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21/06/24

After receiving an amazing letter from Hazel Class have been designing their own dragons. pic.twitter.com/ahHXGcP0Ss

21/06/24

On Wednesday, we had a very creative afternoon designing our very own dots. We developed our artistic skills, persevered and felt proud of the final outcomes. pic.twitter.com/8rRNpB6gJf

19/06/24

KS2 enjoying the sun, new chalk boards and sports equipment at lunch time! pic.twitter.com/EFLrrYh23H

19/06/24

On Monday, we held our ‘Cultural Fair’ to celebrate different countries and cultures. The fair was a huge success and the children learnt lots about the different countries including languages spoken there and traditions followed. Thank you so much to everyone who helped! pic.twitter.com/pHfX2mmJvQ

18/06/24

Key Stage 2 had a wonderful morning being entertained by a Music Roadshow from . This children were very inspired and will hopefully now go on to learn to play an instrument. Thank you for coming to see us. pic.twitter.com/oVEZuxLFXU

14/06/24

Elm Class have been on a tree hunt to find some deciduous and evergreen trees. Can find any trees at home? pic.twitter.com/91TLNGWXTs

14/06/24

Reading for pleasure in our wonderful library. What a lovely end to the week in Sycamore Class! pic.twitter.com/CSNjAAyavY

11/06/24

Year 6 had a great morning with Dr Crouch from Invicta, learning about colour reactions, acids and alkalis for our Science Week. pic.twitter.com/WwOegisyfU

06/06/24

Year 6 loved their trip to see ‘The Lion King’. Thank you to the PTA for this fabulous experience. pic.twitter.com/vcyWuJEME9

05/06/24

were having a great day here in Aylesford!! Top effort!! 🎖 pic.twitter.com/3DW0c2JuB9

03/06/24

‘A Day with a Difference’ was an absolutely wonderful way to begin Term 6, in Elm Class! We worked really hard on developing our skills in sports and really enjoyed the teamwork element, showing what great sports men and women we are. pic.twitter.com/Bzd0FVS1r5

03/06/24

Year 6 had a great day enjoying a variety of sporting activities on offer for our Trust-wide event, ‘Day for a Difference’. pic.twitter.com/AgUXfml0Vv

03/06/24

Thank you for helping Year 2 find the korfball stars of the future! pic.twitter.com/x76qWrZxpd

03/06/24

What a way to start Monday morning! Year 2 absolutely loved learning fitness skills with . pic.twitter.com/28Fl4HYUah

03/06/24

A great start to the VIAT Sports festival here at Aylesford. Year 4 loved playing Korfball! Thank you to for giving our children the opportunity to try a new sport. pic.twitter.com/5aHvftrAXk

24/05/24

Year 4 had an amazing trip at today. It was inspiring to see the work being done. Thank you for showing us around, we all loved it. pic.twitter.com/2a0OaGeDZb

24/05/24

Elder class made their very own ‘steady hand buzzer game’ in science today. What a great way to learn about electricity! pic.twitter.com/XtCDrktmUK

24/05/24

Yew Class welcomed parents into school yesterday to complete their Ancient Egyptian canopic jars. The finished results are incredible, and the children are all very proud of their creations! pic.twitter.com/du0IXudyBU

23/05/24

Year 1 had a magnificent time at their Parent Showcase this morning. Thank you so much for coming - it was lovely to see so much enjoyment while learning! pic.twitter.com/rxxeikvtra

23/05/24

We have really enjoyed hearing each others’ stories. We were really inspired by this terms story, ‘Wild’ by Emily Hughes. pic.twitter.com/EJR7LlzDi2

23/05/24

We have been growing beans and sunflowers in Year 1 this term. I wonder how tall they will grow now they have gone home with the children? pic.twitter.com/MMNXmVHjQQ

23/05/24

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23/05/24

Congratulations to the Year 5 boys who participated in the Oakwood Park Grammar School football tournament. Despite the weather, we all had an amazing time and the boys should be super proud of reaching the quarter finals. Well done! pic.twitter.com/KvZhIsFyyT

22/05/24

Elder class had a very exciting science lesson making a burglar alarm. pic.twitter.com/aJVW19iZky

21/05/24

Elm Class have had a wonderful time making their final outcome for Earth Art. “I am having the best time ever” said one child in the class. pic.twitter.com/dPBkFZ8O52

Music

CURRICULUM SCOPE

Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford aims for all children to have access to high-quality, practical, and engaging musical experiences. We want all children to develop the self-confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding to promote a lifelong love of music, whilst also providing a secure foundation that enables them to take music further should they wish to.

Children will experience a wide variety of musical styles and cultures and they will gain an understanding of these through listening and appreciating with an increasingly critical ear. Children are encouraged to develop an awareness of rhythm, pitch, dynamics, timbre, tempo, structure and melody through singing, composition and playing of wind, string and percussion instruments. Children gain increased confidence that encourages participation in musical performances for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Learning about music and having the opportunity to play musical instruments and make music together is a vital part of a rich and rounded education. We consider how music plays a key role in brain development, helping to develop language, motor skills, emotional intelligence, and collaboration skills within the children at our school.

PEDAGOGY

“Music can change the world because it can change people” Bono

Music has unique powers that can inspire and motivate everyone. At our school, we provide opportunities for all children to listen, perform, compose and enjoy music, to develop their musical skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical genres.

The children at our school are predominantly taught by our Trust Music Specialist having between 30-60 minutes of music teaching each week. The children have access to a range of musical instruments and materials, some of which are shared across the other primary schools in the trust.

Our music curriculum is largely based on the scheme create by Sing Up, our music specialist uses this as basis for teaching the skills and knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum. In addition to several units from the scheme, we also prepare specific year groups for seasonal performances at Christmas, Spring and Summer.

In KS1, children are taught to: use their voice expressively whilst learning songs and chants, learn to play a variety of percussion instruments, listen to and discuss music, and create their own music.

In KS2, children are taught to: improvise, compose, listen and appraise, write music and perform. In addition to this, they learn about the history of different musical styles.

Our year 3 children learn to play the Ukulele through the MusicPlus scheme run by Kent Music, this allows children to develop musical skills through playing an instrument.

Beyond the curriculum, our children have many musical opportunities, one being to learn how to play a musical instrument. Peripatetic tutors offer a range of instrumental lessons during and after school hours. These children are then given chances to take graded exams and perform in school concerts.

Children who have a keen interest in singing have the chance to join the choir when they are in KS2. This gives children even more opportunities to perform during events at school and in the community. These include, Christmas Services, charity fundraisers, Spring Concert and the VIAT Summer Festival. In addition to this, children have the chance to perform at the Young Voices Concert at the O2 Arena. It is an amazing opportunity for children to learn how challenging choral pieces come together with practice, rehearsal and teamwork.  The children who participate develop a strong sense of pride, comradeship and self-esteem.

IMPACT

Music at VIPS enables all learners to develop knowledge and skills across the whole music curriculum. Children's musical knowledge and understanding is assessed by questioning, listening and observation of performance as well as reviewing children’s written compositions.

Digital recordings play a very important role in assessing and keeping a record children’s progress in music. In Terms 1, 3 and 5, a progression snapshot is taken of each year group which gives our music specialist an opportunity to assess the children’s progress in all areas of the curriculum. In addition to this, informal recordings are taken regularly and kept in a portfolio to build a picture of the children’s time at VIPS. Both of these databases detail the pupils progress as thy journey through the school.

When children leave us in Year 6, they have enjoyed a rich tapestry of music education and are well-equipped with a secure and broad range of musical knowledge, skills and understanding which prepares them for their journey into secondary school music …and beyond!  This will be evident through; 

  • Developing an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world.  
  • The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately as well as discussing music and comprehend its parts.  
  • A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities. 
  • Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose – either as a listener, creator or performer.  
  • Singing, feel a pulse, add rhythms and create melodies in a group and further develop these skills in the future and continue to enjoy and embrace music in their lives.  

You can find out more in our Music Progression document.

Music - Year Overview

AYL Music Year Overview

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