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

01622 842188

office@sutton-valence.kent.sch.uk

Sutton Valence Primary School

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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.

Inclusion

Inclusion Manager/SENCo - Mrs Angela George

Contact - 01622 842188

Sutton Valence Primary School is a fully inclusive school and all children are included regardless of their needs. Our committed, supportive and caring community work hard to ensure a whole school ethos of inclusion where:

 

  • All children are actively involved in all activities throughout the day.
  • Time out of the class away from peers is minimised.
  • Teaching strategies and resources are adapted to ensure equal accessibility to all.
  • Discrete adult support is given to promote independent learning, appropriate socialisation and to avoid learnt dependency.
  • Opportunities are continually explored for all children to grow in confidence, have a voice and shine.  

At Sutton Valence we know that all children learn in different ways so we use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work, along with a range of other approaches. We call this Quality First Teaching.

 

Our SEND policy and Information document explains our inclusive practice in full.

 

The admission criteria ranking for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is as follows:

 

1.  Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care
2. Children with Education Health Care Plan 
3.  Current family association (sibling)
4.  Health, Social and Special Access reasons
5.  Nearness of children‟s homes to schools

 

Further to Mrs George's blog request below, please find below a link to the Coronavirus book for children that Mrs George refers to in her blog.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children - illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler

Mrs George's Blog

Good morning!

Angela George (ageorge) on: Mrs George's Blog

HI Everyone! I hope you are all staying safe and well! To be honest I am glad to be in school today for some (distanced of course) company!  At home alone with the cat, conversation is limiting!  I apologise for the delay in setting up my blog but there have been some technical hitches that are now sorted out.

I will be continuing to work in school on a two week Rota and my days will be every Tuesday and Wednesday until further notice.  When not in school, I will be working from home checking emails daily but setting aside every Tuesday and Wednesday for working. 

I hope to check in with many of you via email when I can and catch up with some of you about things we were already in discussion about and interventions and support we were putting in place.

At this time many of us are feeling anxious and stressed more so than normally.  I am using meditation, mindfulness and yoga to help me through.  There are many free apps that are good and paid apps such as calm and headspace are also ideal.  I will research some free ones and put them up here at a later date. 

A great yoga 30 day plan I have used is on YouTube and it builds you up slowly and starts of very basic so great if you have never tried it before!

This is the link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLui6Eyny-UzzFFfpiil94CUrWKVMagmkm

Have a go and see what you think you may find you get hooked and continue when all this is over.

I actually took part in a 1 and half hour yoga session yesterday with my yoga teacher in my village and all of our group, via zoom.  It was funny seeing everyone in their homes-I was in my hall and had one arm stretched across into the downstairs loo to get the room.  Also I do not have any yoga bands so was using a pair of tights - all good fun and shows how we can adapt when we need to.

Up until that point I have been quite lazy and really let my exercise regime go and to be honest my mood had got quite low.  However after my yoga session I felt uplifted, more relaxed and definitely motivated! My mindset seem to take a turn for the better even cooking a much healthier lunch.

On that note on Instagram I follow: thehappypear

Their story is quite remarkable and how they left the corporate world to live a better, more fulfilling and healthier life.  They are now very successful after opening up a cafe in their home town but it has gone on from there.  Anyway my point is eating healthy helps the mindset.  They are at present via Instagram doing cookery lessons you can do with your children.  It is based at cooking with your child.  Things as basic as Spag Bol but they are filming them with their own children cooking.  This might be nice to have a look and have a go at.  This is something you can do with your children and let them take the reigns and cook for you with you supervising.  Life  skills are so important and in these days of rush,rush rush it is nice to have the time to talk and do things we would not normally do.  Healthy eating helps a healthy mind.  Anyway just a few things for you to think about and maybe enjoy!  Take care everyone and hopefully will hear from some of you soon!

Stay well and safe!

Mrs George xxx

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The Contented Child - evening webinars via Zoom

The Contented Child has made some changes during this period of Covid-19 outbreak. They are offering a range of webinars at 8pm-10pm in the evening which will hopefully be after young children have been tucked up in bed. Webinars will be hosted on Zoom and full details will be sent when you book. For more details, contact admin@thecontentedchild.co.uk

9th April - Managing Challenging and Violent Behaviour at Home

14th April - Autism and Girls: The Hidden Gender

16th April - ADHD Awareness

21st April - Misunderstood Defiance: Understanding and Supporting PDA/ODD

 

Autism Support during school closure as a result of Covid-19 outbreak

01/04/2020 - Good morning, I hope you are all well and if possible can enjoy today's sunshine.

Below are some support resources and information for families who have family members with autism. The resources include a social story which can be printed off and used to explain coronavirus.

I hope you find this helpful!

Supporting through Uncertain Times (Autism)

Sensory Processing Exercise Ideas

Social Story

 

Further Support Resources (for pupils with or without SEN)

Here are some fun resources to help you get through some tough times, and for those parents and carers with teenagers there is an article with tips to support you in helping them if and/or when they are feeling particularly anxious.

Simon Says - Fitness Disguised as Fun

Teen Anxiety Tips re Covid-19