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.

Earth Class


In September, our school was asked to take part in a promotional video for Wilder Kent Awards. Please take a look at the video!


Year 4

Posted: Oct 2, 2022 by: Tara (Tara) on: Forest Blog

After recapping how trees help us the children got into pairs to Meet a Tree.

In this activity one person is blindfolded and must use their other senses to get to know their tree: hug it, smell it, feel for knots or branches, protruding roots, listen to leaves rustling.

The sight guide must ensure their partner feels safe by describing their way to the special tree they have chosen for them, via an indirect route.

“Meet a Tree felt good and I did not worry. I felt safe with my sight guide. He led me safely, told me the direction and was slow. I found my tree and I got to know it. I knew which one it was. I felt it inside. I just knew it.” (Ayden)

In last week’s session a number of children made potions with herbs from the herb garden and aromatic flowers from the allotment and today they developed this learning with added citrus scents, herbal and floral aromas.

Didi has an especially fine ‘nose’ and will make an excellent perfumer.

The children also made soothing, calming bags with dried lavender.

“We are using citrus fruits for an energising  perfume.” (Eden)

“I have put ginger, lemon and orange in a perfume bottle. It is quite pungent and reminds me of Christmas.” (Didi)

“So does mine! Do you want to smell? It’s called Jolly Christmas.” (Eden)