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24/06/22

Year 1 and 2 had a fab time at the art builders illustration workshop online https://t.co/CVCdw0YHl9

31/05/22

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24/05/22

Everyone had a fantastic time at last night. The children all performed amazingly and did the school proud! https://t.co/qj45bkyMTS

23/05/22

The children are excited and ready for this evenings performance. We hope everyone enjoys the show, for those attending we are on the first level to the left of the stage! https://t.co/I3mUwFoYY5

23/05/22

As part of our Careers Fair lots of pupils learnt about businesses that support adults with financial management and learnt all about pensions, trust funds etc as well as many other professions https://t.co/ciOVZkloj3

23/05/22

The winners for the Careers Fair were Annabelle in Starfish and Isla in Seals. Congratulations girls, we look forward to hearing all about your days out! https://t.co/CT5uRBKgpH

23/05/22

On Friday, Year 6 attended the Young Adventurers Camp out weekend at Buckmore park with other primary schools in the trust. They learnt to put up & pack down their tents, enjoyed an outdoor late-night cinema & had great fun caving, orienteering, & exploring the stunning woodland https://t.co/3uYlBg7ZZU

23/05/22

A MASSIVE well done to our Starfish Superstar cyclists who took part in the Early Years Bike race at last week. The children zoomed around the race track, jumped over ramps and even took part in a relay bike sprint! As always, our children were AWESOME!! https://t.co/pLKW4NEGLw

19/05/22

A HUGE well done to our INCREDIBLE Yr1 children who took part in the Change4Life Sports festival at yesterday. They competed in a number of challenging activities that tested their jumping, catching, sprinting, throwing & balance skills! Amazingly Awesome Athletes! https://t.co/0QfinR7Qdd

19/05/22

This week in PSHE Whale Class thought about the difference between items that we need and want. They discussed the difference between these two situations. https://t.co/Ad9xiRNPqr

19/05/22

As part of our architecture topic in Art/DT, Year 5 have been comparing modern new-builds to Tudor houses. They have produced some incredible sketches using their observation skills! https://t.co/hVf5L7wdQF

18/05/22

⭐⭐RRSA GOLD⭐⭐ Do take a look at our fantastic RRSA Gold report. https://t.co/oFMN4ecbXe

18/05/22

We are thrilled to have been awarded our GOLD Rights Respecting Award. Gold is the highest accolade given by & shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. https://t.co/34L7bKcEnC

16/05/22

A huge well done to Isla, Jamie and Sarannah in Year 3 on winning the U8's girls tournament at the Wateringbury football tournament on Saturday. 8 teams participated & they won all the matches. They had a close match in the final but smashed it in penalties. https://t.co/8aDVboAfHZ

13/05/22

Well done year 6! You absolutely SMASHED IT this week. You have all worked so hard and all the teaching staff and governors are so incredibly proud of you. Enjoy a well-deserved relaxing weekend! https://t.co/URutp2iXc7

13/05/22

Thank you to the PTA Kings Hill VIPs for two fabulous discos this week, the children enjoyed getting dressed up and dancing and playing with their friends. A brilliant £359.40 was raised! https://t.co/4Vxi8R3WzR

13/05/22

The children thoroughly enjoyed their ‘bounce’ workshop today with learning different jumps & springs to a range of songs. Yr2 even learnt how to bounce around in a circle on their bottom, we had some very hot & sweaty children after each session https://t.co/2ZWyVU52KI

12/05/22

To celebrate the children's INCREDIBLE efforts during SATs week, Stingray class have been taking part in gardening activities this afternoon https://t.co/4yCURKCzxo

12/05/22

To celebrate the children's INCREDIBLE efforts during SATs week, Stingray class took part in a number of fun activities! Pogo art, Baking and gardening were all on offer and were hugely enjoyed by our wonderful children! https://t.co/KFZ4wMWLJ2

12/05/22

Year 5 have been studying the architecture of Norman Foster, Robert Venturi and his wife Denise Scott Brown as part of our Art and DT topic. We have been experimenting with symmetry and asymmetry! https://t.co/m6hwnJR3oA

11/05/22

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Today we welcomed for our VIAT Artist Workshop with Su Blackwell 'Literature Enriches Me....' https://t.co/yaNX7ZqUnG

11/05/22

We entered the beautiful artwork of Anluan, Emie and Naithu from Year 6 into the Young Artist’s Summer Show. They were unfortunately unsuccessful in qualifying for the final show, but we want to celebrate this significant milestone in their artist development. https://t.co/jhNSEBuoAA

11/05/22

This afternoon Shark Class have been mixing paint to make brick colours and practised printing in their sketch books before printing brick patterns on their castles that they made last week. https://t.co/93lvVkfuzZ

10/05/22

Year 6 have been working hard this week on their SATS -we’re so proud of them! So as a tonic to our morning tests, we’ve been having some lovely, calm and creative afternoons. Today we looked at the ‘Take One Picture’ and completed a creative workshop in response https://t.co/pWMV54elwF

10/05/22

Starfish have been making play doh vegetables, drawing and labelling a carrot and cutting and sticking foods into healthy and treat sections! https://t.co/JSalU1YAdC

06/05/22

Art club have been working hard to create these beautiful flower pictures. https://t.co/jwLfa1Q0o0

05/05/22

Knowing that it’s SATS next week, we wanted to equip our year 6 with ways to handle worry and stress. We spent time learning how to ‘unwind’ & techniques to feel calm. We are so proud of the hard work they have all put in, and hope that they can all relax over the weekend. https://t.co/Q41DsvNxAs

05/05/22

As part of our art learning Whale Class spent the afternoon exploring drawing feathers using a range of different art media. What the children produced was OUTSTANDING. https://t.co/hAzIIRqsGA

05/05/22

In science, Seal Class looked at how light works on a mirror. They played a variety of mini-games using mirrors to see how words would appear when looking into the mirrors. https://t.co/TvSe5NfQNi

05/05/22

Year 1 have been very busy making cardboard castles following their trip last week to We are very impressed with the results but not so impressed with the mess! https://t.co/U25WLLHUtd

05/05/22

On Tuesday afternoon, our fantastic Year 5/6 football team headed over to for a 9 a side league match. It was a tough match against some very skilled players but our team of heroes battled hard to a 1-1 draw. Mr Littleton couldn't be prouder of the team! https://t.co/29xa6lxOmn

03/05/22

Luke in Year 5 has been doing fundraising during the month of April. He did the ‘walk 60 miles in April’ to raise funds for Luke is super chuffed that he managed to raise £235. Well done Luke! https://t.co/TCm6fcqF2Y

03/05/22

In the Easter holidays, George in Yr5 took part in the Kent Golf Invicta 10s competition at Hever Castle Golf Club. He did 9 holes of golf in the morning and a skills challenge in the afternoon. He won the chipping skills challenge and received a medal. Well done George! https://t.co/hqLJl1qNNj

03/05/22

This morning Whale Class started retelling their story called Firebird. They have been creating a story map of the opening of the story. https://t.co/FJumTaD7wN

03/05/22

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Four customers helped to inspire the next generation of from morning during a careers talk at our . Thanks again to Kent Hearing, Sculpt and Shape, Reef Financial and Adams & Bowles Wealth Management! https://t.co/60YdpaLurd

03/05/22

The new May Kings Hill Directory magazine is now available and can be viewed online here: https://t.co/DbQGd9kqaM

29/04/22

To celebrate our new writing focus on Mabeth, Stingray class have been planning and writing character descriptions based on the devious character Macbeth! The children have also been busy debating some thought provoking opinions like is Lady Macbeth more evil than Macbeth? https://t.co/gjyXgiA3l6

29/04/22

In Art this week Seals class designed their first draft mask. To ensure they had lots of creative ideas they reflected on their learning last week using their collage of ideas around the topic 'carnival' https://t.co/zJR7DxjdOp

28/04/22

To kick-start their Science topic on Lifecycles, Dolphins Class created their own butterflies using paint and their knowledge of symmetry. They show the amazing nature of metamorphosis in insects. https://t.co/dFXYBVug1y

28/04/22

Weaving Whales have been having a lovely time investigating and exploring the different patterns you can make when weaving different materials. https://t.co/4UuEDYWHpt

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