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

Year 2 Goblin Fever 11th December

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Today we found a letter stating that a goblin village had been destroyed when Draco dragon accidently slid across it in his dancing shoes.

The children were so quick to build it up again and made treehouses, living areas, pools and swings.

Eden: This is a shelter for the goblins, so that they can go in and hide. They can sleep here too. We are making it comfortable with sycamore leaves.

Sonny: I am making an underground habitat so they are nice and warm like rabbits in a warren, protected from the cold and wind. Some of the goblins sleep in the treehouses though, high up there.

We also set up the nocturnal camera and left out some apple cores on a tray.

What footprints could we capture on the wet sand?

A week later we found the apple cores gone and no tracks.

Had the rain washed them away?

Returning to goblin village we were amazed to find another letter, a camera card and a book.

Our jaws dropped and our eyes were on stilts when we saw photo and video evidence showing what other creatures we share school with.

It’s not just dragons and goblins!

This week we will be looking at aerial maps of our school and pinpointing habitats.

No doubt there will be further correspondence with our woodland friends.

Woooaaaah, this is sooo exciting!

Year 4 Children In Need

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On Friday the children raised lots of money for Children in Need and reflected on how important it is to support others less fortunate than ourselves.

This is an unsettling time and Year 4 created some environmental art to share with others how they help themselves to feel resilient, happy and grateful - entitled: Bounce Back Balloons and Vase of Gratitude.

Forest Fun in Autumn with Years 3 and 5

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Year 5 children will also be learning photography skills this term, such as the ‘rule of thirds’, lighting and finding a focal point.


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Nature presents an incredibly visual rainbow of colours and the children investigated the use of plants to create natural dyes, experimenting with dyeing methods and a variety of plant materials: spinach, grass, flowers, beetroot, turmeric, ginger, charcoal, sunflower petals, elderberries and raspberries.

They made natural paintbrushes and then used these to paint.

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