Sheerness West Federation


This term our topic is the Enchanted forest we will use this theme to look at and listen to fairy tales.

In science we will begin to look plants and what they need to grow.

In numeracy we will begin to look at counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

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This week we will look at China and its capital city Beijing. Again the children will look at a different continent and complete the next part of the continents book they have been working on. The children have enjoyed learning about cities from around the world and are remembering lots of facts about the cities and their landmarks.

This week we will begin to explore measurement and ways of recording. We will concentrate on length and height.

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This week we will be looking at a new continent. This time Paddington has been to New York so we will find out as much as we can about this new city.

We will use our new and prior skills to solve a mixture of addition and subtraction problems in numeracy.

In science we will begin to look at the properties of the materials we have been learning about.


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Last week we used Paddington bear to teach us about London. The children enjoyed finding out about a city and are looking forward to learning about a new city each week. In numeracy this week we will focus on subtraction. We will use our knowledge of subtraction to carry out a range of activities, practical and written.

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Next week we will have our Christmas party. We will also enjoy lots of Christmas activities, including games, art and stories. We have enjoyed the build up for Christmas and are looking forward to a rest with our families.
The first week back we will talk and write about our Christmas. We will also revisit addition and subtraction in preparation for moving on to higher numbers.
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This week we will be very busy during the build up to Christmas. We are looking forward to sharing our nativity with our families and friends, visiting Father Christmas and the West Minsters got talent show. We will be carrying out lots of Christmas themed activities to support our writing and number skills and making lots of lovely gifts and decorations for Christmas.

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Over the next week we will be looking at more and less in numeracy. We will do this practically and then challenge ourselves to record more than and less than. We will be busy using our creative skills making lots of lovely gifts for our families and the school fair. We will use our speaking and listening skills to retell the Christmas story in lessons and during our nativity.

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As well as working hard practicing our Nativity we are still very busy learning. We are working hard to understand tens and ones. We are doing this practically and challenging ourselves to record. In literacy we will use the story of Christmas to support our ordering and retelling of a story.

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This week we will start to learn about tens and ones, we will do this practically as well as challenging ourselves to record in written form.

Our writing will be based on the story Aliens love pantaclause. If any parents have a copy of this book we would very much appreciate being able to use it.

Thank you.

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This term we will start the new topic of Splendid skies. We will begin by looking at bonfire night and learning about Guy Fawkes.

In numeracy we will revisit 2d shape and then go on to 3d shape.

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This week we will look at subtraction. We will have lots of opportunities to practically subtract in different ways as well as recording when we are confident.

Last week we enjoyed listening to Five minutes peace so much we will now write an additional page using our own ideas.

Thank you for your support with the homework activities, the children were very excited about showing their teachers their completed work.

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This week we will be listening to the story Five minutes peace we will use this to help us develop our letter writing skills. In numeracy we will revisit addition and subtraction. During child initiated activities we will have the opportunity to develop our skills in these areas independently.

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This week in numeracy we will be matching numbers to names, we will be learning the spellings of number names to twenty.

In literacy we will think about how instructions help us. We will make a jam sandwich with and without instructions and then record our own instructions.

Thank you for all of your support with reading at home it is lovely see the children coming in ready for their next book and the progress they are already making.

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The children have settled very quickly and are enjoying the activities and lessons in year one. This week we will  be looking at number order, one more, one less in numeracy. In science the children will be thinking about the five senses, what each sense does and how we use them together. Literacy activities will be based on the story Peace at last.


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Welcome back to school, we hope you had a lovely summer with your children and are now ready for the new school year.

Please can you remember to return your children’s summer activity bag so we can begin our lessons on Monday the 11th September.

In year one the children get to have two PE lessons a week so please could you ensure they have their PE kit for Tuesday and Thursday am please.

Thank you

Year 1 Teachers

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This week we will begin to look at prefixes and suffixes in our writing, we will start with practical activities that will support our understanding.

In numeracy we will begin to look at division, we will talk about how division links to our knowledge of multiplication.

We will also be making time to practice for sports day on Wednesday morning.

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Thank you to the parents last term who were able to attend the dragon dance and the phonics session.

We hope you have had a lovely Easter break and you and your children are ready for term 5. This term our topic is the deep blue sea, if you have any photos, books or souvenirs that may link to this it would be lovely if the children could bring them into class. We will be sending out the homework sheet soon so you can work alongside your child as they learn this term.

Thank you for your support.

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This week we will be using our trip to Queenborough as a focus for our topic and literacy work.

We will also be practicing our Dragon dance performance to show off the lovely costumes we made in our art workshop. We look forward to seeing the parents on Thursday the 23rd of March at 2.30.

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As part of our topic this term we are going to Queenborough this week on the train. Please can we remind parents the £2 train fare must be paid before the day, we suggest Monday at the latest.

We are also inviting parents in this week to show them different ways they can help us with our phonics in preparation for the phonic screening in June. We look forward to seeing you on Friday.

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Last Week of Term

This is the last week of Term 3, this term has flown by and the children have all worked super hard on our topic China. We have spent lots of time making costumes in art for a special show we plan to invite parents to. Look out for the date coming up next term! We’d love you to come and celebrate all our hard work with us!

Next term our topic is journeys, if you have anything from home linked to journeys you have taken with your child please do send it in for them to share in class.

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School Contact Details

Head of School Miss H Brewer

Contact Person Miss 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,     12.20pm – 3.20pm