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

Year 3

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Year 3’s Earthclass will be a farming STEMterprise project, taking children through each stage of setting up a farm shop business: considering seasonality when deciding which crop to grow, growing their own ingredients, considering nutrition when designing their recipes, using market research to test their ideas out with potential consumers, working within a budget when buying additional ingredients, learning knife skills when making their products, calculating expected profit, designing responsible packaging and much more.

Year 6

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More great dens, all different!

Jesse sowed sunflower seeds with Henry today. “I want to sow sunflowers for the Ukrainians, to show that we are thinking of them and support them. It is their national flower and a symbol of peace”.

Thank you, Jesse!

The latin name of Helianthus annuus comes from a combination of Greek words.

Helios translates to sun and anthos means flower.

The literal meaning of this word is that it is a flower of the sun.

It looks like the sun and turns to the sun.

Helios was the Greek sun god and Anthos was a Greek name used for boys.

Just as Jesse said, the sunflower’s greatest symbolic meaning is of peace and hope.

Year 5

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Den building, trading, grass whistling, whittling, building, sowing seeds and playing team games.

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.

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