Sheerness West Federation

Reception 2021 Term 4

Term 4

We are so happy to have the children back and to be able to catch up with all the amazing home learning they have been doing.

We have been busy bees in Reception, engaging with our new topic, All Creatures Great and Small. So far we have been exploring non-fiction and fiction books to help us gain more knowledge about different animals and bugs. As part of this terms learning we will be gaining a better understanding of the life cycles of butterflies and frogs. We hope to have the opportunity to observe the life cycle of a butterfly in our classes. 

We have been taking part in Science Week and have been coming up with different problems to solves. One class are inventing a safe way to catch spiders, another is looking at how science could help save the bees. 

We want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all our wonderful parents and carers. Without your continued support, we wouldn’t have been able to plan and deliver remote learning and we really do appreciate everything you do. Thank you.

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Reception 2021

Tell Me A Story
Tell Me A Story

Term 3

Welcome back to a New Year, a New Term and a New Topic. Although we are not all together at this moment in time, there have been lots of amazing learning opportunities both at home and school. 

We are really impressed with the children’s engagement at at home, we enjoy seeing what they have been up to through Class Dojo and feel it is a nice way of keeping in touch. Thank you to all the parents and carers for your continued support with this, it really makes a difference with your child’s learning and development.

In Reception our new topic is Tell Me A Story. The children have enjoyed listening to traditional tales such as;

  • The Three Little Pigs 
  • Jack and The Beanstalk
  • Rapunzel
  • Goldilocks and The Three Bears

We have covered many areas in maths, so far this term in Reception we have been learning about addition, subtraction, and working with numbers one through to twenty. It would be great if you could identify numbers within your own environment, such as numbers on a clock.

In Reception, for phonics, we have been reviewing our phase 2 sounds and have started to learn our phase 3 sounds. The children are doing well with recognising, segmenting and blending. If your child is still finding blending challenging, they need lots of more practise of oral blending, so sound talk lots of words for them to practise. E.G. ‘Go and get your b-oo-t-s. Hang up your b-a-g’. It’s really important for your child to read or listen to a story at least once a day as this will ensure that they are more confident with their reading and the re-telling of a story.  

Thank you so much for all your continued support. We hope that it won’t be too long until we are all back together again.

The EYFS team.

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Reception Term 2


Welcome to Term 2.

It is lovely to see how well the children have settled back into their routines, and that they are eager and ready to learn. 

This term our topic will be based around the theme, ‘Celebrations’. We will be learning about different celebrations such as, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Hanukkah, Birthdays and Christmas. Some of the books that we will be sharing together are; Rama and Sita, The Nativity story and Kippers Birthday. 

At home you can help your children by sharing your family traditions with them for example, at my house we only open presents together after breakfast or when it is someone’s birthday we eat their favourite food. 

We will be working on our Phonics, we use the Letters and Sounds format. The letters and sounds we will be learning are; “s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k”

At home you can help your child by playing games such as I Spy and pointing out letters you see when reading a bed time story.

In Maths we will be working with numbers from 1-20, not only being able to count in order to 20, but also being able to recognise these numbers. This will help the children as we start to look at mathematical problems such as one more, or one less, than a number.

At home you can help your child by playing counting games such counting steps, jumps or claps. 

The Early Years Team would like to thank you for all your support during these difficult times.

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Reception 2020-21

We recognise and value all of our children’s hard work and resilience as they have made a positive transition into Reception. We are so proud of you all.

We will be looking at a lot of high quality books to support the children’s learning. Some of these books are;

Dirty Bertie

Oliver’s Vegetables

Rainbow Fish


You can help your children by talking to them about the importance of healthy eating and why we need to wash our hands.

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Home Learning Term 5

Our wonderful EYFS children are currently working incredibly hard at home with their families.

Term 5’s topic is Fantasyland. We have looked at under the sea, castles and fairies, and next week we will be learning about space!

The children have made their own castles and shields using junk modelling, completed floating and sinking experiments in their baths and even created clothes and furniture for our classroom fairies (Sam and Sid!).

We will continue to upload phonics and maths challenges for our children to work on at home, we are currently learning how to double and half, and in phonics learning several phase 3 digraphs.

A big thank you to our families, and the incredible children who are absolute superstars! We are very proud of you all and looking forward to seeing you all soon.

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All Creatures Great and Small

This term we will be learning all about animals, great and small! In week one we focused on Jungle animals, and we created our own 2D shape animals, made musical instruments and explored different habitats.

This week we have been learning about the frog life cycle. We also have been writing about our best friends, measuring jumping frogs, and learn to subtract.

Over the rest of the term we will explore and learn about minibeasts (during Science week), the butterfly life cycle, and farms. We will also be lucky enough to have some visits from some of our favourite animals!

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West Minster’s Reception Unit 2019-20

We have a very exciting year ahead at West Minster! Our children have settled well into their classes, and have come back from half term very excited to learn.

We have begun our phonics and numeracy lessons each day, and our children are working hard learning the names and sounds of the alphabet, and recognising numerals to 10. Our topic this term is celebrations- we have read Room on the Broom, learnt about Fireworks Night and Birthdays, and next week we will be learning about Diwali, Hanukkah and Chinese New Year. After this we will learn about weddings, read the Jolly Postman, and begin to get excited for Christmas!

This year our Christmas Show is called The Wiggly Nativity, and we can’t wait to learn new Christmas songs to share with our families.

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Reception Open Morning 4th November 2019

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Term 3

This week, Reception classes are starting their swimming lessons! We will be visiting Sheerness pool every Thursday PM to become more water confident, and hopefully learn some new skills.

This term, our topic is “Tell me a story”. We will be reading lots of traditional tales, such as 3 little pigs, Jack and the beanstalk and The gingerbread man. We will be using our Letters and Sounds skills to begin to write words and even sentences!

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Reception Term 3 week 4


This week has been a very busy week for Reception. We have had Miss Knight join Daffodils class as their class teacher. Periwinkles currently do not have a TA, but Miss Beard will hopefully continue as normal. One thing she would hope parent’s are able to help her with is to encourage all children to bring in their blue books everyday, so that whilst she is without a TA, Miss Oakwell and Miss German will listen to them read.

Next week we will be learning about castles. We will be making tapestries, shields and flags. We will make dragons with 2D shapes, and be looking at the structure of a non-fiction book.

Thank you for your support as always

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Term 2 Week 2

This week we have loved our swimming lessons! We had no tears, and all the children came back to school beaming.

Next week, stay and play starts. For the next 4 weeks, a table group from each class (e.g Jellyfish from Periwinkle class) will invite their parents for a stay and play. We look forward to seeing you 🙂

Swimming will continue every Wednesday (Periwinkle and Daffodils) and Thursday (Sweetpea).

Next week we will be reading Whatever Next. We will be going on a shape hunt, write shopping lists, having a picnic and making rockets and bears from 2D shapes.

From week 3, we will begin learning our Christmas songs for our Wiggly Nativity!

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Last week of Term

This week, Reception have been reading and completing activities about Elmer the Elephant and friendship. We have made milk bottle Elmer’s, learnt about positional language, and made repeated patterns. The children have enjoyed sequencing the story, finishing their last week of BLAST 2.

Next term, Letters and Sounds and Number groups will begin. Please can children make sure they bring their blue phonic book into school on the allocated day to read with their TA. Stay and play will also begin on the 2nd week of half term, so please keep an eye out for a sign up sheet!

Lastly, swimming will begin in Term 2. Please make sure all children have appropriate costumes and towels. Periwinkle and Daffodil class will swim on a Wednesday, and Sweetpea class on a Thursday. Daffodils can be picked up from the swimming pool at 3.30. Periwinkle class to be picked up from school at normal time.

Thank you for all your support in Term 1!

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Reception 2016-17


This year is an exciting year, we have now grown to a 3 form Early Years unit, with 3 classes- Periwinkle, Sweetpea and Daffodils.
Our Reception children have enjoyed their first full week at school, and have settled into our routine fantastically. This term, our topic is ‘Ourselves’ and we are currently learning about our senses. We have explored our sense of tasdte and smell, and this week we are looking at touch.
We have begun Blast 2, a programme that enhances children’s auditory, speaking and listening skills, which we take part in daily, and next term will begin a daily session of Letters and Sounds.

We look forward to a wonderful year!

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School Contact Details

Head Teacher H Brewer

Contact Person D Jamieson


Telephone 01795 662178

School Address
West Minster Primary School
St. Georges Avenue
Kent, ME12 1ET

School Opening Times

Juniors:  8.45am – 3.15pm

Infants:  8.45am – 3.10pm

Nursery  8.30am – 11.30,     12.00pm – 3.00pm