Sheerness West Federation

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