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

01622 842188

Sutton Valence Primary School


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Year 2, Week 1

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So much has changed since their last Earthclass, so the children spent time exploring.

We are also beginning to thing about the Farmer’s Market in the summer and today the children worked in small groups to learn about seeds and how, in their dormant state, they carry the food for the new plant to grow.

They used magnifiers to measure length and observe shape, size, colour and texture of harvested seeds.

The children looked at seeds packets, read the information and instructions then sowed tomatoes, chili plants and peas.

Some children chose to go for their palm drill and bow saw badges, using them to make a necklace.

Year 6 Renewables focusing on solar energy

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Photon bombardment game:

Large solar panel:

Small solar projects:

For our STEM project we are learning about renewables, with a focus on solar energy and wind energy.

We explored solar energy, advantages and disadvantages, photovoltaic cells and the construction of a pv cell.

In order for the children to visualise how photons (light) causes electrons to flow and create electricity in a solar panel, we played the photon bombardment game.

We then explored simple solar circuits.

Fortunately, it was a sunny day!

Some of the children then chose to employ solar powered movement to create spinning art works.

Grace explained, “I’ve learned you need sun for the solar panel to work. When I stood in the shadows then fan stopped spinning. Today, clear skies and sunny, it’s a good day”

Harriet enthused, “This is so cool! It works and I feel like a scientist!”

Nancy shared, “I really like using the buzzer as well as it tells you when the fan is spinning as it buzzes at the same time. When I lift the panel up, closer to the sun the buzzer gets louder and the fan spins faster”.

Harrison and Zachery, Jenna and Lena designed their own solar powered art models using the circuits

Year 6 – Lost at Sea challenge

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Group den building and blindfold obstacle challenge, developing trust and communication and deeper nature awareness

Year 6, Weeks 3 and 4

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Year 6 have demonstrated some great team work: finishing the edible hedgerow; planting the trees and also using clove hitches and lashings to make a traditional North American Indian travois.

Discussing what makes good team the children came up with: listening to everyone’s ideas; good communication; ensuring everyone is involved and has a role and agreed that laughter also plays a part as it is motivating.

Year 5, Weeks 3 and 4

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Approaching the weekend of the Big Garden Birdwatch many children tested out the new monoculars and considered whether they preferred using them rather than the binoculars.

Using the song book they identified a wren, many blue tits and great tits, robins, blackbirds and pied wagtails.

We saw a heron flying over on one occasion and a buzzard flying over the farmland behind the school.

Many of the children also chose to focus on den making.

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