Sutton Valence Primary School,
North St, Maidstone, Kent ME17 3HT

01622 842188

Sutton Valence Primary School


Our mission is to ensure we all participate in the constant quest of knowledge, learning and adventure so that each individual can build upon their core strengths to aspire to make a real difference.

Forest Blog

Planting tree saplings from the Woodland Trust with Mr Hardin

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As we begin our journey into No-Dig gardening I want to thank Emma Goodwin for sharing her knowledge and passion about regenerative agriculture with me.

I left The Crossing feeling incredibly inspired.

Details of her Community Supported Agriculture scheme can be found here and information about courses at

Thank you also to Jane and Gary Ward for supporting our journey for several years since meeting as allotment neighbours.

Jane and Gary are passionate supporters of the No-Dig approach and are helping us in so many ways as we embark on our own journey.

Thank you to Ian Betts for his kind donation of well-rotted manure to get us going.

As the children waved from the behind the fence, Ian laughed and said, “I don’t get this response from the sheep!”

To EVERYONE who took the time to vote for Sutton Valence Primary School in the Aviva Community Fund, THANK YOU!!

We were gold award winners and will receive funding of £1000 which will go towards composters, fencing, seeds and tools.

Year 3

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For the next few weeks we will finding signs of spring and observing early flowering plants in nature and in art.

Year 2

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We all agree: worms are fascinating, ecosystem engineers; wiggly and wonderful.

Yalding Beekeepers visit

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Last Friday, Graham Osbourne from Yalding Beekeepers visited Year 3 at Forest School to explain all the elements of a bee hive and teach us about honey bees.

It was such a brilliant morning and we all learned so much.

He also left us a leaflet with the names of the best pollinating plants and this will be invaluable when sowing seeds for our wildflower area in our new butterfly and bee garden.

Thank you, Graham!


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Interesting facts:

* Poppies are great pollinators and their bright colours draw insects in.

* Last year one hive made 100 pounds (45 kg) of honey

* Every 3rd mouthful comes from pollinating insects.

* Bees collect pollen nectar, which has protein that the young bees mix with honey to make bee bread.

* Bees collect tree sap (sticky like glue and bees use to repair hive and it also has medicinal properties, like antiseptic).

* Bees are very clean and poo outside their hive.

* There is 1 queen bee in the hive (laying 1000 eggs a day), 1000s of female worker bees and 500 or so male drone bees (in autumn the females kick the males out and they die).

* The young worker bees have wax glands on their heads, the queen comes along, lays eggs and the white sausage larvae they develop into is fed by young bees to fatten them up.

* Queen lives up to 5 years, worker bees 6 weeks (in winter live longer – up to 6 months – sit in hive over winter and vibrate wings very gently to keep hive warm)

* The queen flies the highest as has the biggest wings.

* Female bees can fly up to 3 miles (5km) to find food. They have many jobs:

        * take food, store and cap over

        * eat some of the honey

        * clean the hive

        * feed the queen

        * make wax

        * repair cells

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