Sutton Valence Primary School,
North St, Maidstone, Kent ME17 3HT

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Sutton Valence Primary School


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Year 2, Mary Secole

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This term the children are learning about Mary Secole. The children told me:

“She was born in 1805 and had a Scottish father and a Jamaican mother. She was so brave, even though she was bullied a lot and many people were not kind”.

“She was a nurse and helped everyone, it didn’t matter what side they fought on”.

“She healed using plants”.

Today the children learned about the healing qualities of lemon, aloe vera, ginger and lavender, plants that she would have used to heal.

Lemon was used to help coughs. Mary would mix it.

Ginger was used to help diarrhoea. Mary would grind it.

Aloe Vera was used to help cuts and wounds. Mary would mix it.

Lavender was used to help sooth headaches, calm stress and help people sleep better.


The children shared how they use herbs at home:

Eleanor: My mummy drinks lemon tea. We have an aloe vera plant at home. It can be used for healing. Rub it in your skin to heal quicker.

Florence: Lemons are very sour but I like the taste.

Sebastian: I have a bubble bath that smells of ginger.

Fae, Zienna and Henry said that aloe is great for cuts and smells like avocado and kiwis.

Eleanor, inspired started writing notes and tips to share with others.

We will start collating these in our Earthclass book.

Mr Scott’s re-cycled propagator

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Rather than throw the old ceiling lights away, Mr Scott our site manager, came up with an ingenious way to re-use them as propagators.

We have filled them with potting soil and sown seeds.

As the wet soil heats up water evaporates and then condenses, keeping the soil moist and warm as the heat is kept in with the tight fittings.

Our peas have already germinated!

Tree Sap

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Sticky and golden, sap moves through trees to circulate water and nutrients, much like blood in our veins.

Pine trees, being evergreen, produce sap all year round but it flows strongest in spring and summer.

Special vascular tissues called the xylem and phloem transport it around the tree.

Sap brings nutrients absorbed from the soil by the roots up and food produced by the leaves down.

Eggstra Special

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“What do our chickens’ eggs taste like?”

“Well, let’s find out!”

Year 5 Creatives - Mud huts and woodland wedges

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Exploring different building materials.

Next week the children may choose to follow this up with research about wattle and daub and cob houses and explore other forest fashion.

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