Sheerness West Federation

Year 5 and 6

Welcome to Term 2 – this term the pupils are having fun studying the Victorians, and investigating the life and times of the people from this period.

In science they will learn about inheritance and evolution, which traits are inherited and which are learnt, as well as how living things have evolved over time. They study Darwin and his findings and in RE, explore their own ideas about evolution and religion.

Within topic lessons they explore the Great British Empire in this period including inventions and progress in industry, before moving onto comparing and contrasting the lives of Victorian people to those of us today. In addition the pupils each have a free choice to explore an aspect of the period that they would like to find out more about.

The children learn how to draw from perspectives in art, using Victorian Street scenes and produce artwork in the style of the famous Victorian artist, William Morris.

Our texts in Literacy are written by Victorian authors, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) to enrich the learning about the period. The pupils are going to write descriptive passages, interviews and newspaper reports around the texts.

In Numeracy, the majority of the focus for both year groups is working with fractions (equivalents, simplifying, ordering and comparing and using the four operations). As always the curriculum is rich with developing reasoning skills and problem solving.

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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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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