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.

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Reception Class

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This week we were amazed to find a letter with a map and riddles that led us to treasure.

It was from the Talking Tree and the chickens, who laid the children chocolate eggs!

Some of their questions about butterflies were answered and we also went exploring the cabin and the allotment.

On Friday the children will be following a different trail at Bedgebury to find the Gruffalo.

For free choice, some of the children made a character from the story out of the clay, others dug up weeds or wrote a thank you letter.

Reception Class

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Emily brought in a Painted Lady butterfly that she had raised from a caterpillar.

Last term in class the children read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and they remembered so much about the lifecycle of a butterfly.

After a really good look we released it and said some lovely words to send it on its way.

They were very curious and wrote questions to leave with the Talking Tree.

Fingers crossed they will receive answers next week!

Year 5

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Amazing perseverance from Lucas who spent a few weeks sourcing, sawing and lashing together wood to make a camp table.

Year 4

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It really is amazing what small creatures you can find in the smallest of ponds.

The children identified a rat-tailed maggot, the larvae of some hoverfly.

In the main pond they found palmate newts and smooth newts and learned about different food chains.

Alex made an ingenious grinder from wood.

He used it to crush plantain before applying it to a sting.

Year 3

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The children have been investigating what plants need to grow as part of their Stemterprise project.

They have also been creating natural art, after looking closely at patterns in nature.

This extends on the work in class based on the American artist Fred Tomaselli.

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