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.

Welcome to Venus's Page

Your teacher is Mrs van Rensburg


your  teaching assistants are Miss Dearnaley and Mrs Waghorn


Term 2 

PE:   Tuesdays and Thursdays

Spelling Tests:  Fridays -- as we no longer have forest school this term.

Reading Challenge: Please keep up with listening to your child read at least 3 times each week in order to stay on track and receive a bronze certificate and treat at the end of this term. Updates will be pasted in your child's reading record at the end of this week.

TERM 2  Gods and Mortals

The newsletter about this theme will be on the website by the end of the week. I have included the homework tasks and the due dates.

TASK 1  -- Due date Monday 11th November 

TASK 2 -- Due date Monday 2nd December

End of theme class visit.

Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to our end of theme afternoon.

The children loved this Predator theme and worked hard learning new skills.

Thank you to all the grandparents who visited us we do hope that you enjoyed your time with Venus class.

Thank to the parents who were able to attend the class meeting on Wednesday. I hope that you found it useful and informative. I am including the power point presentation for those of you who could not make the meeting so that you have the necessary information.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursdays.

You will need a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and socks and trainers.

 PE kit must be in school everyday as we could use our trainers outside when we have a brain break by jogging, skipping or running.

This term we will have Forest school on Fridays.

.You will need to remember your jogging bottoms or long trousers, a long sleeved shirt, waterproof jacket, socks, wellies or old trainers and

warm hat for those cold days. 

You will all have forest school each week. You have been divided into two groups (see contact books for groups) and the groups will alternate going to forest school in the morning or afternoon each week.

Please make sure that wellies or old trainers are sent to school in a separate bag as they do become very muddy in wet weather.

Meet the teacher is on Wednesday 11th September at 3.20 pm in Venus class.

I look forward to meeting you all and sharing expectations, routines and activities for Venus class this year.

Theme for Term 1 


It’s time to take a walk on the wild side!

This half term, we’ll invite some amazing animals into our classroom to discover how they move, what they feel like and what they eat. We’ll also program a toy to move across a grid – will it be caught by a predator? We’ll learn about the different parts of a plant and how some plants are predators! From our investigations about the human skeleton, we’ll find out how muscle make the bones move. We’ll investigate food chains and learn about how animals find their food. Using the internet, we’ll research the majestic peregrine falcon and discover where crocodiles live. After our research, we’ll create an exciting aquatic animation.

At the end of the theme, we’ll show you a range of animal fact presentations, make animal collages and learn about the interesting (and disgusting) world of parasites!

Learning focus:   Science

                  English Recounts, leaflets, poetry, stories, speeches

                  Science Food chains, fossils, plants, skeletal systems

                  Art & design 3-D models

                  Computing Algorithms, flow diagrams, research, logical reasoning and presentations

                  D&T Selecting and using materials

                  Geography fieldwork, using maps

                  Mathematics Data handling

                  PE Competitive games

                  PSHE Resolving differences


Help your child prepare for their project Predators can be found in deserts, jungles, oceans or even in your own back garden! Why not go for a walk and see which animals and plants you can identify? You could also visit a zoo, thinking about which animals are predators and which animals might be their prey. Alternatively, put bird food in the garden to see if you can attract any visitors!

HOMEWORK for term 1

Please select two activities from the Home Learning ideas.

The first one is due in on Friday 27th September

and the second one is due on Friday 11th October.

You are invited to school on Tuesday 15th October at 2.30 pm to see the work that we had completed this term..


 We will working on the following in Maths and English.




Addition and subtraction of a one digit number from a three digit number.

Placing numbers on  a number line.

Continue to learn phonics to help our spelling.

Using conjunctions to join sentences and link ideas into a more complex sentence.

Adding and subtracting tens from a three digit number. Column method.

3 times table

Recount using First, then, next, after that, finally. Must be in chronological

sequence. Be able to recap an event orally. Write a recount after our visit from predators.

Bar models     324     =   254   +    ?

                         324     -   254  = 

Write sensible number stories for the bar model.

Counting on and back in tens.

Poetry about predators and their prey.

Read poems about the predators.

Create noun phrases to use in their own poems.

Adding and subtracting hundreds from a three digit number. 234+500=

Using < smaller than < greater than and = is equal to/the same as

Creating leaflets and trump cards

Know how to set out a leaflet and a trump card.

Choose a predator and create their own.

Problem solving using addition and subtraction column method

Fact file / information leaflet

Create another leaflet about a different predator.


Revision of 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Multiplication – making groups of 3  (times table)

Division – sharing equally.


Narrative story

Write your own story about an imaginary predator using knowledge that you have learnt.