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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Year 2

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Foraged spring greens were mixed with lemon, olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Some children grated some parmesan into their wild garlic pesto, then dipped in some bread disc, simply made with self raising flour, a sprinkle of caster sugar and water until dough like, then gently cooked.

Finn thoughtfully brought in some pots and sunflower seeds for each of his classmates to sow.

This was for Down’s Syndrome Day, to raise awareness about living with Down’s Syndrome, as his younger brother does.

Just like the sunflower, we all grow and bloom in different ways.

Thank you, Finn!

Year 6

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The children looked at different kinds of shelters, how they were made and materials used.

Afterwards, they explored different forest structures: lean to-s, A frames, benders and tarpaulins.

In groups they planned one and this week made it.

Next week they evaluate.

A lot of fun was had in the local woodland and some great team work in action as well.

Year 5

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By working together we can change the future of insects.

We have been learning why they are in decline, what they do for us and how we can help.

Kent Wildlife has launched the Action for Insects Campaign and this is enabling us to learn more about the most important creatures on the planet.

41% of the insect species face extinction.

Our job is to ensure that we have all the habitats required to attract them and help increase numbers.

Year 5 are also choosing which ones to study for a re-cycling art project as well as photographing every one they see for our insect book and logging numbers.

Year 2

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With the worm full moon and the spring equinox on Sunday, we are noticing beautiful seasonal signs and appreciating the warming sun on our faces as well as the longer days.

Today we used the Kelly kettle to boil water that was poured on lemon balm to make an infusion.

Suffian said, “It tastes like the tea I drink when I visit my grandma in Morocco.”

Lemon balm, a member of the mint family, is a calming herb.

The children also made swings, dens and learned how to use a bow saw, hand and palm drill and secateurs safely.

Homes for All!

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As part of the school’s 100 Things to Do monthly challenge, the children made homes for animals.

So many children took part and have made incredible homes for insects and invertebrates, hedgehogs, bats and birds and we were blown away by their wonderful creations.

We will now consider where best to place them as we continue to make our school wildlife friendly with wildflowers, fruits and vegetables, orchard trees, wild areas, wood piles and water gardens.

As the earth warms and spring arrives we are feeling excited to see what creatures enjoy our school habitats that will provide food, shelter and a safe space to breed.

Amazing work, children and parents!

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