Friends of Valence

April 19, 2018

Are you keen to support Valence Primary School?

Do you have time and energy to give so that the pupils can have a more enjoyable experience?

We are looking to start a new group at both the Bonham and St. George’s sites called the Friends of Valence. This group of parents and carers will work closely with the Headteacher and staff to organise exciting events that the children, their family and their friends can enjoy. We believe these events will contribute greatly to the community of our children’s school.

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During the school year, the Friends of Valence will be encouraged to organise various social events which can provide fun and informal ways for parents, staff and children to meet as well as generate valuable extra funds for the school. These events could be Christmas and summer fairs, quiz nights, coffee mornings, family discos, bake offs, etc.

If you would like to know more about being an active member of the Friends of Valence, please come along to one of the information meetings. The first event we are hoping to support is a Summer Fete on each site in early July, and we are seeking parents and carers to help make them a great success. Information meetings:

Bonham site: Tuesday 24th April 9.00am or 5.30pm in the Gym
St. George’s site: Thursday 26th April 9.00am or 5.30pm in the Performing Arts room
If you are unable to attend either of these information meetings but would like to be an active member of the Friends of Valence, please email or give your name to the office.

Your support is appreciated.

Mr November

Year 2 Spring 2

March 29, 2018

Wow! We cannot believe how quick the year is passing. Year 2 have been working so hard this term. We spent some of our Literacy lessons learning about the story of Beauty and the Beast- the children wrote some very interesting letters in the character of beauty.

Our topic this term has been Castles. We would like to say a big thank you to all of you who provided junk modelling. The children thoroughly enjoyed making their own castles and painting them during Art lessons.


We also had a great dress up day. It was lovely to see so  many different and brilliant outfits. Some of us enjoyed a banquet and we spent some time dancing.

Have a lovely Easter break 🙂

Year 2

Year 1 Spring 2

March 29, 2018

Another term over, time is flying!

Year 1 have been continuing to work on their maths skills and have even been working on tens and units! The children are becoming more and more confident in working with those big numbers!

IMG_0515.JPGWe’ve been enjoying lots of stories this half term and have particularly enjoyed working on ‘The old woman and the red pumpkin’ and ‘The snail on the whale’.

We also thoroughly enjoyed our postponed World Book Day! A fantastic effort by teachers and the children. A lovely way to celebrate our love for books.

All throughout this half term, the children have worked extremely hard on their production of ‘The Ugly Duckling’. We are so very proud of the children, they did fantastically and definitely deserve a well earned Easter break! See you in 2 weeks 😁

Happy holidays!

The Year One Team ☺

Reception Spring 2

March 28, 2018

Wow that half term has flown by and we are now at the end of the Spring Term!!

It has been a busy few weeks and the children in Reception have enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year, preparing for Mother’s Day and looking at different life-cycles. They have embraced all of these topics and have really embedded all of their skills. For example, the children enjoyed writing about their favourite Chinese zodiac and were excited to make and write their own Mother’s Day cards.

On top of all these exciting topics, we also celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite book characters. It was lovely to see all of the effort that had gone into the different costumes. We had characters from a variety of books, including the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, Where’s Wally, The Gruffalo and even a Ghostbuster! The children (and staff) were very excited to show off their costumes to their friends and we had a good day all round.



In addition, we have taken part in Science Week this month. The children explored what happened when they added warm water to a selection of skittles. It was a pleasure to watch the amazement in their faces as it made a colourful rainbow. We also spoke about germs and how important it is to wash our hands. The children used dirty and clean hands to handle slices of bread. We predicted that the bread that we had touched with our dirty hands would go mouldy first.

The children are now extremely excited about Easter and cannot wait to take part in Easter Egg hunts and Easter cooking activities.

We hope you all have a happy Easter.

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Mr November Spring 2

March 28, 2018

Spring Term 2 was certainly one to remember, thanks to all for the patience shown during the inconvenience caused by our spell of bad weather. The pupils staff and parents gave us some great days to remember from this term despite the chills.

World Book Day and Sports Relief stood out with a great effort all round as did our Valence Park coffee morning fronted by the hard working Lisa Adams. Don’t forget that everyone is invited to a Fun Day in the park on Easter Monday 2nd April 2pm – 4pm.

Sadly, we bid farewell to Ms Newton who has been our resident artist working with the pupils to produce high quality artwork. Also, congratulations to Miss Taylor who is becoming Mrs Dann.

Well done to one of our year six pupils, Judea Olagundoye, who achieved a bronze certificate for the Primary Maths Bonus Challenge. This is a first for a Valence pupil.

As summer approaches there are a few things I would like parents and carers to consider.

If you would like to help at school by reading with pupils, or helping out with cooking and art, please give your name to the offices.

Keeping healthy
It is great to see so many mouth-watering packed lunches that pupils are tucking into: rice or pasta salads; brown-bread sandwiches; fruit; cereal bars; yoghurts. A reminder that we do not allow nut products, sweets or chocolate bars. As we are a healthy promoting school, please only send in water or milk for the pupils to drink. Jugs of water are always available for all pupils to take from

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Year 5 Spring 2 Over the half way mark!

March 26, 2018

Hard to believe this time next year our little year 5’s will be finishing their mock SATS! Time is flying by. All teachers were delighted to see so many parents/guardians over the two meeting sessions, always nice to get a chance to share how proud we are of your children!

We have had a very busy term….science week, hour of code, sports relief, two different science based workshops and of course lots of maths and literacy! The children’s showcase books are filling up with some excellent pieces of writing. We are all keeping our fingers crossed in hope of one of our students winning a prize in the recent ‘Explore Learning’ hero themed story competition. 1st place is a visit from David Walliams.

Summer will see assessments popping up again…a great chance for the children to show how much they have learned since October! We are waving goodbye to the Tudors and starting some geography next term- mountains and the UK will be our focus! We are hoping to carry out a practical demo of how contour lines are shown on maps….we will be asking children to bring in a potato from home, if possible! Stay tuned for further updates!

That’s all for now, enjoy the Easter break and hopefully the children remember that they should only eat 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, so divide up those Easter eggs and spread the sugar out!! Maths and Science all in one! #sugarsmart workshop.

Year 5

Year 6 Spring 2

March 22, 2018

It’s been a very busy half term in Year 6. This half term included the announcement of secondary schools,  SNOW DAY and mock SATs week.

In Year 6, we have thoroughly enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day. Every child made a great effort!

“Stories make you dream and think: books make you want to ask questions.” – Michael Morpurgo.


We also celebrated Science week. The children participated in many different science experiments. They used scientific skills when investigating, analyzing and explaining their scientific experiments.


Over the next term, the children will be finalizing their preparations for the SATs which will commence week beginning Monday 14th May 2018. We hope that over the Easter break, the children relax but also revise key topics which will be useful for their success.

Have a lovely break and we hope the children begin Summer 1, focused and ready for the SATs.

Year 6 team.


Nursery Spring 2

March 21, 2018

The Spring term is nearly over and the children in Nursery have been very busy!

Our yummy topic of “Food” has given the children the opportunity to taste a variety of foods and explore different smells and textures. We have been speaking about where food comes from and even planted our own seeds to grow!

The children in Nursery have been impressing us with how well they are now writing their names and using their letter sounds when writing. We hope that they have been showing you their skills too.

We enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day and reading some of our favourite stories.

Over the next term, we will be showing the children how to join sounds together to make words. We call this blending. We will also be preparing the children for their transition into Reception.

The children are very excited about Easter and are looking forward to completing egg hunts and egg decorating activities.



Year 4 Spring 2

March 20, 2018

This term has gone really fast.  Lots of things have happened this half term, snow days, World Book day, Science Week. 

On world book day we had lots of fun designing a world book day token and a new character. 

Science week was lots of fun we did lots of experiments and found out lots of information. 

During science week we made rocket mice, lava lamps, tornado in a bottle and dancing raisins. We had lots of fun. 

Mr Novemeber Spring 1

March 15, 2018

What a great start to the year! Thanks to all the staff and pupils for their continued effort and enthusiasm.

Governor Open Day
We were delighted to have many of the school governors visiting the school just before half term. They spent time meeting pupils and staff; visiting lessons; hearing pupils read; eating with the pupils; and gaining a fuller appreciation of daily life at Valence.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school;
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its
  • aims and objectives;
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.
  • If you need to meet a governor, please ask the offices to arrange a meeting for you.
  • The current chair of governors is Mrs Frances Bowman-Watson.


Don’t throw them away!
We would really appreciate donations of unwanted items that are in good condition. We need:

  • complete puzzles;
  • games such as chess, Connect 4, Junior Monopoly, Boggle, Junior Scrabble, Lego sets,
  • Duplo sets, card games and other board games for children.

These will be used by the pupils during wet playtimes and will help pupils with their social skills. Please bring any items to the school offices. Thank you for your generosity.

If you would like to help at school by reading with pupils, or helping out with cooking and art, please give your name to the offices.

Which leads me nicely onto…

Friends of Valence