whale Class have been working incredibly hard on column addition this week! We have mastered it!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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


Year 3 have been working hard with manipulatives to solve problems involving multiplication and division.


Our sports leaders have been teaching Year 4 how to play Bench Ball ready for the upcoming tournament


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.


Year 2 have been starting their geography topic by making some art based on hot and cold colours.

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:

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

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:

Early Years Curriculum at Kings Hill

To find out more about our curriculum at Valley Invicta Primary at Kings Hill, please visit: