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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Teepees and Totem Poles

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Did you know?

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The children were overall winners of South East In Bloom


This term Year 5 have been busy completing a schools environmental challenge organised by South and South East in Bloom, who are looking for schools that contribute most in caring for our fragile environment: encouraging and supporting wildlife and the wider educational value this brings.

Well done Year 5 for all your hard work this term, collating evidence in pictures and text.

We had a great term, learning more about ants with our ant-o-sphere and there was a lot of fact finding about various species.

Scarlett: Newts can change their eye lenses 18 times in 16 years?

Lily: There are three different types of newt in the UK, including smooth newt, palmate newt, crested newt.

Olivia: Cowslips are poisonous to horses and cows.

Izzy: The great tit is known as a bird bully.

Keira: Great tits and coal tits are nesting in bird boxes in our forest school area.

Suffian: Chickens are related to the tyrannosaurus rex and hens teach chicks before they’ve even hatched.

Lexi: Chickens can communicate with over 30 vocalisations, each meaning something.

Wills: Ants are the strongest animals in the world in terms of the ratio of body weight compared to what they can carry.

Sit spots and mindful moments

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We have been so fortunate to have Evie’s grandad, John Harcourt, join us for an hour each week this term, to share with us his knowledge of birds and of bird watching.

The Year 3 children all really appreciated this special time and learned so much more about each other as well and they really were buzzing.  

Summer is finally here and we all carefully explored the school pond and learned some facts about the different creatures we found.

The newts were of particular interest! Here are some interesting facts that the children learned.

*Newts are amphibians, which means they live in water and on land.

*Newts overwinter and look for somewhere that will protect them from the frost and then, in the early springtime, they gather in the pond to breed.

*They lay their eggs on small broad-leaved plants, carefully wrapping each one up in a leaf.

*A baby newt is a tadpole, hatches from an egg and is born with gills, so must stay underwater to breathe. A young newt in the larvae stage has feathery gills outside their body (which they later lose). All newts can breathe through their skin, through a process called diffusion. When they become efts, this juvenile larval stage is mostly terrestrial and they develop lungs so that they can breathe on land, but they must keep their skin moist. As adults they return to the water and spend the remainder of their time there. The oxygen in the water is absorbed and diffused directly into the animal’s blood vessels, through the skin as they no longer have gills.

Agents of Change

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Last term we were so excited to win, not just Best School for Conservation in Maidstone, but Sutton Valence Primary School were also presented with this apple as Overall Conservation Winners in Kent and Medway.

The judges mentioned how impressed they were with everything we are doing to help the environment.

Every child should pat themselves on the back for this award as everyone has been involved in some way.

You really have made a positive different to our beautiful world.

Year 6

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This was our first forest school session in our new shelter and it really did make a difference as the heavens opened and we were able to go inside.

Liberty, Ellie and Priscilla were quick decorate, adding hanging baskets and assorted foliage and we all enjoyed marshmallows and more inspiring stories of survival.

We really are grateful to everyone who gave their time or resources to erect this amazing building.

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