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  • Representing the South East

    Oct 2019
    ast Sunday, Zeb Courtney and Darren Finch attended the U11 South East England Prep Schools Football trials. A very competitive trial saw over 60 boys from the South East train and play, in an attempt to get selected into the A Squad or Development squad. 
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  • Year 6 Amnesty International Talk

    Oct 2019
    This week, a representative from Amnesty International came in to talk to our Year 6 children.
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  • Big Cat Day Out

    Oct 2019
    What a special treat for the Year 2 children this week, a trip to the Big Cat Sanctuary. 
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  • Awesome Arts Award

    Oct 2019
    Sutton Valence Preparatory School was one of the 125 schools chosen to participate in ART UK Masterpieces in Schools, The Sculpture Project.  They worked with Maidstone Museum to bring art out of galleries and into schools so that a wider number of children were given the opportunity to appreciate f...
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  • Deputy Head's Lines

    Oct 2019
    No matter what our starting point, the more often we do something, the more proficient we become.
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Oct 2019

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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Oct 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Lotto

    Oct 2019

    In Year 6 French this week, lessons have been all about numbers: numbers to 100 with a focus on revising multiples of ten. An excellent way to remember numbers is by playing games, and 6S enjoyed a number of these during their French lesson.  We started with an elimination game of 'Multi...

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  • Head's Lines

    Oct 2019
    I am sure that many of you, like me, followed the rhetoric of the Labour Party Conference with increasing discomfort as you listened to the proposals and opinions with regard to independent schools, and their view that the abolition of our sector is the answer to social inequality.
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  • Online Safety Update

    Oct 2019

    The latest trends and updates from the digital world from Mr Evans.

    Gaming – information for parents and carers

    ThinkUKnow (CEOP) have written a comprehensive article for parents and carers regarding gaming including chatting, risks and tips. You ca...

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  • Monstrous Making

    Oct 2019
    In ancient times, the Greek people believed their mythical world was real. Greek storytellers would tell tales of the Greek monsters of myth.
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  • It is Harvest Time

    Oct 2019
    This year’s Year 6 pupils are literally reaping the rewards from last year’s super effort, having grown a bumper crop.
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  • Magnificent Maths

    Sep 2019

    Year 1 has been learning how to subtract single digits using beads, parking cars with answers to match to their sums, squishy subtraction with Play-Doh, jumping backwards on number lines and writing sums with the biggest number first.

    In Year 6, the pupils have been solving real-li...

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  • Bonjour la Classe...

    Sep 2019
    This week, Year 6 has been working independently to extend their vocabulary skills in French.
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  • Swattenden Residential

    Sep 2019

    Last Thursday, the Year 4 children, very excitedly, set off for their residential trip to the Swattenden Centre.  Upon arrival, we were greeted by some of the Swattenden staff and shown to our accommodation.  As our aims for the trip were for the pupils to use their initiative...

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  • A Day of Celebration

    Sep 2019
    Pre-Prep have had a wonderful day celebrating their Harvest Festival.
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  • Head of Pre-Prep's Lines

    Sep 2019
    So, what is resilience?  Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, failure, challenges or even trauma. It’s not something that children either have or don’t have; it’s a skill that children develop as they grow. 
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  • Harvest Festival

    Sep 2019

    Pre Prep went to St Michael’s Church for their Harvest Festival on Thursday.  Year 2 sang Across the Field to the assembled group and we all sang The Ants Go Marching!.  A super service of thanks for all our bounty and it was great to see lots of lovely prod...

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  • A Summer of Sport

    Sep 2019
    What a summer of Sport it has been! I hope our pupils have managed to watch some of the big events over the summer; from the exhilarating World Cup Cricket Final, men’s and women’s Cricket Ashes, The Solheim Cup, US Open Tennis and Women’s Netball World Cup to name just a few. We also have the World...
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  • Cave Art Rocks!

    Sep 2019
    Year 5 has come face-to-face with art from the past. Art of the earliest kind! Art created more than 10,000 years ago! Art painted on the walls and ceilings of caves! Art that has inspired Year 5 to create cave and rock art masterpieces that celebrate the style of the amazing, ancient artists of the...
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  • Super Stars and Courtesy Badges

    Sep 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • The Resurrection of Ancient Greek Columns

    Sep 2019
    Class 3S has risen to the challenge of being Ancient Greek architects in Design and Technology.
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  • Award-Winning Eve

    Sep 2019
    Eve Garner entered the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year Competition and was awarded 3rd Place in the “Young Pup” under 11 years category.
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  • Exciting English

    Sep 2019

    Our English lessons are now in full swing and we are immersing ourselves in the works of new authors and exciting adventures. Year 4 is learning all about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s adventures in Antarctica, where he wanted to be the first person to walk across the Antarctic continent.  T...

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  • Rampant Readers

    Sep 2019
    Year 3 pupils have been relishing the opportunity to select their own books now, using the Accelerated Reader Scheme.
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  • Academic Deputy Head's Lines

    Sep 2019
    In my assembly this week, I told the children in the Prep department one of Aesop’s fables; The Crow and the Jug. Why? Well, as you know, this term we are focussing on Learning Powers with the help of Super Hoot. I decided to enlist one of his feathered friends, the crow, to help explain what initia...
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  • Exceptional Effort

    Sep 2019
    This week, some of our Year 6 children sat the Kent Test (11+). 
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  • Year 1 Fun at Kent Life

    Sep 2019
    Year 1 started its topic about the Fire of London with an inspirational workshop trip to Kent Life. 
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  • Being Daring in Drama

    Sep 2019
    How many times have you wanted to say something in assembly but were too afraid to put up your hand? 
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  • Pre-Prep Victory!

    Sep 2019
    On Friday evening, we held our annual parents’ football match, which is always a great way to start the year.
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  • Quality Mark for Early Years

    Sep 2019
    We are delighted to announce that Sutton Valence Prep School has been awarded the Quality Mark for Early Years provision.
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  • Deputy Head's Lines

    Sep 2019
    “I’m no good at this.” “I can’t do it” “It’s not fair; that team is better than us.” Do these sound familiar? I am sure that parents are exposed to this sort of negative attitude from children as much as teachers are. This fixed mindset thinking, where people believe that the way things are, is the ...
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  • Year 1 Fun

    Sep 2019
    It is amazing how fast little people settle into their new classrooms.  We have had some super fun this week playing literacy games, investigating Tudor houses and painting our own versions for our wall displays in the corridors, look out for them! 
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  • Reception is up and Running

    Sep 2019
    The children in Reception have had a wonderful first week at School. 
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  • Terrific Year 2

    Sep 2019
    What a super start to the academic year; Year 2 children have returned to School dressed for success, they have the correct uniform, super-smart haircuts and shiny shoes! 
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  • Head's Lines

    Sep 2019
    The new academic year has got off to a flying start and no time has been wasted as the children have settled well into their work and new routines.  As I mentioned in my beginning of term letter, we extend a warm welcome to all our SVPS families and particularly to those new to our community; we wis...
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  • Head’s Lines

    Jun 2019
    It has been a particularly important and busy week for our Year 6 children. After months of rehearsals, all their hard work came to fruition in the form of their sensational production of ‘The Wind in the Willows’.
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  • Climate Change Cake

    Jun 2019
    This week, Year 4 was set a challenge in Science; to independently research an aspect of climate change and then present their findings in an interesting and inventive way. 
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  • Sew Much Fun!

    Jun 2019

    In DT, Year 3 pupils have taken up their needle and thread and learnt to sew.  They took to stitching, enthusiastically and had ‘sew’ much fun! Having learnt how to do running and backstitch, the children transferred their newfound skills to decorating a felt bookmark. With a rai...

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  • Wonderful Wind in the Willows

    Jun 2019
    This week saw the Year 6 production of Wind in the Willows based on the book by Kenneth Graham.
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  • Barnardo’s Big Toddle

    Jun 2019
    What enormous fun we had raising money for Barnardo's supporting their Big Toddle.
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Jun 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • STEM Day at the Senior School

    Jun 2019
    The Senior School welcomed Year 5 from SVPS for their annual STEM Day this week
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  • First Trip for Reception

    Jun 2019
    On Monday, Reception pupils visited Tyland Barn to consolidate their topic this term, ‘Mini Beasts’.
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  • Looking back...

    Jun 2019
    This week in English, Year 6 has been reflecting on their time spent at SVPS. 
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  • Sports Day

    Jun 2019
    Last Saturday was one of the biggest events in the School calendar, where Year 3 to 6 pupils competed in our annual Sports Day. We were blessed with wonderful weather and the children were eager to get started. 
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  • Bonne Fête!

    Jun 2019
    Prep French lessons this week have been all about revising days, months and numbers. 
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  • Move Up Morning

    Jun 2019
    Our much anticipated ‘Move Up Morning’ happened on Tuesday and what a wonderful experience it was!
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  • Gorgeous Glass

    Jun 2019
    Year 6 has been putting the finishing touches on their artworks in preparation for their Leavers' Exhibition on Friday 28th June at 6.30pm.
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  • Head of Pre-Prep's Lines

    Jun 2019
    Everyone likes to have choices in the things that they do, this is equally true for children.  Giving children choices helps them feel like they have some power and control over that they do, and is a step in growing up.
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  • Green Screen Takeover!

    Jun 2019
    This week has been a great week for trying out new things out. We had a new delivery of a professional green screen, which can be used as a resource for lessons. One child exclaimed, “Wow, it’s just like the ones YouTubers use!”. So it is already a very popular addition to the department.  
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  • Super Stars and Courtesy Badges

    Jun 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners
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  • Deputy Head's Lines

    Jun 2019
    At a recent educational conference, I was listening to a talk by Chartered Practitioner Psychologist, Dr Anwen Whitham, exploring the impact of technology on cognition, particularly in the developing brains of children. She ended her presentation with the following quote:
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  • Year 4 visit Botany Bay

    Jun 2019
    The last half of term started with a bang, as Year 4 went to visit Botany Bay on the very first day back! 
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  • Year 3 at Bedgebury

    Jun 2019
    Year 3’s trip to Bedgebury Pinetum started bright and sunny, but unfortunately descended into torrential rain and many soggy humans.
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  • Moving Monsters Come to Life

    Jun 2019
    Finally, the construction of Year 3’s moving monsters in DT is complete. Their designs have come to life, with their carefully assembled pneumatic systems moving eyes, tongues, eyelashes, an arm and even a baby monster. They are monstrously good examples of perseverance, hard work and new skills.
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  • Practice Makes Perfect

    Jun 2019

    This week, the children in Year 5 and 6 have been busily rehearsing for the forthcoming production of Wind in the Willows.  Rehearsals are where the hard work begins when putting on a production; it is when a paper script of text begins to come alive.  The children follow the d...

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  • Pre-Prep Prize Giving and Sports Days

    Jun 2019
    Pre-Prep had a wonderful start to their morning with a hall full of families, congratulating the children on all their successes over the past year. The children performed a song A Wiggly Waggly Worm and then went onto the stage to receive their well-deserved prizes.
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  • Year 6 in the Driver’s Seat

    Jun 2019
    “Glorious, stirring sight! The poetry of motion! The real way to travel! The only way to travel! Here today - in next week tomorrow! Villages skipped, towns and cities jumped - always somebody else's horizon! O bliss! O poop-poop! O my! O my!” -Toad, The Wind in the Willows.
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  • Academic Deputy Head’s Lines

    Jun 2019
    What is enrichment?  Riches are valuable things, such as money, jewels and gold that may be considered as commodities to improve one’s quality of life and enrichment is defined as when something is made more valuable.  But what does it mean in the realms of education? 
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  • SVS U11 6-a-Side Tournament Winners

    Jun 2019
    Sutton Valence Prep School Colts A Cricket team were deservedly tournament winners at the SVS Prep School competition. With excellent bowling and fielding, they made it difficult for their opponents to score.
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  • Sports Day Preparations

    Jun 2019
    PE lessons across the whole of the School have turned their focus to Sports Day. Pupils have been practising many events from Egg and Spoon to High Jump and even Pushchair Relays. It has been great to see them working hard to improve, in readiness for the Pre-Prep Sports Days this coming Tuesday and...
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  • Being Awesome

    Jun 2019
    1D pupils have been thinking about learning how to praise themselves.
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  • Jungle Fever

    Jun 2019
    As temperatures turned tropical this week, the Art Room was filled with greenery.
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Jun 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • HIKSVS Art Festival 2019

    Jun 2019
    Art is one of the most direct activities for us to observe the world closely. It helps students discover beauty, look for beauty and gain the ability to feel beauty in life. This month is the HIKSVS Art exhibition. Pupils with a passion for Art have been invited to display their personal work at sch...
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  • Year 6 Evacuee Day

    May 2019
    On 20th May, Year 6 went to Tenterden Station for a school trip.
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  • Poetry in Motion

    May 2019
    This week in Year 3, the children have been exploring poetry; looking at stylistic features, rhyme and dramatic effect
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  • Measuring up in Maths

    May 2019
    Year 6 has been revising metric and imperial units.
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  • Head's Lines

    May 2019
    The week Year 5 has been waiting for all year finally arrived!
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  • Diggerland Fun

    May 2019
    Why Diggerland? Why not? Where else can you drive a machine that is literally worth tens of thousands of pounds at the age of only 5 and 6? 
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  • Head of Pre-Prep's Lines

    May 2019
    Last weekend, we had our Springtime Explorers’ event for our local community, which was a wonderful opportunity for others to visit our School and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of SVPS. However, as the event got closer, I was concerned about the weather. Why? The answer was simple; I was making t...
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  • Felting Fun

    May 2019
    Year 6 became fine felters, this week when they learnt the art of Nuno felting. Sue Kimber, an experienced Nuno felter, inspired the children to create magic with wool and worms!
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  • Artist Inspiration

    May 2019
    On Monday, Mrs Savage’s Art Club was imbued with inspiration and creative ideas after visiting the Marlborough House School Exhibition. Titled ‘A Sense of Place’, the exhibition featured works by local artists and the children of Marlborough House.
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  • First Ski Team Competition

    May 2019

    Last Sunday, saw an SVPS team take part in the annual Kent Schools' Ski Race, for the first time, at Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre.  After just two practice sessions Harry Heyworth, Charlotte Slaughter, Lydia Head and Joshua Slaughter bravely represented the School in the primary scho...

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  • Stretching and Challenging the Curious...

    May 2019
    Last Saturday, SVPS held it's Summer Curiosity Club.  Over 50 children attended the exciting and challenging workshops, including children from local primary schools. 
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  • Delancey Chess Megafinals

    May 2019
    During Chess Club last term, Jovan and Sam both achieved the qualifying standard for the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinals, held in Tonbridge last Sunday
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  • Measure for Measure

    May 2019
    This week, Year 6 has been using Drama in their Maths lessons as a medium to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application of imperial and metric units of measurement.
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  • Changing Times in PSHE

    May 2019
    In 1D, we have been thinking about the changes ahead as we are getting closer to the end of term, the summer holidays and Year 2.
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  • Maths Problem

    May 2019
    Fill in the puzzle so that every row across, every column down and every three by three box contains the numbers one to nine.
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  • Guitar and Ukulele Assembly

    May 2019
    What a lovely start to the week!  On Monday morning, Mr Tunbridge’s guitar and ukulele pupils, from Year 1 to Year 6, delighted the School with a concert stuffed full of treats. 
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  • Deputy Head's Line

    May 2019
    This week has seen two of the most remarkable football matches in recent times. Liverpool had been written off by even the most die-hard fans going into the second leg of their Champions’ League semi-final against Barcelona, trailing 3-0 from the first game.
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  • Record Breaking LAMDA Results

    May 2019
    There was great excitement in the Bates Hall as the Year 2 children had their LAMDA examination results revealed to them.
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  • Grandparents' Day 2019

    May 2019
    This Tuesday, the School held its annual Grandparents' Day welcoming over 200 grandparents.
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  • Mini-Impressionists

    May 2019

    Year 1 made a fantastic first impression in the Art room on Thursday. It was their first foray into the Prep Art room and they, along with Mrs Savage, were very excited! The children created artwork inspired by Impressionism and one of its founders, Claude Monet. They embraced their French focuse...

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  • Religious Education Roundup

    May 2019
    Having spent last term considering the question “Who is Jesus?” This term in Year 3 the children will be looking at “The Bible. What is this book that Christians hold so dear?” Is it really just one book? Is it important to any other religions?
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  • Hog Hotel

    May 2019
    A massive thank you to all our parents for providing our guinea pigs with new accommodation! In particular, Mrs Wynne and Mrs Slaughter, who helped realise this project from the planning stage right through to the finished product.
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  • SVS Prep School Maths Competition

    May 2019
    On Thursday 2nd May, two teams attended the SVS Prep School Maths Competition and they put their Growth Mindsets to the test.
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  • Growth Mindset in Maths

    May 2019

    On Friday, Mrs Skelly’s Year 6 Maths set presented at our Celebration assembly. They asked, “What is strange about Maths?” They also explained that the biggest myth about Maths is that it is something that you either can or cannot do. The pupils showed that it is about inve...

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  • Orchard Run

    May 2019
    The 2019 Orchard Run Cross Country competition was another great success, with the most competitors yet. The weather was a lot better this year with just a tiny shower at the end. The SVPS pupils set the tone for good sportsmanship and once again took control of the racing. Out of 24 medals, we won ...
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  • Super Stars and Courtesy Badges

    May 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • French Animals and Insects

    May 2019

    In Pre-Prep this week, the children have been very busy during their French lessons, learning many new words and phrases through; listening to stories, singing songs;,learning finger rhymes and playing games, including a particular favourite, Jaques a dit! (Simon says!)

    It is Insect Wee...

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  • Seasonal Art

    May 2019
    Year 4 has captured the colours of the seasons and woven them into seasonal trees.
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  • Spanish Sabias

    May 2019
    The Year 6 children have been working in pairs to research and produce a poster about an aspect of Spanish life.
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  • Academic Deputy Head's Lines

    May 2019
    ​​​​​​​As Jean Piaget said, “ The principle goal of education should be to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done – individuals who are creative, inventive and discoverers.”
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  • Year 6 WaterAid Workshops

    Apr 2019
    On Wednesday, Judy Foote came to SVPS to talk to Year 6 about the charity, WaterAid.
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  • Junior King’s Maths Competition

    Apr 2019
    Well done to Tom, Zach, Dulcie and Lydia who took part in the Junior King’s Maths Race in Canterbury yesterday.
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  • Stretching and Challenging our Children's Curiosity

    Apr 2019
    The more curious a child is, the more he learns. Nurturing your child’s curiosity is one of the most important ways you can help her become a lifelong learner.
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  • Performing Arts Showcase

    Apr 2019
    Year 2 turned the Bates Hall into an Art gallery, displaying works of Art for their parents to enjoy.
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  • Year 5 CCF Experience

    Apr 2019
    At the end of last term, Year 5 visited SVS for an afternoon with the CCF.
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  • Amazing Animals

    Apr 2019
    This year, SVPS celebrated British Science Week by inviting Maria and her amazing animals to the School.
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  • Head's Lines 26th April

    Apr 2019
    Although we have only been back at School for a few days, in true Sutton Valence style the children have launched themselves wholeheartedly into the Summer Term and I have enjoyed visiting all the classes and observing our pupils getting stuck into new topics with their usual energy and enthusiasm.
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  • Ski Trip 2019

    Apr 2019
    Over the Easter break, a group of SVPS children in Years 3 to 6 went to the resort of Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley, Italy.
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  • Head of Department Profile: Mrs Jacobs

    Apr 2019

    Amanda Jacobs, Head of Girls’ Games and Year 4 Form teacher.

    What interests you in your subject?

    The different ways people can achieve in Sport! Whether you win a match, a race, beat a personal best or manage to achieve a particular skill you have been w...

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  • HIKSVS opens a new Refectory

    Apr 2019
    HIKSVS have opened their new refectory.
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  • Foundation Concert with Voces8

    Mar 2019
    On Tuesday, the SVPS Chamber Choir travelled to London to take part in the culmination of this year’s Voces8 Project, generously funded and organised by the Foundation. 
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  • Pirates vs Mermaids

    Mar 2019
    This week, the Year 4 production (with ample support from Year 3) was a huge success
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  • Year 5 CCF

    Mar 2019
    Last Friday, Year 5 visited the Senior Schol for an afternoon with the CCF.
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  • Head of Department Profile: Madame Buttle

    Mar 2019
    Head of French
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Mar 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Maths Problem of the Week

    Mar 2019
    Solve this week's Maths problem.
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  • Head’s Lines

    Mar 2019
    In Monday’s assembly, we heard the story of the woodcutter who was busy trying to cut down a tree.
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  • Measuring Up in Maths

    Mar 2019

    Year 4 has been investigating measures. They have estimated and then checked different volumes, ordered different sized containers, estimated and measured how much liquid a container would hold and measured out different types of liquids to create magical coloured liquid jars. An active morning o...

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  • Super Spanish

    Mar 2019
    This term in Pre-Prep Spanish Club we have been learning about animals.
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  • Dancing Daffodils

    Mar 2019
    The School gardens have welcomed spring with yellow daffodils, like rays of sunshine, waving their heads in greeting
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  • Road Safety in PSHE

    Mar 2019
    This week in PSHE the children in 1D have been talking about road safety.
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  • Horton Kirby Trip

    Mar 2019
    On Tuesday, Year 5 went to the Horton Kirby Education Centre near Dartford for a river day as part of their Humanities topic, Rivers.
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  • All Around Art

    Mar 2019
    Imagine a house that blends in with nature, has gigantic glass windows to allow light and trees to enter, a house that you can hear the sounds of a waterfall in every room.  This amazing house exists!
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  • Windy Win for SVPS

    Mar 2019
    In School, we are constantly encouraging and challenging our pupils to 'do their best', 'never give up' and 'show resilience when things are tough'.  In the PE department we encourage these exact same things, as we strive to better ourselves in individual and team disciplines; whilst of course havin...
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  • Outstanding Charity Work

    Mar 2019
    In 2012, my family (mainly orchestrated by my brother) and close friends, embarked on resurrecting a charity event my father organised to raise money for local charities. This event was always known as ‘The Charity Push’.
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  • Super Snap

    Mar 2019

    This week in Year 4 French, the children have been practising their new vocabulary.  They have been learning words and phrases for activities and hobbies.  A really good way to practise is to play Bataille!  (Snap!)  Noisy but fun!  This exciting game encourages the child...

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  • Head of Department Profile: Mrs Whittome

    Mar 2019
    I have been the Head of Learning Support since 2008. Prior to this, I worked in a number of roles supporting children with special needs in the state sector, including class teaching and advisory roles and tutoring within the specialist teaching service.
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  • Head of Pre-Prep's Lines

    Mar 2019
    Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the IAPS Pre-Prep and Early Years Conference, with the theme ‘Where it all starts…’  Alistair Bryce-Clegg, Educational Consultant, delivered an inspirational and thought-provoking keynote speech on the importance of ‘Education Undercover’; the importance an...
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  • World Book Day 2019

    Mar 2019
    ast Thursday, it was World Book Day and we set all the children a challenge of turning a wooden spoon into a book character.
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  • Year 6 Fundraising

    Mar 2019
    On Friday 8th February, all of Year 6 took part in a fundraiser, raising money for the Heart of Kent Hospice.
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  • SVS Public Speaking Competition

    Mar 2019
    Last Thursday, two teams from Year 6 took part in the inaugural SVS Public Speaking Competition.
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Mar 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners
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  • Advisory Council Visit

    Mar 2019
    At the start of the Chinese New Year, HIKSVS welcomed the annual supervision visit from the SVS Advisory Council (Miss Corkran, Mrs Davies, Mr Grindlay and Mrs Swaine).
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  • Idle Engines

    Mar 2019

    You may have seen the following headline in the news this week: "Schools should have 'no idling' zones ", The headline comes from an interview given to the BBC by Public Health England Medical director, Paul Cosford.
    Public Health England believes air pollution to be...

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  • Maths Problem of the Week

    Mar 2019
    Solve this week's Maths problem.
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  • Maths Problem of the Week

    Mar 2019
    Can you solve the problem? Bring your answers to Mrs Skelly, Room 5 to gain a House point.
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  • U7 Hawthorns Prep School Tournament

    Mar 2019
    On Saturday, seven boys from Year 2 experienced their first tournament for the Prep School at the Hawthorns School U7 Football Tournament
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  • Head of Department Profile: Mrs Dallamore

    Mar 2019
    I am Melissa Dallamore and I have taught at SVPS for 17 years; where does the time go? I have taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, and am currently the LACE (Leadership and Character Education) co-ordinator.
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  • Instrumental Concert

    Mar 2019

    On Tuesday night, the SVPS Music Department held its annual Instrumental Concert.  We hold two informal Soloists’ Concerts each term, giving the pupils who sign up the opportunity to perform in a relaxed, supportive environment.  This concert, however, was more formal in nature, f...

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  • Academic Deputy Head

    Mar 2019
    Watching politicians speaking on television this week, it reminded me how fundamental good communication is to children’s development; children need to be able to understand and be understood.
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  • Year 3 visit Wildwood

    Mar 2019

    Year 3 visited Wildwood this week. The children enjoyed an interactive workshop about skeletons where they identified various bones and found out which animals have an exoskeleton. As they walked around the zoo, they learnt about different woodland animals. A firm favourite was a mischievous otte...

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  • Poetry Competition Runner-Up

    Mar 2019
    To celebrate the brilliant and inspirational poetry book, I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year, budding poets aged seven to 11 across the nation were invited to write a poem inspired by the natural world.
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  • Retail Therapy

    Mar 2019

    As part of Numeracy this term, Form 1L did some retail therapy. Each child was given a different amount of money. Their mission was to choose two items from the 'shops', label and purchase them. The pupils learnt a lot through the process, they had great fun getting th...

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  • Year 2 Vikings Workshop

    Mar 2019
    Year 2 pupils enjoyed a fun-filled morning on Thursday and were fully engrossed in learning about the Vikings. 
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  • Deputy Head's Lines

    Mar 2019
    If you have not yet seen Olivia Colman’s remarkable speech, given whilst accepting the Oscar for Best Actress at the Academy Awards last weekend, then it is well worth a watch. Sometimes it is easy to look at all of the glitz and glamour which comes with such accolades and forget all of the hard wor...
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  • Nuno Felting

    Feb 2019
    This week Mrs Savage was inspired by an Art workshop at Rose Hill and learnt a new skill with other local Art teachers - Nuno felting.
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  • Fashion Show

    Feb 2019
    After the recent Paris and London Fashion shows, it was time today for Le Fashion Week de SVPS.
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  • Head of Department Profile: Mrs Skelly

    Feb 2019
    I absolutely love Mathematics.
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  • Superhero Cape Experiment

    Feb 2019
    Reception has begun their new topic ‘Can we fix it?’ As part of the new topic, they are investigating materials.
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  • Head's Lines

    Feb 2019
    Helen Keller famously said, ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much’. This is certainly the message we are emphasising this term with our theme of ‘Togetherness and Unity’ and, of course, this fits with the fact that, at SVPS, the Community Journey is hugely valued. We treasure all me...
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  • Mesmerising Mathemagician

    Feb 2019
    On Tuesday, Andrew Jeffrey, the Mathemagican visited SVPS. The children in Year 1 to Year 6 were entertained with a very mathematical and biblical assembly; involving the sharing of camels (helped by some wonderful acting by Mr Watkins).
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Feb 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Painting with Poems

    Feb 2019
    This week, Year 5 has taken the words of the master, Leonardo da Vinci literally, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
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  • Head of Department Profile: Mrs Savage

    Feb 2019
    Head of Art and DT
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  • The Sweetness of Classification

    Feb 2019
    Mr Strydom uses inventive ways to bring Science to life; last term he showed Year 6 how to investigate crime during their topic ‘Light’.
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  • Internet Safety

    Feb 2019

    In Pre-Prep the children learnt about the importance of not sharing information with strangers. The children met a very ‘nice’ person called ‘Twinkle Toes’, who went to SVPS. However, did they really meet this person, or were they in disguise? We decided not give any ...

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  • Fantastic Feet

    Feb 2019
    ear 3 has finished creating their Moving Monsters in DT.
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  • Investigating Invaders and Settlers

    Feb 2019

    In Year 4 Humanities, the children have been studying invaders and settlers and have done lots of work with maps. They have learnt about OS map symbols and investigated how a key works. They have looked at why some OS map symbols are grouped into different colours according to the features t...

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  • Head of Science Profile: Mr Strydom

    Feb 2019
    Mr Strydom, Head of Science
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  • Year 2 Charcoal Drawings

    Jan 2019
    Year 2 has been seeing Science through Art!
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Jan 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Staff Profile: Mr Davey

    Jan 2019
    Mr Davey Head of PE and Boys' Games
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  • Pre-Prep PE and Games

    Jan 2019

    Year 1 has been having fun in their PE lessons over the last three weeks. Mr Davey has set them the task of inventing their own games, using a variety of equipment from the PE cupboard. It’s a great way for our younger pupils to develop an understanding of sports and games. They now kn...

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  • Super Self-Portraits 

    Jan 2019
    2C has been studying the art of the self-portrait.
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  • Sensory Collage

    Jan 2019

    After hearing the story Lucy's Picture by Nicola Moon, Amy selected the collage pieces to make her own picture designed for a blind person, linked to Reception&rsq...

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  • Musical Imaginings

    Jan 2019
    In our Music lesson last week, we were thinking about how music can inspire us and spark our imagination. The children closed their eyes and listened in silence to a piece of music.
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  • Online Safety

    Jan 2019
    Next Tuesday is Internet Safety Day. In the lead up to the day, do take a look at some tips and information below to help your child be more safe online.
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  • Head of Pre-Prep's Lines

    Jan 2019
    Building firm foundation in the Early Years is vital in preparing our pupils with a wide skillset that will support them for life. These building blocks will enable SVPS children to flourish in whatever situations they find themselves.
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  • Head of Department Profile: Mrs Geering

    Jan 2019

    What interests you in your subject?

    Music has always been my passion and I am very lucky to be able to be able to work in this area.  As Director of Music, I oversee all musical activity at SVPS and I love the variety of the role. A typical day involves teaching cl...

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  • Peaceful PSHE

    Jan 2019

    Every PSHE lesson in 1D begins with ‘mindful circular breathing’: try it for yourself, never let the circle of breath stop. In through your nose, out through your mouth. Put your hands on your tummy and feel your lungs going up and down. Sit with a straight back and your legs crossed ...

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  • Curiosity Club

    Jan 2019

    The Lent Term Curiosity Club offered the opportunity for our pupils to extend their learning and explore new topics. Each activity was carefully planned to ensure the children were challenged and absorbed in their learning.

    The Year 1 and Year 2 pupils enjoyed designing waterproof shelt...

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  • National Number Day 2019

    Jan 2019
    SVPS will be supporting the NSPCC by taking part in National Number Day on Friday 1st February. Our mathematical fundraising will consist of two activities.
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  • Reception Literacy

    Jan 2019
    Mrs Glover’s pupils have been exploring speech bubbles in Literacy this week.
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  • Marvellous Maidstone Museum

    Jan 2019
    Year 1 pupils had hands-on immersion into mummification and the delights of the Egyptian galleries at Maidstone Museum last week.
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  • Academic Deputy Head’s Lines

    Jan 2019
    As I stood in my garden in the early hours of darkness earlier this week, I looked up at the magnificent blood moon, beaming down in all its glory and it reminded me how important it is to look up, to aim high.
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  • Deputy Head's Lines

    Jan 2019
    Just before we came back to School last week, I came across the following quote by the author, Neil Gaiman, which I think ties in perfectly with our ethos that each cares for all and individuality is cherished:
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  • Head of Department Profile: Mrs Barr

    Jan 2019
    Sally Barr, Head of English and Drama.
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  • Super Stars and Courtesy Badge Winners

    Jan 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • A week in the life of the Prep French Department

    Jan 2019
    As usual, the Prep children have been very busy in their French lessons this week, with a wide and varied range of activities taking place across the year groups.
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  • Excited about English

    Jan 2019

    This term, in Year 5 English we have been working on The Lost Happy Endings, by Carol Ann Duffy. The book has fabulous descriptive language, including wonderful similes and metaphors.  The illustrations, by Jane Ray, are also superb.  The story features Jub, whose job is to sha...

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  • Measuring in Maths

    Jan 2019
    This week Year 1 have been discovering why there is a need for standard units of measurement.
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  • All Around Art

    Jan 2019
    In Design Technology Year 3 have been making use of many marvellous skills to create 3D monsters.
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  • Who Needs Ratio?

    Jan 2019
    Year 6 have been making their own ‘mocktails’.
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  • Ratio and Proportion

    Jan 2019
    Year 6 has been looking at ratio and proportion.
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  • Fun with Fractions

    Jan 2019
    Year 4 has been looking at fractions in their Mathematics lessons.
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  • Head's Lines 11th January

    Jan 2019
    It has been fantastic to see the children racing into school each morning this week, ready to embrace all that 2019 has to offer! I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the pupils’ holiday adventures and seeing them knuckle down to their learning with such enthusiasm!
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  • Head of Department profile

    Jan 2019
    Mr Jon Evans – Head of ICT at Sutton Valence Prep School for 10 years
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  • Swim Relay Trophies

    Jan 2019
    The Maidstone Riverside Rotary have confirmed Sutton Valence has won two trophies in the annual Swim Relay,
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  • Super Stars and Courtesy Badge Winners

    Jan 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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