Sheerness West Federation

Home Learning Term 5 – Animals and their habitats

In Lily Class and Sunflower Class so far this term we have been thinking about animals and their habitats.

Lily Class have produced leaflets for conservation parks and speeches about protecting the environment. Within both of these pieces of writing we have thought about different tones and voices within writing and speaking and how they might affect the reader or listener.

Sunflower Class were zoo directors of a wildlife park which ethos was to conserve the existence of rare and endangered species of animals around the world. We created signs for the visitors to find out about the animals including interesting facts. Did you know that Adult African elephants can eat 150kg or more of foliage, grass, small branches and fruit in one day and also drink 135 litres of water?!

Year 5 have then composed stories set in jungle settings a bit like jungle book. We have included detailed descriptions of setting, problems for our characters to resolve and conclusions that attempted to link back to the beginning of the story.

In science, Lily Class have looked at how animals have adapted to their environments and even used what we found out to imagine our own creatures that might adapt to a wide range of environments or even to conditions on other planets. We have also investigated the sun and how it creates energy and how wind turbines generate electricity for us.

Sunflower Class learned about the Himalayan balsam and the squirting cucumber, revealing in super slow motion how these two incredible plants spread their seeds using high pressure mechanisms. In our ‘dancing competition’, we judged which animal was the best dancer by watching videos of a grizzly bear, a mudskipper, a spider dancing for his life, the shape-shifting ballerina dance of a bird of paradise or the waggle dance of bees.

Lilies have also been doing lots of work on translation, reflection and decimals during maths using a wide range of websites at first but now specifically focusing on

Today we have also started a cross curricular project to combine a wide range of skills in creating a board game to play with our families.

Sunflowers practiced calculating the perimeter, area and volume of animal enclosures including calculating the area for different shapes like triangles and parallelograms. The challenge in Maths was to calculate cost of glass for water tanks or the fencing of enclosures. Now we are learning about decimals and fractions with the help from White Rose Maths.

For our topic work, Sunflower Class has enjoyed reading an extract from ‘The Hobbit’ by J. R. R. Tolkien and watched a video about tiger cubs to retrieve facts and make interferences. We also carried out interviews with different family members and used direct and indirect speech to show their opinions about the value courage.

Further, we had a look at the religion of Islam, as on the 24th April their religious tradition of Ramadan started. Then we compared Islam to other religions like Christianity or Hinduism.

We are currently learning new words through ‘Word of the Day’ like plethora, devoured, dwindle or relinquish and are trying to use these in sentences of our own.

We are incredibly proud of all the work that has been completed in Year 5 and are looking forward to welcoming you back into school when it is safe!

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Year 5 Term 4 – China

In Term 4 we are studying china and building Chinese dragons from recycled materials.  Before doing so we looked at Chinese Dragon dances and the Dragons they use in them.  Once our Dragons are finished we are going to make up our very own Dragon dance and record it.  Photos to follow!

In literacy we have been learning about many different aspects of Chinese culture from animals and landmarks to cities and food.  We are going to present this as a non-chronological report.  In science week our focus is birds and we are going to compare the birdlife of China to the birdlife of Kent and look for similarities and differences.

In science we have been looking at Giant Pandas and their habitats and the problems they face, along with other examples of Chinese wildlife.  We have then started to research the life cycle of plants and are starting to focus on the ‘Miracle Plant’ of bamboo and its various uses.

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Year 5 Term 3 – Space: Cosmic

Term 3 was totally Cosmic.  We studied space and started a novel with the name Cosmic!

Our term started with a series of Missions, the first of which was to design and build a vehicle for exploring other planets.  We recycled materials to do this to both save money and be environmentally friendly.  Then we wrote non chronological reports about our vehicles, using lots of technical language and acronyms, a bit like you might see in a Haynes manual.  Then we wrote articles about the discovery of life on other planets and how that might work out for the human race.

We also studied figures who had been involved the original space race such as Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin and even debated whether or not we though the moon landing was a conspiracy.

In science we studied the solar system and learned the order of the planets.  We also investigated gravity, Isaac Newton and Galileo and discussed the way that Galileo was treated despite the important discoveries he made about the solar system.

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Year 5 Term 2 – Magic

We thoroughly enjoyed Harry Potter week, it was magical!

The children made their own wands and created their own spells in Literacy adding ingredients such as dragon’s blood, werewolf hair and bug slime. The potions we made in science bubbled and frothed – that must have been the pond water (vinegar) and half a cup of bone dust (baking soda)!

In our herbology lesson, Year 5 has learned about plants and trees in the local environment. Have a look at the different types of leaves we found! What happens when we add those to our mysterious potions??

Also, we can now let feathers and other objects float in the air when saying ‘winguardium leviosa’!


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Year 5 Term 1 – Vikings

In term 1 we studied the Vikings.  We dived straight into the story of Beowulf, a story thought to have possibly been originally set on Sheppey.  We wrote about heroes and the monsters they fought and turned this into drama, by writing properly formatted scripts, acting them out and recording them on Ipads.In addition to this we learned about and recreated Viking mythology, about Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya and many more of the gods and goddesses of the Viking world. 

We researched and recorded where the Vikings came from and where they settled and what trades and ideas they brought with them.  We also modelled the Viking process of crafting, travelling and trading and stuck in both what we made and the gold coins (actually they were paper!) that we traded them for, and had great fun doing so.

We also learned about Viking armour and built our own Viking battle helmets from papier mache.  We painted them and decorated them in a similar style to the Sutton Hoo helmet that we researched.  All in all an exciting start to the year!

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Year 5 – W/C 8/1/18

In Literacy the children will continue work on our class Novel, Cosmic.  Once they have finished taking notes on the main characters of the story, they will produce character profiles on them, detailing their appearance, personality etc.
In Numeracy, the children will look at statistics.  They will gather information and produce line graphs and questions based on the data gathered.
Our topic this term is Space.  On Monday (8th) we will have a visit to our school.  A mobile planetarium will be set up in our school hall for our pupils to learn lots about our solar system.  Year 5 pupils from Rose Street will be joining us.  Please look at our page next week for photos!
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Term 2 Week 6

In Literacy, the children will begin a new unit on letter writing.  We will begin on Monday by watching an episode of Fawlty Towers (The Hotel Inspector) and will look at the features of writing formal letters of complaint before writing to a letter of complaint to Basil Fawlty.
In Numeracy, the children will begin to look at data handling / statistics.  They will complete a few investigations and then plot their findings on graphs and create and answer questions on the data obtained.
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Term 5, Week 2

Well what an exciting trip to Howlett’s Zoo we had on Tuesday! We saw some fascinating animals, and had an interesting talk about how different animals have adapted to their environments, including how some animals are adapting to the impact of hunting. It was a really interesting day, and the children (and adults!) had a great time, and learnt a lot.elephant gorilla

Following from our trip, we have been looking in our topic about designing our own animal enclosures, and are very much looking forward to making them over the course of the term (I have suspicion some of them are going to enormous!). We also started discussing the impact of deforestation on animal’s environments, with all the children making really insightful comments.

In English, we have begun writing a recount of our trip to the zoo. Luckily, we took lots of photos to remember everything we did and saw while we there.

In maths, Sunflowers are continuing with shape, looking at translation and reflection of shapes, whilst Lilies have moved on to percentages.

Sunflowers children can practise this week’s maths learning with this game.

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Term 5 welcome

Welcome back! We hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing break over the Easter holidays, and are raring to go this term!

We have nearly finished our first week back, and have already got stuck into this term’s learning. In preparation for our trip to Howlett’s Zoo next week, we have discussed different wild animals and their habitats, noticing that some animals could be found in different habitats around the world.

In addition to this, we have been discussing features of newspapers, and have started writing our own, based on this video of Diving Giraffes. The children have come up with some fantastic ideas about Olympic diving team of giraffes!


Next week, after our trip, we will be carrying on with our topic-based writing in English, writing recounts of our day, including recalling our favourite parts of the day, and the animals we saw.

In maths this week, we have been looking again at 2D and 3D shapes in Sunflowers, and decimals in Lilies. Next week, Sunflowers will be learning about the translation and reflection of shapes, and Lilies will continue looking at parts of a whole in the form of percentages.


For those children in Sunflower’s who were disappointed by Miss Ashby’s computer game ability in maths this week, this is the link to the 3D shape game we played in class!


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Who do you think you are?

This term we aim to find out about ourselves and the area we live in. This investigation spans our work in English, topic and science.

In English we will be aiming to produce our own autobiography, whilst looking at the biographies of famous people.

In topic, we will be investigating our local area, in terms of its physical and human geography.

In science, we will be studying the human life cycle, including how we age.

In maths, we will be covering a range of topics, including time, money and fractions.

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Term 2 Week 4

You could be forgiven for thinking the shrieks of laughter coming from Year 5 in English this week were a sign something has gone wrong. In actual fact, we are producing some fantastic writing, thanks to the comic genius of John Cleese in Fawlty Towers! We have been watching the classic episode of The Hotel Inspectors, as a stimulus for writing a formal letter of complaint. It turns out, if we were guests at the hotel, we would have quite a lot to complain about!

We’ve also been very busy in maths, topic and science: learning more about the Maya, with a steadily increasing number of cardboard tubes for our instruments (although we are still wanting more!), and seeing what things in our classrooms are magnetic.

We are also starting to think about Christmas, and will be making a start on decorations for the school hall this week. We are certainly looking forward to getting crafty in the run up to the holidays, with lots of other festive activities in store.

Finally, don’t forget about parents’ evenings next week! We’re looking forward to seeing you all, and up-dating you on all the wonderful things we have been doing so far, and the progress the children have been making.


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Term 2

Well we’re nearly at the end of week 3, and Year 5 have been writing some fantastic poetry in English! We have been using Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as inspiration, and the children have been working hard producing their own great examples.


Next week, we will be making a start on writing formal and informal letters, with an exciting stimulus: Fawlty Towers. We’re sure the children will love watching the episode we have chosen, and thinking about what complaints they would be making to hotel management!


We have been doing lots in Maths, including fractions, multiplication and division. As well as this, we have been applying our learning in problem solving, learning to think outside the box and explain their reasoning.


The Maya has been the focus of our topic, and the children have been busy designing Maya inspired patterns, which we are looking forward to using to decorate our musical instruments. Keep collecting those cardboard tubes or boxes for us to turn into musical instruments inspired by the Maya! The children have also done some lovely writing around the topic, including diary entries as Maya children.

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What’s happening in Year 5?

Wow! What a busy start to the year, we’ve been studying the topic of ‘Invaders via the Vikings and reading the exciting and gory Viking story ‘Beowulf’

We’ve written newspaper articles recounting the details of Grendel’s attack and used our purple pens to try and improve our writing. We’re currently writing our own stories in the style of Beowulf. After that we’re going to write instructions based around various Viking tasks.

Whole numbers have been the emphasis of our work in maths and some students are about to move onto fractions.

In our topic lessons we have done a whole range of exciting stuff including making Viking biscuits, being Viking traders and mapping the journey of the Vikings from Scandinavia to Britain.  We intend to become archaeologists with our own mini dig, and craftsmen making various Viking artefacts.

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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