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!

Forest Blog

Friday, 25th November

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Today we were really lucky because Olya Stevens (Elysia and Mikey’s mum) came in and taught us some yoga. We learned that if you do it regularly you can forget anything stressful. It made most of us feel really energised and ready for what we were going to do next. It helped us with the next activity, birdwatching.

We had to stay very still and watch all the birds and then had to identify them. We did this by looking at their shape, call, behaviour, colour and beak. We are preparing for the RSPB school bird watch. Other people made informative bird posters so that people have more of an idea what the bird is when they spot it.

Scarlett, Year 5

We also learned how to use a bow saw and bill hook. Dylan and Cameron then used wood slices to create landscape drawings using crayons.

A huge ‘THANK YOU!’ to our fabulous dinner ladies

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A huge ‘THANK YOU!’ to our fabulous dinner ladies, Miss Hunt and Miss Penfold, for such a wonderful decorative workshop today. Miss Hunt brought in an assortment of floral and wooden crafts and materials: miniature baskets and woven rings; a variety of adornments; containers and oasis and so much more -  three long tables worth in fact! The children spent time exploring and after an introduction and demonstration they were off. They made imaginative and creative, festive offerings and were totally engaged, even those who initially thought that they might not be. Most items sold out in the shop that day, so parents and children clearly appreciated what they had made.

Mrs Haynes was busy in the kitchen making assorted fruit (from our allotment) muffins with the children. After an essential tasting session they got the thumbs up.

Shop Opening Day!

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We launched our forest school shop this week and WOW what a turnout!

Thank you to everyone for coming along and supporting us. 

Welcome to our forest school blog

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The children and I will be regularly blogging with forest school updates :)

Last week we had a lot of fun with the leaves: dancing with them; throwing them in the air; creating temporary art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and ultimately , collecting the red, gold, yellow, orange and brown deciduous leaves to make leaf piles that will make valuable leaf mould (once we've had fun lying in them!) We also cut back the summer fruiting raspberries and planted the last of hundreds of spring bulbs.

The children have also been very busy preparing for our new forest craft and food shop that will be open Wednesdays and Fridays 3pm - 3.30pm. Year 5 have all chosen different roles and will become experts in their area, before teaching other classes. They are learning what is involved in managing a shop, making and monitoring stock and sales and it is wonderful for them to gain entrepreneurial skills. We are all very excited about this new venture and grateful that our new allotment has already provided us with an assortment of fruits.


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